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My AH HA! moment

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Yesterday was one of my usual difficult days of my binge/restrict cycle, and I planned to write about how it went. I made it through without a binge, But lets just boil it down to my recap, (and then I'll share my Ah Ha moment.)

Since my last binge on Sunday, I have been "Purging" with excessive exercise and restriction of calories. This is leading to an empty hungry feeling, which lasts all day, and nothing satisfies, even though I'm eating healthy food. Of course I'm hungry. Duh! But this is part of my cycle. I end up hungry, and when that has gone on for a few days, I get desperate to fill myself up. I don't like that hunger hitting me as soon as I've finished eating. After a few days comes excessive eating. A binge. Then I'm full. That brings on the next part of the cycle, trying to overcompensate by excessive exercise and calorie restriction. I know I'm repeating myself here, it's just the nature of the cycle that I'm trying to record here.

Today I got my email notice that TINAJANE76 posted a blog. She's in maintenance and is always motivating and inspiring. She's lost 90 pounds or so and has kept it off for over a year.

So I read it. Here's where my Ah Ha moment came. She referred to the exact thing I go through of cycling, Binge/Restrict. Her insight was that she tweaked her calories to be a little higher so instead of having one big binge weekly, she stayed less deprived feeling and didn't feel the urge to binge! I like this. She also said in her interview for SparkRadio, playing now, that she realized that what she had been doing wasn't working anymore so she was willing to try something new. (her management with slightly higher calories) I find that I keep trying the same thing and not getting results. I've heard before quotes about this, that if you keep trying the same thing you'll keep getting the same results. Something to that effect. I was just thinking about this exact thing this morning on my walk. Thinking,"what can I change to make a difference?" This may make it slower when i want to lose a few pounds I may gain on vacation, etc, as she points out, but slow and steady wins the race!

I can see now something that I want to try! Thanks to TINAJANE76!


I've been praying for a way to break this crazy cycle!

Psalm 116:1-2
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.
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PACKERMANN 7/15/2013 5:28PM

    thank you for helping me realize that even after i reach my goal that i will still have challenges that i will face.
on a plateau now: 45lbs down...25lbs to go.
i think consistent exercise is called for... :)


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FOURTEEN2FOUR 7/13/2013 4:16PM

  I never thought of calorie restriction and excessive exercise as "purging." Interesting. I'm quite familiar with bingeing, though... ;-)

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AALLEY2 7/12/2013 11:24PM

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-SHOREIDO- 7/12/2013 4:52PM

    "Slow and steady wins the race" love it and its Oh so true...... Good work here!! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 7/12/2013 11:22AM

    Wow! Good luck!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 7/12/2013 10:34AM

    Best wished on your journey!

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KIMBERLY_Y 7/12/2013 9:05AM

    Terrific story! You are an inspiration too! Keep up the good work.

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LRSILVER 7/12/2013 6:52AM

    Good luck. Glad you are making positive changes.

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JSTETSER 7/12/2013 6:09AM

    Great info!


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MAREE1953 7/12/2013 3:39AM

    I discovered that each time you beat "The Itch" (Nell's word), you are training your brain and developing new pathways or rewiring your brain. As these pathways become stronger, it becomes easier to resist the previous response. So, each time you resist the urge to binge with some mindful alternative behavior, try thinking that you will be building a new brain "muscle" and become stronger.

Eventually I began to hate that "over full" feeling. I also learned that I couldn't "out exercise" a bad diet.

Always wish you the very best in finding your pathway in this journey to health and fitness!!

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LOGOULD 7/11/2013 11:36PM

    Wow, I've been on that same roller coaster. I am currently giving the new nutrition/fitness link a try and so far, add back SOME of the calories I burned off. It really DOES seem to keep me from getting TOO Hungry!.

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LOGOULD 7/11/2013 11:34PM

    Wow, I've been on that same roller coaster. I am currently giving the new nutrition/fitness link a try and so far, add back SOME of the calories I burned off. It really DOES seem to keep me from getting TOO Hungry!.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/11/2013 11:15PM

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GRANDMABABA 7/11/2013 10:29PM

    Great insights. Thanks for sharing.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/11/2013 5:25PM

    Great blog and great comments! I struggle at times, too, even though I've been at a healthy weight for over 4 years now. Your blog helps me think about all the things I do to combat hunger: adequate protein, plenty of water, high fiber, timing my meals wisely, enough physical activity, food tracking and analysis, super foods and smart food choices, etc. It's a lot of work, but it is worth it. And occasionally I mess up and I've learned that that is okay. Do the best I can each day and that is good enough. Take care and congratulations on being highlighted by the At Goal & Maintaining Team Plus....... -Marsha

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VTRICIA 7/11/2013 1:17PM

    Too true! When I finally internalized the wisdom of eating what I need each day and sticking to the same nutrition goals no matter the occasion, I no longer worried about whether I could maintain successfully. Give us this day our daily bread [nourishment].

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WATERMELLEN 7/11/2013 1:03PM

    Great blog -- and so many terrific comments too. This is an amazing community where we get to share our collective wisdom and tailor individual solutions that work!!

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TUBLADY 7/11/2013 11:42AM

    I used to think that what worked for one should work for another. Of course I was wrong. I had to figure out by trial and error what worked for me. If I was to eat the amount of calories I am supposed to have to maintain I would steadily gain weight. I don't try to be strict and deprive myself for surely I will give in to binges. I do my best to eat healthy but include foods that I have to limit portions but keep me feeling that I am getting and enjoying everything I used to have but a lot less and coupled with exercise, I have been able to maintain.
I also track daily, exercise daily and weigh daily. Don't let the few pounds stick around long enough to get comfortable.
I wish you the best as you journey forth in the never ending saga of controlling weight and good health.
Be strong, stay positive
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PROUD-GRANDMA 7/11/2013 11:30AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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MANILUS 7/11/2013 8:51AM

    Great job on the weight loss and maintenance! Hope you find what works!

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MOMMY445 7/11/2013 8:12AM

    i hope the new plan works really good for you. have a wonderful day!

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MEXGAL1 7/11/2013 8:02AM

    I think slow and steady is a good thing. I beat binge eating by telling myself I could eat whatever I wanted as long as I ate something really healthy first like a salad or fruit and nuts. Most of the time I do that I then do not want the junk food. I am satisfied.
great blog. thanks for sharing.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 7/11/2013 7:57AM

    Very interesting insight! I really never thought of this as a pattern very similar to binging and then purging. Thanks much for sharing this.
I also like the way you posed a question (to my intuition, the Universe, to God)
and then took a walk. I like to do things like that too and find that I get answers and insights.


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CELIAMINER 7/11/2013 7:46AM

    I wonder if I might have managed not to binge last night had I read your blog AND the comments yesterday. So much of my own experience is reflected here, and I'm thinking I need to shake things up a bit. Thanks for posting!

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_LINDA 7/11/2013 7:38AM

    Have you looked closely at the nutrient ratios you are getting with your meals? I find its very important to get them right or you will feel hunger quite quickly after eating. You need enough protein, but you also need enough fat too. Fat slows down digestion and keeps you fuller longer. I am a vegetarian and had been on that kick where everything I ate had to be no fat. So I would eat my veggies or salad and no fat dairy serving and in not too long feel hungry again. So I would binge on my favorite salty snack. So I added healthy fats to my salads like walnuts (more antioxidents then blueberries!) or made my own dressing with olive oil. It works much better. Careful tracking has allowed me to maintain for over two years. I don't think I will ever give it up like some people do. It really helps if you track after each meal to see how many calories you have left in your range when you eat your last meal or snack of the day.
All the best breaking the binge/purge cycle!
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TRAVELGRRL 7/11/2013 7:15AM

    I can relate as well. I try to eat 500 calories combined, for breakfast and lunch, and "save" the rest of my calories for dinner and snacking. But after a week or so, I end up bingeing! So I'm going to try this strategy as well. I also got my own Aha! moment with NELLJONES's response, so geez, it's only 6:00 a.m. and I've learned TWO NEW THINGS for the day! Thanks for your blog.

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NELLJONES 7/11/2013 6:31AM

    I have been at goal for a very long time now. Way back when I was fat I used to compensate for overeating by overuse of laxatives, and they had some pretty powerful ones back then. (Phenolphthalein anyone?) I joined WW and the Plan was very restrictive by today's standards, but I lost the weight. But how to keep it off? Nobody told me that most people gain it all back. Today I live by calorie restriction, but I hate that clinical word. I prefer planning, and even after 40 years I plan each day to the ounce. Sometimes I am hungry, but not really. Last night I thought I was hungry, but I'd eaten a good dinner, so it wasn't hunger, it was what I call The Itch. It isn't food in my stomach that I want, but the feeling of chewing and swallowing, feeling it go down. And that desire doesn't end with fullness, but an empty bag. That's why I keep NO snack food in the house, it's too easy to grab, so I have time to go through the script: I'm not hungry, I want SOMETHING but I don't know what it is. Maybe I'll...do my nails, wash my hair, play with the cats, pull a few weeds, anything to divert my attention. I have learned that the Itch only lasts 20-30 minutes, IF I don't give in. If I give in, it lasts until I'm done, and wallowing in despair. Which in turn triggers The Itch. I just need to get through that 20 minutes, divert my attention, knowing down to the marrow of my bones that it will pass. I have over 40 years of experience that it does pass. I look at my planner and see what my next meal will be, what time I can have it, and start looking forward to it. Every meal is like Christmas to me. We all plan for Christmas, make lists, get excited. Then it's over for another year. I only have a few hours until my next meal. I get THREE MEALS EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! It's just an attitude that makes me not just get through the day, but relish each time I get to eat.

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MILLIFRED 7/11/2013 6:16AM

    I'm so glad for you. I've noticed for myself that if weight loss has stalled or I am gaining again I just needed to find a way to change things around and rethink what I was doing. It sounds like a great idea to set your calories a little higher so you aren't hungry all the time; otherwise you will be hitting these points where you just can't stand it anymore and overeating to compensate. Be of good courage and do as your quotes says, trust in God for help.

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KANOE10 7/11/2013 6:13AM

    Great blog. You are an inspiration. Hugs.

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HDHAWK 7/3/2013 11:50AM

    On a podcast I listened to one of the people who has lost a lot of weight and kept it off said she allows herself 200 cals. per day of anything she wants.

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KANOE10 6/27/2013 4:39PM

    Great ah ha moment and nice blog. I am glad you found something to help you in healthy eating. Thanks for sharing!

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NOWORNEVER1982 6/27/2013 7:51AM

    Great blog! I can personally relate to your binge/restrict cycles as I'm sure many others can too. It seems you're on to something that may help you. It's a process but it works if you work it. And I do love that quote about doing the same thing and wanting different results. "They" say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I'm definitely insane then but I think you're on to something. Thanks for sharing!

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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 6/26/2013 7:12PM

  I just love what you had to say, thanks.

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TINAJANE76 6/26/2013 6:06PM

    Wow, I'm so glad to hear that my blog and interview were helpful to you. It hasn't been easy to beat down the binge/restrict cycle, but I think I'm getting it down and it's making maintenance, and life, so much better. Good luck in doing the same!
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_JODI404 6/26/2013 5:51PM

    emoticon Love those AH HA moments!!

Yes ~ this is a process that involves constant tweaking. I am always looking for ways to make my food choices even healthier. I find eating more protein has helped a lot to curb my snacky hunger urges between meals. I've found healthier snack choices that really satisfy me. I am trying to eat as little sugar as possible (excluding fruits -- I eat a lot of those!)

I hope that this will be the change that you need. Your current cycle is definitely not good, and I know you already know that. (especially the restriction/hunger). One could never exercise enough, it takes hours and hours to burn so many calories. I find it is so true, you can't out-exercise a bad diet.

I hope this is the answer that you have been looking for. It makes a lot of sense to me. Best wishes and keep seeking those answers from Him!

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BABY_GIRL69 6/26/2013 2:39PM

    Isn't wonderful to have those moments when you just breath a sigh of relief and start accomplishing your goals?!

God bless & enjoy everyday!

Dee

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KELLIEBEAN 6/26/2013 12:33PM

    Yay for you. Tinajajane is very inspiring for sure. Variety is the spice of life in all things I believe. I think our bodies need change to keep responding, and many times our minds too!

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I hope this new plan works very well for you.

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SHERIO5 6/26/2013 11:49AM

    Awesome! Spark Friends can can really be a blessing!

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