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How to tell yourself "NO"


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I recently saw blog on people and how they tell themselves "NO". It's funny to me that we have to make boundaries like that with ourselves regarding food. I think saying "YES" all the time with eating is what got us here in the first place. I find myself trying to talk myself out of things like ...... eating at night! It's hard to say "no" when you are so hungry... I find this to be the most challenging task so far. I will overcome this night time eating! It's so terrible to come home from work and eat a full meal at 10p, 11p, or even midnight and then go to bed regretting that you ate. My new theory that a stable/consistent eating schedule is what I need. Even though my work schedule is unpredictable, that doesn't mean that my eating schedule has to be the same way. I'm going to create some sort of regular eating routine so that I can say "NO" when it comes to eating at night......

What are some creative ways you all say "NO"???
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RUTHXG 8/21/2008 1:56PM

    I've not been too successful at this myself lately, so I'm not an expert. I agree with you & Annie that getting a DIFFERENT routine in place would help a lot, though. Maybe you could plan ahead & take a brown-bag supper on the days you'll be working late. And if you could start a really nice, peaceful winding-down routine for the last hour before bed -- whether you're just gotten home or have had a normal at-home evening -- you could look forward to that & get out of the habit of expecting food at that hour.

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ANNIESADVENTURE 8/20/2008 3:03PM

    As I read your blog, I'm thinking there should be a way to turn that NO into a positive replacement behavior for late night eating. Always saying no can make us feel deprived. I'll have to give this one more thought, lol.

Like you, I muscle through those urges by saying no. For 3 months I allowed myself no options with late night munching, and lost weight. If we allow wiggle room in our heads and have to make the same decision every night about eating after dinner, it becomes a struggle. A friend reminded me that 90% of this journey is keeping our head in the game. No options.

Your schedule sounds so busy. Are you getting all your meals in? Are you on a plan to eat smaller meals more often during the day? You said you were hungry at night, so planning healthy snacks for late night may work for you. Planning, and sticking to the plan, makes the difference. Winging it when I'm hungry does not work.

Hope you find something that works comfortably with you.
Annie


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