Well. I don't reckon I think much of this-- specifically, snapping the rubber band as hard as you can every time you think about eating something you "shouldn't". I know the rubber band thing has been around for years and years, as a "tool" to quit smoking. Back when I still smoked, I didn't think very highly of the idea either. And when I quit, I did not use a rubber band.
I think it would be more helpful to make a list of the reasons why you want to lose weight and get fit. Or write down all your goals. And carry a copy of the list in your purse, or in your pocket. Post a copy on the fridge, on your bathroom mirror, on the dashboard of your car--- every place where seeing it, can help keep you motivated.
And I agree that I probably think about food as much now as I used to. Only my focus is on healthy choices in food. Planning meals, looking at recipes, making grocery lists. Say I got pineapple upside down cake in my head. I'd then either look for a recipe for a healthier version of that cake, and figure out a way to fit it into my meal plan for the week, or I'd focus instead on just the pineapple part and how great it would be to get a fresh pineapple the next time I go shopping. Fresh pineapple is (obviously) a fruit and I eat a couple fruits every day. Nothing "wrong" with pineapple. And then I might look at Spark Recipes or some other "healthy" or "low cal" recipe sites on the web, for desserts or main-dish recipes using fresh pineapple.
Spark tells us that no food is "bad" or off limits. It's all about moderation and portion control. Eventually when we've lost the weight, it would be far more helpful to have learned how to incorporate foods like pineapple upside down cake into our lives, than to have banished it completely while we lost the weight-- and then feel free to go hog wild. That's how I always treated it in the past; like a "diet" and not a lifestyle.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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