I work at a marina. In the store we have just about every kind of junk food, candy chips ice cream soda there is. Plus I can order whatever I want from the restaurant. It's mostly fried food, high calorie, high carb, high fat.
Every day I pack my food, lunches and snacks plus an emergency, omg I'm so hungry I can't stand it I want to eat something-type extra thing. I don't often need the extra thing (could be a fruit & nut granola bar, could be a high fiber brownie, could be a little trail mix), but just knowing I've got it can stop me from starting in on the junk food.
The thing is, all that stuff in the store and the restaurant is there today and was there yesterday and wll be there tomorrow and next week and next month and next year. It is not anything "special". It is not so special that it warrants my eating it today and tomorrow and every day. And eating that type of stuff is what got me to being ready for a lifestyle change. It does not contribute to the goals I have now. And I want what I want now, more than I want a candy bar or some hush puppies or a grilled cheeseburger every day.
Doesn't mean I don't have treats here and there-- but I plan for them in my Tracker, and work them into my calorie range. I second the suggestion to set yourself up for some rewards based on how many days in a row you stay within your calorie range. I'd have to say (speaking for myself here) tracking my food and staying within my range was the number one most helpful thing, with my loss.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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