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Great idea! For me it is best not to snack at all. I pretend the kitchen is closed! No hanging out in the kitchen where my evil twin resides in front of the television. emoticon

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another thing I find is to brush my teeth just after dinner so think twice before snacking

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We are the captain of our ship. emoticon Everything starts and ends with us. Full accountability and no excuses! This is my ticket if I want to see my ribs again. emoticon

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this is something I have to do for myself none can do it for me

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I sometimes gets on my daughter's nerves when eating at her house. I will ask her to estimate my portions sizes. But I know that tracking really helps to know how much I am eating. Irony= She is back tracking herself because she has gained some weight and wants to get rid of it.



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I'm kicking self sabotage, binge eating and lack of control to the curb. Rededicating myself to Food Tracker is a big help. No one else can make me healthy or happy. It's all up to me from here on out! Don't you just love these lessons learned later in life!
Hope everyone is also doing well.

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I know

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This is a great topic - been there & done that myself.

It helps when I put a few of the items I want into a dish or on a plate, close the container and put it away. Then I go concentrate on what I am eating. If you watch TV or continue to work at your desk or talk to someone while snacking then you just don't register what you are eating.

I have even found that if I'm preoccupied and my mind is on something else, the food simply doesn't seem to make an impact - except later on my waistline. I also agree with an earlier comment that being tired can make me more vulnerable to taste temptations so be aware.

I do find that planning ahead helps a lot, and tracking before eating the food also is a good strategy.

Certain foods could be triggers and it may be that some should be "red" light ones - don't keep at home or be extra careful if you must have them around - like for other family members. Then there are the "yellow" caution ones that sometimes you can control and sometimes not. these are the ones that have to be limited in portion and perhaps you need a buddy system - tell someone I am going to eat a half cup of such & such so you are committed to only that amount. Even if you live alone, you can call a friend or log into Spark People or write it down but make that commitment.
"Green" light foods are those you can eat in quantity - like they use to tell us at WW, no one got here by eating too many vegetables.

If you must binge eat, go for the veggies as they have nutrients, its not just empty calories. I have been known to eat a can of green beans with only a little seasoned rice vinegar if I was "hungry" an needed something to fill me but was out of calories for the day. Believe me, if you won't eat that then you really don't need the chips, or ice cream or whatever is calling your name. Make sure you choose the food - not the other way around. When I am in charge, I put certain foods into my daily rotation. If something happens to cross my path, that's when I get in trouble.
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keep at it

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I just learned some positive coping skills that might help some of us. This came form a TED Talk online.

Transitions = Transformations
They are gifts to "lean into" instead of shy (run) away from. Feel your feelings. Instead of saying things like "I'm stressed" identify what you are actually feeling. Name it, own it, embrace it and allow the possibility of it transforming you. This is helping me during some difficult times. Thanks emoticon




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keep triggers out

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need to focus on the bigger picture



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have to be alert & not start

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Binge eating is my number 1 problem with being able to lose weight and keep it off. I just love food, and when I get bored or upset or happy or nervous (basically when I feel any emotion) I eat. Most of the time when I do this, I'm not hungry at all and at times I'm full and make myself nauseous eating more. It's pretty much an addiction. It's going to be really hard to pull myself out of, and it will likely be hard for you too, but it is possible. Just keep trigger foods out of the house like sweets or carb heavy snacks and that way when you feel the urge, you can grab a piece of fruit or some nice, crunchy fresh veggies instead.



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Your not alone i do the same thing i eat well during the day(and i eat enough) count my calories but come night time i just binge feel guilty and start all over again xxoo

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3/19/15 12:31 A

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I am usually GREAT if people are around... but if I am ALONE & bored, I am in trouble. Then I am sitting there rationalizing UNTIL I come up with a good "excuse" to eat this or that... then it's a slippery slope and my cravings crash in 100% and I can not STOP. :( ...but if I don't START, I am fine... sugar & starches kill me every time.



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love to munch on baked vegtables

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Keeping tempting things out of reach works for me too.Too bad I don't crave brussel sprouts!

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buying just one thing might cost more money but just think how much you save in better health

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I don't keep any trigger foods in the house either. If I want ice cream, I buy one scoop in a cup, or one can of soda, or one slice of pizza, or one cookie. It might be more expensive, but it's saved me many a binge.



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hardly ever keep sweets in the house if I crave something have to go out to have it

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Thanks for everyone's support. Pre-planning for restaurants it the only way I can go. Then I only eat half and either split with someone or bring the other half home. Regarding forgetting to press down on the bug spray trigger in your tool box, let's invent one that goes off automatically when it senses dangerous waters. No, my luck I'd be bathed in the 24/7 scent of Raid. I think the only thing to do is get as far away from the food zones as possible. Tell yourself your DONE eating and get involved in something else like taking a walk to clear your mind. Stress is my confidence buster. We need something to deflect that evilness. In the meantime, let's turn up the volume on our self-talk and remind ourselves that WE CAN DO THIS! We just have to believe in ourselves and stay a bit silly. My best, Holly
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great tips thanks for sharing

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Try planning ahead. You suggest a restaurant that you have researched before hand, so that you can decide ahead of time what you will order and how many calories it contains. I searched for beer in the nutrition tracker - a light beer is less than 100 calories, a regular one is still only about 140.

Maybe your issues are more about attitude than caloric count. I generally equate eating out with just an excuse to splurge on dessert. Most times I don't even try to eat healthy. What I need now is to wrap my head around the fact that whether I eat out or eat in or whether it's a week day or week end or holiday, it's all still a part of my new healthy lifestyle. emoticon



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very seldom go out prefer to eat at home

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Whenever I'm at a restaurant I go out of control. I have one beer, and then the menu usually doesn't have many healthy choices, and I think, this healthy choice probably has as much calories as a hamburger so why not get that?
I have to stay away from restaurants because I gain a pound with every "healthy" choice. How do I make it a habit not to go restaurants? What could I do when I go out of the house instead?



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Today, I am feeling similarly to what you have expressed in your post. You mentioned the red flags and the bug spray... I like that!!!! Only problem I would have is that the bug spray could be right in my hand with my finger on the trigger, my emotions would get the best of me, like last night... And I would completely forget to press the trigger until it was too late and I was sulking with guilt from the emotional eating.

Hum, the trick for me would be to figure out how to recognize, before it's too late.

Thank you for the post!!!!!!

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keep at it Holly you will do it

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How nice we all have this place to grow and vent. We are in the middle of much stress from my husband's recent health scare and while I knew I needed to be strong for him, food became an outlet again. I know how damaging overeating can be and how it solves very little other than to dull your senses and slow you down, but still it calls to me like a pusher on a street corner.
I added up my calories today and decided dinner was on in the cards. I feel like SuperNanny has put me on the naughty bench. Now, what I really need to do, while in time-out, is to find more constructive ways to express those feelings that chip away at my self-confidence. I can't correct this behavior until I can redirect it. I need to build a better toolbox! More red flags and bug spray for all difficult occasions.
Thanks all and best of luck, Holly

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good for you

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Getting back up after a week off falling...

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just get up every time you fall nothing wrong in falling if you get up

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When you get off track you just have to step back take a long look at wat caused it. Forgive yourself and get back on track. We all have time we are not on track, slip up, get lazy on exercise, etc. But we do not need to beat ourselves up, just stop step back recroup and get bak into the swing of things

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We all have our good days and bad days we just need to keep at it. emoticon



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emoticon I always knew that I when I was stressed, I turned to food to calm me down. But I used to think that stress came only from outside, like a fight with my family or a deadline at work. But now I am at the age when my hormones are like a tornado, blowing hot and cold at any moment regardless of my life circumstances. It hit me again out of the blue last night, and I really wanted to binge. But because I'd already been working on this issue for the past few weeks, I was able to substitute an out of control binge with an extra snack. Thus, what might have been thousands of extra unhealthy calories turned into only a few hundred extra healthy ones.

I've also realized that while I've always just considered myself lazy and weak willed when it came to food, that there are biological factors, that while out of my actual control, are still within my ability to manage. Getting enough sleep, exercising, eating mindfully and slowly, meditating, getting some sunlight, cutting out sugar, social bonding, - these things really help to lower my stress levels.

So thank you for helping me see, that though I might feel crazy when the urge to binge hits, the feeling might actually be in my body, and not just in my head.

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Great recent posts. Thanks. I have to believe that if we try to manage stress differently this bad behavior might be better trained into more constructive patterns. When I do not rest enough, don't get enough fluids between meals or let stress feed me, I'm in trouble with food. What amazes me is that when we over eat or eat poorly, we know it will not solve anything and in fact, it puts us further down the wrong road. Are we looking for someone to save us when we are not able (willing) to save ourselves?

Please tell me it is not to dull our senses that we stuff our mouths and fill out our hips. I'd be better off hitting my head with a two by four (less calories). Maybe it is for lack of excitement in our lives that we let our guard down and binge. There is an element of naughty delusional delight when we eat uncontrollably. Maybe it is a sign that something is missing in our lives or something destructive is consuming us. Lots of possibilities and answers out there but none involve eating uncontrollably. I recommend keeping a journal and counting our blessings. Good luck. Struggling a bit here too. I do best when off sugar totally! emoticon

Maybe I need to view the most tempting foods as evil (heroin) and the good foods as healthy fuel. I so need to give up the entertainment feature of most of the foods out there. emoticon

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we are united in this struggle some more some less but its hard but the results are sweet getting out of eating all these lovely foods

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Thank you for sharing your struggle.

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I too had my sugar cravings under control for several years and thought I had over come them entirely. Then last summer I fell in love with ice cream again and my love affair lasted all the way through the holidays. On January 1, 2015 I finished off every last bit of sugar in the house, and on January 2, I locked the sugar demon back in his cage by keeping all sweets out of the house. Moderation might work for some people, but not for me. My demon might be under control for the moment, but I realize now I will never be rid of him for good. Sadder but wiser. emoticon



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I had been away from white refined sugar for well over a year with no desire of it. This past Christmas I decided it wouldn't bother me to have a few small sweets. Oh yeah... whose trying to fool who? Here I am three months later struggling with this same old sweet addiction again.

I made it three days over this past weekend, but on Monday, I fell off the wagon again!!!! I have read through some of the posts here and after reading about the person who spread windex on the donuts as to not pick them out of the garbage later, I felt like, yes, it all needs to go in the garbage again.

I paid $11,00 for a beautiful torte, I cut it into 1x2 inch pieces and told myself "you can have one piece everyday until its gone". In reality it is not near as tasty as the homemade fudge I make using almonds, coconut oil and unsweetened cocoa powder - which one tiny piece is very satisfying. BUT, the torte looks so good... UGGGGG

Well, I have decided that today the remaining beautiful tort (about half of the original size) is going in the garbage can!!!!!!

I have been a person who wants to eat beautiful sweets and most of the time they are not very tasty, and when it is tasty, I want to savor the flavor for as long as possible with small bites all day long until it's gone. Does anyone else do this?

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I have been having many issues with this topic...it's gotten worse recently and I wasn't sure what to think. Yes, I work a lot...yes, it's stressful...yes, I live by myself and no one has to watch me eat, so it has gotten out of hand. I've always been a little bit overweight, but it has gotten crazy these past several months. I was debating on seeing a doctor to see what was wrong, but coming to a realization and trying to help myself first seems like the way to go. I'm sure a doctor would say it's all in my head anyway. I'm happy to start reading down this string of messages and seeing more of what you all have done to make things better for yourselves. The time to help myself is now...thank you for helping me realize that. emoticon



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Thanks for all your support and help. I've always known I was an emotional eater. That I binged to help me cope - especially in the evenings. That I have a problem with stress and trouble sleeping. That I can stay on a diet long enough to lose some weight but that stress or cravings or one taste of sugar gets me out of control again. I also know that I'm a fast eater and that I usually eat my meals while doing other things. Thankfully sparkpeople has a team for every one of my issues.

However, I settled on your team, because as I wolfed down my dinner the other evening in front of the computer while reading your message boards (I know, my bad), it was like reading the story of my own life, and suddenly I felt the urge to binge. And then I saw the tip about cleaning up after dinner and declaring the kitchen closed for the evening. And something inside of me clicked.

I immediately got up, washed the dishes, cleaned up the kitchen, did a few other chores - all the while knowing that it was still early and I was still going to eat my preplanned pre bedtime snack. And after about a half an hour I returned to the computer and I realized that the urge to binge had passed, and that enough time had also passed to allow my body to realize that I actually felt full.

It's been three days now. I still eat a bit too fast. And truthfully, I enjoy my meals in front of the TV or computer too much to ever probably change. However, after finishing each healthy portion controlled meal, I immediately get up, clean up, and allow enough time for my mind and body to realize that I am full.

I'd be a liar if I said I will never binge, or over eat, or indulge my sugar cravings again. But it's three days and counting since my last late night binge. So thanks again. And my only tip is - find what works for you - in diet, in exercise, in keeping you on track. We're all unique, we all have unique issues - and yet we can still all help and support each other. emoticon



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You can do it. We're all behind you. It makes you so much stronger when you make good choices. I'm at the beginning too. We can do this. Sending support to anyone who wants or needs it, Holly

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Used what I learned on this message board to not binge last night. Going to keep track of my progress - now at one day and counting. Thanks for all the help.



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Decided to kick sugar. I think it will help a lot of things. Lots of natural sugars in our foods anyway so I'm not expecting to waste away. I found this group because I had spent the last three months renovating a bathroom and recovering from foot surgery, so self sabotage, binge easting and lack of control had been the flavor of the day, mainly because I took on too much at once. Those things are now done and much improved so there is no stopping me now.
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Everyone here has helped me to stop this destructive behavior. My philosophy now is to try to be prepared and say "no" to having too much on my plate. How funny is that since we are all using smaller portions and smaller plates. You never know when the big bumps in the road might hit, so it's best to live life with a healthier lifestyle and attitude all the way around. We must love ourselves now, embrace the process and never doubt our resolve. When things get chaotic I plan to be much stronger and lighter. I'm finding out how fragile life can be.

My best to you. Getting in a good groove is so peaceful. Take care and allow yourself confidence.

You do it, you see it, you feel it, you own it, you live it for the rest of your life. It is a gift and we all have it. Lucky us! Stay positive and kick negativity and excuses to the curb! We're the boss!

Hugs, emoticon Holly
Hope my enthusiasm is not a turn off.



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"If you let being of a more normal weight be your top priority, your health and happiness will follow." -Holly
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3/1/15 2:41 A

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we all have our problems in one degree or another have to find best way to deal with it

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This message board really helped. I'm in a weight loss course at the gym, and all they talk about is portion control and eating more fruits and vegetables. I already know what to eat, I just can't get myself to do it. When I brought up emotional eating, everyone looked uncomfortable and acted like I was the only one with this problem. Now I know I'm not. Thanks for the courage to tell the truth and all the good suggestions. emoticon



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2/26/15 9:37 P

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Ditto, great tricks to stave off binging. Thanks, Holly

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great ideas LGOULDER thanks for sharing

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Don't know if this will help anybody but here are some tricks I use.
Think of something you normally do during the day that you would never do while eating and do that thing when you think you might binge.

For example I knit or read or play solitaire. I never eat while I'm doing those things. If my hands are busy with something else and my mind is engaged doing something else, I won't binge.

Some people can stop the bad binge thoughts by brushing their teeth. (Don't want to get those pearly whites all dirty again!)

I have been guilty of grazing in the kitchen in the past and I think it was just my body longing for the healthy stuff I wasn't feeding it.


We all get 24 hours a day. How we use them is up to us.


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thanks everybody great reading about you

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I am really appreciating all the comments and sharing on this board. Sending hugs to all!



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