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HELP! I'm having a bad week!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Saturday was my daughter's birthday party and the start of some bad behavior on my part. I thought I could handle some snacks at the party and not go overboard. When I went overboard, I thought well I'll get back on track tomorrow. It wasn't that easy. Family came in from out of state and stayed with us. Between the party and the junk food in the house for out of state family, I have been unable to control myself. Family is now gone but I still can't stop snacking. I have purged all the junk food from the house, but found myself craving chips so bad I stopped at the gas station on the way home and got some.
HELP! I feel outta control and I'm afraid I will undo all my hard work. emoticon

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BEACH_NUT 3/21/2013 9:29PM

    You have received some wonderful advice / comments!

Women's Health Magazine had a helpful article: "Stop Cravings: Healthy Foods That Satisfy Salt and Sugar Cravings" [
.perhaps you may find something useful from it.


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SPSPSP1 3/20/2013 11:14PM

    1) Notice that these situations (family visiting, etc.) are triggers.
2) Explore why these are triggers.
3) Be kind to yourself. Beating yourself up hasn't worked for you so far, right? So why not practice kindness and understanding for this part of you that is trying to protect you in its own distorted way.
4) Keep on trucking!

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SEAFLOAT 3/20/2013 8:55PM

    Thanks everyone for all the helpful advice. Just what I needed!! This is why I really like Spark. Great people and great support!
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AHSOKA70 3/20/2013 8:41PM

    We've all been there, and there's some great advice here from your Sparkfriends. I would add to focus on how absolutely great it feels to see the scale go down. I see on your ticker that you've lost about 24 pounds so far - that is AWESOME! The top of your page says "Determination", and that's how you lost those 24 pounds - through hard work and determination. You can do this - you already have, so you can keep going!! emoticon

Thanks for stopping by my page earlier today!

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    You picked yourself up, you dusted yourself off, you sent out the alarm, and you're getting back on track.

You're a emoticon

You can do this!

Crisps (chips) are a huge trigger food for me. I understand the feeling!

Whenever I am going to be at a gathering-type situation, I make up snacks for myself ahead of time. Little snack baggies of 14g of raw/unsalted almonds (half a portion), 3 ounces of baby carrots which I cut in half), section a whole orange, 15g gluten free pretzels (half a portion), etc.

Whatever healthy snacks float your boat, make them ahead of time so you can eat while the others are eating.

I also make sure my 24 ounce Nalgene water bottle is filled and before the gathering, I drink an 8 ounce glass of water.

It might help if you monitor how much sodium you're taking in on the nutrition tracker over the next week or two because salt is an acquired taste and it might help you resist craving chips or other salty foods.


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ACTIONHEROFOX 3/20/2013 7:40PM

    Okay! I get this! I do!

I honestly go through the same thing. My whole family loves sweets, but that may be an understatement. I get asked at least 2x a day if I want to partake in the num-nums.

These are my solutions.
1. When an opportunity presents itself count to 30 and then ask yourself are you sure this is what you want?
2. When you are having an absolute craving and cannot stop the munching - pick up the phone and call a buddy and explain the situation.
3. Take a minute for yourself. This could be a walk, a hot bath (or shower), or whatever you enjoy.
4. Get a hug. I know, it sounds weird but hugs no matter if you are giving them or getting them seem to make it all better.
5. Make sure you're getting enough water into your body!

I hope this helps. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYBULLDOGS 3/20/2013 7:24PM


i have not gained a pound in over a year.

i gave up sugar and grain products and lost 44 pounds at age 61.

my sister lost 105 pounds at age 63 by walking 15000 steps a day and has not gained a pound back either in over a year


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STR458 3/20/2013 7:03PM

    okay- breathe!

whew... one meal at a time
down as much water as possible
until you can't stand one more drop
then... get up all night long for potty breaks...
because tomorrow instead of greased up calories
you watered down the pounds-

believe me- the inconvenience of all the water weight will be worth it for obvious reasons emoticon

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