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What To Do Instead of Eating

Friday, January 20, 2012

I have been in a funk lately (due to gaining 20 pounds, living with my inlaws, and stress due to finances and wedding planning). I've been struggling since January 1, 2012 to get back into a program and start losing weight. However, I have just NOT been able to make it stick like I have in the past, and I keep reverting back to my bad eating and (non-)exercising habits. The other day, I was doing GREAT with my food all day long, and then I got home from a long day and ate EVERYTHING in sight with my fiance right there beside me.

So, I have decided that I need to start blogging about each day to create some accountability and to get my thoughts down. Hopefully it will be therapeutic and motivational.

I have decided that today's blog should be about things we can do to stop ourselves from eating junk. Whether we are at a party with tempting food, or living in a home with nasty junk lying around (I live with my in-laws and they do NOT eat healthy). Please feel free to add to the list!

1. Read some SparkPeople articles (or other online nutrition or fitness articles).

2. Blog! Keep those fingers busy and talk about WHY you want those nasty treats. Maybe you didn't get enough sleep, maybe you didn't eat enough during the day, or maybe you're using food as a method of making you feel "better." Write about why you want the food, and maybe that will help you pinpoint triggers.

3. Drink 8 oz of water. You're probably just thirsty! Drinking the water might also make you feel too full to indulge.

4. Go somewhere food isn't. Go outside for a walk, take a bath, go to the library, or start that project you've been meaning to start. Just go somewhere where you aren't surrounded by food or thinking about food. That means LEAVE THE KITCHEN!

5. Go to the gym. Similar to #4 but I find that even if I'm at the gym for only a few minutes, I get inspired by the people around me. So many people are in there working hard and trying to stay fit.

6. Create a motivational board. Post pictures of sayings you like, photos of enviable bodies, and other pictures that symbolize the journey you are on. Post it somewhere you look everyday. Maybe even post it on the fridge, so you have to look at it each time you're reaching for the gallon of ice cream.

7. Call a friend or family member. Reaching out to another person will make you feel better and will keep you from mindlessly snacking. Maybe even get a support buddy that you call whenever you feel weak, make them your hotline and vice versa.

8. Chew a piece of gum - it will keep your mouth busy and the mint works as an appetite suppresant.

9. Play a game on your gaming console - like Wii sports or something on Kinect. You'll be moving, burning calories, not eating, AND having fun with you family.

10. Take up a new hobby, such as sewing, knitting, playing an instrument, puzzles, sports, etc. It should keep your mind engaged and be enjoyable.

My goal starting today is to do one of these things when I feel like eating junk food.

I have planned my food out today. Later my fiance and I are going to the movies - no popcorn for me. I will bring a bottle of water and maybe a healthy snack if I'm hungry. I plan to eat dinner BEFORE the movie, chicken stir-fry (no rice).
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  • XENA47
    Great post. I couldn't have done better myself. Distractions really are helpful and one of the best strategies for me when I'm feeling binge-y.
    2319 days ago
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