Distraction Techniques

Friday, June 18, 2010

Beck card for the day:

"When I want to eat something I shouldn't, do these things instead:

(Fill in the blank)"


I have to admit this didn't work for me last night. I was snack-y and ended up eating peanut butter and crackers. I ended up eating 1900 calories for the day, which wasn't a train wreck BUT -- it wasn't planned eating, either.

I'm going to put forth additional effort today to plan my eating, and to use the strategy of DISTRACTION. When I feel snack-y while watching TV, I just need to pull the plug and go to bed and read!

Make it a great weekend, everyone -- why would you make it otherwise??


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  • no profile photo CD4357551
    Hi TG, You've had some really good focus on the Beck's cards while I've been gone. Just what I needed to restart my thinking process and getting back to the whole thinking process!

    Good job!! Can I have my wave back now?

    I'll have more later - just a lot of catching up to do.


    3864 days ago
    Those are good ideas, but i'm afraid they just don't work for me! Pulling the plug on the TV is one that does work... but more often, I have to find something to replace the "desired" snack! Recently, I have been making fruit bars and they work! I just throw a ripe banana, some milk and berries in the blender and pour the whole thing in popsicle cups. Really good!
    3865 days ago
    I am adding a new distraction to my list. I will play with the bunny. This will serve two purposes. Hopefully, I will forget about eating. Also, the bunny needs more exercise. It is my son's bunny but he has become allergic to him so he seldom plays with him.

    Have a great weekend.

    LaurelSpark and Rudy emoticon
    3866 days ago
    I've been thinking too much, too hard, too deeply. I love the simplicity of working the program minute by minute.
    3867 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Great plans!! I love your list of options.
    At night what helps me is to clean my face and put on a nicely scented moisturizer. The fragrance distracts and soothes me and I end up feeling good because I am taking care of me.
    Another option I have is to make a cup of herbal tea. ( I just found a loose sassafras tea, very fragrant and satisfying)
    3867 days ago
    I say "ditto" to all the previous comments. I, too, like the "brush your teeth" instead of giving in to a snack attack.

    I also find that drinking a cup or two of water makes me feel full and not so hungry.

    Best wishes to us all as we work toward our goals! emoticon

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    50s+ Weight Loss Challenge Team

    3867 days ago
    As always, love your straightforward, honest self-assessments. And a perfectly timed blog for me. Thanks.
    3868 days ago
    Love your ideas about the distraction .......usually does work for me..... emoticon well, mostly......*grin*

    I am loving the Beck cards you do every day......really great advice....
    3868 days ago
    I have my visualization poster on my cabinet door. It reminds me of my goals and how much it means to me to get rid of this extra weight. What ever works for you is a must. emoticon emoticon
    3868 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7023171
    Love your distraction ideas.. thanks. emoticon
    3868 days ago
    These are great!! I am loving your Beck cards!!!!

    This weekend I will remember to: paint my nails and brush my teeth whenever I get the urge to eat something I should not eat (or at a time when I should not eat it)!! Thank you for sharing these.
    3868 days ago
    Great idea - thanks for sharing!
    3868 days ago
  • no profile photo RITAROSE
    I loved your distraction technique and am thinking of how it fits into my lifestyle right now especially. I am one who has several things going on at the same time frequently. When I'm working in my house I often end up upstairs or in the basement wondering why I'm there, what was I going to do or get? A blessing of "old age?" Before giving in to temptation I could brush my teeth, (that's such a good one because after doing that who wants to ruin it by eating?) pick up the house, do a manicure or pedicure or pay bills or whatever breaking the desire to give in to something I will regret. SP has talked about this a lot. A temptation only lasts a short time, if we can stall we will have a greater chance of not giving in.

    Thanks so much for the reminder! I needed that!

    Have a super weekend! My son and his group had their pics taken in front of the Petronas towers in Malaysia. The are due to come back home next Tuesday night and I can't wait to hear all about the trip.
    3868 days ago
    It is so hard to develop strategies that work 100% of the time!! I think it is fantastic you have some thoughts of what to do to distract you. My munchie time occurs when I get home from work, I have now replaced that time of day with exercise. Then Cardio when the hubster gets home or after dinner. So far it is working for me!! Good luck!!

    Cheers!! JJ
    3868 days ago
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