Wednesday, July 5, 2017

50 THINGS TO DO Instead of Snacking

Prior to having weight loss surgery in June 2006, I was a big time mindless snacker. Every time I walked in the kitchen, I walked out with something in my hand, a handful of chips, a cookie, or just a bite of something or other. During certain times of the day, it was like an eating monster took over my body; late afternoon and just before bed were the worst. I wasn't even hungry most of the time, sometimes I was just bored or it was just there. Every year, I packed on the pounds because those "just a bites" and mindless snacking meant I was consuming hundreds of extra calories a week.

50 THINGS TO DO Instead of Snacking

One of the keys to post weight loss surgery success for me is being mindful each day of what goes in my body. I plan my meals and my snacks and if it's not in my plan for the day, it's not going in my mouth. The old mindless eating monster still comes a-calling, I just choose not to feed the beast. Instead, I pick an idea from my "instead of snacking" list to send me off in a positive direction. I have a copy of this on my fridge and in my office. Hope it helps you as much as it helped me.

50 Things to do Instead of Snacking

1. Imagine the new healthier you 
2. Walk around the block 
3. Call a friend 
4. Make a list of your Top Ten Reasons to Lose Weight 
5. Make a To Do list 
6. Turn on music and dance 
7. Jot a thank you note to someone 
8. Go to bed early or take a nap
9. Read a book 
10. Blog or journal
11. Give yourself a manicure or pedicure 
12. Plan a healthy meal for your family 
13. Surf the Internet 
14. Finish an unfinished project 
15. Walk your dog, pet your cat, feed your fish
16. Brush your teeth 
17. Balance your checkbook 
18. Say a prayer 
19. Chop veggies to keep on hand 
20. Give a massage 
21. Clean out a junk drawer 
22. Play a game with your kids 
23. Try a new route on your walk
24. Drink a glass of water 
25. Kiss someone 
26. Try on some of your clothes 
27. Look at old pictures 
28. Rent a video 
29. Wash your car 
30. Take a hot, soothing bath 
31. Update your calendar 
32. Work in your yard 
33. Start your holiday shopping list 
34. Count your blessings 
35. Write a letter 
36. Fold some laundry 
37. Check your e-mail 
38. Give your dog a bath 
39. Send a birthday card 
40. Meditate 
41. Hug someone 
42. Rearrange some furniture 
43. Light a fire or some candles 
44. Put your pictures in an album 
45. Plan a trip (real or imaginary)
46. Straighten a closet 
47. Clean out files 
48. Visit a friend
49. Clean out your trunk
50. Do something nice for someone

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