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Wow! Time to get my eating back on track.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mondays are my weigh-in days. I get on the scale at the same time every morning, but it is Monday's weight that I write down, and Monday's weight that I report to various groups for accountability.

This morning I knew would be trouble--weighing every day means I can't really be taken by surprise. Nevertheless, this morning I stepped on the scale and saw a number in the tens digit that I haven't seen for awhile, and not in a good way. This is not a number I want to see. I am up 3.6 lbs from last Monday--OUCH!

I blame a number of factors for this debacle:
1) too much alcohol since Thursday-I've had social events where I've had glasses of wine 4 nights in a row.
2) too many carbs! I have been using my running as an excuse to refuel on carbs, but really, I don't need that many. It's not like I'm running a marathon. Sheesh.
3) too much eating out. Restaurant eating is so hard to keep under control, and difficult to track also.

So what am I going to do about it? Well, it shouldn't be too hard to eliminate 1 and 3. I don't need alcohol, and eating out is more expensive than I can afford anyway. (Of course, there's Happy Hour for work tonight, but maybe I can get away with just a glass of water.)

#2 is the harder challenge. Those carbs have been creeping back into my diet gradually. They are insidious and addictive. I skipped the piece of bread I normally have with my soup for lunch today and had an apple instead. Still carbs, but more complex. Dinnertime and afterward is harder for me.

The best thing for me is usually to stay busy in the evening--get out of the house, stay away from the TV, etc. But I can't afford to spend money doing that. My workouts are in the morning, but occasionally I can do a bike ride in the evening, walk the dog, etc. Other ideas? What do you do to keep from eating at night?
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  • KAYOTIC
    I took up knitting, just to keep my hands busy, but you could do any kind of handiwork and accomplish the same thing. Or journal, do puzzles, find a distraction.

    I think at one point too I scheduled in a limited night time snack, portioned it out, and stuck to it with tracking (I love to see SparkStreaks going!)


    3442 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    Water, water, and then some more water emoticon
    3442 days ago
  • MNNICE
    Same as Sharon, I'm definitely a night-time snacker, so I do plan an evening snack -- I like my wheat thins (1/2 a serving) and a wedge of laughing cow cheese, sometimes some 94% fat free popcorn, or fruit. If I've got all my nutrients in for the day I might indulge in a frozen (sugar free) chocolate pudding pop, or a skinny cow chocolate treat if I have any. You know what you need to do and you have a plan, and that's the key! You can do it!
    3442 days ago
  • SHARONSPARKLE
    I am a night time snacker and I have finially admitted it to myself. Since then I save calories throughout the day so I can have my planned night time snack and not feel guilty. When I am being good and tracking my food, it has never slowed my losses down.
    3442 days ago
  • CODEMAULER
    I've been a bit off the leash lately. The food has been fairly well-managed, but the cocktails came to bug me last week. After last week's weigh-in (I was up 3.5 pounds), I was a bit frustrated and caved.

    There's your advice - don't do what I did.

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    For night time eating, I try to keep fresh vegetables on hand. The calories are usually a bit lower, I feel satisfied, and the calories are far from empty. Since we're both in MN, this isn't the best year-round solution... but it's what worked this summer.
    3442 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1035627
    Way to talk your way through this issue - you sound like you have a plan, and can stay on top of it! You got this!

    --- oops! Missed my answer to the last question. Depends on the night, sometimes I allow myself a nice snack of popcorn, or fruit. But sometimes I just say no too. A cup of tea does help.
    3442 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/26/2011 4:54:33 PM
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