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Feb. 1st, 2008

09:27 pm - The Blackmail Diet

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Date:February 2nd, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
I think you're making smart choices that are likely to motivate you. I believe they make success more likely. You probably know what your failure modes are when it comes to trying to clean up your diet, and if I don't miss my guess, one of them is one I also have: oh shit, I haven't eaten in awhile and I'm !@#$%* HUNGRY and there's nothing in the fridge/I didn't pack a lunch. Next thing you know, you're eating something you'll regret later.

Uniform eating strikes me as a good way to ingrain new habits. Replacing the habit of Arby's with the habit of broccoli and salmon will be easier if the initial few months are designed like a script. Much in the same way, CrossFit's WOD takes the planning and thinking out of 'working out' (but not the variety). You just go to the gym and do whatever Greg Glassman said you should do.

My experience is that when I know what I am going to eat all week and buy it all at once, I am less likely to eat unhealthy food. It doesn't have to be exactly the same thing every day (though it usually is for breakfast), but it *does* work better if the whole week is planned out and in the fridge.

Good luck!
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Date:March 10th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
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