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12/14/12 11:19 A

I am an emotional eater but I have replaced binge eating with binge walking .. When I want to overeat for emotions I take a walk not for exercise but walking is like chewing .. the more you do it the more you want to it .. Sunshine feels like something hot out of the oven ... it is cold well that is like ice cream ... When i am mad or upset pounding on the pavement releases that need and before you know it i am not mad any more. The thing is When i started it was to change my life and i had to change the thought process .. take your emotions out of your food .. I have a note on the fridge that says " go for a walk with a friend "yourself" there are no friends in here " .. I know it is hard but find something that will replace that need .. life will always be overwhelming unfortunately but you can change how you deal with .. I wish you well and hope that you make it through this time emoticon

TPETRIE Posts: 18,677
12/14/12 6:59 A

Take a deep breath, and find something to distract you. Go for a walk, read a book,have a cup of tea or coffee, find something to occupy your time. Try chewing a piece of gum. Good luck. it is not easy, we all have these moments.

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12/14/12 6:54 A

I started 2 weeks ago and first week was really hard. It gets easier for me.
Also when I feel like piging, I drink a lot of water, eat a handful of nuts, go to sleep earlier or talk on the phone. So far so good.

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12/14/12 4:19 A


How many calories a person burns a day versus how many they should eat to lose weight IS NOT an exact science. In theory, if a person decreases their calories by 500 a day, then in seven days that would give them a deficit of 3,500 calories for the week.

one pound = 3,500 calories

While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. If you tie your emotions to what the scale says, don't weigh yourself every day. Only weigh yourself once a week. Because you WILL see fluctuations in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.

My weight can fluctuate as much as 3-4 pounds in a day. So, don't be surprized if you do see a gain one day of a couple of pounds or more. That really is normal. it's nothing more than a water weight gain.

Remember, this isn't the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't drop off the minute you decide you need to lose. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. Like I said, it's not an exact science. If you go over your calories once in a while, that's not a big deal. it's going to happen. Don't compensate by starving the next day. that's something that a dieter does.

If you want to break the dieting mentality, you have to learn how to eat right. And that takes time.

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12/13/12 9:42 P

Drinking a glass of water is a great idea it gives you time to think
also a hot beverage is satisfying usually for me it is tea or hot chocolate
and sit down at the table and really taste and enjoy it
One day at a time

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12/13/12 8:42 P

You are my inspire get up and move tonight. I can relate to job stress. I just got home and realist want to go to sleep. I think you will burn those 198 calories on your and erase your deficit. See you on day four!

12/13/12 7:51 P

Thank you again for all your kind words. Well its day 3 and I went over my calories by 198. That being said I did not go to my total calories allowed the first 2 days. Also the last 2 days I had to estimate my business lunch because there is not nutritional information for the resturant. My major downfall today was a migraine, and stress at work. I'm going to work out on the wii fit in a few because honestly I cant pull myself up to get on the treadmill. Again thanks for all the support. I have joined a couple teams and feel more comfortable with this one and one other one. (i've posted in a few and havent got feedback) Thanks again! Oh do u think i'll show a big gain?

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12/13/12 3:21 P

Welcome. I hope you are finding some support here. I am new here also and have found people are very welcoming. The great advice I got was to join some groups and to make a spark page. I am day three of my personal blog but I am also day three of eating well. It is intuitive tell someone the importance of eating well exercising and taking care of yourself.Here you will find people who truly understand how difficult that can be.I look forward to seeing you on our mutual journey.Please know how much support is there for you.

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12/13/12 12:26 P


I'm a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. If a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline. If things are really stressful and you feel an urge to binge, try taking a walk. Walking is not only great cardiovascular exercise, it's a great way to reduce stress too. The fresh air will do you some good.

Have a cup of tea when you're stressed out. I find sitting and sipping a cup of tea helps to calm me down during a stressful day. How about listening to some of your favorite relaxing music ? Listening to good music helps a person to relax. Bubble baths work too.

There are lots of other things you could do that will help relieve some of your stress that don't involve food. Also, if you do find yourself binging on junk, get the junk out of the house. Out of sight. Out of mind. If it's not in the house, you won't eat it. Instead, load up on bowls of fresh fruit. If you feel an urge to eat, eat an apple or pear or plum. Over eating fresh fruit is better for a person than over eating chips. Keep healthier snacks on hand.

Don't beat yourself up if you do binge. Binging is a complex issue with no easy answer. One thing I would suggest is to start reading some of the great Spark articles on emotional eating. I think you'll find them helpful. Educate yourself. The more you understand about why you binge or what triggers a binge, the better you'll be able to reduce those binges in the future.

Be patient with yourself and your body. Change does take time.

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12/13/12 12:20 P


I know the website seems a little overwhelming. So, I'm going to post some links that you will find helpful. I'm also going to give you one piece of advice I give to all new members and it's this,"Don't look at weight loss or good health with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you were to do for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Make small changes. take baby steps. don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.


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12/13/12 11:38 A

I just signed up this week and am having trouble when I sign in with all the "pop ups" and being unsure how or where to navigate to so I can at least get a feel for a daily routine. We are having Christmas this Sunday, hubby is having medical problems, so I am been busy, busy, etc. I know I should take time for myself but so far it hasn't been a "to do" item. emoticon

Realize I should drink 8 waters/day, track my food, fit in exercise, etc....but if someone would point me the direction of 1 or 2 places I should go on a daily basis. Even as I am typing this I realize I did not click on the "correct" forum for this posting........

Would appreciate any guidance.....:)

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12/13/12 11:32 A

So glad you hung in there!

12/13/12 10:00 A

Thank you all for your support!

12/13/12 9:42 A

Kudos to you for avoiding the binge! Just goes to show that you CAN do this! Keep up the good work! :)

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12/12/12 9:17 P

We are at the same number of days!If you are not a member yet join the team living binge free.I just posted in the streak challenge for the first time. I hope you have great day three.

Edited by: 2GETMOVING at: 12/12/2012 (21:20)
12/12/12 8:44 P

Thank you all. I didn't binge. I had a serving of mini marshmellows all measured out. I also drank a huge glass of water still inside my calorie range foe the day and feel better. Day 2 unsr the belt .

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12/12/12 8:06 P


It can seem overwhelming if you try to make too many changes all at once. But studies show that when we make small permanent changes over time, like your SparkPeople Fast Break Goals, we learn to let go of the diet mentality. Remember you don't have to have a perfect life to live a healthy lifestyle. One poor choice does not undo all the good choices you make.

Coach Nancy

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12/12/12 7:53 P

Take a moment. Take a breath. You made the first step. You posted instead of eating. I am only two days binge free. I am only trying my best to hold on. I frequently do the"tomorrow I start" the thing is if I don't do this now I never will. You can do this. You are strong and you will make it through tonight.

12/12/12 7:31 P

I'm feeling overwhelmed. When I feel overwhelmed I eat. I havent binged yet but feel the need to. Thouhts of "you can start again tomorrow keep creeping in my mind" So stressed out. I have 43lbs to my goal. I know people have lost more than that , I know people have more weight than that to lose. I'm not trying to whine, but how do you get through that pattern.

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