tip that helps me from eating way more on weekends is start morning with 2 sausage egg biscuits, then I am fine till supper time and have some carbs, next day I have my cappachino and a sweet and rest of week, I can focus on healthy snacks such as dipping baby carrots in fruity light yogurt, this helps raw carrott to go down easier.
I do have late-night snacking issues - usually popcorn. I make a healthy version but it's still calories close to bedtime so I've been trying to compromise by battling another weak point - not getting enough servings of fruit.
So if I absolutely HAVE to have a snack that late, I let myself have a piece of fruit... so far, so good
I think a lot of us run into some variation of this problem during the process of changing to healthier lifestyles.
The best advice I can give is something I learned from others on Spark... First and foremost, this is a lifestyle change - It's not a race and it's not a diet you need to hurry up and finish... You'll need to be committed to it for the rest of your life so it has to be something you can realistically LIVE with... So, instead of focusing on what you think you can't do, focus on what you CAN do... Remember, small changes - when added to other small changes - will start to make a big difference. I knew early on that if I felt I couldn't snack anymore, I would fail. I also knew if I had to give up my favorite foods entirely, I would fail.
If giving up "boredom eating" is a challenge you don't feel you can do (yet), then choose your snacks wisely. Instead of reaching for potato chips, reach for crunchy veggies, low-fat popcorn, rice chips, baked chips, or at least a 100-calorie serving size of your favorite chips.
I'm not perfect - There are days I know I can do better than I have - but I also know I don't HAVE to be perfect to get to my final fitness goal.
Don't give up. Take baby steps when making changes. Don't beat yourself up... and you'll be fine!
I, too, struggle with "boredom" eating. I also have a problem with "I deserve it" eating. I tend to use food as a reward and a treat for just about anything! I'm learning to find healthy ways to treat myself, and I'm working on the boredom busters, too. Never-the-less, I have a feeling these will be issues for me forever.
I think it simply helps to be aware of these issues and focus on not doing those things. That's where your sign on the fridge comes in handy, Kenny. I have one, too, and it reminds me why I'm there most of the time.
Just wondering if anyone has weird mental blocks to losing weight? I seem to have a couple.
First off, I hate clothes shopping and keep thinking if I lose as much weight as I need to, I will be buying a whole new wardrobe. I guess I should get something fun like a T-shirt I saw that shows a Wii controller and says "I exercise every day."
Next up, I tend to eat when I'm bored. I put a sign on my fridge reminding me to go DO SOMETHING instead of eating unless I'm actually hungry.
There are also times I eat a lot after exercising to the point that I end up gaining weight instead of losing.
All in all, I'm focusing on getting down to a healthy weight so I can get rid of this stupid sleep apnea. I can't remember the last time I actually felt rested & energetic. High school maybe? Focusing on how good I'll feel when I'm healthy has helped me focus on eating healthy & exercising.
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