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It isn't what I eat ...

Monday, January 17, 2011

It isn't what I eat that causes my weight problem! Oh no, contrary to popular opinion, it is not what I do eat that gets me in trouble with the scale - it is what I DO NOT eat that ends up being my nemesis - day after day after day after day. You see, here's my confession: I am a snacker and hardly ever treat myself to a "sit-down" meal. That means that I really don't know when I'm actually hungry, and so I go for very long stretches at a time without offering my poor body any decent food and then when my eyes see something that looks really good (usually a junk food snack of some kind), my stomach says, "send it on down - I'm starving!!"

This isn't a new habit with me. Oh no, it is something that I've worked at, and apparently become really good at, for a very long time. I'm short (5'3") and plump (154 lbs) - well I call it "plump" only because I don't want to embarrass myself by facing the truth that I'm not really plump - I'm FAT. Sorry to digress - now back to the problem at hand. My skin is olive and my hair is dark. I'm short and plump while my siblings are all medium to tall and skinny - not even just average weight and build - they are skinny! And they are all blond and fair-skinned. And yes, we all have the same biological parents. Now how does that seem fair?

I recently went on a trip with my brother and sister. We were gone for over a week and it seemed a good time to carry out an experiment, which I did without them realizing what I was doing. I kept track of how many times we each ate "snacks" during the day as we were traveling and seeing the sites in another state. I also made note of the amount of food each of us ate when we did sit down for a meal. Without being really scientific and measuring everything that each of us ate, and using only my eyeballs to judge, it became clear to me that when we sat down to eat, my brother and sister both ate more than I did. But when it came to snacks, I had them beat - hands down! They both came home from our trip exactly the weight they were when they left. Me? I gained 4 or 5 pounds. Does that seem fair?

So, I've decided that my challenge is to learn to eat when I'm supposed to eat. I don't expect my car to run all day without any fuel, or my body to function properly day after day without any sleep - so why do I expect so much more from my body? A snack here, and another snack there is apparently not working for me. Oh no, not working now and hasn't worked for many, many years. I'm beating a dead horse!

Oh no, it isn't what I eat ... It is what and when I DON"T eat that gets me into trouble. But now that I'm ready to admit that I'm really my own worst enemy and responsible for the problem of being plump, I think I'm ready to also be the solution. So stomach, here's my pledge to you: From now on, three squares a day, and then if you are really cooperative and use all of that good food up, you may get a REAL snack occasionally.

Here's to our combined success - and maybe in a few weeks we'll both be pleased with the results.

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    I really did notice a change when I actually started to cook real meals instead of just grabbing things when I was starved. I think you are on the road to success here! Check out the Spark Recipes, they were a big part of my weight loss. I actually found food there that I enjoyed! emoticon
    2576 days ago
    I'm a snacker as well. I actually call it grazing. I will eat small amounts of food throughout the day. I dislike meals. It's interesting watching what people eat and how they eat. Good luck sticking to the meals, it sounds like a good plan.
    2586 days ago
    Understanding ourselves makes us "armed and dangerous". Carrying out the mission helps us "win the war"! Attack those 3 squares!

    2587 days ago
    WTG!! You discovered some great tools to reach your goal!!

    2587 days ago
    Your 1st success is that you recognize this habit....good for you. Also journaling helps GREATLY. I know that I will do better when I write down what I ate and the cals. I am also short ..5`2" and 155#. I am on a mission to lose down to 145# by mid-May. You WILL reach your goals.Think positive.
    2587 days ago
    I wish you all the best!

    2587 days ago
    I understand what you are going threw I have always been a fast fueler.. i would only eat whatever was right there and did not take any prep time to make.. once I knew thats how I ate, I took steps to help me switch from quick junk food snacks to the more healthy foods.
    I first got a box of thoes snack size baggies and would sit down and seperate my snacks into serving size portions so that i did not have to fig out portion size and knew i was just getting 1 serving when I grab for something... this 1 step alone helped me alot... I strongly believe in not depriving myself of anything I want to eat. I have just learned how to only take 1 portion. cause I know for myself if I say no you cant have that I want it even more so I say sure go for it just do it right :)
    For meals I spend 1 day a week making all the things i like to eat and seperating them into meals so I can just grab them when it is time to eat and warm them up if need be.. That way when I open the frig I see good healthy foods that I like right there and I know it wont take any work to prepare them. I hope these tips can help you too ..
    Good luck eating the 3 meals a day and lowering your snack intake
    2587 days ago
    I can totally relate to that blog because I do the same thing. Skip breakfast, grab a bite of this and that throughout the day and am then ravenous by dinner shoving anything within reach down my throat - even the kids stay clear this time of the day LOL!.

    So I to will take your pledge and promise to give my tummy three squares to avoid the snack attack!!

    Thanks for sharing!! Good luck on your weight loss journey!!

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