5 Tips for Resisting “Seconds…”

by Susan

Ice cream

I was just reading one of Janice’s recent posts over at Cascadian Farms and it got me wondering.

Janice shared that her biggest weight loss/weight maintenance challenge is:

“stopping eating when it tastes too good! I can often resist until it touches my tongue. But then I am gone!”

Since she’s my identical twin sister, I suppose it’s not surprising to hear that I share that weakness. I can have a phenomenal amount of will power until I take that first bite. I can actually go for months without eating chocolate, but then once I have a bite, I eat a ton.

So we both try to follow these 5 Tips to Resist “Seconds”

But I’m wondering what your biggest weight loss/weight maintenance challenge is and if you have developed tactics to overcome that challenge?

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Tarasview June 25, 2010 at 11:53 am

I actually struggle with emotional eating- which sucks considering I really struggle with depression and anxiety. I can eat super healthy and correct portion sizes and lose weight etc… until my depression rears its ugly head. Then all I want is ice cream. And the sad thing is eating it really does make me feel a bit better- in the short term.

Another weightloss struggle for me is that I feel defeated before I even start- so why bother trying? I just have a hard time feeling strong enough to be successful.

I’m a delightful mess aren’t I? :)

And no, I really haven’t figured out how to overcome that all yet- but if one more person says “just do it” to me I might punch them! ;)


2 Janice July 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Yup – eating ice cream makes me feel great WHILE I am eating it!!! One more reason why I never want to stop! :(

It can all be so overwhelming. No, you are not a mess. And “just doing it” is easier said than done! I can’t even seem to lose the 5-10lbs I need to lose. Losing is HARD!


3 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls June 25, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I have that same problem – along with several others that keep me from losing weight. Like Tara I’m an emotional eater – and right now with being off of antidepressants I am fully convinced that I tend to ‘self-medicate’ with chocolate a lot more. I need to get back on the real meds to help with that.

My biggest problem though, is motivation. I just truly don’t ‘see’ myself as big as I am. I still think of myself as the ‘normal’ size 12 that I was before having kids and am honestly shocked to see myself in a mirror at times and realize that I’m several sizes bigger than that. I hate how I look, but I’m still in denial about being overweight since I tend to avoid mirrors (and cameras turned on me) as much as I can. I need to accept that this is who I am right now so I can start to really do something about it. I just don’t know how to motivate myself to do so. :(


4 Janice July 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Oh yes, when I am depressed I want to eat too! I hope you can get some help with your meds!

I am heavier than I usually am right now. And even though it isn’t a huge amount, I do find it overwhelming and hopeless at times.



5 Heidi June 28, 2010 at 12:09 am

I love her 2nd tip: brush your teeth. Nobody wants to brush twice. For once, laziness is a boon.


6 Janice July 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm

LOL – yes, for once my laziness works to my advantage!


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