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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Some days are diamonds, some days are stones, and some days are just bloody chewing gum stuck to the sole of your bloody shoe, and no matter how hard you try you just can't scrap the damn thing off!

Three guesses as to who's been having chewing gum days? The poor decisions of one evening have spilled over into the rest of the week; meaning that on Monday night I got into a fight with a tub of frozen yoghurt (amongst other things), and lost. Yeah.

I'd spent the weekend feeling inexplicably hungry, and instead of nipping those hunger pangs in the bud I tried to ignore them. It worked for the most part - and sometimes hunger/cravings are difficult to tell apart, so that's one to work on... The real problem is when you come back from zumba on a Monday night, eat your post workout snack and find yourself utterly, utterly ravenous.

"Just one small treat", I thought, because I actually had the calories to justify it. For reasons completely, completely unknown or understandable it just wasn't enough, and after a bit of mental wrestling I ate and then ate more and then ate more; each bite becoming more indulgent and ultimately all well over the requisite amount of calories for a non-diety person.

I know what I should have done: read some spark blogs, taken some deep breaths. Like most people I'm very wise and wonderful after the event (or even before it because I've blogged about how I usually, successfully, deal with small cravings). On the positive side: I didn't feel very hungry the next day, but by then I was probably 9/10th ice cream.

So, yeah. A typical slip up of the kind that, though seldom occurring, are dangerous enough to demand an action plan. I'll have to think about how to work more treat food into my average week without succumbing to overindulgence - I'm by no means strict with myself, but I suppose I'm an all or nothing kind of girl, as the empty tub demonstrates! In the meantime I'll be doing an extra workout class and cutting back a bit on the rest of the week's menus. At least having a rapidly approaching medium term goal* is keeping me from writing the entire week off.

Tch. You live and learn.

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SLIMBOT 2/20/2013 4:54PM

  Oh, VW, I identify with this blog on so many levels!

For me, a "small treat" when I'm ravenous never happens, it always ends in disaster. The key for me is to have treats, and have them every day, but never when I'm hungry. I have them after a meal, when I'm already sated. If I have a treat when I'm hungry, I just keep eating and eating, and that can get pretty ugly on the calorie tracker.

If I'm feeling ravenous after a hard workout and I can't divert myself, I allow myself to eat until I feel full, even if it's over my calories, but I make sure it's something healthy. The calorie overage from a giant bowl of steamed veg, red potato, and a bit of grated cheddar is a lot less than the overage from an entire pint of Ben and Jerry's Chubby Hubby (yes, it's true, I've done this before, more than once).

Ice cream, in particular, is probably my biggest downfall. So I don't bring it into my house anymore. I still eat it, because I don't believe in complete denial, but only when I'm with friends. If I'm with someone, I don't have the nerve to eat an entire container. I'll bring my favorite flavors over to a friend's house (on TV night, or game night, or whatever), have a reasonable serving, and leave the ice cream there (if there's any left-- if you eat it with others, most of the time it gets demolished, so problem solved).

So no ice cream at home, but I do have to have a treat every night or I feel deprived. It took me a while to figure out what I liked enough to quell the cravings but didn't love so much that it would take me to the place where I just. can't. stop! At the moment, it's dark chocolate with sea salt (Lindt makes a pretty good bar).

Good luck with this, you'll figure it out, and you'll prevail!

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LESLEE33 2/20/2013 12:45PM

    It's good to hear that your are not giving up, and that's all that matters! You can continue to take a step back, or put one foot in front of the other and try again. Good luck emoticon emoticon

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MONTREAL12 2/20/2013 12:39PM

  I know the feeling; yesterday; I started with a few Kettle chips and ended up eating 20; then I went to my sparks people page - found out that those teeny weeny 20 chips pack in 300 calories; however, that was yesterday and yesterdays gone! Today is a new day; time to get on with life! Have a great day! emoticon

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