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KNITTY_JESS SparkPoints: (7)
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6/23/13 4:06 P

This site is very beneficial. I am always amazed at the information I find from articles, links, etc. One thing that has helped me is ground flax seed. Try mixing that in with your meals. It makes things so much more filling and you won't taste it.

ERICADURR Posts: 243
6/23/13 2:14 P

Something else that may help: when I eat a lot of sugar, I crave even more (and carbs too!), and I can't seem to control myself around food. See if you can limit processed sugars and foods within your diet for a little while and figure out if that helps with the cravings and compulsiveness regarding food. It helps me a lot; processed foods are made in such a way to be addictive and make you want more. Cook for yourself for a couple of weeks so you can control your sugar portions and see how that makes you feel. :) It's a bit of work, but it has helped me immensely.

SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 25,948
6/22/13 9:12 P

FIT4MEIN2013 ..... THAT is SOME achievement :-)


FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (144,741)
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6/22/13 9:06 P

This is a process and along the way, we learn healtyhy habits that will enable us to live a long happy life. There are no "good" or "bad" foods, just good or bad amonts. I eat chocolate, chips, french fries ( I LOVE FRENCH FRIESS!!!) etc and have lost 120+ pounds in less than one year. And I am 56 years old!

You can do this, too. Cut yourself some slack and remind yourself that you are here for the long haul. It can be fun!

SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 25,948
6/22/13 7:08 P

Remember, Rome wasn't build in a day! The weight needs to come off slowly, and you also need to adapt to your new way of eating (living) using baby steps. Change only one or two things to start with and only when your mind/body has gotten around that one, add something else to the mix.

I might mean driving a different route for a while to avoid the fast food outlets. It might be increasing water, but decreasing soda/juices. If you drink alcohol, reduce that, too, because it is heavy calories for no return.

Where it comes to your exercise, start small and gradually build up. It might be that you need to make an appointment with your Dr to see if there is something else going on, also, and for a physical to see what you can safely do at this time.


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 6/22/2013 (19:08)
DEBRAHARTMAN53 SparkPoints: (1,140)
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6/22/13 4:08 P

Thank you so much for your comments. It made me stop and think. I do think of it as all or nothing. I didn't realize it. I appreciate your thoughtful words of encouragement and it has inspired me. I also realized I am not in this. alone and am very thankful I found this site. Its just what I needed. This past week wasn't a complete failure, I did very good 4 days and stayed on track, I exercised at least 3 times, and did drink my water, so glass not half empty, but full....:) I also learned that I need to be better prepared. Have available food so it won't be so easy to go through the drive through, I have fast-good food at home. So this next week, I will remember what I have learned so far, and do the best I can!! Thank you again....:)

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (189,961)
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6/22/13 3:23 P


I give all new members one piece of advice and it's 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. 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. Change takes time, thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

Learning to overcome emotional eating or binge won't be easy. It's going to take time. So, you have to stop beating yourself up every time you over eat. No one ever became a healthy eater overnight. It's impossible.

This is why Spark People encourages its members to start with simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. It's not an "all or nothing" situation. It's all about making simple changes we CAN stick with. One small change really can change your life.

BUT... you need to be patient. You are going to make mistakes. We all did. It's part of the learning process. Every time you eat more than you want, you learn a little more about why you did it. the fact is, you're not a bad person because you eat too much. We've all been there.

So, let me ask you, what simple things are you willing to do this week to help you learn healthier habits ? and do start reading some of the great spark articles on emotional eating. start here. Will you learn everything you need to know ? NO ! that's why you need to be patient and stop beating on yourself for being human.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (179,772)
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6/22/13 9:40 A

Do you binge on fruits and veggies too?

DEBRAHARTMAN53 SparkPoints: (1,140)
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6/22/13 9:19 A

Hello everyone out there!!! I just can't seem to stay motivated or I get tired and overeat because I work really hard and its fast and easy. Its almost like crack cocaine to me or something, I have no cognitive thinking. Its see and eat. I need to get this weight off not only for my physical health, but for my mental health.... I have 83 pds to lose... Is someone else like me? Is there someone out there that was like me and succeeded? Please please please...... I need help...

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