Confessions of an Evening Saboteur

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I don't know how it is that I manage to undo a whole day's worth of hard work in about 30 minutes every night.

For the past couple of days, I've had my at home version of Fruit and Maple Oatmeal for breakfast. I have had my Metamucil for extra fiber. I've drank my water. I have eaten salads for lunch. I gave in to soda, but only had one. I even had a 12oz can rather than the 20oz that I usually consume. My dinners have even been very reasonable.

Then it happens. The sweet cravings begin. Then I get all jittery like a junkie needing a fix. I try to ignore it, but it only gets worse. The next thing I know, I am knee deep in Golden Oreos and a glass of milk. At least it's 1% milk. Sometimes the Oreo fix is not enough, so I go grazing. It is utterly ridiculous. I know those added calories and carbs are really hindering my efforts.

This week I vowed to take a different approach. I vowed to make conscious decisions in regards to my meals and beverages. This has worked until the last couple of awake hours of my day. I guess my approach needs a little more tweaking. I am a 3-mealer that rarely incorporates snacks, but I realize that it is a must that I incorporate snacks. Evidently I am not getting full, so when I get hungry after dinner, I start to graze and give in to sweet cravings.

There is a fruit and veggie market in my building here at work, so I plan to pick up some fruit to snack on after dinner. Let's see how this works.
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    Thanks for the encouragement and advice. I have done really well the last couple of nights. I really think I wasn't eating enough at dinner. emoticon
    3290 days ago
    Um ... first, clean our your cabinets. If Golden Oreos are your addiction - get rid of them!

    There's nothing wrong with wanting something sweet and decadent-tasting so the next time you're at the market buy some Nabisco 100 calorie cookie packs. They have a kabillion different kinds of Nabisco cookies that can satisfy your sweet tooth ( I know they have regular Oreos - not sure about the blonde ones). Skinny Cow makes DELICIOUS low fat, low calorie frozen deserts (my personal favorites are the ice cream sandwiches) and there is a brand of brownie mix (No Pudge) in the "diet" section of most grocery stores that are Y-U-M-M-Y. You make them with non-fat yogurt and you can't tell them from a super-fat regular brownie (I even add walnuts to mine and have one with a scoop of frozen yogurt). There's also a microwaveable one serving low fat dessert and for the life of me I can't think of the brand name. They are delicious and you're not tempted to over eat because you only make one at a time.

    I hope this helps!
    3291 days ago
  • ERICA071678
    OMG I am the same way!!!!!!!! So know that you are not alone! emoticon
    3292 days ago
    The fruit will help. You've got a great game plan. No worries. This is a marathon not a sprint. emoticon
    3292 days ago
    I love me some Golden Oreos. emoticon I can't have them in the house although I do look longingly at them every week in the grocery store. Sometimes when I am travelling I will indulge myself with a four pack from a convenience store. But that is it for me.... they are golden crack to me. emoticon

    You may be honestly hungry at night. Where are you in your calorie range? Are you under or near the bottom of it? If so you might need to bulk up your meals a bit esp dinner so you aren't hungry at the end of the day. Or save enough calories for one sweet treat as a evening snack.

    I find that time of day difficult as well and I too get sweet craving immediately after having dinner. I have had success in the past with sugar free, fat free pudding with rediwhip as a sweet but low cal treat at night. Or have a small glass of chocolate soy milk. Or in the colder weather, a hot chocolate. Something sweet and yummy just to cut the craving a bit. Or I have tried to wait it out. Sometimes it will pass. It is hit or miss with me. I haven't had a lot of luck lately and have been plateaued because of it.

    Good luck. Post when you find things that work for you.

    3292 days ago
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