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JULINA4 SparkPoints: (7,534)
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12/28/12 2:49 P

I can relate to you so much. I am someone who has literally binged on cottage cheese. When I'm in one of those modes, and yes - its most always at night - I will eat and eat anything that's in the house. But, oh oh oh - you're well past the first step now. FACING IT! Stepping on that scale, admitting what you're doing, asking for help.

Just jump back in and immerse yourself!! Best of luck!

BRIGHTSIDEOFME Posts: 73
12/28/12 1:14 P

I used to eat like crazy at night. I used to eat past the point of being extremely full and then beat myself up for days until I binged again...
This may seem a little extreme but I donated all my trigger foods which include anykind of easy to snack on foods: granola bars, crackers (even the healthy kind), cookies, nuts... everything. It's hard to mindlessly eat a ton of fruit or oatmeal hehe. If you don't live alone, this is harder to do but not impossible. I had my roommate keep his cookies/fudge/chips in his room and my boyfriend will put some stuff on the very top shelf that I can't reach haha.
Another tip if you really can't stop the mindless eating is to buy some 100 calorie bag popcorn. Nothing you enjoy too much. I tried the 100 cal oreo packets but I love cookies so much I would not stop at 1. Diet hot cocoa is incredible too. And crystal light.

Good luck and I know you can do it =] Just never give up.


CECISMOMMY09 SparkPoints: (8,221)
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12/27/12 7:12 P

I JUST went through this only I gained 9 lbs in 3 days!!! I could NOT stop eating the best thing I do is just get back in the game!!!! and make new friends to keep me motivated on here i can do fine all day but once the night falls im like hulk of food lol so at night i come on here and try to earn 100 spark points keeps me distracted!!! and it works!

UPBEAT551 SparkPoints: (28,463)
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12/26/12 2:04 A

RESTART NOW!!!
One day at a time,
sometimes one minute at a time,
somtimes one hour at a time!
This is your LIFE you're talking about.

MSANITAL SparkPoints: (73,915)
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12/21/12 9:28 A

I can relate that you want to have a munch why watching a movie.. maybe you can make that a planned snack.. so again check your calorie range for the day and if you know that you will be watching tv say at 8 or 8:30 plan a healthy snack tell your self that this is your time, your planned snack and after it is over your done.. that is it.. make sure you eat it slow, have a glass of water beside you to sip the water between bites.. and to finish the water after ...

Don't feel gulity... because it was your planned snack..
You can do this.. ((((((hugs)))))))

DETERMINED569 SparkPoints: (44,555)
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12/20/12 8:56 P

Hi Everyone,
I have read all your comments and advice and I appreciate it soo much! I had to really step back and really think about everything. I have decided to just try again and get rid of all the temptations in my house so that way when I do get a craving I will have nothing bad in my house that will kill my progress! I have noticed that I eat because I'm watching a movie and that during the movie I have to have something to munch on and I do love my Ice Cream and yes it probably is the worst choice and I am just going to be honest I have eaten a whole bag of Chips worth 11 servings during one movie alone and I also noticed that I was never hungry but I just kept eating away anyways! I really have to change this or all my hard work working out drinking ugh water eating my veggies will just be a waste if I can't stop this vicious cycle! Thank you all for the great advice and encouragement you all have given me. Its really nice to know that their are people on here that will stop and respond to anyone who needs some advice and help! I'm very grateful to all of you who responded so thanks again! So if anyone has any advice or suggestions to what I have just wrote I would appreciate any feedback!
Thanks for caring and responding when I was in need.

BEANBYDESIGN SparkPoints: (31,282)
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12/18/12 1:31 P

I share your frustration when it comes to nighttime cravings. A really simple solution I came up with is just going to bed earlier. Basically, I took a lot of the "stuff" that I "had to do" at night, and started getting up earlier so I could do it before work in the morning (I get up between 5:30 and 6 am now, and don't have to leave for work until 8). I found most of my ridiculous food cravings were hitting between 10:30 and 11, and now, I just go to bed at 10, and doing that seems to have taken care of the cravings.

MSANITAL SparkPoints: (73,915)
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12/18/12 1:13 P

I really like what everyone has had to say so far.. .. and late night craving is a killer but it is really craving ? or is there something different? reason I ask is because I am an emotional eater and right not emotions are high,.for a lot of us.. but like someone said we can distract our selves for 15 minutes.. read, write, blog.. get on spark, do some jumping jacks.. what ever and I know easier said then done because when we are in the throws of a "craving" we are not thinking of doing any of those things. but if you practice doing those things all the time then when the time comes you will just do them.

For me I need to do all that at night it really helps me stay away from mindless munching..
sometimes if I am craving something so bad, I look at my tracker and yes speaking of tracker use it let it become like brushing your teeth you need to use it everyday..
I look at my tracker if I at my calorie budget then I don't have it if I am with in.. I wait and if I still feel I need it I have a small amount and I track it
Hope this helps.. ..
You can do this.. your already making choices by asking for help and wanting to be healthy..


FANCYFREE15 Posts: 75
12/18/12 12:32 P

Oh, Determined569, I understand that self-loathing, having felt it so often myself. But looking at your picture, I see a beautiful, strong, determined woman! You truly are so much more than what you give yourself credit for! emoticon
Repeat what I've just written. " I am a beautiful, strong, determined woman." It's true. Many others, whom you know well, agree with me. Believe it in your mind, no matter what your emotions are telling you. Repeat it, out loud, every day until it sinks into your mind, heart, and soul. Truth will overcome! emoticon
(Ok. Now I'm gonna go put this inspired message into practice! I gladly proclaim these joyful, truthful tidings to others but I cringe to whisper them to myself. Ironic, huh?) emoticon

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (141,954)
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12/18/12 10:17 A

DETERMINED569,

Now STOP IT ! You are not a bad person or a weak willed one because you happened to regain some weight. That is something that has happened to every single member of Spark People at one time or another. We're all experts at yo yo dieting. That was the past. You can't change the past, but you CAN influence and change the future.

Even though you've been with SP for a while, I'm going to give you some advice that I give to all new members,"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.

Start with some simple changes first. don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. No one ever became a healthy eater overnight. it's impossible. that's why you should start with the simple things first. Example, if you're not eating your veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking your water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not exercising, 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.

No "all or nothing". Just some simple changes because one small change will lead to another and another and another. before you know it, all those small changes add up into one huge accomplishment.

As far as evening cravings, what are you eating during the day ? You don't have your food diary listed, so I don't know what or how much you're eating. Some of your cravings may be a result of you're not eating enough during the day. Eating too little (being good some say) during the day, sets a person up to over eat later. Make sure you're eating a wholesome and nourishing breakfast to start your day. Starving doesn't work. If you want to lose weight, you have to eat.

QUALITY of the food you eat has a huge impact not only on your health, but your waistline too. If you've been eating a few too many treats, the treats have to go. out of sight. out of mind. if they're not in the house, you won't eat them. replace the treats with healthier snacks like fresh fruit, nuts, etc... when you'd like a snack, have a piece of fruit or two. Over eating your fruit is better for you than over eating Oreos.

take baby steps literally and figuratively. I know you're upset with yourself, but you really have to stop beating yourself up and be more productive. set some simple goals. do your best to watch your portion sizes. eat more fresh fruit and veggies.

Every little bit really does add up, but you have to be patient with yourself and your body. there are NO fast ways to lose weight fast. weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.

Patience, it's a virtue.


SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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12/18/12 9:40 A

Hi DETERMINED569,

Hope is not loss. We just need to figure out why you end up giving into your cravings at the end of the day.

First of all recognize that many times we are led to a binge because physiologically we allowed ourselves to get too hungry therefore as the old saying goes when we are exposed to food, many times "our eyes are bigger than our stomachs."

Secondly, you must really decide if you are truly hungry, or if you are eating out of stress, boredom, because you are tired or lonely, etc, etc. This is honing in on what I call, "the why we do, what we do, when we do it" scenario. This is where keeping a journal is a VERY helpful tool as it will help you see if there is a pattern with your binging. Also give yourself a good 15 minute time frame to ride out the urge to binge, this may mean going out for a walk or calling a friend, but whatever you do, stay out of the kitchen and away from the tempting foods.

Thirdly, know that when we continually deprive ourselves or make certain foods off limits, many times this draws us even more so to them. There are no 'good' foods or 'bad' foods, just choices. But if you allow yourself to occasionally have them (this is where planning is key), they no longer carry the stigma of thinking this will be it. And of course for me that meant I was less then perfect, therefore I would allow guilt to move, therefore I would abandon my plan until I was ready to try to lose weight again...no more.

Lastly, know that you are in full control over the food. In other words, food does not have control over us unless we allow it to.

You can do this! This journey to healthy living is all about integrating old, not-so-healthy-habits with new healthier ones.

I wish you well!

Coach Nancy

KANDOLAKER Posts: 1,902
12/18/12 9:38 A

Please don't beat yourself up, it doesn't help the situation and only makes it worse. You can stop the downward spiral today!! You already have some great habits, working out and getting your water - you just need to work on the last step, staying in your calorie range. I would get rid of all the unhealthy food - so that it is not close by when you get those late night cravings. Take them to a food bank, or just toss them. Next time the cravings start, tell yourself that you are not doing anything for 15 mintues. During those 15 minutes, get some tea or non-sugar drink. Then, focus - do some deep breathing. Turn off any distractions, and focus on yourself. Keep deep breathing. Ask yourself in 15 minutes how you are feeling. Tell yourself you made it thru 15 minutes, can you do this again for another 15 minutes? Again, distract yourself. Find a good book, a good movie, or just stretch and exercise. Tell those cravings that you are stronger than they are - and don't give in. Get on SP right then and read about successes, and ask for help during your cravings. Do that just for one day, then give yourself big kudos. "Success begets success" - and each day you do this - you'll be stronger and it does get easier. All the best to you. Today is a new day, and forget about the past. You can reach 170 - you can, you can, you can!!

DETERMINED569 SparkPoints: (44,555)
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12/18/12 9:27 A

Hi Sparkpeople,
I just weighed myself for the 1st time in a while & I gained soo much weight! Omg I gained 15.8 lbs! I feel soo disgusting that I have gained this much weight! I also took my measurements & I gained 2 inches everywhere! I'm soo disgusted with myself! I have been working out consistently which was good because I'm doing it every week! I'm also starting to drink more water 8 glasses worth everyday now! I hate water but I'm trying! The thing that keeps killing me is late night cravings & once these cravings creep up I just can't stop them & I literally turn into a monster & than hate myself afterwards! I just wanna get to 170 lbs but it just seems like I'm never gonna get there! I feel like no matter how much I try I'm just never gonna win this battle! It feels hopeless, it really does! I need help badly! Please somebody help me I need some advice please! I don't want to be heavy & fat anymore! Please I'm desperate! :'(

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