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Kitchen Control

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I'm still trying to resist eating in the kitchen! It is hard!!! I do let myself eat carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, and healthy items in the kitchen. It is such a hard habit to break. I have conditioned myself over many years to eat something everytime I walk into the kitchen. SparkPeople is right about getting all the 'bad' food out of the kitchen. At least I can't eat too many calories with my fruits and vegetables lining the shelves. It is a matter of taking control.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NJMATTICE 5/17/2011 1:03PM

    Have you tried chewing gum when your working in the kitchen. Hard to snack and chew gum at the same time. We just keep working on changing those habits that no longer suit us! That's how we make our progress. Have a great Tuesday.

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Moving Again!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I gained most of my extra weight two years ago when we moved to Italy. Moving is stressful and I eat mindlessly for comfort. It didn't help that the pasta and pizza is some of the best in the world. We joined a gym right away, but never got into the habit of going regularly. We had new jobs and the added stress of figuring out the everyday things in another language.

My husband and I started SparkPeople in January. We have lost a combined weight of 60 pounds and are still going! However, we are moving again in five weeks. I am fighting the urge to graze in the kitchen at night. It is an emotional battle. I have come too far to give into cravings. I will not let the stress of moving add pounds that I have worked so hard to lose! emoticon emoticon

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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 5/15/2011 4:19PM

    Yes, where to? Want to come to Wyoming with me? ;) You and I will have to keep tabs on each other so we don't gain weight during our respective moves!!

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KRISTINKP 5/14/2011 10:53PM

    Where are you moving to now? I have lived in Missouri my whole life (although I did study in Madrid for a semester), so I can't imagine picking up and moving to another country. It seems like such a cool adventure. Good luck holding out on the cravings, I know how that stress eating can be!

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Why do I eat when I am not hungry???

Thursday, May 12, 2011

What are my emotional triggers for eating?

Let me count the ways....
1. Boredom
2. Stressful day at work
3. Going to the cupboards and refrigerator eating randomly for no reason

Most of the time I do not let myself get to the hungry stage! Now that I am following SparkPeople again, I notice that I am not craving food or sweets as much. I am trying to go to the kitchen and refrain from grazing for tidbits. I am tracking my emotions and my food. That is a good thing!

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JOAN_HEO 5/15/2011 7:06PM

    You mean your reasons for eating are not legit? I'm in trouble! =)

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EMKNAPP 5/12/2011 8:09PM

    Good Luck! I have this issue as well.

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Nowhere to Sit Down!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

How did my living room turn into a gym? I blame it on SparkPeople. I live in an apartment with a long, narrow living room. The coffee table has been moved down to the end of the room. The chairs have been pushed back against the sides. There is a big exercise ball in the middle, barbells beside the couch, a folded bedspread for a floor mat, and a pink resistance band that I purchased today.

The whole focus has changed. It used to be set up to watch TV. Now it is set up to do exercises while watching TV or the Spark Fitness videos on TV. Not only am I changing at home, but outside as well. I just finished Week 1 of the Spring Fitness Challenge! emoticon emoticon

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NJMATTICE 5/8/2011 5:29PM

    Happy Mother's Day. New twist on the Living room. The living "healthier" room. I like it.

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Too Many Temptations Today!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Help! I can control my eating if I stay home. However, today I was handed a brownie at work and a piece of cake at the hair salon. I couldn't turn down the brownie from my friend for her birthday today. I did turn down the cake when I was getting my hair cut. They looked offended because it was homemade. So I had to eat both these baked goods. Yes, I know I could have refused but it would be rude.

Now I am almost at my limit of calories today! I have been invited to a birthday pizza dinner. I do admit the bad food tastes good. Help!

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NJMATTICE 5/5/2011 1:07PM

    It is a tough situation. We are supposed to be friendly and hospitable. Cake and brownies won't actually kill us, but the problem is bigger than the calories. It's allowing others to cross the boundaries that we have set for ourselves. Hurting ourselves so as not to hurt others. A martyrdom type of deal! It's a negative thing. As we continue on our journey, we grow. I think that I will resort to saying "I'm sorry. I can't. I'm diabetic." That would be a little white lie to make them back off. I don't know why people get so insulted if you won't eat their food, but they certainly do. A lot of pressure. If I succumb to pressure, then I will have to make amends by cutting back somewhere else. Good luck with the pizza this evening.

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ROGERSBABE1 5/5/2011 11:27AM

    Well, I am in the same boat. It's Teacher Appreciation Week, and how do they appreciate us...not with a pay increase, but with junk food! Fortunately, most of the food layouts also included fruit, so I did pretty good yesterday and today. I did pop one donut hole in my mouth today. You're right, it was scrumpcious! Forgive yourself and do better at the next meal. Maybe work in a little more exercise. Just don't give up. A few "bad" days are par for the course. Stay encouraged!

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FH_MOMMA 5/5/2011 11:26AM

    I so understand how hard it is to turn down things. One thing that you could try is to ask them to cut off a small bite for you and tell them you would love to taste it but you don't want to tempt fate and eat it all, especially since you are watching what you eat. I seriously doubt they would be offended.

Good Luck

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