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My Personal Nemesis

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Okay...maybe I can get into this blogging stuff. No promises...the jury is still out on that one. But, for today I think I'll write about my personal nemesis: evening eating. It might be really brief. Not much to say that hasn't already been said, either by me or others.

I do great all day long. Healthy, happy breakfast and lunches. Often I have a little mid-afternoon snack. Again, it is almost always a healthy choice. Dinner rolls around and since I almost always have it planned ahead and it fits into my day's calorie count...no problem. Then the real challenge begins, and that is staying out of the kitchen and eating after dinner.

I know that cows graze, not people (thank you, Ramona). I know I won't starve to death before breakfast rolls around. I even know I'm not hungry. I know that if I plan a snack, it also leads to more eating. (Actually, I've come to hate that word "snack." It sounds weird to me...like "snack attack" and conjures up images of a sneak attack on me. But, I digress.)

In the past, I've been successful at taming my monster nemesis. I clean and shut the kitchen after dinner. I go to the other room. I work at diverting my attention. I don't have diabetes and don't need to eat to control my blood sugar. I do all the things I've ever heard suggested, but still thoughts turn to that SNACK. A tablespoon of peanut butter turns into 5 or 6. Those leftovers in the fridge turn into a nibble the size of another meal. Ice cream in the freezer? Forget it!!

Okay, it's out in the open. So today...just for today, I have a goal of getting out and staying out of the kitchen and not eating after dinner. I will NOT starve. I will NOT graze. I WILL be successful! And then, tomorrow morning, I will feel good about myself and move on to another day.

Merriam Webster defines "nemesis" as an opponent or enemy that is very difficult to defeat. It does NOT define it as impossible to defeat!

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  • v SENTERSTOCK
    Merriam Webster defines "nemesis" as an opponent or enemy that is very difficult to defeat. It does NOT define it as impossible to defeat! PERFECT!! DEFEAT the NEM! LOVE it!
    765 days ago
  • v GODS_TEMPLE
    Maybe you can get DH to lock the kitchen door and hide the key from you... emoticon
    766 days ago
  • v MYRMEN
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    766 days ago
  • v JILL313
    I sure know what you're talking about and for me I always want something to eat right before I go to bed. I broke that habit when I was going strong on the South Beach Diet but now dealing with this problem again. Several people suggested you go on a new no eating after dark streak so maybe that would work for you, I hope so. I'm not sure what my problem is but it's worse when I'm tired and not real hungry but always seem to crave those high cal carbs. I realize I'll probably be fighting this problem the rest of my life. I can't even seem to fall asleep if I'm the least bit hungry and it's only been this way for me the last couple of years. Good Luck my wonderful friend. You're a "Strong Lady" but the so called nemesis is also strong, ugh. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    766 days ago
  • v POLYANNA2
    As I commented in the FF, you just think back to how wonderful you felt when you were on your steak of no eating after dinner the last time. And if that isn't enough to keep you out of the peanut butter jar, log onto SparkPeople and read blogs, success stories or chat with a friend. That always, always helps me. I even have a Sparkfriend I can call in case of emergencies...lol
    I have every faith in you that you WILL defeat your nemesis!!!! emoticon

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    766 days ago
  • v MISSRUTH
    I could've written the same blog! It's the evening eating that I find hardest. Once I start even thinking about a "little snack"... I'm practically doomed. I've taken lately to rewarding myself for sticking to my eating plan and not getting into the snacking after dinner. So far it's working well. emoticon
    767 days ago
  • v DIANNEMT
    You and me both!! "Read a book" they say--I want potato chips with that book! LOL
    I also tend to "finish what I take"--even if I am full. I need work on that, too.
    767 days ago
  • v TXGRANDMA
    I'm right there with you on this! It almost seems as if I am compelled to snack at night! I do, on occasion, manage to make it to bed without snacking, but that is rare!
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    PS. You write very well!
    767 days ago
  • v DONNABRIGHT
    Oh, I hear you! We can do this - will be thinking of you tonight and not eating with you!
    767 days ago
  • v SPEEDY143
    emoticon Drowned your nemesis with a few glasses of this at night emoticon

    You'll end up with several more steps going to and from the potty emoticon Win~Win emoticon
    767 days ago
  • v JAWATKINS
    Best of luck to you, sticking with your plan! Remember, each good choice leads to another! I know you can defeat your nemesis!!
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    767 days ago
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