I am a firm believer that when you try to stop doing something, the only way to succeed is to replace it with something else. So, when you stop eating the popcorn and Ritz, and cheese, and Pringles, and Gold Fish, you need to replace them with other snacks. I know itís not easy finding a snack that immediately will be as satisfying as a Ritz or Pringles. I was a big Pringles fan and it was hard giving them up.
I starting eating those puppies as soon as I was old enough to eat snacks, thanks to my dad. So, when I got older, that was my snack of choice. I was a big Ritz person too, and boy did they go GREAT with some cheese on top. Eventually, I learned to cut back until I no longer crave them any longer.
Also, If your friends are supporting you, thatís great. You need people around you who wonít have the wrong foods around to tempt you. If they want to eat the Pringles along with you, then until you get more willpower, you need to try spending less time around them.
When it comes to snacking, in stead of having all those things that you know will sabotage your progress, try cutting up some apples or having some raisins or a handful of peanuts or maybe some vanilla yogurt with some fresh strawberries cut up in there. You can create other nice healthy snacks too. However, if you find that you cannot seem to give all of those things up, and MUST have them, then try this. Just have one. Give up everything but the Gold Fish or maybe the Ritz, and let that one thing be your only snack you cheat with. Then, portion out half a serving size into ziplock baggies. Get yourself several baggies and put your half a serving size into them. I say half a portion size because I think if youíre going to snack on things like that, a whole portion size is way too much.
If you portion out the appropriate amount, force yourself to stick with it. You have to be willing to sacrifice and push yourself to the limits. You can do it and itís easier than you might think it is. Iím not saying itís easy, but itís just easier than you think. Just push yourself and surround yourself with people who will support you. Thatís the best advice I can offer.
Good luck and stick with it. You can do it, just do not give up. Push yourself!
~~ Will ~~
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