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I like to eat with my family. However, My mom and sister go to church on Sundays and usually don't get home until around 9. It's 6:30, so it's normal that I want to eat, but I'm really not hungry. My internal clock just knows that it's time to eat. The possibility of waiting until 7:30 instead of 9 is making me feel a little better right now. Hopefully, it will pass by then anyway.

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yeah, the delay tactics work pretty well most of the time for me too, and that is why I will take my husband's gift offerings and put it aside, so that I can decide later IF it is something that I want or leave it set aside for some other time when I do deem it appropriate to have.



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That's a super idea!!! Excellent



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Here is a trick I learned many years ago. Give yourself permission..... once certain things have happened. In this case, when it comes to snacking (late-night or otherwise), I will check a clock when the craving hits. Let's say it is 7:30PM. I tell myself "OK. It is 7:30. If you still want those chips (I am a carb JUNKIE) at 8:15, you can have some". Then, I go into the kitchen and pull out a bag of pita chips or pretzels (something baked and not fried). I pull out a few (usually 6 - 8 or so) and put them in a little baggie. I then put the baggie away with the big bag. If 8:15 hits and I still want the chips, I go and get the little baggie out of the cabinet.

I would say 8 times out of 10 that I don't even remember at 8:15 that I wanted to eat in the first place. More often, 8:30 comes around and I find myself thinking "oh yeah, I was going to get a snack if I was still hungry at 8:15". If the craving kicks in HARD at this time, then I allow myself the little baggie of pretzels. More often then not, though, I realize that I guess I didn't want it so badly after all.

This approach allows me to be a little active, still rummage in the kitchen (which is part of my routine), and then minimize the amount I take in if I decide I am still hungry. Instead of beating myself up for failure, I give myself an option.

Remember -- it doesn't work 100% of the time, but 80% is still a B average - I can live with that emoticon

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You can do this, or sometimes I just take a few pieces, like 3 or 4 popcorns, and then leave it. The only thing though, yesterday he ate 3/4 of a bag of popcorn. emoticon



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most of the time I don't have a problem with boredom eating since when I sit watching TV, my hands are busy crocheting baby blankets for Project Linus, but where I do have problems is when my husband gets up after dinner while watching TV and he starts rumaging thru the cabinets and refrig for something more to eat. When he comes back to sit down with something in his hands, he often has some for me tooo. I don't want to hurt his feelings and refuse it since he was soo thoughtful to think of me, but I also don't need the extra calories, nor do I really need to eat what he is offering. Sometimes I will thank him and quietly, when he isn't looking, set it aside on my end table and leave it for some other time



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great ideas thanks for the link must try them



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thanks for the interesting links emoticon



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It doesn't have to be a hobby. How about getting the family together to play games. Read together. Go to the library and borrow books. How about getting on your feet and dancing to the stereo. When the weather's nice, take a walk.

Here are links to some low cost hobbies. Some are repeated in both links.

freeintenyears.com/frugal-tips/100-cheap-h
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www.savingadvice.com/articles/2012/01/30/1
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that's a challenge... How about a book discussion group. We haves ome at our library and at homes.

My husband said, he didn't have the income to go the hobbies he would be interested in(When I brought up TV take over).

One day I looked online to get a list of hobbies. Probably I didn't use the right terms for goggle.



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Great job on the loss... keep going. emoticon



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Lots of good ideas, and as I read I realized how many people struggle with boredom eating besides myself. I work two jobs so that I'm working three nights out of the week and I work half day on Sunday. I work at our local Y and it helps to motivate me and keeps me from being at home alone. I wish there was something that interested me enough to be a hobby but, other than reading, nothing holds my interest enough to keep me busy at home.



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excellent ideas there. emoticon



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I used to want a snack at night. Most often it happened when my meals and snacks that day were mostly carbs. A sample lunch for me would be a big salad - mostly greens, fat free dressing, maybe a sprinkle of chopped egg. I'd be starving by 3 PM, have a piece of fruit, then start munching until dinner, then still hungry afterwards.

Once I figured out that I needed protein throughout the day, the munching lessened. I started putting protein into my lunch, had some yogurt with my fruit snack, or a piece of low-fat string cheese, or even an ounce of almonds.

For the evenings, I planned to have my evening snack or dessert at least an hour or 2 after I cleaned up the kitchen after dinner. That allowed me to still have a planned snack in the evening, and I didn't start craving junk.

Go over what you eat during the day, and make sure you're getting enough protein. That doesn't just mean meat & eggs.

Other good sources of protein are:
- beans (hummus & veggies for a snack), add beans to your salad;
- yogurt - skip the sugary kinds, Greek yogurt has more protein;
- nuts or nut butters. 1 TBSP peanut butter or almond butter with a sliced apple is a wonderful snack - very filling & it feels like cheating.

The trick is to plan for that evening snack, and stick to your plan.

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I really have a problem at night around 8 o'clock. I need some help to get some control over this, I don't know if I'm not consuming enough calories during the day so that I really feeling hungry or just bored!!!! HELP emoticon



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I too eat for all the wrong reasons and yes it is a horrible habit to break. I want to stop but don't seem to have the will power.




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I am not only a person who snacks when bored but an emotional eater as well. Growing up it was, you feel sick... eat. You're sad... eat. We celebrate... eat. You're stressed... eat. And on it went. I've found that aversion therapy worked for me. I was a chocoholic. It was nothing for me to have a bag of chocolate kisses in my desk drawer (and not the snack size). Here's where the aversion therapy comes in... I set my timer (bought at the dollar store) to beep every hour. Every time it beeped I ate some candy. Sounds great huh? But, after a while, it becomes a chore to stop what you're doing to have some candy and eventually it became a darn right nuisance. The thought of chocolate kisses made my stomach turn. It took me 2 days but quite honestly, it was probably close if not the amount I would have eaten anyway. So, I am chocolate kisses free. Don't know if something like this will work for you, but it did for me.



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I am averaging about 100 ounces of water/day. I would think that should be enough?



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Thirst often feels like hunger. If you eat, and still feel hungry, have a glass of water. Wait 10 minutes and you will probably feel full, or at least you won't feel hungry.

If you don't drink enough water throughout the day, you may end up with headaches from dehydration, so make sure you get enough to drink.

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If I wait too long to eat I start getting actual physical hunger pains. Then I tend to over eat because I can't tell when I am full because of the hunger pains. By the time the hunger pains go away I have overstuffed.



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I am always looking for something to snack on! Even when I am full. It feels like I am a bottomless pit! emoticon



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One of my problems is that I spend all of my time away from work, at home. I am not interested in going to the movies, etc. I don;t go to bars or anything like that because I have been clean and sober for almost 24 years. I am not much of a people person. There is only one person I enjoy being around, and can be around for any length of time without wanting to get away as fast as possible. There is only so much cleaning I can do around the house. I am working on getting rid of as much stuff as possible because in the divorce I ended up moving a lot of unnecessary stuff with me. Now I am trying to get rid of it to make room for my baby, if he decides he wants to come live with me. I need to just get rid of all the extra food in the house. At least I won't be tempted to eat. lol



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Absolutely! I find that when a task actually engages me...I can go a while without thinking about food!

Live life like it's a box of crayons--use the WHOLE box :)


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I agree! Keeping your hands and your mind busy is the best way to keep from eating out of boredom! I think doing things that are creative and bring you joy are an added plus! If I clean or organize an area of my home I feel so much better afterwards than I do after a boredom binge!



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Will come back and read more of these when I have time. Great ideas - looking to see more.

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Great Ideas!!! emoticon emoticon



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We can write a story, look at clothing for when we are at a healthier weight. Write a poem. Do some painting, get some water color paints and paper. Write down all the things you are thankful for. Look at room decorating ideas. Do some ironing of shirts for a future outing. Pray. Do deep breathing exercises. Take a shower. paint your toenails or finger nails. Design a flower garden on paper for the springtime. Eat an apple with peanut butter on it. Call a long lost elderly person from your life. Call a person you know who is in a nursing home. Contact a local church pastor and ask him to come and visit you if you are unable to get out. Those are a few ideas we could choose from. I'm new to all this myself and looking forward to losing my excess weight.



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At times I can out eat anyone I know. I just love food so much. I am really shocked that I have lost 25 pounds so far. I will be weighing myself again on January 17th. I hope I have lost at least a couple more pounds as of then. I only weigh once a month.



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I know what you mean sometimes that doesn't work for me either cuz I sure scrambled 2 eggs with cheese last night:(. But as I prepare for gastric bypass I had to take a class about mindless eating and one of the books we had to study was the book The Beck Diet solution it made me aware of just how much I was putting food in my mouth without really tasting it or how much I was consuming. But with everything I do it's always about the choice that I make.



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I am single too, but having to prepare something to eat is not a problem. If I am bored and hungry, I will fix it. I get bored at work and at night both. I get stuck sitting on the couch watching TV or reading and just have to have something to eat.



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Play card games, at night is hard for me so I try to eat all my food for the day so that I am full but sometimes that is hard so right now I have only food in my house that you have to get up and prepare!!! Working for me since I am single.



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I tread mill 3 miles every morning. And with it colder now I have stopped walking the 2 miles I used to walk at lunch. I am still doing the 3 miles every morning though.



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walk, get exercise tapes from the library and try them out. i like richard simmons, and leslie simmone (sp) dont have room. my hubby walks around the house. you can try the mall



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And I quit smoking about 6 months ago. That didn't help with the eating because I used to smoke when I was bored, but I am feeling so much better. I am trying to lose the 40 within 6 months time. I have a little over 3 months to go, and then I am going to need some tips to maintain that weight.



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Get your hands busy, knit crochet, type a letter



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good for you, the one who lost 25, and the rest of you are coming up with good ideas also



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Oh yeah. I am 5'7" or 5'8" and started out at 185 this time. I am only weighing myself once a month and the last time I weighed, on December 17th I weighed 159.6. Total weight lost in 2 months is 25.4 pounds.



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With it being colder out now I am I my tread milling 3 miles every morning. I am no longer walking 2 miles at lunch because of the cold.



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I had to go drastic when I first started because I needed to shrink my stomach back down because all I did every day was eat. After the first week I wasn't even eating 1200 calories some days and I was t hungry. Recently I have been more hungry and have attributed it to the fact that the weather is colder now. Some days I still don't want 1200 calories because I am full, but other days I can't seem to get enough to eat. Thank you so much for your suggestion for how many calories to eat at what times of the day. I am not a big breakfast person but will try to eat at least a granola or fiber one bar every morning.



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You are not eating enough calories because you have to add back if you are heavy into exercising. Try moving it up to 1600 at least, you are starving your body and the weight won't drop off because if feels it is going into a famine.

1600 Calories Per Day

Try 300-350 calories for breakfast

Try 100 calories for a snack (fruit/yogurt)

450 calories for lunch

100 calories for 2nd snack

500 for Dinner

100 calories for Evening Snack

This is just an example, as I don't know how tall you are, how much you weigh, etc. (fill up on fruit at least 2-3 times per day).

Hope that helps.

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I have been working on losing weight for almost 3 months now. I eat when I am bored. I get bored at work very easily. I have been tracking what I eat, because I know it will help me control what I eat more. I love food, and some days I really have a hard time controlling how much I eat because I just can't seem to feel full. I have tried drinking lots of water with the Dasani drops for flavoring. Some days that works, other days not so much. Ever since I started working out I have been trying to limit my calorie intake to 1200 calories/day. What is a good calorie intake for a mid 40's female? On a good day, before I started working out, I was probably eating about 3,000 calories/day.



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You have the attitude that gets right at the heart of the issue for most of us, I think. Thanks for sharing; it reminds me that these choices I make ARE emotional. Now, I just need to shoot for the emotion of patience--patience to not gratify myself right now, but to wait (and refrain) for something better: a svelte new me. Best to you on your goals!

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I find myself eating out of boredom at times. I also know that I have the choice to chose to do something else. I think for me it is a habit to make the wrong choice and I need to stop think and make a better choice. I do have one thing going...my home has been purged of bad foods and there is only good food stocked, so when I am eating out of boredom I am eating healthy food ...just too much at a time that I really don't need to eat!!! I also always have cut veggies in the frig to grab, but I really what to learn not to grab even good food when I am eating only because of an emotional choice.



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Boredom eating What is that
Get busy and do something for someone who can do nothing for you
It will make you feel good and someone else will benefit
One day at a time



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Do you like to read? I find that if I'm immersed in a great book I don't think about eating or even smoking! If you get a book that sucks you in literally HOURS will go by!



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I used to get the " guiltless baked chips", but even thought hey are better, they are still chips. I do think sweet potatoes are better...

I also eat the pita chips ( which are like dry bread.)

I also like those sweet peppers. Have you seen them, they look like little chili' peppers. They might be in the bell pepper family. They are yellow, orange, and red and small. Sometimes, I use hummus. emoticon emoticon



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My sisters and I have always had a love/hate relationship with chips! It was nothing for us to sit down with a bag each and finish it off in no time! (I know, gross right?) I can not even look at a bag of chips with out them calling my name. lol My best way so far to resist that temptation is to munch on sweet peppers. The crunchy texture is just what I need at night to satisfy my craving...



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super idea!!!! Good for you! emoticon



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I have always had a problem with late night snacking. It would always be something salty, like a bowl of chips (not baked), or something sweet... Of course having one type, always led me to wanting something the opposite. I've discovered that if I have a bowl of frosted shredded wheat with a pkt of Splenda sprinkled on top, always ends the desire to snack. I believe it's because it satisfies the sweet tooth and also fills me up with the fiber in the cereal.

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I LOVE green tea. I've tried lots of brands and fruit blends too. I use about 1/4 tsp of honey or stevia.

Keep these great ideas rolling. I hope the ones who orginally started this thread, found some ideas that worked for them. emoticon



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1/6/14 6:12 A

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I try to keep busy, get online, drink more water, if that doesn't work, I grab a banana, some days can be a struggle, if I do get caught up in boredom eating, I don't beat myself up about.



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1/6/14 1:48 A

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I think green tea sounds great and I actually have a big box of it in my cupboard.



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I drink a lot of hot herbal tea and I am good not having sugar in it, so that helps. But tonight I did not get home from work until 8pm, till I let the dog and out, feed him and the cat, changed my clothes, its 8:30. So dinner was 2 scrambled eggs on wheat toast. I did get to eat my salad at work, but I did not get my snack in because I was so busy emoticon

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1/5/14 7:26 P

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I love what you said about the pistachios and the green tea i am going to try it.



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Wow, obviously you receive alot of benifits from doing the right thing. Some times these conditions go away or improve. My sister hardly has any problems with asthma since her lossing weight...



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I almost went down the boredom track last evening, but I just grab 10 pistachios and quickly put the bag back in the cabinet. I just needed a little crunch ( and I knew a baby carrot was not going to do it this time) and I was good with that and my green tea. emoticon

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A few months ago, I developed Vocal Cord Dysfunction, an extension of GERD or silent reflux disease, which meant eating (or breathing) the wrong thing meant my larynx closed up, and I couldn't breathe. Added a whole new level of desperation to the whole weight loss thing. The fact that I was obese wasn't helping either. Since then I've cut out all coffee, soda, chocolate, citrus, spicy foods, processed foods, and have greatly reduced refined sugar-- oh and worked out like a fiend. I'm down close to 40 pounds since the problem began, and I'm on the cusp of saying goodbye to obesity.

As far as boredom, I rediscovered knitting. I brought a knitting project to every holiday function, if someone asked if I needed to bring it, I told them yes I do. The other perk is I have something to show for that "boredom." -- I get a ton of complements on my scarf.

My symptoms aren't nearly as bad as they were, but I know if I gain weight or start eating those trigger foods on a regular basis it will only be a matter of time before my throat starts closing up again. Yes, I love food, but I love breathing more.

When heading for the destination, don't forget to enjoy the journey.


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1/4/14 10:45 P

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That's great! emoticon



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what is a medola picture? emoticon

Edited by: LIVELYGIRL2 at: 1/4/2014 (22:44)


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I tried to boredom eat the other day, but I realized what was happening before I could. So I decided to drink more water and more active instead.

The grass isn't greener on the other side it's greener where you water it!


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I spent yesterday and today cleaning out my junk & stuff. Organizing books, paperwork photographs. By doing this I didn't have time to think or desire any comfort or boredom food. I feel accomplished and competent. Plus I got plenty of exercise going from 1 side of the house to the other. I also do word search puzzles, crossword puzzles, music and SparkPeople for supports. Called a friend, she picked me up and we went out for a small bite to eat. Just got home and feel great.



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I seem to eat a lot more when I am bored as well.. mostly at work, lol. Any suggestions on combating this?



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ANDI1275,
Have you tried putting puzzles together, coloring mandala's, or painting? these are things I do to keep me out of the fridge. I don't want to get the puzzle pieces or the paper all messed up with crumbs and greasy fingers. And mandala pictures have been recommended to me by my psychiatrist as a therapeutic outlet.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

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well I can see n ot all these things work for everyone, but they are great ideas. If we keep brain storming, we can compile a list that works for everyone.

Right here is an idea. A person could either write a blog or something else. It will keep them busy for 5-15 minutes and maybe hours.

There is a popular lady here, that made a little can, that she pulls out little slips of paper of things she is grateful for or has accomplished. I think her name is Shelly something. Sure it is creative, but doesn't take that much.I don't remember if she gives herself rewards for doing or not doing things...

I know it's not REAL fun, but for those who are trying to keep preoccupied and not mindless eating: sometimes I clean out cabinets, or downsize ( get rid of junk).

I DO know there is stuff to do, that doesn't take a bunch of money, or go somewhere.

How about writing a few postcards of encouragement, of thanking what someone did for you, or what you like about a person.

Can can choice 1-4 people a week to call or write.

My my husband tried to retire before, he thought there wasn't much he wanted to do besides TV, because of the cost.

There really is alot, if someone wants to figure out what that is, besides knitting and the other stuff. Keep thinking , and we might solve this, for the ones who asked. emoticon



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I like the advice of the members but I have many problems with a lot of your suggestions. I am not allowed to drive right now due to my size and I have no friends in this area. I am open to any suggestions that someone might have to help keep me busy and out of the refrigerator. I am not very good with arts and crafts but I am willing to try anything at this point. emoticon



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I like your advice Kickingit@56, I spend too much time alone, and end up binge eating. It's time for me to get out and get with my friends. Doing something for our less fortunate neighbors at Bristol Lodge



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Too much alone time can be a set up for mindless munching. Spend time in quality relationships which nuture your spirit and help minister to others who are less fortunate.

"Change does not happen immediately, but it will happen eventually." Fr. Cedric Pisegna, C.P.

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How about gardening. Or making something from recycled stuff in the house. You can look on Pinterest for ideas on this,



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my first step when I find myself perusing the kitchen cabinets for something to snack on when I am bored, I try to remember that I don't really want the snack when I am really not hungry. I will try water first, but if that doesn't work, I will try a lifesaver or a gobbstopper. The sweetness helps me keep out of the kitchen w/o killing my tracker numbers. Also, I try to keep my hands busy with my crochetting baby blankets for Project Linus. Usually these delay tactics will work for me.



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Thanks for all the great advice! I have many of the same challenges & am always looking for new & different ideas on how to overcome! Thanks everyone! Have a great, healthy eating weekend! emoticon



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Great! Keep me posted and I will add you as a SF so we can motivate each other emoticon

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Awesome! Volunteering is a very good way to get out of the house and meet new friends.
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