I really hate to admit it, but I snack way too often. It’s like a hobby to me and it soothes literally any emotion. Pissed off? Oreo cookies. Depressed? Hershey’s Pie. Feeling in love (with Andy Samberg’s character on B99)? Toaster strudel. I mean, I can tell you a snack for any occasion.
Simultaneously, I’ve been searching high and low for the cause of my recent weight gain. I went from 180 to 215+ in a matter of months and watching My 600lb life on Hulu is making me panic, which makes me want more snacks! I mean, I just couldn’t figure it out, especially since I’ve been logging all of my (healthy) meals on MyFitnessPal. On some days, I felt like it would be easier if I just gave up and accepted my fate. But on most days, I really want to lose weight, be healthier, and feel better- which meant I needed to face my addiction in the mirror. I am addicted to snacks, especially sugar.
Realizing this meant that there was only one thing I could do… Quit cold turkey. I’m blessed, or some would say cursed, with an all-or-nothing personality. On top of that, I am also a right-now-or-never person, which means I have to start immediately. It sounds crazy and most people who try to do things cold turkey tend to relapse, but if I don’t make repetitive attempts to quit cold turkey, I’m always going to find an excuse to keep doing it. Trying to do things in moderation doesn’t work for me because I feel that if I’m already doing it, why not go all the way?
Anyway, today made day 2 of no snacking. I used an approach I found on Google that mentioned making snacks into meals, so I integrated 1 snack into 2 of my meals today. Snacking 2 times a day, even if it is with a meal, is probably half… or even a fourth of how often I usually snack throughout the day. Along with cutting out snacks, I’m also trying to eat 1 to 2 servings of fruit and vegetables per meal- which I started doing a week ago.
I’m considering making video blogs and posting them, or posting something here that forces me to be accountable like my MyFitnessPal logs (with pictures of what I ate). Also, I came across this video on YouTube of a woman who beautifully discussed sugar addiction and how to break it by changing your perspective. Anyone else up for making a healthy change over the next month??