I’m sure many of you can understand how challenging weight loss, weight maintenance or just food in general can be. I know I sure do. Now I’m no expert in this field, however I do have a lot of personal experience on these subjects.
I have such intense cravings for food, typically sweets, and it’s hard to resist these urges. I’ve spent years just giving in to them, that I don’t even have a second between the urge and the action. It’s an immediate reaction. Before I sometimes realize or can can stop myself I’m munching on or obsessing about “x”. “X” is something different for each of us. Even when I come to the point of realizing that I should put “x” down, I can’t. I just can’t do it.
I have this hysterical two-year child fighting within me. She wants what she wants and won’t shut up until she gets it. Usually I’m so tired of hearing this nagging voice that I give in. It’s funny to think though that if my daughter acted this way there would be no way in Hell that I’d give it to her, especially acting like that, but with me, I give in? That is so messed up.
I’ve been told that it takes about 15-20 minutes for an urge to subside to a reasonable level and that it will only intensify the more you give into it. So, I have some ideas to help put some time between my urge and my action, but most of the time I find it hard to do any of these. I’m going to start the list with 10 items, and I need your help add to my list of things that actually work for you when needing to resist a craving.
- Phone a friend
- Focus on breathing
- Do Zumba (or just move somehow)
- Play a game with my daughter
- Brush my teeth
- Turn on some tunes and get lost in the music
- Rub my hands together, like a little hand massage or quick self shoulder massage
- Close my eyes and visualize being on a beach near the ocean
- Have only healthy snacks near me, limit the temptations
As hard as it is to actually do some of these things, I want to keep the list handy so that in a pinch I can reach for the list instead of the cookie.
Now go ahead, give me an idea that works for you!!
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