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LIFEISGOOD0723 SparkPoints: (9,917)
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8/13/13 11:55 A

Thank you for your responses - you all are so right on - I have been so focused on trying to eat healthier that I forgot to allow myself a treat every now and then. This is a new way of life for me. I am allowed to have treats. That took so much pressure off of me. I was afraid to bring ice cream into the house because I was afraid I would eat it all - I had a sweet treat when I got home and then I had one after lunch and now I feel like I don't need to binge and I saw that I could still eat healthy and not go out of my calorie range - and even if I did I could exercise. Thank you! I was almost on my way to dunkin donuts to get their little mini donuts - I am so glad I didn't - this is MUCH better for me - and a healthier way of thinking. I like being able to treat myself. It gives me more motivation to eat better. emoticon Have a good day!

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8/12/13 2:43 P

ARCHIMEDESII you talk perfect sense.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (139,255)
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8/12/13 2:23 P

LIFEISGOOD0723,

Welcome to Spark People ! I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

If you recently went cold turkey on treats, it's not a wonder you're craving them. No one ever became a healthy eater overnight. it's impossible. that's why Spark People encourages its members to start with simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated.

I can't imagine living a life where I wasn't allowed to eat something because I was worried I'd gain weight. that's not healthy. There are going to be days you eat more than others. It happens. You can't beat yourself up every time you overeat or you'll end up miserable. I can't emphasize enough that change really does take time.

Binge eating is a complex disorder with no easy solution. With time, the binges will decrease, but you really do have to be patient. It really does take time to change habits.



2_NEW_HORIZONS Posts: 3,909
8/12/13 1:30 P

I would say never deprive yourself of anything - it just makes it more desirable. Have a little of what you fancy and account for it in your daily calorie range.
This isnt a diet. Unless you plan never to eat sweets again, learn how to control what you do have.
Better to have a small amount than to get to a place where you eat lots in an out of control manner.
Good luck x

LIFEISGOOD0723 SparkPoints: (9,917)
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8/12/13 1:24 P

I just started on this board about a week ago - I am just finding my way around - I have been wanting to binge on sweets for the past 3 days - I am about ready to break. I have tried exercising, eating more protein/fiber, drinking crap tons of water - and nothing seems to help. My calorie intake is right on target too. I am trying to stay busy - but unfortunately its getting the best of me today - I cant just eat a little of a sweet - I have to eat the whole box - I have done so well with eating fruits/veggies - or bringing my food into work or whatever - but my stress level is high this week because I have realized my divorce anniversary is coming up and its really triggering me - because all this weight I am trying to lose for me was gained while I was in nursing school/going through a divorce. I do see my therapist later this week - but for now I am just trying to hold on. Thanks for the support.

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