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watch out for triggers!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

the next assignment is to identify triggers: food and situations; figure out where it comes from and how to stop it!
more easily said than done...

food triggers: what sets off an eating binge? i think there are basically three different types: first, when i'm in an upward (gaining) spiral; second, when i'm holding my weight; third, when i*m successfully losing.

when i'm gaining, everything is a trigger. no use analyzing that (now anyway.)

when i'm steady, i enjoy eating junk in the evenings, but i can control the amounts. sweet or salty? i tend to ping-pong. but i stop when i've had my full.

and when i'm losing? this is the important one for me now.
i think i lose best when i go cold turkey, meaning NO JUNK FOODS WHATSOEVER!!!! when i 'allow' myself a treat, withdrawal symptoms take over. trouble is, i usually hold out maximum 3-4 weeks.

a-ha. now i've pin-pointed it.
and what's the remedy? hmmmm.... maybe hold on for two weeks, then allow for some of my favorites before getting withdrawal symptoms and without going out of control, then another two weeks cold turkey etc? ok i'll try it this way.

and the source of the triggers?
food: starts at the supermarket. if i buy junk 'for the month' (or even 'week') it never lasts that long. if it's in the house, it burns a hole in my mind.
so: watch that grocery list.
situations: cooling down in front of the tv.
remedy: do something else slightly more active in the evenings-- paint easter eggs, go swimming, clear out shelves and closets...

easy to make resolutions, now to stick to them for 8 weeks!
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  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon just one day at a time
    1922 days ago
    hey seawave, now that's an interesting thought.
    same as it's impolite to eat in front of others without offering them something.. just seeing food whets the appetite. and just thinking about it, too. isn't that how advertising works?
    remedy: get control of your thoughts. (heard this one over and over again.)
    1923 days ago
    I have a hard time identifying my triggers. Oddly enough, I think reading about triggers is one of my triggers. Is that possible? Once I get going, it can be anything - salty, sweet, chewy, crunchy. Still thinking on this one to try to figure it out...

    1923 days ago
    Eight weeks should go by quickly!
    1924 days ago
    sounds like you really know what you are doing and what your body tells ya
    1924 days ago
  • KELPIE57
    I'm impressed!
    1924 days ago
    You've done a great analysis of the situation for yourself. Good luck!

    1924 days ago
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