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HAWTLIKEME SparkPoints: (21,813)
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8/8/13 3:43 P

Oh, I hear you in terms of eating well all day just to mess it all up at one, binge-heavy time of day. My time was around 4:30 when I got home from work and was stuck in the kitchen cooking dinner when I was most at risk of binging on the wrong foods from hunger, stress and carb cravings. One peice of advice that has stuck with me and helped me alot with this time of day is to ensure that I have eaten adequate amounts of all three macronutrients throughout the beginning of the day. It helped me alot to ensure that I was getting plenty of protein and whole grains earlier in the day so that I wasn't gasping for them later in the day. Now, I plan my meals to eat the most calories early in the day and I have a very modest (veggies and lean protein) supper and my cravings and insatiable hunger at that time of day really decreased.

WATERONE SparkPoints: (96,566)
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8/8/13 2:43 P

You've come to a great place to get motivation and support. I've just recently started back here. What derailed me before was trying to do too much too quickly. I am finding setting small goals, reading the articles, and reminding myself I'm not dieting, I'm changing my lifestyle is helping me this time around.

LOTSACATS SparkPoints: (43,326)
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8/8/13 1:18 P

Welcome to Spark People! You will find that the community here is very supportive and helpful. We're all in this together!

One suggestion I might make - I found that I drastically reduced my binges when I stopped keeping tempting food around. I don't buy snack food that I know I'll binge on. I buy pretzels instead of chips because I know a handful of pretzels is doable whereas a handful of chips is just the beginning. I don't buy cookies because I know I'll eat them all over the course of a couple of days.

SEREIA9 SparkPoints: (1,262)
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8/8/13 11:15 A

I understand just what you mean. In fact, just the other day I ate an entire bag of potato chips without stopping. When it comes to sabotaging a diet, I am a pro with decades of experience.

What has finally helped me (and as you can see from the previous paragraph this is still a work in progress) is to take a completely different approach to dieting. I know what to eat. I know what not to eat. I know how to exercise. What I didn't really know was how to support my emotions - I was too afraid of them and their tremendous power.

I found out about an online program called "Shrink Yourself", and knew it was just what I needed. It gave me a clear and structured way to address my emotional relationship with food, and once I gave myself the time to explore my issues with food, I also gave myself the support I had been looking for all these years. You may not need this type of structure as I did - many people don't. But for me it was wonderful. The topics included understanding your self-doubts and how you use food to pacify them, your motivations to stay overweight and how to address them, and changing your relationship to emotional hunger. For me, once I brought these issues into the light, they lost their power. I felt back in control, confident for the first time ever that I could - and wanted to- lose weight and be healthy. Yes, I ate all those chips, but I bounced right back and am still losing weight. I didn't let it derail me completely. I didn't hate myself for it. And I asked myself why I ate them - it was a habit, not an emotional necessity as it had been in the past. In the end, what I discovered was this:

What you are looking for is: YOU. Be that hero, that guiding light, that coach, that mentor, that loving spirit to yourself. Because not only do you need it, you deserve it!

4/8/13 9:09 A

Welome and best of success to you as you work on your health! take it one day, one step and one bite at a time and you'll get there.

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4/8/13 8:32 A


Welcome--remember, healthy living is just a lot of small, permanent changes all strung together---you do not have to permanently give up your favorite foods, nor do you have to spend hours in the gym. Healthy living is a commitment you make to you--you don't have to be perfect--you just have to aim at making more healthy choices than unhealthy ones.

Be strong!

Coach Nancy

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4/8/13 7:17 A

Welcome to Spark!Hopefully you've had some time to look around the site. There's tons of great information and a wide variety of teams/discussion forums that cover just about everything under the sun - food, fitness, hobbies, etc. I really like the challenges -you'll find them under the community menu bar under "Community Challenges"- there's a couple that deal with eating better and getting into the habit of exercise.

Have a fantastic day.

OCLAWGIRL88 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/8/13 1:01 A

A couple years ago I lost some weight and LOVED the support of an online community.

At the end of last year Aug-Nov I lost 30 pounds and went from 199 to 169 and was feeling great. The holiday's followed by birthdays and family drama basically a ton of excuses quickly derailed my progress and has delayed by getting back on track.

I have now gained about 8 pounds back and really want nothing more then to get back in the direction of living a healthy life but am CONSTANTLY self sabotaging. Making promises that this time I'm going to..... only to turn around and eat ice cream, or pizza, or binge! It seems I'm staying on track till 6-7 and then coming home and eating WAY too much.

Please help me get to the right place. I think the best thing for me right now is to have outside support because sometimes knowing i'm supporting others helps me do well!!

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