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Still my biggest issue.

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.
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  • KAREN608
    In the evening, I brush my teeth really well, to remind me snacks are bad for my teeth, since I have an appt for two cavities next Thursday. Just a thought. You can have hot tea or water to fill that void too. Habits are difficult to change but love the craft idea so much. We do those cheap word search circle books at night.
    1717 days ago
    Do you read to your kids as part of a nightly ritual or have them read to you? When my kids were younger and needing that family time we spent time in the evenings reading to each other. It will get you away from the food and help with settling the kids down for the evening. My middle one has always been a night owl but to this day she uses reading as part of her night time ritual.
    1717 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Old habits are tough to break, keep working at it---you will win this one day at a time.
    1718 days ago
    I so understand. I'm trying to get into the habit of having a fruit for dinner 30 minutes to an hour or so if I'm having a craving. A tangerine for example is ~35 calories. :) And if that doesn't satisfy me, I like having some non-caffeinated tea. It can still be sooo hard sometimes.

    There is nothing wrong with wanting something sweet at the end of the day. As long as it's in moderation!
    1718 days ago
    Some times I eat because I'm tired, so going to sleep would work for me too. If you need something just to hold or put in your hands a hot cup of tea or flavored fizzy water works for me.
    1718 days ago
    My evening snack is a Fiber One Brownie for only 90 calories! Tiny bites slowly, savoring the dark chocolate bits in it! Heaven!

    I went to a different Cub last night that didn't have the 6 or so ounce dark chocolate bars for $1.
    Made it home after two stores with just fruit and other staple foods. emoticon
    1718 days ago
  • AMBERT27
    I like the fact that you don't deny yourself that snack after dinner you just "budget" for it throughout the day. It's a great way to approach it.
    1718 days ago
  • DR1939
    Mine too.
    1718 days ago
  • MISSG180
    Do you like doing any kinds of crafts? Hand work can be a great substitute for eating.
    1718 days ago
  • KRYSTL719
    I am the exact same way. That's what I have to do now is make sure I keep some left over calories to use. If not, then I keep it on top of my head and remember what I am aiming my goal towards. If anything I will have to force myself to hurry and go brush my teeth, chances are that once they are clean I have a better chance of turning away from it.

    Either way, were in this together.
    1718 days ago
  • CC3833
    Sounds like a great plan! I have the same problem I eat when I'm bored! So now I keep almonds, carrots, pudding, or something else in arms reach so I can eat but eat healthy! You're doing great! Keep going!
    1718 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/11/2013 11:51:37 AM
    I know what you mean. Mine was cold cereal while watching tv. Or sometimes if I had something sweet, then I'd want something salty to counteract it.

    Last night I found myself "wanting something." I went in the kitchen, where the light was off, and remembered something I'd heard on Saprk about "closing the kitchen." I turned away from the fridge and grabbed a cup of water. BIG change for me. And as time went on and I started to "want something" again - I went to bed. ANOTHER big change for me!

    It's a lifelong journey we're on, to a healthier lifestyle, and as with any journey, we make it step by step. May God bless and keep you every step of the way.
    1718 days ago
    That is currently my hardest time of day as well. I did really well for 2 years then let it all go last year and am struggling to get it back under control now. I'm going to try your thought processes in the evneing as to what I reallly want, savor it, and not go back for more. Thanks for the tip and good luck!
    1718 days ago
    Way to stay on top of it!! Our bodies like our old habits. Best wishes!!
    1718 days ago
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