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I'm Learning...

Sunday, January 06, 2013

I had an "aha!" moment this week. I actually stopped myself in the middle of a binge before it got out of hand.

I was alone in the house and bored, and I got hungry. I went into the kitchen and started grazing... then I realized I was eating too much and starting to binge. I was trying to talk myself out of eating more, but when I continued to eat, I started feeling guilty, and that made me want to just give up, give in, and keep eating until I was stuffed. I told myself that I could "just start over tomorrow" after I was finished eating everything in the house.

For some reason, I paused, and thought "It is only Jan 3, I haven't tried very hard, and I can't just keep doing this to myself over and over. This stops now."

At that point I decided to get on SparkPeople and entered what I had eaten in my food tracker to asses the damage. I really hadn't eaten all that much. If later i ate a small dinner, I would still be within my calorie goal range. By dinner time, I wasn't even hungry and I had a mug of warm milk and at the end of the day, I was actually a little under my calorie goal.

So I learned a few things:

1. If I am hungry, eat a small meal. Sit down and eat, don't eat at the fridge, and don't feel guilty.

2. If I am alone, hungry and bored...that is my "Danger Zone" and I am likely to binge. Keep busy and don't get too hungry.

3. It's never too late to pause and take inventory during a binge.

4. If I'm not hungry at dinnertime, it's OK to skip dinner.

So I turned a potential binge around! Wow! I am proud of myself!

  
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IMREITE 1/7/2013 1:02AM

    good job at stopping the binge. i tend to mindlessly eat a lot, but i have been starting to stop eating if i am not actually hungry.

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Day 2: Doing it differently.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Well it's day 2 and I'm off and running so to speak. My motivation is high and I know I can do this!

I am going to come at my weight loss problem a little differently. I want to stick with it for the rest of my life. So the goal isn't necessarily how many pounds I'll lose but how LONG I have been on track, eating less, and exercising every day. The pounds will come off. Each day is a drop of water that will eventually be an ocean!

I started walking again, and I feel great about it. I quit my gym membership since I wasn't going and the $$ was going down the toilet. I know that I don't need a gym to lose weight, I can walk and do exercise videos at home for free and not waste time and gas driving there and finding a place to park. I need to make exercise something that's easy to fit in my life, not another hassle.

  
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FLY0NTHEWAL1 1/4/2013 1:56AM

    My motivation is high also. I've been plagued with bad habits that keep coming back, but my resolve is stronger than they are.
Keep your eye on the prize!

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First week back, Success!

Monday, December 03, 2012

I had a great week, I lost 4 lbs and I am feeling a little better overall. Yey!

I have been really working on paying attention to my body's hunger and fullness cues and how fast I eat. I am used to eating way too fast. I caught myself shoveling another bite in my pie hole before I had swallowed the previous one. Yikes! It's not a contest! No wonder I often feel stuffed after a meal. I am trying to slow wa-a-ay down, taking a sip of water or tea between mouthfuls, and taking mini breaks during eating by putting down the fork and taking a breath, and of course swallowing before I refill.

This week my goal is to walk at least one mile a day, track all of my food, and to continue the slow, mindful eating.

I saw a great mini series on Youtube about obesity and sugar, called "The Skinny on Obesity" I recommend it. Here is a link:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0zD1gj0pXk


  
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DATABLUE 12/4/2012 1:25PM

    LOL, your picture made me snort water out my nose! I just finished my first week, too. I'm glad to see you're doing well. I'm going to try to walk a mile a day also, so I'll pop in and ask you how you're doing!

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Starting over again

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Well here I am, back again. I have gained (back) 50 lbs in the past year and a half. I feel frustrated, ashamed and angry at myself. I am 9 lbs. shy of my all time heaviest. I can barely tie my shoes, my clothes don't fit, I get winded very easily, I have heartburn, feel tired all of the time, and my blood pressure is up again. I am miserable.

It's time to stand up, brush myself off, and solve this weight problem once and for all. This time I am gong to try to come at this a little differently. I'm trying to learn from my mistakes so I don't repeat them again. I know how to lose weight, it's the sticking with it and maintaining the loss that trips me up. So I'm listing the things that did and didn't work on my last attempt and failure.

What worked:

Keeping it simple
Allowing all foods in moderation
Portion control
Counting calories
Exercising a lot
Seeing other's success stories
Eating more vegetables, less starch

What Didn't Work

hating myself for being fat and wanting to eat
beating myself up because I was still fat despite losing weight
being impatient with myself and the whole process
being too strict
obsessing about food
reading diet books
setting my goal weight too low

Writing this down makes me realize that the impatience was probably the worst problem. I would get frustrated that I wasn't at my goal weight faster, then try to be be overly strict, and then rebound and start bingeing. Then after a while, I just gave up.

So I need to work on accepting myself with all of my flaws, and be patient with weight loss. If I stick with it long enough, I will make it happen.

I'm back!

  
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CAT-IN-CJ 11/29/2012 1:39PM

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Congrats on making a wise decision towards good health!
SparkPeople is the place to be if you are serious about getting fit & healthy.

There are so many resources just waiting for you to discover them at SparkPeople. I encourage you to take advantage of them. It may be a bit overwhelming at first, but make your health your first priority and you will be delighted at how easy it is to succeed. Especially with SparkCoach, and the nutrition and fitness trackers.

I've been with SparkPeople for about 2 months now and I've already lost 15 pounds and I feel better than I have in years. I can move again and I'm wearing stuff that's been stuffed in my closet for years!!!

I invite you to read my last couple of blogs about my journey.

I know for certain that if I can do it -- YOU CAN DO IT!

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PEPPYPATTI 11/28/2012 3:58PM

    Yes acceptance of ourselves, as we are now, is very important! You have written down what it will take to succeed so I have no doubt you will this time!
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LIIFEIISABEACH 11/28/2012 3:36PM

    You can do it ! Be proud of yourself for jumping back on the horse ! It's not an easy task to completely change your eating habbits. They're habbits you've had all of your life. Good luck !!! emoticon

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ALLCOUNTRY75 11/28/2012 3:31PM

    although i am sure it is frustrating to have gained weight back, at least you are wanting and seeing a reason to get it back off, one thing i have learned through this process is i can't diet, because a diet never works in the long run, you have to change your style of eating to something you can stick with, not to say you can't have other things in moderation but a life style change is what people that are predestined to be over weight need to do in a way that fit's their life, mine has been to add a lot of green veggies and smaller amounts of fruit, i finally realized that eating all the green stuff makes me stop craving the sweet stuff and also i don't get hungry like i did before....so good luck and i wish you the best on your journey, always remember it is one step at a time, and the weight didn't come on over night so you can't expect it to come off over night either...

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