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When you feel stressed and it's making you think of food, do some deep breathing. Fill up your lungs with air the same manner in which a vase would be filled with water. Visualize the air filling up from the bottom, and when you exhale, empty starting at the top. This essentially forces you to be mindful. Good meditation.
OK, I admit it. I watch way too much TV. Do you? I have found some nice walking videos on the Internet...simple, but moving. So while I watch TV I also walk a mile or two with Leslie Sansone. If you like Jane Fonda, you can walk with her instead. Keep moving.
If you were talking with a good friend who got off track, you would be kind and compassionate. You would encourage your friend to keep trying and that success will come. Try that compassion with yourself. If you stick with it, you will make!
I have a hard time planning meals and making a shopping list because what I've planned for may turn out to be too expensive, or I unexpectedly find another (healthy!) option that sounds better than what I planned. However, mindless wandering ends in disaster! Instead, I let myself wander the perimeter of the store, where even impulse buys will be healthy, but make a specific list for items I need from the center aisles. It gives my more freedom when I shop, but still keeps me from buying cookies!!
I tried six months doing 45-60 minutes of high intensity aerobics. After a while, I plateaued and was really discouraged. Since November I've been focusing weight lifting at the limit of my ability and this time the weight went much faster. I was a size 6/8 and now I'm a size 2/4.