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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (135,331)
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5/12/13 6:19 A

When TOM used to affect me, it was usually chocolate binges - and then it was over and done with until the following month. Perhaps some of your bloating is from sodium? Perhaps some was extra fluid hanging around your body because of TOM? Perhaps it was a combination?

Don't worry about the week you have had! It sounds like it was the exception rather than the rule. Just start back on your healthy lifestyle (nutrition) journey. It won't affect the overall result when it is once in a while!

Kris

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5/12/13 5:13 A

Its so much easier to give advice then to follow it.
Now take a step back for a moment. You've been doing SOOO good from the way it sounds. Often, after being really healthy for a period of time, slipping just a little can feel like an unbearable problem, but really all you did was indulge a tiny bit. Don't let this tumble make you fall off the wagon completely. Tomorrow do your regular workout routine and count your calories. You'll be fine :) One day at a time.

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5/12/13 5:10 A

CAT20091,

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.

One over indulgent meal or even one week's worth of overeating WILL NOT make or break your healthy lifestyle. You have to stop beating yourself up every time you overeat. That's just not healthy. It's not easy to create a healthy relationship with food, but you have to learn to accept that there are going to be days you eat more than others. And that doesn't make you a bad person or an unhealthy person.

PMS symptoms don't help. I understand how hormone fluctuations can send our moods in a tailspin. So, one thing you have to do is to find better ways to reduce your stress. I'm a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. If a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline. The next time you feel stressed out and want to turn to food, take a walk. Walking is not only great cardiovascular exercise, it's a great way to reduce stress too. Take another yoga class. Sip a cup of tea. Listen to relaxing music.

There are better ways to vent your stress. If you can learn to manage your stress, you really will find that you're less likely to turn to food for comfort.

Mostly, you really do have to stop beating yourself up. the negative talk isn't healthy. 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 because you're not perfect. you don't have to be perfect to be healthy.


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5/12/13 12:58 A

My poor body just doesn't know what's going on. On Monday I was feeling sick, so I took a day off from exercising, Tuesday I went to my power yoga class, and Wednesday and Thursday I did my normal workouts. The last couple of days I haven't made it to the gym, but I've been active enough.

But I've binged eaten for a few of those days...and today my period came a week and a half early...so I can hopefully attribute some of the intense carb-cravings to PMS, but I still feel gross and bloated and just...gross. And the stupid PMS mood swings don't help. It's not that I've been sitting on my couch with a gallon of icecream...it's mostly good-for-you stuff like veggies and dip (with the exception of the ONE cupcake and ONE piece of pizza I had today), but I've just been eating A LOT, so I feel HUGE by the end of the day.

And all along I've been saying, "you had a bad day, don't let it turn into a bad week," but it did...so, what do you do to get back on track after falling off the wagon a bit? I know to just start doing it again - I know that. But I'm also frustrated because a month ago I was looking and feeling great...and now I'm just scared to get on the scale or pull out the measuring tape. So I need more than just "get back into it,"

Sorry to vent. I need an attitude check, because it's not about being skinny...but that's where my head's at right now. I'd appreciate your suggestions though :)

Thanks! :)

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