Tuesday, May 13, 2014

my weight loss toolbox: late-night eating (revisited)

I talked about my 0ne-n!ght stands with food before (right here). I had listed two reasons for why I overeat at night. The first is that I'm hungry for having deprived myself in the late afternoon. What starts off as true hunger winds up a binge fest. The second reason I listed was that I'm bored and feeling unproductive. I've been so busy, and finally at the end of the day, I feel somewhat free from all of my responsibilities. I think I let my guard down. In that post, I also briefly discussed how I use food as an outlet, an indulgence to counteract my stress. I didn't list it as a reason, but as I've reflected more on this topic, I realize that it is a big reason to why I overeat at night.

I simply want to be rewarded for all of my work at the end of the day. Some days are so tough. Take yesterday, for example. Evie was sick over the weekend. Sure, my kids get colds. She seemed more tired though. She wasn't like herself. We didn't celebrate Mother's Day as we had originally planned. Evie needed rest, so we stayed home. The next day (yesterday), she didn't go to school. I set up an appointment with our pediatrician and headed to the doctor's office with 3 little ones. Traveling with multiple, little ones is tough. (One is tough enough!) We were at the doctor's office for 2 hours. Evie has strep throat :( so we needed to pick up antibiotics, which also took a while. Tired, we came home and had a late lunch. Though a nap is all I wanted after a morning like that, I had to clean our house somewhat, get dinner together, and go grocery shopping. It was a long day. Guess what I did at the grocery store? Well, I bought doughnuts, chocolate, gummy candy... my list of rewards, right?
The thing if that they're hardly rewards. I feel guilty for eating them because I know they're not good for me. They have no value. Plus, they deter me from my long-term goals. So, what's a tired, looking-for-a-reward mama to do? Find other rewards. Other outlets.

This morning I came up with a list of other rewards. I will use items from this list to substitute eating at night as a reward (not because I'm hungry).
I consider these to be rewarding activities:
If you have a habit of rewarding yourself with food, what are some alternate options you've found to be helpful? I'd love to add to my list!  

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

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