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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Q. INSTEAD of noshing when I'm doing something (such as watching TV or some other "TRIGGER") that I have, in the past, associated with eating unnecessarily, now I do this:

(The CAPS are just for emphasis/easier reference; I'm NOT yelling.) : )

Almost everyone probably does more than one of these. The BEST answer is what you USUALLY do now:

A. I eat ONLY my meal/snack when I am engaging in this activity (such as watching TV).

B. I EAT something that has no calories or fewer calories than I would have before.

C. I DRINK something that has no calories or fewer calories than I would have before.

D. I keep my MOUTH busy (example: chewing *gum).

E. I keep my HANDS busy (example: knitting).

F. I tough it out & do NOTHING ELSE, instead.

G. I DON'T HAVE TRIGGERS to eat unnecessarily.

H. I AVOID engaging in that activity (such as watching TV).

I. I exercise WHILE I'm doing that activity.

J. I exercise INSTEAD of engaging in that activity.

K. I go ride my HORSE. (Maybe his name is TRIGGER?)

L. I do some COMBINATION of the above.

M. I do something else NOT LISTED here.

*Yes, I know, even sugarless gum has some calories, but that's not the point of this option. The point is that you are CHEWING on something.

I'd love to see the %s tallied by SP for the answers you all choose for this question! A pie chart would be fun.

Happy Sparking!
: )

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CAITGOESGREAT 12/19/2012 4:06PM


I've started drinking diet soda AFTER lunch (emphasis, not yelling emoticon ) in an attempt to stop my desire to keep eating (or switch to something sweet). I think it keeps me satisfied longer than when I drank the diet soda with my lunch.

I do also dlike D, but I rarely have gum to chew, so it doesn't usually work out as well....

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KIMPAINTS 12/19/2012 2:58PM

    I guess my answer would be M. I have learned to think and ask myself ?'s...How is this going to make me feel, is it going to improve my body or be an insult, AM I REALLY HUNGRY..and so on..

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LRSILVER 12/19/2012 8:42AM

    C- I drink something no calorie

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WONDERFUL2BME 12/19/2012 3:43AM

    I am still figuring this one out. I kind of go back and forth and haven't fully made a change to healthy behaviors.

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GREENGENES 12/18/2012 11:37PM

    (H) for me. We finally disconnected the cable TV and it has really limited my evening and weekend snacking. It is harder to munch when I'm using the computer or reading. Now, the only time I watch TV is at the fitness center which has TV on most of the machines. I guess I could have said (I) but in those cases I am not exercising to avoid snacking while watching TV.

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RUTHIEBEAR 12/18/2012 7:28AM

    I usually do nothing else (F) It is hard cause hubby eats all evening.

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BRENDA_G50 12/18/2012 3:34AM

    My choice is L...I usually drink water but sometimes when I crave peanut butter, I will take out a spoon full, close the jar, put the jar back in the cabinet and then go back to the living room to continue watching whatever was on before the commercial break came on. Then after I'm finished watching TV, I log onto my computer to record what I just ate.


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2GETMOVING 12/17/2012 10:14PM

  M I log on here and gain some strength

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LIVEDAILY 12/17/2012 8:23PM

    While watching tv I usually do a combination of C and E.

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SUSIEMT 12/17/2012 10:49AM

    M. I am usually on my laptop while watching TV or have my kindle handy to read.

I think you have way to many choices listed but you may know that already.

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CARRAND 12/17/2012 9:32AM

    I think I've done just about all those things, except for the horse named Trigger. My problem is I don't any of them often enough. I sit in my chair watching TV and reading and jump up for coffee with cream and candy at least once during the evening. I like your suggestion, though, and I will make an effort to try some of them again.

I'm getting rid of my chair in the new year. (The cats have scratched it to pieces.) Maybe moving my spot in the living room will be an inspiration for change.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/17/2012 6:58AM

    I'm with blue42down... Peanut Butter and spoon is lethal and it is slowing getting the best of me...

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NESARIAN 12/17/2012 1:05AM

    I drink herbal tea while watching tv. Commercials of food can trigger cravings but I just drink my tes and remember what the food tasted like when I used to eat it.

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AMOMENTSNOTICE 12/17/2012 12:51AM

    The questions and their options (answers) are meant to be thought provoking, like this: "Gee, there really are so many other things I could be doing, rather than over-eating" or "Wow! I see now how much I've changed what I do, since joining SparkPeople".
: )

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RHYMESWITHBABY 12/17/2012 12:43AM

    Giving honest feedback here. You can delete it if it doesn't fit with other comments.

These choices are not as clear as in your last poll. For example, I think my answer is F, because what I do now when I watch TV and have a craving to eat mindlessly is "tough it out" and not eat anything. But I might be knitting while watching TV and then have a craving to eat. I still tough it out, but I'm not doing "nothing else". Or am I? [On a different note, be warned: if you want to be taken seriously as a professional writer, do not use an ampersand in place of the word "and" in a proper sentence.]

I agree that there are too many choices in this poll. You could combine similar answers from within your list. It's not as precise, but it fits the genre better. (Also, what's with option K? That's just silly.)

And finally, I honestly don't think all those caps add any clarity. Most readers don't need help to pick out the important phrases anyway, so using caps is unnecessarily distracting.

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BLUE42DOWN 12/17/2012 12:25AM

    My instinctive response is G "I don't have triggers". K with a horse perhaps named Trigger made me chuckle.

However, I will say that having a spoon in one hand and a jar of peanut butter in the other is "fatal" - without any other activity being involved. Less a trigger perhaps than a long-time bad habit, but I generally keep the peanut butter jar in a room with no spoons (office kitchen) and the spoons in a room with no peanut butter jar (my desk drawer) and ne'er the twain shall meet again!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/17/2012 12:18AM

    I either tough it out, drink water to keep mouth/hands busy, or maybe chew some gum or drink some tea.

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DIET_FRIEND 12/16/2012 11:39PM

    I L would be my best answer. I think if you write poll questions, you might wnat to limit your answer choices to 5 or less. Even though you won't be getting everyone's precise answer. You could reword your questions to include the word "usually" or "mostly".

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CARAMELSMOM 12/16/2012 10:31PM

    I would have to say "L" as I'm apt to eat, play on the computer, and watch TV all at the same time. But now everything I eat gets tracked so I'm eating less and paying more attention to what I eat. I sometimes read and eat at the same time but the days of eating half a stick of pepperoni and half a bag of barbeque chips with chocolate cake for dessert are gone. Most days if I don't have calories left I tough it out -- at least till midnight ;)

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JACKIE542 12/16/2012 10:26PM

    M. I usually work in my garden instead.

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KRYSTALLA 12/16/2012 10:26PM

    I think for me it would be a toss up between L and M, cause a couple on the list like exercising I might do but I also might do crafts or even read or something else.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/16/2012 10:10PM

    M. I crochet and may have some nuts. They are healthy, filling and considered a fruit & veggie according to the stores rather than a snack.

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DALID414 12/16/2012 9:52PM

    M. I do something else NOT LISTED here

I give myself a pep talk to maintain control.

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KELLIEBEAN 12/16/2012 9:33PM

    My choice would be L. I love to veg out in the evening watching tv. So, to avoid snacking I will make a cup of green tea, or I run upstairs to clean the bathroom or throw a load of laundry in on commercials.


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UNICORN212 12/16/2012 9:24PM

    My choice is "I". I rarely watch TV and when I do, I walk (like Leslie Sansone) and use dumb bells. I did 2 hours one while watching the Country Music Awards!

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