I’ve put on some extra weight over this past year and it’s time to take it off. My suggestion to anyone trying to lose weight is instead of trying what your friend did, sit down and take a good look on how you operate, what are your trouble areas? We all operate a little differently and recognizing this is the first step in taking action that’s actually going to help you.
For me, one of my issues is snacking. Who’s with me on this one? Not only am I hungry all the time, but let’s be honest, I also snack out of habit, boredom, when I’m happy, when I’m upset. You get the picture- I’m a snacker.
Trying to just say no to snacks for me is a disaster waiting to happen. Sure, I can not snack for a while, maybe even a few days, but then my willpower is up and then I binge snack on everything! So instead, I now go about it with a different approach.
Instead of trying to willpower my way thru snacks (my willpower’s not that strong) I substitute my snacks. I’m a pretzel and humans or cracker and hummus kinda gal. So, my switch in this is to vegetables and humans. From there it’s a stepping game. You start with the switch, then I start to have less humans with each dip. Then less all together. And then less snack times throughout the day, to even possibly no snacks, or to straight just vegetables when I snack. You get the picture.
Another simple trick is to portion control out your snacks before you start munching. Take a few seconds to pull out a bowl and determine the amount your going to eat beforehand. This can help reduce the amount you’re eating real quick. You have probably heard that advice before, but here’s the key- you actually have to do it in order for it to work!
I find it easier to take baby steps then to muscle my way miserably thru it. I’m also in it for the long game and not just short-term results. I want to encourage you but also be honest, this doesn’t mean you will never slip up or eat your current go to, but when you do try to savor and enjoy it. And remember a bad day doesn’t have to turn into a bad week. Don’t beat yourself up for any slips backwards, afterwards get right back on that horse.
I hope that helps anyone else who struggles with snacking. I would love to hear any tips or tricks that have helped you.
Until next time, keep the sunshine in your heart and pottery on your table.
Artist and Owner of Off Your Rocker Pottery
P.S. If you need help on portion control my small bowls are the perfect snack size.