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2 What's stopping me?

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Obviously in the evenings I am choosing to eat rather than choosing to do one of the many things I listed in my last blog. Choosing any one of the other activities would get me closer to losing an ounce or so. So why would I day after day (for years) choose the food along with whatever way I am relaxing? I eat and read-usually in bed. I eat and watch TV--usually in the recliner in the living room. I eat and go on the computer for SP or for Words with Friends or emailing or Facebook. I could do any of those things without the food.


I will just ponder this for awhile........

Chris
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OOLALA53 5/9/2013 9:18PM

    This is going to sound simplistic, but you do it because you have been doing it and it is now a very strong habit. (Also, food is reinforcing, And modern foods bypass the natural appestat.) Whenever you give in, you strengthen the habit, esp. if you feel bad about it later. That strengthens it, too!

It's possible something will miraculously take the urge to eat away, but unlikely. Face down the urges. If you have to, crawl into bed and just force yourself to stay there until the next morning for a night or two. Just hold on! Ignore all the thoughts about how hard it is, how good the food would taste and feel, how unfair it is that you have to suffer these feelings, etc. They are not good reasons to eat. REmind yourself that you ate a good dinner and you have a good breakfast planned. (You do, don't you?) You can get through those hours, and you can do it again and again until it becomes second nature. Just don't eat too little during the day.

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QTEALADY20031 5/7/2013 10:28PM

    Chris, you are not alone. I do eat when I watch tv. I am in the process of working on trying to do one of my crafts while watching tv or I want to go back to crocheting in the evening. This also will stop me from eating while watching tv. Kris, we can do it, it takes some determination on our part but we will do it because we know it will help us reach our goals. I always try to remember "to do one thing every day" that will get us to our goals. Thank you for sharing what you are doing Kris. As I said, "you are not alone" and your friends on Spark are here for you. emoticon emoticon June

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 5/7/2013 12:29AM

    I can find any excuse to eat. snack, nibble, graze, munch, crunch, chomp, gobble, slurp, glug, chew, oink! And on & on it goes! It's an addiction with me I think! I need a hypnotist!
He can suggest that all candy & chips & pastries, pasta & potatoes & bread are going to taste nasty & fruits & veggies & water are my new passion!!!!

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KATCHATTEAM 5/6/2013 1:40PM

    WHEN I QUIT SMOKING I READ ALL THE BOOKS

NOW YOU WILL HAVE TO LEARN TO EAT ELSE WHERE . A PLACE WHERE YOU DO NOTHING .
TAKE BABY STEPS . i STOP SMOKING IN MY FAVORITE CHAIR, THEN i STOP SMOKING IN THE BATH ROOM, THEN IN FRONT OF THE TV, SOON I WAS SMOKING OUTSIDE , THEN I QUIT .

ITS A MATTER OF TRAINING. CHRIS EAT ON YOUR PATIO.TAKE A STEP LIKE NO EATING IN YOUR BEDROOM . OR IN FRONT OF THE TV . ONCE ITS MASTERED MOVE ON!!!!! emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 5/6/2013 8:33AM

    Try brushing your teeth right after dinner. It helps me. Maybe you can start by drinking with... rather than eating with.... (non-alcoholic of course).

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GAYLLYNNE 5/6/2013 7:04AM

    I have been wondering the same thing for years! I don't know what it is about the evening and when we finally get to put our feet up that makes us want to eat (and eat bad things too). If you come up with a solution, please let us all know!

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JILLYMAUI 5/5/2013 7:30PM

    I can relate, its only been the last 2 weeks I have been able to stop indulging more than I need.

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WALLAHALLA 5/5/2013 6:16PM

    I spend too much time pondering and not enough taking action.

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PARKERB2 5/5/2013 4:26PM

    I have gotten a little better at eating and reading, not so good on watching TV and eating. But am working on it. It does take time, practice and commitment. Keep Sparking and have a good afternoon.

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SONYALATRECE 5/5/2013 3:05PM

    Eating is sometimes a thoughtless process which we don't think about but we tend to do mindlessly. Before picking up (most) foods and beverages, I consider the after effects. Sometimes I just consume it because I WANT it.

Do what you feel works for you. If it's mindless eating, is it negatively affecting your goal?
If not, don't worry about it.

I'm just saying...

Comment edited on: 5/5/2013 3:05:43 PM

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SCAREWALDORF 5/5/2013 2:41PM

    I think a lot of us are guilty of self sabotage at one time or another. At least you recognise it and have a plan. xoxo

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BAMEIBOO 5/5/2013 2:24PM

    I second the popcorn but I pop it in a pan. It fills you up and provides fiber!

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SEATTLE58 5/5/2013 2:20PM

    I really appreciate you coming out and fessing up with what you're really doing. Being honest with how we're doing with eating it a way to get ideas of what others are doing and that can help change our way of life little by little. I love your 2 blogs and I hope to write one too. For me, with doing really what I know to do, doesn't always work for me. Yes, it does take discipline. I do know for a fact though that in May of 2011, 3 months before our daughter's wedding, my Rheumy was shocked at how much I weighed, my heaviest of all time! 232#!! I must've subconsciously got so scared deep-down that I started being more conscious of all I put in my mouth. And also, I was trying so hard to get an embroidery pc. done for our daughter's wedding that July, that I spend alot of my time embroidering and NOT eating! In 3 months, that now took us up to July, my next RA appt., I had lost 12# and that was the first of my 67# weight loss. I cut out alot of extra portions, zeroed in more on lean protein, more freggies, cut out or cut down on pastas, white bread, most all simple carbs and zeroed in on complex carbs, when I ate them and that was a whole lot less. I upped my exercise from doing just about nothing to at least 10 min. a day with learning that here on SP and have increased my exercise little by little! That late summer and fall, we we-did our kitchen and with re-doing the kitchen cabinets myself and painting all the kitchen myself except for the ceiling, up and down on a ladder, the countertops, I lost a chunk of weight. Sweat tons that project! I tell my husband that I need more projects like that one, but they cost money too! So with it all in a nutshell, it's best to keep our hands busy. Even a cup of hot tea that makes you sip slowly is good, ice cold tea in the summer. I love to quilt and even if it's in the summer time coming up, I'm going to because it keeps my hands busy. Or embroiding does. Painting is awesome. Any hobby that keeps our hands busy. Thanks for your mail message too. Sorry about this being another book of mine! Let's practice some of the best tips this week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 5/5/2013 1:18PM

  He has given us the fruit of the Spirit and one of them is self discipline and a free will to use it and strengthen it or not to use it and just keep beating yourself up also you may have to bind and loose the spirit of gluttony out of you and off of you in the name of Jesus....I still say emoticon emoticon m

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123ELAINE456 5/5/2013 1:07PM

  We all have problems with eating at night like that. We need to try different things out until We find something that works for Us. One thing to try not to eat but one place in the house. That should help some for awhile. Then cut way back on the Eating. Thanks For Sharing This with Us. Hope that You find something that works for You. You have our Support behind You Too. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Lord's Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TOPS-TORTOISE 5/5/2013 12:27PM

    I can do well from breakfast through dinner, but I have a problem with evening munchies too. For me the best strategy is simply not to eat after dinner unless it is a healthy snack like a piece of fruit. I like celery with laughing cow bleu cheese too. If I am really craving something sweet I've found that Jello Fluff is satisfying. Put some a prepared container of sugar free jello in a bowl and mash it with a fork until it is tiny little pieces. Fold in two tablespoons of light cool whip and you have a quick sweet snack for about 50 calories. Tootsie Pops are good too, only 63 calories, and they last a long time if you don't bite them. By the way, it takes about 350 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Someone else said that keeping a bottle of water within reach is helpful too. It seems to satisfy the hand to mouth thing, or whatever is going on. I like to use Mio to add some flavor to it. You just have to find strategies that work for you. Best wishes for your success in your lifestyle change

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/5/2013 11:50AM

    Best wishes--my project for May is to not eat anything aside from celery, carrots, or a piece of fruit after dinner time.

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TXMEMAW6 5/5/2013 10:50AM

    Some problems we all seem to share. emoticon
Let's keep pushing and hopefully we'll learn to do things without the food tag-along. Hugs coming your way.

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DOTTIEJANE1 5/5/2013 10:19AM

    If i find that i want something i have some AIR POPPED pop corn.Most of the time this works if not i get cut up fruit . Good luck .Have an emoticon week.

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ERIN_POSCH 5/5/2013 9:56AM

    knitting keeps my hands busy so I do WAY less munching!

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LJOYCE55 5/5/2013 9:53AM

  I am still working on this as well. Sometimes, I find it helps to have a glass of water with me while doing those things. It calms the oral issue without adding to my guilt. Of course, this does not work nearly as often as I would like.

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JANETHEART1 5/5/2013 9:52AM

    I also read and eat....why oh why? emoticon

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