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My overeating bugbears

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Back when I started, I used to take old fashioned free days now and then. They were just for major holidays. Then after a while, I'm not really sure when, I started doing maintenance days once a week, where I could have a treat that put me up to 500 calories over my normal weight loss range. But something interesting has happened the last few weeks which is that I haven't even struck my maintenance limit all the time, even on thanksgiving. True, I don't know exactly what was in all the pies, but I was still pleasantly surprised.

One thing that has worked so well for me is to let go of the idea that I have to try a little of everything. When there are so many things, even if you take tiny portions, it just gets too much to keep an idea of what's going on. It's better to have larger portions of my actual favorites anyway. I mean, I don't know how many calories is in jello because I never eat it, because I don't especially like it. I don't have to have applesauce or cranberry sauce on my turkey. This was in addition to the apple pie, roll, and ice cream I didn't have. A friend of mine suggested that we don't have to be "on a diet", rather, we can just be "picky eaters." You don't even have to say it, but if you think it, when you say "no thank you" your attitude with be saying "I don't think so" not "I wish I could."

Another thing that's gotten me this month is the limited time offer, and by that I mean the pumpkin pie flavored desserts at restaurants. And I think McRibs are coming up. I don't go crazy with them, but my brother (the crossfit trainer) jokes about them. The thing is, I'm 42 years old, and anything worth eating (or tasting as the case may be) is going to come back. A year really isn't that long a time. I don't see that becoming a banner on Spark Coach, but it's technically true. This is not my only chance to taste pumpkin/pork/peppermint flavored thing that I otherwise would pass on. And they sell eggnog at Easter now.

Another particular risk factor for me is if I go into an event really hungry. Eating like normal leading up to an event works better for me than trying to save my calories to use at an event. I think my brain works better under such conditions. Even if a meal is going to be late, it's probably better for me to have a little snack than wait on the meal. I haven't tried this very much, but I think I may experiment with it. Better to go 150 calories over because I had a small snack than to go 600 calories over because I was starving. I know it seems weird that that would be the choice, but like I said, my brain just quits on me.

I'm sure there are others, but those are the ones that occur to me today, that aren't totally obvious, like all you can eat and "it's homemade" and that kind of thing.
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    It is great that you are paying attention to what you are eating. I always thought that I had to finish everything on my plate otherwise I was wasting food. I don't think that anymore, plus I pay attention to how much I am actually putting on my plate. I don't need much.

    1428 days ago
  • MLH148
    great insight. it's like all the shopping. have you noticed the big deals are still here on Wed? And those McRibs really aren't that good (I, too, have gone out of my way for them before but realize now, really??)
    Hope Nano is going well. My novel fizzled this year. Oh well. Next year....
    1429 days ago
    That is very true, stuff does come around more often! :) Thanks for the reminder
    1430 days ago
    Yup, there are tons of sabotage out there. Like the desserts you see on TV and you order in restaurant that are nothing like the advertisement. I don't even order what I see on TV as it is so over hyped. But you know your own mind and are doing well to reevaluate your week. Your pictures are great, by the way!
    1430 days ago
    I think you know yourself well and that your logic works for you! Way to go!
    1430 days ago
    I know you don''t need validation from me, but I agree. I took a banana on my walk which I knew would extend past 12:00 noon. And it would be very easy to go to fast food restaurant instead of going home and fixing lunch. Sure enough, I was HUNGRY when I got back to the car. While I was glad to have the banana, I surely could have made it the three miles to the house. But having that healthy snack helped me go home and fix the planned healthy snack and not wildly eat everything in sight.

    I'll be watching for the other ideas on the subject that aren't totally obvious. Not sure how "it's homemade is a problem, but I definitely get "all you can eat." Who invented that concept anyway? Just about every restaurant around here has all you can eat fried fish on Fridays. Is there anyone on this planet who should eat all they can of fried fish???
    1430 days ago
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