6 things you can do to avoid snacking for the rest of the day:

It happens to all of us — we’ve been good for soooo long. We’ve lost a ton of weight. We’ve got it licked! We’re in control of ourselves. Our diet is on autopilot.

And then something happens to throw us off. It could be a vacation, an illness, a visit from old friends, a move, a change of jobs or a change of life. The underlying cause doesn’t matter. What matters is that we find ourselves eating on the run. Or eating a snack to get by until a late dinner. Or stopping by that new coffee shop — just to see what they’ve got.

And the next day, things aren’t any more normal — but you’ll get back on track tomorrow, you think.

Are you struggling to get through the afternoon (or morning) without eating just a little extra?

6 things you can do to avoid snacking for the rest of the day:

  1. Get up right now and walk around your building — either inside or outside — it doesn’t matter. But spend the time you’d spend getting change, picking out a treat and eating it just walking around.
  2. Drink a large glass of water or two
  3. Do a cubicle exercise (click link to view)
  4. Make a list of what you’ve already eaten today and what you plan to eat later. Estimate the calories that you’ll be eating today.
  5. Remember that you’re the boss of your destiny and you can do anything you want to do.
  6. And finally, tell yourself that you can do it tomorrow if you really, really want it.
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2 Comments

  1. Stephanie Q June 19, 2006 at 4:07 pm #

    I wish I saw this post 5 minutes ago. I just ate, really an unncessary snack, only an hour after lunch. Tomorrow, if I am tempted, I will look at this post again ;-)

  2. katiebird June 19, 2006 at 6:52 pm #

    Me too, Stephanie. Me too.

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