It’s Thursday so the focus is nutrition. It’s Day 11 of 21. We’ve got a mixed bag of results. Some people are behind. Some are motivated. Some are frustrated. Some are motivated. Some are losing steam. Some are riding steady. This is normal.

Now that you’ve had your “bad” mile, your funnel cake, your sloppy lunges, your alcohol, your lack of sleep, and your negative self-talk, it’s time to move on. Today is your new beginning. I don’t care how big or small your slip up was, get yourself together, shorty! Slipping up is not failure. Giving up is.

Get back on track. Right this second. Ahora.


Day 11: Analyze This

1. Detail your nutrition failures/weaknesses/temptations. Be specific.
2. Think of ways to combat it. If you’re drawing a blank on solutions, do an internet search.There are other people with your issue. Once you find your solution, come back here and post about it.

I’ll go first.

My Problem: I fail at nutrition when I’m coming up with blog ideas and writing articles. I’ll be sitting at my computer and noshing on whatever is next to me. It might be almonds, which are healthy, but eating a whole bag after dinner es muy mal! On Monday, I’m confident I ate 700 calories worth of nuts. Fail.
My Remedy: I am going to attack this at two angles. Angle 1: I’m not going to allow food at my desk, of any kind. If I’m going to eat, it will have to be in an eating area.  Angle 2: If I start to get the shakes, I’m going to drink water with lemon. Thereby, killing my taste buds. Last resort: I will attempt to develop a nut allergy. Excruciating for me but excellent blog reading for you.

Your turn.

If this subject is a sensitive one and you are not comfortable publicly laying it out there, I understand. But if you want to get it off your chest, you can email me directly. I will listen. I will not judge. I will respect your privacy.


Michelle N. · 07/27/2013 at 4:22 am

I have a terrible sweet tooth and it seems everywhere I go there’s free sweets. I’ve given away all of my chocolate for this challenge and have been snacking on fruits instead. So far its been working.

Nomi · 07/26/2013 at 10:25 pm

Organization when it comes to shopping and meal planning/preparation. I need to make sure I have healthy food around me to snack on!

Emily · 07/26/2013 at 11:27 am

Problem: mindless snacking at work or after dinner
Solution: 1) focus on determining if I’m actually hungry or just bored/tired and 2) if I am hungry, eat a snack but don’t do anything else (like work or watch TV)

Heather · 07/26/2013 at 9:36 am

I have 2 nutritional problems. #1 I LOVE bread. Like this kind of Love. #2 I tend to reward myself after a super awesome workout with bread or candy thinking that “It’s ok, I earned this.” I am really good about working out and do so 5-6 days a week, but I’ve noticed that the more I workout the more I reward myself. I try to tell myself not to do it, but it’s just so tempting!

Elena · 07/26/2013 at 9:21 am

I thought about this yesterday. I love food, every event, family thing etc is always centered around food and it’s really the one thing that relaxes me after work (standing and chopping something). I’m lucky that I love vegetables and don’t like chocolate (shocking!). However I have a problem getting enough protein during the day before dinner and end up hungry at work and reach for the gummy bears at the 3 pm hungry hour. All things bread call to me and while I’ve been good and pretty much just don’t have it in the house, I do overindulge when I get a chance. Oh and jam, this will sound weird but it’s such a comfort thing to sit with a jar of jam and eat it with a spoon. (just like that guy does in Gosford park!) In the summer I supersede the craving with fresh fruit but even that doesn’t always help and I think I overdo it on the fruit (can you have too many cherries?). Maybe I just have to dole out small portions of all my trigger foods occasionally since complete withdrawal from it just leads to binging.

Victoria · 07/26/2013 at 8:56 am

My downfalls are sweets and fast food. I work in a pretty close knit office, so if one person is craving sweets, they usually bring treats to share with everyone. If I see other people eating sweets, something in my mind tells me that it’s ok for me to eat some too. Unfortunately, once I start eating sweets I have a hard time stopping.

Since starting the nutrition challenge, I’ve used two different strategies for avoiding sweets at work: walking past the food table and pretending like I don’t see what’s on it, and spending more time in my office with the door closed. So far, this has been working for me.

Rachel Pearl · 07/26/2013 at 7:58 am

I LOVE THESE CONFESSIONS! I recently went on a crusade to lose 30 pounds and it worked! (There is about 15 of flab we’re dealing with). The catch – my boyfriend has to HIDE THE JUNK. Really, I close my ears when he folds up the potato chips to hide them in the kitchen. Now I make a point not to go LOOKING for them, but out of sight really is out of mind. And when I buy crackers (natural 3 ingredient kind) I open the box and right away put them in mini bags of the serving size. It helps. Sometimes I’ll crush 2 bags, but at least it’s not the whole box! I get squirrely at night too and 1 or 2 squares of super dark chocolate kills the craving with WATER. I think the next time I am inspired to eat 2,000 calories of fried dough I’ll just think about a bag of almonds instead and then scream FIVE!! THE SERVING SIZE IS JUST 5 ALMONDS. Then everyone will think I’m a little nuts, and I’ll smile and the Funnel Cake guy will shoo me away.

Carrie · 07/26/2013 at 7:12 am

My biggest challenges are carbs and mindless eating. I eat fairly well but I go foraging from 2:30-4 pm and then want some kind of treat after the kids are in bed. My solutions are to limit the around of carbs I eat so I don’t crave them as much and to have something ready to eat in the afternoon like broccoli or lentil salad (not that I’m always aucessful or prepared). I try to eat fruit at night instead of junk but sometimes I do better when I have a small treat at night because it limits the mindless eating during the day and I can stop myself after one cookie or a very small brownie.

Slomo · 07/26/2013 at 6:27 am

I need to eat more slowly and with more mindfulness. When I do, it works beautifully. I can stop at about 80% of being full, and in 20 minutes I’m satisfied. If I eat until I feel full (which I nearly always do), then I’m beyond full 20 minutes later. Possible solutions: Make sure I am sitting when I eat; try to limit distractions (e.g. computer). Practicing being mindful in general also helps, because I can identify when I’m eating out of boredom, anxiety, etc., which makes it easier to do something about it.

I also struggle now living in a house with lots of junk food. When I am in control of the food in my house, I do great, because I actually really love healthy, whole foods, and literally crave salads at every meal. When I am stressed or anxious, though, I eat the other stuff if it’s around and available, and once I start my body craves the bad stuff even more. I do a lot to mitigate this, like making sure to have fruits and veggies cut up and snack-ready, and by only shopping the perimeter of the grocery store so as to not add to the junk already in my house. I also make LOTS of smoothies that taste like ice cream but are filled with hidden green goodness. Still, having junk around all the time is tough. Thanks for this post, Angel.

FVR · 07/25/2013 at 10:54 pm

Mine is delicious foods. That sounds obvious but it’s the really decadent stuff that requires like 123089471234 calories to make it taste good that is my downfall. For example, I may or may not have just eaten a strawberry macaroon from Tours Le Jours before I read this post. Trying to eliminate delicious foods entirely from my diet is just setting myself up for failure. But I can limit the *amount* that I eat and when I eat them. I have been working in general to reduce my portion sizes of these foods and have been known to pass up free cake in the office. Small steps!

Polly · 07/25/2013 at 10:05 pm

To be honest, I eat much better when my roommates are around versus when I’m home alone. I think it’s the not-wanting-anyone-to-see-me-stuff-my-face-with-cookies factor. Thankfully, they are around a lot. Maybe I will ask them to set up a nanny cam in the kitchen for when they are out of town. It also helps not to buy the junk in the first place, not to let myself get so hungry that oreos seem like my salvation, having healthier but still yummy options like fruit lookin’ all pretty in the fridge, making the time to cook up clean food on the weekends. But mostly I will ask the roomies to never leave me again.

Devon · 07/25/2013 at 8:41 pm

Problem: stress eating and once I indulge, it’s really hard for me to get back on track!
Solution: going for a walk instead of turning to food. Distract myself in a positive way. If I get derailed….get right back on the path to success! Don’t beat myself up….just move on!

Megan · 07/25/2013 at 7:20 pm

For me, my biggest nutrition struggle has been sweets, particularly in the evening. I have never met a dessert that I didn’t like. To help combat this, I’ve been trying a couple things. One, that I try to avoid sweets during the day. I used to have some candy or a piece of birthday cake at work and tell myself that I wouldn’t eat anything sweet that evening, but it never worked that way and I just ended up eating two desserts, one in the evening when I really wanted it and another during the day when I only kind of wanted it. Another thing I’ve done is to allow myself something sweet each night. And specifically, something decently low calorie and individually wrapped (like healthy choice no sugar added fudgsicles or these individually wrapped mini chocolate bananas). I can easily eat half a carton of ice cream with a spoon before I even realize what I’m doing, but for some reason if I have to get off the couch, and get another fudgsicle and unwrap it, I end up feeling bad and not doing it, I guess it makes me think more about it, but also let’s me satisfy my near-insatiable craving for sweets without feeling like I’ve negated all the whole rest of the day. Now with that said, I have been fantasizing about what I’m going to buy at publix Friday for my cheat dessert this weekend…

Roxie's Mom · 07/25/2013 at 4:38 pm

My problem: I LOVE eating out. I don’t despise cooking- I actually enjoy it a lot, but for some reason the thought of dining out is such a fun treat that now its turned into a habit. Por ejemplo: I went to the grocery store Sunday to do my Sunday Stock Up with plenty of healthy options for bfast, lunch, and dinner but Monday I really wanted Mexican to “celebrate” my first day on the new job. So my “remedy” was to bargain with my boyfriend: if we did p90x legs/back, we could go. Like if I do “well” all day, as in eat the food I’ve pre packed for bfast, lunch, and snack, I want a glass of wine with dinner or dessert.
My remedy: 1) Ask for help on here 2) Picking out my “cheat” day/meal in advance so that I have something to look forward to, but 3) to also not beat myself up about having a hard time making the right decision 100% of the time. If its worth it to me to work out enough extra to burn off the extra calories from that mexican, that’s ok right? I just have a hard time wrapping my head around that I have to make the healthy choice all day, every day, for 6 days a week!

Angel · 07/25/2013 at 3:13 pm

@Sara B. Thanks for your great words. We all struggle. I’m not afraid to admit that I do, too. And I agree, I hope this helps someone.

sara · 07/25/2013 at 3:01 pm

Glad to see this post. It’s important. I’ve struggled with this for pretty much all of my life and it sucks. I know this post will help someone else out there and I’m glad.

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