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MATRIX0507 Posts: 31
1/18/12 4:53 P

Honestly, if you recognize this as a problem food for you...you really should try limiting your exposure to it. I understand you wanted to do something nice for your co worker but there are other things you could do (and probably a lot healthier for the office/friend recipient). In my house I have very little "trigger" foods. This helps with cravings like you wouldn't believe. If I'm craving a pizza or something equally unhealthy and my only options are carrots, or non salted pretzels it's much easier for me to make the right decision.

Be proactive, I know you can do it!

MOM2FLYNN Posts: 5
1/14/12 9:47 P

I've done okay the last few days. Hope is all not lost but I have consumed way more calories than I should have as I've been in "party mode" as we have family visiting from out of town. There was a night of drinking with a moderate intake of not-so-healthy food followed by brunch the following morning. I guess I'll hop back on the wagon!

Thanks for all your suggestions...I hope they will help the next time I'm faced with a difficult choice on what to eat...which probably won't be too long from now :)


FEDGIRL4 Posts: 1,968
1/13/12 12:55 P

MOM2FLYNN, I agree with LOVEXAVIE that frosting is yummy. There have been lots of times, I just took a spoon and dug into a container of it. Luckily I do not crave sweets anymore. Shift work is tough, especially if you have to change it regularly.There are some things that us veterans have learned:

1. Log your food. Sometimes the portions (sizes) might be off, but log anyway. That will give you a gauge where you spend your calories. Make adjustments, if needed, from there.
2. If you fall down, so what. It happens to all of us. Get back up and keep going.
3. If you're beating yourself up over something you might do or have already done, we're here for you. Just post a message thread.
4. It takes AT LEAST 21 days to change a habit.
5. Make small changes. If you look at everything you want to change at once, you'll run for the hills.
6. No food is off limits (unless you have a medical condition where you can't eat it).

Let us know how you are doing.



LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (30,375)
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1/13/12 12:40 P

Why did you do it? That's easy: because frosting is so doggone yummy, that's why! And you are human. And probably a really good cook & frosting-maker.

I don't even want to tell you how much frosting I've consumed over my life! LOL.

Don't beat yourself up. If I am making homemade cinnamon rolls (w/ the fab frosting), I'll just allow myself, say, a 1/4 to a even a 1/2 cup of it (at times!!) and I will enjoy the heck out of it with NO GUILT. Luckily I do not bake these very often. My point is, we are all human and some things are just really tasty. If I tell myself no, no, no to the super-tasty stuff all the time, I am just setting myself up for a binge. Know thyself; plan & enjoy the treat that REALLY sends you (in this case, frosting). This helps me say no to the "lesser" treats as I KNOW I can have something I really want later.

I think this is all a part of learning to make it a lifestyle.

And my lifestyle does *occasionally* include frosting. : )

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1/13/12 9:36 A

MOM2FLYNN,

Don't let this keep you from making healthy choices today. Hope is never lost. This is just a hiccup in your journey to a healthier you. You do not have to let this moment define who you are.

Unlocking the door as to why we binge is probably one of the toughest parts of the journey.

First of all recognize that many times we are led to a binge because physiologically we allowed ourselves to get too hungry therefore as the old saying goes when we are exposed to food, many times "our eyes are bigger than our stomachs."

Secondly, you must really decide if you are truly hungry, or if you are eating out of stress, boredom, because you are tired or lonely, etc, etc. This is honing in on what I call, "the why we do, what we do, when we do it" scenario. This is where keeping a journal is a VERY helpful tool as it will help you see if there is a pattern with your bingeing.

Thirdly, know that when we continually deprive ourselves or make certain foods off limits, many times this draws us even more so to them. There are no 'good' foods or 'bad' foods, just choices. But if you allow yourself to occasionally have them (this is where planning is key), they no longer carry the stigma of thinking this will be it. And of course for me that meant I was less then perfect, therefore I would allow guilt to move, therefore I would abandon my plan until I was ready to try to lose weight again...no more.

Lastly, know that you are in full control over the food. In other words, food does not have control over us unless we allow it to.

I wish you well! You can do this!!!

Coach Nancy

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1/13/12 9:10 A

Hello! I'm new as well, and I had a kind of stress-induced melt-down last night myself! I'm just trying to remind myself that yesterday is over, there's nothing we can do about it now. Today's a new day, a fresh start. Let's try hard not to beat ourselves up, but just move forward. Deal?

MOM2FLYNN Posts: 5
1/13/12 8:59 A

I'm new to SP and have a feeling that I'll be using this board a lot!

I did well at work yesterday (12 hours), managing to eat all day long and still have enough calories for a decent supper when I got home. I got home, made supper, ate it then got ready to bake 2 cakes for a co-worker's baby shower at work today. I made a red velvet cake with an amazing cream cheese icing. A little too amazing...I was picking at it the whole time I was making it then while I was icing the cake. Unfortuantely for me, there was at least a cup and a half of frosting left which I proceeded to eat most of with just a spoon. Seriously. My hubby came in mid-binge and I tried to hide it, getting angry at him when he came into the kitchen. Shameful, I wanted him to leave me alone so he didn't see what I had done. I contemplated making myself a grilled chesse and eating anything else I could think of since I just royally screwed myself. Instead, I had a beer (not much better) and went to bed.

Why did I do this? How do I recognize this before it happens to avoid it or if I catch myself doing it, how do I stop?



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