I have discovered four strategies that work for me in my battle to not overeat…
#1 Putting myself on an eating schedule has been working well to slow my cravings and to prevent the evil binge that usually follows them. Here’s an example of weekday eating:
9am – Nutrisystem breakfast item or a packet of oatmeal
11am – snack (apple or banana or string cheese or NS snack)
1pm – NS lunch item
3pm – egg (usually deviled with mustard and low calorie mayo)
5:30pm – NS dinner item with vegetables or a salad
8pm – hot air popcorn (I really like the stuff!)
#2 Lately I’ve been craving low calorie string cheese, asparagus, green beans, apples and BANANAS! I had the best banana just a second ago! It rocked my world! I keep these things on hand for when I can’t wait out the cravings. At least, I’m bingeing on better food. It’s a start.
#3 Eating an egg during the day, helps to keep me full.
#4 When I buy extras, like salad fixings, vegetables and fruit, I make sure to only buy what I need for a few days. That way I don’t overeat and nothing spoils.
A Victory - Yay!: Yesterday, I had a craving for a strawberry shake from the new Whataburger in La Porte that I drive past after leaving the gym. Argh! Instead of giving into the shake, I went home and had a low calorie strawberry yogurt. It was close to being the same thing. I was satisfied. Yeeha!
Speaking of Whataburger, which I do quite often, I just had a cool old memory... when I was pregnant with Ethan, I craved Whataburgers and Coca-Cola. No other hamburger would do, just a Whataburger, and it had to be Coca-Cola, the good way they used to make it with real sugar, and it would be cold and I'd take a huge gulp and it would burn going down. Oh momma! Yes, those two things I had to have while carrying my E. And I would take a couple of bites of the burger and a couple of gulps of the coke and then throw. Ah, sweet memories.
I’m still losing fat and building muscle. Man, I must've been a big o' blob of fat before I started being a gym rat. And the journey continues.
I want to be as serious as a heart attack right now, and tell you that you need to find a personal trainer or a workout buddy or a friend to walk with. Having Becky and Devera there to make me exercise has epically helped me. Because of exercise, my body moves better, my mood is brightened and I have hope. If you don’t already workout, think seriously about doing so. And if you used to workout, start it back up.
Thank you for reading! I think you’re epic! I love you! You are not alone! Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mothers out there… you know who you are!