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2nd round of 21 binge free days

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I'm really excited about managing the first 21. I know I'm not out of the woods yet as I can see how easy it is to go from overeating at one meal to throwing in the towel.

I'm trying to think of healthy treats to make one minute and the next minute I'm eating way too much...

Planning to make granola tomorrow and see if having about a 1/3 of a cup at breakfast helps satisfy the cravings.

I'm also staying away from carbs at night...

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MORERED 4/18/2012 3:42PM

    Congrats for managing thru your first 21 days of binge free! That is huge!! Onto round 2!!!

I know people say it takes 3 weeks to break a habit, but I find it takes longer (and it's all for naught when life throws in a wrench). Just keep practising, experimenting and you'll see progress. I think a big part is inserting thought before eating something. Once you insert thought and really think about why are wanting food before you eat it, it might bring you some additional insight to work with.

Good luck and know you have cheerleaders here on SP!!

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I did it I got through 21 days binge free

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I am so pleased I did it. It means it can be done. No I didn't eat only healthy food for all the 21 days but I did do that for most of the days! I'm so pleased.

I am starting the next 21 days from tomorrow. I think it will be so much more difficult to try and remember the number of days once I get into 20s. Not that I have had that in the recent past.

I was tempted to binge several times. Thanks for the support about emotional eating. It's a learning curve and I guess I still have a lot to learn.

I must admit that I enjoy the foods I eat much more when I'm just eating as opposed to binging.

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LYNMEINDERS 4/14/2012 11:00PM

    Well done....
I am embarking on my day 1 tomorrow.....
Great to be encouraged before I start...thankyou ....

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NDTEACHER1 4/14/2012 7:47PM

    Way to go! I understand that temptation to throw in the towel when you've messed up but it's no fun to go backwards and stay there. It's a matter or staying the course! Good luck!

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IGOSSELS 4/14/2012 6:49PM

    Thanks so much guys.

I think when I woke up this morning I thought oh well I screwed up last night and today I will continue making wrong choices...but once I was in the kitchen I said to myself. Nope, im going to eat what makes me feel good.

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MORERED 4/14/2012 6:07PM

    Fantastic news!!!! If you've done it once, you can certainly do it again!! Every time you are tempted to binge, remember how it feels right now...how good it feels and how long the good feeling is lasting (vs. the momentary pleasure of the binge which always turns sour so fast!!). And if you have a step back, acknowledge you are human and move on...right back on track.

Keep up the work!!!

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CHEROKEE1946 4/14/2012 4:50PM

    Great Job.

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Day 17 of second attempt at 21 binge free days

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It is still really hard for me to get my head round the fact that most people don't have issues with food. They don't think about it all the time and they don't make emotional decisions about eating or not eating.

I still didn't get back my energy but I do feel that when I exercise I can do harder core exercises and last longer. Got to check how my 5k training is effected.

I don't think I could do this on my own. Having teams on sparkpeople in which most people are in the same boat at different times. It helps to be aware of my triggers..

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OOLALA53 4/11/2012 7:03PM

    I may have said something on one of the threads about binge eaters being in the minority. However, I think emotional eaters are in the majority. Even if they eat just for the pleasure of overeating, that's a kind of emotional attachment. If life were sweet enough in the moment, why would they need the extra pleasure of food?

I think a lot of people who don't necessarily binge are still obsessed with food and usually coincidentally make harsh judgments about their bodies. If not super harsh, they're still always thinking there is something that should be different. It's easier to see it in others. It's a symptom of that that most people would think, well, of course there is something I'd want to change!

Psycholgists in the US consider it a mark of female psycholgy to be critical of one's own body. It is the norm! This is not to say it is healthy, just that it's the average opinion. And that often leads to the food craziness. It's a vicious circle.

I'd call it group psychosis.

Besides, people can have all kinds of neuroses that have nothing to do with food. If food is your worst one, you're way ahead of the game! Really!

It's actually a mark of this kind of "obsession" that the person blocks out the totality of their being. That's an obsession is. It is NOT a measure of character nor is it a moral issue. It's just usually a very ingrained brain pattern, otherwise known as a HABIT, reinforced by our food- and beauty-obsessed culture. That's why we need to keep reminding each other that we are each SO MUCH MORE than this "problem."

I get that you are a rich, full human being --and I am not just saying that--who, like most of us, are realizing what else we could be paying attention to with either more satisfaction (pursuits, relationships, fun) or more compassion (ongoing everyday problems of normal life). We're in this together. And we're getting out together. emoticon

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LOSEN4SIZES 4/10/2012 10:54AM

    Don't beat yourself up too hard worrying that most people don't have issues with food. I was stuck for a long time thinking the same thing. Then I redirected my thoughts & focused on what I can change I lost 7lbs. This journey's not over yet & your not alone emoticon

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Day 5 of second round of 21 binge free days

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Went to gym with hubby to continue with week 1 of 5k my way. He is so competitive we had a good laugh about it and I let him win ;-). We did 4k in 40 minutes.

Had good meals all week. I plan to low-carb for a couple of weeks and then bring food back in slowly to avoid a binge. Enjoying my fatty cheeses and cream.

Got to get to bed. It's 00:24 here and the clocks move forward tonight so I'm losing an hour anyway.


Two steps back one step forward

Friday, March 23, 2012

I am finding it so hard to make the move towards eating the right amount of food. I'm off grains again as they really don't agree with me. It's just that I'm eating too much.

On the positive side did my 2nd couch to 5k (8 week rookie running program) training today. I'm up to 4.5 kilometers which is more than the run I'm participating in on May 3rd. Told hubby he is not going to be left behind as I don't want to do the 10K next March on my own. I want him to do it with me and he has plenty of time to train for it.

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IGOSSELS 3/29/2012 6:20PM

    OK I really didn't think anyone would comment. I appreciate all comments. I'm a true believer in dialog ;-).

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    I just wrote about this!, about "eating the right amount of food" on the No S Chat thread. Try No S again. It really works. You can combine Paleo / gluten sensitive etc., with the No S.

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JUDYPOPPINS 3/23/2012 11:28AM

    emoticon on your 5K training!! You're on your way to those 10Ks!
Portion control is pretty difficult for most of us. I know my body is happy when I eat controlled portions and also happy when portions are too big (or too often). It's actually me who isn't happy with the controlled portions so it's a constant battle. Intellectually I know the difference between true hunger and just wanting to eat, but I'll still tell myself..."I'm hungry".

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