I don't know how to stop!!!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Wow, I had a mini-revelation which I need some feedback on...

How to stop.

What I mean is, when I am doing something that I know I shouldn't be doing, like eating a bag of chips, and while I am eating them, I am mentally telling myself to stop, but yet my hand goes into the bowl or bag, and grabs more. There is still that voice in my head saying you need to stop, but the hand goes in and grabs more.

So, my mind is telling me stop, but I am not listening. WHY????

Am I alone with this issue? Have you had this issue and have ideas for dealing with it? I need some ideas to try! Thanks!
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    I had that issue for years, and as you can imagine, it led to becoming obese with TONS of related health issues. Tried so many diets, etc, but with no success. My breakthrough came with WLS, specifically Lapband. I now feel full when I eat, and that was one of my biggest issues all along.

    Surgery is radical, but it worked for me, and I am thankful 100 times over for doing it. I'm now "normal" on the BMI scale.

    1873 days ago
    My problem is that I can't have it in the house. No matter what the IT is, I can't control myself.

    My new strategy is to put the treats in the trunk of my car and I have to go out there and get a snack and eat it out in the cold if I truly want it. At least I am going to try that this week.

    1875 days ago
    We've all been there! I know what you're going through. For me, it's all a mind set. My suggestion is that you plan for success. Get rid of anything in your home that would be a temptation. This means cleaning out the cupboards & frig of all the processed foods. (not forever, just until you can gain some control) Don't make it so hard for you to decide to eat healthy! Then, go shopping & fill your pantry & frig w/all the healthy nutrients your body needs & craves! Plan your meals & snacks. Then, start w/the basics...track your foods, drink the water, stay in caloric range, & move your body!

    And I love what JOETTE it really worth it?

    Good luck! And remember that you're worth the effort! emoticon
    1881 days ago
    I have this problem with ice cream if I eat straight from the container. I agree that the secret is to portion out a serving, and then eating that serving slowly. -- Lou
    1882 days ago
    I agree with portioning it out... Also, maybe distracting yourself or trying to figure out why you're still eating past a single portion. Maybe go for a walk or start a project if your bored or something.
    Basically, you are not alone AT ALL in this, I hate that feeling when you're saying in your head, "stooop!" but you just keep going. I've read that you shouldn't just say no, let yourself have a small portion or half-portion to stop the craving. Then, go distract yourself! Hope that helps! (I will be listening to my own advice too)
    1884 days ago
    First off - don't ever eat straight out of the bag ! Put all your snacks in a 'measurable' bowl. So you know what is in what what you are eating. Once your first bowl is gone, you can look at the back of the bag again and track on Sparkpeople what you have actually eaten so far. If you still want to add more calories, fat, sugar and sodium to your daily intake, go ahead. You want to eat it more, so eat more. But track it and even blog to your Sparkteam about it. You will soon start to enjoy eating in moderation and tracking healthy foods. Tracking junky food starts to bring you down soon enough.
    1884 days ago
    I have the same prooblem, still struggling with it but Spark friends help when I ask just have to ask and they will help
    1884 days ago
    Honestly- right now I just have to avoid things I consider 'trigger foods'. I haven't figured out how to tell myself no yet. I had someone tell me their trick is to always ask 'what's next?' If you choose to put your hand in that jar- 'what's next'? And when you answer that- maybe it will be easier for you to make those choices.
    Let us know how it goes!
    1884 days ago
    I have the same problem. You are not alone. I like Joette's idea.

    1884 days ago
    I weigh or count out my portion of snack, put it in a tiny bowl, and slowly savor it. Usually the serving size is enough for me, and there's not the temptation to go back in the bag. Good luck!
    1884 days ago
    You are not alone in this. It is a struggle for me, too. It helps if I portion out the snacks into individual portions. Buy some of the snack sized ziplock baggies and put portions in there. That way your bag is much smaller!
    1884 days ago
    we all have bumps in the road just keep pushing
    when i did this i walked ALOT more the next day
    1884 days ago
  • ANGIE8975
    I have had that problem but with sweets. I found out that if I take a portion out I do better and to eat it when I am craving it cause I eat less of it when I do. Good luck
    1885 days ago
  • J0ETTE
    What helped me with this was a day I had eaten a snickers candy bar. I didn't really enjoy it, but ate it anyway. The next day I went to the gym. As I was walking in, I created my game plan. Treadmill. Couldn't get off it until I burned all the calories that candy bar cost me the day before. I was on the treadmill an hour and a half. From that point on, it has made it much easier to answer the question "is it worth it?"

    Maybe you need a visual for yourself
    1885 days ago
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