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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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3/19/15 11:55 P

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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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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
It's a jungle out there! emoticon

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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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just have to stay focused

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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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keep at it

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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 sharing

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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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stay focused

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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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Been there



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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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Update:
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!

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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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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.


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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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Many of my experiences too Jon. I went off processed foods, added in dairy fats, left behind anything artificial or not natural and turned my back on unnatural sugars, thus controlling all sugar intake and eating balanced meals. I don't miss the altered food a bit and when I follow this, I lose the urge to overeat (aka "treat myself like a garbage dump"). I'm still a foodie only I'm no longer playing Russian Roulette with my calories. Eating emotionally and being driven by the addictiveness of so many foods makes my personality very unpleasant, I court serious depression and just lose all my better judgement while becoming sluggish of mind and body. We can only do this for ourselves and that makes the journey all that much more spectacular. It can be done with great style and grace once it is an integral part of your lifestyle. Congrats to all who have decided to leave binging at the curb so as not be sabotaged again. And to those just bouncing back, as we sometimes have to do, I'm with you and ready to stop this insanity. emoticon

One curious thought. When I am out of control (recently for me) I notice I am usually trying to control others. I'm spinning my wheels and I forget you can't control others, only I am too lost in my over eating to get off the slippery slope and take responsibility for and control of myself.
Maybe that should be a warning flag!!! Things aren't going well? First ask, "How am I doing"? Never give up what you need to keep yourself well!! Especially your energy.

400 consecutive days without binge eating Jon, wow! You and many others here are good role models. Thanks.

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For most of my life I dealt with the unavoidable uncontrollable binge eating episodes that ended all weight loss attempts until I cut out both artificial sweeteners and added sugar. Which mean cutting out most processed foods, clean eating and eating food that contains mostly 100% nutrition. Freedom from hunger issues, no longer having the ability to binge eat is the one benefit most responsible for my own 400 consecutive binge free days in a row. Enabling consistency, 32 consecutive official weight loss periods, hopefully that many more to reach my goal weight ties directly with no longer having to deal with binge eating.

Considering how much I once struggled then transformed I encourage anyone dealing with binge eating to try a no sweetness challenge for two weeks. If your lucky enough as I have been, It's an amazing transformation.



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Amen! It is exactly how you feel in a nut shell, possessed!

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emoticon Audreyrose 86. I recently fell off the wagon and it's like you are being possessed. What a horrible feeling. No one else can save you. It feels so much better to be in control of yourself and enjoying the calm and the strength from it. Know your triggers and steer clear. Works for me. My best to everyone trying to believe in themselves. Don't let anyone make you doubt yourself or your resolve. They are not worth it. You are! We can and will do this. Everything we eat is in direct relation to how we feel inside and look on the outside. Too many carbs or processed foods makes me very unhappy and unhealthy. It's a jungle out there. Never be too far away from your armor and have fun with it. Never take yourselves too seriously. I have to work on this one. Food is never the answer, it is the fuel and medicine but not the answer to everything else in my book.
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clean eating is the only way to go

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Yes! Oh my gosh, I really used to be bad! I thought I was sick, like I had a problem, as if it was me and I would tear my self up about it. I struggled for from the time I was 16 with it so 12 years of out of control eating! When I say out of control I mean you would never think it was humanely possible to put down all the food I did. I was obsessed with thoughts of food, it was insane. A month after cleaning up my diet I started noticing ever week that would pass without me having the urge to sit on the couch and mindlessly eat food for hours. I was like oh my god I don't think about food in the mornings as soon as I open my eyes! It is really a great feeling and I hope it helps others because I know how bad it felt to feel like I was crazy and had a problem. They call it food addiction or disorders, when really they are purposely addicting us to it! Ugh it's so sad :(

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AUDREYROSE86 - That is so true! I respond to processed foods and sugars like an addict. It is amazing how my goals to eat cleaner have reduced the incidents of out of control eating.



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Good for u.....great job resisting emoticon

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thanks, Im really thinking of getting some help

One day, not only will my PRINCE grow up, ... he will learn to change the empty toliet paper roll...... Hey, I can dream cant I? God Bless


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There is a medical condition called Binge Eating Disorder. If you are out of control often, maybe a medical professional could help.

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Ok, this is something very close to me as I would do this VERY often. If you have Netflix, or I think it may even be on youtube, watch something called hunger for change. It breaks down the chemical additives put in processed foods such as fiber one, lucky charms, pretty much anything in a package with the exception of some that have 5 ingredients or less THAT YOU CAN READ LOL that is purposely put in our food to make you addicted, to make you want to over eat, to make you buy more more more. I was a severe binge eater, I still battle with occasional emotional eating but I do not binge eat like a food crazed lunatic anymore since I have been eating clean. Processed foods literally hook you just the same way as heroin or crack. You eat some, then you want to eat more and more and more of it. Then they blame us lazy obese Americans when really they are putting chemicals in our food that cause a chemical response in our brains exactly the way highly addictive drugs do. Hope this helps and good luck!

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Good job resisting the cravings! I need to work on that. If I can keep my mouth busy drinking water, chewing gum, eating fruit, sucking on a hard candy...I do better. I just need to consistently make better choices about what goes into my mouth.



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Working on Cravings and my brain. I am trying to teach myself that just because I start thinking about (insert trigger food here), doesn't mean I have to eat it. Yesterday I wasted 30 minutes thinking about cheese-its! But I did not eat them. The world didn't end! I am building my binge-resistance muscles!emoticon



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save some protein for a night time smack. i have teddy peanut butter no salt added, cheese or a small piece of white meat at bed time.

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water rules. i have a 64 oz jug i keep a days supply of filtered water in. ice water first thing in the morning will get those bowels moving in a week. eat fiber fruits and veggies not juices. start slowly on the fiber increase it a little each day. too much too soon cn be a problem as well.


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I have managed to string together two days of eating well. It seems finding this group really helped. It's amazing the power you get by feeding yourself positive messages and working on quieting the self-doubt. Going for three day streak. It's getting easier.

Sending strength to you all. I find it helps to imagine yourself as you wish you were. A picture, an attitude, whatever floats your boat. Take care, emoticon

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I saw my surgeon yesterday to find out about my abdominal mpain. He said probably constipation from not enough water and too much coffee, since coffee dehydrates us.
I am now being more mindful of what I eat and drinking more water,less coffee.
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There's something about the evenings that brings out the weakness in many of us.
Yesterday, I was craving donuts. I haven't had one since last summer. At the grocery store I bought a package of six. Putting away the groceries, I felt guilty about buying them, so I put them out of the way in the cupboard. Then I got busy and forgot about them. This morning, they were still there. I opened the package this morning and sprayed windex on them and threw them away. The windex will make sure that I don't pull them back out of the garbage later on tonight. ( They're cello wrapped, so they'd still be eatable otherwise)
Yes, it was a waste of $2.50 BUT I look at it like this. How much have I spent on diet pills,powders and self help books?

I told myself: Clementines are also sweet and round and yummy.mmmm... tangy goodness

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Terri the more exercise you do the more calories you are allowed. are you counting in your household chores s exercise. if you sit all day 1200 might be enough. i eat a lot of vegetables and fruit they keep me full. on 1200 cals a day i do very well. BUT i am in my 70ies .


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Some really great ideas here. Thanks to everyone!

Slowly and surely wins the race.


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One more thing - I don't know how anyone can eat only 1200 calories a day and be satisfied. I could never eat less than 1600 calories a day without being starved and deprived. Yes weight comes off a bit more slowly but this is for life and needs to be sustainable.



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I simply cannot have tortilla chips in the house. Once I start, no stopping. If we plan on making nachos for a game or something, I throw the rest out rather than leave the bag hanging around to add empty calories to another day. No crappy food in the house helps enormously. If I find myself grazing from a piece of cheese to fruit to whatever, I make a salad or a sandwich in the 200-300 calorie range. Eat something satisfying! If a salad or sandwich doesn't sound good then you are not truly hungry and something else is going on. Try brushing your teeth, dance to a good song, walk around the block, anything to change your mindset. Good luck.



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Aryasvitkona - Yes. I feel the same way... It's such a hard feeling to ignore. Sometimes, all I can do is go to bed.



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I feel your pain. I'm struggling with this right now as I type...which is why I'm on the message boards right now! I'm trying to distract myself. I've eaten well all day today and stayed within my calorie range. In fact, I'm actually about 50 calories under 1200. But for the past hour, I've been fighting myself because I want to eat so badly. We have a package of mint oreos (my son's favorite) and I seriously want to dive face-first into them. I have drank several cups of water, had a tablespoon of peanut butter with some celery, and just to satisfy the sweet tooth had half a serving of semi sweet chocolate chips (35 cals). It didn't help. I'm trying to distract myself and still my brain is screaming "I WANT FOOD!" LOL I'm doing my best to ignore it.

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praying for you.

"You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be." wayne dyer
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I have gained 10 lbs back in the last year. Im not sure what happened but I went to the ER on Sunday after having acute abdominal pains all day.they ran all kinds of tests and found nothing to cause the pain. The only thing that helped the pain was a shot of morphine. I am still real tender and afraid to eat anything. I see my surgeon this afternoon.
I am drinking more water than I am used to.Only eating soft foods.
I guess I will find out more later today.
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I know what you mean about life being meaningless without binge eating. I struggle with depression/anxiety as well and use the next planned food binge as something to look forward to to get me through everyday life. I only binge 2-4 times a month, but its constantly on my mind. I just wanted you to know that you are not alone and that I started taking St. John's Wort 3x a day last fall when I was super depressed and it has helped greatly. Also, despite my planned binges, I was able to lose 120lbs, and keep it off for 8yrs now. So there is hope even if you're not perfect all the time! Don't give up!!!

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Thank you for this team. It has helped me to get back on track! emoticon
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KJEANNE: Just checked out the ceahow web site--thank you so much for posting this---I have been struggling with overeating for weeks now-ever since my new's year resolution--and basically for the last 20 years of my life or all my life really, but didn't start gaining a lot of weight until I was around 40 years old -- I feel like this is what I may need because I am very addicted to food--Do they have a online site--that I can join ?? Is that what you do?? Or do you go to local meetings if you don't mind me asking--just was wondering how I will go about joining---



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There are days it is hard to stay on track, I just takes theway I feel the next day ad te change in m clothes to slap e back on track

Keep on track


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For many, bingeing is a symptom of boredom, loneliness, or stress. We must reject the tendency to withdraw. Reach out and connect with others. Fill our time with something meaningful. Not just care-giving but also care-seeking. Some ideas: Smile at a clerk in the store and wish them a great day. Cuddle a dog or cat. Call a friend. Text a family member. Join a Spark team and introduce yourself.

One of my favorite recent interactions was early on Christmas day, taking a walk, when a stranger wished me a merry Christmas. It was a sweet little surprise.

These interactions can be the sustenance that cures our hunger.

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I'm struggling this minute. I want to give up on this whole thing, and eat whatever I want whenever I want....It's just so hard to think that I just can't eat the sweets I did before and be completely fine with it. I want all of my sweets back and not just a danggone small piece. I want the satisfaction I feel after eating how much I want. That's what I want....I want to feel satisfied and this healthy eating doesn't even come close to making me feel satisfied.

I could go binge....but I don't want to gain. I'm already not losing anything on the calories I'm eating...it's like adding insult to injury. But I just want to eat......



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I could not have said that better myself, thanks, especially the part about looking to fill a hole in your life while you know food will not ever fill it. Food can't cure stress, boredom or sadness either. Still poor food choices are like drugs. It's hard to overcome their lure even though you know better.
Best wishes to everyone on this slippery slope. May you and I soon get back on track.
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emoticon We have what it takes and we must be the only ones driving the boat. For this we have to believe we CAN DO IT!

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I am still not perfect with this. I am a work in progress. I have noticed that if I feel bored, sad or tired I am more likely to binge eat. And in that instance it is not the food that I want. I am looking to fill a hole in my life. Even though I know that food will not fill it.



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I do real well half of the day. I am mad because I lost 100 pounds , had developed good habits then I had knee surgery and couldn't exercise the way I used to for a while and lost that good habit. Now I snack instead. I just don't seem to be able to get back on track.

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Hey,

I would love to buddy up with you! ;O)

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Thanks Trish!

Breaking the day down into blocks sounds really doable. That way I think I can get by without hating myself for a week or more for one binge.


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I used to binge everyday. I started to congratulate myself on not binging the first 12 hours of the day. Then the next 12 hours of the day. My binges are down to 1 or 2 a week from 1-2 a day!
One step at a time, one hour at a time,,,



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Last week was really tough for me. I had a lot of stress and didnt work out. Binge ate fried chicken and pizza and other carby food like grilled cheese sandwiches. Cant fall asleep at night. Toss and turn in bed all day.

Worked out today and yesterday. Need help with emotional eating though.

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I still do this same thing from time to time. Last night was one of those nights. I had been doing so good. I've been working on cutting out added sugars and have done well at it. A friend and are doing this together. Well, last night came and I just had this craving (not hunger) that I couldn't meet. I hate nuts, dried fruits, peanut butter (natural), rice crackers, etc, etc....all after a nice big salad and chicken!! I felt awful after and I still feel awful today - bloated and icky. I know the results of doing this, but for some reason, I cannot seem to stop myself.



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Hey maybe you could buy some frozen fruits and veggies -since they last much longer and at the end of the month you would still be able to make some healthier choices

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I am finding that tracking everything - even the compulsive overeats - helps tremendously. Asking myself, "Do I want to track this?" sometime helps stop me in my "tracks"!



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1/27/15 6:21 A

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This is really good sound advice. I will track my binges and watch to see what I am binging on and try & keep it out of the house. The end of the month is a hard time when most of my fruits and veggies are gone from the frig & I am waiting for payday to go shopping.

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1/24/15 4:12 P

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I also stuggle with binge eating and want to friend others stuggling as support.Feel free to friend me if interested

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1/24/15 4:08 P

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i also stuggle with binge eating and want friendsalso stuggling with it for support.Friend me if you want to buddy up

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Awesome suggestions everyone. Thanks.

I haven't got the whole binge eating thing totally figured out just yet but have had some successes. One of the things that works for me is to ask myself why I want to eat. Often the answer will be something other than hunger and then ask how I ask myself how I can take care of myself better. Usually something better than binge eating comes to mind. It could be that one of the reasons for binge eating is that we are trying to care for ourself in a misguided way. Of course there are lots of reasons people binge eat and we need to have a variety of strategies to deal with them. But be kind and gentle to yourself, acknowledge that you are trying to make changes and recognize the times you have been successful. Change doesn't happen overnight. So cut yourself some slack.



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I am prone to the same behavior.... it's purely psychological. Food is release, distraction, masochism.... well it's really not those things in reality, but in our minds way of coping with stress or boredom it becomes as such. Going to counseling has helped me learn how to cope with life better and I rely on food less as comfort. That may be helpful for ya. We all know how you feel!



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