Friday, January 11, 2013
I like to eat. I especially like to eat after dinner while watching tv. I physically get hungry about the same time every night no matter how big my dinner was.
At one time I would take this hunger as a nightly free for all, eating anything I could find in my path and when I stopped being hungry, I'd go back for more because I'd be looking for different flavors. (6 scoops of ice cream while watching 'The Biggest Loser', that's part of the reason I don't watch it anymore, that and the fact the channel doesn't come in anymore.)
Now I make sure I have some calories left for the day so I can have that snack. I take my time eating it, like I do everything else, so I can taste the flavors. I decided why I want to eat something, do I want something sweet, do I want something to chew on? This snack can vary from ice cream to air-popped popcorn.
Some days I'm not really hungry, it's just the habit of eating that time of night. I know when I'm not really hungry and have to figure out something to do to distract myself. Sometimes I'll pull out my paint and work on painting, lately it's been cross stitching, which is even harder to eat with because I don't want to lose where I'm stitching nor do I want to get the fabric dirty.
Sometimes I'm just tired and need to go to bed instead of eating something. There are days I'm exhausted and instead of going to bed like I should, I find something to eat. It's hard to go to bed really early when kids need to be tucked in still, but I know I should be fighting the temptation to eat something when I'm that tired. It will always be more than I should eat and probably not something that would help my body.
As long as I step back and ask myself why I want that snack, I'll better determine if I actually need it or not and what I need to go do to stop that snack attack.