Thank you so much for your replies. : ) I appreciate them very much.
I know exactly what I need to do. : ) I've been at this a very long time. ; )
I wonder, at times, why I just don't do what I need to do...
Today, at work, I was back in control. It's been that Halloween "ick" for a couple of days and a huge crumb "ick" for one of our hairdressers who is moving to Florida and I touched none of it. : ) Yay me! : )
It definitely is a "control" thing. And "just for today", I have it. : )
Thank you all again. I hope all have a lovely weekend.
El : )
p.s. I hope I replied to this thread correctly. I have to learn my way around. : )
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (208,505)
10/31/13 3:22 P
I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.
As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for all the positive things you do for yourself and don't beat yourself up because you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy. You can't change the past, but you can influence and change the future.
But you have to stop beating yourself up. the beatings aren't productive. Be kind to yourself as you would to others.
Take a deep breath. When I feel overwhelmed, I find comfort in planning how I will fix and/or accomplish things. I definitely have tendencies towards emotional/stress/boredom eating. So first, I don't keep the things that I would likely overindulge in on hand. They're not in my house and not in my office. If I want something that's outside the bounds of my normal, healthy eating plan, I will arrange to have it on a day in the near future and work it into my day in advance.
Secondly, because I'm a mostly recovered compulsive overeater, I had to deal with overeating tendencies in a way that I could manage and sustain. I looked at the hardest time of the day/week for me, and it was clearly free time. So I always planned for a good snack that I knew I would enjoy. It was too much to ask my junk-food loving 264 lb self to go from sitting on the sofa with a big bag of Doritos while watching TV to not having anything or something non-exciting like carrots or celery. So I planned to have baked potato chips carefully measured out with French Onion dip while sitting on the sofa watching TV. I was controlling the amount but allowing myself to have the enjoyment of my after-work snack still. I morphed from that to pretzels and dip and then carrots and dip and then popcorn. Point is, I took the control back from the food.
If you feel out of control, you need to take the control back. For me, taking time (when I have it) to plan for the days when I may have less time really helps me. Then I don't have to make choices on the fly.
Motivation will get you to the start line; discipline will get you to the finish.
Starting Weight: 264 (didn't get there overnight) Current Weight 129.4 (didn't get here overnight)
Well, not totally... : ) I haven't gone and succumbed to eating a pint of Ben & Jerry's lately or anything. : )
I have been eating so very badly though. I saw myself in the mirror at work yesterday (briefly) and look like a puffed-up mess. Ugh. I have gone over my "all-time" heaviest weight and that really does bother me. I can feel the fat rolling down my back and that's iccky. : (
Today, though, I come back here and get motivated. I don't know what it is. Well, I do know. I am an emotional eater and have been dealing with quite a few issues lately. DS : ) stress, work stress, health stress, landlord stress and that's about it for now.
I don't think I have ever posted on these forums before. I have been here for a long time, but don't really participate at all. Just too tired to write. I do blog occasionally.
I just felt the need for "confession"... : ) I felt the need to write. (Maybe I will paste this in my blog too to have it.)
I hope that everyone has a great day. Happy Halloween! : )
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