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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.
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    Like you I often just want to "chew and swallow" - Good for you finding alternatives.
    I never bake either. Something about putting in the work makes me want to indulge in the results.
    1596 days ago
  • KANOE10
    You look thin and wonderful. That up escalator is not going to win! You can do it. You sound determined and positive. You are wise to get working now. I have been there with you, on days where you don't find a trigger food and then find something else.
    Have you tried doing low calorie substitutes of foods you like? I use sugar free syrups for my sweet cravings. I know you will be successful. We all have detours in our journey but you are still on the right road to health.

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    1603 days ago
    Like the group pic: you've gotta notice, slimmest person there. And: you've worked hard for that.

    That "trigger food" thing is huge for me and the more I give in, the worse it gets. (That baked Ruffles experience taught me all over again: better not to have that kind of stuff even once, because once I do it calls to me. Loudly.)

    I have to tell myself: "Hunger is not an emergency. It just means I'll enjoy my next scheduled meal more." And: "No choice. No choice. No choice." Because trying to decide IF I'll have the treat is what torments me. Better to have already decided. No.
    1606 days ago
    I do the same thing...find something to fill the void even though it's not really close to what I want!

    What is maintenance if not "monitor and adjust, monitor and adjust"? You, Slenderella, Watermellen, Kanoe10, 4AHEALTHYBMI, and all the others who are at goal share that message with the rest of us over and over again, and it's an important one!

    Just because you are at goal doesn't mean you are "done."

    BTW, you love wonderful in your picture!
    1606 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    Let me start with YOU have a beautiful family. Everyone looks so happy to be where they are...having fun.
    Kudos to you in taking the right steps to get that "empowered feeling" when having control over you food. I think we all have gone through this and I just know with your determination and attitude you will make this work for you. I always go back to my basics when I feel an "out of control" frenzy coming on or happening. Have a great day and let's make those healthy choices together and remove those pesky cravings. emoticon
    1606 days ago
    Love your determination and your commitment to tracking. Love your insight and honesty with yourself. And, yes, you look just wonderful and very slender. Keep up the great work!

    I had never heard of a "scream weight" before, but that is a really descriptive phrase! May I never need to use it, but I'll have it in my back pocket in case. And, of course, the determination, commitment, and smart plan to go with it.

    I'm very familiar with that wanting to taste and chew and experience food even though I'm not really hungry. If I'm struggling I divide my food into 3 meals and 3 snacks and then I can always tell myself it is less than 3 hours until I can eat again. That helps me.
    1606 days ago
    You look wonderful!

    Fine-tuning, adjusting, and correcting, that's what maintenance is all about. It usually only takes a couple of days to get back down to a more comfortable level once I reach my scream weight. Currently cruising at almost 3 lbs below and loving it!

    You're right about the snacking. Once you get back into the habit it is so hard to shake, and yes, substitutions won't work! On the contrary, trying to substitute for what I really crave usually ends me in even bigger trouble.
    1606 days ago
    Snacking my downfall too. It's a shame we can't stick to celery and carrot sticks. but then again I would still crave the sweets. good luck to you.
    1606 days ago
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