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Social snacking – Eating more when with friends

I dared to write all my food intake. A pattern came through that having visitors or being around certain people made me eat more or eat when I’m not hungry.


visits: when someone comes by and the first offer is, “let’s go out to eat.”

weekend events: usually, there’s food. I may not be hungry but I’ll feel compelled to eat it, just because it’s there. I found that this comes from the anxiety that I might not be able to eat at a later time or if I don’t eat now, then I’ll be hungry later.

But I found another question. WHAT INFLUENCES MY MOVEMENT or ACTIVITY?

if i eat with friends, does it work the same way with exercise?

Not necessarily. The 30-day squat challenge was a great start but the sets were completed on my own. The accountability to another person was helpful though.

I do thrive in class settings so getting to a group environment would help me.

The pressure of feeling like i don’t have enough time will curb how i invest in my walks, challenges and rest. I found that I do best when I don’t feel rushed.

Writing down what I ate reminded me that I need to take responsibility for my responses to hunger, social settings, invitations and weekend events.


Weekends are the times when I tend to overeat. I’ll be working on better meal planning and getting more comfortable with passing up a plate. I’ll be asking the question, “Am I hungry or am I going for it because it’s there?”

More lessons and lifestyle changes to come!




Got Stuck. Starting Over.

Change in work schedule. Change in budget. Sounds minor, but the impact it had on my workouts and meals made a big difference.

I got stuck. Skipped one day of walking. Then, two days of eating past 7pm. Then holiday parties, and those yummy biscotti things with caramel drizzle from Costco. The onset of peppermint mochas and the alleged seasonal obligation to drink one, okay, maybe, two a day.

Then the kid’s on vacation, so they stay up late, evening snacks, more french fries than usual. No sports.

I have to start over. I was disappointed for a while, then looked back on what I was tracking around this time last year. Light bulb! I can just start over! But this time, I’m starting at 13lbs LESS than my weight last year.

I started to appreciate all the minor adjustments that I made: got more sleep, short workouts. I saw how gentle I was on myself and I celebrated every little thing.

If I did it before, then I can do it again. This was a big lesson for me in working through the different seasons and starting from a much healthier place. I learned I can’t be 100% all the time. But I don’t have to be discouraged if I’m at 50%. It just means I can give myself permission to change gears and work my way back up to what works for me.

The new year can lead to new ways. Or, in my case, to use what I know already worked and instead, give myself a new view.

Here’s to starting over! 🙂