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COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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6/6/13 7:19 P

Archimedes, I looked over all my trackers too, and I did notice that on the days I ate more produce, the calories were lower without me even trying. Thanks! Today I've had three fruit servings and some Greek yogurt. Trying to keep the protein and carbs at good levels and leave the fat behind. My fat amounts have been terrible lately.

Also took a hike and got lost in the Garden of the Gods, so a 3 miler turned into an 8 miler. All the better to burn those calories!

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HAPPYMENOW58 Posts: 2,264
6/6/13 3:10 P

ALl great ideas! Will try a lot of them......Best wishes to all on their healthy journeys!

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6/6/13 11:05 A

COANNIE,

Great job on logging all your food choices as well as being honest ! That really is a step in the right direction. It means you are being more mindful.

My personal opinion, and once again I'm no expert, is that if you can do your best to try to eat more wholesome food choices during this stressful time, the cravings should start to decrease. Looking at your food diary over the last week shows that you have been eating a lot of highly processed foods. The more of those a person eats, the more they crave.

If you can, try to eat more servings of fresh fruit and veggies. It varies. Some days you were barely getting two servings. If you can increase the amount of veggies you eat, that will help. Veggies have FIBER. Something that has been lacking your diet these few days. If you can increase the amount of high fiber foods you eat, that will help stabilize your blood sugar.

Right now, your blood sugar is probably spiking and crashing because of the highly processed foods you've been eating. If you can do your best to eat more wholesome foods (have a BIG leafy green salad once a day if possible), that really will help you feel less hungry.

Here's what I've learned from my own years of tweaking my nutrition. If you eat crap, you'll feel like crap. thus the reason to try to make wholesome choices when you can. If you want to have a piece or two of pizza, that's okay. BUT make a conscious decision to pair that piece of pizza with a leafy green salad.

And if you are under excess stress, you need to find ways to vent your stress that don't involve food. When you feel an urge to run to the kitchen, put on your coat and take a walk. If you don't want to take a walk, how about having a cup of tea ? You may find the tea helps you to relax.

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.

Try to eat healthy foods when you can. Like I said, if you keep eating the highly processed foods, you're going to keep craving them. You have to be brave and come out of your comfort zone if you want to break the cycle.


COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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6/6/13 10:59 A

Thanks guys! I love the memes, Bunnykicks! I can just see them in my mind!

Your support is so great, it's wonderful to know I am not the only one to go through this, and to know that all of us can support each other!

EDENFELL Posts: 207
6/6/13 2:37 A

Hi! Are you stressed out about your daughter's graduation and what she's going to do next? I've found that I always reach for comfort food when something specific emotionally triggers it. I'd recommend blogging about it and really figuring out what's causing the stress and then figuring out if you can do anything specific about it like helping your daughter moving forward or something else that will make the situation less stressful. emoticon emoticon

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6/5/13 9:44 P

I am trying really, really hard right now to stay away from Sonic and a Grape CreamSlush. I haven't had one in about 5 months and I am seriously craving one.

JUNKDRAWER Posts: 993
6/5/13 9:07 P

Is there stress eating going on here? You mentioned your daughter's graduation. Maybe try some journaling during your "hungry" times, or find some healthy distractions. Drink TONS of water and do your best to get back on track. Keep the long term goal in mind. You can do this!

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,310
6/5/13 8:45 P

Coannie, wut r u doing!
Coannie, stahp!!!!!

Ok memes aside... let's just take a look at this... now, if it were just a day or two or even a few of "ravenous" hunger, then maybe you could chalk it up to "my body just really needed that!" and trust that you will be able to refocus tomorrow.

But it sounds like this has been going on awhile. And yet, you're not gaining weight. Good. Are you eating "at a maintenance level"? Well, that's ok, it's pretty hard to sustain weight-loss-level 24/7/365, nothing wrong with a "maintenance break". Are you eating OVER a "maintenance level"? If so, it's time to haul out your old nutrition trackers from Day 1 and just go right back to the basics.

Remember before you ever started trying to lose weight, I am willing to bet you were often "ravenous" (I know I was! I just ALWAYS felt like I needed more, more, more.... I could eat 3000, 4000 calories and still want more!). But then you settled down and started to select your food choices carefully, and plot and plan and figure out how to keep those ravenous moments at bay. And after a few days of "success" it got easier and easier?

YOU CAN DO THAT AGAIN.

I'm willing to bet that the "ravenous" feelings are largely the byproduct of the food choices you've been making. One Carls burger begets another, one graduation dinner begets a buffet breakfast, and so on. Set out your menu for the next few days as if it were your FIRST few days, stick to it come hell or high water, and by next week you'll be back on track wondering 'gee what the heck happened!'



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6/5/13 8:44 P

Also, I would take the quote that you have as your signature line, write it out and post it somewhere where you will see it often throughout the day.

SUSANSEARCY SparkPoints: (6,946)
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6/5/13 8:43 P

Plan all your meals the day before and log it into your nutrition tracker. It's a lot easier to stick to healthy eating when you have a plan ahead of time. Know what your ranges are, then split that up along the day. Stick to whatever you planned the day before. Go back and look at days when you did great with your eating and think about how great that felt and how awesome it was to see the fat come off when you stuck to that. Remind yourself that food is fuel for your body and you need to put the best fuel in. You can do this!

COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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6/5/13 8:33 P

I have been out of control on my eating lately. It started with my daughter's graduation week, and hasn't stopped. I've been tracking everything, but I have been over by far every day. I am working out and burning a lot of calories, but it's not going to make up for what I am eating. Right now I am feeling ravenous. I feel ravenous all the time. I saw a Carl's JR bacon burger on TV and had to talk myself out of getting in the car to go get one. I have chicken breasts in the crockpot and am going to have that and a nice quinoa/corn/black bean side dish for dinner, and I think I could eat it all plus the burger! It's like I can't get full enough. So far I haven't gained back any weight, and my inches have actually gone down, even my waist the day before I started my period, but that can't keep up with these calories I am taking in. I don't even know what to do to stop it. Does anyone have any advice for me?

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