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8/20/09 10:03 A

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Thanks for the tips all. I bought a bunch of apples this week and that seems to help. While they may not be calorie free, they are better than the junk I usually eat. I'll make sure to keep track of them.

As for the drinks, thankfully my budget can't handle it too much. That is a costly habbit if kept up. I did find that drinking a lot of water seems to help too. Sometimes though, that one drink can help take the stress of the day off my mind. I guess all things in balance is key.


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8/19/09 10:14 A

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I like a drink now and then too, but i always remember that i'll pay for it in the morning. Alcohol dehydrates you. As much of a pain that it is, if you MUST have a drink, drink an extra glass of water.
As for late night snacking.. my DH is a super big offender of this too. the only way i can keep him from doing it is to not buy the things he likes to snack on.. or less of it. Preparation is also the key like others have said. When you get home from the store, prepare your fruits and veggies for snacking. cut the bricks of cheese into cracker cuts for easier healthier snacking availability. Just think, a little more work now is worth the HUGE benefit at the end right?

Good Luck!

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8/17/09 6:45 P

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I too keep low calorie snacks available in case of late night cravings.

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8/17/09 3:10 P

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Lifeandall

Preparation is 9/10ths of the law...or something like that.

I would suggest being prepared. Having snacks available after bedtime will help. Have a bag of carrots or something else that is a good munching food. Put them in a prominent place.
When you are hungry after bedtime (if you are truly hungry and not bored or stressed?!?)having the carrots readily available will help you at least get something good in you.
You can also put post-it notes next to the other choices, hopefully that would help you stick with the carrots (or similar snack).
You may also write reminder stick it notes (or old photos) and put them up in general. It might help bolster your will power during the late nights. Seeing a reminder might get your will power revved up.

Distraction is also another key. have a crossword, or something available, that might keep you occupied until the hunger passes.


Drinking. I would say carry a bottle of water with you always. get a small sigg or canteen whenever you find yourself looking to drink kool aid or something else, go for the water. Hopefully it would become a habit, and make it easier to resist other choices.

You could also make up stickers with the calories and stick them on the drinks. This could be a fun activity for the kids! That would get rid of the "out of sight, no calories" mentality.


best of luck and keep us posted!!!

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8/17/09 2:34 P

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Hey Ryan I can't answer about the drinking because I only do water and teas...not even diet drinks but I also get late night craving...I don't really think I'm hungry I just know I'm up and pretty much bored...I keep three things on hand...#1 the miniture size bags of popcorn...don't know if you like popcorn or not...#2 lots of fruits all different kinds especially bananas my favorite fruit and finally I like to eat ice...I know weird but it really does help me from not indulging into plates of food at 10pm...Keep fruit if you like that around and just grab and go

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8/17/09 2:29 P

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I try and keep low cal snacks around like the 100 cal packs. As for the drinking, I don't drink much in the way of alcohol these days but clear alcohols have fewer calories. Also, for the non-alcoholic drinks I keep things like the little packets that go into water bottles. They usually have 0 - 10 calories in them. I get a lot of the late night cravings because I go through periods of little to no sleep for various reasons. Mostly, I drink water or the put one of the packets into the water and try and stay away from eating. Have not been doing real well with that lately but just started volunteering at an animal shelter and it busted my butt this weekend and I actually slept! lol

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8/17/09 2:24 P

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Hi all,

During your journey, you've probably come across some things that might trip you up. Well, I know a few of my weaknesses already and was wondering if anyone has any ideas.

The first one is late night eating. If I'm up past bedtime (I know I shouldn't be) I get hungry. My mind is as strong willed as it is in the morning and I find temptation harder to resist. Does anyone go through this? What do you do?

The second is drinking. This is both alcohol and non-alcohol. I think I have the kool-aid in check now, but after working 2 jobs and being with my kids, I like to relax. Problem is, a lot of drinks don't have calories on the label. The other problem is I don't usually just like one. Anyone have any thoughts about that?

Thanks for your help and feedback!



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