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Thursday, December 06, 2012

So, I stopped tracking about 2 weeks ago.
Eating goes very well, except the evenings.

There was nothing wrong with my mood, so the last few evenings I told myself I'm fine, and avoided thinking about my binge worksheet. My score surely wouldn't have been high.
Avoided checking my dinner menu or planning dinner, instead I ate whatever came to my mind.
Eended up eating mindlessly every evening, not much, about 2-300 calories over.
The bright side is that it didn't feel guilty nor bloated.
The bad thing is that my weight went from the lower to the high end of my goal range (62 +-1 kg). I certainly don't want to gain more...

So today I came home determined.
Reviewed my binge worksheet.
I had 9 triggers on it: tired, bored, feeling empty, cold, stressed, alone, leftover pizza/toast, fresh bread, too many calories left.
Now I added one more: eating mindlessly or binging the previous night. That's a risk factor too.

Today I scored 3: tired, cold, and ate mindlessly last night.
Not much, but enough to be cautious, so I picked a nice dinner option (grilled cheese with steamed cauliflowers and rye bread) and I can eat an apple later if I'm hungry.
It wasn't that hard, was it?

I just don't feel like paying attention sometimes...

My weight seems to regulate itself after all.
When I'm at the lower end of goal weight, I get overly confident and let myself eat mindlessly in the evening. Then my weight fluctuates back to the middle - that's fine, I keep doing that.
Luckily, just 1 kg above my goal range the fat roll on my belly starts to grow visibly.
That's when I want to take back control over my evening eating.
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    694 days ago
    I know what you mean about the not wanting to pay attention sometimes...
    I can also relate to the feeling confident when doing good and then letting things slip and noticing a gain...

    It's great that you at least recognize what's going with you when you binge... now to change it...
    1926 days ago
    Good job you know what causes you to binge, it is always the first step towards controlling it,
    1927 days ago
    I know what you mean - sometimes we gotta take a break!
    Great job planning your dinner and snack! It does help.
    1927 days ago
    I'm not brave enough to stop tracking in detail, but it's interesting to read how you manage without detailed tracking. Maybe some day I can do that . . . but not right now. I still get surprised too many times at the end of the day by how much I need to eat or how little I'm allowed to eat in the evening.
    1927 days ago
  • RG_DFW
    Wouldn't it be easier to keep going with tracking??
    1927 days ago
    I would love to know more about this binge chart you keep. Would you mind sending me a message about it? I could really use something like that too!

    I know exactly what you mean about regulation. Last year I started out at 138, then over 3 months I dropped to 129. Once I got there I guess I started thinking I could relax even though it wasn't goal weight and now I'm back to 133ish. It is hard to realize that progress does not equal destination!
    1927 days ago
    I know many people feel that losing weight is hard. I disagree. Keeping the weight off is much much harder. We have to find the right balance of food and exercise that helps us to maintain our loss. And that isn't easy. I agree that it is important to have a weight buffer. Mine is plus or minus 5 pounds. I know that seems like a lot, but my weight can fluctuate as much as 5-7 pounds in a week.

    It really is a fine balance. You don't want to deprive yourself, but you know you can't go over board either. At least, it's okay to go overboard once in a while. If it starts happening on a regular basis, then we do have to take a closer look at what's going on in our lives that's disrupting our eating habits.

    1927 days ago
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