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JACA1991 SparkPoints: (2,680)
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11/16/12 7:31 P

I am the same way. I eat more carbs than fruits and vegetables however I do include at least 2 fruits a day in my diet. I am also sugar addict but I'm learning to control it. Even in my worst moments, I still stay positive. The reason you shouldn't give up is because you need to believe in yourself and your goals. I am not saying this to sound cliche, I am saying this because I am going through the same thing. You said you workout 5-6 times week but for how long? It's great to exercise in shorter duration because it does add up to the workouts you've done throughout the week but longer durations are more effecient. We are all dealing with something but it's not worth giving up. I know it's hard I REALLY do but you need ask yourself what you want to accomplish and what your goals are. What also helps is keeping a jounal and recording what you feel that day. I know it's hard but keep your head up. Good luck!

NIKKIG3 Posts: 1,443
11/16/12 2:56 P

I know it is hard to stay motivated but what helps me is having an article of clothes that you really like to get into or get back into. Right now for me is a great pair of jeans that used to fit me and I love them so much that I cannot wait to be able to wear them again.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,540
11/16/12 9:59 A

Good for you for realizing that your work with your eating disorder isn't done! It is hard to learn that "healthy changes don't happen overnight". Sometimes I have to re-learn that each morning!

Would it be possible to change jobs at the mall? Get a job in a shop that doesn't sell food. I have a hard enough time keeping myself from overeating when I cook for my household. It might be easier to keep perspective if you didn't have yummy pretzel temptation in your presence all the time!

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (137,677)
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11/16/12 3:18 A

There are two things that help me when I feel the temptation to get less wise choices:

1. Go to the Supermarket with a list and stick to that list
2. If I have to go down the aisle with the tempters in them, I go past those tempters as fast as I can or look at the opposing shelf.

You haven't been on this journey terribly long - you are doing really well :-)

Kris

EWILLIAMS1000 Posts: 217
11/16/12 2:09 A

I can to the panic button looking for someone struggling like I am. The snacking, the sugar, all the food available. I am working on finding better coping mechs than eating, but my brain is not buying it. I turn to food when I am stressed and overwhelmed, which although is not everyday, happen often enough to keep me ballooned near 200 lbs. Too much for my small frame. It might as well be 400. I've lost 30 lbs and it's come off rather easy, but I can't seem to get exercise in on a regular basis, and my weight is holding in the upper 170's to low 180's. I wish I could just throw all the junk out and free our world of the garbage. I love making healthy food at home and enjoying whole grain treats that the kids and I bake from scratch with all the good stuff in them, but then I have to go shopping to fill our pantry with all the stuff we need and there it all is staring at me from the shelves in the store. Candy, cookies, brownies, chips, soda, christmas treats, not to mention all the thanksgiving treats. I am so frustrated with our culture. I feel like I need a fresh perspective. It's been 8 weeks and I am ready to scream.

VICTORIAD1138 SparkPoints: (4,077)
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11/15/12 11:11 P

Thank you so so much everyone!!
I had (and am still conquering) an eating disorder so I am trying to teach my mind "Numbers on the scale don't matter, and that healthy change doesn't just come over night"

I just am a fat kid at heart bahahaha
I was raised that food has no limitations, buuuuut that kicked my butt over time :(

I just want to be awesome looking for my sister's wedding :P

KESTES200 SparkPoints: (564)
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11/15/12 8:22 P

Maybe you can pack a bag of healthy snacks to eat whenever you are tempted to have something that is outside of your diet plan. Also, since you work in a mall, there is probably a coffee shop near you, so a hot cup of tea or coffee with low fat milk might hold you over at work. Good luck and send me a message privately if I can help further. I love to cheer people on towards good health!!!!! emoticon

Edited by: KESTES200 at: 11/15/2012 (20:22)
MDDLLAMA Posts: 97
11/15/12 5:16 P

It sounds silly but you know what really helped me stop snacking all the time - chewing gum. For whatever reason, I seem to think I need to be chewing something constantly. I found when I had gum that I stopped focusing so much on what my next snack was going to be. My favorite is the new Trident layer gum. I know it is a small thing but sometimes those small changes really help turn things around. Don't give up. It is a daily, uphill battle but keep at it. In the long run, you will be glad you stuck it out. Good luck.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (137,677)
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11/15/12 5:03 P

You get the exercise so you don't need to learn how to do that. Where it comes to the food, try gradually changing what you eat (and how much). People who tend to eat a fair bit of processed carbs also tend to "need" to eat them. If you can gradually replace this type of food with healthier options you might find that you are craving the poorer choices less.

Take some good snacks to eat during the day - a few nuts - a hard-boiled egg - some pieces of fruit cut up making it easier to nibble in small amounts. Also make sure that you have plenty of water to sip on during the day.

If that fails, are you able to start looking for other employment options that doesn't involve food?

Kris

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (142,750)
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11/15/12 12:48 P

Victoria,

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 was drink 8 glasses of water today, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Thus the reason to be patient with yourself and your body. NO ONE ever became a healthy eater overnight. It's impossible.

That's why you need to cut yourself some slack. As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for the positive things you do for yourself and don't beat yourself up because you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

One small change is all it takes to change your life. Okay, so you snack. We all snack. Does that mean you should give up ? NO ! Instead, try to snack on healthier foods. Go out and buy whatever fruit is on sale. When you feel an urge for a snack, have a piece of fruit. If you snack on a treat later, don't beat yourself up because you still ate at least one piece of fruit. That really IS a step in the right direction. Every little bit does make a difference. You have to believe that.

Honestly, most people do give up because they feel they have to be perfect. No, you don't have to be perfect. Stop trying to be perfect and start making some smaller, reasonable changes you can stick with.



GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
11/15/12 11:53 A

Being healthy has to be more important to you than snacking too much. Maybe the problem is not the snacking but the amount you're eating. Snacking in and of itself is actually helpful to your metabolism, but you have to track your calories, and make sure you're not having too many OR TOO FEW calories.
You do not have to completely stop eating the foods you love. Get that out of your head. Don't let enjoying food you love make you feel guilty. Food is not your enemy. Lack of self-control is. The key is moderation. Give yourself only ONE or TWO days a week to have a food treat, and do not over-do it.
Spark had this motivational visualization that has been working for me over the past nearly two weeks.
Imagine a gooey sweet cinnamon and sugar pretzel with the sugary sweet icing dip. Imagine next to it a serving of your favorite fruit. Now, picture yourself saying NO to the pretzel because it will send you way over your fat and sugar allowance for the day, and instead taking the fruit. Imagine now the feeling you have for making the better choice. You are proud of yourself. You feel like you accomplished something positive, and you're even more motivated to keep on making healthy choices.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (104,875)
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11/15/12 9:38 A

No one can give you motivation..

if you have good enough reasons to be healthy, that is your motivation. And when you have good reasons to be healthy, you'll have enough desire to stop eating the stuff that's not good for you.

VICTORIAD1138 SparkPoints: (4,077)
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11/15/12 8:59 A

Sooo I have lost hope in weightloss.
I snack way too much throughout the day, love carbs, and a sugar addict.
I work out 5-6 times a week
I sell pretzels in the mall which sucksssss....
How do I gain will power and motivation?
Thank you so much!

I just am sick of being chunky monkey emoticon
Also if anyone wants to be my buddy on here, I would appreciate it!!

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