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Noticing Bad Behaviors

Sunday, September 09, 2012

I have recently noticed three very bad behaviors that I have developed throughout my lifetime that definitely effect my weight.

#1 - Socializing and celebrating always seems to involve food. This is a terrible behavior for me. I think for myself it causes equating food with happiness. This is definitely a change I am trying to make. It's okay for others to eat and drink, but it does not mean that I have to. I should not allow myself to be pressured into eating to socialize.

#2 - Advertising can be my worst enemy. The past week I have had a horrible time controlling my appetite and have been eating things that are harmful to my progress. During one of my nights of struggling, I was crocheting and watching some television before bed and everytime commercials come on they involve food (pizza, subs, cookies, etc.). Flip channels and there they are again.

#3 - What a "meal" constitutes. I live in the middle of the rural Midwest. This is meat and potatoes country and we don't have a lot of chain restuarants (mostly family owned cafes). It seems that anywhere you go the meals consist of meat, potato or rice, salad and bread. I actually feel guilty not eating the meal that I am paying for because I was raised not to be wasteful. I have to readjust my thinking to the fact that it is more wasteful to eat something that my body does not need than it is to throw it away.

I don't know if this information will help anyone else, but I am glad to be able to start recognizing some of these negative behaviors so that I can start working toward more positive behaviors.
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    My husband and I have this saying we remind ourselves of in relation to #3. Our bodies are not garbage pails, so don't fill them with junk. I watch skinny people, and the will not eat another bite more than what fills them, because it would never occur to them to eat something someone served them if they were full. It's so basic it's crazy! Another thing you could do is ask them not to bring your starchy side that way you are not wasting it. you can go without or split half with a friend. Socializing is the hardest one for me too. If you get a craving at a party, pop in a piece of minty gum, or go to the bathroom and rince with some Listerine. You might be less likely to eat right after that.
    2005 days ago
    We do not see very many ads for healthy food. Socializing does not usually involve snacking on low calorie veggies. You are correct. emoticon
    2014 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/9/2012 8:31:33 PM
  • BERTAB63
    Your making note of your bad behaviors is helpful. Reading this made me look at my own behavior. I especially like your third one. This is especially good: "it is more wasteful to eat something that my body does not need than it is to throw it away".

    It is also very true!

    Thanks for sharing it,
    2014 days ago
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