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The Open Bag - Tales from 100# Down

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I have learned something about myself. Open bags and boxes are huge obstacles. They silently scream their siren's song pulling my hand toward them with invisible strings. I used to bring a container to my computer desk but have learned in the past year I can't even let it get within arm's reach.

Here is the problem with that open container (it can even be something fairly healthy if eaten in an appropriate portion like say dried fruit or thin pretzel sticks.) My mind says "one more won't hurt" but my hand goes on auto-pilot and the next thing I know I've had 3 servings. There have even been a few disastrous events where I finished off a container.

Perhaps you are more controlled than I am, but I can't bring them to my desk. I have to portion my food out in the kitchen and seal the container and store it away. The single serving pouches are great but not cost effective so I have taken to bagging my own in snack size baggies with a sharpie pen clearly labeling the caloric content on each one. I then store the lot in a large plastic storage bin and if I'm very tempted to over-indulge I put a post-it note on top again with the calorie count per serving in BOLD print.

I hope someday to conquer this enemy calling from inside the bag but as of yet I have to defend against it! There are a few food items I have had to banish from my shopping list entirely. Things I can't buy include:


If they don't get in my shopping basket they can't get inside my house and taunt me. Actually, I'm probably carrying all of those on my hips right now. They just moved their stored energy from the bag to my fat cells.

On that thought I better get on the elliptical.

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    Great thoughts and ideas. I can stay out of it if it has not been opened. Once something is open I am tempted.

    Thank you for sharing your blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1895 days ago
    so true
    1895 days ago
    I can sooooo relate to this blog!
    1896 days ago
    I couldn't agree more - if I bring a full package with me to my desk, the couch, etc then I almost always eat more than a single serving. Portion control can be really tough but it sounds like you've identified the problem and a great solution for keeping it under control in your household! Nice job!
    1896 days ago
    I have the same issue. And being single there is no one else to eat these items or to notice how much I'm eating so I have to be my own police. I was raised to not waste food so I didn't like to throw things away. But I've finally come to understand that my body is not the storage bin. I like your idea for portion control. I used that at work but not at home. I'm going to revamp what I've been doing. And I will continue to throw things away if I see that I bought something I shouldn't have or am eating to much of it.

    Thanks so much for sharing this. emoticon
    1896 days ago
    Open Containers = emoticon or emoticon

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    1896 days ago
    Putting a post it note with the calorie content is an excellent idea that i will definitely use!
    I can't buy: marshmallows, nutella,ice cream or flavored yogurts.
    So, you are not alone.
    I guess if we could control ourselves we would not need to be here!
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    1896 days ago
    You are so right! Sometimes when I'm really tempted to eat out of the container, I will read the number of servings in the bag or box and multiply it by the calories per serving. When I see the huge number it gives me a reality check on the damage I am about to do and it stops the binge. Great blog, thanks for sharing.
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  • L*I*T*A*
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    1896 days ago
    One of my rules for myself is not to eat from a bag or container because I experience exactly what you're talking about.

    1896 days ago
    I have a problem with bingeing so I found out right away that I couldn't even go down the aisle at the grocery where the cookies are sold. I don't bring chips into the house unless I'm having a football party and then I try to send leftovers home with someone else. Learning to portion your snacks is a great idea. I portion out what I can have and completely put them out of sight. It's a lot more work to get them out again. If I'm desparate I will, but then that's a choice I have to live with. And that's what it all boils down to. It's a long road we are on, but it's a longer life we are striving for.
    Thanks so much for sharing. I love your blogs!
    1896 days ago
  • SISSIE21
    I totally agree! I have often looked for the meaning of life at the bottom of a potato chip bag but have never found it. Didn't keep me from trying!
    I also don't keep my favorite binge foods in the house, just can't have them around. I like your idea of separately packaging snacks and marking the calorie content; will do that myself.
    Thanks! You are such an inspiration! emoticon
    1896 days ago
    So true in this house too! I also have portioned out the "treats". I do it because it is cheaper to do it myself but I still get in trouble. It will soon be time to just stop buying them. I know not to buy candy,cookies and ice cream, it's the healthy ones that can get me going just as easy..
    1896 days ago
    Totally understand! I bought a bag of M & Ms to make a recipe with. My husband opened it up for a snack, and bingo, I found out that M & Ms are a trigger food. Good strategy you have.

    1896 days ago
  • JENAE954
    Open containers of snack foods? Are you kidding?
    Can't even have the unopened ones in the house.
    I have no will power.
    Once in the house they don't last more than a day or two.
    YES! I AM a food addict!
    1896 days ago
    I can so relate! I really have no will power. Although I have been able to portion single servings out of the larger bags. Some days I am better than others
    1896 days ago
    Wow! Are we the same person? :) emoticon
    1896 days ago
    TOTALLY agree! My list includes: chips - saltines - nuts - CROUTONS! Yes, I can no longer buy croutons for my salads because at night their salty greasiness call my name! ACK. Thanks for the great blog.
    1896 days ago
    a great plan
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    1896 days ago
    Agreed! I don't leave open containers around either.
    1896 days ago
    You are so right. I have found that I also can not leave a bag open around me either. I like your idea of the snack bag solution and I'm gonna steal that idea. Thanks
    1896 days ago
    Very good strategy! I also can't bring any trigger foods like those into my place.
    1896 days ago
  • COOKIE_AT_51
    Good ideas ... I agree with you, I can't stop if I have the bag emoticon . It is best for me not to have them in the house too ... especially cookies emoticon
    1896 days ago
    Good strategies. I'm might just steal one from ya. emoticon
    1896 days ago
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