I was reading this very interesting article about Food Rules and it made me think about how I was able to shift 10 kilograms of post baby weight with a mindset change about 5 years ago.
My rules are:
1. Make an appointment for exercise. Yes I would rather be meeting my friends for a coffee after school drop off but they know that's when I get my run or weights in. It's an appointment in my diary that I prioritise.
2. Avoid wasting calories. I think this is one of the reasons that the 5:2 diet and other intermittent fasting models work. For me a weekday lunch where I am grabbing something quick on my own I make it a salad with protein or a salad packed wrap and protein. I save beautiful sourdough bread, aged cheddar and ham off the bone for weekend lunches with my family. This is similar to what Susie is mentioning about avoiding the cheap office birthday cake.
3. I always make myself/pack something to eat for 3 or 4pm before I get really hungry. I grab a corn thin with ricotta and tomato, some almonds and grapes or some veggie sticks and humous. If I do this I don't start hunting for food at 530pm and eating two dinners.
4. I don't have packaged biscuits in the house (otherwise see point 3)
5. I try to only have wine with company. My husband is away a lot for work so I don't drink unless he is at home too. I also skip wine at school P&F meetings and the like. But not book group - when I'm having a nice night out with friends it is lovely to share a beautiful bottle of wine.
One of the subjects that I'm studying at uni this term is Food Behaviour, I am finding it fascinating so far.