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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

What are my Triggers?

What foods? mac n cheese, chips and cheetos, chocolate, pastries

What Situations? Family get togethers (luckily these only happen a few times a year)

Free food is a HUGE trigger for me. It happened today. I am so broke that when someone offers free food it is hard to pass up, even if it's not the healthy choice I would normally make. There is also the voice in my head that says "today there is a free donut and you really don't want it, but when you do want a donut it will be $1.25, better eat the free one now." As ridiculous as that seems it is a huge problem for me.

Reading at night and a bowl of chips often go hand in hand.

Mental Health concerns, when my mental health is bad my eating choices often follow.

Eating out

What people? My parents whom I only see about six times a year thankfully.

My girlfriend who is in much better shape than me. She means well and she is supportive of my goals but there are two things that she does that trigger me. A) Making me feel bad for not eating enough, especially if she bought the food or made something special. B) Making me feel like gym time is time neglecting her. We spend a LOT of time together, and I feel bad when she really wants my attention and I choose to work out instead.

My friend Colleen who makes amazing pastries and often wants to share them. emoticon

What are ways I can avoid them?

Not keeping trigger foods in the house is number one.
Having a plan of what to eat before going to a restraunt and tracking it ahead of time.
Packing my lunches and snacks and only eating what I packed.
Tracking the calories of a binge before or as I eat them to keep my in touch with reality.
Forgiving myself and making a better choice the next day.
Saying NO to others when I really need to take care of myself.
Having my Glucerna for breakfast.

It is a lot of work to plan for avoiding my triggers but not as much work as it is to burn off 1,000 calories of mac n cheese that I ate for a snack. I am not aiming for perfection, but I am hoping for improvement. emoticon
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    As ISTRALOUISE said about your should invite her to join the gym and you both go together. The free food issue is a hard one for me too especially baked goods.
    I avoid the areas where the food is served or i stay in the lab where no food is allowed when there is coffee party. Also i try to have a fruit nearby.
    You have a good plan keep working at it. Practice makes perfect. Good luck with winter challenge
    1809 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/7/2013 12:09:49 PM
  • LIBRA73
    Listen, you keep going to the gym and you keep doing what works for you. You will feel much better about yourself and stronger about your convictions and who you are! You sound like one rock solid woman! Stick to your goals!

    1810 days ago
  • 123456789100
    Wow.. the mac n cheese is a big one for me as well. I'm not sure why. It didn't used to be. About the Glucerna! I didn't know you watched your blood sugars too! I'm pre-diabetic and taking my blood glucose readings sometimes. I'm a little high, but not diabetic yet.

    I'm sorry your friend is a trifle immature. Can you bring her along to the gym, as a guest sometimes? I know some gyms give out guest passes but some don't allow them. I don't know what to do about her trying to make you feel bad for not eating enough except sticking to your guns and letting her know you appreciate her. My Dad is a little the same way. When they were growing up a lot of the time they didn't have enough food to eat, so he's always trying to have me eat something. One family gathering when I only took what I wanted he asked, "Don't you love me?" Way guilt trip.. I ended up taking some of everything so he'd feel better. Family meals are a big trigger for me too.
    1810 days ago
    free food is a trigger for me too....I have to be particularly careful when I shop at Costco on the weekends.
    1810 days ago
    Great plan!
    1810 days ago
    Awesome insights and plan. Good success!
    1810 days ago
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