Beat your food cravings

“My philosophy is simple: If you want to lose weight, stop eating fatty.” – Woody Harrelson in Friends With Benefits

All I can say is AAHHH if only it was that simple.  If you have food cravings and are trying to lose weight you know exactly what I’m talking about.  I have been overweight for most of my life, actually all of my life.  It has always bothered me and affected my self-esteem, but not enough that I actually cared to do something about it – other than complain.

These are the three lifestyle changes I’ve made over the last three weeks to help me lose weight.

If you want to lose weight, you have to make changes

The biggest mistake I’ve made while trying to lose weight over the years is I try to have it impact my daily routine as little as possible.  BIG MISTAKE!  I don’t know why I thought keeping my same habits would help me lose weight because it doesn’t.  If you want your body to change you have to make changes in your life.

I stay active because I know I should, not because I actually like it and I try to eat healthy, but I really love chocolate.  However a recent back injury made me realize that my body at 33 years old is just not what it used to be when I was 20.

So I decided to start making changes.  Thanks to my injury (I still don’t know how it happened) I have been laying flat out on my back for almost three weeks.  The good news is I’m getting a lot of rest, the bad news is I’m not active.  There are only two ways to lose weight: eat less or exercise more.  Since I can’t be active I’ve decided to consume less calories.

Overcome food cravings mentally and emotionally

I’m not going to lie.  I still get food cravings, but I do everything in my power to try and beat them.  If I can give one piece of advice to anyone else out there who is trying to lose weight it’s losing weight is more of a mental battle than a physical one.  If you can overcome your cravings mentally then you are on your way to your happy weight.

Try not to think about food.  We so often use food as a emotional comfort (or at least I do) but we just need to get over it.  Stop thinking about food and do something else.  Drink water, go for a walk, take a nap…anything.  Just don’t give into your food cravings.

Keep temptation out the door

I am the type of person who will always think about chocolate if it’s in my house.  My absolute weakness is Reese Peanut Butter Cups.  If they are anywhere within 50 feet of me I have to eat them.

If I know I have chocolate in my house my OCD kicks in and I can’t concentrate on anything else except finishing the bag of chocolate.  It’s kind of like when I can’t go to sleep if I know there are dirty dishes in the sink.   It just drives me crazy.  So now that I know I can’t control my cravings I don’t buy chocolate and keep it in my house so I can avoid temptation.

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Blogger Interview with David Ning from Money Ning

Have you ever had a great idea and thought to yourself, WOW that would make a great business? I’m sure you have.  We sat down with personal finance blogger David Ning from and got the scoop on how he turned his blog into his full time business.  Follow his simple advice to start your business and achieve financial freedom.

A great business isn’t always planned

“Starting wasn’t totally planned” says Ning.  He was thinking about starting an online journal to write about his everyday life, including his money, his career and his family.  It didn’t start out being focused on personal finance.

After writing about anything and everything Ning quickly realized that his stories could help people learn about money, get their finances in order and find financial freedom. He started to focus on money matters and developed into what it is today – a resource to help people in all types of financial situations.  That’s an important factor in starting a business: you have to offer something that people want, it’s not enough just to have a good idea.

You’ll know when the time is right to go into business for yourself gives valuable advice to help people better their personal financial situation.  This is what makes the site so successful and it helped Ning quit his day job to focus on his own business.

“The site was already running smoothly when I decided to quit. It was around 2008 when the work load of my demanding day time job plus running the site was simply too much for a single person to handle.” Ning chose to leave his 9 to 5 job and work for himself full time.  “The rest was history” says Ning about how he knew quitting his full time job was the right career move.

If you are thinking of starting a business don’t leave their day job until your own business venture proves to be successful.  Having two incomes is nice but being overworked is not.  When the workload becomes too much to handle entrepreneurs will have to make a choice.

Working for your self is an amazing gift – but it’s a lot of work

Ning has been self employed for six years and he admits it’s both a gift and a curse.  “The best part of being self employed is obviously the time flexibility” says Ning about having the time to spend with his two young kids.  But being self employed isn’t all glitz and glam.  “(It) can be hazardous too” says Ning.  “As the years went on, I kept gaining weight. Luckily, I noticed the unhealthy trend last year and started exercising much more. I’m proud to tell you that I weigh as much as I did 10 years ago.”

Money habits of entrepreneurs are different than people with a day job because when you work for yourself money is not guaranteed in a bi weekly pay check. “My money habits have evolved through the years” says Ning.  “I’m much more aware of where my money goes, partly because running leads itself to me thinking about my own finances.” says Ning.  “I know where my money is going, I’m living below my means and my finances are getting better all the time.”

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Do kids belong in the office?

Kid Office

Yesterday I was coming out of the ladies bathroom at my office and there was a little boy standing there. My reaction? I immediately froze. I didn’t know who the little boy belonged to or why he was in my office, yet there he was – standing face to face with me, looking me right in the eyes.

Pro or No: Kids in the office

I’m sure this is no surprise to you but I don’t spend much time around kids. Actually I don’t spend any time around kids. I don’t know anyone with kids and the truth is kids make me very uncomfortable. They are so small and fragile and they are just all around awkward.

When I first saw the little boy standing in the hallway my first reaction was, WOW this is not the place for kids. How do you feel about kids in the office? I am not sure why people bring their kids to the office, maybe it’s because they feel they need to show off their creations. Or maybe they just want to get out of the house and can’t leave their kids at home. Either way, it makes me uncomfortable. I just politely smile, tell my co-worker how cute their kids are and I move on back to my desk.

The money obligation of kids in the office

Do people in your workplace solicit donations and sell goods for their kid’s school fundraisers? They do in my office. I don’t mind contributing every now and then but why should I have to pay for other people’s kids? I love a good box of cookies and chocolate bars just as much as the next person but I don’t like feeling obligated to donate money.

I also don’t want to be the only person in the office not contributing, so whenever my co-workers ask I give money to their kids. I don’t want to be known as the cheap girl in the office but that doesn’t change the fact that I’d much rather spend my money on myself. I want to spend my money how I want to, not because I’m forced to.

What do you say to the kid question?

As a woman in my 30s with a long term boyfriend people always ask me when are we going to have kids. They don’t ask if we want to have kids, they just assume we are going to start a family and for some reason they want to know when I am going to get pregnant. Besides the fact that it’s really no one’s business, I find the question highly inappropriate for the workplace.

I used to tell people that I didn’t want kids, but I got sick and tired of people staring at me like I was crazy. So now whenever someone asks me when my boyfriend and I are planning to have kids, my standard answer is “Soon”.

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