100 lb. Club - ONE habit to change




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calluna
01-14-2011, 09:28 PM
So, some of us do complete overhauls and some of us do things a little at a time. Usually, though, we are pretty aware of some of our WORST habits. For some of us it is drinking soda (or pop, depending on where you live!); for others, eating at night; for some, sweets; for others, portions. Some are completely sedentary. Most of us have some combination of these, admittedly, but there will still be a few standouts.

So, if you pick ONE of your habits to change, which will it be and how will you do it?

For me...I've been working on this for a while but still have trouble with portion sizes. I *love* to eat, and I like big plates and I like seconds.

The answer is restricting portions and sizes. To do this, I will

1) weigh/ measure if appropriate
2) record all in the truth-teller (aka TheDailyPlate)
3) make up my plate at counter or stove, rather than scooping servings at table

I'll let you know how it goes!


astrophe
01-14-2011, 10:04 PM
Excercise.

30 min, 5 daysd a week and I don't care WHAT it is. Walk, wii, bike, swim -- just anything!

I'm trying to earn a PALA for motivation. (http://www.presidentschallenge.org/)

I did it once years ago and I want a fresher PALA patch, darn it!

A.

DisgruntledOne
01-14-2011, 10:17 PM
Oh this took no thought what so ever what I need to do.
STOP STOP STOP going out to eat!!!!! I love going out fast or sit down to eat and since I live alone....why cook??? How much yummier does a simple little egg taste cooked on a grill compaired to at home......
What will I do
1. Plan. Weekend look at my schedule for the week and figure out where I will be, when, and what I will be doing there. For example if I am on the go all day I must have a lunch that doesn't need to be refrigerated.
2. prepare. That means if busy during the week cook during the weekend for the whole week. Before I sit to watch tv my lunch for the next day MUST be prepared and packaged.
3. Until I am used to taking my lunch leave a sticky note on my door that I will see before I leave. Yah dorky but you have no idea how my mind DOESN'T work in the morning. lol
4. don't carry money with me.
5. Eat 5-6 small meals so I do not get hungry and think I need to stop and get womething.


Trazey34
01-14-2011, 10:18 PM
for me, my worst habit was definitely my "all or nothing" mentality! I ate a bad lunch so screw it, eat like a line-backer for the rest of the day! or "i won't look like a supermodel after all this so why bother"

Overcoming that ridiculous way of looking at things helped me so much ~ a bad meal means ONE bad meal, not a free-for-all. I get back on track as soon as it's over, and it doesn't ruin anything!

sept15lija
01-14-2011, 10:49 PM
Exercise is something I have been majorly neglecting. I am shopping for a swim suit now, because I really want to start swimming - so I will buy one in the next few days, and I will go swimming at least once next week!! (starting small, but that's OK :))

Slimjem
01-14-2011, 11:23 PM
Wow, thanks for the eye opener! I hit 4 of the 5 bad habits above. Pop is one thing that I have learned to give up 99% of the time. I think I know what I need to work on. Thanks for the kick in the rear.

theox
01-14-2011, 11:59 PM
Excercise.

30 min, 5 daysd a week and I don't care WHAT it is. Walk, wii, bike, swim -- just anything!

I'm trying to earn a PALA for motivation. (http://www.presidentschallenge.org/)

I did it once years ago and I want a fresher PALA patch, darn it!

A.

Thanks for the link!

FitGirlyGirl
01-15-2011, 12:22 AM
My worst habit is letting things snowball, what's the point of exercising if I can't do my whole hour, what's the point of eating right if I didn't exercise, why worry about how much water I get if I'm not eating right anyhow? It keeps going into other areas of my life too, I create this horrid downward spiral, not good! I need to learn that 1 deviation from the plan does not mean that the whole plan goes out the window.

Yes, thanks for the link Astrophe. I just joined PALA, now to remember to log my stuff each day.

ToriLeigh
01-15-2011, 01:54 AM
Healthy snacks instead of quick ones when I am up feeding the baby. Just because nursing makes me hungry doesn't mean I have to eat junk.

OhMyDogs
01-15-2011, 02:54 AM
For me it's WATER...I hate the stuff!!! I need to drink a lot more of it. Usually I pick just have a diet pop instead. I had 4 cups tonight though (should keep me up most of the night peeing :P ), so I guess that's a decent start. I MUST keep it up!

JustSharing83
01-15-2011, 03:19 AM
This is a habit I haven't seen mentioned, so I wonder if anyone else does it...

I will have a hardcore craving, usually for pizza or burgers. I will fight the urge BUT I will eat something bad for me at home or just over-eat because, "Well, at least I didn't choose the fast food!" and I convince myself that it's ok because it's still better than what I actually wanted.

I want to stop that. Meal planning would be a helpful step. That's something I struggle with because I eat what I'm in the "mood" for at the time. I just need to remind myself that this behavior is unacceptable and will not help me reach my goal. I'm not giving in to my cravings for a reason and I need to make my good choices count.

ThinningVegan
01-15-2011, 03:45 AM
My bad habit is most definitely probably giving into cravings. I let them consume me sometimes.

fillupthesky
01-15-2011, 03:56 AM
outside of bingeing (which is a miserable habit), my WORST habit is snacking late. arg! i think it's ok to have a snack after dinner, but i usually (read:always) have more than one.
i'll have my snack after dinner. if i NEED to have something else, i'll have a clementine. they're small, right?

ubergirl
01-15-2011, 09:52 AM
For me it's grazing-- a handful of this a bite of that. I really have to watch that.

Lizz
01-15-2011, 02:47 PM
One small habit I am working on currently - besides a bunch of others of course ;) - is my shopping. I have lately taken to writing shopping lists and sticking to them! Emptying my home of all sweets was one of my smartest moves ever and sticking to a shopping list helps me to only buy healthy things and definitely no binge triggering stuff (candy, chips, rolls .... ugh).

Pays off big time. Last night I had intense stress due to finishing my exam preparations for today in the very last minute and had there been any candy at home, I would have eaten it until all had been gone. Seriously. But since there was no candy - and believe me I did search even though I was pretty sure all was gone - I remained relatively calm and tackled the exam stress without it. Makes me proud too. :D

aasshhlleeyy
01-15-2011, 03:05 PM
Eating lost of suary sweets which I totally erased from my diet and am proud of it lol. Now the closest I come to that is a WW desert, but last night the hubby and I went to dinner(I made it my cheat day) I did ok during dinner... didnt go all out but then he ordered desert and we shared wow that sugar took a toll on my body I felt shaky and just didnt like the way I felt at all.... problem solved I dont think I'll be craving any sugar for a long while lol PS Im not diabetic or anything which just goes to show my body got used to and likes my new eating habbits much better

Lori Bell
01-15-2011, 03:17 PM
One of my "old" bad habits has been creeping back on me the last few days since I have a few extra hours here and there now. (Since a boat load of personal commitments have been completed and life is returning to "normal").

It the "old days" I would spend HOURS a day sitting behind the computer, usually snacking or drinking while I surfed and researched various stuff. When I started my new life style one of the first things I did was limit computer time to no more than 1 hour a day. (all together or split up). I also moved my computer into the laundry room and put it on the counter where I had to stand to use it. Well, I have probably spent more time on the computer in the last 4 days than I have in the last 4 months....I also moved a chair in so I could sit to type.

I was never Morbidly obese until I got my first computer and I think there is "some" correlation with me. SO...I need to get back to my little bit of PC time before I start bringing snack into the laundry room...and getting lazy and sitting around when I could be doing 100's of physical projects.

Must. get. to. work!

ubergirl
01-15-2011, 07:35 PM
One of my "old" bad habits has been creeping back on me the last few days since I have a few extra hours here and there now. (Since a boat load of personal commitments have been completed and life is returning to "normal").

It the "old days" I would spend HOURS a day sitting behind the computer, usually snacking or drinking while I surfed and researched various stuff. When I started my new life style one of the first things I did was limit computer time to no more than 1 hour a day. (all together or split up). I also moved my computer into the laundry room and put it on the counter where I had to stand to use it. Well, I have probably spent more time on the computer in the last 4 days than I have in the last 4 months....I also moved a chair in so I could sit to type.

I was never Morbidly obese until I got my first computer and I think there is "some" correlation with me. SO...I need to get back to my little bit of PC time before I start bringing snack into the laundry room...and getting lazy and sitting around when I could be doing 100's of physical projects.

Must. get. to. work!

Lori-- this is really INTERESTING! I've often suspected that part of why my weight loss is slow and stalled out higher than some is that I have a kind of sedentary life. Even though I do exercise every day, I don't spend a lot of time on daily activities. I DO spend a lot of time on the computer, especially when I'm working on a project... I used to hear you talking about your day and I noticed you sounded really active.

Sometimes, I really have no choice and I HAVE to stay at the computer all day, but I think I'm going to set a limit on "leisure time" on the computer. I'm not a TV watcher, but I do enjoy being online.

u2can
01-15-2011, 07:58 PM
I need to slow down! I eat far too fast and too much. This week I've been really working at chewing more slowly, smaller bites and enjoying the flavor, texture & aroma of the food. Believe it or not, I find I DO get satisfied with far less food -who knew?

1 week with the new behavior, here's hoping it becomes a habit and I can move on to one of the other myriad of issues I need to work on.

Gamecockgrrl
01-16-2011, 12:11 AM
Fast Food! I depend on fast food waaaaaayyyy too much when I am at work. While I may try to get a salad from time to time, ff salads aren't that great either. While I will try to pack my lunch each night from my dinner, I know there will be times when I either don't want to eat the same thing two days in a row, won't have leftovers, or forget...so I am keeping some frozen diet dinners in the freezer, and a few non-refrigerated things in my desk at work.

drinkypants
01-16-2011, 12:24 AM
Making excuses not to exercise. It's too late/too cold/I'm too tired. I made a goal to exercise 3x a week for 30 minutes (baby steps.) I went out for a walk, and was going to quit early, because it's so cold here.. but I said nope, I need to finish my 30 minutes! and was so glad I did. Hopefully I can keep up the attitude.

lostangel05
01-16-2011, 12:55 AM
Excercise.

30 min, 5 daysd a week and I don't care WHAT it is. Walk, wii, bike, swim -- just anything!

I'm trying to earn a ... I did it once years ago and I want a fresher PALA patch, darn it!

A.

I just signed up too. I think it will be great motivation. Thanks!

LeslieWendy
01-16-2011, 04:08 PM
My worst bad habit is eating between lunch and dinner around 4 pm, I like to just grab something fast which is not usually healthy. I don't have a lot of bad stuff in the house but I will then eat more of what I do have, which is mostly crackers or bread. I need to try and stick with fruit and water, and then leave my kitchen.

c_laura
01-16-2011, 05:13 PM
Wow...mine has got to be exercise.

I live in a 2nd floor apt in a not very nice complex in a not very nice part of town so it's really easy to NOT exercise, because I either don't want/can't go outside or don't want to disturb my neighbors inside. Most of my bad habits fix themselves when I work out so I need to get back into it.

I set up an exercise plan with a friend of mine with a bunch of rewards to keep us motivated. Hopefully by the spring I'll be in good enough shape to sign up for a 5K.

Bunti
01-16-2011, 10:24 PM
One of my "old" bad habits has been creeping back on me the last few days since I have a few extra hours here and there now. (Since a boat load of personal commitments have been completed and life is returning to "normal").

It the "old days" I would spend HOURS a day sitting behind the computer, usually snacking or drinking while I surfed and researched various stuff. When I started my new life style one of the first things I did was limit computer time to no more than 1 hour a day. (all together or split up). I also moved my computer into the laundry room and put it on the counter where I had to stand to use it. Well, I have probably spent more time on the computer in the last 4 days than I have in the last 4 months....I also moved a chair in so I could sit to type.

I was never Morbidly obese until I got my first computer and I think there is "some" correlation with me. SO...I need to get back to my little bit of PC time before I start bringing snack into the laundry room...and getting lazy and sitting around when I could be doing 100's of physical projects.

Must. get. to. work!

wow Lori, me too. Gotta get the computer time under control-- hard to do when I work at one for many hours per day. I think I will set alarms to get up and take a 5 minute walk every hour or so. Maybe that will help.