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hey. wuts up.
i'm 21 and a college student. and now i'm on my way to recovery from stress/boredom eating. proud to announce that i'm finally getting a hold on it!
the main thing i learned is, whatever u're worried about, don't let food fix it b/c not all of the cookies in the world are gonna make u feel full on the inside. and if u beat this weight thing now, u'll have one less of a problem to think about

my goal is to become a runway/swimsuit model. my plan is to lose 20 lbs by Aug. so that i could make it to fashion week. wish me luck. and if u need a diet buddy, please don't hesitate. i'm friendly : )

"The Truth About Willpower"

I have often said that I don't believe in will power. In fact, in my first book I referred to it as a "fleeting moment of bravado." But, recently I have had a change of heart.

In my own struggles with will power and impulsivity, I have come to learn that will is a not a myth or a genetic trait you either have or you don't, it's a skill. This means that anyone can develop it at any point! It's like a muscle it can grow stronger or it can become weaker. Ready to learn how to build your willpower instead of breaking it down?

To build will power, you need to change where you think.

That's right—you can literally change the part of the brain that you are using to process information in order to take a long-term view and control your behavior. Your amygdala is the part of your brain that is impulsive. This is the part that grabs the handful of M&Ms off your co-workers desk or dives into the bread rolls on the table. But by stopping and questioning theses choices before you act on them, you literally shift the place where you are processing information—to the frontal lobe. Your frontal lobe is the part of your brain that is associated with will power and self-control.

So, the next time you get the urge to reach your hand into a candy jar, transfer your mental control from the impulsive part of your mind to the logical part.

Here's how: Take a few deep breaths and then ask yourself some complex questions about what you are feeling, what you're about to do, what is triggering those emotions or cravings and whether the action supports your long-term health goal. Don't rush it—carefully contemplating the results of your decisions and actions will allow you to move from that "go" state where you're ready to act on impulse to a "know" state where you are able to make the healthier choice.

Member Since: 4/30/2009

Fitness Minutes: 1,932

My Goals:
1. lose 20 lbs by Aug

2. workout 5 days per week for at least an hour.

3. stop stress eating

My Program:

eat every 3 hours; very lil sugar; lots of fruit; wheat bread is totally allowed

walk at least 5 mi everyday

weight training 3 times per wk

running 4 miles 5 times per week


jump rope for an hour

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1. food politics

2. in defense of food

3. what to eat

4. i can make u thin

5. the beck diet solution

6. shrink yourself; how to stop emotional eating

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    Hey, just wanted to say hi! I love In Defense of Food too!!! hope you're well, have a great weekend!
    3237 days ago
    Thanks for the sweet comment! Your the best!
    I wish you much success as well!
    3239 days ago
    Hey Welcome to Spark People! I too stress eat, and some days are really stressful! I've been trying to use yoga to calm down and remove stress so I don't feel the urge to eat. Good luck with your weight loss! And send me a message if you would like a diet or exercise buddy!
    3240 days ago
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    Thanks so much for the comment and encouragment!
    3240 days ago
    Just stopping by to say hello and welcome to SparkPeople and the Lifestyle Change team. How you live determines your choices and your choices decide how healthy you are. That is why a lifestyle change is important for us to be successful in meeting our goals. This is what our Lifestyle Change team is all about. Please take a moment to introduce yourself and check out our challenges. Looking forward to getting to know you better and getting healthier together.

    We are doing a walk across the states and would love to have you join us. You can check it out in the Challenge Forum and it is never too late to walk with us. The route we are taking is posted on the thread, also. Hope to see you there.

    Co-leader Lifestyle Change Team
    Co-leader Married Life Team
    Co-leader SparkPeople Class Team November 2 - 8, 2008

    3241 days ago
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