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Postby Strawberry » Sun Jun 22, 2008 3:38 pm

In the post I started (weight loss and PMS) a few of you suggested distraction techniques. My question to everyone is =

What distraction techniques to you use to keep yourself from eating certain foods?
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Re: Distraction Techniques

Postby GoddessInside » Sun Jun 22, 2008 3:46 pm

Ok here's my honest distraction list....

1. This forum
2. My progress pics & progress pages
3. Ebay - although I need a distraction list for that alone as my bank account is drying up !!
4. Music - pumping it really loud and getting up and grooving to it - you get to kill 2 birds with one stone as you get some exercise into that too ;)
4. Did I mention this forum ? :mrgreen:
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Re: Distraction Techniques

Postby Strawberry » Sun Jun 22, 2008 4:15 pm

I like :mrgreen:

Yes, I can see how this forum can be distracting.

I hide away from cameras, i really do, if a camera is in sight i run away :lol: i hate seeing the honest truth of what i look like being inprinted.
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Re: Distraction Techniques

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Sun Jun 22, 2008 4:24 pm

Haha! Ebay is a huge distraction for me too! Reading a good book can also distract me from thinking about food.

To keep my hands busy and away from snacks I do knitting or drawing.

Sometimes I'll just get up and do squats, lunges, or lie on the ground and do leg lifts. I find that small bursts of exercise can keep you busy, add to your fitness and suppress your appetite.
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Re: Distraction Techniques

Postby Strawberry » Sun Jun 22, 2008 4:49 pm

thanks! you two ladies have given me lots of ideas.
My list of distraction has grown for zero to a few. So far:
1. Visit this forum
2. Listen to music and dance like no one is watching - love that qoute
3. read
4.leave the house and going window shopping
5.take a walk
6.call a friend

keep them coming :wink:
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Re: Distraction Techniques

Postby shelbel » Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:35 pm

When i first starting dieting i did beading (really should dig that out again!!) I found that i would get so involved with a paritular piece i would loose track of time, plus there is the added bonus of having new jewellery, and all your friends getting new jewelery...and family...and complete strangers...no not really, but youi get it!! :D

Also i found reading to be great, especially if im reading about whatever my current interest is, like i recently brought a book about investing and saving for women (a man is not a fiancial plan) and have been so busy dreaming of all the dollars i will have that i hadnt been snacking so much!! :P
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Re: Distraction Techniques

Postby Athena » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:12 am

My distraction list:

1. This forum
2. Ben Lee
3. Talking to my bird. (he can't talk back yet but he will get there)
4. Helping my neighbours take care of their llamas.
5. Googeling things that I'm even mildly curiouse about. (This is the thought prossess: I want chocolate, I go and search for interesting articles on why people like chocolate.)
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Re: Distraction Techniques

Postby Tarz » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:59 am

Athena wrote:5. Googeling things that I'm even mildly curiouse about. (This is the thought prossess: I want chocolate, I go and search for interesting articles on why people like chocolate.)


last time i did that somehow ended up googling strange deaths - some really quite funny ones in there. (yes i'm strange at times)

okay my list

1. This forum (like everyone else)
2. annoying my cat
3. go for a walk
4. call someone on the phone
5. go for a drive and put the music up really loud
6. go shopping - motivates me when new things fit - i never buy anything.
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Re: Distraction Techniques

Postby cherry847 » Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:01 pm

Here's mine!

1. Go for a walk or bike ride
2. Do a puzzle or try to knit - something to keep my hands busy.
3. Go to the shops and wander around
4. Clean the house
5. Have a bath (harder to eat in the bath!!)

It really helps if you have someone with you though who can go with you for a walk or bike ride or to do a puzzle or something with... but something that I really try to do is make sure I don't get too hungry, and eat something filling so if I'm feeling like chocolate I'll say to myself "ok you can have it after you've eaten a big healthy lunch including a piece of fruit" and by that time you're either full so you don't want it anymore or even if you do manage to eat it you can't eat as much!
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Re: Distraction Techniques

Postby SarahC » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:30 am

1. Write a to-do list
2. Pick the most important and/or urgent item from the list and DO it!!
3. Then, pick another item and do that.... etc, etc.
4. Go to the gym
5. Clean something :P
6. Go to bed (it's usually late at night that's my problem time, so sleep is a great distraction lol)
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Re: Distraction Techniques

Postby HappyBella55 » Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:45 pm

Mine are:

1. Writing in my journal.
2. Running.
3. Running.
4. Running.
5. Going to the gym.
6. Listening to music.
7. Going out with the boy or a friend.
8. Scrapbooking.
9.Jumping on the forum.
10. Look at my goal list. Now that I'm in maintenance I've created new goals mainly focused on my running.

Now that I've reached goal weight, I treat my body as my temple (yes yes, you may laugh out loud :lol: considering the cr*p I used to put in my body no wonder it went on strike on me :lol: ) and my focus has changed to keeping healthy: body and mind.

So if you keep your goal in mind, write out goals and focus on your goals, this focusing is a great way to distract yourself from the binge monster.

Reading doesn't work with me. I love to nibble while reading a trashy book :lol:
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Re: Distraction Techniques

Postby Strawberry » Thu Jun 26, 2008 9:48 am

HappyBella55 wrote:So if you keep your goal in mind, write out goals and focus on your goals, this focusing is a great way to distract yourself from the binge monster.


Do you mean like target weight & clothing size or more detailed than this?
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