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Sunday, March 10, 2013

I'm demoralized. I know I'm exercising well. I also know that I eat well 2/3 of the day. This week, though, I've come home at night and I've eaten over 1,000 calories each night. And I just can't seem to stop myself. Sometimes, I'm not even hungry.

This mindless eating destroys all the rest of my hard work. Yet I can't seem to stop it. It's frustrating and demoralizing.

I've searched through the community blogs and support and tips and can't find any help. So then I turned to Google. And I found my way to Overeaters Anonymous. There is actually a meeting near my house on Sunday mornings. So, next Sunday, I think I'll find my way there.

In the meantime, I did nothing today. I didn't have the animo to track food or exercise. The time change adversely affected me too. I've been running an hour late all day.

I'm not giving up. I feel like there's no going back. Giving up just means gaining more and more and more weight. And that's not the right thing. So I just have to find a way to eat better.
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    (((Hugs))) Glad to hear you're not giving up! Keep us posted on how OA goes, and if you think it'll work for you.

    ANGIE_MAC7 had a good idea about revamping what you have at home, and she gave some good ideas. I've also enjoyed Spoon Sized Shredded Wheat, which has lots of fiber and protein. I throw some into a ziplock, add cinnamon and shake it up, and it makes a nice, crunchy snack.
    1808 days ago
    I completely understand. Last week I had several nights of snacking and a couple weeks before I had a binge eatting episode. Trust me I know what you are goind through. My only saving grace is that I love to exercise so I have not been gaining. I burned over 4000 calories last week in exercise but only managed to lose a 1/2 pound because of my eating habits. I feel so guilty after an episode it give me the motivation to try and make up for it by working out harder.

    I will tell you what I have done before is busy myself at night so I don't think about snacking. If I keep myself extremely busy I don't think about stopping to eat. It is those minutes when I am watching tv or playing on the computer that I want to munch. I suggest doing some house cleaning or spring organization or something.

    Good Luck! I have also though about going to a meeting as well but always talk myself out saying I can stop.
    1809 days ago
    Hang in there! You've got the right attitude, you're not just giving it to it, you're ready to fight for what you want! You can do it!

    Don't beat yourself up when you falter though, try to look at each new day as a new start, a new chance to do it right! Forget about yesterday (aside from learning and improving), and make a decision to get it right today!

    And I know carrots don't taste as good as chocolate, but maybe if you have some healthy alternatives lined up (veggies & hummus, or some fresh fruit salad, or whatever you really like), then maybe you'll be able to satisfy yourself with that.

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    1809 days ago
  • AHSOKA70
    It is a great thing that you are doing by not giving up. The OA meetings might be just what you need to help keep your focus.
    I haven't maintained weight loss before because I would binge when I'd get home from work and/or in the evenings before bedtime. It does seem like this process is like "2-steps forward and 1-step back". What matters is that we are moving forward. I'd say to spend time on here when those urges to eat get strong - comment on blogs, read articles, or whatever keeps you busy. emoticon
    1809 days ago
    Today has been a bizarre one for me, too. I purposefully let myself eat exactly what I wanted and paid great attention to just how I was feeling...I was never hungry...start to finnish...and when I got through I just felt lethargic and not like getting all the stuff I had to do, done...did that anyway and made a strong mental note that I would have felt a lot better with much less and preferably some fruit or vegetables...
    1809 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    Three days ago, I just made it a goal to stop eating at night. I knew it was destroying my work. I also knew I wasn't working out enough. Most days I wasn't doing anything. Realizing of course doesn't solve it and I ate last night and the night before. But I got one out of three.
    1810 days ago
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    1810 days ago
    I just started a new team 4 nights ago, "Partnership Accountability to the Finish Line". Here each member is given or chooses a member to share their goals and to receive a weekly sparks mail. Hopefully, this will help to encourage and to motivate. We have now 28 members. Come check us out.
    You can get to it by coming to my sparks page and click on the icon under the team that has the title as seen above. This will take you to the site to browse. We would love to have you as a member.

    Please, try not to be discouraged. Keep on exercising; for you are building muscle and retaining water as well. In time things will improve if you keep it up. About extra eating, have you tried tracking your food. Have you found any great recipes that are healthy from My Recipes. Check out the fabulous recipe "3Bean Taco Soup". It makes a lot and tastes wonderful.
    Are you drinking your 8 cups of water daily?

    Best of luck. Hang in there.
    1810 days ago
    Kudos ! Look at how determined you are to stop eating like you have been. It's the step in the right direction. Look at this as a temporary thing and it can change. Like you said just don't stop !
    1810 days ago
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