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Sunday, January 20, 2013

As I am moving down this road to health, I am realizing just how much of my life revolves around habits.

When I watch football, I must snack.

When I sit and read, I like a little snack.

When the kids go to bed, I like a little snack.

When I travel, I like to snack in my hotel room (mostly because I'm bored to death).

I generally eat fairly healthy meals....but its the snacking that kills me. So, these habits have got to go. One at a time, they need to be replaced with something else.

I used to knit.... I'm thinking of taking it up again. I can do that in front of the TV, and while traveling. I think keeping my brain engaged and my fingers moving is a good way to get myself out of bad habits, and in to newer, better ones.

Since the day after Christmas, I've really be watching my habits, and when I go to the pantry to "scrounge" for something to eat. Some things I've learned are a little surprising! There are things that I didn't realize are triggers that are.

I've realized that Pinterest is BAD. If only there was a filter to show "non-food" pins.

When my Dad encourages me to eat makes me want to eat badly. Defiance? Rebeling against my parents? (I'm 43 for heaven's sake - get over it!). I think I feel like he would love me more if I was lighter. It's not true, but it's still there and a part of my issue.

Traveling is hard. I'm bored in my hotel room at night, and I want to go get snacks to kill the boredom. I've been logging in here, or trying to work up until bedtime instead. It's hard, because what I WANT to do is eat. My body thinks that is WAY more fun. And maybe it is, but it sure isn't good for my long term plans.

I am going to continue to notice my habits, and work to replace the bad ones with better ones. I am actually fairly surprised at how much I used to eat from habit, and not hunger.

I am breaking the cycle!
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    I'm 44 and do the same thing...DEFIANCE. But that is my personality...tell me what you want, you are getting just the opposite.

    Love your blogs.
    1978 days ago
  • KATIEM929
    Habits are hard, especially when there are triggers behind the routine! Would healthy snacks or ONE serving of your favorite snack/treat be a workable alternative? Changing something drastically always backfires for me.

    Otherwise, I think your ideas of knitting and keeping your mind active are great! I love many interesting topics and wonderful speakers, just fascinating stuff. And is great for learning just about anything.

    Good luck to you! emoticon
    1979 days ago
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