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My Dirty Little Secret

Friday, March 20, 2009

We all have them. Sometimes we discuss them, much of the time we do not. And sometimes, like today for me, we have this eureka moment and realize it exists at all. The dirty little secret I am talking about is nighttime eating. It's not that I haven't always realized and even acknowledged that it is an issue, because I have. But it has been hidden for these past very successful months by the habit I have gotten into of walking upstairs with DS at 7:30-8:00 every night to do the shower/teeth/read/go to bed routine, and never coming back downstairs to where the food is. I've been going to bed early mostly because I've been getting up so early to exercise, which could cause this misleading statement: It's all good.

But it is not. Because on those rare nights when I do descend those stairs again, rare is the occasion that I do not eat, eat, eat. I eat stuff I shouldn't, in quantities I shouldn't, and worse, that I really don't want or need. This eating, it's manic. The best thing I can compare it to is the Friday afternoon eating that was occurring a while back, which I have managed to quell with a combination approach of keeping busy, saving up some calories and just having it in the forefront of my mind.

By just going upstairs and not coming back down, I am avoiding the problem, but I am not solving it, and I need to solve it. I am looking forward to Tracy's April "get rid of it challenge," and this will be what I get rid of.

There, it's out, it's my "dirty little secret." I feel better already!
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  • OMELYN
    Night time is the right time!
    I have the worst time after dinner, too. Part of the reason I'm on the computer so much. Tough to eat and risk the keyboard of thenew laptop.
    What I have done besides that...

    I take a bag of microwave popcorn (94% fat free) up with me. If I'm gonna eat, that ain't so bad.

    I don't buy my favs, if it aint there can't eat it.

    Exercise at night... hard to eat and exercise at the same time... except that one day I ate the popcorn on the exercise bike.

    Fold clothes at night... don't want to get food on them.

    Drink lots of water (or sadly diet coke) less room for food

    Read the labels as I eat (turns my stomach somethimes)

    Eat part and throw the rest in the garbage disposal (old weight watchers trick)

    Think about what happened durning the day that made me so unable to control myself. Most of the time I know if I slow down enough to think. Then I "try" to deal with that instead of comfort myself with food.

    Start fresh the next day.

    Good Luck Girlfriend.

    4242 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/20/2009 1:14:39 PM
  • JKPONYGIRL
    I do have a saftey gate and it DOES help! LOL!!!!! Once I go up and lock the baby gate,I do not come down!
    4242 days ago
  • GIRLINMOTION
    As you said that by staying up stairs, it is not a problem (like you have a safety gate?), it is only when you go down stairs. So how can you go down stairs with out getting into a manic frenzy? What are you doing when you go down stairs? Must you go down stairs? Could you put something in your hands before you go down stairs so your hands are busy or a reminder type thing? If I have already brushed my teeth, I don't like brushing them again if I have a snack again, so that helps me?

    I totally understand your problem, I hope you find an answer!

    Hugs, Sonia
    4242 days ago
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