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12/22/12 6:26 A

MANYAROAD,

You can't beat yourself up because you've gained weight. That's something that has happened to every single Spark member at one time or another. We're all experts at having gained, lost and regained the weight. That was the past. You can't change the past, but you CAN influence and change the future.

One piece of advice I give to all new members is this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Every little bit really does add up.

Now, you have to ask yourself a really hard question,"why are you eating to the point of gorging yourself ?" Are you under any unusual stress at home, work, school ? I know planning a wedding isn't easy, but you said that was a year away. I firmly believe that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. If a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline.

So, if you are under stress, then you need to find ways to reduce that stress that don't involve food. try having a cup of tea when you feel an urge to have some cookies. Try reading a book or listening to some of your favorite music. try knitting. when your mind and fingers are busy, you're less likely to turn to food.

Personally, I don't believe a person should deprive themselves of a treat. BUT, if you find that you can't portion control the treats, then the treats have to go. out of sight. out of mind. if they aren't in the house, you won't eat them. replace them with healthier snack options like fresh fruit, nuts, dried fruit, etc... when you feel an urge to have a cookie, have an apple or pear or banana. keep eating the fruit until you feel sated. I have yet the meet the person who could binge eat apples. If you're going to over eat anything, over eat your fresh fruit and veggies.

Which could be another reason your gorging on the junk. Are you eating enough HEALTHY food ? Are you eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies ? Are you eating enough whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, etc ?? If you're not eating a healthy diet, that's another reason you may be gorging on the junk. Do your best to eat more healthy wholesome foods that nourish your body. try to start away from the treats.

Here's something I learned from my own years of yo yo dieting,"if you eat crap, you'll feel like crap". If you want to feel better about yourself and your body, you're going to have to do your best to start eating right. Once you do, you will starting feeling better.



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12/22/12 2:59 A

I totally get how you feel about the gorging. I also have issues around food.

This might not be the best advice...but if you feel like you can't control yourself then reach for fruits and veggies. If you can use that much control to choose what you will eat a lot of then it could make a difference for you. I used to do this with frozen stir fry veggies a year or so ago. It's so little calories.



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12/22/12 1:53 A

What has been happening to you is past. You need to start today as a fresh start. Getting out of this rut will not be easy but you can do it. Go back to when you started and revisit the motivations that helped you succeed before you went to Europe. Then make a plan to get back on track and take small steps to returning to your journey. At a minimum I would go back to recording the food I eat. Even if you still are over eating, the recording should help you recognize the cost of what you are eating and help you track your progress back to your healthy ranges. I sounds like you are in a spiral. You over eating and stressing that you are over eating. That stress is causing you to eat more. When you start stop stressing and mark a line in the sane where you are going to go forward from you will take the pressure off and make it easier on yourself to restart. Good luck.

MANYAROAD Posts: 9
12/21/12 11:22 P

This year has been such an up and down for me physically. I started at a boot camp in march and went religiously for 3 months and looked and felt so good. I probably lost like 10 pounds and gained tons of muscle. Then I got a chance to go to Europe for 3 weeks so I stopped working out during that time. Only gained a pound there though! Never got back into working out. Then I got engaged!!! And since then I haven't stopped myself from stuffing my face. I already bought my dress and it's much more form fitting and I'm terrified I'm going to balloon and not be able to wear it. I've gained back at least 10 pounds since September and dont know how to stop myself especially going home for the holidays.

Today I ate pretty much a whole bag of pretzels, cookies and all sorts of leftover food I have from a potluck on top of going out to breakfast with a friend. I'm goin back to my hometown tomorrow where I will undoubtedly see people from high school and some I know who've lost significant amounts of weight too. I just feel like I had momentum and then I just stopped and I am out of control. I have a year till my wedding but I'm more terrified of being seen in public tomorrow feeling and looking like I do now. And to top it off my acid reflux is flaring up because I gorged myself like a pig all day. Ughhhhhhhhhh I feel so gross

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