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Late night snacking

June 18, 2007

I have been in a habit the last few years of eating a snack before bed every night.  This is my “treat” at the end of the day that I always look forward to.  I am pretty sure it is related to my emotional eating issues by thinking a deserve it after a long hard day. 

One of the first objectives in phase one of The Best Life Diet is to not eat anything within 2 hours of going to bed.  He acknowledges that a calorie is a calorie no matter what time of day it is eaten.  This is supposed to make you want to eat breakfast first thing in the morning to get your metabolism running right away.  Makes sense to me.  Last night, once I finished dinner at 6:30 I didn’t eat anything else. 

The problem?  I was extremely hungry when I got up.  I have a ton of things to do in my weekday morning routine:  Workout, shower and get myself ready for work, make sure the kiddos are up and dressed, get the girl’s breakfast, pack lunches for myself and the little one, unload the dishwasher if necessary, put a load of laundry in, and make sure all the bags are packed for the day.  Only after all this is finished do I allow myself to eat breakfast at home.  If I run out of time, I take my breakfast to-go. 

I usually don’t eat anything before my morning workouts since I basically crawl out of bed, put on my shoes and go outside.  If I decide to cut out late night snacking this will have to change.  I really don’t want to eat much right before I work out.  Maybe just half of a banana will be enough. 

Morning exercisers, what do you do?  Do you eat breakfast before your workouts?  What do you eat?

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Emotional Eating

June 14, 2007

I have just started reading The Best Life by Bob Green.  I have only had time to read a few pages a night, so I am still reading the introduction.  However he talks about emotional eating in the introduction and a light bulb finally went off in my head. 

I never considered myself an emotional eater.  I am not a very emotional person and I never thought stress really affected me much.  However yesterday it finally came together for me.  I was extremely stressed out at work.  I have deadlines coming up at the end of the month and I am just getting further and further behind.    While sitting at my desk the following is going through my head:

Why is there no chocolate in my area of the office?
Is there any cookie dough in the fridge in the break room?
Maybe I should just get a Coke from the pop machine in back.
Do we have any dessert in the house for tonight?

My entire afternoon and evening is totally obsessed with these thoughts.   

According to the book, you are not going to lose weight until you figure out what is making you run to the refrigerator.  Take time to think about YOU.  When life gets busy we end up operating on auto-pilot and we don’t think about what we truly need in life.  We don’t think about our choices and challenges and end up taking the easy route.  Ask yourself these questions:

Why are you overweight? Don’t accept excuses (“I don’t have time” “I sit at a desk all day”) when you answer this question.  I personally have a million excuses why I am overweight so this question will be tough. 

Why do you want to lose weight. Try not to give appearance reasons (“I want to look good”).

Why have you not been able to maintain weight loss in the past?

I am going to give myself some time in the next few days to really search for answers.  I will post them here when I do.

How about you?  Answer the questions here or leave a link to your blog.  I think it is very motivating to hear others stories.