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#109 - Update.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Since my last blog, I have been trying very hard not to binge/overeat. I'm happy to say that I have stopped TWO binges before they've happened. The last two days, my boyfriend and I have decided to work out at the gym after work. I get off at 4:30PM, and he gets off around 6PM which leaves about an hour and a half with nothing to do. (A little background: this used to be my time to exercise before my boyfriend decided to go to the gym. Sometimes, I still work out during this time on his rest days.) In the past, when I would not workout, this would be the toughest time for me because for some reason, I wanted to eat. Chips, candy, left overs, etc. Anything that I could get my hands on. I knew that this could be a problem since I had to wait to workout.

Instead of going home and setting myself up for possible failure, I made a plan before I even stepped into the door. Why? Because at work, my mind was already working against me. I kept thinking "Oh! That pasta salad would be yummy! Eat that!" With thoughts like these, I knew that if I went home without a plan, I'd be in trouble.

Before I left work, I made a list of activities I could/needed to do. For example, check the mail, feed my cats, unload the dishwasher, spruce up the house, etc. In addition, I "checked" myself: "Am I really hungry, or do I just want food for pleasure?" Deep down, I knew it was really just for pleasure. However, I did think ahead of time - in the case that I was truly hungry, I could eat an orange and a 100-calorie pack of almonds.

This, my friends, worked. I accomplished my list instead of turning on the TV and chowing down on food I didn't need. In fact, I did not even eat my "approved" snacks! I'm not saying that this will work every time, but I am going to continue to try it. In all reality, this journey is a mental game. When you don't feel like exercising, it's because your mind has determined that you are "too tired" to do any activity. Your body is capable of exercising whether you THINK so or not. Same with eating.

On another note, even though I've done well in regards to binges, I am up to 155 lbs. (I was at 152.8lbs.) Part of this, I know, is because of the not-so-great food choices I've made as well as it is about to be that time of the month. So, I am going to keep working at it.

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    1414 days ago
    I am a huge fan of PLANNING! Good job recognizing danger times and making a plan to combat them! That before-dinner time is tough for me, too ... Which is why for a long time that was my key gym time. Now that I've had to move to a gym much further from the house, I usually go earlier in the day. But taking a walk after work helps most days.
    1434 days ago
    You can do this hang in there be strong...Hugs
    1441 days ago
  • HEARTS116
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    1445 days ago
  • CIPHER1971
    Well done - great plan and awesome carry through
    1445 days ago
    That time of the day is the hardest time I think! They say your blood sugar crashes right around then, so that there's a reason you crave that stuff. :/
    1445 days ago
    Love love love it!!!
    1445 days ago
    To paraphrase Jamie Lee Curtis:

    Keep making good choices!!
    1445 days ago
  • C8TSON
    emoticon I'm so proud of you for making a plan! It seems like you are really listening to YOU instead of the temptations all around you. That is awesome! When you can really self-evaluate, you know you are making good progress. emoticon As for the slight fluctuation in pounds, don't worry so much. As women, we can fluctuate up to 5-10 pounds within just one day! WOW! You are doing great! emoticon emoticon
    1445 days ago
    awesomeeee for avoiding the binges! That's great, Sam! :) It is SO hard to talk myself out of a binge, so I am very impressed you were able to occupy your mind and not give in. Woo hoo!!

    Happy to read an update from you! :) It sucks that the holidays are upon us... That is usually my downfall and I end up gaining all I've lost. If I can lose a little more by December, and then maintain through the holidays, I'd be one happy girl! Let's do this!
    1445 days ago
    You have a great ability to see where you don't do so well or where you have the most temptation and you are able to think ahead and change it! I know those few pounds will drop soon, you're very dedicated!
    1445 days ago
    Awesome job on avoiding 2 binges. Sounds like you have a great plan in place that is working well. Good for you.
    1445 days ago
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