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I'm So Hungry I Could Eat An Apple!


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Wednesday, May 01, 2013






Today is day 21 of my current streak!

At one time or another, you've probably said (or heard someone else say) "I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse." I used to say that too...and usually it REALLY meant "I'm so hungry, I'm going to eat LIKE a horse!" And then I would eat a lot of unhealthy, fattening food. No wonder I ended up weighing 286 lbs!



But since I got on track last year, I've changed my ways. Now, if I'm hungry between meals, I ask myself "Are you hungry enough to eat an apple?" If the answer is NO, then I know its not really hunger. I may be bored, or stressed, or just having a craving. So instead of eating, I do a quick workout...maybe a few crunches, or dumb bell curls, or a bit of yoga. I try to always remember that there are other alternatives than turning to food when I'm not hungry. And it doesn't HAVE to be exercise. Here are some other things I do when I'm bored, stressed or dealing with a craving;

1. Clean out a drawer. You'd be surprised how distracting it can be to clean out your socks drawer or a kitchen drawer!

2. Go to my personal journal. Sometimes it helps to write down what I'm feeling. And it ALWAYS helps to read stuff I've written at other times of struggle.

3. Take a nap. I set the alarm for 20 minutes, put on my sleep mask and some soft music and relax. I don't always fall asleep, but sometimes just resting is all that I need.

4. Work on a paint by numbers kit. You can't eat and paint at the same time, lol.

I have found that if I can distract myself for 15 to 20 minutes, I will get over wanting to eat when I'm not hungry. Give it a try, it might work for you too!



But sometimes when I ask myself "Are you hungry enough to eat an apple?" , the answer is a big old YES. So you know what I do when that happens? I eat an apple!






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KATHYJO56 5/1/2013 2:25PM

    I love your Pixisms! You share wisdom in a fun and humorous way that is easy to put to good use. emoticon

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SIMONEKP 5/1/2013 1:57PM

    a gem, as usual

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SLIMMINJENN 5/1/2013 1:49PM

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SUGAR0814 5/1/2013 1:46PM

    Your blog is right on time. I'm about to go to lunch & I WILL get something healthy! Thanks Pixie!! emoticon

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JEREMY723 5/1/2013 1:43PM

    Great photos/signs as always!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 5/1/2013 1:42PM

    Great ideas, Pixie! Love all the graphics and quotes!!

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DAWNESS0404 5/1/2013 1:30PM

    Thanks for some great ideas! I need to try some of these!!

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LJCANNON 5/1/2013 1:28PM

    emoticon Great Reminder!!

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KJELLYBEAN15 5/1/2013 1:21PM

    So wonderful! And you know what? I just finished an apple before reading this. Hope you have a wonderful day my friend.

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IAMTOLOSE 5/1/2013 1:15PM

    You have such great ideas!

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EVELYN112011 5/1/2013 1:10PM

    emoticon blog! emoticon

The tips are great! I need to use 1) clean out a drawer, and 3) take a nap more often. Sometimes I snack because I am tired and sleep deprived.

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KARENCRANER 5/1/2013 1:10PM

    Great tips to avoid munching! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 5/1/2013 1:06PM

    Another great blog!! And I love the apple idea - gonna USE that one!! emoticon

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_BABE_ 5/1/2013 1:05PM

    Definitely good food for thought!
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GBSLIM 5/1/2013 1:03PM

    I agree. Thank you Pixie for another insightful blog. The helpful, healthful tips are awesome and greatly appreciated. Whoda thought...hungry?...paint.
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KARRENLYNN 5/1/2013 1:03PM

    It's amazing how much food you can graze through or eat with deliberate intent under the guise of boredom. And more often than not I will choose the most unhealthy of the options available. That's a good plan you give and I'm going to try it next time. In the mean time I'd say it's time to plan enough activities that boredom shouldn't be the issue.

Have a great day Pixie!

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HFAYE81 5/1/2013 12:59PM

    So true!! I have started eating an apple (or a pear) when I'm hungry, rather than grabbing chips or making a meal. I'm glad to know that other people are using this strategy!!

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MONICA2587 5/1/2013 12:58PM

    You go girl! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 5/1/2013 12:58PM

    Great blog.

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BOSSONBABE 5/1/2013 12:55PM

    Great post and no wonder you've lost 71 pounds! Next time I think I'm hungry I'm going to ask myself the apple question emoticon

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1STARVINGARTIST 5/1/2013 12:54PM

    Awesome blog! 'Are you hungry enough to eat an apple'--I will definitely use that! Thanks for a inspirational and very useful blog, and congratulations on all of your successes!
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AME4IT 5/1/2013 12:53PM

    These are great suggestions on how to avoid unnecessary eating. Thanks for sharing.

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STODD251 5/1/2013 12:51PM

    Great Ideas!!

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WORLDSERIES11 5/1/2013 12:43PM

    Great ideas!! Thanks Pixie! I LOVE apples emoticon ...SP needs a better apples icon...lol

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HEALTHY4ME 5/1/2013 12:41PM

    What a great idea!! I am going to incorperate this and see. Often I am wandering and think I am hungry but say are you bored, no, tired, no. but probably I am bored- Like I have nothing to do HAHA
Thanks for the idea!!! emoticon couldn't find an apple! LOL

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JANESLOSS 5/1/2013 12:34PM

    Great suggestions Pixie, I should have tried some last night when I was bored. I will make a list and post it on my fridge!

Thanks and have a great day!

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FELINEBETTER 5/1/2013 12:26PM

    Another great blog, Pixie! emoticon emoticon

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BAMAJAM 5/1/2013 12:25PM

  This is great, Pixie!

Makes me think of a Dennis the Menace cartoon:

Dennis says, " I am hungry enough to eat a CARROT- " lol

May is a new month to start living the "tips" you have given us...Thanks!

(PS... I like carrots as much as Dennis does)

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AKATHLEEN54 5/1/2013 12:25PM

    I love the idea of choosing an activity like painting or something else that will occupy your mind yet keep your hands busy so you can't eat!! I love to knit or crochet at night. That is the worst time for me when I want to snack but I'm definitely not hungry and if I am working on a special project with yarn (that I don't want to get soiled with food) then it keeps me from mindless eating!! emoticon

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--VICKI-- 5/1/2013 12:24PM

  You always write such good reminders. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEWILL1982 5/1/2013 12:22PM

    Great point! I do that with carrots, it works, except when I forget to ask myself the question, haha.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 5/1/2013 12:20PM

    emoticon emoticon for always writing blogs that I can relate to emoticon Have a wonderful day emoticon

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MARCIEMCGOWAN 5/1/2013 12:18PM

    I love your tips. thanks.

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