Friday, September 30, 2005

Control - have I got it ?

I want to start by asking you to please remember that I am in a different space now to those of you trying to lose weight and so my thinking has changed slightly – not towards losing weight but towards how I am going to maintain. I was thinking while I was at work last night packing the slabs of chocolate that while I am feeling in control of what I am doing – I haven’t really been in control of my choices (I know that sounds like gibberish but bear with me !)
When I was losing weight and really battling – I would (sub-consciously) have the no junk food in the house rule. While I never actually thought of it in those terms, I didn’t buy anything on the fatal list because I knew that it would be fatal for me to have it in the house. There were times I bought things ‘for Al and Kaitlin’ knowing full well it was actually for me and sometimes they never even got to sniff what was there because I had eaten it before they knew about it.
What got me thinking last night was that I am not really in control if I don’t eat food which isn’t in the cupboard – does that make sense ? Surely, I can only say I am in control if the food is there and I choose not to eat it or to limit the amount that I eat of it ? So, by saying that I am in control over something that isn’t there means that I am not really in control at all, it just means that I am not eating something that isn’t there. Sooooooo I am going to put myself to the test sometime soon – haven’t decided when because I need to make sure that I am in the right space before I do it otherwise I could be in for a BIG binge – I am going to buy some goodies which I don’t normally buy and leave them in the cupboard and see just how much control I do have – can I limit the amount that I eat or will I be like someone who feels like they haven’t seen food forever and scoff it down as fast as I can pick it up ? Should be an interesting exercise and one that may only happen when Al gets home so that I have the support network right there to help me out if I really blow it.
In one of the latest WW weekly cards – they suggest putting tempting food into brown paper bags and putting those in your cupboard – I don’t know about you but a brown paper bag isn’t going to make me forget what I put IN the bag and neither is it going to stop me from getting to what is in the bag. Has anyone tried this out and seen whether it works or not ?
On that note – I am off to lunch – take care everyone, have a great weekend and be good. Our bodies deserve to be treated with respect and if we don’t respect them, we can’t expect others to.

TFTD : It is better to have a moment of something wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.

TIAGF : Only 9 sleeps to go until my best friend gets home YAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY !!!!


Blogger Jodie said...

I sort of did this. I had a real problem with ice-cream!!! I went cold turkey on the stuff for about 3 weeks until the cravings went away and then I bought a tub. That tub lasted the 2 of us over a month. I made a deal with myself to only have it once a week and only on a day that I had both been to the gym and went for a walk. That way I knew that I had done enough exercise to cover the small indulgence. It has worked so far and that was about 4 months ago. You have to get the cravings out of your system first and I found cold turkey was the only way to do this. XX

12:57 PM  
Blogger Briony said...

Yay for only 9 sleeps to go. My DH just left for the weekend to go to Sydney for a buck's show, so it's just me and the baby til Sunday night. TTYTT I'm actually glad of the break! although i'm sure i'll be missing him by Sunday??
Have a great weekend!

1:26 PM  
Blogger Leighanne said...

I'm with you - I would still know what was in that brown bag!!!

2:04 PM  
Blogger Kt said...

lol at the brown paper bags - what a crock huh??
I think u are pretty controlled to get to goal Linda, just because its not in the house doesn't mean u still cant pop down the shop and get it.
You're a star!

7:48 PM  
Blogger jak said...

I know exactly what you mean. For a while not so long ago, I was going through a mad amount of chocolate. I mean, I'm not normally a sweet tooth, but I would sit and eat a family block in the course of an evening. *shudder* I had to cut it out completely, it was the only way. But, I have since bought another block of the stuff and it lasted a week in the house, so I was pretty pleased with that. And a Boost bar, I had my first one the other day and that lasted three days - those things are damn delicious!

But anyway, I know what you mean about needing to really truly take control of those fatal foods. While I would say I'm definitely not 100% there yet, I am making headway on it.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Slim Suzy said...

I am afraid that brown paper bags wouldn't stop me if I really wanted to eat something! I can't give too much advice this week because I didn't resist temptations myself but I certainly suffered for eating grease!
Glad there aren't too many sleeps left till you know who comes home.

10:56 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

That's a very interesting way of looking at it and I think you make a great point! I also think the control is there if you don't buy it in the first place. It's all a matter of perspective and why/how we all got fat in the first place. Different for all of us. I know I eat out of boredom so as Dr Phil says, I need to create a no fail safe environment at home. My challenges are then when I go to cafes which I do a lot. Great idea to start this challenge when Al gets home LOL. It's so great to hear that you get support from your family :-)

Haha..yeah right! A paper bag ain't going to work for me either. Are they serious? Too funny.

I agree with treating the body with respect too now. I can't eat fast food anymore and I am really enjoying cooking, whoot!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend Linda and yep, not long now!! You are going to get some serious loving ;-) xx

7:35 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

LOL, you're one up on me if the paper bag idea works!! I find that I need to have control in the Supermarket, because if its in the cupboard it has NO CHANCE OF SURVIVAL. Too many times I've fallen into the trap of "buying two packs" - one for now, and one for next time I have that sudden urge, but the second pack usually doesn't last a day. Yep, I definately need to exercise control at the shops, so that its not in the cupboard begging at me.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definately food for though at the moment I currently keep everything out of the house!

11:38 AM  
Blogger Briony said...

Must be only 7 sleeps now Linda! Yay. Hope you're having a great weekend!

12:56 PM  
Blogger Lee-Anne said...

I didn't know you could still get brown paper bags.

I think you'll be alright once Al's home. You'll be fine. I think you may also surprise yourself. You have changed along the journey, your attitude towards food has changed. The thing is that you also like the way you are now and your whole persona has changed that reflects that. So believe in yourself. You are more active than what you were and also more aware. You have done absolutely marvellousy. And you have your blog..... and your blogmates. You're great.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Paulene's Journal Journey said...

So True!
As you've seen I found I didnt' have the control over my scales as you hope to have over your red light food. But you are at maitainence so if ever there is a time to master this nows the can do it!!
Perhaps at least start with portion controlled mini packs of crisps or fun sized chocolate bars etc then work your way up to family size *wink*
You have achieved so much that no chocolate bar will be your downfall :)

Cheers P

2:05 PM  

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