Weight Loss Support - Hey chicks, what are your triggors?




luckymommy
07-06-2008, 03:23 PM
What have you found that leads you to over-eat and sabbotages your efforts the most?

For me, it's a long list, so I have to be super careful, but here goes:

1. The week before I get my monthly visitor :devil:
2. A bad night of sleep
3. A headache:(
4. Being sick
5. Going to an amuesment park
6. Being at my parent's house :?:
7. Not eating enough protein...especially at breakfast.
8. Letting myself get too hungry between meals/snacks :dizzy:
9. Eating at a place that is out of my control: going to a place that has no healthy choices...could be a restaurant or someone's house.

Ok, so that was a very long list, but I'm a food addict, so I gotta be aware of my triggors. I tried to list them in order. What are your triggors? Thans! :hug:


PhotoChick
07-06-2008, 03:30 PM
Alcohol is a trigger for me.

Not in the sense of being an alcoholic, but I like a glass of wine with dinner or a drink after dinner or something. When I have a drink I tend to eat more, or I tend to ignore the calories in what I'm drinking. I've sabotaged myself before by not counting the calories in a glass of wine or a glass of vodka in the evening; and those 160/200 calories add up quickly.

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Glory87
07-06-2008, 04:02 PM
Social events, unplanned food (like a work event that has snacks), business trips.


winning the war
07-06-2008, 05:12 PM
Very stressful events tend to lead me straight for chocolate (but I'm working on it!)
When I'm extremely tired, I can't tell if I'm really hungry or when I'm full.

Heather
07-06-2008, 06:00 PM
Stress from overwork is a big one for me

rockinrobin
07-06-2008, 06:04 PM
-Having guests over
-Social functions
-Being away from home (my safe, well stocked environment)
-Home made baked goods

UrsusMaritimus
07-06-2008, 07:27 PM
I feel like I am still figuring out what my triggers are, but here's what I've noticed over the past month:

Emotional stress is far and away the WORST trigger for me.
Boredom.
Socializing - and not being brave enough to veto a restaurant that I KNOW will lead me to make bad choices.
Making any kind of food "off limits."
Being a picky eater - I wish I had a more adventurous palate. It would make eating well so much easier.

Ija
07-06-2008, 07:37 PM
Work anxiety is a huge trigger for me. Whenever I'm faced with an important talk or big project, I have to fight the urge to snack.

Desiderata
07-06-2008, 08:02 PM
3FC! No, really.

I hardly ever post, but I do lurk quite avidly. The boards are an amazing source of support, but I notice that it's possible to "over-read" -- if I read one too many posts with descriptions of off-plan foods, I start feeling hungry and munchy even though I know I'm not, just from reading other people's posts... that's when it's time to get up and back away, slowly. (and not in the direction of the kitchen! ;))

I can't be the only crazy one out there, can I?

KLK
07-06-2008, 08:14 PM
1. Not getting enough sleep / being out later than I'm used to (like a night out with friends til 1 or 2 AM).
2. A headache
3. A cold
4. Boredom

WebRover
07-06-2008, 08:25 PM
Found Food
Stress
Denied foods
Eating ahead if I'm concerned I'll miss a meal
Habit

Heather
07-06-2008, 08:47 PM
3FC! No, really.

I hardly ever post, but I do lurk quite avidly. The boards are an amazing source of support, but I notice that it's possible to "over-read" -- if I read one too many posts with descriptions of off-plan foods, I start feeling hungry and munchy even though I know I'm not, just from reading other people's posts... that's when it's time to get up and back away, slowly. (and not in the direction of the kitchen! ;))

I can't be the only crazy one out there, can I?

I don't think you are. A number of people refer to the various food postings sometimes as "food porn". It can be a dangerous discussion :lol:

LandonsBaby
07-06-2008, 08:53 PM
1. being too tired to cook (which is often with my chronic illness)
2. letting myself get super hungry
3. being alone for long periods of time

paris81
07-06-2008, 09:39 PM
TV commercials for food I like (and on some days, foods I don't necessarily like too!). They make me want to clear out my fridge. I've learned to mute the sound and look away when they come on!

Also, I agree about the posts on off plan foods. The power of suggestion is strong!

missygith
07-06-2008, 10:11 PM
Movie theaters! I LOVE movie theater popcorn! (I havent been to a movie since I started my program...) 2 weeks with no popcorn! Also, when you smell a neighbor or drive by someone who is Bar-B-Qing! Aw, it drives me nuts!

JulieJ08
07-06-2008, 10:49 PM
Food in front of me. I realized the other day that I never sit at home craving something sweet or snacky (like chips), wanting to go buy some. I used to, all the time. Now, if it's not in front of me, it's just not on my mind. This is just fabulous :D Problem is, most every week I'm at my sister's house and lots of stuff is in front of me ;)

Rain Dancer
07-07-2008, 01:08 AM
Stress. Emotional upheaval. A headache or if I am tired. Sometimes, I will walk past a bag of chips and it is as if it has it's own gravitational field and I get trapped in it and next thing I know... Allowing myself to get too hungry or not getting enough protein, can trigger a binge.

mandalinn82
07-07-2008, 01:15 AM
Being Tired
Parties where I didn't plan ahead
Any social circumstance that involves cake
Baking!

sheski
07-07-2008, 02:31 AM
I almost think it would be easier to list what is NOT a trigger:halfempty , But here goes:
~ PMS (which sometimes lasts two to three weeks for me depending on PCOS cycle)
~ letting myself get over hungry
~ financial stress/panic
~ staying up late
~ negative stress ( not the I am busy trying to solve a solvable problem kind of positive stress, the I am overwhelmed because I can't see an end to it kind of stress)
~ my mother ( she does not even have to be present it can be a phone call)
~ loneliness
~ dirty dishes / messy kitchen (i know it sounds psychotic, but if my kitchen is not clean I will opt for food that I do not prepare and then i eat too much of a bad thing)

There maybe more things but it mostly boils down to stress of one kind or another. (I am moving and today while sorting through books I found a diary that I started the first year I gained weight and a book on compulsive eating that was probably recommended to me by a therapist the following year 1990/1991; weird to read your own thoughts from long ago and realize that you have known about and acknowledged a problem for nearly two decades without ever putting solid effort into dealing with it.) And yes that did trigger a nilla wafer and chai binge.

liketobike
07-07-2008, 03:02 AM
1. Stress... when a whole bunch of things happen at once.
2. Letting myself get too hungry.
3. Wanting to celebrate every good thing that happens with food.

Mainly emotion, I guess.

CousinRockingChair
07-07-2008, 05:00 AM
1. The presence of certain foods in my house
2. My almost-underweight boyfriend eating whatever crap he wants (he doesn't eat excessively, but he just stops when he's full, has NO issues, etc etc)
3. Tiredness
4. Worrying about my epilepsy (not completely controlled atm)
5. Feeling like people hate me
6. Knowing I'm a loser
7. Holidays
8. Long uni classes
9. Cold-type illnesses
10. Being at other peoples' houses

ZedAus
07-07-2008, 05:10 AM
Two things mainly...

* Hormones - twice a month!

* Being sick.

These are the times that I seem to get 'uncrontrollable' cravings. Well, maybe some people would say that all cravings are controllable, but I find these times VERY hard to resist food. Other times, such as stress, tired and other things people have mentioned, I seem to be able to talk myself out of eating 'extras'.

MidwestMom
07-07-2008, 10:45 AM
my triggers

My sister (stress o matic)
and living with parents whom don't care about weight gain unhealthy snacks and stuff EVERYWHERE

I'm still new to all this and trying to figure them all out but those are my big ones my entires family is big and I have been the smallest my whole life none of them have dieted or worked on losing the weight I'm kind of mental about it because I don't want to keep that future image in my head .... DARE to BE DIFFERENT


Ze --- wow just went through reading your website very inspiring to stick to it more

Spoz
07-07-2008, 10:59 AM
1. Panic
2. Boredom
3. Feeling crap.
4. If I haven't snacked.

yoyonomoreinvegas
07-07-2008, 11:00 AM
TV commercials for food I like (and on some days, foods I don't necessarily like too!). They make me want to clear out my fridge. I've learned to mute the sound and look away when they come on!

Oh boy, did that one hit home! Especially for fast foods - I can drive right past all kinds of *those* places and think they don't even smell good any more but let a commercial come on........ :drool: That's why I make sure that once I sit down to watch TV I've already removed makeup and changed into grungies. All I have to do is think of how much trouble it would be to make myself presentable and the mood passes :lol:

gmdavis
07-07-2008, 11:16 AM
Believe it or not, my biggest trigger is just good, old-fashioned, low-calorie, unbuttered popcorn--which I love! For some reason, once I sit with that "hand to mouth" action for 20 minutes, all I want to do is eat!

NightengaleShane
07-08-2008, 10:48 AM
Holidays
Restaurants
Boredom
Depression
Celebration
Social gatherings
Letting myself get super hungry
Waking up in the middle of the night (I will eat myself out of house and home at 2 AM!)
TV commercials
Working near Dairy Queen
Smelling other people's fast food
Movie theaters
Delicious food on discount
Really expensive food (I have this urge to eat every last crumb or bite or lick to make sure I got my money's worth!)

NightengaleShane
07-08-2008, 04:15 PM
Oh, add sitting at a desk all day and vacations to that list :lol:

Heather
07-08-2008, 05:09 PM
OMG, I realized earlier this year that sitting and working at my desk is a TERRIBLE trigger for me!

On mornings when I'll be working at my desk I end up eating a smaller breakfast, so I can have a nicer mid-morning snack. On days when I'm on the go, I don't need the snack so much.

I dunno bout the rest of you, but I feel that keeping this weight off is a lot about tricking myself into either thinking I'm not hungry or distracting myself from food!

KateRN
07-08-2008, 05:19 PM
boredom - big time.
and having extra money laying around which will naturally dedicate itself to a lot of fast foods.

mxgirl737
07-08-2008, 05:29 PM
Work is a trigger for me, especially now that I work overnights
sadness/lonliness
being at my family's gas station


I'd say hanging out at the gas station is my biggest trigger. Pop and cookies... god how I love cookies. hahaha

sm177
07-08-2008, 06:45 PM
work! theres a constant supply of chocolate/chips/baked goods and it's reallllly hard to avoid them. also eating at someone's house or at a restaurant i love. when i'm drunk i just don't care and will eat anything. and boredom of course

valpal23
07-08-2008, 07:23 PM
peanut butter. anything with peanut butter is trouble for me. I love the stuff.

that and staying with my parents.

cheeseheader
07-08-2008, 07:39 PM
some days it feels like everything triggers eating !

Iconised Ghost
07-08-2008, 07:52 PM
probably the same as a lot of people- stress, depression, sadness and being sick. I comfort eat, and its a hard habit to break

meggoat
07-08-2008, 07:53 PM
Evidently, chocolate chip cookies. Couldn't eat just one or two...

Iconised Ghost
07-08-2008, 07:55 PM
yeah the pringles ad catch phrase should be a warning not an advertising gimic- "once you pop, you cant stop". Too right