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5% Challenge Blog/Sunday

Sunday, March 03, 2013

2. How will I do that (develop the habit of staying in my calorie range)?

How WILL I do that? There are a few things I can do, I suppose. I can log my calories before I eat them...I think this is a biggie. It really helps when the 5% Challenge is staying in-range.

I can also do the math and figure out how many calories I can have at each meal and snack and plan around that. It seems like so much work, but it's less work than continuing to gain weight and agonize over it.

I also need to give up cereal. I love cereal, but my favorite is Frosted Mini Wheats and they're too caloric. If it's not here, I won't eat it.

I am also having the biggest problems at night. I pre-plan everything at work really well, but once I'm home, I'm like a squirrel, digging up everything to eat it. I have to stop it. Maybe veggies ready for that reason...pre-plan those, too.
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    I have been struggling with evening snacking as well, frequently snacking instead of having a real dinner. There are a lot of good ideas here!
    1332 days ago
    1332 days ago
    sounds like a great plan! you can do it!
    1333 days ago
    OK - I wanted to tell you something and am going to post it here to count as one of my comments for the day - you know, the good ol' multitask!

    Today when I was doing my C25K running segment, "Ain't got no money" was on my iheartradio channel! Ha ha! Made me think of you! Love and hugs, sissy!!
    1333 days ago
    I agree with those who recommend portion control. I bought small, 1/4 cup size containers with lids (the 99 cent store sells them, 12 to a package) and use those a lot for snacks. I fill them with raw almonds to take on the golf course to snack on; I make my own banana ice cream and just fill those little containers and freeze them. When I feel like having ice cream, this will satisfy my sweet tooth, and there is nothing else but bananas in them. I also recommend that you make a big pot of broth based soup (w/vegetables and/or meat of your choice) keep it in portion-size containers, and freeze what you won't use within a few days. Take them with you to work and you will have a satisfying meal.
    1334 days ago
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    I really love Donna's suggestion of making a list of things to do other than eat! Of course we always have a million things around the house to do, but for me, to actually have a concrete list I can see -- that would be a big help!

    Good luck on your challenge! Night snacking is often difficult for a lot of us, I think. Hang in there!

    1334 days ago
    emoticon Pre-planning is the only way I can stay on track
    1334 days ago
    pre-planning works wonders for me
    1334 days ago
    Great blog and enjoyed reading all the suggestions..I like the baggies and measure out the snacks and the batch cooking..also if you tend to snack at night..plan them and leave the calories for them so it's not over your range. I've been making a pot of tea in the evenings and drinking a couple fills me up and keeps my mouth busy..haha

    Go Starfish!! emoticon

    ps..I like to make a list of things to do instead of snacking and refer to it as needed...things like drink a glass of water, paint your nails or brush your teeth are a couple of examples
    1334 days ago
    You have good plans. follow through with them and you will be successful.
    1334 days ago
    Yes! Preplanning can really help. Sounds like you've got some great strategies!

    1334 days ago
    emoticon Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time and stick to the plan.
    1334 days ago
    get some snack bags that you can use to pre-measure your allowed snacks.
    Batch cooking on days off can help, so can crock pots.
    It's great to start something in the crock pot before going to work and coming home to a cooked meal. Oh and get out the measuring cups and smaller plates, that's what I'm having to do.
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    1334 days ago
    Try batch cooking, if you don't already. You'll have several portioned meals for your lunches/dinners that you'll know the calorie count of, and how much more you can snack or not.
    1334 days ago
    Night time is a toughie. It does help to plan everything out and log it ahead of time. That's what I've been doing and it's working. Good luck.
    1334 days ago
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