You just gotta do it, that's all. I'm going to assume you're actually eating enough to keep up with the activity you've been doing all day -- but if it's possible you're not, address that first because it may be part of your problem. (For example if you're going to the gym and working out regularly and also trying to stay in 1200-1550 calories, that may just be too little for you. It's possible if you increased calories to 1700-1800 under such circumstances, you'd lose consistently (if not necessarily super fast) without having such regular daily self-sabotage going on.) Similarly make sure your "doing so well" includes reasonable amounts of all types of foods -- dont' skimp on protein because it tends to come with some fat, for instance; or cut out the idea of eating lots of good vegetables because they are "carbs" -- that sort of thing.
But assuming you are doing things properly and this is simply an emotional issue coupled with the stress that comes with any sort of weight loss plan --
I'd suggest trying to identify what sorts of foods you're overeating on; what you find most irresistible when you get home from work. Is it the snacks? Are you grabbing a sandwich because you're starving, then eating a whole dinner later? Are you wanting to eat at bedtime? Etcetera.
Then once you've gotten that figured out, plan your life in such a way as to make success simpler than "failure". For example, say you're doing the second thing: starving when you get home, so grab something fast and small(ish), but then you need a full dinner too. In this case you might re-prioritize so that you never have to cook in the evenings (use a crockpot, for instance); and temporarily remove from your house the foods you've been grabbing right away instead. No sandwich materials, dinner's already hot and ready? Might as well just eat it, right? That sort of thing.
The key I think is to remove the "automatic/unthinking" element from your overeating and make it easier to do what you really want to do than it is to do anything else. In my case by far my biggest "at home" issue is and has always been that I tend to snack on anything that's left out, so my "plan for success" strategy was simply never to have or leave food out unless I'm in the process of serving it. And it worked, because I wanted it to, and because the trigger for that automatic behavior just wasn't there very much anymore. I still have this tendency, by the way; it's just no longer a problem big enough to derail my plans.
You can do the same with whatever your own issues are. Don't fight it; prevent it.
Height 5'8 1/2"
5K 4/21/11: 31:55
|60 Maintenance Weeks