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I'm struggling

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I popped on the scale today (tomorrow is my weigh in day), and I'm up 4 pounds! I know I've had some problems. I've been eating lots of crackers, and when I have salty, starchy foods like that, I can't stop...and I tend to put on weight quickly. Salt & starch in my body attracts water, and I can see my pouch is bigger.

Logically, I didn't eat 14,000 extra calories, and that's how I know a lot of it's water.

I'm reaching out for support, so that a 4 pound gain doesn't snowball into more, and more!

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JOE14250 7/26/2013 1:08PM

    don't let numbers scare you! just get back on track. My wife brought home pretzels and I heard the bag crinkling, --------- Like Pavlov' puppy No biggie! Look at the big picture not the big number. go to my home page and check out the map to success.
Try not to have that stuff around and if you sons love it tell them to have it out of sight and reach.

I once trained a spendthrift to carry emergency money by stapling an envelope closed 35 times all over the envelope. It was a real emergency to get it out.

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A_NEW_JAN 7/25/2013 7:47AM

    Salty, crunchy foods are my downfall...and they usually lead to sweet cravings! Grrr....
Toss them out, drink water, and move on!

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STR458 7/24/2013 11:48PM

    down water like it's the last chance to have any for a day or two to rinse struggle away
you got this emoticon

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TONYAB2000 7/24/2013 9:09PM

    I love the email you shared in the comments. It definitely puts things in perspective. Don't beat yourself up. You know your trigger and that's a good thing. Drink lots of water, try to eat clean, and the lbs will drop again. You are doing great!

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WILDKAT781 7/24/2013 4:31PM


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SOKKERNUT 7/24/2013 2:33PM

    Everyone falls off the wagon, we are only human. You have been doing great. emoticon

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FAT2FIT2016 7/24/2013 1:39PM

    Caren, you have done absolutely wonderful over the last several months. Don't beat yourself up over a minor slip up. Look at how far you've come! Look at what you can do now that you couldn't do at the start of your journey. You are an inspiration. Hey -- even Superman gets too close to kryptonite sometimes. Back away from the crackers and move on. Log your food, drink your water (and maybe something with some caffeine to act as a diuretic), keep working out like you have --- you, my friend, are a rock star!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/24/2013 12:46PM

    I love crackers so I can relate. It's a shame they don't make healthy ones. I eat chips too much. Once I get started it's hard to stop.

I'm certain that a lot of your gain was water weight. Be sure and get plenty of potassium in and drink lots of water to flush it out.

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NATPLUMMER 7/24/2013 11:40AM


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LIS193 7/24/2013 10:43AM

    It could be water and inflammation. If I eat wheat (crackers!) I balloon up :(
Drinking lots of water to flush it out and eating lots of fresh veggies should help.

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GEORGIAGIRL26 7/24/2013 10:22AM

    Sorry to hear that you are having a hard time.
Don't beat yourself up my friend. You will be fine.
I sometimes go up myself. Gained a pound back.
It was because of the crackers and chocolate frosting.
(Made brownies for the kids in the community.)
Our church had our first annual Family Fun Day.
Keep on pushing you can do it!!!! I believe in you!!!!!
Your friend in Fitness, Holly emoticon emoticon

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HDHAWK 7/24/2013 9:58AM

    Give it a day or two and the extra weight will be off. I'm the same way with salty foods. Get rid of the crackers! :)

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CELEST 7/24/2013 9:46AM

    Everyone has already said it all. Crackers are hideous things for weigh gain and water retention. If you need to snack on salty things, try using 1tsp of sugar free peanut butter on celery sticks...even on apple slices is great and healthy. One of my favorite snacks is celery sticks dipped into peanut butter and then dipped into raisins.

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 7/24/2013 9:41AM

    I just got this in the email from Nia Shanks. It's such a positive message that couldn't have come at a better time:

Do you know what I do for "damage control"?

Nothing. Or, if you prefer my southern slang, not a dang thing.

Many years ago I used to make myself do an extra, or longer, workout to "work off" the excess calories. But, all that did was make me hate exercise since it was being used as a form of punishment.

So, what should you do when you over indulge or eat too much junk food?

Two words -- move on.

Instead of trying to figure out how to "un-do" all of the food you ate choose to put those extra calories to good use and go set some personal records with a kick ass workout.

It's all about perspective.

Don't think "punishment" for over indulging. Yes, this is usually what's promoted and there are plenty of "damage control" strategies floating around, but punishing yourself with diets, detoxes, or extra workouts is not the solution. If anything, it causes more problems.

So here's what you do the day after eating too much -- think of those extra calories as fuel for becoming even more awesome. Take advantage of the previous days indulgence and go set some personal records.

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ANATASHIKI 7/24/2013 9:23AM

    throw all of them away (or bury them or put them in a deposit box lol) , find a good snack( like carrots or something) and identify the problem. mine is being too tired . you will only feel worse and worse if you keep on with the crackers emoticon

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DEEDEE1102 7/24/2013 8:35AM

    You are exactly right! You did not eat 14,000 calories worth of crackers, so just keep drinking your water and your system will empty those salt-retaining cells! LOL
You are doing so well, but I know exactly where you are and it's great you reached out to your Sparkbuddies. We all have good days and ... bad ones. Get through this and center in on your cracker problem:)

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TWEETYKC00 7/24/2013 8:17AM

    I understand, things like chips are my bad trigger food. As long as you don't give up the fight here, that is what counts. Time to clean out the kitchen and stay strong!

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CBLENS 7/24/2013 8:07AM

    the salt in the food will definitely make you retain water. best advise drink lots of water.

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JANET552 7/24/2013 8:05AM

    Eat clean and drink lots of water to flush your system. Get some good exercise.

I need to listen to my own advice!

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CARRIE1948 7/24/2013 7:49AM

    OK, you know the culprit - wheat and salt. So, if you drink tons of water, get in a good cardio and strength session, some of the weight will come off.

I need to do that as well, so let's go.

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