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11/3/14 2:46 P

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Hi!

I'm doing alright! I went up and down 2 pounds a few times in October. Down a pound today!

Tomorrow night I'm leaving for 2.5 weeks in Sweden (bf lives there) for a funeral and other things....emotional and social eating are things I have to keep aware of.



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11/3/14 1:41 P

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Wow, back! Visit home went well, but I obviously fell off the Sparkpeople bandwagon. I think I did fine in terms of food/exercise (my pants all still fit). We did a lot of hiking/walking and I managed to practice some moderation, so all is good.

How was your Thanksgiving?

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10/8/14 12:39 P

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My Mom's a food pusher! She likes to entertain and to be generous and make people happy, her heart is in the right place.

Best of luck to you with family weekend!

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10/8/14 12:12 P

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Awesome job! I am also visiting family this weekend and like you, I have a tendency to overeat while visiting. My parents tend to be very spur of the moment with meals which really makes it hard to plan much for the day (oh hey, let's go out for dinner, AGAIN!). Normally I prefer to eat a larger breakfast and then keep dinner fairly light, but they tend to be the opposite, with the result that I often wind up having a large breakfast AND a large dinner. On the plus side, they do always keep a lot of vegetables around.

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10/8/14 9:19 A

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I'm doing pretty well with this! I'm on a temporary break from refined sugar and most carbs, and I feel really committed! There isn't much I can snack on out of the things I enjoy mindlessly snacking on. So I have veg with hummus or almonds or a thin rice cake and feel alright.

This weekend is (Canadian) Thanksgiving and I'm going to my parents' place. I don't have too much family drama these days, but I still usually over-eat when I'm at their place. This will be a test! And I'm going to allow myself to have pumpkin pie, that'll be my first refined sugar in 2 weeks.


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10/1/14 2:09 P

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How's it going with folks? I have been doing well with my "no wallet at work" strategy, but am having occasional slip-ups at home. I think this past weekend I let myself get too hungry (was busy and not thinking about it, then just wanted to finish off a few more things before lunch, then lunch got pushed to nearly 3pm), and then the next thing you know, I was polishing off a second slice of carrot cake (no cream cheese frosting, at least!).

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9/22/14 11:41 A

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Hi Liat! Welcome to the challenge.

Do you keep snacks that are just for you around at all? I try to keep some cut up vegetables and hummus in the fridge, for example. If I get the urge to snack, I ask myself if I'm hungry enough to eat veg & hummus. If the answer is "no" I shouldn't be eating. Of course, this doesn't always work, but I think it does help.

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9/19/14 10:42 P

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I'm in for this. My biggest problem is I spend half my day making meals and snacks for little people. I make breakfast twice or three times (different waking/leaving times) and then its just me and the smallest at home. I'm literally always in the kitchen making food and its so tempting to just grab a bite here and there and oooh, doesn't that look tasty.

Its so frustrating because I know I'm doing it and I don't want to but I do and then feel guilty/yucky over it.

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9/19/14 12:55 P

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Welcome to the challenge :)

Last night was a total fail for me. Daytime was great, I was very busy with interesting stuff at work and had no desire to snack. Then....

I came home and tried to go for a run. I had a bit of a cold come up earlier this week and thought I was over it, but after a mile of running it became obvious I was not. I shuffled myself home and decided I should skip my weekly knitting group rather than go downtown to meet them, stay up late, and possibly cough all over a bunch of other people. So my plan was to have a nice bowl of soup, some toast, and an early night in. Instead I wound up eating dinner, then following up with some shortbread from the freezer, a granola bar, and a big wedge of cheese. In retrospect, I realize I was feeling kind of down about missing knitting and being home alone in my messy apartment, and it was total emotional eating. I think the fact that I ate dinner in front of my laptop did not help either. I feel pretty sure that if the laptop had been shut off, I would have had my soup and then gotten up, done a little housework, and gone to be to read myself to sleep. Or I might have just sat at the table and read for hours, but I would not have gone looking for snacks. So....another thing I need to work on. No screentime while eating.

One thing I was doing for a while in the evenings that really helped me to be productive was to write out a schedule on the train ride home with all the things I needed to get done that evening. I'm going to try to start doing that again. It keeps me busy and I get things done and it also helps to give dinner a definite end point, because I have to get up and start getting other things done after I eat.

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9/19/14 9:56 A

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Hi! I didn't notice this new thread, I've been working on this too! Tracking every bite really helps me make better decisions!

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9/17/14 9:45 P

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Yes, another person! And, glad I am not the only one who has resorted to leaving cash at home. I swear, if there's a dollar in my wallet it's like I have a compulsion to spend it. If it's not there, I just don't think about it much.

I am pleased to report that I finally had a fairly successful day! I had my planned snacks (yogurt, fruit, and some carrots/celery/bell peppers). I did then decide that my lunchtime bowl of soup would taste really good with a few more of those saltine crackers on the side, and it did, but that is a small enough slip up that I'm calling it a good day. No sweets, which is excellent in my book. I didn't feel hungry at all which just reinforced that the mindless snacking really IS mindless and not a response to actual hunger.

Now I just have to do it again tomorrow. I have a meeting in the afternoon where there are often cookies. Fresh, warm, 400-calorie cookies...which I usually regret eating. I should remind myself of that.


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9/17/14 6:21 P

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Totally in! I also leave cash at home when at work. There's a vending machine that only takes cash on my floor. I have to go all the way down to the first floor to the cafe if I REALLY want a snack. My problem is buying junk food late at night or eating junk when at events. All of those things really add up for me.

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9/17/14 12:01 A

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Today I had some unplanned saltines (stashed in my desk drawer for who knows how long...this was completely mindless, stupid eating and I am somewhat embarrassed to admit I ate them now). I did realize what I was doing and stopped myself after a few, rather than polishing off a whole sleeve of the things. Then, someone left WARM COOKIES in the break room. AAAAAAARGH. I did eat half of one, so again, not great, but not terrible.

Tomorrow I will do better! I did take all the cash out of my wallet last night after posting here, so I at least had zero temptation to take a break from work by buying a candy bar.

How're other folks doing?

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9/15/14 8:45 P

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Well, not off to the greatest start. I was traveling for work today, and it was SO HOT inland, not to mention hazy from some nearby fires. I had to stop for gas and used the hot weather as justification for buying an ice cream sandwich. So, I need a gameplan for avoiding snacking while traveling as well as at the office. If I know it's going to be hot, I think I'll plan on freezing some water in my water bottle the night before--a big chunk of ice takes a while to melt so I would hopefully still have nice cold water by mid-afternoon. I should also have remembered to pack a healthy snack.

Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with a more successful report,

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I'll bite (ha ha).

I'm going to focus on replacing grabbing a snack with having a cup of herbal tea, and when I do need a snack, having veggies. I have lots of snackable veggies in the fridge right now. Fruit too, but I honestly kind of overdo it on fruit (I could eat it all day long), so no more than a couple pieces a day.

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9/15/14 1:10 A

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This is totally my big problem. Anyone else?

I've figured that I am mainly prone to procrastination snacking at work. On the weekends I tend to stay pretty busy and it's not such a problem. I'm pretty sure if I cut the boredom snacking at work, this summer weight gain would sort itself out in no time. So, for September and October, my goal is to stop the mindless snacking.

I do generally need a small snack mid or late afternoon to make it from lunch until dinner. I usually *plan* that snack, so I do not consider it "mindless".

My strategies for avoiding procrasti-snacking:

-If I want to snack, figure out a work task that I can knock out in 10-15 minutes. I get overwhelmed by big projects, so just need to remember to break things down (bonus, I should get more productive too!).

-Leave all cash at home during the week. I won't use a credit card to buy unplanned snacks because I hate seeing "Peet's" or "FroYo" show up in my Mint account. I do have an ATM card and my credit union has an ATM in my building so if there is an emergency where I NEED cash, I can get it.

Who else is in?

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