9/15/08

Fill 'er up!

I am alone. Yup. This whole experiment into true Independence has smacked me something fierce in the face. And I have realized I've been stuffing my face. I've always been a boredom eater and overeater versus an emotional one. I just have to sit there and have little to do in order to feel "hungry." With being absolutely by myself, there's no one to stop me from heading to the cupboards to whip something together or question what I'm doing eating a bag of chips when I just had dinner. Or stop me at the front door as I go to hunt for cookies. I don't know if maybe it actually is an emotional thing because I'm lonely too, but I know that I had the same habits and would do the same thing when I was surrounded by others. But this time there is no one to answer to or stop to remind me that I don't NEED it. Nothing is out of control yet, which is good, but it leaves me feeling sort of disgusted with myself. I strive to make good choices when grocery shopping but then go and blow it with a simple walk to the video store or home from running. But the buck stops here, my friends. No more night time nibblies. So, what tricks do you use to stave off the boredom munchies? What do you do to fill spare time at home?

15 comments:

Xenia said...

I have no tricks to defeat the boredom nibbles. I succumb every time. I will be coming back to read the comments for some helpful hints. :)

Bi0nicw0man said...

Man, I think we all have this exact issue.

Keeping busy is the only answer I have. I try to find a chore to do...hard to stuff my face when I'm cleaning the toilet or folding towels.

This also helps keep my house tidy. haha.

Also, there's been many a time where I headed up here to my computer instead of our the front door, to write a blog or an email instead of buying a DQ Blizzard.

You'll adjust, hon. You just aren't used to your new situation yet.

Oh, another biggie that works for me, is making plans for coffee or drinks or whatever at least one night per week. Then when I'm thinking about cookies on Tuesday I can tell myself to just keep my pants on until my outing on Wednesday or whatever. The points are already planned into my week and I can have them then.

jainey said...

i've been getting reacquainted with sonic the hedgehog. he distracts me from food.

i need to find you a wii game that will occupy your time...

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Lucas said...

Mouse,
I don't know what's going on right now but EVERYONE I read seems to be struggling just as you are. Perhaps the change of seasons is getting to us? So sadly, I have no brilliant advice because I'm in the same boat. I've been very lonely lately as well and I know that's where a lot of my snacking is coming from. Add that with my usual lack of control and it's a dangerous combo. Recognizing it and stopping it before 20 pounds appear back on our arses is my definition of success right now. Up we both go, bootstraps firmly in hand!

Shrunk said...

I'm struggling too the last few days. I think in my case it's from weeks of lowering my pts, trying to lose, and nothing happening...now I just feel like giving up!

It's good that you are realizing the reasons for your munchin'. I hope you can find something to occupy your time.

Jen said...

I COMPLETELY agree with the "keeping busy" theory...and then distracting yourself when you have "food thoughts"...I do it ALL day long (work, home, school)...not fun, but it helps me from eating when I am not hungry...I also paint my nails when I am at home...or do a puzzle or write something (like Jaime said)

Sara said...

I have a planned snack every night. Usually try to have 2 options - 1 sweet and 1 salty so that I can eat what I'm craving. I tried just having a salty one planned and then I'd crave sweet and then yeah you know the rest! Oh and my plan if I'm craving both? Toast, 1/2 with nutella and 1/2 with cheese.

I also workout while I watch TV b/w 8-9pm and then plan to eat my snack b/w 9-10. By knowing I can eat something definitely helps my willpower!

eurydice said...

i drink copious amounts of coffee and tea. at least that way the oral fixation is satisfied.

Shirls said...

I took up knitting, busy hands can't stuff face... seriously, I did

Mel @ A Box of Chocolates said...

My trick...blog about it! Or better yet twitter. I find that when I get involved in conversation on twitter and hear people telling me not to do it that it helps. So here is my voice telling you DON'T DO IT!!

Candace MacPherson said...

Hey Marie, I had a baby and have never been bored since - hmm, guess boredom eating isn't one of my issues. Always cleaning, laundry, and a variety of other stuff not directly related to MY life. Not that I'm recommending this for you, but I'm sure you'll figure it out. Distraction - some kind of craft?

MizFit said...

NOTHING WORKS FOR ME.

the 'keep your hands busy! take up knitting!" or the 'brush your teeth you wont want to snack' (really?! who are you people??)

I have to save/preplan for night snackage as Im doing it regardless.

Im not much help am I?

Miz.

marie said...

BAHAHAHHA @MizFit. I love how real you are!

Thanks everyone!

Blue Ice Dave said...

Boredom munchies are a killer...I've never found an adequate substitute...so, sadly, I continue to eat.

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