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MELJONES3478 SparkPoints: (15,754)
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6/19/13 3:35 P

Thanks for the encouragement and great advice.

COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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6/19/13 3:32 P

First of all, congratulations on your weight loss! That is wonderful. You worked hard for that and you should enjoy that feeling of accomplishment.

I think Archimedes is right- if your food tracker is accurate, you aren't eating enough, and then you become so hungry, and all that sugary, fatty stuff calls your name. Especially if you're working out, 1000 or so calories is just not enough. You're on the right track with the fruits and veggies, just keep adding them more and more. One of my favorite snacks is celery and peanut butter. It's a handful of celery sticks with 2 tbls p-nut butter- I get the protein and the fiber, and it tastes really good! Give it a try.

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6/19/13 2:23 P

MELJONES3478,

I think you're being too hard on yourself. I give all new members and anyone who will listen to me 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.

As the old song goes,"Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for ALL the positive things you do for yourself and don't beat yourself up if you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy. If you were to eat right 5 out of 7 days this week, you'd still be doing better than the average American.

I know you're upset about eating foods that you don't think are healthy, but an appetite surpressant isn't going to solve the problem. What happens when you stop taking the pill ? Don't rely on pills, the side effects will be worse than the cravings.

If you find yourself having cravings, then let's take a closer look at what you've been eating. Are you eating enough ? Perhaps the reason you're feeling so hungry is because you're not eating enough calories to fuel your active day. Did you recently increase the amount of exercise you do ? If so, did you increase the amount you eat ? If not, that would explain the cravings. On days you do intense exercise, make sure you're eating enough so that your body doesn't feel deprived.

Are you under stress at home, work, school or relationship ? I'm a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. if a person can reduce their stress they'd automatically reduce their waistline. So, if you are feeling a bit anxious or tense, try to relax. Find ways to vent your stress that don't involve food.

Mostly, I would take a closer look at your nutrition to see if maybe you're not getting enough calories, high fiber food or even protein. A deficiency in any of the above can cause cravings.


PS - I hope you don't mind, but I did sneak a peak at your food diary. are you logging everything or are there days when you don't log ? Because I noticed some days you only have 500 - 1,000 calories logged. If you have days you're only eating that many calories, then that would explain the cravings for sugary treats.

Also, while you are eating some fruits and veggies, you really do need to eat more. For optimum health, a person should eat 6-9 servings a day. Some days, you've only got 2-3 logged. Try to increase the amount of veggies you eat and that should help you to feel more full. When a person doesn't eat enough healthy food, that does cause them to look for other fuel sources i.e. like candy, cookies, etc.



Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 6/19/2013 (14:41)
MELJONES3478 SparkPoints: (15,754)
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6/19/13 1:44 P

Since the beginning of my journey 10 months ago, I have lost 53 lbs and I am very happy with that number and continue to work toward my goal. I have worked hard to get here. I eat healthy, I workout, But it seems like lately I am eating foods that I KNOW that I should not, I'm not really hungry when I eat but I cant stop myself. I have not cut any particular food out of my diet, I just eat within my calorie range and have a fruit or vegetable with every meal & each snack and I watch my portion size. In the beginning I did not have a problem saying NO to ice cream, swiss cake rolls, nutty bars...etc. At work when co-workers bring in goodies I always pass on it. I do not have a problem declining empty calorie foods at work...but lately at home I can not suppress my appetite for Little Debbie Snacks, or ice cream. As I am going to the kitchen to get it I am telling myself that I dont need it but I do it anyway and then feel guilty about it later. I even think to myself that the calories that I worked off in the gym today were just wiped out by a snack...yet...I do it anyway. I dont know why I am having such a hard time saying no to snacks at home. I continue to eat healthy and work out and I am proud of that. I have bought frozen yogurt to replace the empty calorie snacks---but I will pass it up for the darn snickers that my husband tried to sneak into the house. My family is very good about what they eat in front of me and reminding me that a healthier snack may be a better choice...so I do not want to stop bringing the snacks into the home because I can not curb the urge to eat it. I will continue with my healthy lifestyle but I want to start taking an appetite suppressor so I dont have that craving in the evening.

Edited by: MELJONES3478 at: 6/19/2013 (13:45)
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