This Fat Chick has trouble with the self-control particularly when it comes to junk food. I am very self-indulgent and I reward myself with sweets or crunchy salty food for every conceivable boo boo, emotional slight or even a win! I don’t have one bite ever. If I have one I have it all and then get some more. So I have to ensure I don’t take that first bite.That wait 5 minutes or 15 minutes or whatever thing doesn’t work for me either. After 15 minutes of waiting to see if I really want that chocolate I will be like a rabid dog and the binge that results isn’t pretty.
So what to do? Well I have a few strategies. I have a good imagination and I find with sweets and in particular chocolate I can imagine that my fudge brownie or chocolate donut was baked by a chain smoking, greasy dude with dirt under his finger nails. Yep desire is dead! I have solutions for cheesies and chips as well but you get the idea and I don’t want to make you sick.
I also find that eating something like an apple that has a strong clean taste will redirect my attention. Brushing your teeth is an old standby as is chewing gum.
If I am home jumping in the shower works well. I don’t keep any junk food in the house so it is a big production once my hair is wet to make myself presentable for the food delivery guy or the corner store. I did try having pizza delivered while in my bathrobe. The delivery guy made fun of me. Bless him for that because I am not doing that again ever.
I know it all seems a little extreme when simple self-control should work but well there is that word control. You want to see somebody stubbornly hold their breath ‘til they turn blue? Try attempting to control me. Even I find it impossible to give myself a set of rules to follow. I immediately want to break them. I can immediately feel the hand of big brother on the back of my neck squeezing! That is why I divert attention and redefine the problem ‘cause in a head to head battle of a rule vs my will the rules lose.