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Have been doing soooo good with my eating for the past week, but now it's 10:00 at night, sitting around by myself while the hubby's farming, and all I want to do is EAT! Bake cookies, inhale ice cream with strawberry jam, popcorn with lots and lots of me stay strong!

Thu. Jul 19, 10:54pm

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i know exactly how you feel. i had one of those days today. I bought a 1/4 pint of icecream, i picked at the chocolate on it, but made sure to throw the rest away. that way i own't have it tomorrow when i'm feeling better. Stay strong.

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 11:03 PM

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Ok here is my emergency checklist for those situations:
#1 brush your teeth and scrub your tongue too! and make sure to rinse with listerine.
#2 put a pot of water on to boil for tea or hot chocolate or chai or something
#3 take a tylenol Pm and get in your PJS. or any trick that makes your body ready for sleep.
#4 do something spa-like. put on a face mask that dries hard(you cant really open your mouth too well without flakes of clay falling off haha), paint your nails, spend time lotioning your body, pluck your eyebrows etc etc.
Then before you know it a pot of water is bowling and you've forgotten you even put it on... but if you still want to eat then BE CREATIVE.
Think of the lowest calorie things you could put into a smoothie or tea or hot cocoa that would make it interesting and yummy. Want cold? maybe ice and a little milk honey and nutmeg mixed with chai tea? or cocoa powder and some vanilla extract and a bit of cream? or maybe lemons squeezed in with a fruity herbal tea? etc etc. make it into a project. dont think food. think what can you put into a drink...cant put cheese or popcorn or cookies into a drink ... :)
So I realize I sound a bit crazy, but the post felt urgent!hehe and that is my own little crisis kit. stay strong!

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 11:03 PM

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OP - thanks guys it helps just to know that somewhere out there, there is someone struggling with the same thing and surviving. Thanks for the tips 11:03!

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 11:19 PM

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Try a treat that doesn't set you back

I know you'll have to wait till the next time you grocery shop, but to be prepared the next time I'll share my "secret". This is my favorite time of the year because blueberries are in season. Dump half a pint in a bowl and throw on a couple spoonfulls of Cool Whip Free. It tastes like your cheating and you're not, the whole thing is only 140 calories. Not a fan of blueberries . . . the same things goes for strawberries or any other favorite. Best to you, hang in there.

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 11:40 PM

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What I do is only keep healthy things in the house so even if I go nuts it's with fruit or rice cakes or something like that.

Also when I get to craving stuff I have to focus on what is most important to me. To get slim and healthy or to have whatever my tastebuds are wanting. And in the end it never tastes as good as you think it will and I seem to never be satisfied. So I find it better to go with something healthy.

It's good that you are reaching out, I hope you weather this storm well.

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 11:50 PM

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You can do it.

Just asking for help and writing it down is good. Keep trying. A week is a long time. You are probably really tired. Hang in there.

Friday, July 20, 2007, 12:05 AM

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Step away from the kitchen, brush you teeth and lay in bed and read a book.

Friday, July 20, 2007, 12:12 AM

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Hang in there! I go for the personal grooming tactics as well - they're relaxing and you can't really combine them with food very wel. Paint your toenails, face mask, etc.... I also like to clean - I used to hate it, but now it's kinda relaxing. Read a book or a magazine. Sometimes I play video games or call a family member who's a night owl. The toothbrushing thing works really well.

I'm a fan of dark hot cocao - skim milk (8 oz), dark cocao and I add some sugar-free irish cream syrup. Put it in an insulated, covered mug and you have something really good and warm and satisfying that you can sip for 1/2 hr (and less than 150 cal). By the time it's gone your urge to munch will be too. Hot tea works also, but to me the chocolate is more satisfying.

If you gotta crunch on something - munch on a big bowl of raw veggies with light dressing drizzled over them. Hard to overdo it on veggies (but easy on that dressing). Or I like cucumber and tomatoe cut up with some rice wine vinegar - pretty bulky and guilt-free.

I would say the majority of folks here can relate and everyone has their own way of gettng past this hurdle - for me, it involves staying away from the TV. I cannot sit in front of that thing and not eat. Good luck!

Friday, July 20, 2007, 12:23 AM

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11:03 How GREAT are your tips!! I am going to print it off and add to my them!

What do you do when you are heading out of town for a few days (small vacation) and your down fall is eating out???? I have done great in my 2 mo. I have stayed away from fast food all together. I hope we can pick the "right" places to eat while we are gone, but you know how road trips go with kids....ideas???

Friday, July 20, 2007, 8:42 AM

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Can you keep a small cooler full of your favorite fruits in the car/hotel? I love fruit, and if I eat a couple pieces before I go out to eat, it's easier to choose something small and less fatty at a restaurant. I know what you mean about eating out--I hate to be in a restaurant and not order something I can't make myself. But the fruit helps. I love peaches and cherries, good strawberries, mango...Those and an 80-cal string cheese and I can usually make a good choice at a restaurant, if there's a good choice to be had.

Friday, July 20, 2007, 9:29 AM

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11:03...omg, your list was wonderful. OP, big picture...are you eating enough to start? Sometimes my food cravings kick in because I am not eating enough in a given day....sometimes it's simply food cravings.

Friday, July 20, 2007, 12:49 PM

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12:49 - this is the OP - yeah, I'm getting enough calories (between 1500 and 1700), it's mostly just old habits dying hard! So used to evening snacking, it's tough to find new ways to do things! Excellent tips guys, thank you!

Friday, July 20, 2007, 1:46 PM

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Re eating while on vacation, the plan that I've used on recent trips, both day trips and vacations, is to prepare as much of the food myself as possible. For example, on our vacation last summer I made sure we had a kitchen available at our hotels or B&Bs, and we picked up groceries before we checked in. Then we would eat breakfast at our hotel before we set out in the morning, I would pack a lunch and snacks to take with us (I took a freezer bag and some freezer packs), and we'd return to our hotel for dinner.

The main reason I decided to do this was because of my kids. It can be so stressful to try to find a suitable place to get a meal or snack, and they don't eat much of a variety at restaurants--their diet would consist mostly of pizza, french fries, and macaroni and cheese.

When I first considered the plan, I wasn't sure I wanted to do it. After all, I didn't want to spend my entire vacation preparing and cleaning up after meals. I wanted to be spoiled by having someone else do all the cooking and cleanup. But once I really thought about it, I decided this would be the better plan, and it worked out very well.

- Time: I find that planning where to eat out for every meal, or finding a suitable restaurant when needed, is actually very time consuming. In contrast, it doesn’t take long to pour a bowl of cereal with some fruit in the morning, or make some sandwiches and fruit to take along for lunch. I planned simple meals and a grocery list in advance, so it did not take long to shop, either. I enlisted the other adults to help with the cleanup.

- Hassle: Eating dinner at the hotel was more relaxing because the kids could leave the table and play when they were done while we adults could sit and chat. That was much more relaxing than at a restaurant - we're always busy keeping the kids occupied and well behaved, and we need to finish before they run out of patience.

- Scheduling: By needing to return to the hotel for dinner most nights, it prevented us from overscheduling our days. The kids needed that evening time for baths, to unwind, and to get a reasonable amount of sleep.

- Cost: It saved a lot of money, which I'd rather spend on activities.

- Health: Everyone ate much more healthfully.

Friday, July 20, 2007, 4:17 PM

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Don’t lose site of your goals and the bigger picture, I just got back from a 3 day trip where we ate out 3 meals a day and it went fine, most places have healthier options and when your done eating you’re usually full and will have the satisfaction of knowing you made the best choice you could… I know this is going to sound boring but at breakfast I actually ordered oatmeal and instead of using brown sugar I put sugar free maple syrup in it and it was good I also had an egg to get a little protein and was full for several hours, good luck!

Friday, July 20, 2007, 11:47 PM

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Having accountability partners is also helpful, I don’t know if you’re in a team or group on peertrainer but if not you might find one when you return, it helped me stay on track when I was on vacation to know I had to log and report back how I did when I returned I have a great group and wanted to do my part to stay on track.

Friday, July 20, 2007, 11:52 PM

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