I am desperate to find a way to stop the after work snacking. From the time I get home from work to the time we eat dinner I want to eat everything...yes, everything. My husband is a school bus driver. He is usually home when I get home, but then leaves shortly after to do one last run - taking kids home from sports practices. I end up having at least an hour and a half from the time I get home until he gets home again to eat dinner. I am so frustrated with myself. Why can't I just keep my mouth shut for an hour and a half??
I have tried various strategies. I have tried to eat more during the day. I have eaten healthy snacks in the car on the way home from work. I don't think the problem is that I am too hungry to wait. I just want to eat everything.
I try to distract myself with something else. There are tons of things I can do around the house, including fun stuff. But I find I am constantly going back to the kitchen.
I have tried walking in the neighborhood when I get home from work. It is difficult for me to make this happen because when I get home I just want to relax for awhile. As I am sure any of you who live with other people will agree, occasionally having the house to yourself is precious time. Making myself get back out the door is the last thing I want to do.
Tonight I did have a measure of success. I didn't eat a single bite between work and dinner. I had my husband take me with him to work. While he took the kids home I walked around the neighborhood of the school. I forgot my Garmin watch. So I can only estimate how far I walked. Based on my normal pace I figure I walked between 2.5 and 3 miles. Much more productive than snacking :)
It did have a good time walking in a different neighborhood and seeing new things. I especially liked having a sidewalk to walk on so I didn't have to worry about cars at all.
It turned out to be a very good walk. I had everything planned and ready to make dinner when we got home, but we ended up stopping for a sandwich. I ordered mine without mayo (I love mayo) so I was able to keep under my calorie goal. I won't lie. I did miss the mayo.
Although I was successful this evening I don't think this is an every day strategy for me. Maybe it is something I can do when I am feeling particularly weak. There is no shame in having your husband babysit you to protect you from uncontrolled snacking, is there?