If it was me, I'd probably get myself a plate at the beginning of the evening, put whatever I want on it, but then that's all I get, it's gotta last and be eaten slowly, because there will be no refills. Maybe bring yourself a couple of bottles of water to give yourself something to do with your hands and mouth during those times when your drinks are done and you'd rather not reach for the rest of the food on your plate just yet. If there's platters and trays and bowls hanging around, sit physically away from them or move them away from where you're sitting.
And practice saying no. Even once it gets to be habitual to say no to cruddy food the first time it's offered, the second and third and fourth time will still get you.
However you choose to handle it, it really does get easier the more often you do it.
Height 5'8 1/2" SW: 190+ CW: 143.0
5K 4/21/11: 31:55
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11/22/13 10:34 A
How often do you go out for trivia night on thursday ? It seems to me that if you're eating right most of the time, over indulging one day a week will not make or break your healthy lifestyle. Do your best to try to watch your portion sizes, but don't beat yourself up if you eat a little too much. It's only one day. If you're eating right 5 out of 7 days, you're still doing way better than the average American.
NO ONE is perfect. You don't have to eat right 365 days a year. I can't imagine living a life where I wasn't allowed to eat something because I was worried I'd gain weight. That's not healthy. Try to watch your portions. Try to practice moderation when you can. But, if you over indulge, don't beat yourself up either. If you are eating right most of the time, you are still ahead of the game.
You don't have to give up your social life to be healthy and it really sounds like you're doing a good job even if you don't think so.
Well.... when I know I'm going to hit a situation like you describe.... where once I start, I cannot seem to stop myself.... there are a few options. The first one is just not start. (One bite is too many, 100 bites is never enough.) "No, thank you, I already ate dinner and I'm full." It's not like you're talking about the type of food that is so special, it would be a shame not to at least taste it. This is fairly standard stuff that you could eat any time. In those circumstances, I just tell myself I'll eat some, some other time. But not tonight.
The second option is to not start until right at the very end of the evening, right before leaving. Out of all the stuff there, I choose ONE item to have a bite of, eat it and then get up to go. Most of the time, the hot fried stuff is cold and greasy and unappetizing by then anyway. Third option.... carry along some healthy snacks for myself.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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11/22/13 8:29 A
That's a hard one. When I went to the movies with my husband and son I knew they would eat gobs of popcorn and candy and soda so I armed myself ahead of time with almonds and dried fruit. I measured them out, put them in a bag and added them to my tracker before I left. It helped a lot. I still ate a little bit of popcorn but nowhere near what I would have eaten had I not brought my own snacks and I waited until the bucket was almost empty so there was not butter on it. Could you prepare a healthy snack and bring it as a contribution? If you plan ahead you could have a bit less calories in your normal meals to allow for a bit of tasting of other items as well. I know it's really hard...I wish I had better suggestions.
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11/22/13 8:26 A
Typically, I'm pretty much in control. I exercise regularly, eat a healthy breakfast, drink water (probably should drink more), rarely drink alcohol (when I do it's 1-2 tops), and when I feel myself slipping on my eating plan, return to tracking to get it under control again. However, there's one area in my life that I, for some reason, can't seem to get it together. I go out with my husband and a group of friends every Thursday to play trivia. We have a great time, win or lose. I always drink iced tea and usually one shot for a toast (but not always). My husband and I usually eat at home to help make the evening cost a little less. The problem is SNACKING. The rest eat there. Someone always says, do you want a bite? I know I should say "no", but don't. When that dam has been breeched, I go no holds barred. I eat the last fries, with ranch. Sure i'll have a couple fried mushrooms. Mini taco, why not? Popcorn, why yes please. I'm ashamed to admit I'll keep eating long after I'm full (especially since I've already had dinner). Last night I ate so much that my stomach has been upset all night and I still feel queasy (which happens when I eat fried foods). Why do I continue to do this? I KNOW better. I'm not willing to give up this night out. I teach kindergarten and I need the adult interaction where nobody is wiping their runny nose on my sweater! Any tricks on helping me keep my hands out of the popcorn bowl? Thank you in advance.
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