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    Jun 22, 2009 5:45 PM GMT
    Don’t get me wrong – I’ve read the threads on fitness and health and diet. But now I’m appealing for help with a specific problem.

    We of the southern hemisphere are in winter.

    Winter. Melancholy. Wistful. Cold. Depressing. Snowless; even so, hauntingly beautiful.

    And gluttonous.

    I think about food… all the time. Warm, comforting starches breaking up into a bittersweet, flat wash of familiarity in my mouth.

    And it’s starting to show. ‘Siya, you’re looking rather…comfortable these days,’ people say suggestively. With that infuriating glint in their eyes that says, Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

    The other evening, I walked into the house and my mother announced, ‘Your dinner’s on the counter. Seconds are in the microwave.’
    ‘I didn’t ask for seconds,’ I said, puzzled.
    ‘You haven’t asked for seconds yet, but I figured that since you’re asking for them all the time, I’d save myself the trouble and dish up in advance,’ she announced, sounding rather pleased with herself.
    ‘I don’t always ask for seconds,’ I protested stoutly. A wary pause: ‘Your cooking is good, Mom. But it’s not that good.’
    My mother, with a sigh: ‘Who here has noticed Siya asking for seconds every night in the last two weeks?’
    The kids doing homework, the baby with her rattle – all raised hands. Even the dog yelped in agreement (and we don’t have a dog.)

    I would love to think that I’m about something less superficial than bodily leanness (who am I trying to kid, eh?) but that side of self-care doesn’t happen automatically. The truth is, every winter I comfort-eat like it’s going out of fashion. It usually comes off in time for summer with very little effort on my part.

    But there’s always that little voice in my head that tells me, ‘This time it will stay on. It will catch up. BAD karma.’

    How did you combat wintertime comfort eating? Hindsight is always 20/20, is it not? Please guys… save me from myself.
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    Jun 22, 2009 6:15 PM GMT
    I just chug alot of water and keep busy!
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    Jun 22, 2009 8:12 PM GMT
    You let yourself get in the habit of going for seconds. Nip it in the bud. The sooner you stop, the easier it will be.

    Increase your cardio.
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    Jun 22, 2009 10:12 PM GMT


    When I was younger, it helped to put a huge poster of someone possessing the body I want to maintain on my wall and eat in my room. When you want to skip workouts or come back with seconds, John Cena, Jason Statham, Carrot Top, or whoever you pick will seemingly laugh at you.
    LOL! Maybe not such a deterrent if you choose Carrot Top! icon_lol.gif





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    Jun 22, 2009 10:37 PM GMT
    Well I don't know GG. Have you seen CT lately???
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    Jun 22, 2009 11:02 PM GMT

    steltom saidWell I don't know GG. Have you seen CT lately???


    Well, yeah, why else would I include him? But his face seems frozen in a perpetual grin...like the joker, not very intimidating.



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    Jun 22, 2009 11:10 PM GMT
    Haha, your right he could take over for Heath on the follow on Batman movies....
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    Jun 22, 2009 11:25 PM GMT
    Siya,

    the winters here can seem to go forever. you just have to stick to your guns and say no to seconds (it's okay to have them say once a weak). But I know, sometimes I just want another piece of lasagna, or meatloaf, or mac & cheese during the winter.

    One way to avoid going for seconds is to eat more, smaller, meals throughout the day, so that you're never hungry.
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    Jun 22, 2009 11:29 PM GMT
    Siya,

    here's a link to a 3-hour diet, giving you examples of what and when to eat

    http://www.military.com/military-fitness/nutrition/three-hour-diet
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    Jun 23, 2009 5:31 AM GMT
    Thanks for the responses -- they're actually very practical, and I imagine effective. Except... if I kept a poster of a guy on the wall, it would just confirm everything for housemates. Maybe on the PC, somewhere... icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 23, 2009 5:39 AM GMT
    medfordguy saidSiya,

    here's a link to a 3-hour diet, giving you examples of what and when to eat

    http://www.military.com/military-fitness/nutrition/three-hour-diet


    Is Stew Smith part of the 3-hour diet? icon_wink.gif