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Friday, February 08, 2013

I work hard at being positive toward my weight loss. I work at being upbeat in my blog posts and not being too down on myself. I work at celebrating my small victories and not stressing over my failures.

However, the truth is my good behavior and my bad behavior is canceling everything out to zero. I've been great at exercising but terrible at sticking to my food plan. As a result all my hard work in the gym is not showing up on the scale. The only way to really lose weight and keep it off is to exercise more and eat less. The problem is I'm a person of excess. I can exercise more, no problem. But to eat less is a real, honest challenge.

I love food. I love the way it tastes, the way it smells, the textures in my mouth, the sounds it makes while its cooking. I am a true glutton. I have to actually distract myself to keep from eating the entire time my son is napping.

Here are some strategies I've been using:

* Sunflower seeds help. They take a long time to eat and after all the work of extracting the seed from the shell, the little kernel doesn't add up to a lot of calories too fast.

* I work at keeping my mind and hands busy. Nap time is my temptation time so that is when I blog, check Facebook and email, and try to occupy myself on the computer rather than just sitting my butt down in front of the TV.

* I need to start having more fresh, cleaned veggies on hand so I can eat those instead of higher calorie options.

* My wellness coach told me that cravings last 10 minutes. If you can hold off and avoid the craving for 10 minutes it will go away.

When is your temptation time of day? What strategies do you use to fight the temptation? Are there triggers for you that you need to avoid?
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  • ADGRANT1021
    I have noticed that the days I have a protein shake. I have less cravings. My husband and son complain about the noise of the blender but my evening isn't spent eating and feeling guilty. I am starting to believe in the vicious cycle of simple sugars/ processed foods. I can't explain it but I read in somewhere on the internet (so that means its true LOL). Avoid sugar substitutes and caffeine drinks. I hate giving them up. They are my comfort and some days my only survival. At the end of the day I can look back and I realize I didn't have that much energy. I hate to admit that boring tasteless water brings more energy than that soda I want every morning. We have to be honest with ourselves. This is something I am try to do and your blog is really helping. Please keep it up. It really helps me. emoticon
    1962 days ago
    i agree with you about food. it has been hard to find lower calorie foods with the same mouth feel and taste pleasure, but they do exist. plus, with some work, some of the new foods will be as pleasurable as the old.
    1962 days ago
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