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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Okay, been around a few months, doing okay, but...well...a nasty pattern keeps rearing its ugly head and gobbling up the joy.

I'm okay till the late afternoon, maybe even till, GREAT until then...but between dinner and bedtime, it's just war. Water doesn't help much, distracting myself only lasts a chunk at a time, and I feel like it shouldn't be this hard. And I'm all done with the "why do I always do this...what is it that I'm trying to feed" discussion with myself. It's time for hardball.

If snacking has for some reason become my "go to" move, some leftover coping mechanism that I no longer need, then this habit has GOT to go! SOOOO, instead of playing more games with myself, I'm going to exercise a bit more good old fashioned discipline.

I'm told it takes 28 days to break an old habit and make a new one, so I'm publicly declaring my commitment to:

1. Plan 2 snacks between home-from-work and bedtime, one before dinner and one after.
2. Reduce my 3 meal calories to allow for this addition.
3. Eat NOTHING extra (=non-meal time) but the 2 snacks, and NO SNACKS other than what is planned.

I have an accountability partner here, a "fellow evening eater", and I'm excited to be finally facing this demon with a plan. I'll report back once a week. Enough is enough is enough.

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    Oh those awful evening munchies! I know what you mean, and struggle with it too. Sounds like you have a good plan, and I think it will work for you!

    1784 days ago
  • SISSIE21
    Hope your plan is working for you! Evening snacks are the hardest to control at least for me. I started slicing up an apple, then sprinkle with cinnamon and microwave for 1 minute. It's warm, somewhat filling and very little calories and healthy!
    Good luck! emoticon emoticon
    1785 days ago
  • KENWANNE2013
    How's the plan going?
    1785 days ago
    What a great plan! Sounds like you are well on the way to shrugging off that bad habit! emoticon
    1789 days ago
    Wishing you the best with your new plan, Gail. Evening snacking has always been something that comes and goes with me. I do best when I have sufficient quantity of protein in the evening. Seems that controls the cravings to eat.

    I'll look forward to hearing how you do this week!! Wishing you the VERY emoticon !!!

    1789 days ago
  • KENWANNE2013
    Sounds like a great plan. I look forward to hearing how it goes. I really like your insight (and have benefited a lot from it since becoming your sparkfriend) and determination, so I will reword 'I look forward to hearing how it goes' to 'I look forward to hearing about your successes!'.

    A couple of things I thought abouf:

    Are there specific things you have previously snacked on? or craved in the evening? Salt? Fat? Sugar? (I tend to crave sugar mid afternoon, and salty things like crisps in the evenings). If so what has helped me with time linked craving is ensuring that my proper meal includes something of the 'longed' for thing e.g. I try and incorporate something low calorie but sweet into my lunch, and allow myself a bit extra salt on my last meal of the evening.

    Move the tempting things in your kitchen to somewhere that takes an effort to get to. I use to keep my biscuits and crisps in a low cupboard, and would often find myself dipping into the cupboard without thinking. Now they're in a higher cupboard, tucked behind other things, so I have to stretch quite a bit to reach them, and move other things out of the way. Often I will open the cupboard and look at the mass of things I have to shift to get to them, and just decide I can't be bothered. On a few occasions, during the time it's taken to make the effort to reach them, I've become aware of what's going on internally and checked myself. emoticon
    1790 days ago
    Open and honest! Great blog! Wishing you the best.
    Have you tried the 3BeanTaco Soup! It is found on My Recipes! It is very filling and satisfying and has helped me alot.
    1791 days ago
    Good Luck! Let us know how it goes!
    I definitely need to work on this tendancy, too.
    1791 days ago
    I thought I would never break my Pepsi habit, but thanks be to God, I think I may have conquered it after more than 40 years.
    You can do it .. you sound determined and thats all it takes. I will be sayin a prayer for you. emoticon
    1791 days ago
    That is the time that is hardest for me too. I allow myself popcorn for an evening snack. Eat one piece at a time and try to make it last. I am getting a whole grain and fiber when I have it for my evening snack. If I am craving sweets I will have a generic fiber bar with chocolate or a sweet & salty bar. Then there are days I blow it too! Good luck my friend!
    1791 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan! That is my problem time too! Let me know how it works for you!
    1791 days ago
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