Friday, September 14, 2012

0ne-n|ght stand with oreos

ate too many oreos
I ate Oreo cookies excessively last night.  I have problems eating at night, in general.  I'm trying to wean myself of this habit.  I've read there are several reasons why people eat excessively at night, and I can think of two that apply to me.  

The first reason is that I haven't eaten enough throughout the day; therefore, I truly am hungry at night.  In the afternoon/early evening, I go a long period without eating.  I am helping my girls' with their homework, getting them ready for school the next day, getting dinner ready, etc.  It is hectic, and I forget to eat.  I think that's why I overeat at dinner and binge eat the rest of the evening.  I don't always do that, but sometimes I do.  I am trying to teach myself to schedule my meals to eat every 3 hours or so to feel satisfied throughout the day, and allow my stomach to rest at night.  I believe it is an organ that needs rest.  

The second reason is that I am bored.  I am running around most of the day, and at night, I sit down, watch TV, wander aimlessly, or engage in purposeless activity.  The point it that it is not structured time.  Does that make sense?  I have a tendency to mindlessly eat.  The truth is that I don't like vegging in front of the TV.  It feels useless to me, and I think I eat to feel productive/useful.  It's silly, I know, but I think I do it to occupy my time, and feel as though I am doing something.  

Another point is that I can't make food an outlet for de-stressing (is that a word?).  I think we all need indulgences in our lives to counteract some normal, everyday stress.  It can't always be food.  I think an occasional treat is harmless, but a regular night of overeating is obviously not good.  I need to get creative and indulge in other ways like reading, crafting, a walk around Target, etc.  It takes so much discipline to acknowledge in the heat of the moment that I am using food as an outlet and that I need to be more creative and expend useful energy some other way.  

I'm trying not to feel too bad about the Oreo cookies...  I am trying to learn from my mistakes.  

***In other news, I am joining Becky's project at Farmgirl Paints: Operation Zip Those Pants.  Whenever I post something on instagram (jessicarrodarte) related to my weight loss journey, I will add the #operationzipthosepants hashtag.  Maybe you'll play along, too?***


(Want to know more about My Weight Loss Toolbox?  Start here, and continue here). 

14 comments:

  1. I just ate about 8 chocolate cookies that I picked up from grovery shopping today..I'm a sugar gal...it's very tough! I can relate!
    Deb

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    1. I definitely have a sweet tooth. I need to learn to enjoy my favorite foods in moderation! I appreciate that you can relate!!

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  2. Hi Jessica,

    Does not sound all bad, and I think we all need to have a little indulgence every now and again.

    Happy weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Hi Carolyn,
      If that had been my only treat for the week I wouldn't feel so bad, but I also had a few ice cream cones earlier in the week, as well!! ;) I am happy you came by for a visit!

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  3. hey girl...i like snacks at night too...the sugar is messin with me though! I allow myself a small treat every night to satisfy my sweet tooth...i get swiss miss

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    1. It's so easy to snack at night when we moms finally have a moment to ourselves. You're right though... a small treat will satisfy and not be gluttonous.

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  4. Hi, Jessica! Us girls and our snacks! I've never been a night eater. I tend to sleep better if I don't eat close to bedtime. But it is hard for me to watch a movie without eating something. My tv/movie time is usually miday so I guess that helps. I don't know why but I am not a big oreo fan. Chocolate chip cookies- yes, ice cream- yes but oreos don't even tempt me. I guess I should be glad? For me, I have to find the right balance of diet and exercize. It's a pain since I used to be able to eat like horse and never gain anything! Good luck to you as you continue to find what works! ♥

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    1. Hi Holly!
      We all have our vices, huh? My sister and I were just talking about how she loves sugary cereal in the morning, but it has never been a temptation for me. My husband made me an Oreo person. I wasn't even a chocolate person before, but now? I can't get enough. ;)

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  5. Hi Jessica! I'm the same way as you. I'm so hungry by the time I get home from work, I ready to eat my dogs! I try to eat a lot during the day, but it's not keeping me full. I can only eat so many cucumbers and carrots.....I was bad this weekend, I ate 2 Dairy Queen Peanut Buster Parfaits. Never again, they ate up all of my weight watcher points.

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    1. Why, oh why, did you bring up peanut buster parfaits?? ;) Lately, I have been loving grapes with yogurt and granola as a sweet treat. I try to sneak in power foods where I can.

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  6. Hello Jessica-
    Congrats on the weight loss! I am being successful too and it is so hard. I try to drink water first when I find myself faced with those cravings....it doesn't always work but sometimes does help! I wanted to thank you for the lovely little gift you gave at Handmade U! Your thoughtfulness really helped make the event extra special!

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    1. Thank you, Hope! I am going to try your idea of drinking water first. It is hard, but worth the effort.
      P.S. I am glad you liked the little, ephemera packet! I hope you were able to use some of the pieces in your journals.

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  7. jessica - this is a beautiful photo:)

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