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REBBYREB99 SparkPoints: (18,541)
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2/24/13 11:54 P

JessieJo16; I think you are right about why a person will overeat. Someone tells you that they wish they had your problem, or that you can wear sweats that hide the weight so you feel justified to eat. I often have taken several steps back after I am complimented on how much weight I have lost or someone says they wish they could wear the size I am wearing and then BAM!!!! I find myself eating extra calories. I have been doing so well and then last week I went to meet friends I have not met in over 25 years in Vegas. They kept telling me how great I look and then I found myself the day I got back home I found myself wandering in the pantry late in the evening. I am starting to sabotage my eating again. I think it is very helpful for us to get on this website to help ourselves out.

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2/24/13 10:10 P

Countesschan: yes!! I have been tracking food for a few days and I am starting to feel the same way. I wanted a bowl of fruity pebbles and then thought ugh, it'll put me over and I don't want to write that down and also, what a hassle I find it to add food on my phone so the less the better!

2/24/13 9:55 P

I don't know if you are tracking your food, but that has really helped me. Every time I want to eat something I shouldn't, I think, "If I eat this, I will have to write it down." Stops me in my tracks almost every time!

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2/24/13 4:34 P

STOP BUYING THEM! When I started on my healthier lifestyle - that was one thing I did - got rid of every temptation and kept them out of the house. If you fight temptation at work - make sure you bring something to snack on that satisfies you and keeps you full so you can fight that temptation. It is going to be extremely difficult to be successful with this lifestyle change if you keep those things around the house.

Know what you mean about having someone naturally thin as a support - my dh is the same way. It's not always easy to talk to him about the struggles - you don't know unless you've been there.


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2/23/13 11:01 P

I get out of control too - part of my mind is saying "What are you doing? You'll regret this! Put that back (or put it in the trash)!" but that part is not in charge as I am putting butter on a 2nd - or 3rd - slice of bread.

There are a couple things that help me. First - one (slice of bread, bag of chips etc) is better than two. So OK, I will stop now - sooner than I would have in the past. It's not perfect, but it's better. Second - if I haven't yet eaten whatever is calling me, I can sometimes tell myself "Yes, you can have that. You just have to wait (maybe 30 minutes, maybe till tomorrow, whatever) I am not denying the craving, just delaying the satisfaction of it. It's a lot like dealing with a cranky child - saying NO will set her off, but saying Yes can buy Mom some time.

A real pleasure is putting a bag of chips (or in my case a loaf of bread) in the sink and running hot water on it till its mush. There, you temptation food - take that! Ha!

I think we have reasons for our behavior, this out-of-control eating. We need something that we are not getting. It takes time and self-compassion to listen to ourselves & figure it out. Please don't be hard on yourself - you will find your answer.

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2/23/13 10:06 P

take a deep breathe. try your hardest to think how that certain food is going to make you feel. ask yourself if you really need it. try cutting back on them. eat alittle bit. emoticon emoticon

2/23/13 1:15 A

Is that the same as when I've eaten an entire package of crackers? salty! too much yeast! all that gluten!
Maybe Gloryfoods "sweet potato chips" can help you out of that habit. Maybe some kind of multigrain or tortilla chip, low in salt and gluten-free of-course.
Those are my suggestions.

KHK218 Posts: 192
2/21/13 7:47 P

I like his idea of exercise, actually-- and this comes from someone with your same issue. For me at least, if I go to the gym, then I have a lot more control over my eating for the rest of the day. Yes, it does help with stress and also puts me in a better mood over all, but those are less quantifiable by how much better I eat. Plus, if I go during the time when I ten to snack the most, that takes care of that.

Sadly, like I said, I have this same issue, and not much else works for me. If you can make yourself busy and at a place physically away from trigger foods, then that should help. I uses to go read at the library instead of at home for that very reason. :) otherwise I'd keep thinking about what I would eat next. :)

Good luck!! Hope you have a great fun wedding!! Remember, it is supposed to be fun for you, not torture. ;)

JESSIEJO16 SparkPoints: (155)
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2/21/13 6:48 P

If you don't mind- how tall are you? We are the same weight and I am 5'6" and have the problem that people tell me I look Fine. I know that sounds snotty or whatever but I don't mean it that way. I have heavier friends who say they wish they had my problems or that my weight is their goal weight and I should stop complaining! But for me this is my heaviest weight ever and I'm not happy. And like you I feel it in my body. Forget about the scale, I feel it.
I wonder if that contributes to my eating habits as well. When I look around at work, where I can wear sweats, I'm not that bad in comparison to my co workers so I feel like I can have those chips. ALL OF THOSE CHIPS!!
Just realizing now that I can't. Some leads to all and I cant control my portions so for now I have to substitute. It worked today. Good luck to you!

Edited by: JESSIEJO16 at: 2/25/2013 (00:12)
LOOLAH Posts: 888
2/21/13 6:28 P

Thank you VERY much for the responses! Great advice! Things are starting to get better. I think I just needed to get all that out.

Thanks so much!

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2/19/13 11:52 P

I find that when I am thinking, I can distract myself from food with other activity. The trick is to catch yourself and tell yourself to stop. You can even say it out loud. Then I have a list of things I can do instead of eating. I have even caught myself and spit out what I was eating and moved on from there. For me it is a control thing. I have also taken a class about mindful eating. Focusing intensely on what ever you are eating can slow you down and make you think about what you are doing. Good luck.
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2/19/13 11:04 P

Maybe you can start by telling yourself if I do not have an unhealthy snack today, I can have a small amount tomorrow... Or something like that to get you started.

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2/19/13 6:37 P

I'm fairly new here, but I know what you're going through. I've gotten into this "can't stop eating" fit, too. For me it has to do with boredom, as well as the stress of classes. I'll plop on the couch with a bag of chips, and by the end of the movie, the bag of chips will be empty, and I'll be feeling the need to unbutton my jeans. It's tough, but discipline is key.

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2/19/13 6:33 P

It sounds like you've got a lot of stress in your life right now. That can certainly contribute to overeating, BTDT. Some things I do to alleviate stress eating is to do something with my hands that make snacking inconvienent like knitting. I also find that getting some exercise, walking in my case, does help with the stress even if it isn't "exercise" quality walking, ie fast. Just getting out and being active helps me a lot.

As for dieting, try to focus on just one thing to start. For instance, no eating after dinner unless you have a planned snack. Once you break the munching habit, you can think about making other changes.

You can do this. Good luck and take care...

LOOLAH Posts: 888
2/19/13 6:21 P

I feel out of control. I can't make myself stop eating!

I finished an ENTIRE bag of chips by myself today. Not all at once, but I just kept picking at them and picking at them until they were gone. I have been having candy bars and other junk food at work AND at home every single day for the last few weeks. My portion sizes have been huge and my calorie range has been completely topping the charts (in the 2,500-3,200 range most days).

I can also literally feel my body starting to get bigger. I have gained 10 lbs in about 3 weeks to a month. My pants don't fit anymore and I started wearing my fiancés shirts to work because all of mine are too uncomfortable. I am winded and headache-y all the time and my energy level is so low that all I want to do is close my eyes.

I kind of feel like I am drowning. My stress level has been HUGE due to work and the fact that I just got engaged and have been trying to plan a wedding. I am kind of freaking out.

I guess I just needed to talk about it with people who either know what I'm going through or can relate. My fiancé is naturally thin and very lovingly suggested that I should just start exercising more. Any suggestions?

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