We have a big event coming up next month for work. When I say big, I mean big. (Think tens of thousands of people getting together). That means long hours and extremely high stress. That also means stress eating. I’m trying to stay healthy and in shape for a wedding I’ll be in but it’s hard. I love food.
To quit back the snacking I’ve printed out this “Think before you eat” guide.
What I like about this: it breaks it down to how much work you really need to burn calories. Sure you could easily burn 242 calories if you do a light run but are you really going to do 88 minutes of crunches to work it off? Didn’t think so.
That mentality is what I was banking on when I printed it off. I wrote next to the times how long it takes in minutes. 2 hours and 2 minutes of running to burn off a chicken burrito is a lot more frightening than 122 minutes. Something about adding to that “hour” makes it worse.
Things I didn’t like: It’s not really realistic. Who is going to do 72 minutes of jumping rope to burn off a milkshake. If you want to burn it off you are going to run.
My intention of this was to trick myself to not snacking. It wasn’t for the actual numbers of what will burn what. It’s a general idea with a lot of foods I like (pepperoni pizza? ugh. I want it now).
So far this has been great. I put the list to my left so when I’m swinging around towards my lunchbox I see it and opt against snacking. Most days its really helped. Other days it’s helped me choose a healthier option. Instead of that sprinkled donut I wanted I’ll get a piece of toast with peanut butter or nutella. Side note: I just tried Nutella for the first time about a week ago. Now I understand the obsession with it. I want MORE.
|B+||Free||5 minutes to break it down into hours if you want.|
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|What I Would Change:|
|Nothing I really can change. I like it for what it is and what I’ve purposed it as.|
|Nice list. It’s been up for about 2 weeks now and has been pretty successful. I’ve had some cheat days in there. Overall it’s nice to put things into perspective.|