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NJAQUAHOLIC SparkPoints: (675)
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12/12/12 4:36 P

I suffer from anxiety as well and my daughter and mom have depression. I know from my daughter's experience that it takes some time to tweak your dose for the meds. I strongly advise you to go to your faith base. For instance, I'm Christian and I have basically turned it over to God and am just seeing where He takes me on this journey. If you are a Christian please check out "Made to Crave" (God, not food) by Lysa TerKeurst. I did the workshop at church but just reading the book is very helpful. I found that through my spiritual beliefs I was much better able to begin getting a handle on my anxiety and why I turn to food to stuff down the emotions so to speak. Sometimes its like they say at all the different ____ Anonymous have to turn to your higher power. For me, there is no doubt in my mind that Jesus has the stronghold on me not food.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
12/12/12 2:30 P

Peach - you've gotten some good advice already, but something in your first post caught my said you'd been on a "very strict diet" before. That may well have been part of the problem. It's just about impossible to completely deny yourself all the time with no wiggle room for treats every once in a while.

You will have to find a way to avoid overindulging now that you're surrounded by goodies all day, but there can be room for the occasional indulgence if you're careful otherwise.

ANDIGATOR Posts: 127
12/11/12 8:03 P

Peach, I just recently went through the same funk. Being on here helped... But I got out of it also by de-cluttering my house. It made me feel more in control of my life and helped me feel more capable of doing something responsible.

SNOWJESTER SparkPoints: (29,896)
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12/11/12 6:21 P

Making your first post is a good sign that you're getting your motivation back. Tomorrow, don't go cold turkey and not eat bread, just don't go overboard. Make sure you stay in your calorie range. Maybe eat a piece of fruit first so you don't gorge yourself on sweets, replace a few of those coffees with water, and tell yourself you'll do at least 10 minutes of exercise even if you don't make it to the gym. Do you track you food?

REBCCA SparkPoints: (404,802)
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12/10/12 9:57 P

Hello Peachsmile,

emoticon SparkPeople has some wonderful resources to guide this journey to a healthy lifestyle. Check out the articles in the Healthy Lifestyle section:
Approaching this quest for a healthy lifestyle allows you to eat whatever you want in moderate/appropriate proportions. Succeeding is all about making lasting changes that you can live with every day.

Best of success to you!

PEACHSMILE211 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/10/12 7:47 P

This is my first time posting on here, although I have followed this site for a few months. 6 months ago I stuck to a very strict diet, little to no bread, no sweets, cut back on meat and only drank water and always always always took my multi-vitamins and went to the gym 5-6 days out of the week for about an hour or so. I did the bad thing of checking my weight twice a day, once when I wake up (after I take my 1st pee) then right before I go to bed. Well I fell off the wagon and started to eat bread a lot, which is a bad thing because I have this love for bread especially paninis and french bread dipped in herbed olive oil. Then I finally got a job at a cafe where they loved my baking so here I am baking my cookies, brownies, mini cakes and finding myself eating a few of them and drinking maybe a cup of water a day and downing myself in black coffee. I stopped going to the gym because it's a half hour away and by the time I get home I'm running around with my daughter and at night is my only time with my husband because I leave for work before he wakes up. Now I don't understand how I can get back on my diet. How do I resist the urge to eat sweets and breads before? Where did my motivation go? I thought it was my depression and anxiety kicking in and mentioned it to the doctor, whom prescribed me medication, but still nothing.

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