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  • mkculs13mkculs13 Member Posts: 372 Member Member Posts: 372 Member
    Asking for help worked for me today, as did getting out for exercise (for me and the dogs).
  • mkculs13mkculs13 Member Posts: 372 Member Member Posts: 372 Member
    I had to go to the store today, and thanks to the panic buyers, it took longer than usual. And yet, as I stood in line and looked at the chocolate, all I thought was, "That's a meal's worth of calories, it won't work for you as a meal replacement, and you'll feel bad about eating it, so don't bother. Just hang on and we'll go home and have a nice meaty sandwich."

    And so I did. And nothing bad happened.

    (Well, I had a migraine, but between the stress of just trying to do the weekly shopping and the onrushing storm front, I pretty much expected it.)

    I really, really need to get better at the self-talk. I stop talking to myself at the "I know I shouldn't, but . . ." point. Too, too often. Time to think of ways to tighten up my cognitive response to physiological responses (I truly accept that my body's response is "normal," based on the evidence of evolution. Eating whatever and whenever we can is "natural," from the perspective of food-insecure early hominids and early humans. But it is maladaptive today when my actual existence can be threatened by overconsumption.) I used to spend time "wishing" I didn't want things, but I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen. or at least won't become an automatic response until I've spent years practicing reconditioning. Still not sure it will ever happen, and that's ok.
  • AlexandraFindsHerself1971AlexandraFindsHerself1971 Member Posts: 1,343 Member Member Posts: 1,343 Member
    I am genuinely helped by having problems with sugar. Since I was about 13 years old, sugar in large quantities has made me nauseous and given me a headache. It's not that I don't eat candy, but to be worth feeling queasy later, it had better be GOOD candy. And I don't want to eat it just because I'm bored in the checkout, I want to eat the good candy with active enjoyment and full presence in the moment to really get the most out of it. It deserves no less.

    I had a milkshake tonight and went over calories, just to be absolutely transparent with you all. And discovered in the process that my sugar tolerance has shifted downward; I used to be able to eat a small shake with no problem. I think my limit is now half of a small shake. And I probably won't want one again for several months. Ick. Nausea is no fun.
  • mkculs13mkculs13 Member Posts: 372 Member Member Posts: 372 Member
    I am genuinely helped by having problems with sugar. Since I was about 13 years old, sugar in large quantities has made me nauseous and given me a headache. It's not that I don't eat candy, but to be worth feeling queasy later, it had better be GOOD candy. And I don't want to eat it just because I'm bored in the checkout, I want to eat the good candy with active enjoyment and full presence in the moment to really get the most out of it. It deserves no less.

    I had a milkshake tonight and went over calories, just to be absolutely transparent with you all. And discovered in the process that my sugar tolerance has shifted downward; I used to be able to eat a small shake with no problem. I think my limit is now half of a small shake. And I probably won't want one again for several months. Ick. Nausea is no fun.

    So, nausea worked for you today? Sorry, I'm joking and I'm sure it's not that funny to you.

    Exercise worked for me today. A long walk in the dog park this morning, then a nice afternoon jog. My exercise calories let me enjoy a treat from the Quarantine stack (we aren't officially quarantined, at least not yet, but that's what I call it). I didn't eat back all thos exercise calories, either. It just felt good to be outside despite the cold (I'm in WI and it's not spring here yet; 22F this morning).

  • ianthyianthy Member Posts: 454 Member Member Posts: 454 Member
    Today - as the OP mentioned 3 meals and 2 snacks, honest tracking of foods, plenty of water and 30 mins of exercise.
  • mkculs13mkculs13 Member Posts: 372 Member Member Posts: 372 Member
    n the spirit of thinking positively and planning ahead, what will work for me today is a nap followed by jog. I did 2 miles walking in the dog park but really want to get back out on my trail for another 3-4 and jogging most of it.
  • nighthawk584nighthawk584 Member Posts: 1,971 Member Member Posts: 1,971 Member
    coffee! :) in addition, pre-logging really helps me.
  • mkculs13mkculs13 Member Posts: 372 Member Member Posts: 372 Member
    Leftovers. I had the rest of my lunch for dinner. Hadn't thought about it, but it worked.
  • mkculs13mkculs13 Member Posts: 372 Member Member Posts: 372 Member
    Exercise. I really wanted some cookies, and because it was a day I was going jogging, I had the calorie budget for them. And I really enjoyed them.
  • AlexandraFindsHerself1971AlexandraFindsHerself1971 Member Posts: 1,343 Member Member Posts: 1,343 Member
    Logging my food helped today. I have a tooth that will need attention and logging, and being in the habit of it, kept my calories where I want them. Things like pudding and ice cream and peanut butter are nice and soft and very calorie dense, and without logging amounts I would probably have eaten double the calories.
  • sirjameriesirjamerie Member Posts: 38 Member Member Posts: 38 Member
    Today I didn't eat any bread. It totally works better for me. Not only does my body like the lack of gluten and the stomach ache I don't get from not eating them, i eat less and with a better nutritional value when I don't eat bread.
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