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5% Challenge: plan for developing my new habit

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Thanks, everyone, for your comments on my first blog. Several of you mentioned being interested in the next chapter. Truthfully, I am, too! LOL! As I understand our assignment for the 5% challenge, I'm to describe how I will develop my new habits and manage my ongoing challenges of problems with consistency and night time eating (my identified problem areas). Hopefully, by the time I'm finished writing here, I'll have a workable plan in place.

I've had a big problem with maintaining consistency in my healthy behaviors. "On" on day...off the next! Have you ever looked up the definition of consistency? According to one dictionary, it is the "harmony of conduct or practice..." Isn't that interesting? Thinking about my consistency (or lack of) as being in harmony (or not) is an interesting concept and one I need to consider.

My plan for managing inconsistency...or in other terms, maintaining harmony...will include the following:
1. Planning my meals, grocery lists and eating out. I will not let unplanned restaurant meals be an excuse for making poor choices. I will follow through on my plans by becoming familiar with the lighter and healthier restaurant choices and sticking with them.
2. I will plan for our upcoming travel by having appropriate food with us and will maintain some level of exercise.
3. When I get frustrated or tired or discouraged, I will turn to SP and to my friends here for support.
4. I will continue to look for ideas for managing those times when I begin my mindless munching...no amount of planned snacks or eating typically helps at that point. THIS IS WHERE I NEED IDEAS FROM ALL OF YOU.

With regard to night time eating/grazing/snacking/stuffi
ng/gorging/whatever you want to call it, my plan is to:
1. Keep trigger foods out of the house (already out, but a few sometimes find their way back).
2. Popcorn seems to be the only "snack" that I can manage and I will keep 100 cal. bags of microwave popcorn on hand.
3. Close the kitchen after dinner dishes are finished and the kitchen is cleaned. I do not NEED food in the evening. I will NOT starve between dinner and breakfast! LOL! (I have no medical reasons to have evening food or snacks.)
4. Remove myself from the kitchen and find other things to occupy my time: reading, Sparking, watching the occasional TV program, possibly exercising, although I like to do it earlier in the day.
5. Maintain a reasonable schedule during the day, as it seems to set me up for a better evening.
6. Avoid high fat/high sugar carbs and snacks early in the day...also seem to set me up for more.

Any other ideas? I'm open to suggestions from everyone, please. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with me. It's so much easier to have friends traveling with us when we're on a long journey like this one!! Have a wonderful week!!
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  • v JILL313
    Being consistent is also a problem area for me. Just like you I'm on and off lots of days. . .and if I do have any junk food whether it be sweet or salty all it does is make me want more and more and that's when I get completely derailed sometimes for a day or two. You are so right it's best not to have those tempting foods in the house. Sometimes that's hard as I will buy some for my sons and end up eating just as much as they do. I'm learning more all the time. . .this Journey is quite interesting and challenging too. I guess it comes from me being addicted to food, more than I think I am. You've written some wonderful blogs with usable and good ideas for all of us. Like I said in the chat if I was in AZ surrounded by food and good friends I just know I'd gain most of my weight back. I am so proud of you for not letting being there de-rail you. Enjoy the little time left there you have.

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    1207 days ago
  • v WALKINGBYFAITH2
    I was really able to identify with the struggles of consistency and nightime snacking....sounds like I could have written this blog... You have some great plans for attempting to make some healthier choices. In another challenge I was trying to deal with these struggles and a fellow Sparker suggested having a lowfat yogurt when the nighttime munchies could not be curbed. For some reason it does seem to help me stop the madness of constant returns to the kitchen for one more snack. Keep up the great work!
    1209 days ago
  • v JAOTAO
    What wonderful ideas and plan you have, Jeannie! You have really given this a lot of thought. I know you blogged about this - I would also cut/paste this blog and print out to attach to my refrigerator. Sometimes I make plans, and then forget all about my strategy. This way you can look at it when you need to be reminded of it. In fact, I'm going to go do that with mine. Good for you! emoticon emoticon
    1209 days ago
  • v JAMER123
    Jeannie, you have a great plan for your travels home. We have the camper and stop in rest stops for our lunches rather than eating out. It is always a sandwich & fruit stop. We keep drinks in the truck as we travel. One thing we have found for an energy snack in the afternoon is a small bottle of chocolate milk. Wakes us up as we continue. We both need evening snacks and have lots of fresh fruits in a bowl on our counter. We go for that. Yes, the carbs are higher but healthy. Good luck and safe, happy travels!!
    1209 days ago
  • v POLYANNA2
    You have obviously given this a lot of thought and have come up with a great plan. My only suggestion, from experience, is to keep that water bottle right beside you in the evenings. I can't tell you how many times I would get the "twinge," my brain immediately thinks "food," I take a sip of water and all is well in my world again. In fact, I don't go anywhere without my water.
    I hope that will help you during those hours after the kitchen's closed.
    1209 days ago
  • v LINOVER
    Great plan, Jeannie!
    1209 days ago
  • v MNABOY
    May I use your ideas? You have the perfect plan for accomplishing your goal.
    1209 days ago
  • v NICELYSIMPLE
    You sound like you have a reasonable plan. My only addition would be to drink water or chew gum when you feel like munching.

    At one point I resorted to doing 5-min of push-ups or sit-ups before opening the fridge. The embarrassment alone made me snack less.......
    1209 days ago
  • v ESILBO
    DEAR JEANNIE,
    YOU MAKE IT LOOK LIKE ITS A LIGHT (NO PUN WANTED..LOL)MATTER, BUT I KNOW HOW SERIOUS IT IS FOR US.
    FOR MYSELF, I THINK THE ONLY THING THAT WOULD WORK, ITS TO BE CHAINED TO MY CHAIR. THAT'S THE ONLY WAY I WOULD NOT FIND MY WAY TO THE KITCHEN, AT NIGHT.
    I JUST DID GROCERY TODAY AND ALL I HAVE TO EAT IS FRUIT AND VEGGIE.
    I KNOW SOME PEOPLE CAN HELP YOU BETTER THAN I DO.

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    LOVE YA
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    1209 days ago
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