SURRENDER21's SparkPeople Blog SURRENDER21's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Long time away I haven't posted here in a long time but falling away from Spark People fortunately didn't mean falling away from healthy living. I've been faithfully continuing my Overeaters anon meetings and have maintained my weight loss for 2.5 years now, 20 pounds +\- 5. But it was when I was tracking and blogging here regularly that I lost that 20, and I'd like to lose some more weight. I have very early diagnosed breast cancer. The doctor is confidant all of it can be removed with a lumpectomy but t... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 11:10:15 EST passing on some excellent tips for keeping up habits These tips are excerpted from the wonderful Zen Habits blog, with one addition of my own. <BR> <BR> The post is called How to Keep Habits going during Travel, / <link> </link> , and I sure wish I'd read this before going on a long-weekend camping trip this weekend! <BR> <BR> Fortunately I didn't binge, but my portions were too large, and I wasn't eating mindfully. I keep having to learn this lesson over and over again: I have to make a plan, I can't just jum... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 17:10:00 EST Day 15 of 21 day binge-free challenge I haven't been faithful about tracking my fitness and eating here, but I am thrilled to be 15 days binge free! <BR> <BR> This challenge keeps me motivated and positive because it feels like I'm making progress, even though I haven't lost any weight in over 2 months. I have had "too large portions" here and there, and I'm probably not exercising as much since I stopped tracking. But I haven't gained any weight, either, and over all I feel like I've broken the habit of emotional eating and bu... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:12:06 EST Back after a month away from SP I found myself getting obsessive about tracking everything I ate here on SP, which isn't bad persay but the fact that I wasn't losing weight meant I kept trying to drop my daily calories from a 1200-1300 range down below 1000 a day, wanting to lose weight faster. It backfired on me and I'd end up binging when I got too hungry. <BR> <BR> So I decided to stop tracking for a while, and obsessing over the calories, but just concentrate on eating normal portions of healthy, unprocessed foods. And... Mon, 20 May 2013 12:04:17 EST A horrible week, but there's hope This really has been the worst week - emotionally - this year and last and maybe several years before that too. <BR> <BR> But today, deep breath! - it's starting to improve. Two people I dearly love got into a terrible fight with each other, one said awful things, the other one got cold and cut the other off. I'm sort of in the middle, and I thought I was past worrying things to death, but I'm certainly not. Fortunately last nite I got a text from one of them that gave me hope she isn't goi... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 12:58:30 EST So frustrated My goal since I started Spark People last fall has been to lose 4-5 pounds a month, stop binge eating and exercise moderately. <BR> <BR> All going so well until February - this month I hit a plateau which is just about ready to break my heart and my resolve. I weigh myself once a week, and each time I weighed in February I hadn't lost anything. <BR> <BR> The first two weeks I figured it was just a plateau that I would eventually get past. <BR> <BR> The third week I started praying abou... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 09:43:27 EST Realizing the importance of OA meetings Last August I started going to Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meetings, and it has made all the difference in the world to me. <BR> <BR> Every diet I've ever tried has quickly failed me, but this isn't a diet. <BR> <BR> You know how diabetics need to take insulin or make careful diet choices everyday to control their disease? <BR> <BR> I have a disease called compulsive overeating, and to control this disease, I need to take "medicine" every day - making a plan for eating each day and checkin... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:02:26 EST What did you think to do today instead of giving in? There is a topic on the Team Forum "Living Binge Free" called "What did you think to do today instead of giving in?" - I've been following all the posts on this topic and adding my own experiences for several months now. I thought I would take a little time to compile some of the wonderful alternatives people have shared when they've been tempted to overeat. <BR> <BR> SURRENDER21: today I bought a new mini-journal for 2013 to keep track of my emotions and eating. <BR> <BR> IGOSSELS: use... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 18:53:37 EST Taking a moment to consider that temptation For most of November and December I knew a big trial was coming my way: 2 days of travel and 4 days staying over at my in-laws' house over the holidays, where it's practically law that you participate in one giant holiday binge. Kitchen counters are constantly covered with rich foods (dips, finger foods, all sorts of sweets) and people were continually making MORE food. <BR> <BR> I knew it would take a miracle for me to get through this end of the year test without binging. <BR> <BR> The ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 13:56:17 EST 'tis the season for temptation I have slacked off in tracking my food, exercise and goals for journaling here on Spark People. I want to get back into daily tracking and journaling again because this is the toughest season for me - so many temptations with Christmas parties, Christmas cookies, people bringing yummies into work. I helped wrap donated presents at church this weekend, and someone brought in donuts! Temptations everywhere! <BR> <BR> Making a plan ahead of time works really well for me, that's how I got thro... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 13:00:55 EST Plan for Thanksgiving - accountability needed! A day of thanksgiving... and testing!!! has arrived (at least here in America). The day of unbridled eating, an open invitation to binge. <BR> <BR> I am going into this day with a plan. One serving each of turkey, potatoes, other side dish, one slender piece of pie. <BR> <BR> The hard part is what to do after eating, with all the food still lying around. I shall ask permission to put it all away in the fridge and then put a big bold sign on the fridge. "Do not open again until you are real... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 03:47:02 EST Someone brought donuts in... great. Thanks a lot! Darn it! Someone brought donuts into work today! I figured just one donut would be okay if I skipped my afternoon snack. Yum that tasted so good... before I knew it I had snagged another donut. Then I went to log them into my Spark People nutrition tracker. Good heavens they are 370 calories each!!! <BR> <BR> Just blew my calories for the day... unless I have only 250 cal. for dinner. <BR> <BR> If I had calculated the calories FIRST I think I would have had the strength to resist that sec... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:09:16 EST Discouraged but still determined I started tracking my binge free days at the beginning of October here at SparkPeople, and achieved a 29/2 record at the end of the month: 29 binge free days, 2 binge days. <BR> <BR> I think that's the best I've ever done since... before high school probably! But a combination of too much leftover Halloween candy and my daughter's birthday party last night (with more leftovers this morning) tempted me to binge again. Discouraged! <BR> <BR> But still determined, because 31/4 still looks lik... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 19:30:37 EST Surrender instant gratification for something better I've been trying to lose weight for years, but it's gotten especially hard since I turned forty. A couple years ago I tried Weight Watchers, it worked for a couple months but then I got a bad attitude. I kept hearing the same old stuff at the meetings. They kept talking about what to eat. Well, I know what I should be eating; I know all about nutrition and healthy foods and lifestyle. But no one was talking about will power. Where do you get the will power to eat right or to exercise? I used ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:54:29 EST Sore throat = open invitation to binge What events happened this week? <BR> <BR> Yup, I caught a cold from my kids, and that nasty cotton-mouth and sore throat feeling did me in. After 15 days of not over-eating, I gave in. Way too much sugar and salt, esp. salt because it soothes the sore throat. Salty chips, crackers, etc. <BR> <BR> The good news is though that the next day I got back on track. The longer you wait to get back on track, the harder it is. Earlier in September I had 14 days without binging. Then I got off trac... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:43:29 EST Progress report What events happened this week? <BR> <BR> Led women's bible study on Tuesday, was a little nervous beforehand (mostly because, of course, I hope to impress them. When it should really be about God, not me). It went well though and there was good discussion, so I was very encouraged. Afterward, I was wired. Almost hyper (which is SOOOO not me). Food was not a temptation; I wanted to go out and do something! Went to the movies at 9:30 pm, soooo not me! <BR> <BR> Did any of those events stir... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:29:25 EST