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01-30-2007, 03:16 PM
As I sit here, my food is logged, exercise is planned...and I'm bored. With my food gone, my entertainment is gone too. It's what I did with my time. Hmmmm, what to have for breakfast....bored at work, go out for lunch or get a snack. Now that food is a no-brainer (lunch is packed the night before) I don't know what to do with the hole that's left behind.

Anyone else experiencing this??

01-30-2007, 03:18 PM
Isn't that what 3FC's is for (entertainment?!?!).

01-30-2007, 03:25 PM
Well, I don't feel like my entertainment is gone, but my new "obsession" is weight loss and that takes a lot of time. :) I love looking for trends in my fitday, reading the posts at 3FC, reading magazine articles about losing weight, watching fit TV or Discovery Health, reading nutrition or dieting books.

I have LESS time now than before because I'm trying to fit in exercise and spend more time preparing food than before. I wish I had a hole to fill in. ;)

01-30-2007, 03:32 PM
Sandi, it's so strange but I've been thinking about this all week. I think food for me is a source of entertainment - think I learnt over the years that it was a good release, how I let my hair down when I'd had a tiring day - or even as my main source of pleasure. I've definitely had to find other ways of filling my time and finding real entertainment and ways of getting pleasure (like I'd go for a massage now or a facial instead of sinking my teeth into a gateau! - well most of the time). But even though I've worked on this for a long time I get periods where maybe my social life is quiet and I haven't been vigilant about making sure I'm looking after myself the way I know I need to to avoid overeating and that's when I start thinking about food in the old way again. It's very difficult to overcome. I'd love to hear the strategies people have to get around this and what forms of non-food related entertainment/ pleasure they've thought up for themselves.


01-30-2007, 03:33 PM
You've got the best gift of all......FREE TIME! you can shop, read, re-decorate, clean, play with your kids or pets (i don't know if you have any), take up a new hobby, plan a garden........I'm listing all the things I would do if I had some extra time. congrats on your wt. loss too.

01-30-2007, 03:39 PM
I amuse myself by typing! I got a new laptop for christmas and spend a lot of time on it.. and have noticed I stopped snacking as much. I also picked up this nasty little habit of drinking latte's and hot chocolate (made with 1% milk and no sugar), the latte's can get a little expensive. While I type this I am watching tv and on here.. I also have started posting in more areas.


01-30-2007, 03:40 PM
Tammy once again has hit the nail on the head. I could have written that post word for word This IS my new entertainment. It consumes a lot of my time. When I have some free time I just pop in a fitness video. But it does take time to get to this point, so I most certainly understand where you're coming from.

In the beginning I would journal a lot. It was the first time I've ever written in a journal. I wrote in my hopes and dreams and future goals. The things I would do when I lost the weight. My reasons for wanting to lose the weight. That kind of stuff. I would sometimes just read it over and over again, especially if I was having cravings.

I also straigtened up my house a lot. It kept me moving and busy. The house was immaculate.

Manicure, pedicure, a hot bath.

Sewing, knitting, crocheting and the such.

And 3fc was (is) a great source of info and it eats up time instead of you eating.

01-30-2007, 04:25 PM
rockinrobin - the clean house thing reminds me.. my dishes are ALWAYS done! This is a big switch from before where I've always hated doing dishes.

I remember when I used to go for walks to amuse myself - these days it's not happening like that though.. I am going to force myself to get up and go for a run soon tho.. gotta get moving before I fall asleep! ( why do people call so early in the morning when they KNOW I worked really late last night!! grr!!)


01-30-2007, 05:01 PM
I know exactly what you mean. Like others have said, I have less time on my hands when I'm really focused on losing weight (like now - knock on wood!). So, it isn't so much that I think of food as a way occupy myself. But, I find myself tempted to use food as a means to procrastinate. I do it at home and at work. I'll have plenty to do, say the laundry. I don't really want to do it but I don't have a good reason not to so I'll think to myself, "Well, I'll just get something to eat first!"

I'm finding what helps is to stop and remind myself that if I stop and eat first whatever chore I'm avoiding is going to still be there when I'm done. And then I'll have two things to regret - being behind on my work AND overeating!

01-30-2007, 05:49 PM
But, I find myself tempted to use food as a means to procrastinate. I do it at home and at work. I'll have plenty to do, say the laundry. I don't really want to do it but I don't have a good reason not to so I'll think to myself, "Well, I'll just get something to eat first!"

Lucky, I couldn't agree with this more! This is exactly what I do. I use food to procrastinate. I do, though, understand the feeling of a "void" there as well. I, too, am spending more and more time researching health and wellness so that keeps me busy...BUT, it keeps me so busy that I put off housework and other things that need to be done so when I get to the point of neededing to do those things I revert back to the feeling of, "Oh, I'll just get something to eat first" and then it's all down hill from there. Ugh. This is an endless battle, isn't it?

For me, I have found that when I get those "empty" moments where I want to avoid eating I do something that I CAN'T eat while I'm doing it. Like, I take a hot bath or go to the gym or something. If I read a book I think about eating, if I watch tv I think about eating. If I do something more physical or location specific (i.e. the bathtub!) then I find that I forget about the food. Hope that makes sense?

01-30-2007, 05:59 PM
As I sit here, my food is logged, exercise is planned...and I'm bored. With my food gone, my entertainment is gone too. It's what I did with my time. Hmmmm, what to have for breakfast....bored at work, go out for lunch or get a snack. Now that food is a no-brainer (lunch is packed the night before) I don't know what to do with the hole that's left behind.

Anyone else experiencing this??

Yeah - I know what you mean - got to get food off your mind or get so motivated and inspired that you don't want to eat purely for pleasure! Maybe you can add some exercise into some of that spare time. I love reading about diet-related issues to gain inspiration and motivation go keep going. I have found a great website that keeps me busy for hours - with articles about every aspect of diet, exercise and related topics - it's great - you can just read the articles that interest you and take any tips that you think might help to give you the edge in your weight loss success. The site is www.bthin.co.uk - hope you enjoy many happy hours of food-free pleasure there!

01-30-2007, 06:04 PM
I also look at weight loss as entertainment, watching the rolls disappear one at a time...

01-30-2007, 07:28 PM
You know whats worse? When you eat before you do a chore, and then after you eat you get tired.. and then sit on the couch. I used to spend many a day off like that.. No more!!


01-30-2007, 08:06 PM
I'm right there with ya! Food has always been my entertainment. If I get bored -- it eat. I need to find something to keep my hands busy, or I will mindlessly eat anything in sight. Even if I'm not hungry.

Finding something to keep myself occupied with is key. Either my needlework, or playing a game on the pc, or doing the dishes or laundry -- you get the idea :)

Goddess Jessica
01-31-2007, 05:58 PM
Love this thread.

Food is entertainment. Sadly, for those of us who are overweight, we've been entertained by this for too long. But I love some of the comments (aimee) about posting more or having time to do dishes. This is some amazing stuff!

I used to say. "Okay, work through this set of math problems (I'm in school) and you can go get a snack from the kitchen." YIKES! I hate math, I hate being fat and yet their feeding into one another. Now, I say, "Finish this page and you can chat with your friend who just came online for 15 mintes." I'm a frickin' teenager again!

Sandi - I understand there is a hole though. And to make you WHOLE, you need to fill it. So here are my ideas:

- Decide to clean a closet for goodwill. Cleaning a closet is a heck of a lot of work but I think it's pretty awesome when it's done.

- Pick a new subject. Mine's College Algebra 101 (grrrrr). But yours can be more interesting. Pick some books up at the library on a subject you don't know anything about - it could be typical like biology, history or you could learn a new language. Lots of libraries have language learning tapes. Got 10 mintes? Pop in a tape.

-Write. I'm a creative writing person so you're going to get this from me. :) Write a short story. No one is going to read it but you! So relax! Don't know where to start? Writer's Digest has 365 writer's prompts. Pick one of them! http://www.writersdigest.com/writingprompts.asp

- Find your passion. We know it's not just food. What excites you? Crosswords or Crocheting? Volunteering or writing to relatives? It's in you woman!

01-31-2007, 11:28 PM
Suduko!! It's actually quite fun! I've also gotten into trashy 1.99 magazines, I'm constantly picking up one of those.

Great Suggestions Jessica! PS - I think I am coming to San Francisco this year! That anywhere near you? I was also thinking of you as I was thinking about signing up for a beginners triathelon thats in Seattle this summer. And I'm both running and swimming these days.. also considering doing a spinning class..


Goddess Jessica
02-01-2007, 03:58 AM
Woooo Aimee!

SF is awesome. But that's like saying, "Hey Aimee, I'll be in Banff, is that anywhere near you?" :D Yes, I had to look at a map to come up with that analogy! ;)

You should definatley sign up for the tri stuff! You will LOVE it. It is sooo the swimmer's sport. I'm debating what's next for me.

Running, swimming and spinning? Girl, you are kicking butt and taking names!

02-01-2007, 04:26 AM
Yeah foods been entertainment for me. I found I needed to fill the time so have joined a course, which needs weekly homework and revision. I also have taken up knitting as a hobbie. If my hands are occupyed they cannot put anything in my mouth :D

Plus Im getting a new colourful quilt out of it and going to knit a scarf to go with the hat my sis got me for xmas. Win win for me!

Mrs Quadcrew
02-01-2007, 10:24 AM
I have been working on my problem here ~ I also decorate/sell cakes! There is always left over batter and cake trimmings here. I have a new method though - I trim the cake, and it goes directly into the trash can. (I use to keep all the cake scraps and make cake truffles!) The first few times I did it, I thought it was being so wasteful. NOW - I don't even think twice about it. I decided I would much rather that make the trash can fat than me.:D

02-01-2007, 03:11 PM
Jessica - the spinning thing is starting to come to life - I've put out a call to my boyfriends friends girlfriend who actually goes weekly to look up a beginners one for me to go to. I am only swimming once a week, and running 3 times a week, I suspect the training would have to be more intense for the actual tri. I had no idea that you were so far away from SF! My brother is taking me - I suspect we'll be doing the geek thing and going to both his works headquarters (google) and his friends work - Apple. I think it'll be really neat to see both places.

In a fit of boredom last night the bf and I went to the park at like 9:30pm, and ran for a bit. I never thought I'd say that I ran out of boredom.. weird.

If anyone picks up knitting - I really life scarfs ;)


02-01-2007, 03:35 PM
Aimee, knitting is easy, I promise. I'm so left-handed that I have trouble learning right-handed-people stuff, but I managed to learn to knit.

It's a great stress reliever and I love how much faster I can complete my knitted projects than my epic cross-stitch projects. (Which means I need to start knitting on teeny needles, so I can take FOREVER to complete these projects, too. :) )

If you haven't checked out Slow Fat Triathlete, please do. I am in love with that book -- it's been a tremendous source of inspiration for me when I have my slow-bike days. (I'm scheduled to start training for my first Tri this month and I'm super excited. I don't think I'll be ready for this May, but I can shoot for '08.)

GoddessJessica - I love your story about Algebra. I used to do something similar with my College Algebra homework. I'd tell myself that if I consistently worked problems for 45 minutes, I could take a 20-minute Grand Theft Auto break. I got my only 'A' in math in that class! :D

My biggest 'secret' for distracting myself when I want food -- but don't need any -- is to get a big glass of ice water. Then I'm not mistaking low-grade thirst for hunger, the ice gives me something to chew on or play with, and I've made my trip to the kitchen (I guess kitchen = food, so I fool myself).

I also spend a lot of time doing homework, which was a BIG issue with the Snack-Wanting. So I moved my desk to the spare bedroom. We have brand new, nice carpet in there, and I don't want to mess it up, so no food in the bedrooms. ;)

Goddess Jessica
02-01-2007, 06:49 PM
Training? What's that? :D I am kinda glad I did my first tri with no training because it means that's my raw "base." Any tri I do after than will be a direct result of training. How geeky is that!

Aimee - You will love SF. The hills. The food. The people. I totally want to move there. Yes, San Diego is near Mexico (like 30 minutes away) so we're pretty far away. It's awesome that your brother works for such cool companies. And it sounds like you're getting to be one healthy chick!

Cinderly - You will so be ready by May. I loved Slow Fat Tri! Great book. But I do have to say she over trains because she really wants to do well. If you just want to finish, you'll be ready my May. No doubt.

02-01-2007, 07:49 PM
Jessica - my brother is a lucky man to be able to work for such a progressive company like Google, he's sure worked his butt off to get there. It's his dream job. I want to go to Mexico next year, gotta save up.. for the trip AND my passport! Can you believe if costs over 100 bucks for a passport?

cinderly - how long is the tri that you are training for? I might check out that book, I do feel like I'm not "entitled" to do athletics because of my weight.. definitely gotta get over that!


02-01-2007, 08:08 PM
Aimee, it's a baby-tri: 500 yard swim / 10 mile bike / 4.1 mile run. (The run's what's freaking me out -- even when I was setting class time records for the 500 m in high school, I wasn't a runner. That's mostly what my training will focus on, but I'd also like to get my butt & legs toughened back up for the bike portion, since I've been off my bike since October.)

Do check out the book -- that one and No Need for Speed were life-changing for me. They helped me realize that there is NO reason to wait until I'm "good enough" to start pursuing my dreams.

Goddess Jessica, I hope you're right. Eeek!

02-02-2007, 10:42 AM
I've been away for quite some time unfortunately, but I'm thankfully back on my way to healthy eating!

As a fellow knitter, I strongly recommend it for anyone feeling bored! It works well for me at night when I am watching television as it keeps my hands busy, so I'm not looking to put food into them!

I think we just need to switch out our entertainment and finding better alternatives to food to treat our boredom. It's easier said than done, but never give up!