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AUTUMNHOPE Posts: 860
6/6/13 1:43 P

Okay, this IS me. I'm a binge eater. When I binge it can be 500-1000cals aprox. so I know this out of control feeling. Like you're a robot just shoveling processed food in your mouth until you get that feeling of relief & satisfaction, by eating just the right thing.You beat yourself up & feel like a fat pig & vow to try harder until the next big craving hits you & you go into robot mode.

I maintained my weight for months on this site, because I lose , binge, gain.Over & over, but I didn't give up. I joined Spark Coach their lessons helped me. I also was eating dinner to early so by the night I'd get hungry & crave & binge. Also, diet pepsi makes me crave processed carbs so I changed to water with lemon & stevia. This helped. when I feel a binge coming on I drink hot green tea. About 2c. steeped this takes away those cravings. If I was binging due to stress I blogged or journaled about what was bothering me that I was eating to cover up. Also I would try to be too strict for me. I ate too few cals to lose weight faster. I needed more to stay satisfied. The weight comes off a little slower, but it comes off as opposed to what a binge does for us. Also, I found alternatives to what I crave & don't deprive myself. I have one vita cake a day 50 cals & it gives me that choc cakey fix I want.

How to deal with setbacks & Stop feeling guilty about every mistake are a couple Spark articles you may want to read.
Just don't give up. Learn from your mistakes. So you ate cookies. Now figure out a game plan to combat that next time it happens
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KITKABOO SparkPoints: (68,257)
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6/6/13 3:16 A

We should strive for progress not perfection.

We are only here for a short time, we shouldn't beat ourselves up if we make a wrong choice

CJYOUNG74 SparkPoints: (12,274)
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6/5/13 1:01 P

That is an awesome visualization. :) Maybe I need to think about that....

AHUVAK1 SparkPoints: (11,841)
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6/5/13 12:03 P

Well I will confess that on Monday night it happened again... only with strawberry rhubarb crumble. I had a few minutes of self-deprecation, but then I thankfully got over it. I'm going to keep working on it!

As a side point, I was trying to find a motivating factor to get me through my kick boxing work outs. What can I be thinking about when I am trying to punch and kick? Well, I am punching/kicking myself for eating junk food, and it absolutely worked! It felt good to give myself a kick in the butt for engaging in bad behavior.

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6/5/13 11:03 A

Ahuvak - I totally understand! I had dinner and then I had a snack planned (90 calorie fiber brownie). Instead, I picked a package of Little Debbie Nutty Bars. Ate them, loved them. And then had another package. Logged them both.Brought me 600 over for the day. I think for me - right now - as I am trying to start my WL journey once again, I just have to keep things like that out of the house!

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5/31/13 2:52 P

Haha, I guess we all have our buttons. I probably could eat both cold pizza and cold friend chicken if I was hungry enough. ALthough probably if I weren't so hungry I could eat it too. Well for the rest of this week I stayed pretty much in control. Hopefully I'll get through the weekend without any major food fests. Weekends are by far the HARDEST for me.

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 1,968
5/31/13 2:32 P

Yes, CHESAPEAKE60, I hate cold pizza.

Now, cold fried chicken is a different story...

CHESAPEAKE60 SparkPoints: (3,734)
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5/29/13 1:14 P

What?? Hate cold pizza?!?! That is the best breakfast food known to mankind...... Sigh.......

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 1,968
5/29/13 1:09 P

Not all of us "schedule" a treat. We just don't necessarily publish it when we binge.

When I read your post, I was going to write, "WELL DON'T DO THAT NEXT TIME!!"

I've been in this program a month longer than you. What I do sometimes is just get through it. Sometimes if I've had four pices of pizza, what harm will one more do? Well, it will do harm. So, I wrap the rest up and put it in the fridge. I hate cold pizza.

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5/29/13 12:15 P

I think I understand how you feel. You've been on the journey and feel that at this point, you should be able to resist a binge or not even have the urge.

I totally get feeling bad about giving in to temptation, and then just going nuts on the blondies. It's the old behavior, and it seems like we should "outgrow" that after a while.

I guess the way I look at it is that we've had years and decades of unhealthy relationships with food, and it will probably take a long time to get to that point, where we can look at binge in the face and just not do it.

No advice, just empathy!


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5/29/13 10:47 A

AHUVAK1,

The problem is that there really is no way to be totally control what we eat 24/7. For various and sundary reasons, there are going to be days we eat more than others. And that doesn't make us a bad person or an unhealthy one. A person should never feel guilty or stupid for eating a little too much. It happens. As long as it doesn't happen all the time, no worries.

We don't want to become obsessive about what we eat. That's not healthy either.



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5/29/13 10:30 A

But if you are at a healthy weight perhaps it is your body that is dictating the need and not the food? ie - your body needs the calories to maintain? Now I agree that we might all like to only put healthy foods in our bodies...... Perhaps if you ate more healthy treats - more popcorn, more fruits, more nuts, etc maybe your body would get the calories it needs to maintain and the cravings for "junk" would decrease? Just a thought.

Edited by: CHESAPEAKE60 at: 5/29/2013 (10:31)
AHUVAK1 SparkPoints: (11,841)
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5/29/13 10:22 A

Hey - I think some people are missing what I am trying to say. I'm not trying to say that I feel super guilty about what I ate in terms of it affecting my weight. I am unhappy that I have not learned to control myself. I don't think people should binge no matter if they are fat or thin. it's a behavior I want to avoid altogether. You know what I mean? My goal is to be in control of what I eat, and not to let food seduce me into stuffing myself.

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5/29/13 10:13 A

Looking at your tracker it looks like you are under your target weight. That seems to show that you are being good most of the time. And most of the time is good enough if it keeps one at goal.....

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5/29/13 5:47 A

AHUVAK1,

You can't beat yourself up every time you over eat. That's just not a healthy way to live. You ate the food. You log the food. You move on. Today, you do your best to eat a little more healthfully as well as mindfully. I'm going to recommend a book for you to find at the library. It's called Making Peace With Food by Susan Kano. It's a book that's been around for a while. I read it years ago. It has exercises that will help you create a healthier relationship with food.

Because a person should never feel guilty because they ate something. And they shouldn't beat themselves up later because they did.



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5/28/13 9:52 P

Yeah. I like the, focus on the recovery bit. I hope that with more practice, I'll be able to have more self control. We all have problems. Mine is that once in awhile I go overboard with eating. I'm going to go use the ab wheel now. At least that will be a healthy choice!

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,346
5/28/13 9:24 P

I totally get the self sabotage thing. I've done it so many times! I guess what I've learned is not to obsess over preventing a binge from happening. It's become more about learning how to recover when it does happen. I know you've probably heard the 'don't beat yourself up' spiel, but it really is true. part of this involves loving yourself. Would you let someone else tell you you're stupid for eating a bunch of blondies? I would hope not!




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5/28/13 9:03 P

Hey,

I wish I had advice...but I'm in the same boat. SO stressed out lately with two job interviews this week, uncertainty about the future - and so I didn't sleep well last night. Whenever I don't sleep well, it's a recipe for a binge.

I'm trying not to beat myself up...but I know how you feel.

I don't know what advice to offer other than to say tomorrow will be a better day. Maybe we need to find ways to play to avoid these binges.

Problem is for me that they have nothing to do with availability of junk and more to do with emotions (stress/fear/anxiety).

But one of my favorite sayings that keeps me motivated from back in my Weight Watcher days is "It works if you work it!" So tomorrow, let's work it!

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5/28/13 8:52 P

Hello all. As you might surmise from the topic on this message boars, i just ate a bunch of blondies, and feel stupid. *#&$)@&$*@

I totally sabotage myself. I do well so often, and then I just lose it. And when I lose it, I really lose it. I'm not talking about you well disciplined sparkers out there, who "schedule in" a treat. I mean I just do something stupid, say, by eating a bunch of blondies.

I am constantly practicing the art of self-compassion, but this is just plain craziness.

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