Surf The Urge

You might find week 2 of the weight loss challenge, or any other plan that involves change, is more difficult than week one. Thoughts of Stacy’s pita chips might start to return. Ideas of engaging in behaviors that are not in sync with your goals vary in intensity. Some cravings can seem unbearable. It might feel like it won’t go away, unless you cave. The good news is that most cravings subside after 30 minutes, if we don’t entertain them . That’s what research and science have discovered! What we do during this time is important . “Surf the Urge” is a technique used in addiction recovery. You do exactly what it sounds like. Ride it out. Don’t try to fight it, deny it or struggle with it. Acknowledge the craving. “Hello craving. You’re back.” Beware of your internal chatter. Negative thinking and cravings are BFF’s. Try making a safety plan for what you can do when a craving hits. It’s best to develop a plan before you need it. Write out a list of a few options. Exercise or any physical activity is very powerful to counteract a craving . Movement will help get your mind get off your object of desire and it decreases stress hormones. What will you do while surfing ?

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  1. Lisa says:

    I LOVE this post today and find that it comes at the PERFECT time!!! I have learned to address my cravings, just like you wrote about, and always have fresh fruit or carrots ready to snack on until it passes. Keeping a journal helps too, and I write about how NOT to loose control. The cravings always pass and they do get less intense, and I do get stronger!!! Thank you so much, Michelle, I look forward to your blog everyday!!

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    1. plankful says:

      Every time we don’t give in, and we do something different, we are reinforcing alternative behaviors. The cravings may never truly vanish. But like you said, they decrease. We just have to remember that when we are surfing 😜

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      1. Lisa says:

        “reinforcing alternative behaviors”

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  2. Becky says:

    I’m reading a new book titled Always Hungry. His research shows that specific foods discourage cravings. Best quote so far: hunger doesn’t cause overweight…overweight causes hunger. His research indicates we can re-train our brains and fat cells to eliminate cravings by eating differently. Hope?!

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  3. Elizabeth says:

    Try yoga❤️

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  4. plankful says:

    I love reading about this stuff! The more tools we have the better we can deal with the issue! Love that quote Becky!!!

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  5. Jenny says:

    I drink water and then do a physical task like stroll in the garden.

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    1. plankful says:

      I was just sipping tea watching my husband split wood! Does that count? Lol 😄

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