I make a point of not having anything around me thats not good or worthwhile calorie wise. That box of brownies in the cupboard? Guess the local food bank is getting them! Same thing for those bags of chips or boxes of crackers.
Challenge yourself to find new recipes. They have oodles of recipes here on Spark
Here is another thought: Ever consider hypnosis? Not a bad idea to try especially if you are struggling with snacking. I love it!
To add one other thought to all the wonderful and helpful replies that you've already gotten. I put the food in the nutrition traker before I even make dinner and adjust accordingly. Plan, plan, plan! I know I can only have a wonderful evening snack if I have enough calories left at the end of the day. Think of it as "trading off". What is your heart's desire? Pick your food and snacks by that standard. You can do it!
I agree with Jana about planning ahead. I have a tendency to roam through the kitchen eating any random thing that looks good. The only thing that seems to keep me on track is having a list of everything I'm going to eat that day. When I want to snack, I just check to see what's on the list. The list doesn't have to be really detailed, a general outline (like number of servings of fruit, vegs, protein, etc)is just as helpful.
Life ain't so bad at all...if you live it off the wall
Thank you for responding to my cries for help. I guess I just need to know that I'm not alone and a lot of other people are going through exactly what I'm going through. I've just got to stay positive and keep focused. Thank you again!
Kristen- I've found it helpful to plan out what I am going to eat for the whole day. Spark has some good suggestions if you need a little help. Then try to actually stick with the plan, knowing that "extra" stuff is extra... I try to make any extra stuff fruits and veggies since those tend to be more filling for lower calories. Another thing that helped me (afternoon was my WORST) was simply planning two full "lunch" meals. One lunch at 11-12 and another at 2-3. That way I didn't end up snacking all afternoon. And yes, I have a (postal) scale smack dab in the middle of my counter. I want cheese on my dinner, weigh out 1 ounce. I want cereal, weigh out 1 oz. etc. I wish you well!! Jana
Here is my advice to you... Go to Target today and buy yourself an electronic food scale! Then plop it down right on the counter and don't put it away. Do not consume any food that you don't record. Since I did that, I am amazed at how much I was grossly overeating. Now, when the package says one serving, I actually measure out how much one serving is. Last night, I was eating this pasta dish that my Fiance prepared from a box. I was about to dig myself a big spoonful of it when I looked at the serving size and how many calories it had. 2/3 cup had a whopping 410 calories!! I took one mouthful of it, and put more asparagus on my plate. That way, I could still enjoy the dish that he made but not feel really guilty for blowing my calories on one dish. This method has helped me immensely!
Don't be afraid to reach out to your team members, we all joined sparks for the same reason you did. Support in healthy choices.
Well, I have been using spark for a little over a month now and I'm flailing around like a fish out of water. I'm not doing very well. Everyday, every single day, I start the day out with great thoughts and I eat a really healthy breakfast. Usually by lunch, I'm over it and I'm eating something that's deliciously horrible for me. If I do good at lunch, I usually sabotage myself in an afternoon snack. I don't know why I keep doing this, I REALLY want to lose the weight. I'm just having a really hard time being motivated and keeping things going. Plus, I was going to the gym really well until I threw my back out 1 1/2 weeks ago. Then, I kind of got off track. It feels fine now, but I haven't been able to get back on track. I haven't reached out to spark members yet and this is my cry! I would really love some people to help motivate me and help keep me going when I feel like I need a second bowl of cocoa pebbles :) Thank you, in advance, for all the support :) Kristen
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