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Compulsive Eating

Friday, January 04, 2013

I am a compulsive eater. There. I said it. I have been compulsively eating all of my life. I will make a nice, healthy meal, eat it, and then two minutes later follow it with a bowl of cereal, or a sandwich, or some soup, or all three! I can usually go maybe at the most a week without compulsively eating but then something in me will get an urge for something sweet, even if I just ate. So I'll have a small bowl of cereal or a pb&j. Problem is, after that, I'll crave something salty. So after the sugar I'll have some chicken or a ham and cheese sandwich. And sometimes, I just can't stop there. I have to keep going, keep eating everything I see until my stomach hurts.
I recently read a post on Sparkpeople that discussed the difference between emotional eating and compulsive eating. After admitting to myself that I am a compulsive eater, I was able to identify when I was doing it and try to stop. Key word: TRY. It isn't easy. When I catch myself craving food after I just ate I'll try to distract myself with something else or convince myself that I don't need it. It never works! I'll end up eating anyways. And worst is now that I know, I'll be counting the calories in everything I shove down my throat, but I still can't stop. When I finish, I feel sick because knowing all of the extra calories I consumed in twenty minutes after spending a whole day eating healthy and exercising makes me feel both guilty and literally sick. I don't know what to do!
I've started filling my days with a lot of busy work to keep my mind off of the food. Hopefully this works because other wise, I'm out of options.

  
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MEETSADMAMA 1/4/2013 5:24PM

    I used to have a very similar problem. I found it was always the worst the week before my period. I felt ravenous and nothing seemed to fill me up. I'd just eat and eat and eat and then I'd feel horrible after I realized how much I had eaten but for me I was still hungry - it just wouldn't go away!!!

I found out later that I was lacking in the balance of my food in the first place, which in turn was throwing my vitamins and other nutrients way out of whack which is why my body would go crazy and want insane amounts of food. During the times that aren't so bad, make sure you're getting enough fibre and protein. Easiest way to get fibre without going crazy on carbs and calories is to eat a lot of veggies, plus they're packed full of the vitamins and nutrients we need to keep our bodies in line. I found that when I focused on this when I wasn't eating like a madman I was able to have more control on the days that I felt the urge to eat all day.

Another thing I was able to incorporate after I got the urges more under control, was that I would have a lil something when the need strikes - something that I feel like I want or the craving won't go away, but in a smaller than normal portion. Then I would still be hungry but I would have some water which cleans out the lil bits in your mouth that you can taste in hopes of taking your mind off it. Then I would wait a half hour and see if I was still hungry. Most cases yes, but that was a half hour of food not being shoved into my mouth. Then I would find something different (obviously the 1st food wasn't going to satisfy me so time to grab something new) and do the same thing - have a smaller than normal portion and then some water and then wait another half hour. I cut my consumed calories almost in half on those days. I would still be over my intake most days and the cravings were still almost as long as they were beforehand but just cutting back that half hour all the time and having a smaller portion was the key for me to get closer to that range I was aiming for.

After my body got used to the change when I would crave food all day, it became easier to eat less in a day and sometimes I could forget about it and I'd go for at least an hour before I'd eat again. Plus I started wanting healthier foods some of the time too!!!

If you think it might help - try doing something along the same thing. Not everything works for everyone but once you start trying to adapt your old habits you learn your own way to do things =] You'll figure something out and you'll make it!!

Just remember - it's not about being perfect, it's about being better than yesterday

Good luck!!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/4/2013 10:14AM

    Hello, My name is Michelle and I'm a compulsive overeater too!!!

Welcome!!

You might look into Team IOWL (Inside Out Weight Loss)

It is based on Renee Stephens podcasts and book (Full Filled) which digs into the deeper issues of why we can't lose and keep off weight...because seriously, we all KNOW how to lose weight, right??

So what is stopping us??

It goes deeper and it takes more time than all the quick weight loss schemes out there, but I think it is working for me. I lost 25lbs last year, gained back about 6 over the holidays and I'm ready to repeat my success again this year!! (Yes I call it a success!!)

I figure two more years of this, and I will love my scale as much I love myself right now!!!!


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Wait-Water Weight?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

So I had my first weigh-in on Sunday and it did not go well. I gained 5 pounds! I was very upset because I had been doing so good all week! I measured my foods, I exercised regularly, and I drank only water. So much so, that my favorite place became the bathroom. At the latest I assumed my weight was going to stay the same, not increase. So I started researching water retention on the Sparkpeople site, and let me tell you, I was not happy with my findings. As it turns out, my weight can increase then stay the same for 4-6 weeks! My, that's crazy. But then again, next week is a new week and tomorrow is a new weigh-in so I have high hopes for that.
The funny thing is, I was going to wait until after tomorrow to write my blog. I was not happy with the weight gain and was hoping that next week I'd have better news, But then I realized, if I stopped my weekly blogs every time I gained weight or eat something I wasn't proud of, then I would never blog! And I don't want that, I want to be completely honest with my goals and with myself. So, here I am :) Anyways, I hope tomorrow is a better week and even if it is not, I will still be here next week. Okay, wish me luck!

  
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PATTYJO22 12/29/2012 10:21AM

    Thanks for the motivating post.

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All I Ever Wanted Was The World

Friday, December 21, 2012

So this is my first blog and as part as my personal goals I plan on doing one a week. Most likely than not, no one will be reading these but it's nice to think that I have an endless amount of readers following my blog. I haven't decided what exactly my blog is going to be about...maybe simply a free write of my feelings? I don't know. Anyway, today was a great day. I started it off with a motivational song, Primadonna by Marina and the Diamonds, and it just set the mood for the rest of my day. From there, I created a motivational playlist on my Ipod and that gave me a burst of energy. I ate a light breakfast, barely touching the 300 calorie mark, then I did thirty minutes on the treadmill. Watched my favorite show and had a great light soup for lunch. I am in a very good mood and even though it is only 12:30 in the afternoon and it is raining really hard out, I feel like it is going to be a great day. I owe it all to Marina and The Diamonds for the very upbeat, energizing song. Speaking of which, the title of this blog is part of the lyrics of Primadonna. Okay so summary of this blog and my tip for my hundreds of thousands of readers, start of the day with an energizing song. I know Sparkpeople tips tell us that all the time, but they do it for a reason: it works!

  
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JITTERBUGJOY 12/21/2012 9:58PM

    Write whatever comes out! That's what I do! Who cares if someone else doesn't like it, they don't have to read it! It's your blog!!

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_JULEE_ 12/21/2012 5:03PM

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MANDYVANHOOK 12/21/2012 3:02PM

    Congrats on your first blog and a happy day!

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SUSANELAINE1956 12/21/2012 12:58PM

    Great start at blogging. I am going to start writing my own. I want to start on January 1, with my goals set out and a brief plan to get there. Thanks for the music suggestion. I think I will add it to my day. If I can get the type of energy boost you are describing, I will be thrilled. emoticon

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