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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Q. INSTEAD of noshing when I'm doing something (such as watching TV or some other "TRIGGER") that I have, in the past, associated with eating unnecessarily, now I do this:

(The CAPS are just for emphasis/easier reference; I'm NOT yelling.) : )

Almost everyone probably does more than one of these. The BEST answer is what you USUALLY do now:

A. I eat ONLY my meal/snack when I am engaging in this activity (such as watching TV).

B. I EAT something that has no calories or fewer calories than I would have before.

C. I DRINK something that has no calories or fewer calories than I would have before.

D. I keep my MOUTH busy (example: chewing *gum).

E. I keep my HANDS busy (example: knitting).

F. I tough it out & do NOTHING ELSE, instead.

G. I DON'T HAVE TRIGGERS to eat unnecessarily.

H. I AVOID engaging in that activity (such as watching TV).

I. I exercise WHILE I'm doing that activity.

J. I exercise INSTEAD of engaging in that activity.

K. I go ride my HORSE. (Maybe his name is TRIGGER?)

L. I do some COMBINATION of the above.

M. I do something else NOT LISTED here.

*Yes, I know, even sugarless gum has some calories, but that's not the point of this option. The point is that you are CHEWING on something.

I'd love to see the %s tallied by SP for the answers you all choose for this question! A pie chart would be fun.

Happy Sparking!
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    I've started drinking diet soda AFTER lunch (emphasis, not yelling emoticon ) in an attempt to stop my desire to keep eating (or switch to something sweet). I think it keeps me satisfied longer than when I drank the diet soda with my lunch.

    I do also dlike D, but I rarely have gum to chew, so it doesn't usually work out as well....
    1981 days ago
    I guess my answer would be M. I have learned to think and ask myself ?'s...How is this going to make me feel, is it going to improve my body or be an insult, AM I REALLY HUNGRY..and so on..
    1981 days ago
    C- I drink something no calorie
    1981 days ago
    I am still figuring this one out. I kind of go back and forth and haven't fully made a change to healthy behaviors.
    1981 days ago
    (H) for me. We finally disconnected the cable TV and it has really limited my evening and weekend snacking. It is harder to munch when I'm using the computer or reading. Now, the only time I watch TV is at the fitness center which has TV on most of the machines. I guess I could have said (I) but in those cases I am not exercising to avoid snacking while watching TV.
    1981 days ago
    I usually do nothing else (F) It is hard cause hubby eats all evening.
    1982 days ago
  • BRENDA_G50
    My choice is L...I usually drink water but sometimes when I crave peanut butter, I will take out a spoon full, close the jar, put the jar back in the cabinet and then go back to the living room to continue watching whatever was on before the commercial break came on. Then after I'm finished watching TV, I log onto my computer to record what I just ate.

    1982 days ago
    M I log on here and gain some strength
    1982 days ago
    While watching tv I usually do a combination of C and E.
    1983 days ago
    M. I am usually on my laptop while watching TV or have my kindle handy to read.

    I think you have way to many choices listed but you may know that already.
    1983 days ago
    I think I've done just about all those things, except for the horse named Trigger. My problem is I don't any of them often enough. I sit in my chair watching TV and reading and jump up for coffee with cream and candy at least once during the evening. I like your suggestion, though, and I will make an effort to try some of them again.

    I'm getting rid of my chair in the new year. (The cats have scratched it to pieces.) Maybe moving my spot in the living room will be an inspiration for change.
    1983 days ago
    I'm with blue42down... Peanut Butter and spoon is lethal and it is slowing getting the best of me...
    1983 days ago
    I drink herbal tea while watching tv. Commercials of food can trigger cravings but I just drink my tes and remember what the food tasted like when I used to eat it.
    1983 days ago
    The questions and their options (answers) are meant to be thought provoking, like this: "Gee, there really are so many other things I could be doing, rather than over-eating" or "Wow! I see now how much I've changed what I do, since joining SparkPeople".
    : )
    1983 days ago
    Giving honest feedback here. You can delete it if it doesn't fit with other comments.

    These choices are not as clear as in your last poll. For example, I think my answer is F, because what I do now when I watch TV and have a craving to eat mindlessly is "tough it out" and not eat anything. But I might be knitting while watching TV and then have a craving to eat. I still tough it out, but I'm not doing "nothing else". Or am I? [On a different note, be warned: if you want to be taken seriously as a professional writer, do not use an ampersand in place of the word "and" in a proper sentence.]

    I agree that there are too many choices in this poll. You could combine similar answers from within your list. It's not as precise, but it fits the genre better. (Also, what's with option K? That's just silly.)

    And finally, I honestly don't think all those caps add any clarity. Most readers don't need help to pick out the important phrases anyway, so using caps is unnecessarily distracting.
    1983 days ago
    My instinctive response is G "I don't have triggers". K with a horse perhaps named Trigger made me chuckle.

    However, I will say that having a spoon in one hand and a jar of peanut butter in the other is "fatal" - without any other activity being involved. Less a trigger perhaps than a long-time bad habit, but I generally keep the peanut butter jar in a room with no spoons (office kitchen) and the spoons in a room with no peanut butter jar (my desk drawer) and ne'er the twain shall meet again!
    1983 days ago
    I either tough it out, drink water to keep mouth/hands busy, or maybe chew some gum or drink some tea.
    1983 days ago
    I L would be my best answer. I think if you write poll questions, you might wnat to limit your answer choices to 5 or less. Even though you won't be getting everyone's precise answer. You could reword your questions to include the word "usually" or "mostly".
    1983 days ago
    I would have to say "L" as I'm apt to eat, play on the computer, and watch TV all at the same time. But now everything I eat gets tracked so I'm eating less and paying more attention to what I eat. I sometimes read and eat at the same time but the days of eating half a stick of pepperoni and half a bag of barbeque chips with chocolate cake for dessert are gone. Most days if I don't have calories left I tough it out -- at least till midnight ;)
    1983 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    M. I usually work in my garden instead.
    1983 days ago
    I think for me it would be a toss up between L and M, cause a couple on the list like exercising I might do but I also might do crafts or even read or something else.
    1983 days ago
    M. I crochet and may have some nuts. They are healthy, filling and considered a fruit & veggie according to the stores rather than a snack.
    1983 days ago
  • DALID414
    M. I do something else NOT LISTED here

    I give myself a pep talk to maintain control.
    1983 days ago
    My choice would be L. I love to veg out in the evening watching tv. So, to avoid snacking I will make a cup of green tea, or I run upstairs to clean the bathroom or throw a load of laundry in on commercials.

    1983 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    My choice is "I". I rarely watch TV and when I do, I walk (like Leslie Sansone) and use dumb bells. I did 2 hours one while watching the Country Music Awards!
    1983 days ago
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