One of my long term incentives is I want to be on my feet and enjoying my grand kids weddings. My youngest is 10 months old. His dad did not get married until he was 30 so I may have a long wait and I still want to be on my feet. Jane
If you absolutely cannot control the urge to eat at night...keep a head of crisp lettuce in a covered container in your refrigerator...eat all you want/need to satisfy what ever it is you need to satisfy. CalifArtist...really has a good idea...just think about what lies ahead 'health wise', if you do not take control now. This is not easy for any of us, but it can be done if you want it enough. Just try to change this one habit now and work on others later...when you conquer this everything else will be much easier. Good Luck...Be stubborn and strong!! Sharon
ONE DAY AT A TIME!!! Do Not Expect More From Others Than You Are Willing To Do Yourself...Sharon
I've been thinking about your situation some more. If you get more exercise you may find that you sleep through the night and don't wake up to eat. Even a half hour a day of good walking makes me sleep through, and there was a time when I'd wake up early almost every night.
I use silly tricks to keep on track. I have a garnet ring on my right hand. If I eat something I didn't plan, I have to take the ring off BEFORE I eat it. That makes me think if I really want to eat it or not. Then, I cannot wear the ring for 24 hours.
Come up with your own tricks. You are worth the effort it takes to be healthy. Best wishes for success. Reva
See if you can go the night without eating. It will be a challenge but if the need to get healthy is there it is possible. Remember loosing weight is not the goal, getting healthy is.
Would a handful, 8, of "baby carrots" satisfy your your need to eat? Only 35 calories and gives you lots of chewing. Don't forget to add the calories to your daily intake depending upon the date. If you eat before midnight allow the calories by making sure you are below your daily intake allotment.
I don't know what your doc told you, but my doc told me that if I didn't lose weight and lower my bp I could have a stroke or diabetes one day. When I looked up the consequences of those conditions and I saw things like blindness, kidney failure, etc. that gave me all the incentive I needed to get serious about my weight and change my habits. Sometimes taking a cold, hard look about the future can be sobering but very motivating.
I'm guessing that if you have to go in for blood work that you *can* avoid eating the night before so that you get accurate results. So that proves that you can do it when you have to, right?
Perhaps you could add a specialized spark goal just for changing this one habit - and reward yourself for a positive "streak" of a few days, a week, a month. Yes, you can break this habit.
If you wake up early, go read a spark article or blog post and drink a glass of water instead. When do you go to bed? Maybe if you go to bed later you'll sleep through the night until morning. These are just some random thoughts that are occurring to me.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit -"
- Aristotle - pg.12
How many little counter productive things do we do each day as a matter of course just because of little bad habits we have developed that have gone uncorrected? Bad habits are like parasites, they subtly eat away at us and we tolerate it because it is easier than making a change. They become part of our routine, always present, almost like a familiar friend.
Correcting or eliminating a bad habit is easy. It’s just like all other self-change, you have to start with wanting to change. The first step is acknowledgement. Identify the fact that you have a bad habit and recognize all the subtle little ways it holds you back or interferes with your life. The next step is commitment. Commit yourself to eliminating the counterproductive habit that you have identified. Don’t be wishy washy about it either, develop some determination about your task.
The easiest way to eliminate a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit. Replace smoking with deep breathing exercises, replace always being late with always being early, replace procrastination with a “Do it NOW” attitude, replace fretting with peaceful meditation. You get the idea. At first it takes a conscientious effort to make the substitution, in a short time the substituted activity becomes the habit.
The bottom line is, identify the bad habit, accept that it does exist and commit to making a change. You have to want to make a change, take stock in yourself, work to your betterment You’re worth it!
I saw this and it really hit home with me. bj
WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. HAVE FAITH, HOPE, LOVE laugh often, LOL
I'm 62 years old, recently reitred due to health issues very very overweight lady. I can't seem to find the insentive needed to stop night time eating. I'm good all day, then go to bed, wake up around 12:30-1AM and thats when it starts....I must eat, don't even have to like it, feeling sick to my stomach but I must continue to eat....is there any help for me??????????
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