watch out for triggers!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
the next assignment is to identify triggers: food and situations; figure out where it comes from and how to stop it!
more easily said than done...
food triggers: what sets off an eating binge? i think there are basically three different types: first, when i'm in an upward (gaining) spiral; second, when i'm holding my weight; third, when i*m successfully losing.
when i'm gaining, everything is a trigger. no use analyzing that (now anyway.)
when i'm steady, i enjoy eating junk in the evenings, but i can control the amounts. sweet or salty? i tend to ping-pong. but i stop when i've had my full.
and when i'm losing? this is the important one for me now.
i think i lose best when i go cold turkey, meaning NO JUNK FOODS WHATSOEVER!!!! when i 'allow' myself a treat, withdrawal symptoms take over. trouble is, i usually hold out maximum 3-4 weeks.
a-ha. now i've pin-pointed it.
and what's the remedy? hmmmm.... maybe hold on for two weeks, then allow for some of my favorites before getting withdrawal symptoms and without going out of control, then another two weeks cold turkey etc? ok i'll try it this way.
and the source of the triggers?
food: starts at the supermarket. if i buy junk 'for the month' (or even 'week') it never lasts that long. if it's in the house, it burns a hole in my mind.
so: watch that grocery list.
situations: cooling down in front of the tv.
remedy: do something else slightly more active in the evenings-- paint easter eggs, go swimming, clear out shelves and closets...
easy to make resolutions, now to stick to them for 8 weeks!