I am the same way--I tend to crave crunch in my food (when my trainer suggested protein drinks as a way to increase that element, I actually laughed at him *g*) I bite my nails, I grind my teeth at night, you get the idea.
I keep sugar-free gum and hard candy on me when I absolutely feel the urge to give in--it keeps my mouth engaged. I also chedule something to eat every 3-4 hours or so, something with texture as well as taste, something with *crunch* to take care of that sensory need.
Hope that helps get over the "bump in the road"! BunyView Thread
I have been doing weight training, too. The hard part for me is to remember to do the cardio...I find it "boring" at times. Hubby is trying to get me started running, so now I am walking .3 mile and running.1 mile, alternating. It is not easy, but I think it is getting me over a plateau...
Remember---it took many times before learning how to: -ride a bike -walk -drive -read -write -insert you own ability here
You are able to get online here, type your thoughts, read the thoughts of others, and share...there are many people who still struggle with that simple act (I know, I each several <g>). If you can remember that determination that you had to reach the last goal you set, and that you had to "restart" several times, I am sure you can do this, too.
I am doing the same thing.
I did not have a struggle with weight before, but am now working to lose 50 pounds. I have gotten the idea of working out under my belt. Now I am working on adding the idea of eating correctly. I am realizing that making a mistake is not the end of the road--it is simply a way to learn, just like my students. I have also learned the concept of "restart on the start of the week" does not work when you goof in the middle of the week (for me, it gives too much "free" time)...I simply restart the next day, after analyzing what happened, and try not to do the same thing. I usually don't make the same mistake--I make new ones!
I also agree with the idea of community--I, too do better with others helping me along. That is one reason why I am here as well.
I agree with you--the food and fitness planner has helped me more than I realized. I always knew that when I journaled my food I did better, but the "hassle" of writing it down always stopped me after a week. This tool has kept me going on week 2--it has so much info! One week my salt went up, and I couldn't figure out why, until I clicked on each entry and saw that one thing I ate out of the norm (it was at a celebration). Once I realized it was a "once in a while" thing, I realized that it was OK to do--"once in a while"! Otherwize I would have simply beat myself up.
The tools also show me that everyday activies COUNT! Not that they should be the be all end all, but that being mindful of being active is a mindset. Now, during commercials, I tend to get up more and do things around the house in short spurts, instead of simply sit and watch the whole program. I don't mind (as much) if I can't get the parking spot closest to the door, etc. I log everything in--you would be surprised at how much you burn during everyday activity! Sure, I addthis to my workouts at the gym, but if walk/jog around the block each day allows me an extra treat at the end of the week....