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Ideas Folks, I need Ideas...HELP

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I was doing sooo great yesterday. The day started out really awesome, but ended the same as it has since the hubby left with me binging. I have realized why though. It has to be emotional. I really never thought I was an emotional eater, but I guess I am. I just can't seem to stay focused.

My water intake has suffered also. I start out great, but I seem to slack off as the day progresses, forgetting to drink my glasses of water. The problem is that when I do drink the water, I am up every 2 hours during the night and then it is hard for me getting back to sleep. Every noise in the house seems to be so much louder during the night which just freaks me out. Hopefully, this will pass soon. as I get used to the hubby being gone.

I am exercising fine, eating great during the day, but at night, I am just starving. I have tried fillilng up on water, or brushing my teeth, or chewing gum, but nothing, and I mean nothing works. My stomach even growls telling me, or should I say shouting at me "FEED ME, FEED ME," so of course I cave in. I eat anything and everything in sight to just make the growling stop and then when it is all over, I feel sick. It's a vicious circle. HELP ME STOP, PLEASE. I have worked sooo hard in losing the weight that I have, I really don't want to be back where I started. I really, really need to stop. The willpower seems to have got up and left, I want it back. If I can quit smoking and still stay off the cigarettes for 1 year and lose 35 lbs. you would think I could continue, but I really need help. My hubby was always there to encourage me to stick with it, but he isn't now, and I need someone, or anyone to tell me to STOP and put it down. Does anyone out there have anymore ideas to curb this. They are not exactly cravings, I will eat anything I can get my hands on, even salad. Now everyone will say well that isn't bad, salad, but eating too much of even salad will result in weight gain and I sure as heck don't want that. Ideas, folks, I need ideas, NOW.
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    Well, I have the same problem and can't drink much at night. You know that it doesn't have to be all water for your fluid intake. I bought some flavoured water and sip it. It seemed to take the edge off. For snacking, I take only 1 or 2 potato chips if I have to have them and eat them really slowly. I just joined Weight Watchers and I save 2 points for evening which allows me a yogurt or fruit. I can also use some of the 35 points that they give you extra a week so I don't feel deprived.
    2867 days ago
    I would suggest drinking the water earlier in the day so you aren't up all night going to the bathroom. Would turning the radio on low at night help with the noises until you get use to hubby being gone? Make sure you are eating enough food for the amount of exercise you are doing. Perhaps it needs to be adjusted. I would find some activities that you can do in the evenings to distract yourself when you are hungry. Do you have hobbies? I like to walk or listen to music. Hope this helps.
    2868 days ago
    Lately, when I've been feeling the need to eat in the evening, I've been finding something else to do - computer, tidy, walk, scrapbook, call a friend, etc....
    2868 days ago
    Here is a thought that just came to me. If you can afford it, go to a massage therapist. That can really relax you.
    2869 days ago
    I "front-load" my water intake - I can drink 2 12 oz glasses easily with meals (so that's 3 - 8 oz right there each meal). I try to cut off fluid intake about 2 - 3 hours before bedtime, so I can pee just before I lie down and (hopefully) sleep thru.

    Munchy crunchy veggies help me when I'm binging, craving, whatever it is that makes the food appear in my hand when I'm not looking. You can eat a butt-load (pardon the pun) of veggies & salads while you're wrestling with the demon cravings. Much better than when I find the cracker stash I put away in case I got sick & could only hold down soup and crackers. Or the emergency cookie stash in the back of the freezer ... sigh.

    You're getting your proteins and meeting all the minimum intakes, right? Trying to cut too low will get the tummy rumbling. Maybe you should save some intake for the evening.

    Good luck, hang tight, and emoticon Walk away from the junk!
    2869 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/17/2010 7:59:41 AM
    Hi. Take a deep breath. Don't kick yourself down, it all happens. About the drinking water, I usually buy those bottles that contain 4 servings and I'll fill up two of them a day and have it by my side all the time. When I look at it, I take another drink. I usually get my 8 glasses in. Try drinking water only in the morning and early to mid-afternnon that might help with the bathroom thing. I wish you the best today. You might want to join a support group too since you sound really stressed out. If you drink pop, I'd cut that out. I'll be praying for you.
    2869 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/17/2010 7:57:54 AM
    Okay, so I have about three suggestions I hope they help.

    1. Get a large container of water and sit in front of you during the day so that you can't forget to drink it.

    2. Try eating a filling food in the evening along with a glass of water so your stomach won't growl.

    3. You have to find something to do to kill the down time when you eat out of habit instead of hunger. Post on Spark. Read a book. Something that you enjoy that will allow your focus to go somewhere other than food.

    Hope this helps! Good luck!
    2869 days ago
    Some ideas are to put quotes up around the house or even on the fridge that will help motivate you. Put a penny ( or any demonination) in a jar if you don't gove into something and use the money to get yourself something...just a couple of ideas for you! Hope that you have a good weekend!
    2869 days ago
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    I keep a bag of prepared radishes, celery, carrots (all cut to snack size) in the refrigerator and when that urge hits, I get it out and eat until I'm full. Sometimes I add cauliflower, too. Very few calories and good for you!
    2869 days ago
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