Remove trigger foods... create new ones?
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
SLENDERELLA61 commented on my status today, which got me thinking about and then writing this blog. Thanks, Marsha!
After 5 pretty stable months in maintenance, I went on vacation in August and had trigger foods left afterward - Hershey's kisses and oyster crackers. (Not together, lol.) I eventually got rid of them... by eating them, of course.
Lately I'm craving treats, (that tells me I've had them on a too regular basis and have come to expect them.) I discovered that when I don't have a trigger food or something "desirable" in the house, I'll go looking until I find something that can be forced to fill that void - sometimes that's fruit. More often it's some type of bread, cracker, pretzel or even candy I don't like!
I've avoided making desserts and treats, and now that's what I crave. Hunger isn't the reason I want to eat these foods. I just want to chew and swallow. Sigh. I feel deprived, so I "sneak" other food to get my "fair share." Why can't I remember that this NEVER WORKS?!
I hit my scream weight today, so it's back into weight loss mode for me. (KANOE10, the up escalator will NOT win.)
There will be measuring and full tracking! I will drink a glass of water and maybe take a walk if I find myself wanting to eat when it isn't meal or PLANNED snack time. I will continue to exercise (I've been faithfully doing this for the 7 months of my maintenance, or I'd be in much worse shape now!)
Here is a photo taken last Saturday at my brother-in-law's birthday bash. It startles me to see this. My mental picture of myself is MUCH larger... maybe because I feel like I've been eating only partly in control for 2 months now.