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Did not retire from evening grazing

Friday, June 14, 2013

I'm liking retirement a lot, especially these sunny warm days. My days are full, active with outside yard and garden work, my pedometer count some days quite impressive. My food issue right now is portion control at dinner and then sticking to planned evening snack. It frustrates me that this brief 2-3 hour period often wipes out my whole day's progress. Thinking some evening journaling might help but welcome any suggestions.
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  • TEAGUE1612
    Hello! Same as MOONGLOWSNANA i eat a later lunch around 1 - 1:30 and make sure i have plenty of protein and veg and not too many carbs at dinner (so the usual meat and veg ) as the carbs make me hungry again very quickly before bed. Usually any meal like a pasta, rice or bread I'll be hungry again in an hour to an hour and a half.

    1553 days ago
    Keep strong. We just have to hold on tight and not give in.
    1557 days ago
    I cut meals in half and save it for evenings. I've been pretty successful at staying in a specific calorie range for the last 4 months and its working so far. Down 42#s for the year and almost 28 since weighing in at WW every week. Do what you have to...just keep Sparkin'!!
    1559 days ago
    That's a tough one for me, too. We can't give up - it's our health we're talking about. Just know that you are not alone and we can only take it one day at a time.
    1559 days ago
    I found that if I eat lunch a little later then I can eat dinner a little later and that gives me less time to wander around the kitchen. Sometimes I get online and stay there all evening or I may do tai chi at bedtime so there's 15 minutes or more than I am winding down and not eating. I used to take an evening bath with candles and bubbles and soft music. My knees don't want me climbing out of the tub anymore and I miss that... Reading a good book that "sparks" your interest might be another idea. This, however, is not the time to scan through the cookbook! Sometimes between dinner time and bedtime I have one dark chocolate Hersheys kiss or even two if my nutrition count is good. It feels like a reward, and I can stop at one or two because I know I want to have some left for tomorrow. Make a phone call to a real live supportive friend who can help you through the difficult time or connect with your spark friends by typing on the computer and keeping your hands busy that way. I've been there too, and I expect to be there nibbling again sometimes. If you find yourself lurking around the kitchen or foraging in the refrigerator find some healthy kind of satisfaction. A piece of a favorite fruit or a small smoothie often tops off the evening and I can enjoy it without feeling guilty. Sometimes I even have to put the tempting last piece of cake down the garbage disposal. That takes care of that I say to myself. Better it goes to waste than to waist! Hey the party is over when all the singing is done and the friends have gone home. Try not to have all that tempting stuff in the house, and maybe learn to crave those baby carrots instead!!! If you OD on carrots you just turn a little orange, my favorite color! Good Luck and keep pushing all that other stuff away.
    1559 days ago
  • GRAMMY_22
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    1559 days ago
    I was never an evening eater. I was a secret eater, which left after school before my parents came home, and I have that urge to this day, 50 years later, so I doubt it will ever be easy. My hubby was a big evening eater, but he is diabetic and after his second stroke had to measure out some small protein item before bed. After awhile he switched to sugar free jello (ugh) just to allay the craving, then gave up eating after dinner altogether. Personally, I brush and floss after dinner, before I even clean up the kitchen and take the trash out. At that point, the kitchen is closed until morning. That feeling of daily evening closure is what I like.
    1559 days ago
  • LGAR519
    Don't you just love retirement!!! I never had time for anything else but work. Now, I can do anything and everything. It's the hardest thing in the world not to eat before bed while watching TV or reading, etc. But, we'll keep trying, right?
    1559 days ago
    I have to keep my hands busy in the evening to avoid the snacking habit, and it does become habit all too easily. Perhaps a handcraft would work for you.
    1560 days ago
    I understand what your talking about. emoticon emoticon I try not to eat after 6 p.m.
    1560 days ago
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