Day #4: How to avoid temptation

Guys, I have good news and bad news.

The good news: I went for a run yesterday! It was only for 13 minutes, I was very slow and my massive heavy boobs were flopping about all over the place – but it was a start. I felt really proud of myself, as I had no idea I could run for that long. I was only jogging around my bedroom, accompanied by my eight-year-old singing karaoke to tracks from The Greatest Showman, but I really enjoyed it!

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Unfortunately, afterwards I felt very hungry (this is why exercise doesn’t help with weight loss). I went downstairs to eat some berries (I promise!) and saw a packet of scones just sitting there on the kitchen worktop. (If only I’d put them in the cupboard instead. Out of sight, out of mind…)

So I ate a scone. One moment it was sitting there; the next, it was in my stomach.

It was like that joke: ‘What’s the fastest cake? ‘Scone!’

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I didn’t have any strawberry jam or anything with it, thankfully. And I still weighed 0.6lbs less today. But I feel bad for eating refined flour and sugar.

Remember on Day #2, when I talked about black and white thinking? I think writing that blog and working through the thought processes involved helped me to avoid going ‘Fuck it, I’ve ruined the diet now – I might as well eat the whole packet of scones as well as all the muffins and chocolate ice cream!’

Straight afterwards, because the combination of fat and sugar triggers binges, I shovelled a load of raspberries and blackberries into my mouth. The sour unrefined sweetness neutralised the taste of refined sugar from the scone, and I think this also helped me avoid bingeing.

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Lily refuses to eat most things, so I generally have treats and desserts in the house for her when she’s here – meaning it’s an ongoing issue for my diet. Here are some tips I’ve used for avoiding culinary temptation:

Don’t have treats in the house if you’re the only person there. You might tell yourself you won’t eat them, but late in the evening after a whole day of being ‘good’, your willpower may wane.

Only buy the amount of food you’re going to use. If you have guests to stay (or a small chocoholic child!), ensure you’re not buying more food than they can reasonably eat in the time.

When they go home, wrap up the food and give it to them to take with them. NB Doesn’t work for ice cream.

If they leave the food at your house, get rid of it as soon as they’ve left. I had a little Christmas party for Lily and her friends, and sadly no one ate much (too busy partying!), so there was loads of food left over. I ate lots (using the age-old seasonal excuse ‘it’s Christmas!’) but there was way too much even for me, so I ended up taking it all to the food bank – except for the mince pies, which I gave to my next door neighbour.

If you live with flatmates or a partner who have bad food in the house, ask them to hide it. I used to ask Graham to put his sugary breakfast cereals in the car, which I didn’t have access to, and it drove him mad! But he did it. If you can’t see the food, you’re less likely to eat it.

Wrap up and regift presents. Well-meaning people often give me boxes of chocolate. They’re right that I love them, but they don’t exactly fit in with my diet. Wrap them up beautifully and regift them ASAP before you’re tempted to eat them.

Freeze food. Bread, cake, muffins and scones can be frozen. If you’re tempted to binge, you’ll have a window of time to reconsider while you’re unfreezing them. (Again: this doesn’t work with ice cream. Avoid ice cream!)

Throw it away. If all else fails, cover the food in washing up liquid and throw it in the bin. I personally hate wasting food and will do anything not to have to do this – but if it’s perishable and past its sell-by date, it’s better that it goes in the bin than in you.

If you start to binge on desserts, eat some fruit immediately as the unrefined sugar will neutralise the taste of refined sugar and stop your craving.

Remember that, often, the urge to binge overrides rationalism. Making it as inconvenient to procure ‘bad’ food as possible will work in your diet’s favour.

Look in the mirror before you binge. Still want to binge now you’ve seen your double chin and overhanging muffin top? Thought not!

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Diet update

Days: 3

Total loss: 4.4lbs

Still need to lose: 63lbs

Yesterday I ate:

Two slices of sourdough toast with almond butter and banana
Salad made of cherry tomatoes, radishes, celery, coriander, button mushrooms and yellow pepper
Five super seeded oatcakes with houmous
Raspberries and blackberries
THE DREADED SCONE!

Exercise: hit all my Apple Watch goals again and did a 13-minute run.

Takeaways

Don’t have treats in the house if you’re the only person there. If they don’t exist, you won’t be tempted to eat them.

Only buy the amount of food you’re going to use. If you have guests to stay, ensure you’re not buying more food than they can reasonably eat in the time.

When they go home, wrap up the food and give it to them to take with them. NB Doesn’t work for ice cream.

If you live with flatmates or a partner who have bad food in the house, ask them to hide it. If you can’t see the food, you’re less likely to eat it.

If they leave the food at your house, get rid of it as soon as they’ve left. Remember the food bank as many hungry people would be grateful for the food – or, if you don’t have one nearby, your neighbours might welcome packaged food.

Wrap up and regift presents of boxes of chocolate. Wrap them beautifully and regift them ASAP before you’re tempted to eat them.

Freeze food. Bread, cake, muffins and scones can be frozen. If you’re tempted to binge, you’ll have a window of time to reconsider while you’re unfreezing them. (Again: this doesn’t work with ice cream. Avoid ice cream!)

Throw it away. If all else fails, cover the food in washing up liquid and throw it in the bin. If it’s perishable and past its sell-by date, it’s better that it goes in the bin than in you.

If you start to binge on desserts, eat some fruit immediately as the unrefined sugar will neutralise the taste of refined sugar and stop your craving.

Remember that, often, the urge to binge overrides rationalism. Making it as inconvenient to procure ‘bad’ food as possible will work in your diet’s favour.

Look in the mirror before you binge. Seeing how overweight you are will often snap you out of wanting to overeat. (Or, if you’re in shape, think of losing your lovely figure!)

Quote of the Day

“If you’re still looking for that one person to change your life, take a look in the mirror.” – Lewis Howes

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