SparkCoach suggested blogging about the last time I blew my diet, and how to change the "all or nothing" mentality, where so many of us (me included!) continue to overindulge after we make a minor misstep. The correct behavior, of course, is to stop immediately and move on with our moderate, healthy behaviors.
I didn't have to look back too far to look at the last time I overate the wrong foods! I have been home for a full week with a bad cold, PLUS snowed in (roads are very icy and hazardous). I had been eating mostly healthy foods while sick, but I gave into cravings for sweets while sick. My friend H had given me wonderful mint chocolates as a part of her Christmas package to me; I had them stashed in the top cupboard, planning to take them to meeting (like many closet over-eaters, I don't binge in front of other people). I planned to eat just one mint chocolate; okay maybe two. But I kept on going. I think the final count was six when I took a good look at the little pile of candy wrappers. At that point, I took the correct action: I threw out the remaining candies.
I think factors in this binge included being sick; being tired of my restricted menu (soup, soup, and more soup); being bored being home sick; and easy temptation in the house. I don't usually buy good chocolates or keep them around. I am glad I stopped inhaling chocolates when I did!
Ways to overcome this chocolate binge (or other temptation binge): No chocolates in the home (if I really want it, I can go out and buy one piece). Eat a good variety of food. Exercise instead of eat (I didn't exercise while sick). Move away from a monotonous menu, even if I am stuck home sick. Bake a healthy treat. Sip hot tea.
Other suggestions on how to overcome a binge from you, my Sparkfriends, would be greatly appreciated!
Finally just a few photos of our epic snow accumulation:
My roof is accumulating icicles and an ice dam, which is not good. Luckily it is a metal roof and the heavy weight will slide off once the weather warms up. These icicles formed where the dryer vent comes out of the roof and melts the snow. I knocked most of the icicles down but took this photo before I knocked them off. Icicles are really beautiful but dangerous.
The snow berms are about 3 feet high; it will take a while for them to melt.
The view from my deck.