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late night snacking in college :[

So it's almost 4 am, and I have an assignment due tomorrow at 12pm (yay college.). I'm starving, so I made myself a peanut butter sandwich on light white bread (protein) and am drinking orange juice with an 'emergen-c' in it for a vitamin C energy boost.

So, I've noticed this type of snacking happens about 1ce per week if not more for me and was wondering how do I log the 300-400 calories of damage? Should it count in today's calories, yesterdays, or just be taken in stride as 'life happening'? I know NOT snacking would be optimal, but when the last thing I ate was at 7pm for dinner, I'm REALLY hungry...

Wed. Nov 19, 3:55am

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oh, and

I'm currently only 15 lbs away from my 'goal' weight of 145. I'm 5'9 and 160.

I don't know if that affects anything, since supposedly the last 10 lbs are the hardest.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 3:59 AM

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Sometimes you have to prioritize, and if you're up late working on an assignment, the energy to focus is probably more important in the short term than weightloss. 300-400 cals once a week isn't the end of the world; it averages out to 50 cals a day over the week. Maybe try to do some extra exercise the next day? But don't beat yourself up about it. If it was an extra 400 cals every day, you'd have a problem!
As for logging, if it's after midnight I'd put it on today's calories, I think. Also? Well done for sticking to a healthy snack; at least you're not bingeing on a pizza and a gallon of Coke!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 6:44 AM

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I'd say if you havent gone to bed yet then it is still yesterday. But then...are you going to get any sleep?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 10:50 AM

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Hope you got your assignment done and you feel good about it. How I remember this high stress under the gun living in college!

I'm with most of the posters here, don't beat yourself up. You needed SOMETHING to stave off the tiredness and to supply some protein for your alertness. Your choices were ok and you didn't eat a jar of PNB...instead had a sandwich.

Post in a way that makes the most sense to doesn't matter to the rest of us how you are posting.

Hang in there, you are doing great! Best wishes gettting your work done.

Thursday, November 20, 2008, 2:01 PM

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have a little brain food

I have the same problem... insomnia. and often get up to snack. Sometimes its a must!! I log it on at dinner but leave a space and label the time. I just read about the fiber PGX (it expands 600 times in the stomach so watch out!) and I'm going to try to have MUCH smaller midnight snacks with the fiber. Some calories are necessary to feed the brain, but mindless eating benefits no part of the body or Soul.

Thursday, November 20, 2008, 2:32 PM

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Thanks for the posts guys :] Extra work out the next day is out since I'm usually exhausted after an all nighter :) but I think I'll just add it all up and do some extra on the weekends, or count that as my running 'off day'.

As for getting any sleep, 10.50, that's totally optional here :P I'm at an ivy league who's work load is supposedly 'world notorious'. *shrug*

long live pb&j!! and starbucks' skinny lattes :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008, 5:08 PM

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I'm a student too. Anything after midnight I just count for the next day.

Thursday, November 20, 2008, 8:09 PM

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this is a link to the new and free PEERtrainer emotional eating program:


Monday, November 09, 2009, 4:46 PM

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If I haven't gone to bed yet, I count my points for the past day - I keep in mind that it is still a late night snack. Smart pop 100 calorie popcorn bags helped me with my late night college snacking along with drinking water (keep hydrated!) and diet sodas. The key for me was to not keep bad snacks in the house b/c if you are really tired and snacky, you don't care how bad it is!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 9:09 AM

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I just wanted to encourage you in your weight loss journey. It's extra hard in college when late night pizza runs are the norm. If I only knew then what I know now!!!! :) I am finding that protein bars and protein water help keep me full and are so much better for you than other snack items. Good luck and keep up the good work!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 9:21 AM

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9:09- why do you keep linking to your stupid site?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 9:46 AM

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9:46 - Because I have a list of snacks on it that are healthy and really helped me in college, I didn't mean to offend anyone - sorry

Thursday, November 12, 2009, 9:35 AM

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9:46 Last I checked no one is forces you to click on the link. 9:09 thanks for the tips:o)

Thursday, November 12, 2009, 11:09 AM

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