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food breaks - hmm, interesting

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The last couple of days I've been busy doing nothing - some time off work and just generally being able to do what I want, when I want with no deadlines - a real treat :D and food wasn't an issue: I planned my meals, had time to prepare them, enjoyed them and wasn't hungry.

Today, I had to go out and deliver some election leaflets - and they have to be mostly done today, otherwise I won't get them done in time. I went out three times and did about 45 mins to an hour each time. What I noticed was that everytime I came back in through the door I kind of wanted something to eat.

I managed to stick to my plan - well, no, actually I had a bagel at lunchtime instead of my planned juice, so I didn't stick to my plan - but I'm on track calorie-wise, you know what I mean. And at mid-afternoon I was really tempted to have something like another biscotti bar, but I stuck to my plan and had an apple with peanut butter. And I definitely felt hungrier.

I thought this was interesting, because it was kind of like how I am when I'm at work; I punctuate the day with food breaks, and treat them like a bit of a 'reward' for the 'hard work' I'm doing.

I wonder where that got programmed into me? way back no doubt - work hard, do a good job, or do something you don't much like doing, and when you're done you can have a .............. whatever food 'reward'.

I must really watch out for those events - now I've spotted it, and experienced days without it, I think I've more chance of overcoming it. Or embracing it with some healthier choices.
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LEVELPATHS 4/17/2013 2:23AM

    Oh yes - I used to reward myself with food breaks - big time! I think it's just natural that, if you have to do something for a long time you, need to break it up into smaller chunks - but just doing something different has the same effect as a food break. Make a list of things you can punctuate your day with that don't take too much time maybe?

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STR458 4/16/2013 11:34PM

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 4/15/2013 7:56AM

    Wonderful insight. You're really onto something here! I will be watching for your assessment of the "why" and then how you choose to conquer it. It is something for all of us to ponder. Break rooms at work are where the vending machines are kept. Lunch break and snack time at schools. Something to think upon, for sure.

Sounds to me you did a wonderful job of staying on track this weekend. And the down time allowed you to do some break-through thinking!

emoticon Have a lovely Monday!

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VEENAS1 4/14/2013 7:21PM

    I liked your theory about food rewards.

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JOHNMARTINMILES 4/14/2013 1:04PM

    Properly identifying a problem is 90% of solving it

Make Today a Great Day!

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SUSANELAINE1956 4/14/2013 1:02PM

    Good insight. It made me think of growing up, where we got treats if we ate our whole dinner, behaved ourselves, etc. I think I finally got over giving myself a food treat as a reward. Now I like the non-food treats. emoticon

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