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My many traps, bad habits and weaknesses

Thursday, January 05, 2012

I have been going over in my mind the things that make me stumble or straight out fall flat on my face when trying to make better choices for myself. I know my childhood is where a lot of my bad habits started and for me and my husband we work at preventing our daughters from developing some of the same bad habits that we had.
So, in order for us as a family to keep on a healthy focus I needed to work on recognizing all my weaknesses and triggers be it an actual food or place. So, this is what I got....
1. My husband's parents' home-they have a stocked pantry with way too many things to try out, we go out to eat a lot when there and our big meals are back to back meaning we will get done with a big lunch and then go have a big dinners within 3-4 hours after. So, I often mindlessly eat and eat when I am not really hungry because that is just what we have always done.

2. My grandmother's-she has way too much sweets(both her and her husband are diabetic too) and salty snacks out in full view. Plus she is a food pusher and thinks eating healthy is bad(well at least that is how it seems). Tried to convince me yesterday that I should not eat spinach because Ray Romano got kidney stones from eating them. Hmm, what about not drinking enough water? Looked it up, it's a controversial topic and most researchers find that spinach consumption by someone not predisposed to have them typically are fine consuming, nor have I ever had any problems with kidney stones. Read drinking water is more critical at preventing...but I digress... emoticon

3. Parties and get togethers, I am a foodie and always want to try everything.

4. Restaurants, especially Italian and Mexican-hello bread and chips & salsa!!

Trigger Foods
1. sweets, especially cookies, cake, ice cream...ok most sweets...chocolate!

2. chips and dips

3. breads

4. Italian or Mexican

5. cheesy things

So, now that I realize this what do I do? Can I avoid this stuff all together? No... Best thing for me at the current moment is to avoid some food items since I am only a week into this but I will address my loves as I gain stability and focus on not mindlessly eating things especially things I don't love. I will be mindful of not walking into kitchens in a trance and grabbing and putting food in my mouth without thinking. Those are bad habits that got me to over 230 pounds ++. I guess for me the take away lesson is to be mindful in my food choices and my situations where there are lots of bad choices. Dear Lord Help Me be Good(90% of the time)! emoticon
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    I agree...knowing your weaknesses is key to success. You can do this. I know that it is hard to avoid these situations, so you have to build up your self-control. I've been trying to eat only when my kids are awake. That way they see me eating and I am more conscious of what I am putting in my body. Would I allow them to have this????

    Good luck!
    2257 days ago
    knowing your weaknesses is a great way to try and defeat them! good for you taking the time to outline your greatest obstacles. great start to your new year! emoticon
    2266 days ago
    You and I are a lot alike. I live with the in-laws that don't eat well and eat out all of the time. I fell into the habit of going out to eat with them when I moved in here, Yeah. Not good. Also, they are diabetics and eat all kinds of crap. There are always cookies, donuts, pies, cakes, etc. laying around. I have to try to hide it all from the kids.


    Anyways, you are on the right track. Each day you will learn a little more about yourself. Keep up the good work!

    You can do this!
    2266 days ago
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