Right now, I need the equivalent of the invisible fence for humans. However, instead of going around the yard, mind would shock me when I get too close to the refrigerator and the pantry after 8pm. I am a snacking fiend! I can monitor myself at meal times but, after 8pm, I am in trouble.
After I come back from the gym, it’s terrible. I usually drink a glass of chocolate milk (1%) to replenish my protein. However, instead of being content or simply getting a bigger glass, I start snacking. Apples & Peanut butter are a favorite. But, I have also been known to hit the soft pretzels (I know, right?). I might also nibble on some tortilla chips after this (I actually had chips and salsa at 11pm, last night!). Let me not forget that I have hit my son’s fruit snacks on more than one occassion, too.
Basically, after eating rather well for the day and working out, I can hit another 400 or more calories before turning in for the night. This has got to stop. Honestly, this is going to require good, old-fashioned discipline and an attitude adjustment on my part. Quite simply, I am going to hate it. I know me. I can be pigheaded and want to think that this is not a problem but, that’s a lie. If I burn off 1,000 calories only to add about half that right back, I wasted a good part of my workout. I could have knocked off a half-hour early, not snacked, and got my time back. There’s a simple term for this: self-sabotage.
It’s gut-check time (pun-intended). Tummy, you and I have got a day of reckoning coming.