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#159: Back on Track and Feeling Good About It

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Yesterday I wrote about my lack of willpower regarding eating while at home. Previously, I had suggested trying to divert the mind from thoughts of food by cleaning some house, doing something outside, or even exercising for a few minutes. I have not been following my own advice lately.

But today to fight the cravings I have cleaned the kitchen and part of the bathroom, decluttered some magazines and spent time outside, all when I felt supposed hunger calling me. I found I really wasn't hungry those times but was bored. So, then the ceiling fans got cleaned, the tops of door sills and other places that normally don't get much attention.

I knew challenging the mind to focus on something other than perceived hunger pangs would lead to overcoming the boredom, stress, or whatever it was that makes us think we need food, but I had gotten out of the habit of mentally challenging myself.

Not today. In addition to a feeling of being in control of today's calories, I now have a cleaner house and enjoyed some peaceful time outside in the cooler weather.

Yes, it's only one day back on track. But it sure does feel good to begin again.

Now for day two tomorrow of a new beginning.
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    One day at a time; that is the best way to take it. You are off to a great start!
    4102 days ago
    emoticon Soon it will all become a habit for you.
    4103 days ago
    congrats to you. boredom eating is my thorn in the side of weight loss also. i myself today decorated the tree, cleaned house, wrapped gifts, and of course sparked. you know what? no snacking. today i'm cleaning cabinets and ridding myself of clutter. so no snacking and a clean house. works for me. keep on doing what you are doing and we will get there from here. god bless you.
    4103 days ago
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    Good going, Lou. You know what they say, 30 days makes a new habit. We can do anything for 30 days...with a definite positive goal like that...you have given me new hope too just with your remingers!
    4103 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/6/2009 7:39:14 AM
    If that works for you keep doing it! Paula
    4103 days ago
  • CAROLINE1000
    The first day getting back on track is the hardest. It's as though your brain and stomach immediately revert back to being 3-year-old spoiled brats that want what they want, when they want it without any thoughts about nutrition or calories.

    Bravo for channeling that hunger into cleaning. I try and do that too, generally while chomping a giant wad of sugarless gum (not in public - it would be goofy) until my jaw hurts.
    4103 days ago
    I luv it when I can shift into the cleaning mode and overcome the challenge to eat! Woo hoo! Enjoy those clean surroundings!! Good job!!
    4103 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/5/2009 8:12:50 PM
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