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HEATHERRSMITH Posts: 1,894
5/4/11 12:31 P

hey all! checking in
I have been over eating lately from an emotional place... some good some bad. but I am back trying today and today I am going to stay at the low end of my calories... I havent been working out this week and need to get back on track all around!

HAFLINGERZING Posts: 50
5/4/11 11:46 A

Cassie, Hang in there. Try something you have been wanting to try.
I have had 2 days in a row of eating in the calorie range. Feel good, lost a lb. Cooking new recipes out of Eating well cookbooks. Love those. Even picky boys are eating it, and saying its good.

MELODY525 Posts: 3,164
5/4/11 7:40 A

CASSIE...YOUR DD WILL BE HOME SOON. HANG IN THERE!

DENA...SOUNDS LIKE THE DAY ENDED WELL FOR YOU. GOOD WORK!

FITMOMMY...I SHOULD HAVE SUBSTITUTED FRUIT FOR THE CANDY LAST NIGHT!!! LOL YOU ARE SO RIGHT.



HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY EVERYONE.
I WILL BE WORKING AND HAVE APPOINTMENTS TILL LATE FRIDAY. WON'T BE BACK HERE TILL THEN. I AM CUTTING DOWN ON PC TIME WHEN WORKING. SO HAVE A GREAT 2 DAYS!!

FITMOMMY18 Posts: 384
5/4/11 5:15 A

I think this is really hard to get away from if you're used food to deal with stress and emotions for a long time.

I'm doing much better, because even though I may still eat a bit of junk when I'm stressed out, I don't binge anymore. I think that's the first step. I have 1 serving of chocolate or whatever that fits into my daily food plan.

I'll try eating healthy food when I'm stressed, like 1/2 banana or something instead of that square of chocolate.

I have 2 little kids 14m and 2 1/2 and run a home daycare all with a husband who is out of town more than he is home. Trying to go to the gym and keep the house decent = STRESS! My older one, my daughter Juliana is 'spirited', she is a real handful!

Keep at it! emoticon

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5/3/11 11:26 P

I broke down and ate a little bit of junk when I was home alone this afternoon, but it wasn't too bad. I do miss my daughter already! I missed her all day. It's so weird to have her so far away and know that we won't even talk to one another until Friday. We are very close.

Tomorrow if I feel those eat-everything feelings coming on I'll come here instead.

Dena, good job on your commitment today.
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SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
5/3/11 7:52 P

MELODY, Thank you for your insight!

I did well today--probably because of your encouragement and comments, Melody and Cassie. Thank you!!

Didn't eat bread or had anything with sugar. That seemed to help me feel more in control. Plus, I exercised for 45 minutes. Felt good.

MELODY525 Posts: 3,164
5/3/11 12:18 P

emoticon DENA & CASSIE~ HUGS TO BOTH OF YOU.
I AM SO GLAD THAT SOMEONE "GETS" WHAT I AM SAYING. WHAT A RELIEF!! LOL
AFTER READING THIS JUST NOW I REALIZED THAT I NEED TO RESPECT MY NEEDS IF I WANT SOMEONE ELSE TO RESPECT ME. I TALK THE TALK BUT DON'T WALK THE WALK YET! LOL
THANKS FOR THE INPUT....I AM GOING TO PUT IT TO GOOD USE!!


DENA... I HEAR YOU LOUD & CLEAR. ONE OF MY PET PEEVES IS IF I GIVE SOMETHING MY "ALL" I EXPECT OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. WISH WE LIVED IN A PERFECT WORLD!! ROFL


CASSIE....DID YOU MAKE IT THRU ALL THE "GOODBYES"....HOPE SO emoticon

SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
5/3/11 10:06 A

Melody, I understand completely. I'm sort of going thru the same thing.

I've been teaching a couple of adult ed classes at night and am totally burned out and frustrated. I don't feel appreciated or respected, and the people running the catalog keep getting everything wrong in print. I'm giving it my all, and don't feel like I'm getting much in return from the students or staff. My husband sees what I'm doing, comes to class with me and agrees with me.

Being burned out I don't feel like exercising as much. I walk, but not as fast. That's not like me. Yesterday I made some really stupid food choices out of frustration. Not taking care of my health, either, since I'm devoting so much time to my work. And my health should be my first priority. I know I have a dr.s appt. looming over my head in a couple of months.

Cassie, It's good that your daughter is going to camp, but I know how sad and lonely you must feel when she's away. I feel like that when my hubby has to travel.

I think it's great that we were able to express ourselves here. Maybe that's what I needed...to realize I'm taking life too seriously. And now it's time for me to take care of me.

Hugs and love to both of you!!! I really appreciate you both. Thank you!!
Hugs, Dena
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Edited by: SPARKCHICK at: 5/3/2011 (10:08)
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5/3/11 8:56 A

Thank you Melody, and yes what you say makes perfect sense. So your challenge is to take care of you in the midst of taking care of everyone else!
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MELODY525 Posts: 3,164
5/3/11 8:12 A

CASSIE....BIG (((HUGS))) FOR YOU TODAY. I MISS MY DD TOO WHEN SHE GOES AWAY AND SHE'S 43!!! LOL



I THINK I NEED TO EXPLAIN SOMETHING:I AM NOT REALLY AN EMOTIONAL EATER SO MUCH AS I AM A "TOSS MY HEALTH OUT THE WINDOW" WHEN STRESSED KIND OF GAL. IN ORDER TO HELP PEOPLE I WILL EAT A TV DINNER AND NOT EXERCISE OR GET ENOUGH LIQUIDS IN JUST SO I CAN MAKE TIME FOR THEM.
HOPE THIS MADE SENSE.

Edited by: MELODY525 at: 5/3/2011 (08:16)
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5/2/11 11:14 P

I avoided temptation this afternoon and kept myself busy and distracted. I had two muffins today that were part of teacher appreciation week, even though I wasn't particularly hungry. Tonight I had grilled veggies and brown rice to kind of even things out.

Tomorrow my daughter leaves for four days of camp, 5 hours away. Bring on the sad feelings. I will not eat a bunch of junk because of it.

MELODY525 Posts: 3,164
5/2/11 7:51 P

I have been having some anger problems. It's because I am multi-tasking and my body is tired of this. I'm burnt out with a form of care giving to so many seniors here in my bldg.(we have 100 apts.)
This leads to take out food and quick "fixes".
NOT the kind of good calories! LOL So.........

Goals for May:
emoticon 1. I am going to meditate for at least 5 minutes a day.

emoticon 2. I began doing a very MODIFIED version of Spark's 5k program using my pedals.

emoticon 3. I announced that I am retiring from volunteering.

I don't think I would have set these goals if it hadn't been for Dena starting this challenge!!
I've planned this but never executed it till today! Thanks Dena. emoticon

SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
5/2/11 3:16 P

In range all week. No extra snacking when I was bored or frustrated. This is a new week for learning better eating habits and to keep myself in check.

If the weekend threw anyone off, this is the place to be to help ward off any mishaps.

Good luck to all.

SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
5/1/11 10:30 P

Had dinner. The kitchen is now closed. Will watch The Apprentice soon. Will drink water while watching TV.

Nite all.

SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
5/1/11 3:54 P

TBear, welcome!

Haflinger, congrats to you for doing so well!!

I'm having a great day. Plus, I've even exercised today. Great for a weekend.

I'm so proud of all of us!!! emoticon

HAFLINGERZING Posts: 50
5/1/11 2:39 P

I use visits from my parents as a free pass to over eat. Would like to remedy that habit. Being accountable here is helping me look at the reasons why I feel the need to do that. I used to over drink Diet Coke when my dad visits. He drinks them too, sort of ritualistic? I've been Diet Coke free for 2 weeks. So maybe the days of over eating food are not far behind....

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5/1/11 1:45 P

I am subscribing to this topic. I need this.
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SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
5/1/11 1:06 P

When we went out to lunch for a hamburger yesterday, I had half for lunch and saved the other half for dinner. Woo Hoo!



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4/30/11 11:08 P

I spent the whole day making good choices and I feel so good about that! Yea me!

SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
4/30/11 4:48 P

Welcome, Penschick and AZMom!

Last night I wanted to eat something because I still had calories left in my range, I realized I was tired. So I went to bed. I felt great this morning. emoticon

Edited by: SPARKCHICK at: 4/30/2011 (16:49)
AZMOM1 Posts: 50,545
4/30/11 3:58 P

I think that this is a great idea! emoticon

PENSCHICK87 Posts: 62
4/30/11 9:50 A

I think this is such a great idea & would love to join. I overeat for any number of reasons (emotional, boredom or peer pressure) so this will be a huge help.

Have a great day everyone!!!

CASSIECAT SparkPoints: (121,381)
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4/30/11 9:45 A

I gave in to stress and fatigue last night with girl scout cookies. At least it was only three this time and not half a box. ;) Arg.

On to a new day today! :)

SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
4/29/11 4:27 P

Heather, please come here if you start to overeat. This really helps me to distract myself.

I just had lunch, and was looking around for more. I popped a sugar-free mint in my mouth, grabbed a bottle of water and checked out this thread. I'm much better now.LOL

Haflingerzing, I loved the carriage ride, too. I was happy to see they kissed twice. And was surprised and delighted by the car ride driven by William after the wedding.



Edited by: SPARKCHICK at: 4/29/2011 (16:31)
HAFLINGERZING Posts: 50
4/29/11 1:41 P

I loved the carriage ride of the royal wedding! I drive my horse and really admire all the work that goes into making that event happen. Loved it! Have a great weekend everyone.

HEATHERRSMITH Posts: 1,894
4/29/11 1:08 P

Happy Friday all!
I have struggled lately with my eating at night and forgot to come here and post... the weekend will be a struggle for everything, I seem to lose all control on the weekends! but I am going to really work on it this weekend

SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
4/29/11 10:51 A

HAPPY FRIDAY, EVERYONE! This thread has helped me stay strong. Love this strength.

Wasn't the royal wedding spectacular?! I just loved it!!

Have a great weekend. emoticon

MELODY525 Posts: 3,164
4/29/11 8:20 A

Thanks everyone! But it was easy....the election poll is in my own building! All I had to do was come upstairs!! ROFL

HAFLINGERZING...wish I had thought of drinking the water. Going to remember that next time. good point.

Everyone is doing so great. Thank you all for sharing. Have a great weekend!

HAFLINGERZING Posts: 50
4/28/11 11:37 P

Passed on the 3rd piece of DeLite pizza from Papa Murphy's. Talked myself out of it, because I checked in with my stomach, it was full so I talked my mind out of it. Waited 10 minutes and am very full after a glass of water.

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4/28/11 8:18 P

I snacked more than I had planned to when I got home from work. I think it was a combo of feeling hungry and tired. Hunger = good reason to eat! But being tired often leads me to eat when really, I'm jut tired.

SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
4/28/11 7:22 P

Melody, excellent work! emoticon

HAFLINGERZING Posts: 50
4/28/11 10:37 A

Nice work Melody525! Sounds like you planned ahead and brought stuff with you.

Edited by: HAFLINGERZING at: 4/28/2011 (10:38)
MELODY525 Posts: 3,164
4/28/11 9:06 A

I MADE IT THRU THE ELECTION & WORK WITHOUT JUNK FOOD OR HEARTBURN!! YAY!!
LOOKS LIKE EVERYONE IS ON TRACK.
CONGRATULATIONS AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK'S END!!! emoticon

SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
4/28/11 8:45 A

Hi Everyone! Welcome to all!

Feeling great these days, so I'm following my healty plan. Last night, instead of just sitting there and watching TV, my hubby and I went for a walk.

FATBUSTINMOM SparkPoints: (3,689)
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4/28/11 8:33 A

I'm in for this challenge! Emotional eating is one of the main reasons I'm here! I've banned ice cream/frozen yogurt from my diet for the time being for that very reason, it is THE comfort food of choice for me. Doing great right now following the SP meal plan as closely as I can, but I'm sure the day is coming soon when I will be tempted to eat my cares away with some type of comfort food!

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4/27/11 3:56 P

I drank a glass of water then popped a piece of gum in my mouth. Seemed to help.

HEATHERRSMITH Posts: 1,894
4/27/11 12:41 P

hi I would like to join! last night I was able to stop myself but I struggle alot with eating when I am bored or stressed. I like the idea of coming here to post when I feel crazy! my biggest problem is the weekend

SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
4/27/11 11:03 A

Day 3 of getting myself back into control. I was worried there for a while. I know it was due to stress. That's why I started this thread... so I could pin point what's happening and how to better deal with stress. Today is and will continue to be a great day!

Stay strong, everyone! emoticon

MELODY525 Posts: 3,164
4/27/11 7:52 A

MORNING EVERYONE.

TODAY IS ELECTION DAY AND I WILL NOT EAT ANY OF THE "TAKE OUT" FOOD THEY GIVE THE VOLUNTEERS!!
IT'S ALL HIGH SALT & HIGH FAT AND I DEFINITELY DON'T NEED IT!!

STAY STRONG LADIES!! emoticon

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4/27/11 7:31 A

thats great

just got up will weigh self on scale today that seems to keep my eating under control. hoping to start with exercing today.

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4/27/11 12:18 A

I avoided a second helping of bread tonight. I wasn't hungry; it was just there and would have been something to munch on and occupy my hands.

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4/26/11 11:06 P

Awesome challenge I like to start

day one- no pie salad instead

SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
4/26/11 9:35 P

Congrats, Haflin! I agree with you that those types of carbs seem to be less filling and more addictive. Eating healthier (like fruits, veggies and protein) leaves me feeling great.

I made better choices today. I wasn't as stressed today. I got paid, plus things went smoothly. When I eat better, I feel sooo much better.



Edited by: SPARKCHICK at: 4/26/2011 (21:37)
HAFLINGERZING Posts: 50
4/26/11 6:18 P

So, I'm beginning to notice that my food choices effect my mood and future food choices later in the day. Sugar,bread,crackers make me feel out of control on my food choices, like its never enough? Plus that stuff make me feel funky mood wise. Whereas, black beans, veggies and protein allow me clear headed choices on mood and food, just coming to the conclusion that my body doesn't process those foods like it used to. I made good choices for my body today, I feel good.

SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
4/26/11 12:26 P

Cassie and Haflingerzing, thanks so much for joining me. It was starting to get lonely here. LOL emoticon

HAFLINGERZING Posts: 50
4/26/11 11:26 A

Good one! I'm in! This is something I want to work on.

Edited by: HAFLINGERZING at: 4/26/2011 (11:29)
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4/26/11 11:08 A

I'll join you. Great idea.
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SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
4/26/11 9:18 A

Day 2!
This is a great day!

SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
4/25/11 10:50 P

I had another unpleasant experience when I went out, I didn't overeat. I came here instead.

SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
4/25/11 6:45 P

This is a challenge for us to stop emotional eating.(And a way to stay accountable.)

Whenever we want to eat to release stress (when we are upset, lonely, depressed, angry, sad, happy, overwhelmed, etc., etc.), let's come here instead and state what we did to interrupt our nasty habit.

1. Day 1 of no emotional eating.
2. I'm getting out of the house right now instead of eating.

Who wants to join me? We can unlearn this silly habit, and learn healthier ways to cope with stress.
Hugs, Dena emoticon

Edited by: SPARKCHICK at: 4/25/2011 (22:45)
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