I've had some trouble with cravings today, but I have not given in!!!!!! I noticed that there didn't seem to be near as many treats at work as I expected on Valentine's Day. Perhaps this is due to the fit challenge. I don't really care why - I just know that it made my day easier! I saw a few cupcakes, which made me long for sugar. I immediately stopped those thoughts in their tracks by reminding myself that it just isn't worth it. A few minutes of pleasure isn't worth the pain.
A tip I read in a book recently said to "play the tape to the end". (Anyone remember tapes? Wow. that seems so long ago.) This means that rather than focusing on how good something will taste, and how good it might make you feel temporarily, it is best to remember how you will feel after eating it. Another recommendation I've read is that when you first have a craving, immediately tell yourself that you will not succumb to the temptation. As soon as you begin that "should I or shouldn't I" conversation in your head, your chances of giving in and eating the food increase exponentially.
Along with that idea, it was mentioned that you should have certain rules in place. Apparently our brain responds better to rules than vague thoughts. For example, if craving ice cream your thought process could be "I don't eat sugar" rather than "I shouldn't eat ice cream because it's bad for me." Not sure what I think about this particular recommendation yet. Any thoughts?