I don’t know about you, but I’m much better at doing something than not doing something. So if I do a work out, it’s done. I may not feel like it right now, I may not even enjoy it (rare, but it happens), but at least it’s done.
If I’m presented with a chocolate cake, and that cake is not the right thing right now, then I have to not eat the chocolate cake. And in 5 minutes, I have to not eat the chocolate cake. Seventeen minutes later – oh, look at that! I’m still stuck not eating it. You never EVER finish not eating the chocolate cake.
Well, unless you can trick someone else into eat it for you, which some say is cruel.
I say survival of the most devious.
At any rate, self-control makes me crotchety. And when I’m crotchety, you can probably guess how I cope.
My downfall isn’t just chocolate cake, it’s the midafternoon doldrums, with the snack machine calling my name. It’s the evening munchies when I’m not actually hungry. It’s the dreaded weekly group meeting where everyone takes a turn bringing something yummy to eat. And not doing is not working for me.
So I’ve started brainstorming things I can do. Stuff to side-step, avoid, or replace the eating that I know I shouldn’t be doing. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
- Herbal tea. It keeps my mouth and my hands busy, at my desk or in meetings.
- Play with my kids. Seems a no-brainer, doesn’t it? If we’re curled up on the couch with a book, mama can’t get to the chocolate chip stash. Win win.
- Blog. There’s something fundamentally wrong with writing a weight-loss blog post with chocolate on your breath. Not that it hasn’t been done, of course.
- Play guitar. Because if I picked up a guitar every time I wanted to open the fridge, I might actually be able to play a B-minor. (The “B” is for “brutal”, incidentally. Majorly brutal. Calling it “minor” is a cruel joke.)
- Hop on the Wii. It may not be a hard-core workout, but it’s not eating, or even sitting on the couch. Another one of those win-win thingies.
How do YOU keep from caving to the cravings?