This is so true. I've been making progress is figuring out how to manage my habit to graze. I was able to eliminate the habit during the day, then I tackled the evening. Now, I see that I need to figure out some tactics when I'm tired, sick, or feeling 'out of sorts'. This process of finding better habits is kinda fun, because I'm learning how I got hooked into my old habits. This helps me find new habits.
Oh, and my only hint is to sleep when your baby sleeps. Take naps through out the day and don't worry if there is laundry or dishes to be done. You need the rest more.
Edited by: GORIANA at: 4/12/2012 (17:03)
Goriana, So Cal, USA
52 Days until: Five Year Anniversary of Swimming the Length of the Pool
Fitness Minutes: (102) Posts: 11 4/11/12 8:10 P
RKRUG2, thanks for posting this topic. I had never really thought about it but today what you posted makes sense. I just posted on the checking in forum, that I gave in and ate Hotess Donut Gems today. And it just so happens that I'm very tired today after working and staying up late last night, and then, getting up very early and standing/walking (I'm a teacher) and in meetings all day. I stopped at the store on the way home, bought the donuts and ate them in the car. Of course, it didn't help that I barely ate anything for lunch and a protein bar for breakfast. Anywho, thanks for helping me make the connection.
I will look into the sugar detox. I know that when I don't eat them as much I don't crave them and most things are then too sweet. I am so glad to know I am not alone. I will give my little boy a hug for everyone. And I could use the extra arms...lol. Mine get a little tired after a while. For some reason he is wanting held by anyone more than usual. He has been going through a growth spurt so I suspect that is why he wants held more and he is awake more as well. Thanks for the understanding and advise.
current weight: 217.0
Fitness Minutes: (651) Posts: 16 4/10/12 5:28 P
RKRUG2 you are doing a great job to already be at your pre pregnancy weight you should be proud of your self. I have 4 children and when I'm tiered I'll eat all day on the wrong foods. With a new baby it's hard, if your tiered have a sleep when bubs having a sleep and try not to feel guilty about it. All of the other job will still be there latter. I don't have any tips on the cravings other then the water or substitute with healthier options but I don't think you should be to hard on your self have as much rest as you can and take care of your self your still healing.
current weight: 165.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 8 4/10/12 5:28 P
I absolutely agree, although I didn't realize it when my kids were small. Wish I had done something to stop it before I gained all this weight. Don't let that happen to you. To beat sugar cravings, the only thing I know of that works is a "sugar detox" or something like it. Eating sweets definitely increases my cravings. Try to go cold turkey for a few days and see if it makes a difference. This is a fundamental precept of the diets like Sugar Busters and South Beach.
Fitness Minutes: (540) Posts: 187 4/10/12 3:43 P
RKRUG2 you have a right to be tired! And I understand how fruit doesn't make sugar cravings go away---me, too. It sounds like you just need to rest alot! Give your baby a hug for me. Since my daughter grew up my arms start craving newborns sometimes!
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Fitness Minutes: (102) Posts: 11 4/10/12 2:16 P
I am not breast feeding. I can't. Not long after I gave birth I had to go back on muscle relaxers for a spinal chord injury that caused nerve damage to my shoulders making the muscles be in an almost constant spasm. I have been replacing my sweets with fruits because I love fruits but it does not get rid of the craving. I know some of it is mental (I am a psychologist) and some is physical. I am already below my pre pregnancy weight. I did not gain much, the docs told me it would be very un healthy so i really watched what i ate. Unfortunately I could not exercise much because I have hyperflexive joints and the weight of the baby put too much stress on my hip joints. I am looking forward to being more active but I am soo tired all the time. I went for a walk yesterday and that was a chore and a half. I am actually a belly dancer as well and have not doen that in months and I wont be abe to for a few more. I had a c-section and will have to take that activity very slow. Thanks for all the support and words of encouragement. I knew i couldnt bt the only one that craved sweets when tired
current weight: 217.0
Fitness Minutes: (540) Posts: 187 4/10/12 1:57 P
It's your body's way of telling you it needs fuel, but your mind will tell you not to eat empty calories! Good luck with your baby---(I only had one and she was so easy for me, I figured I'd quit while I was ahead). Your body hasn't recovered from birth yet, either. Are you breast feeding? That usually helps take off pounds.
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Fitness Minutes: (24,975) Posts: 413 4/10/12 12:27 P
Aways!! I am a greatgrandmother now but as a young mother and a grandmother (I raised 6 of my grandkids and worked) I know I did nothing but eat. I wish I could tell you a magic solution. I was fortunate enough in those days I didn't gain weight. It wasn't until I stopped that I blew up!
“Only as high as I reach can I grow, Only as far as I seek can I go, Only as deep as I look can I see, Only as much as I dream can I be”
When I'm exhausted I seek comfort and food comforts me. Unfortunately I don't know of any healthy comfort foods...they are all cake, cookies, mashed potatoes and gravy and junk food!! When I'm exhausted I want a quick fix...and usually carrot sticks do not play into it!
Everything we do in life is a choice...I can't blame others for my thoughts or actions.
Faith is taking the first step-even when you don't see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Fitness Minutes: (102) Posts: 11 4/10/12 11:02 A
Have you ever noticed that when you are tired you want more sugar and more food in general? This happens to me quite frequently. I have a month old son that is being nothing but fussy the last few days and I am exhausted. When I am exhausted all I want to do is eat. I would love to sit and eat a cake or some doughnuts or other assorted pastries. However, I am not and I already noticed that exhaustion is part of my trigger to crave. I never really thought about it until I started this challenge. Does any one else find that lack of sleep leads to their cravings?
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