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Once Upon a Binge

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I binged yesterday. Horribly AND ironically binged, since I was reading Shape magazine and watching a DVR'd episode of The Biggest Loser at the time. :/

Back up about 5 hours earlier in the day, when a craving for salty carbs hit hard. I tried to distract myself, I tried the internal dialogue that reminded myself that eating junk food was not a step toward my goals, and that I wasn't really hungry I was probably just a little stressed, etc., etc....but this time the craving was just a little too strong, I was just a little too weak-willed, and I gave in.

I continued the rest of the day alright, cutting out any further snacks and eating a small protein-only dinner. I even worked out.

The problem was, when I was finished working out, I was pretty famished. I knew if I continued about my evening, had a big glass of water, took a shower, went to bed - I'd forget all about the hunger. But instead I started my DVR and had some popcorn instead. The popcorn lead to a "dessert" of sorts, in the form of waaaaay to many leftover cookies from the pantry as I flipped through the magazine.

Was it that feeling in the back of your mind you get when you already "ruined" a day that lets you talk yourself into further poor choices? Was it the distracted eating? Did I not eat enough carbs earlier in the day? Should I have had a slightly larger meal at dinner? I think it's a combination of all of the above. But really, deep inside I think I've come to the realization that grains, especially processed salty ones eaten without any protein, are a HUGE trigger for me. I'm not sure there is a place for them in my 80/20 balance.

All in all, I choose to look at this binge as a positive. I had a setback, but every step of the way, I was at least aware of my choices and the implications they'd have. I tried inner dialogue first. I am examining the root causes. I'm thinking that certain snack foods need the heave-ho. That at least is an improvement.

Now if I can just get to this point BEFORE I stuff 175 (not literally, but it sure felt like it after!) butter cookies in my face, that would be a real victory! One step at a time, right?
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LISAN0415 1/10/2013 6:27PM

    I try never to go hungry, to prevent binges, I try to eat about every 3 hours, foods like light yogurt, carrot sticks, cucumber slices low fat string cheese, sugar free jello or sugar free pudding, soups, apple slices, 1/2 ounce of almonds...

Then to overcome a binge, for the next 3 days, eat on the low end of your calorie range, up your veggie counts and drink 10 glasses of water.

Best wishes!
Lisa

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GOPINTOS 1/10/2013 6:21PM

    You will get there. For me, I started with cutting out all the processed junk carbs. That really helped me get a grip on my cravings.

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LOTUSBURGER 1/10/2013 1:27PM

    stick with it!

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CC3833 1/9/2013 10:53AM

    It's not so bad. You did realize that you need to change something. This whole journey is a learing experience. Learn from it and move forward. You got this!!

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SASKGIRL81 1/9/2013 9:47AM

    Defnitely one step at a time and good for you for not punishing yourself emotionally or for sitting in a shame spiral full of " man I suck" etc etc. I see it too often and it really bugs me when people choose to put themselves through emotional heII instead of just accepting they made a bad choice and learning from it and moving on.. You rock! emoticon

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OMMAMA7 1/9/2013 9:47AM

    Yep! Baby steps! You did great!

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BRERRABBIT1 1/9/2013 9:46AM

    AMYD726,
:) RIGHT!
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