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6 Weeks No Junk Food Streak Evaluation

Monday, September 09, 2013

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I began this streak as a challenge because my junk food snacking was way out of control. I challenged myself to go one week without junk food. I did that easily so added a second week, taking me to a two day visit from my Mom. I figured I’d never get through her visit without junk since she loves dessert and we always go shopping and buy candy at the checkout. I told her what I had been doing and she didn’t want to break my streak, so we bought no candy and dessert was ice cream for DH and Mom and frozen yogurt for me. From there I just kept going one week at a time.
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My no junk streak is now 6 weeks long. I’m so amazed that I’ve been able to do this, I never really thought I could stay away from junk food for this long. In the past 6 weeks the only junk food I’ve had has been cheesecake when friends were here and 2 small pieces of pound cake on two different days when Mom was here. Totally amazing !
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Observations from the past 6 weeks –

The longer I go without the junk the less appealing it becomes.
Just sniffing a bag of chips or treats from the bakery section at the store is satisfying.
It feel s SO much better to eat a healthy snack like fruit or yogurt.
Before the streak when I ate junk food as a snack I’d feel sluggish afterward.
I haven’t been planning any snacks during the day since being on the streak, instead I’ve been eating a little more at meals to meet my calories and haven’t been hungry between meals.
When I get the urge to snack I stop and think first and notice if I’m hungry. Most of the time I’m not. I’ll want to eat because I’m tired or bored, not hungry, so I skip the snack.
I’m paying much more attention to how I feel before and after I eat.
The times I had a sweet for dessert I really didn’t enjoy it.
I’ve had no problem resisting junk food even when my husband sits and eats it.
Saying “no thanks” when offered junk has been no problem.
I’ve gotten to the point where not eating junk seems natural and normal.
I’ve lost 5 pounds since the streak started, with no effort. (I’ve been above my
maintenance range for a while, only 6 pounds away now)
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At this point in my streak I’ve begun to allow myself to have junk food, like chips or pretzels, if I want it. So far I haven’t. Each time I’ve thought about having chips with a sandwich, or pretzels as a snack I’ve had second thoughts and decided “nope, they’re empty calories that I don’t want or need” and I’ve passed on it.
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One day last week I had a really rough day. My pain level was way up, I was super tired from sleeping poorly the night before, my energy level was zero, and I felt like I just wanted to do some comfort eating. My husband was out for a while and I thought to myself “I could hit that bag of chips and he’d never know”. My very next thought was “but I’d know”. I did NOT eat those chips. Instead I grabbed some yogurt, added some frozen blueberries to it and savored it. That’s a total about face for me and I’m so proud of that ! I even told my husband about it later and he said he was really proud of me.
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I’m going to keep doing exactly what I’ve been doing and believe that this is my new normal - junk food is no longer a regular part of my diet. I’ll have it if I really want it but I won’t buy any for me or include it as part of a meal or snack.
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