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Friday, February 21, 2014

So I have been struggling to lose weight now for months and it seems like it gets harder and harder. Even knowing that I have allergies to foods that I still consume cause I feel like I can't find much to eat if I don't eat it. Also I have high blood pressure and High cholesterol and even a cardiologist told me to lose weight. The best diet that has worked for me in the past was calorie counting esp since I am low on money and easy to do it that way. But I find myself not happy with the portion sizes and then binge later on. I hate feeling this way. All i think about it food! Does anyone eles have this issue? Does anyone want a buddy that we can help one another? if anyone is reading this?
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OOLALA53 3/1/2014 6:31PM

    Also, label yourself as a food addict only if it actually helps you to eat less. I've seen over and over people who call themselves food addicts thinking that they are helpless to control their eating when it's shown repeatedly that people can and do change their habitual behaviors, even strong habits. Addictive brain patterns can and are overlaid with new patterns generated by new behaviors over time.

When your dissatisfaction now, your vision of the your future self, and a practical plan come together, you will be well on your way. Give yourself time to develop the thinking and action to bring these into balance. emoticon

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OOLALA53 3/1/2014 6:25PM

    I was a chronic binger for years. However, I never had any truly unhealthy consequences. If I had, I would not have taken the slow route.

I urge you to team up with people who are facing similar health challenges, people who are actually making the changes they need to. Keep magnifying the benefits of concentrating on eating moderately and moving consistently even before aiming at weight loss. Many people's blood panels improve when they eat better quality food and move moderately and consistently even without losing weight. Have favorite foods, but in moderate portions and balance them with better quality foods at your meals as often as you can. Also, for your purposes, it seems appropriate to magnify also the disadvantages in continuing to overeat.

Be honest with yourself. You don't have to eat tiny diet meals but you also don't need large portions or frequent eating of sugary, refined foods. Keep vowing to learn to appreciate less processed foods and slowly wean yourself off big portions. Somewhere between being on a strict diet and all -out overeating. Your health is literally at stake. You don't have to be dramatic about it but you do need to be serious. I affirm the strength for you that you need to do this.

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DEBBLO 2/23/2014 2:15PM

    There are times all I think about is food too. Try doing something to distract yourself. Go out and do something where you CAN'T eat. Try looking for foods that are bulky and fill you up (snackwise - popcorn is a good choice - try eating one piece at a time)
I joined the SparkTeam 10 min a day exercise. That has helped me a lot.

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SCHUBERTR1 2/22/2014 6:30PM

  professional help may be helpful

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    I like the suggestion Woubbie gave about writing down the details in a blog entry.
You may get good suggestions.

Things that work for me:
* Using the threads 'What did you do / think today instead of giving in' and 'hour commitments' and the check in thread at the Living Binge Free team forum.
* Trying to develop new habits rather than 'lose weight'. Trying to leave three hours of not eating after a meal. I feel better whe I do. Trying to get into a habit of moving your body every day, even if it's just for ten minutes.
* Turning steps like these into 'other goals' (use the 'other goals' function under 'my trackers' here at SP. And turn the goals into streaks.
* Make a list of foods you CAN eat and enjoy and eat these things more often.
* Do batch cooking of healthy dishes (vegetable stews, bean burgers and soups for example) so you always have a nice healthy snack.
* Focus on what is going well.
* Dress as well as you can, keep your head up, do fun things.
* Take a mindfulness course and / or try to be mindful when you eat (I liked the book 'Mindful eating' by Jan Chozen Bays).

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SEATTLE58 2/22/2014 11:22AM

    I feel that I can enter into this so much because I love to eat and it seems that I think about food all the time too. I have a family to think about, so I really have to think about food all the time. I've always thought that I could do so much better if I were single and then could just grab something healthy for myself. I truly feel that what got me really losing weight was in the beginning and feeling that desperate feeling to be more healthy. The weight just melted off because I was so scared that I was going to die at a young age like my sister did because she didn't take care of her body. She developed diabetes and it caused her to go blind in one eye right away and pounded on the other eye too. It caused a lack of circulation in her legs and there was so much sorrow to see her life go downhill like that. It didn't take long at all and her kidneys started to shut down and that wasn't very pretty at all. She ended up in the hospital for 10 days and then in a nursing home for 9 days and then had a massive stroke and died pretty much as the ambulance got her to the hospital. That's what gave me the motivation and I have to keep thinking that this is why I became so desperate to lose the weight. You can think back on your very own desperation that made you come to SP. You were so very serious and you will get that way again. It really works and causes us to get out there and walk and walk and walk and eat alot more veggies!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEE1221 2/22/2014 11:10AM

    Dieting is not easy or for the weak at heart. I find it takes a lot of work. So many times at the grocery store, I'm tempted to reach for the cookies, ice cream or a candy bar. I actually have to a fight with the two voices in my head. One says "DO I want to succeed with losing weight" and the other one says "do I want the instant satisfaction of eating a bag of cookies which will lead to a binge". Sometime the EVIL non-dieter wins out, but lately the good guy is speaking louder and I'm not buying the stuff.

I've also tried to make it simpler. I'm not looking at the big picture of all the weight I have to lose. I'm hoping to lose something every week. Maybe it will be 1/2 pound, hopefully 1 pound.

Hang in there. One week at a time, One day at a time, Heck - I've even had to go one hour at a time. I've had to say "don't eat for at least an hour". Oh My Gosh....I talk to myself more than I thought!! emoticon

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WOUBBIE 2/22/2014 10:51AM

    Yup, I'm reading this!

What you need is a plan (of your own, I mean, not necessarily some diet book), but to make your plan you need to know what you've got to work with and what you're up against. Probably a lot of folks on SP could help with useful suggestions.

What about writing a blog with all the details?

~ What your limitations are: allergies, foods you hate to eat, ability/desire to cook fresh foods, work/school schedule, people/situations sabotaging your good intentions, foods you have cravings for, budget, etc.

~ What's worked for you in the past.

~ What your favorite foods/cooking methods are

~ What books or websites you've read about nutrition

Just some ideas to get you started. Your SparkFriends can weigh in with some suggestions, or encouragement, but at the end of the day it's YOUR refrigerator. Sometimes just writing it all out systematically helps to clarify which direction you should go.

I will say this - many people have found Paleo to be a real godsend. Just eliminating grains and dairy for a couple weeks can make a huge difference in how you feel.


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