SparkPeople Binger/Snacker~ Night / Closet Eater Team Messageboard This is a team where ladies can feel comfortable sharing their feelings and thoughts. We are full of support, motivation and encouragement. Here you can be yourself and never feel judged. SparkPeople Binger/Snacker~ Night / Closet Eater Team Messageboard Hi Ladies I thought I would start a new topic so we have more room to post than just on the wall. It looks like there are three of us now so maybe we can be encouragement for each other. Personally I am having a very difficult time moving past this binging and secret eating that has gone on and off my entire life. This time last year I was on a low carb diet doing well and then got derailed when I had some personal issues that just threw me for a loop. Eating has been my solace and my friend ,however,... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:53:52 EST Finally admitting I have a problem, hello team well... I've been logging on Spark since May 2016. Every day. without fail I calculate my intake and what I burn (I use fitbit), I make charts and write a blog. Like any good perfectionist/addict-type personality, I am diligent, focused, and relatively obsessive about my use of SP. I've been on a team challenge to lose 2-5 lbs a month, but the truth is, the team isn't helping much in terms of emotional / mental support. <BR> <BR> I was using another site for human support.. but it was .. w... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 05:53:43 EST Hello Hi, l'm Lisa. l have had weight issues for years. l gain and lose and gain and lose. Bingeing is a new thing to me and sort of snuck up on me. Don't get me wrong, l haven't made great choices and have overeaten, or l wouldn't be here in the first place. l can't even tell you when it started. One day l realized l had eaten more than one person would eat all day in about an hour. Now, l can't seem to help myself. l can eat well on work days, but once l get home or on my weekend, l just ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:28:56 EST OK Let's Get Things Going - May 2016 I joined the team and see it's not active. Let's change that today. <BR> <BR> Let us know how you are doing. How is your day going? Is there Spark information you need? <BR> <BR> What is going well and what are your challenges? <BR> <BR> Let's make this a great team! <BR> Mon, 9 May 2016 21:47:46 EST weight issues I have had problems with food my entire life. and I was gained and lost so many times it is unreal...when I first got on sparks I called myself yo-yo queen because that is who I was. <BR> the last four yrs I had given up on weight lose. I was up to 198 pounds and I would get up take my daughter to school and come home and sleep. I would get up about 1pm and eat but stay on the couch. i would pick my daughter up and be with her. when her dad came home i would cook dinner and eat it and than g... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 15:36:38 EST The time for change is now! I've been an emotional binge eater for a long time and I never made the connection that it was moods, emotions and feelings driving me to binge eat until recently. I believe that diets have not worked for me..and there were many...because I need to work on the inner me...I need to start feeling emotions rather than covering up the issues with food. <BR> A week ago I had a bad binge episode and the next day I woke up drained and feeling like my body was sick....that morning was the pivotal poi... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:01:32 EST hi from serra! hi, my name is serra and i am 20 years old. last year i went on a crazy healthy craze and lost about 20 lbs in a month and a half but i looked amazing. then the one day i went to eat with my friends at home and got an unhealthy meal and fell in love with food all over again. ever since then its been a cycle of eating really healthy and eating everything insight for a day. i am trying to fight the urge to eat unhealthy all the time. i wake up eat and go to the gym come home eat and then wait f... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 20:58:04 EST Night time eating Do you have a problem overeating at night? Or, have you found things that work well for you to avoid it? Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:09:06 EST Hello! Anybody here? Hi, I joined this team today. I'm wondering if there is any action here? <BR> <BR> Are there members who read this who would like to be more active on the topic of avoiding / diminishing night eating? Sun, 28 Dec 2014 04:34:01 EST Hi Hi, I'm Christina, I'm 49 and I live in the Netherlands. I think my life would improve if I could stop eating at night after the evening meal. I hope there are still some members on this team who are willing to be active. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 04:31:57 EST Hi I just wanted to quickly introduce myself :) My name is Michelle and I am from Canada, I am not new to spark but have decided to start over again and re give it a go. In the past I have joined teams and stayed pretty quiet not really getting active on the message boards and this time through i'm hoping to change that. Its super easy to just walk away from spark when your quietly in the backround unnoticed but if I actually get to know people who can help keep me accountable I won't be able to... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:22:50 EST SAHM in Minneapolis I am a stay-at-home mom to two young kids - toddler and an infant - in Minneapolis. I'm overweight and in need of a drastic lifestyle change. I've been "trying" to do this for years without success but I'm ready to reach my goals. I look forward to mutual support with everyone!! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:42:42 EST what do you do to make the cravings go away? Its night time, everyone's gone to bed but you, and grocery day was yesterday so you have a full fridge, you are within range on your calories but you can hear the food in the fridge calling to you for a snack. You start to rationalize how you can calculate a snack .... <BR> <BR> This is where I am/have been for the past few nights. I am wondering if ya'll have any advice on how to make the cravings go away. I try to busy my mind so I'm not like watching cooking videos on youtube or l... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 22:57:26 EST DAILY CHIT CHAT 2014 Hi Everyone. Hope you're all having a good day. <BR> Decided this morning to see if taking a very strong fluid pill would help my back any by getting some of the excess fluid out of my system and I honestly think it has helped a good bit. My back has eased up a whole lot since taking the medication. Normally I don't take fluid pills as I'm allergic to sulfer medications but I felt it was worth the risk if I got some relief in my lower back. Now I've got to really watch the sodium so that it d... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:01:25 EST Hi... Hi, <BR> <BR> So, I've been struggling with binge-ing for over a year now. I find I usually do it at night or when bored throughout the day. I always do it when no-one is around, and so now for some reason that habit has stuck, and whenever i find myself alone I start eating everything in sight. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:02:34 EST Katie's intro Hi my name is Katie. I am single mom of a 11 year old daughter Rylee. a part time college student through Ames Christian university. I take online classes. I also work at home for a paid survey company. I am taking a course christian based to address my binge eating. would love to have friends who are in the journey with me Thu, 30 May 2013 13:50:04 EST Middle of the night binge eater - Greetings! Hi everyone. I'm 22 and living on my own for the first time. My weight has only crept up on my the past couple years since I stopped playing sports. I'm conscious of what I eat during the day, but for the past year or so I've struggled with middle of the night binge eating. I feel like a zombie walking into the kitchen and eating whatever is in sight, especially bread. Last night I ate 6 rolls and almost a whole tub of butter! <BR> <BR> There have been only a handful of nights in the past ye... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 01:08:15 EST calorie count reset Here is and interesting question: how long do you have to wait before you reset the calorie counting. For instance, I eat at normal times except more often than not because of work I eat rather late. Or sometimes I eat a snack or something reeeaaally late. Depending on how many hourse its been how do I know what day to all those calories to my counter with it being accurate and not affect my weight. Does I go by when I go to bed or go by midnight? :/ Sat, 20 Apr 2013 01:28:36 EST Gotta get Ahold of my Emotions I posted this entry in the introduce yourself forum as well. <BR> <BR> Well, my weight goes up and down every year I think. I have had a particularly hard last 6 months or so. To sum it up I binge (used to purge) and now I just don't feel like doing the purging anymore... Although in my opinion being bulimic has to be healthier than being obese. <BR> That being said, I know that being at a healthy weight and not binging at all would be the best thing. It's just so hard. Having always been a... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:01:21 EST Hello Spark People! Back again from a Sparkcation. Well, my weight goes up and down every year I think. I have had a particularly hard last 6 months or so. To sum it up I binge (used to purge) and now I just don't feel like doing the purging anymore... Although in my opinion being bulimic has to be healthier than being obese. <BR> That being said, I know that being at a healthy weight and not binging at all would be the best thing. It's just so hard. Having always been a binger, when I started purging in my 20s I lost a huge amount of weight... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:58:39 EST Hi I'm so glad I found this group. I overeat, late night snack and binge sometimes. I'm really ashamed at my lack of control. I hope to be able to deal with a lot of that here. <em>15</em> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:22:40 EST Wishes With every wish that you make comes the power to make it come true. <BR> But it is up to you to provide the work that will make it a reality. <BR> Are you using your power to make your wishes come true today? <BR> Libby Rosenauer. <BR> <BR> Well.....are you? <BR> <BR> I am! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 08:51:44 EST Need to get back on track Since the christmas period iv not stopped eating the wrong kind of foods. seriously need to get back to wat i was doing before am absolutely dreading the weigh in monday. feel so bloated and disgusting right now. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 15:58:58 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR! Happy new year everyone! Best of luck for 2013! <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 03:10:44 EST Hello everyone! Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Cherise and I have been battling my weight for all of my adult life and have had trouble with uncontrollable food cravings and binge eating since early childhood. At this point, I have about 120 pounds to lose. <BR> <BR> I have already been posting to this team but I never did introduce myself. I guess I decided to do things backward! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I have been on quite a journey for the last couple of years, trying to get healthy. It has been a b... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:21:18 EST Late night snacker here...Hi I'm Sherry :) hope i'm in the right place. i have been with spark for a few months now and some bumps in the road threw me off track. it seems when i do get back on track i sabotage myself with my late night snacking. i've even fallen asleep watching tv but will wake back up just to eat before i go back to bed. guess it's even a bit of a binge too. not just one small snack but several b/c i just can't decide what i want to eat. it's crazy b/c i don't know what is causing me to behave this way. i've recentl... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:25:49 EST 21/12/12 Do you believe that something bad is going to happen tomorrow,the 21st of December, as the Mayan predicted? <em>40</em> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 05:26:34 EST Something important to remember Remember it all tastes the same if it's a large serving or small serving. <BR> <BR> SPARKLE ON! <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>4</em> <em>4</em> <BR> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 12:20:57 EST Smile and be happy! This is my blog entry for the day.... <BR> <BR> Live today with joy in your hearts. Be grateful for what you have. Simply being here on Sparks is a blessing. So many healthy and positive things to do here. Come on in and leave your burdens at the door. When you are here click away. So many wonderful things here. Even if it's just for a few minutes you will definitely benefit from it. Don't worry about your eating and exercising if you are struggling. Maybe it just isn't time for that. It's n... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:23:27 EST Desparate to find a buddy Greetings, I have already posted my message in the introduction thread. <BR> <BR> PLEASE READ! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 10:44:10 EST Desparate to find a buddy Hi, <BR> New here. I am looking for a buddy who shares the same struggles that I do with binge eating. Someone who mostly has trouble with binging at night. My binging has been out of control for the last couple months. I've gained 10 pounds. If you are interested please let me know by either Sparkmail or on my page. I am here on Sparks every day. I will definitely respond. I make a good buddy. I am very supportive and motivated. <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from you soon. <BR> <BR> <em>247</... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 10:41:15 EST Hi Hi, i am here because I am a compulsive overeater and I also struggle with binge eating. This is always done in secret and no one knows that I do it. I am a stay at home mum so it tends to be during the day. I dont know why I do it and I feel ashamed and disgusted with myself. I am piling on weight because I am taking in so many calories but I just cant seem to help myself. <BR> <BR> I need to get control of this so I hope this team can help me and perhaps I can help others with my understan... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 06:28:28 EST Good morning. My name is Liz Good morning. I'm so happy to have found this Team. I do really well all day and then after dinner, i don't know why, i cant seem to stop snacking. I'm hoping that this team will help to motivate me and inspire me to stay on track. Sat, 1 Sep 2012 07:00:51 EST GIFT-SHARING BASKET This is a popular place on my Team...Sugar & Food Addiction. So, I thought to place this here for you as well. Please feel free to leave something & to take something. On our team we leave affirmations & all sorts of helpful things. I will often leave an mp3 download, links to a webinar or something I've written that holds special meaning for me. <BR> <BR> I just posted the second session to The Dream Workshop. I've written about it on my blog today. The first session is posted on my Team...... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:44:46 EST oops oh dear so last night i snacked on crisps and chocolate am just relieved that it it wasn't a high calorie one, considering its my 2nd blip i'm not going to beat myself up about it and today i am back on track which is good cause normally i'd of given up, something is changing in me. <em>30</em> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 06:13:46 EST Been Binge Eating You know, I really hate that we struggle with this. I hate that I feel so out of control with it. I hate that I can't walk through a store and NOT look at the junk food. I hate that I seem to purposely choose these horrible foods knowing how it'll make me feel both physically and emotionally. <BR> <BR> And because I do this, I have no one to blame for my weight but myself. I have no right to complain about it... :( <BR> <BR> Celeste Sun, 29 Jul 2012 02:39:06 EST Returning Member Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Celeste and I am 27 years old. <BR> <BR> I have been a member of SparkPeople probably 3-4 <BR> times. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to do this alone, and I can't do it. <BR> I am tired of trying to do it alone. <BR> <BR> I need help. I admit it. I ask for it. <BR> <BR> I have been an emotional eater for years now. It started shortly after something horrible happened to me. <BR> <BR> I am the type to buy little debbie's cakes and eat them alone. I buy junkf... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 01:16:24 EST New day, new commitment, and new friends My name is Emma and I moved back to IL in October of last year. I started being part of the spark community last year but a lot of life changing and stressful events occurred and well derailed my commitment to myself. I am 33 years old and 210 lbs. My goal is to lose 95 lbs. My ultimate goal weight is 115. <BR> <BR> A little bit about myself. I am currently a graduate student and I commute into the city quite often during the week. I have about an hour and 1/2 commute one way on the train. I... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 11:18:57 EST Why do I binge eat? I don't know why I do it other then a love the taste of food. I went a month, completely motivated and no urges to over eat. Now I can't stop thinking about fast food. I just ate 1,700 calories worth of Chick Fil A and all I can think about is cake! I don't understand what my brain is doing. How can I go from no urges to I can't control myself? How do I get my brain back to eating healthy?? I feel like all I'm thinking about is eating junk food. I'm not craving anything healthy. It's like I'... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 16:17:52 EST Dilemma: I don't really want to stop binging... So I do and I don't want to stop... I mean I want to stop feeling like crap during and after the binge. I hate that bloated feeling. And I obviously do not want to gain weight. But I secretly love to eat. And I crave these binge foods so bad. I love the taste of carbs and fatty foods. I think this is partially because I do not allow myself too much wiggle room in my ordinary diet. How can I overcome binging when I love to stuff my face so much?? Mon, 28 May 2012 22:17:23 EST SuperMarket Cart Challenge I've been challenging myself in the supermarket for many years. It really helps. Yesterday I got an A+ & that was exceptional because right now I'm going through some very major stress. I don't like chatting stress on the boards, but leave it to say it falls in the very high levels & is not under my control. Well anyway, this is about the shopping cart. <BR> <BR> I do like to shop from a list, but I will add things to the cart if they fall into my healthy category. Nothing with sugar or p... Mon, 21 May 2012 07:33:55 EST My name is Lysandra Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I've already introduced myself but just in case... I signed up for SP last December and have not been as faithful as I wanted to be. As always, life sometimes becomes busier and more complicated than anticipated. Anyway, I just celebrated my 43rd birthday in April and once again realized that my weight loss goals have not yet been achieved. I've struggled with losing weight for several years and am finally tired of not being able to breathe and just ... Sun, 6 May 2012 17:33:44 EST Hey everyone! Hello everyone! My name is Kelly. I have struggled with eating for most of my adult life. I was bulemic in high school and college. I currently am at my highest weight. I feel as though my poor eating habits have worsened over the past year. I feel as though I have lost control. I go and get a large amount of unhealthy food and then come home and enjoy it all by myself. I feel that consuming these large amounts of food provide me with some temporary happiness, only to be followed by ... Fri, 4 May 2012 16:48:30 EST HEALTH FOOD IMPOSTERS <link><BR>ng/health-food-impostors?cm_mmc=Spotli<BR>ght-_-899168-_-05042012-_-11-Fake-Heal<BR>th-Foods </link> Fri, 4 May 2012 09:28:36 EST hi im crystal I am a 30 year old woman from Saskatchewan, canada. I have started a weight loss journey and i found this website. So far i have found it very inspiring. Thu, 3 May 2012 23:08:01 EST Hello one and all Hi, my name is Erin and this is the first step on my journey towards conquering my binge eating. I absolutely love sweets, especially chocolate! and find myself polishing off bags of M & Ms all the way to strawberry Twizzlers, depending on my mood. I don't know why I do it, but I know I always feel tremendously guilty afterwards and I really want to find out why and learn to, at the very least, control it. I am thankful to have found the courage to search the message boards for this issue,... Wed, 2 May 2012 19:09:45 EST New here but not to the struggle How do you sum up all you food issues in a tiny little box?? <BR> <BR> Im a food addict. I weigh all my meals to control portions. I do not eat flout/sugar, unless of course i am binging. I am a normalweight for the first time in my life, but it has only made my issues with food more obvious to me! <BR> <BR> Basically im a mess and trying to figure it all out. Today im working on positivity and not obsessing about food! Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:47:03 EST MY NAME iS dAVID hI, i AM A NIGHTSNACKER, AND I BINGE EAT, BUT MORE OF A NIGHT SNACKER, I KNOW I NEED TO STOP THIS MADNESS ANS LEARN TO EAT LIGHTLY AND HEALTHY AND TO EAT BETTER SNACKS NS SNACK NOT SO MUCH Sat, 7 Apr 2012 23:53:20 EST I binge ate 2 days in a row..feel awful! So I did great last month losing 6 lbs. and thinking I had this binge thing beat. Counted calories all week, excercised every day, then BAM!!!! Had a 2 day BINGE FEST!!! I feel God awful right now!!! <BR> <BR> I've had self control and lost 60 lbs. in 2010!! Why can't I get to that good place again and STAY THERE???? <em>24</em> Fri, 6 Apr 2012 09:10:11 EST Tell me about your setbacks... So I'm REALLY struggling right now to not give up on this journey. I've gained weight and inches even though I've been working my butt off at the gym and eating less and I'm on the edge about to jump off the wagon AGAIN. So I was wondering, to those of you who have lost weight successfully... "What were some of your setbacks when you first started your journey?" Mon, 26 Mar 2012 00:41:14 EST Putting Duct Tape on My Shopping List! I made it through yesterday without doing my normal self-destructive "Eat-a-thon." I do fine up until I eat lunch and then I go nuts! It's like I can't stop eating once I start. I'll eat something and immediately want something else, so I get something else and then I want something else............and on and on it goes, sometimes clear up to dinner time! I know it is crazy and I am ashamed and disgusted when I do this but I don't know how to stop this behavior. Yesterday was the first ti... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 16:20:42 EST low calorie bedtime snack! hi sparkiees! this is the first time I posted I thread on this team. So tonight, after dinner, I had 1 glass of chocolate and a banana and water. I hope tomorrow I'll cut the chocolate. I will only have banana and water. Before I used to eat A LOT before going to sleep. Eating kinda makes me sleepy. But after eating, I really feel terrible and guilty. I used to eat fish, rice, noodles! All the horrible stuff! So starting tonight, the choco, banana and the water are my last meals! <BR> I hope... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:28:58 EST Starting Again on Spark I've been on and off Spark People for several years and came back a couple of months ago only to repeat my cycle of starting and stopping. I do great for a couple of days and then I stop tracking my food and that is my doom. Glad to have found this team because I have had an unhealthy relationship with food all my life. My main problem is that I eat a sensible lunch and then all hell breaks loose! I go on a food marathon - sometimes eating snacks right up to dinner time and then right aroun... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 01:18:46 EST What time of day is the best to weigh? So it seems that my scale goes up drastically at night, I've been told that weight fluctuates during the day and I've seen it first hand. So my question is, "what time of day is the best to weigh?" Mon, 12 Mar 2012 10:20:06 EST Its been exactly 2 weeks... Its been 2 weeks and i have not binge ate! its been very hard but everytime i get upset, sad, emotional, or just plain bored, i do something else or address the issue. When i pass a fast food place, i keep driving. when i have a bad day, I cuddle with my husband. When i'm feeling bad about myself, i call my trainer for motivation and make sure that i take out all my frustration during my workouts. i force myself to go to the gym. I put a sign on the fridge and pantry that says "HALT - Hungry... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 10:02:13 EST third time a charm..New Hello….What’s shakin?? <BR> <BR> I would like to introduce myself. I'm a curvy chick who has hit rock bottom. My curves have turned into rolls and globs of fat. I've fallen off the wagon, rolled over and waiting for my ride back. <BR> <BR> I'm the heaviest I've ever been. 5ft -190lbs. I can't believe how the weight has crept up on me. So I'm a mission to lose it and learn how to maintain it finally instead of going up and down. I'm currently in a steady routine to the gym three times a we... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 12:11:01 EST The fast food frenzy I'm so frusterated right now. I just don't know what is going on with me. I eat so 'good' during the day and then night time comes and a frenzy comes over me! I feel like I NEED protien and grease, I think to myself; "hmmmm, I really want me a quarter pounder right now," and once that thought enters my mind it quickly becomes an obsession. I feel like I turn into some sort of mindless, anxiety prone animal. It's next to impossible for me to talk myself out of it because at that point I don't ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:54:28 EST I binge ate today... I'm so sad right now. I binge ate nearly 4000 + calories. So everything I've worked for this week (all of the calorie counting) is gone, useless, finished! <BR> I worked an overnight shift last night and my body didn't know how to deal with it. I was hungry and tired all day, so I ate. I literally feel like crying right now, I feel so useless... An utter failure. :'( Sun, 26 Feb 2012 22:55:55 EST I want peanut butter! Peanut butter is a real trigger food for me. Sometimes I can have a spoonful or a sandwich, sometimes, it just gets ugly. I'm going shopping tomorrow and am entertaining the thought of picking some up. I don't eat much animal protein(a little fat free cheese & 1% milk are about it), or nightshades(tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplant)& I'm a brittle type 1 diabetic, so my food choices are kind of limited. So some natural peanut butter would actually be a good addition to my diet but I'm a... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 21:15:54 EST Onelasttime9..... READY TO QUIT!! I am sending this out and I don't know where it will go.... All I know is I'm ready to quit!! I've been trying for the past 3 weeks to lose wieght, tracking my food and I'm on a 21 day streak for working out right now... But I haven't lost a single pound!! It's sooooo frustrating.... I do feel a little better, like I may be losing inches,... but I want to lose pounds!!!! I know lots of you out there I'm sure have felt this way and I just need something to tell me it's going to work this time.... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:04:03 EST Finally Hello! I'm new to sp and I'm looking forward to shedding these annoying pounds of. I am an emotional eater, and binge eat at night! It's strange I start out the day fine then I get home and I lose all selfcontrol. I've decide its time to change! Fri, 17 Feb 2012 22:49:50 EST Is bingeing to be considered a sort of addiction? My hubby and I were talking about bingeing today and it seems to me it is an addiction of it? If so, how do we handle the addictive nature of a binge? Do we all need addiction help as well???? ie; a food addict support team? <em>303</em> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 23:08:17 EST Late-Night snack attack trick... Do you have a late-night snack attack trick? I found that for me I have often, during an "I need a chocolate bar" attack, eaten my way through salty popcorn, crunchy chips AND creamy pudding because I wanted to avoid the fattening chocolate. In the end I still wasn't satisfied so I ate the chocolate anyway, of from my experience, it seems better to have a small portion of the actual chocolate bar (or replace with a healthier option as close to it as you can get) so you satisfy tha... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 10:21:19 EST Sounds Like A Team That I Can Relate To. But there is one small stumbling block. I am a bloke who has a terrible night time snacking problem. Would like to join in with the team to get help, advice and support and maybe in a while pay it back. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. <BR> <BR> Frankie Mon, 30 Jan 2012 11:12:24 EST Beyond the binge Hello everyone, <BR> I'm new to the the site and have 49 lbs of binge fat to lose as well as the bad habits and thwarted behaviour that goes with it. I plan to take each day separately so that I don't bombard myself and in each day, I hope to get stronger and stronger. I know that this site will be hugely helpful. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:31:04 EST Share bar Through another blog I just learned of a new feature on SparkPeople that automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. I do not like this feature. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you'll notice your own blog now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" on their Facebook wall!! Who wants his/her blog about losing weight to show up on someone else s' facebook wall? <BR> <BR> To delete this "Share bar" feature from your blog do this... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 10:14:30 EST curious about this team... I was so so excited to find this team, admitting I am a binge eater is hard, I have never done it before. I'm not seeing a lot of activity on this team, am I not looking in the right places? or is there not a lot of team activity? This is an area I need to explore and learn about as it will be a huge struggle for me. I do not mean to be offending anyone if I'm ignorant of what the team is up to...I just don't find very active posting and I may not be looking hard enough. Any help would be... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 14:46:44 EST Need this group I so need this group. My problem is mostly night time after everyone goes to bed. It's like if no one sees me it doesn't count. Hiding empty packages or food so no one will know and binding has to stop..... Thanks for your support. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:27:52 EST A New Year... A New Sparkie... :) Hey Sparkies! My name is Kimberley. I'm Canadian. I am tired of being overweight. 2012 is the year that I get healthy .. no more excuses! I just hope now I have what it takes to get me to where I would like to be. (sigh!) <BR> <BR> Anyhow! Enough about me. ;) Time to join the party & have some fun. :) Thu, 12 Jan 2012 02:04:49 EST Why do I hide and eat? I just found this team and am so glad. This is the reason for not liking myself. This is the reason I don't believe my husband when he says I am beautiful. I binge. But only when I am alone and no one can see me. I was doing so well joined sparks,Jan.1 following the plan, managing the exercising, but last night just started and kept on going. There are times I will go into the bathroom to eat a cookie so no one will see me. Or pretend I have to get something upstairs. I hide the wrappers in t... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:17:41 EST night eating HELP Im Desperate!!! Hi, <BR> <BR> I really struggle with night eating so badly. I wake up in the middle of the night and I have to eat. I wake up one or two times to eat it doesnt matter what it is I will eat. I eat dinner and throughout the day so its not a food inbalance of any sort. I struggle with this so badly. I dont want to deal with the painful desperate urges of resisiting food, so I cave. I do great during the day and this completely sabatoghes my weight loss. ANy thoughts would be super, I really ne... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 09:25:22 EST brand new and in need of advice! hello! my name is ashley, i am brand new to the group and also brand new to the site. i was content with my fat, although i dont love it, i didnt hate it enough to put in all this work to get rid of it... and then i got my first high blood pressure reading of my life and decided somethings gotta change before i eat myself to death. i am only 23 and slowly approaching 300lbs- i hope to never get there. <BR> <BR> my #1 problem is binge eating. i have had so many successful days where i ate gr... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 12:05:39 EST Closet Binge Eater Hi my name is Melissa. I'm 24 and live in the Pittsburgh area. I have always been a binge eater, based in my emotions. I definitely closet eat too. No matter how many times I remind myself of how I feel after binging which is disgusting and guilty I still find myself going to multiple fast food restaurants and gorging myself. I hope to break this habit and start getting better. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:44:13 EST PMS eating I was a chronic binge eater for a long time, but I seemed to find a way to keep it under control and hadn't binged in months. But after I turned 30 I started having PMS every month (which didn't used to happen to me before, I'd just get cramps) and a symptom appears to be hard-to control cravings. What do I do to avoid losing every month only to gain it all back in 3-5 days??? <BR> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 01:21:45 EST Can you all help me? Honestly, I'm doubtful. And I am scared. I have seen this binging take control of me and ruin my studies, relationships, and life. I want to get it under control - when I am doing good, I FEEL so good! And I want to go out, and party, and have fun! But now, times like this, when I on a several day binge run and can't get out, and I am bloated and full but still eating secretly, I don't want to go out, I don't want to get up, I am embarrassed by myself. <BR> <BR> So what do I do? Fri, 16 Dec 2011 12:49:52 EST New and Hello! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team, and a fellow binger. It's the main reason I can't lose weight or keep it off. Hoping to kick the habit, or at least get it off my mind for 5 minutes of the entire day. <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 00:32:50 EST New to Spark Hi everyone... after reading some of your posts I can really relate! Just when I think I have control of my over eating, I let my guard down, and it comes back to slap me in the face! Like an alcoholic I probably will always be an addict, so to speak. <BR> As I'm writing this my stomach is so full I feel like I'm about to explode... WHY do I continue to do this? I ask myself this question everyday. <BR> I don't have a lot of weight to lose maybe 25 pounds but it might as well be 250 pounds.... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 22:14:22 EST I am committed! Hi, <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I have come very far with the emotional part of what keeps me heavy and now its time I must release this weight from my body. I am seeking out people who are interested in being committed to speaking everyday if not almost everyday for support, guidance, accountablility and whatever else would benefit us. I have found this tool to be very useful for me and if you feel that it helps you too, lets connect. Good luck to all and this ... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 03:33:02 EST life long binger Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have been binging since I was a child. I would get rewarded with something sweet, usually cake. Now, as an adult I "closet eat". When I do binge, I feel like I am in a trance and don't stop until I am totally stuffed! I hope with the help of all of you, I can start to be kind to myself. Thanks for listening. Deb Tue, 15 Nov 2011 16:54:20 EST What activity do you do to avoid the binge? I am following the advise from another spark member who suggested to fill out a little piece of paper with an activity on it(ex. read a book, go for a walk etc) and put it in the jar and when you fill like a binge is going to happen go to the jar and pull out the suggestion... <BR> ...ok so i am going to get this jar going so i need some suggestions...i feel the more suggestions the busier i will be and the less snacking will happen... <BR> <BR> Busy hands are happy hands!!!! Fri, 4 Nov 2011 09:22:32 EST Hi I'm Cheri I am a bit of a closet eater when it comes to my husband. He is very supportive of my efforts and my weight loss but he is trying to gain weight while I am trying to lose weight so there are a few things in our house that I shouldn't be eating. He has his own snack cuboard which I rarely open but sometimes ,especially at night if I crave something sweet I may grab it from his stash and hope that he doesn't notice. He works all the time so he doesn't know when I go off my diet and binge. ... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:49:25 EST HELP!!! hey y'all!! Ok so this is my first day starting spark! I actually just stumbled upon this site while doing school research and i knew i needed to join...and this team specifically. You guys i have a hoooorrrid time not binge eating, and if i dont one night, the next night i think i "earned it" or something. Even worse is the fact that it use to be only a late night thing, but now can occur at any time of the day. It doesnt even make me happy or feel good so why do i do it!? I still live with... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:45:44 EST Just Ate a Whole Bag of Chips This is embarrassing to talk about, but I feel like honesty will help me overall. I am a salt junkie-especially potato chips. I feel like I binge eat sometimes and I block everything else out. I do feel in some ways that food is a drug, when I have a craving it's like nothing else matters, and I feel like there is nothing I can do to control myself. Does anyone else feel this way, and what do you do? Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:47:26 EST Hello I'm julie I gave joined this site in order to help me fain the focus and confidence I need to shed the extra pounds I'm carrying. I have gradually over the past 10 years developed a habit of bingeing I suppose to fill an internal void. However, I'm glad to say I have ditched the self loathing behaviour just because I'm 3 stone heavier than I need to be and learnt that I'm still a lovely person inside. My weight , I can change and really want too. Also, I think that I can be an encouragement and support... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 01:04:17 EST A newbie's introduction! Hey everyone. I'm Kristen. I wish I had found SparkPeople (and this team!) years ago. I'm only 20, but I've been struggling with this battle for most of my life. I'm ready for a change and I'm happy to say that I'm off to a great start. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you. I know I do better when I have buddies with similar goals. Feel free to add me as a friend and talk to me. I love motivators and I love being motivational! =] Mon, 24 Oct 2011 19:06:01 EST New to the SparkPeople World Hi my name is April. I live in Louisville, Kentucky. I am trying this website to lose weight and to help me keep motivation. I work full time and I'm a full time job. I feel like I never have time for myself. I know its time for me to step it up and do what I have to do to be healthy and to lose weight. I need to get back to the before I had my son size. Sat, 22 Oct 2011 18:09:14 EST new here Hello, this is my first online ANYTHING. But I wanted the support on my post injury journey. I look forward to learning and sharing, especially with this difficult subject.before my injury I would not eat much all day (still the same) and then binge at night on dry cereal, candy, crackers with no weight gain. Then upon being stagnant for a year, then with a new diagnosis of severe bilateral hip arthritis which has taken away my ability to do Zumba i have packed on the pounds...I am soo lookin... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 15:07:49 EST Hi all! I have been dieting and exercising since April 1, 2011. I have lost 43 pounds. However, I am still 20-30 pounds from my goal. I am having a very difficult time. I am so tired of dieting but need to stay on track. I look and feel so much better, but I am a master as self-sabatoge. I'm hoping to meet some new friends that will help me stay on track Fri, 21 Oct 2011 14:35:23 EST Hey everybody! I've been looking around this site for a couple of days now and I'm starting to get excited! As someone who's been interested in holistic health for years, the thought of dieting and calorie counting has been a major turn off, but after being overweight my whole adult life, I'm ready to try! Fri, 21 Oct 2011 00:45:37 EST New and scared Hey there! I'm Cat. <BR> <BR> I'm sort of new to SparkPeople and sort of not. I've had an account before, but it was more for vanity than for any actual change. So I reset everything. A fresh, clean account for a fresh, clean start. <BR> <BR> I've got to admit, I'm scared though. Just got a concussion and had to go to the doctor's office. The scale they had said I weighed 224.6 lbs. That's scary for me. I'm young. Too young for this. I know that in part it is genetic (heavy set ladies ru... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 00:58:30 EST What do you eat... Hi Everyone, my name is Gina, and I stuff my face as soon as I walk in the door from work. I can eat really great all day long (breakfast, snacks, lean cuisine for lunch...) and then I get home from work and I can't stop putting food in my mouth. I know its the lean cuisine for lunch that leaves me absolutely ravenous but I don't know what else to eat thats easy, and packable and delicious. Yesterday I had... crackers and cheese dip, pizza, two spoonfuls of frosting, two spoonfuls of ice crea... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 09:09:30 EST First Day / First Team / First Message An evening of firsts! I am new to SP and hope I am doing the message thing right! I could not resist joining this team. I am 45 years old and after reading all of the messages on here, I felt as if there were people who "get" it. I wait until everyone goes to bed and even if I'm not hungry, or I'm tired, or whatever I EAT! Food has always been an instant gratification, and then a constant fuel for beating myself up internally. My goal is to live peacefully and in control of my life, my ... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 23:36:17 EST How to ? I'm not sure how to do all the things available on sparkpeople. It seems like I can't get to the beginning of things like the list above. What do you do once you click on something? Is this just read read read??? Can't figure it out and don't want to spend hours trying to learn it all. There must be a way that is easy. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 00:55:55 EST Profssional help? As a binge and emotional eater I have tried all the tricks and tips out there. I have been able to bring myself to the point where I eat fine all day long but at night it turns horrible. I have to eat and I want to eat. I feel it in my bones and though my body and I can't control it. I am being to think I might need professional help. Has anyone gone to food rehab or went to therapy? <BR> I'm just ready to nip this darn thing in the butt! Wed, 12 Oct 2011 22:13:16 EST Ready to do some work Hi everyone, I am joining today because after losing 43lbs on a quick weight loss diet, I have now gained back 20 (+). I am sooo unhappy with the weight gain and I know I could lose it again with eating only quick loss food and no exercise, but now I WANT TO LOSE IT THE RIGHT WAY.. I want to exercise and eat right so I can carry it with me forever.. Bars and Shakes are not lifelong meals:( I also work the overnight shift and find it really hard to get through a 12hr shift without munching all... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 21:28:34 EST hey hi guys just joined. look forward to connecting with you Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:27:45 EST I need to do something so here I am! I have let myself go in the past two years. I am looking for support and advice on how to get back in shape with a busy family and work life. I am a 35 year old mom to a 2 year old daughter and a 14 year old step son. I live in MT and my outdoor activities will soon be limited somewhat due to the cold weather setting in! I was very active and athletic in my younger years but I have discovered that I really hate to excercise so I see it as a chore. Any help and encouragement is appreciate... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 15:27:31 EST Hello all! I'm new here and once I saw this team I wanted to jump up and down and say that's me, that's me! My biggest road block to weight loss is snacking and just eating a "few" chips so I don't count them, etc. I can't wait to get to know people who have the same problem and so we can help each other! Tue, 11 Oct 2011 15:30:55 EST Hi, I am new I started spark and lost 10 pounds, but then I gained!!!! Mon, 10 Oct 2011 08:26:17 EST BEST group ever! Hi, <BR> I'm new to Spark People and joined hoping to cut down on unhealthy snacking habits. I stumbled upon this group and have never been happier to see that I'm not alone in my daily evening lapse of dieting! <BR> I've tried everything. Calorie counting, exercise, eating filling meals. Yet each night I kep reaching to the pantry for anything that is bad for me. <BR> <BR> Has anyone got any good ideas? I'm willing to try anything to try and curb this habit. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 06:08:30 EST I have a question.... Where do I go to get the little trackers under everyones posts? They are very cool and I want one. Wed, 5 Oct 2011 11:10:31 EST Grrrrrr I can't seem to make it 2 days without a SLIGHT BINGE. I am starting tonight AGAIN.. Hoping for one night of binge free living.. Wish me luck. <BR> This is my hardest struggle.. <BR> I am saint all day... what gives with the night struggle.. <BR> and YES I have sewing, crocheting ect all lined up and STILL make a pathway to the kitchen BOOOOOOOO <BR> AND THIS IS MY HEALTH I AM RUINING.... Dang.. <em>24</em> Tue, 4 Oct 2011 17:33:09 EST Yes i did :( I want even hungry , im just stressed out with my kids in Canada and being feverish , i spent the whole day cleaning like there was no tomorrow and eating very normal , to binge a huge chicken breast (delicatessen kind) , <BR> <BR> Its sad i do that if im not hungry at all , and i work hard burning calories and i do this , i wouldve been at least 7 kilos lighter if it wasn't for all this crazy thing of eating at nights for no reason at all . <em>46</em> Sun, 2 Oct 2011 22:33:03 EST Hi, I'm a life-long sleep eater Hi, my name is Tissa. <BR> <BR> I have a weight problem enitrely (ok not entirely but mostly) due to my sleep-eating habits. Its worsened dramatically since my second was born June 2010. I gained about 20 lbs in a couple months after she was born and I would eat a few thousand calories between midnight and 7 am. Coupled with some night-time emotional eating...I feel like I'm in weight loss hell. <BR> <BR> This first started when I was a little kid and for the longest time it wasn't eve... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 15:19:53 EST Stuffed and uncomfortable. Uncomfortable. <BR> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 23:36:36 EST Just when you think you are all alone Thank you so much for having this team page. This is probably the biggest problem I have had for most of my life. Even when I was a little kid, I would wait til my mom was away and eat what ever I wanted. Then as an adult, it continued. I would eat all healthy like during the day, then at night, BAM!!! I would eat and eat. I was the best at hiding my evidence, too! One of my main goals with my lifestyle changes is not getting up in the middle of the night to eat. It is difficult, but I am see... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 23:08:48 EST Night-eating syndrome<BR>rs/main/night-eating-syndrome/menu-id-58/ <BR> <BR> I stumbled on this article today. Thought it was interesting. Perhaps there's a supplement or something to help this. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 09:35:57 EST nadine 3098 ... with 89 pounds to go lovely 25 yr old female from long Island, New York... Just wanting to say hi and make some friends/buddies... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 23:49:20 EST Hello All I joined Sparkpeople today for many reasons. One is my terrible middle of the night snacking problem so I was happy to see a team that was exactly wnat I need. Not sure why I do it but it really has to stop. <BR> I have been out of work for a year and a half and have really put on weight due to mindless snacking, lots of snacking. Today this is all going to change! <BR> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 13:56:37 EST new to sparkpeople and would like to meet friends i am a 46 yr old married mother of 4 and have battled weight all my life. everytime i seemed to loose i would always gain it back and then some and end up feeling like a failure i just signed up today and would like to meet friends and have a support system Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:42:24 EST Hello! New here Hi, I am a single mother of two young children that keep me very busy. I work 40+ hours a week and never seem to have enough time. I find myself busy feeding my kids then cleaning up and just picking at what I fixed. Then once baths and laundry and bedtime stories are done and I'm ready to relax I get hungry and grab whatever is handy. Help!! Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:15:39 EST Hello all! So far this site is great! I've been able to track the foods I eat and they do all the number crunching for me :) ! I've maped an area in my town to walk everyday and now I get to visit with people who have the same interests I have! I'm still discovering things on here, I wish I had known about this site years ago! Tue, 20 Sep 2011 08:16:00 EST starting over Hello. I am AD, and I've just turned 50. I've lost weight and gotten fit several times before, but I am back at my top weight again. This time, I want to lose these 10 pounds for good! To start, I've been walking 15-20 minutes 4 days of the last week. Gotta start somewhere! <BR> I have some fears of failure, so I hope joining a community will help. thanks, all. <BR> <BR> AD Sun, 18 Sep 2011 01:44:56 EST mraines Busy mom of two very active children! Love every minute of it! Need to loose some weight so I can be active with them! Sat, 17 Sep 2011 11:03:27 EST Its time. Finally it feels like a good time to lose weight. Honestly I have never dieted and its been hard to get started. It will be great to support others on the same path. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 11:26:47 EST Hi Everyone! So today's my second day on SparkPeople, I think it's going well so far... fingers crossed :) My name's Lauren, I'm 20 years old, I'm a second year student of Paediatric (children's) Nursing and I'm here to lose 20Kg (about 40lbs). My goal is to have lost the weight by my birthday in February. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 07:26:50 EST No more putting it off! I've been slopping around in men's tracky dacks and shorts since having my kids. Being a busy mum of three I wasn't really worried about how I looked. Now my youngest is 3 and I had decided to go back to work. I tried on my size 12 suit (a bit loose last time I wore it) and was a bit disappointed when it didn't even fit over my thighs let alone my hips! I have also not owned scales since panicking myself over weight gain with my first pregnancy. At a friend's house I secretly weighed myself a... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 06:55:45 EST Hi I am new. :) Hi My name is Erin and I just discovered spark people. I have been trying to lose weight on my own for 6 weeks..... So far down 3 lbs and 4 inches....With numbers like those I knew I was doing something terribly wrong. Just when I was about to give up I found this site.... Turns out I was not eating enough calories a day. Hopefully now with guidance I will have a reason to smile and can reach my goals. :) Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:17:38 EST I hope this works I was about to order some Chinese food, when I somehow came to this site and joined it instead. How do I tell the site I need some bonus SparkPoints for that? <BR> <BR> This seems pretty cool, and I hope it helps. I've been trying to change my eating habits for a while now and I always end up cheating. A support group my be just what I need. <BR> <BR> I wasn't always a large guy. I was quite happy with my body 3 years ago. Then I started working a sedentary job. Didn't exercise outs... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 19:28:17 EST Hi.. My name is... Hi Everyone! ... My name is Kim. Been here before - needed a new start. I am hoping this time will be the time that my spark is re-lighted. :) I live in Toronto Canada with my husband. Don't have any kids but lots of stuffed animals. :) I am addicted to horror movies, facebook, hello kitty, black&white photography, reading, listening to music (all kinds), and apparently collecting stuffed animals. :) <BR> <BR> I am a binge-eater, late night snacker, emotional eater, addicted to food... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 22:42:29 EST Hi my name is Keith I just started with spark about a week ago and already have the feeling that this site and group of people will help reach goals. Thu, 8 Sep 2011 21:31:41 EST Ready to get the last 50 lbs off 10 years ago, I had gastric bypass and lost 110 pounds. My doctor told me that I'd have to work for the last 50 pounds. I've been so thrilled just to have not gained back any weight that I've let my determination for losing that last 50 get sidelined. Now, I'm ready not only to lose but to become fit. I'm ready to look as fabulous as I feel! I've heard lots of great things about SparkPeople -- I need your help for guidance and motivation. Thu, 8 Sep 2011 18:59:08 EST Need some friends to keep accountable with..., I'm 31 yr old Mom that lives in the Cincinnati, OH area - my husband isn't home often because of his job, so I do it all! And sometimes that leaves little or what I consider NO time for Mama time! I need some friends to help keep me motivated and stay on track! <BR> I am an emotional eater - I get stressed, depressed or just tired I have a tendancy to eat. I'll do fine all day long at work, and after dinner I need/want SUGAR! Once I "cheat" I have a tendancy to think "Ok my day is blown", so ... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 12:58:54 EST Hello Team! My name is Marie. I'm a chronic grazer. I don't really binge, but I'm constantly putting food in my mouth! Afternoon and evenings are my hard times. I had lost 46 pounds, but somehow got off track and let things get back out of control. In just a month I've gained about 20 of that back! I can hardly believe it because it happened so fast. <BR> <BR> Now I'm having to do some backtracking to retrain myself to eat healthy. It should never have happened, and I'm finding myself asking where do I... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 23:13:33 EST Connie and ready change my life Hi, I'm Connie. I'm 33, a mother of 3 Boys all 6 and under. I have been overweight my whole life, but I'm ready to change my life for the better. I know that I need help to keep up my modivation and to encourage me. I'm a great shoulder to lean on too so come to me if you need support!! Wed, 7 Sep 2011 21:13:59 EST wow...I love this team already! alright.. I never really believed that I was alone but I never knew that there were so many people out there just like me! I am your typical self sabotager,,, no idea why, as soon as i see myself starting to look good i figure I can afford to let loose a little... until nothing feels loose on me anymore! <BR> I am also definitely a closet eater. Who am I trying to fool anyways?! Its like if no one sees me scarfing down that trio then the calories and fat intake doesnt exist! I am really start... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 18:43:05 EST Hello I'm new! HI! I'm Sandy from Springfield (MO). I'm 46, and the recipient of a total knee replacement 3 1/2 months ago. I'm also a Binge eater. I have Bulemia. I am one month binge free now as well. Looking forward to getting to know everyone! Wed, 7 Sep 2011 17:13:17 EST Here's to you Hello my fellow Spark people! My name is Merri, I am a 26 year old female struggling to lose the dreaded baby weight gain! I finally decided, after sitting in the sidelines this summer, it was time to do something about all the excess, and stop being embarassed. So, Goodbye size 14-16. I will see you soon 9-10!!!! Mon, 5 Sep 2011 11:42:26 EST new tonight-need to try something new Hi All-New to Sparkpeople tonight. I need a lot of help staying motivated during this weight loss process. So many goals I have for myself that I never follow through with. This is going to be a new start! Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:59:09 EST New to Team, New to SparkPeople Hi! I'm Noi and I am on a quest for a healthier lifestyle and a more beautiful body :) I find one of my biggest challenges is moderating my food intake when I'm not at work. I don't go to work until 5PM today and I have eaten a ridiculous amount of calories because I've had nothing better to do than eat and surf the internet. Many times I will just eat mindlessly until I feel bloated. And I religiously count calories, this is nothing new to me. So all day I'm constantly reminded of how bad I'... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:41:22 EST Anywhere but here! Well I am new to this team and have not been active on SP for some time... years, actually. I have come back a few times but never with any staying power or real motivation. More like a "because I should" attitude rather than "because I want to". Needless to say, those forays did not last long. I was scanning the Spark Teams when I came across this one, and I sincerely hope that here I can find what I'm looking for... whatever that is. <BR> <BR> I never realized how many bad habits I had... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 23:24:21 EST Self Sabotage Whyyy do we do this to ourselves? A perfect day of eating and exercising, then we get home and shove our faces with things we neither want nor need. The only way I can beat it is when I'm working 14 hours a day and leave the house before breakfast and get home when it's time for bed. Everything I eat is packed into my lunch box. Planning and predetermination is helpful. But now I'm working from home three days in a row. Just fifteen feet from my refrigerator. Why can't a perfectly intelligent... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 10:23:24 EST New today Hi everyone. I'm 32 years old and can easily lose control with eating during any kind of emotional situation. Stress, anger, disappointment, embarrassment, loneliness are big ones but I have on occasion also used a cheeseburger and fries for a reward of a job well done as well. <BR> I'm looking for people that are really ready to change their lives and want a good long term support system. <BR> Cant wait to get to know you. Sat, 27 Aug 2011 19:18:29 EST help I am very recently diagnosed with type 2 diabeties. I am over weight . I want to be healthy. Sat, 27 Aug 2011 08:18:39 EST joining today Well this group fits me also. I work full time, commute 30 miles. I eat in my car both ways. Mornings not so bad, reasonable breakfast. But evening is a problem and a long standing habit. I find myself driving to the store after work telling myself not to all the way. <BR> I rotate where I stop each night to buy junk food so the clerks won't know. I eat for 30 minutes non stop. Whole boxes of food. It seems to be an addiction. I then cook/eat supper with my family. Sometimes I am ... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:40:42 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I think a lot of people here are dealing with similar emotions that I deal with. I definitely binge once in a while. I used to be a late snacker as well, but I haven't done that in quite awhile. My main problem is overeating. It seems like lately, all I want to do is eat. I'll finish one meal and start thinking about the next one almost immediately. Also, I have some portion problems. For example, I don't just want a cookie, or 2 or 3, somewhere between 7-10 cookies sound... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 21:59:05 EST lisad Hello my name is Lisa and I am very new to all of this. I ordered the spark book, and was sooo motivated by it that I had to take a look on line, and I am glad I did. <BR> <BR> I am 42, married, and I own my own business catering to the public. I love what I do, but somewhere along the line, I seemed to have forgotten about me. I have a history of eating healthy for days, and then for some reason or another, I snap and go on crazy binges. I don't know what causes them and I am hoping b... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 19:00:22 EST Debbie Hi I'm not new to spark and was on leave from spark for a few months..trying to figure out an easier way..but there is no easier way..tracking food and exercise and finding a way to deal with emotional eating is a key to success. <BR> <BR> I read "Am I Hungry" and know that and knew that I was always stuffing all kinds of emotions down..they say find something you love to do or something you can do to nuture yourself during the times you want to eat when not hungry... <BR> <BR> Okay, so I k... Wed, 25 May 2011 05:14:19 EST New Member Hello everyone. I have realized recently that I am a binge eater. It took some soul searching to realize WHY I do this. This is where my biggest problem is. While I was growing up I was always skinny. I never learned how to eat right. At my lowest weight I was about 5'7 and 115 pounds. This was not by choice. My family was poor and we had no food. Once my mom got a new job I started binge eating. Every time we went grocery shopping I would go on a bingeing diet for days. I feared not having f... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 21:24:15 EST What binge food did you buy this week I bought M & M's even though I know that on my bad days I will start munching and will eat too many. Sun, 6 Mar 2011 10:04:40 EST Eating in sleep I have been eating practically in my sleep. I wake up because the cat is making noise and I have a roommate so I have to keep the cat quiet, so I get up to quiet the cat, and then I HAVE to eat something, whether its a piece of pie or ice cream out of the carton or some leftover sweet -- or a powerbar. As long as it is sweet. I thought the powerbars wouldn't be so bad, but they're still an extra 200 calories in the middle of the night. Then I go back to sleep without a problem. But I can't go... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 12:23:19 EST Adding another to the ranks! Hello! My name is Anna, and I'm working hard to take my life back!! <BR> <BR> I'm 26 years old and have over 100 lbs to lose. I am a single mother to a 6-year-old little girl. I'm aware that as her only parent, she needs me to live a long, happy and healthy life! I'm tired of feeling twice my age. I'm tired of being fat and tired. <BR> <BR> I'm keeping track of what I'm eating, keeping an eye on calories (currently trying to keep them between 1200 and 1500 a day) and being conscious of su... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 13:05:12 EST I found a prayer Dear God, <BR> Please free me <BR> from false appetites <BR> and take away my pain. <BR> Take from me my compulsive self, <BR> and show me who I am. <BR> Dear God, <BR> Please give me a new beginning. <BR> Unchain my heart <BR> so I might live <BR> a freer life at last <BR> Amen. <BR> <BR> I found this prayer in a new book I am reading. It is great. It is called "A Course In Weight Loss-21 spiritual lessons for surrendering your weight forever" By Marianne Williamson. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 04:16:06 EST Hoping to find ..I don't know... I was looking for articles on this topic and stumbled across this team. I was so surprised by reading so many introductions which felt as if I was writing them. I have felt deep down inside that I have had a bigger problem for while and have refused to face it head on. It started before I quit smoking 5 years ago. One night I found myself sitting in bed, on my laptop with a cigarette AND candy in my hand. I felt horrible, and a few other adjectives. There I was, 40 + pounds overweight, claimi... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 13:25:28 EST New Member Hello I am so glad I found this team. I have always been an overeater, binger, night eater...all rounded into one. I am ready now to make a change but I know I need support from people who know what I am talking about. <BR> Looking for buddies. <BR> Yippie2 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 18:51:32 EST I made a huge step today... At work we always have potlucks and lunches and things like that. I never participate in any of it. I use the excuse that I have to watch the front desk (I am the receptionist). Truth is, I am scared to death to eat in front of other people. I am so scared that they we see me eat and think, "oh yeah, look at the fat chick eat" I have lost several friends because of this and I am considered a loner at work. (among other things) <BR> <BR> Anyway, today we had an offsite lunch for Bosse... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 17:02:01 EST Hello everyone Iam new and need HELP Iam 62 and in 2008 I lost 55 lbs but still had 30 to go, Then I met my "man" after being single for 16yrs. He cooks and he cooks great and I have gained back 30lbs. Iam an emotional eater like all of you. Nite time is my problem after work. I do great all day now that Iam content I find myself eating and not exercizing like I used too. I know I can do this and I need to be healthy, so I can enjoy my life. I need encouragement thanks for reading this Tue, 5 Oct 2010 23:32:02 EST New to the Team. Thought I'd say hi... My name is Mary. I am a 20 year old college student and I have lost 15 pounds with sparkpeople so far. I have been had a rough day and I was stressing at some point today and just walked into the kitchen and started looking for a snack. I was not hungry, I had no desire to eat anything but because I was upset I was going to eat. I stopped myself and decided to find a group on sparkpeople to help me in the future. I look forward to getting to know some of you guys! Fri, 17 Sep 2010 17:19:17 EST Hi Everyone and Thank You for being You! This is my second day on this site and I am absolutely loving every little bit of information I can find. When I saw all the different teams I was amazed that there are so many people who have the same problems that I do. WOW! I have been a binge eater, secret eater, mid-night eater etc... since I as just 8-9 years old. I can remember sneaking to the candy store and buying candy and pies and eating them before I got home so know one would know. As I got older I would find reasons to rewar... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 20:39:42 EST How Long Have You Been Getting Up To Eat? I started getting up during the night to eat as a 17 year old college freshman away from home for the first time. I kept doing it, though, night after night, for the next 30 plus years. I stopped cold 15 years ago when we bought this house. Now I only wake up when I know there's something good to eat in the house--a dessert. It doesn't feel now like it did before: I no longer have that driven, 'get out of my way, don't get between me and the cake or the ice cream gets it' feeling. Sun, 15 Aug 2010 21:10:48 EST Introduce myself Hi, my name is Tricia. I am an emotional eater, and recently started eating at night: I recently had knee replacement surgery, and wake up several times per night in pain. I get up to "shake out" the knee pain, apply ice, take meds, etc. While up, I find myself eating for comfort. I have 50 lbs to lose. Because of knee pain, I need to lose this weight, I WANT TO LOSE THIS WEIGHT!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Aug 2010 19:54:08 EST Hello, Im new here and trying to lose weight Hi, I hope this time I can be successful, I have 2 friends to work out with now, my trouble is that I like fruits and veggies and my husband does not always buy the healthies things, plus, its really hard to eat healthy when you have barely any money. Why is it that junk food costs less than healthy food? I want to get back to what I was when I met my husband 6 yrs ago. I have trouble with food. I also have the over weight gene(sp) in my family so it really suck. I tend to over eat, cau... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 21:47:57 EST New binge-free challenge Hi, Iam new to this team. I wanted to know if you were starting a new binge-free challenge for this week/month? I really need to be accountable for my recent once a week binges and I thought this group could offer me some support <em>306</em> Sat, 31 Jul 2010 15:02:47 EST Help! I sleep 8 hours, drink 8 glasses of water, eat 4+ servings of fruits and vegetables, log in 1+ miles of walking per day, climb my stairs 10+ times a day, do about an hour of daily physical work, eat whole grains, eat enough fiber, but I am unable to comply consistently with the calorie restriction part of Spark. As a result, I am not losing weight; in fact, I have gained 7 pounds in the more than a month I've been struggling. My pattern is that I can eat few enough calories 1 day, but then ... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 23:27:19 EST Ugh, used food to deal with feelings AGAIN Aiight friends. I blew it. I was SO pumped about getting down to 153 lbs, and my hiking pants weren't difficult to put on, as they had been getting. <BR> <BR> I went on a hike with my bf on Friday, and we walked for about 4 hours total. I don't get too hungry when I'm on the move, so I just had a granola bar and some fruit leather. When I got home though, I was pretty hungry, and I was stressed because under a time crunch to get ready for a Shabbat dinner that evening ( and I knew that ther... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 11:46:36 EST Have Doritos, may binge? I am so tempted to polish off that bag of chips and drink some Pepsi while I'm at it! I'm not hungry, just sad. I said that I would record the food I ate today, and if I hadn't gone over, I would eat the chips. Well, I went over. Way, way over. And I still want the chips. Will self-control win? It usually doesn't. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:50:58 EST Introduction & has anyone tried Fullbar? I'm a binger, snacker and closet-eater. Sometimes I hide in the bathroom or my car to eat. Or if someone comes into the room, I'll hide what I was eating because I'm embarassed even for my husband to see how much I eat. I hate to eat at parties, because I can never pass up the cake/whatever but I want to hide to eat it because I know everyone is looking at my plate and smirking about the fat person eating junk food. If I am good and don't eat the cake, then I'll treat myself to the drive-... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 00:45:50 EST Hi Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark and have lost and gain many many pounds. I do fine in the day, but struggle a lot at night to eat healthy and not to overeat. I tend to eat a lot of sugar at night. I joined Spark because I'd lost 55 lbs (not all the weight I have to lose) and have gained back 20 and want to stem the tide and start losing again. I'm reading the Spark as well. I've been tracking my food for a week now and do feel a little more hopeful now :) <BR> Sat, 26 Jun 2010 05:16:36 EST Hello I'm Ecrajett. I'm wondering how, if you are all binge eaters, you managed to get in control of your eating to comply with your Spark diet plan in the first place? I'm 66, too embarrassed to tell my weight here, and am worried about being able to fast for the required 14 hours to take a blood test! I feel helpless against the force of my own ravenous appetite. There was a tv ad for lap band surgery in which the woman was shown against the backdrop of a raging lion roaring in her kitchen th... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 12:12:53 EST Hi Team! Hi all! A few people suggested that I join a team and this seems like a good fit. I don't eat a lot during the morning/day but I sure do in the evening and late night. I typically stay up all night and have a meal sized "snack" at 2 am or later. I'm trying to curb this behavior and em looking for all the encouragement I can get, as well as finding other people to share this journey with. Here's to a healthier tomorrow! Sat, 12 Jun 2010 03:54:55 EST HELLO SPARKS TEAM I am not sure if i am in the right place or not. I consider myself a closet eater. I will not snack on things (especially bad things) in front of my husband. I will stop at the local QT while i am out and get a snack. I also have a hard time eating in public (especially at work) i think everyone is watching what/how much i am eating. I had gastric bypass about 4 years ago and there are some people that are very critical about what i eat. Hoping someone can relate and help. Mon, 7 Jun 2010 19:48:54 EST General Chit Chat <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope you are all having a great weekend! Sat, 29 May 2010 21:23:50 EST brainstorming: what helps? Maybe this is already in a post somewhere but I didn't see anyone talking about what kinds of things could help prevent binge episodes. <BR> I know a lot of people can attribute being overweight to lifestyle. Binging is a lot different from that. It's an addiction problem causing a health problem and being caused by something very emotional and mental. I'm no professional so I won't even begin to brainstorm emotional fixes, but what if we focus on the addiction part and breaking that? <BR> Ju... Wed, 26 May 2010 12:07:48 EST time of night it strikes the hardest & trigger(s)? I noticed something last night while I was up all night, wrestling with difficult emotions and not sleeping a wink...I was okay with not binging until about 3 a.m. and then, it was like I went from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde and devoured almost a whole box of chocolate covered granola bars. So, I am inclined to believe that, if I were asleep instead of awake, those bars would still be in the box and the guilt would not be following me around all day. <BR> <BR> Anyone else see this trend in th... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 16:26:05 EST Cause of addiction? Where do you think your habits of overeating come from? Do you think it's emotional or physical? Fri, 23 Apr 2010 17:18:39 EST Hi Hey I'm Christina and I am currently living in Missouri with my husband. We are from Florida, but he was transferred up here with the army. I just had our 2nd child 4 months ago, and between p90 and clean eating I'm working the extra weight off again (I had just lost it from the 1st kid after 3 years..grr.) My main problem with keeping myself in check is waking up in the middle of the night and eating. I don't know why but I will just have this overwhelming urge to eat something sweet. It dri... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 21:44:49 EST Seriously this describes me! I don't know if this team is active or not but I'd like to be a part of it... My life is out of control mainly with eating.. and eating all the time.. I don't know what's wrong.. I eat when I'm not hungry.. then I eat at the times I'm "suppose" to eat at aka lunch and dinner solely because it's when you're suppose to.. and I especially eat at night after my significant other has gone to bed.. how on earth do I stop this insanity!! Sun, 11 Apr 2010 01:16:50 EST Uncomfortable to Eat! I don't know what it feels like to be hungry anymore. When I try to eat regular substantial meals (around 300-500 calories), part of me feels full, but then another part of me feels EXTREMELY unsatisfied, to the point where it feels like my body is yelling at me or something. <BR> <BR> I tried to ignore it for the longest time, but it didn't go away. Just to see what would happen I just let myself eat how much I wanted, when I wanted. It wasn't pretty! <BR> <BR> I ended up eating until my s... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 21:41:38 EST Oops <em>2</em> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 22:42:51 EST Hello from Peabody I just learned about sparkspeople yesterday. I've been an overweight person since grade school. For most of the last 40 years, I've been morbidly obese. Up till now, my life has been centered around my weight and my hatred of myself because of it. I still think of myself as Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street...although he is no longer invisible. My big goal is to come out from behind my self imposed seclusion. I've joined the site as a way of reaching out, and acknowledge that there is a real ... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 21:30:46 EST newbie! Hi everyone I just took a spark diet quiz and found out I'm an emotional eater (which I knew) but never thought to look for a team. I'm hoping this will help me on my quest to lose weight. I am 31 married for 9 yrs and have a 5yr old daughter. When I diet I usually do an all or nothing approach such as Atkins which worked for me in the past, for some reason now I just cant go past two weeks of depriving myself. I know crazy me lol Yes I have been trying to lose the "baby" weight for 5 yrs lol... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 10:31:28 EST Please help me - I can't quit eating!! Okay I need some help here. I have been off a diet for months now, but I can't quit eating. I'm stressed, my health is not good, dr. told me to get some of this weight off and of course I started eating more. I literally am killing myself with food. I eat pretty normal thru the day, working, I get home and stuff myself until I have to quit eating because I have to go to bed about midnight. I literally am eating food when I sit on the bed to go to sleep. I cannot get a hold of this and st... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 14:34:41 EST (GAME TIME) "D" IS FOR DECEMBER! Post any word that begins with the letter "D"! Let's do it and have fun!! Fri, 4 Dec 2009 19:32:04 EST (DAILY) IF U SNACKED/BINGED LAST PM--WHY? If you did snack or binge, let us know why by one of these choices: <BR> <BR> (1) Stress Eating <BR> (2) Boredom Eating <BR> (3) Hungry <BR> (4) Habit <BR> (5) Other <BR> <BR> You don't need to explain if you don't want to -- that's up to you -- but, again, track the "whys" we do what we do and, then once we determine that "why", we can attack it and try to kick the snacking habit once and for all! <BR> <BR> AND, if you DIDN'T SNACK/BINGE -- Post that also!! We're here to help and her... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 21:10:12 EST (DAILY)WHAT DID U HAVE FOR DINNER LAST NIGHT? Here is a great tracker in ways -- as you can see what your evening meal was -- and possibly realize you had a rather filling and satisfying meal -- so why the need to snack or binge later? I know the snacking and binging is a habit -- but let's try to break it -- and keep posting what our evening meal was and see if it can help! Wed, 18 Nov 2009 21:05:20 EST (GAME TIME) HEALTHY FOODS (A-Z) We are still able to snack while we we're on our healthy lifestyle journey -- and that includes all sorts of food and at different times of the day! <BR> <BR> So, let's play this game AND only list HEALTHY FOODS beginning with A -- and right through the Alphabet! We can do it, so let's get started! Sat, 14 Nov 2009 18:12:39 EST Daily Chat About Anything Thought we could chat about anything here. What are you plans for the weekend? Any challenges ahead to talk about? What are some of your victories this week? <BR> How do you reward yourself without food? Any other topic you wan to talk about, just start talking. How was your day? You get the idea! Come on, let's talk. <em>224</em> Sat, 14 Nov 2009 12:30:07 EST When Do You Decorate Survey Thought it would be fun to do this survey I found on an e-mail site I get. <BR> <BR> When Do You Start Your Christmas/Holiday Decorating? <BR> <BR> (1) Do you start the day or weekend after Thanksgiving? Or wait until farther along in December? Or, do you start even before Thanksgiving (Gasp!LOL!)? <BR> <BR> (2) Do you put everything up yourself or have family help? <BR> <BR> (3) How long does it take you to get everything up and reasonably tweaked . . . as I know most of us continue to t... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 22:40:54 EST (GAME) WORD ASSOCIATION I think everyone knows how this game is played, I'll begin by posting a word, and the next to reply types in the word that they think of when they read the word left by the previous friend. <BR> <BR> READY??? <BR> <BR> APPLE! Sun, 8 Nov 2009 20:00:41 EST RATE YOUR STRESS(1-10)SEE IF RELATES TO SNACKING! So many times stress and emotional ups and downs lead us to want to snack or binge! Let's track our emotions or levels of stress and see how they relate to one another -- the eating and the stress level. You can learn some interesting things about yourself just by posting that number and seeing on which days you did well and others maybe not and, possibly, why. What else played a part in the reaching for the snacks or binging? <BR> <BR> With 1 being less stressed and 10 being highly-str... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 19:55:05 EST What Else Could U Do Instead of Binging/ nacking? Try grabbing a book and getting into a super novel! Wed, 4 Nov 2009 19:49:46 EST (GAME TIME) "N" IS FOR "NOVEMBER"! Post any word that begins with the letter "N" for November! And, have fun!!!!!!! Tue, 3 Nov 2009 22:54:22 EST WOO HOO IF U DIDN'T SNACK/BINGE UNHEALTHY 2-DAY! Post a WOOHOO if you didn't eat an UNHEALTHY snack or binge today! We can do it! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 3 Nov 2009 22:48:34 EST WERE U HAPPY WITH THE AMT. OF EXERCISE U HAD TODAY <em>224</em> Tue, 3 Nov 2009 22:44:22 EST WHAT WAS THE LAST HEALTHY SNACK YOU HAD? Snacking isn't all bad -- and especially if you can incorporate it into your daily living! So, please share -- what was the last HEALTHY snack you had and it'll help others here with thoughts on possibly having that same HEALTHY snack the next time the urge to binge, etc., comes along! Mon, 2 Nov 2009 22:48:21 EST DID YOU HUDDLE WITH US TODAY? STAY MOTIVATED!! <em>244</em> I huddled with the Team today -- gotta stay motivated and energized! And, loving life!!! Sun, 1 Nov 2009 21:23:37 EST RECALL NOTICE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. <BR> <BR> This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in subsequent units. <BR> <BR> This defect has been termed "Sub-sequential Internal Non-Morality" or more commonly known as S.I.N., is it is ... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 21:04:37 EST New here I actually wrote this yesterday when I first joined this sparkteam but when I hit "post", the site messed up and my post was erased. I’ll keep it short this time because I really don’t feel like typing it all again. <BR> <BR> I noticed it yesterday that I have started sneaking food. Hiding from my husband and daughter while I eat a snack. I hide from my husband so he won’t say anything to me about it and I hide from my daughter so I won’t have to share with her. I lie to my husband and hide ... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:33:16 EST What are you going to put on? What is the number one thing you are excited to be able to put on after you reach your goal? <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Oct 2009 07:28:09 EST The Serenity Prayer We are definitely in very stressful times. With the economy stumbling, retirement plans in disarray and the workplace so uncertain, we’re all being pushed to the edge of our comfort zones. In moments of pressure and distress, it’s important to focus your mind in a direction where you can make a positive difference in your life. <BR> <BR> With that in mind, I offer you wisdom from the Serenity Prayer as guidance in your daily pursuit of betterment. The prayer has given many people comfort and... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 16:01:34 EST IS IT JUST ME...OR... Every time I want to really get serious about weight loss, I go on a subconscious pigout! Seriously, I don't even realize what I've done until I'm miserably full! I'm sick! It's like I'm determined to kill myself with food! What's up with that? Anyone else experience this kind of thing? Fri, 25 Sep 2009 08:09:34 EST Newbie Night Time Eater Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself to all of you. My name is Lorena and I'm 30 years old. I recently got engaged and I'm extremely stressed out just thinking about planning the entire wedding. But besides that, I suffer from insomnia, which basically has me awake all night long. This is TROUBLE for me because I tend to constantly eat late at night. I usually do very well during the day with my diet, but once night time comes, I get out of control. <BR> <BR> This n... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 02:14:04 EST skeptic believe it or not this is the third user name over five years i've created with sparkpeople. I keep getting down and depressed for not being able to beat my over eating patterns but i'm still at it and still waiting for my time. <BR> <BR> I always say this is my time this is the day i start over....but it just never works out for me. I know it is me alone who can make this change only for me but i just feel like its not in my cards. I will keep trying and i'm going to take one day at a t... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 21:30:19 EST DAILY THOUGHTS Sept 8 <BR> <BR> Daily Thoughts <BR> <BR> A Time to Think <BR> The older I get, the surer I am that I'm not running the show. <BR> —Leonard Cohen <BR> <BR> To Act <BR> Trust that there is a divine plan. <BR> <BR> To Pray <BR> Lord, help me to remember that I can't always fix things, help me to always put my trust in You. Tue, 8 Sep 2009 09:32:27 EST what are your plans for today today is the end of the month.... so I have to leave now..hugs and good luck to all if you want to contact me at any time please feel free to do so Mon, 31 Aug 2009 12:05:15 EST leaving Sorry to say I am no longer be here.. hope you have a wonderful journey and good luck with your goals...hugs Dee Sun, 30 Aug 2009 22:30:26 EST Beat Binge Eating Friday August 28 <BR> Welcome to Losing It with Jillian Michaels, the program designed to help you shed pounds, increase energy, and finally get fit for life! <BR> <BR> FRIDAY: FEELING GOOD <BR> <BR> <BR> How to Beat Binge Eating <BR> <BR> If you're inclined to binge, the most important thing you can do for yourself is to examine the emotional reasons for it. I know that processing such emotions is hard and takes time, but there are some good techniques that can help you modify your beha... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:17:05 EST Last book read ??? The No Crave Diet - by Dr Penny Reed Fri, 21 Aug 2009 17:18:58 EST What size shoe/sandals do you wear ? USA - 6 <BR> Europe - 36 <BR> England - 3 or 3.5 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 17:18:18 EST What color is your shirt today ?? black Fri, 21 Aug 2009 17:17:36 EST B is for .......... .......... button Fri, 21 Aug 2009 17:17:12 EST Welcome Lori to our team !!!! Welcome !! <em>229</em> <BR> <BR> Please post often and on any topic you think would be inspirational, informative, supportive, in need of support or just simly fun ! Despite the fact that this team is geared for the binge eater, any topics and subjects are welcome here !! <BR> <BR> Vickie <em>148</em> Fri, 21 Aug 2009 17:08:21 EST USA Cities A-Z Albuquerque, New Mexico Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:28:23 EST World Cities A-Z Auckland, New Zealand Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:28:01 EST D is for ........ ........ dalmation Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:27:34 EST T is for ............... tea Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:27:14 EST P is for ............ ............ perfect Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:27:01 EST Post any animal emoticon. <em>172</em> Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:26:38 EST True or False ???? I have been to France. Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:26:10 EST Books A-Z A tree grows in Brooklyn Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:25:44 EST Healthy Foods A-Z apples Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:25:13 EST Movies A-Z All about Eve Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:24:54 EST Countries A-Z Algeria Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:24:37 EST Musicans/Bands A-Z Aerosmith Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:24:09 EST Songs A-Z Anytime at all - The Beatles Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:23:44 EST Help, need support..... Things here have been hectic lately and I have been eating badly. I had been doing really well with small changes and not feeling bad about myself when I would have bad days. <BR> <BR> Money is tight this month since we had to get our truck fixed and I havent been able to buy things that are healthier to eat. Ive been on the road a lot have been eating fast food and have eaten pizza three days this week and still have some in there now. <BR> <BR> Does this happen to any of you? How do you h... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 14:24:26 EST (DAILY) HEALTHY REFLECTIONS FOR TODAY!!!! !!!!!!!! SPARKS’ HEALTHY REFLECTION! <BR> August 14, 2009 <BR> <BR> What we can learn about patience from a diamond <BR> <BR> Trying (but failing) to see your goals realized can be frustrating. Margaret Thatcher once said "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it," and she was absolutely right. You've got to believe that you will succeed! Never admit defeat as long as time and effort remain. Our greatest asset is patience; our greatest weakness is throwing in the towel. Banish discour... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 08:29:43 EST Brand new to the team. Hello everyone : <BR> My name is Victoria and I am new to the team. I am 48 years old and am a native New Yorker but I spend a lot of time in England as I am in a long distance relationship. I am in England right now and will be here until mid October. <BR> <BR> I have a very long history of binge eating disorder since I was a young college student in the early 80's. <BR> <BR> I have had 4 binge free days in a row after reading a brilliant book that is popular here in England ( see yester... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 06:11:15 EST Last veggie eaten ? Tomatoes Fri, 14 Aug 2009 06:04:53 EST Healthy foods A-Z. Apricots Fri, 14 Aug 2009 06:04:35 EST Songs A-Z. Anytime at all - The Beatles Fri, 14 Aug 2009 06:04:15 EST Last fruit eaten ? Organic strawberries ! <em>45</em> Fri, 14 Aug 2009 06:03:54 EST Needing help. I hope I'm doing this right. I'm new to all of this. I am constantly focused on food and I need to change the way I live. I eat every chance I get for fear I may get hungry. I eat when no one is looking. Every time I go to the store for anything (which is too often) I have to get a snack. I work at a store, so food is too accessible. And my biggest fear is I am passing all of these bad habits of dealing with food on to my daughter. I have been big all my life (over 200lbs. since 13 yr... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 14:20:48 EST OUR FRIEND OF THE WEEK IS "BACK2ME24" (MELISSA)!!! Here we are -- it's TGIF!!! And, it's time to name our next FRIEND OF THE WEEK! <BR> <BR> This week our Friend is BACK2ME24 (MELISSA!!) <BR> <BR> HOW IT WORKS: CLICK ON THE LINK TO OUR FRIEND'S PAGE SHOWN BELOW AND IT'LL TAKE YOU RIGHT TO HER PAGE AND LEAVE A SUPER HELLO, A WISH FOR A SUPER DAY, OR A GOODIE TO SHOW HER HOW MUCH YOU APPRECIATE BEING A FELLOW MEMBER AND FRIEND!!! PLUS, ADD YOU'RE FROM BINGERS/SNACKERS SO SHE SEES THE TEAM THAT LOVES BEING HER FRIEND!!! <BR> <BR> YOU CAN D... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 10:26:49 EST (DAILY)WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE TODAY IN YOUR AREA? <em>38</em> <em>27</em> <em>54</em> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>257</em> <em>425</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I think it is so neat that we can all come together on this screen -- but yet be so many miles away from each other --and STILL SUPPORT AND HAVE THESE WONDERFUL FRIENDSHIPS!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> It made me think, let's share what the weather is like in your area TODAY! <BR> <BR> Please reply with the temperature, or if the sun is shining or if it raining or snowing --- AND ... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 10:24:49 EST SHARE HELPFUL INFO ON BINGING/SNACKI NG/OVEREATING There is so much information and tips on Sparks, it is just unbelievable and fantastic!!!! So, why not share what information you have read or tips on how to stop the binging, snacking and overeating you have found to help our other friends in our Group!!! <BR> <BR> If you want, you can leave a link to the page where the article is on, or copy and paste it on this post! <BR> <BR> Let's share that information and let's beat that snacking/binging monster once and for all! <BR> <BR> WE... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 15:59:26 EST (DAILY) WHAT EXERCISES DID U DO YESTERDAY? Seeing as how we each have different schedules and different goals -- share how you got in your physical activities/exercises in yesterday! Going for a walk, sit-ups, jog, march in place, treadmill, yoga, pilates... you name it! <BR> <BR> Please post DAILY -- as I want you all to get to your goals and what better way than to track our progress and see how we are improving each and every day with those physical activities -- all to bring us one step closer to that goal!!! Fri, 31 Jul 2009 10:53:38 EST NEW FRIEND OF THE WEEK: RETRAC (Linda)!!!!! Here we are -- it's TGIF!!! And, it's time to name our next FRIEND OF THE WEEK! <BR> <BR> This week our Friend is RETRAC2 (LINDA)!!! <BR> <BR> HOW IT WORKS: CLICK ON THE LINK TO OUR FRIEND'S PAGE SHOWN BELOW AND IT'LL TAKE YOU RIGHT TO HER PAGE AND LEAVE A SUPER HELLO, A WISH FOR A SUPER DAY, OR A GOODIE TO SHOW HER HOW MUCH YOU APPRECIATE BEING A FELLOW MEMBER AND FRIEND!!! PLUS, ADD YOU'RE FROM BINGERS/SNACKERS SO SHE SEES THE TEAM THAT LOVES BEING HER FRIEND!!! <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO ... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 09:59:58 EST Thor's New Blog Please read my kitty Thor's blog to be updated about his diabetes. Thanks. Thu, 30 Jul 2009 21:04:15 EST Need Help - Out of Control! Hi everyone, just joined. I need help desperately..I cannot stop eating. I have gained like 10 lbs in the last few weeks. I don't only eat until I'm stuffed, the minute I feel the least bit not full I eat until I can't breather again. I don't know what's wrong with me. I can't get back on a diet...I've started and that very day i'll get off of it. I've never been like this before. I'm so mad at myself because I feel so bad..can't breathe well, my clothes are so tight, I don't want anyo... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 23:51:59 EST LET'S BE MORE TRUTHFUL IN OUR DISCUSSIONS I CANNOT WAIT TO DIG IN AND GET STARTED, BUT I WANT A GROUP FOR DISCUSSING REALLY DEEP ISSUES; BLADDER PROBLEMS, THIGHS STUCK TOGETHER, TO BIG TO WIPE ONESELF, UNCOMFORTABLE CLOTHING, MOBILITY ISSUES, SKIN PROBLEMS - FACIAL/BODY....THE STRESS OF STRESS EATING... <BR> <BR> WHERE IS THERE SUCH A GROUP ON HERE? <em>244</em> <em>192</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Jul 2009 15:45:05 EST FRIEND OF THE WEEK!!! ALMAGGIE!! !!!!!!!!!! Here we are -- it's TGIF!!! And, it's time to name our next FRIEND OF THE WEEK! <BR> <BR> This week our Friend is MAGGIE (ALMAGGIE)!!! <BR> <BR> HOW IT WORKS: CLICK ON THE LINK TO OUR FRIEND'S PAGE SHOWN BELOW AND IT'LL TAKE YOU RIGHT TO HER PAGE AND LEAVE A SUPER HELLO, A WISH FOR A SUPER DAY, OR A GOODIE TO SHOW HER HOW MUCH YOU APPRECIATE BEING A FELLOW MEMBER AND FRIEND!!! PLUS, ADD YOU'RE FROM BINGERS/SNACKERS SO SHE SEES THE TEAM THAT LOVES BEING HER FRIEND!!! <BR> <BR> YOU CAN... Fri, 24 Jul 2009 09:30:54 EST its night time its late & i feel hungry or maybe its just in my head i wish i could eat alot right now, but i shouldnt <BR> <BR> ive had 1480 calories so far my limit is 1500 so i did good today plus i worked out for almost 2 hours! so i tell myself i cant cheat i worked out hard today so i need to keep it up. <BR> <BR> for my snack around 7:45? i had a weight watchers brownie then i felt hungry after so instead of eating food i made some tea no calories except for the sugar. its frustraing but its all i... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 21:36:40 EST FRIEND OF THE WEEK! (TODAY to NEXT FRIDAY)! I'm going to start something a bit new and that is the "Friend of the Week"! I realize it is Friday and the week has ended today -- but let's give it a try and see where it takes us! We'll have it go from FRIDAY - FRIDAY! <BR> <BR> HOW IT WORKS: CLICK ON THE LINK TO OUR FRIEND'S PAGE SHOWN BELOW AND IT'LL TAKE YOU RIGHT TO HER PAGE AND LEAVE A SUPER HELLO, A WISH FOR A SUPER DAY, OR A GOODIE TO SHOW HER HOW MUCH YOU APPRECIATE BEING A FELLOW MEMBER AND FRIEND!!! PLUS, ADD YOU'RE FROM BI... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 11:49:02 EST HOW DID YOU DO YESTERDAY? (REWARD YOURSELF1-10!) It's time to reward yourself and see you're progress by giving yourself the points YOU feel you earned by eating well, getting in those physical activities and saying "NO" to those nasty urges to snack or binge or even controlling the emotions that may cause you to binge! (1 being --you totally bombed out or 10 -- you did it!) <BR> <BR> Do not be too hard on yourself -- realize how well you really are doing and pat yourself on the back for doing it! <BR> <BR> And, even by signing on Spa... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 09:48:54 EST INFO and WAYS of FIGHTING THE SNACKING BINGING! I saw there was a previous post before I came on as co-Leader to the team dealing with compulsive eating -- so let's get this one going again! Not only for compulsive eating, but for snacking/binging, as well. <BR> <BR> Share the info and ways you have found really help and work for you when that snacking/binging urge comes on! I just love to share and care -- so, let's do it and help each other out!! Sun, 5 Jul 2009 10:18:50 EST WEEKLY SAYING NO TO 1 SNACK/BINGE FOOD CHALLENGE! We're on this Team as we love to snack and/or binge, right? So, here is our challenge dealing with just that -- food! <BR> <BR> So many times, there is a certain sort of food that tempts us the most and we just can't keep our hands or minds off of it! For me, one is show me Twizzlers licorice and hand it over or else! Some people go for salty and some go for sweet and some just love it all! <BR> <BR> Here is your challenge that you can do according to your own personal snack/binge foo... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 09:57:53 EST WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THIS WEEKEND? I started this post -- as what better way to get to know each other and share in each other's fun plans they have for the weekend! EVERYONE LOVES THE WEEKEND -- so, please share your plans for this weekend with us -- your friends! Fri, 3 Jul 2009 08:43:37 EST OUR "HEALTHY" SNACK LIST!!! We all know that snacking and, especially, binging, is a hard habit to break! So, why not start our list of HEALTHY snacks so we can at least keep those calories down, get those all-important vitamins and minerals in as we slowly wean ourselves off the snacking/binging habit! <BR> <BR> Let's get this list going and share yours with us! What a great way to help your friends grab for the "health" -- rather than the "habit"! Sun, 28 Jun 2009 09:53:01 EST new girl hey everyone! <BR> i am new to this group! sounds just right for me... hope to make some new friends :) and get motivated! <BR> ttyls - Dawn <BR> <em>67</em> Wed, 24 Jun 2009 12:34:02 EST 21 Day Challenge? - Starting June 24th 2009 I hope it's okay to post this here. <BR> <BR> In an attempt to get my binging under control I am starting a 21 day challenge starting TODAY... why wait til July 1st, right? At any rate this challenge is that for 21 days I will not eat after dinner (the trigger to my binging). Anyone looking to join in with me post here... of course you can jump on in any time during these 21 days. Wed, 24 Jun 2009 08:27:57 EST YOUR PERSONAL PHYSICAL CHALLENGE FOR U THIS WEEK? Let's change this a bit -- after all, I do think we are our own best motivators and challengers -- keep that determination on "high" and challenge yourself to do a new exercise a day, an extra 15 minutes of walking, instead of 20 sit-ups, why not try 25? That sort of thing. <BR> <BR> So, please name the physical activity challenge YOU are challenging YOURSELF to do this week, and then report back and share how you've done! Mon, 15 Jun 2009 10:06:33 EST NEW PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CHALLENGE! Here is an easy one for all of us to do -- and that is to simply put what sort of physical activity did you do today and, if you want to give the estimate of time you spent doing the exercise, etc., you can post that as well -- all up to you! <BR> <BR> Cardio (walking, pedaling, etc.) <BR> Strength (weights, bands, etc.) <BR> Basic Floor Exercises (side bends, sit-ups, crunches, etc.) <BR> Yoga -- you name it! <BR> <BR> <BR> Whatever works best for you -- Just stay physically active... Sat, 23 May 2009 09:43:38 EST WHY WOMEN CRY -- A MUST READ -- IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!! “Why Women Cry” <BR> <BR> A little boy asked his mother, <BR> Why are you crying?' <BR> 'Because I'm a woman,' she told him, <BR> 'I don't understand,' he said, <BR> His Mom just hugged him and said, <BR> 'And you never will,' <BR> <BR> Later the little boy asked his father, <BR> 'Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?' <BR> 'All women cry for no reason,' <BR> was all his dad could say, <BR> <BR> The little boy grew <BR> up and became a man, <BR> still wondering why women cry, <BR> <B... Wed, 20 May 2009 16:24:36 EST Newbie!!! This is one of the MOST IMPORTANT teams! Found this team by accident. I'm so happy to find it. Started Spark 3 weeks ago, but started day one all over again today. I kept falling off track. <BR> <BR> I'm 5'4" and need to lose 60+....@201.5..(Don't mind sharing my weight. Don't need to hide it....)Trying to be more confident in myself. That is a goal I'm trying to achieve this week for myself. <BR> <BR> I'm the worlds worst night snacker. I do fine all day...then get snacky. I think because some nights I pop popcorn for the ... Wed, 20 May 2009 13:25:04 EST Quote Of The Week In 12 Step Meeting Rooms May 18, 2009 <BR> <BR> Quote of the Week <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "I want my Higher Power to live in my heart full time, but He'll only take a 24-hour lease. <BR> <BR> <BR> It's amazing how good I feel when I get connected to my Higher Power. I do this when I pray and meditate in the mornings, or when I speak to or help someone in the program, or when I attend meetings. I love the peace I feel, the sense of belonging I have and the feelings of being comfortable in my own skin. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 19 May 2009 14:00:35 EST I Like Being Old! I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant. <BR> <BR> I have seen too many dear friends leave... Tue, 19 May 2009 13:42:08 EST Whats the first thing your gonna do? Whats the first thing you are going to do/did when you make/made your goal weight? <BR> I can't wait to get my family portrait done when I hit my goal weight...I finally wont be embarrassed to give them to my family and friends! Mon, 18 May 2009 10:28:27 EST hello everyone.... Hi I'm new to the group...Glad to find a group centered on my biggest problem...I can't seem to get past the binge eating anymore. My bff is getting married and I"m the Matron of Honor and suddenly my dress doesn't fit...I'm totally freaked but that didn't stop me from having a soda and a brownie for breakfast...I gotta learn to stop myself!!! Sun, 17 May 2009 11:20:20 EST I am back and need alot of support! So sorry I havent been around! <BR> I was going through alot problems <BR> with in myself, maritel problems and more! <BR> Didnt know which place to go. <BR> I was gone from home for awhile without my family, <BR> and my heart was aching to much,I had to come back home to them.I was going nuts without them! <BR> I am home now and we have lots to work out on. <BR> and so fourth! I lost myself and my way for awhile <BR> and starting to think straight now. <BR> I dont wish this upon anyone its b... Fri, 15 May 2009 20:19:11 EST Starting Over I recieved an email and turned it into a blog, it inspired me and thought I would share to all.. Please check this out.. thanks Dee Wed, 13 May 2009 08:17:10 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE (3)! Since I see too many of you didn't reply -- I'm going to add our Weekly Challenge (3) and let's see if we can do it! <BR> <BR> It's pretty easy to do -- and just remember to reply back to this post with an "I did it" -- that simple. <BR> <BR> Challenge (3) is to Walk at Least 30 Minutes a Day -- be it outdoors, on your treadmill -- make your heart love you! <BR> <BR> Who's in on this easy one that I think alot of us already do? <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 May 2009 11:06:33 EST Med-Free Anxiety Treatment <BR> The Best Med-Free Treatment for Your Anxiety <BR> <BR> If you’re currently experiencing anxiety or fear, consider this medication-free treatment: Sharing. Worry and fear are inwardly focused emotions, based on how something might affect you. Turning your attention outward will help you feel connected to a higher purpose and naturally weaken these destructive feelings. <BR> <BR> Today, think of some way to share with someone else. Run an errand for an elderly neighbor. Gather together... Mon, 4 May 2009 15:50:17 EST PLEASE SHARE YOUR FIRST NAME WITH YOUR TEAM What better way to get to know each other than to know each other's FIRST name? I, myself, love the screen names of so many members, but to put a name to a profile picture is so much more personal and that's how those friendships feel more one-on-one! <BR> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> Sat, 2 May 2009 13:40:20 EST (GAME) WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF I GAVE ?? TO YOU?? This is a fun game once you get going. Here's how it works, <BR> <BR> I start with "What would you do if I gave you a ROSE? <BR> <BR> Next person could reply like - I'd put it in a vase and cherish it! <BR> (Then THAT SAME MEMBER -- leaves her "What would you do if I gave you a __________?????) <BR> <BR> Have fun! <BR> <BR> So first one: <BR> <BR> What would you do if I gave you $2,000,000? Wed, 29 Apr 2009 20:16:09 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE (2) New Challenge Everyone! <BR> <BR> Report your fitness minutes every day and report your minutes to this post. <BR> <BR> For some that may not be familiar with the SparkPages fitness minute tracker -- go to "Start", scroll down on the left-hand side of the screen, find "Quick Track" and throughout the day when you have done your exercises, etc., just keep entering the minutes and what sort of activity it was and it'll all keep track for you. Then at the end of the day, check your total ... Sat, 18 Apr 2009 13:58:13 EST GREAT ARTICLES/INFO NOT TO MISS! CHECK BACK DAILY! I'm going to be adding SparkPeople articles, etc., on this post -- so you don't miss something that may be of interest and help to you! <BR> <BR> Today's deals with Emotional Eating! Check it out -- it's great! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=55 </link> Fri, 17 Apr 2009 14:12:10 EST GAME TIME! READY TO THINK QUICK! I'm sure alot of you know how the "Word Association" game goes -- <BR> <BR> Example: I say "cat" <BR> The next member hits, reply -- think quick -- what is the FIRST thing that comes to your mind when you hear that word (cat)? You may think "dog"- there's your reply. The next member to reply will enter their word and on we go! Go ahead and have fun -- just keep it clean. But the funnier of items -- the funner it is to see how we think. It can be fun and it's actually fun seeing how we ... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 22:37:41 EST MONEY-SAVERS,HOU SEHOLD,GARDENING IDEAS TO SHARE? Here you go -- give us your gardening ideas seeing as how, hopefully, Spring has sprung and it'll soon be planting time. <BR> <BR> How about sharing some time-savers when it comes to cleaning the house, so it allows us more OUR time to get out and get active. <BR> <BR> Got any super money-savers -- as with our economy as it stands right now -- alot of corners are going to have to be cut from our budgets. <BR> <BR> So, share any advice and tips -- we're always looking for ways to better... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 21:57:23 EST READ A GOOD BOOK LATELY? Here's a post for all of our readers out there. What was the last great book that you read? Was it a mystery, romance, etc. Perfect way to give another Member one to add to her list of those to read! Tue, 14 Apr 2009 21:53:10 EST WHERE DO YOU LIVE? MAYBE WE'RE NEIGHBORS!!! Here is a great way to see where we all are from. You'd be surprised when you see a member lives in a city or town next to you -- it's a small world! <BR> <BR> I live in Merrill, Wisconsin, in a community of about 10,000 people. <BR> <BR> How about you? Tue, 14 Apr 2009 21:49:01 EST How about a list from everyone on snacks How about a list from everyone on snacks that would not hurt us... this is my idea? Mon, 13 Apr 2009 21:33:13 EST WHAT SUBJECT WOULD YOU LIKE TO COVER ON THIS SITE? I just thought I'd ask all of you, what would YOU like us to concentrate more on this site. Exercises, motivational tips, games, physical challenges for the week, health tips, etc. YOU name it! We're all in this as a Team -- so YOUR THOUGHTS MATTER TO ME BIG TIME! Just reply to this post and let's see how we can help YOU and others in areas they would like to concentrate more on. Thanks! <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 13 Apr 2009 19:04:14 EST A Heavy Heart It is with a heavy heart that I write to tell you we had our 21 year old cat, Tiger, put to sleep yesterday, Maundy Thursday at 3:30 pm. That is Tiger's picture as my profile picture. <BR> <BR> In February he became very ill with kidney failure..the symptoms of walking in circles, losing his balance, and not eating much. We expected to lose him that month. Well, after about a week he seemed to improve. He had no trouble jumping onto the futon, onto the computer and then to my desk to lay nex... Fri, 10 Apr 2009 01:54:50 EST One Day At A TIme April 6, 2009 <BR> <BR> Quote of the Week <BR> <BR> <BR> "Learning to live life one day at a time...." <BR> <BR> My girlfriend went into her office a couple hours late today because of an early doctor's appointment and found that 14 people in her department had been laid off that morning. I'm home recovering from a gallbladder operation and may need an additional three surgeries - painful ones at that - for other things. It's easy to get overwhelmed with what's going on in the world and... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 15:00:54 EST WHAT'S #1 THING CAUSES SNACKING /BINGING FOR YOU I think we choose to binge or snack for different reasons, but what would you say is your Number 1 reason for feeling the need to binge or snack? <BR> <em>38</em> Fri, 3 Apr 2009 19:07:48 EST APRIL FOOL'S DAY PRANKS What was the funniest April Fool's Day prank you ever remember pulling on someone? Wed, 1 Apr 2009 08:42:46 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGES (4/1/2009) Here we go -- another new challenge for you! Track your eating on the SparkPage nutrition page for the week! It'll show you the amount of calories eaten, protein, carbs, etc. Or, if you prefer to do your own diet journal and know the calories taken in, just report the total amount of calories eaten each day this week! So, I'll be checking to see that everyone is entering their daily calorie intake -- it may surprise you! Good luck everyone! <em>104</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 21:28:20 EST I'm Devastated and Need Your Prayers Please Please pray for my kitty Thor. He is very sick and probably as diabeties. The vet is pretty sure from his blood work and we'll check his urine tomorrow. He has lost 4 or 5 pounds these past few months. I thought it was from his weight reducing food. But no, it wasn't. He's been drinking a lot of water and that's why I took hm in.He also has an infection in his body. We're hoping that the infection may be raising his sugar, but it's along shot. We don't have the money to spend on vet bills.I h... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 01:39:28 EST Passive- ggresive Behavior March 23, 2009 <BR> Passive Aggressive Behavior <BR> Claiming Our Feelings <BR> <BR> If you’ve ever found yourself repressing your anger and behaving in other ways to get your point across, you may be someone who is adept at engaging in passive-aggressive behavior. Although passive-aggressive behavior is recognized as a psychological disorder, it also describes the behavior that many people use to cope with confrontational situations. Such behavior has the outward appearance of being peacefu... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 22:51:49 EST PRAYER REQUEST! Please can you pray for my 2 dogs and cats while I leave them for 2 days alone but I will be leaving them lots of water and food! <BR> just hate leaving them alone but thats my only option at the moment! I just worry on leaving them alone. <BR> from seperation anxiety, (hear what I am saying) <BR> thanks in advance! <BR> I will be leaving wednesday afternoon till friday at 7pm just to let you know I need lots of power praying! <BR> spiritangel <BR> hugs <BR> xoxoxoxoxox <em>223</em> <em>458<... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 19:13:19 EST TEAM CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK! (#3) (March 23-30) Our next challenge should deal with relaxation -- because we all definitely need to do more of that to relieve some of the stress that drives us to binge/snack. <BR> <BR> Challenge #3 -- Do a 15 minute wind-down after work, or before going to bed each night. Take in the deep breaths and slowly release them. Feel your body getting rid of the tension by each exhale. Try it! It can work for you! Sun, 22 Mar 2009 12:36:57 EST TRY MEDITATION, YOGA or DEEP BREATHING EXERCISES If you start to feel the urge to snack or binge, try the deep breathing exercises of inhaling - hold for count of 10 -- and slowly release the air. It calms the body and also may relieve some of that urge to eat. <BR> <BR> Same for meditation -- clear your mind (and, yes, even from eating or snacking) and concentrate on your own body breathing, see if you can feel your mind slow down -- relieve the stress/tension = less snacking. Try it and see if it works for you, and let us know. <BR>... Fri, 20 Mar 2009 18:37:37 EST Question - Mid shift Worker Hello all - <BR> <BR> I am a health care administrator that works 3 12 hour days from 9am to 9pm. I struggle with not eating 2-3 hours before I go to bed. <BR> <BR> If I eat breakfast at 8 before I go to work, I need lunch by 1pm and dinner by 5 or 6pm. One issue is that I only get one 30 minute food break. So far I've been eating my breakfast and lunch at my desk (about 10am and 1pm then take my break at 5pm for dinner.) <BR> <BR> I struggle because I am most comfortable going to th... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 12:41:47 EST TEAM CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK! (#2) (March 15-22) Here's a toughie, but I'm sure alot of you can do it -- use that willpower and feel that you have won against those urges and habit of snacking! <BR> <BR> Try to go through 1 day this week WITHOUT snacking on junk food -- chips, cookies, ice cream, candy -- all the sugary and fat-loaded foods. <BR> <BR> If you feel the need to snack, grab the celery, fat-free or low-fat yogurt, etc. <BR> <BR> So 1 day going WITHOUT snacking on JUNK FOOD! Can you do it? My vote is you can -- am I ri... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 18:42:29 EST What do you do instead of eating? So I wanted to start a thread for ideas of things to do instead of eating. Any ideas? Suggestions? <BR> <BR> So far the one that seems to work the best for me is to pain my nails...that keeps me out of the chips and cookie bags. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great day! <BR> Red Tue, 17 Mar 2009 02:46:25 EST Explaining the Serinity Prayer I received this from a friend and had to post it. Substitute the word Alcoholism to an other addiction as you read this. It works with food as well. <em>247</em> --Elayne <BR> <BR> The Serenity Prayer Explained "Alcoholism & Spirituality" <BR> <BR> GOD <BR> <BR> SAYING THIS WORD I AM ADMITTING THE EXISTENCE OF A CONSCIOUSNESS OR? OF? A HIGHER POWER THAT IS GREATER THAN I. <BR> <BR> GRANT <BR> <BR> SAYING THIS SECOND WORD, I AM ADMITTING THAT THIS CONSCIOUSNESS OR HIGHER POWER IS ABLE... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 14:19:00 EST night eater Hi team all keep up the good work Thu, 12 Mar 2009 11:19:42 EST Hello everyone! Hello - <BR> <BR> My name is Kris - I am 29 and working to lose as much weight as I can for my sister's wedding this December. I am a co-maid of honor and we have red dresses to wear. That's how my screen name was born. <BR> <BR> I am currently a nursing student and work 3 12 hour days at a major hospital in Phx, AZ. I have an 18 month old nephew that I spoil whenever possible and a 5 year old yorkie pom names Sable that I consider my fur baby. <BR> <BR> I'm in a long team (10+ year) r... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 17:39:55 EST DID YOU GET YOUR 8 GLASSES OF WATER TODAY? Thought I'd just add a post as to our water intake -- as it is so important for us to stay hydrated especially since we are exercising and working on getting healthy. So, let's keep this post going and just reply with "I did it" on a daily basis. You're doing it for you and it and YOU are worth it! Tue, 10 Mar 2009 21:11:54 EST WEIGHT LOSS GOALS: 10 TIPS FOR SUCCESS Well-planned weight-loss goals can help you convert your thoughts into action. Here's how to create successful weight-loss goals. <BR> <BR> Weight-loss goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Well-planned weight-loss goals keep you focused and motivated. They provide a plan for change as you think about and transition into your healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> But not all goals are helpful. Unrealistic and aggressive weight-loss goals — for example, losing 10 pounds each week... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 21:02:12 EST What Are Your Positives? So many times we dwell on our faults and forget we have so many positive characteristics. Name one positive thing about you! You're a great person, and we want to hear about it -- so share, please. All part of getting to know each other a bit more!! <em>30</em> Tue, 10 Mar 2009 20:37:36 EST Motivational/ Inspirational Quote Share Perseverance: <BR> <BR> "Perseverance is a positive, active characteristic. It is not idly, passively waiting and hoping for some good thing to happen. It gives us hope by helping us realize that the righteous suffer no failure except in giving up and no longer trying. We must never give up, regardless of temptations, frustrations, disappointments, or discouragements." (Joseph B. Wirthlin) <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Mar 2009 18:46:10 EST PLEASE READ THANK YOU SO MUCH! MY SISTER INLAWS CAT DOESNT WANT TO TAKE CARE OF THE 5TH BABY BECAUSE SHE IS TO TIRED WE THINK OR CLEAN IT OR ANYTHING SO NOW THEY ARE TRYING TO PUT ROOM TEMPERATURE AND WARM A BLANKET UP TO KEEP THE BABY KITTEN ALIVE CAUSE ITS HALF DYING! <BR> AND SHE IS TRYING TO FEED IT TOO! <BR> CAN YOU PRAY FOR THE BABY? ID SO MUCH APPRECIATE IT! <BR> LOVE YA <BR> SPIRITANGEL <BR> HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSS Tue, 10 Mar 2009 00:19:46 EST TEAM CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK! (#1) (March 8-15) Let's start posting a Team Challenge and see if it motivates you more to get the activity in and see and feel your energy increase: <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is: <BR> <BR> Walk an Extra 15 minutes every day! It is a small challenge and an easy one so everyone should be able to fit it into their day. <BR> <BR> So take the challenge, by replying with and "I'm in" and do it -- it only takes a few minutes -- and it can make a difference in your diet! Mon, 9 Mar 2009 20:57:04 EST What are you going to do when you hit your goal! What is the FIRST thing you're going to do when you hit your goal and realize you did it! Other than jumping up and down and yelling at the top of your lungs that "you've done it" -- what else are you planning or thinking of? <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 9 Mar 2009 15:04:42 EST My name is Angie and I am a binge eater Hi, my name is Angie. I am engaged and my wedding is August 14,2010. I am trying to lose weight, and have been struggling with binge eating and night snacking for years...I am a closet eater too!! I NEED HELP and support!! <em>46</em> I will do great for a week or so, then have a bad day which ends up turning into a week, then I tell myself no more...tomorrow is the day I change and stick to it...but I never do... <em>15</em> Sun, 8 Mar 2009 22:02:47 EST My name is Maureen and I am a Night Snacker! Hi....My name is Maureen. I am married and have 2 boys. <BR> My DH works 2nd shift and I get really bored after my boys are in bed. I try to find things to do but the food calls my name all the time. <BR> I have been trying very hard to eat "good" snacks in the evening but some nights those cookies and chips etc. just yell a little too loud! Don't want to wake those boys...LOL! <BR> Then my DH will come home around 11:45pm and he is's snack time again!! <BR> So that's a little abo... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 18:50:05 EST What Are Your Hobbies or Interests? This may have been posted before -- but what better way to find out what one another enjoy doing with their free time. Let us know and share!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Mar 2009 18:53:49 EST hello, starry here. well now, this is a group i belong in! binging, snacking and night time eating are pretty much my biggest problems. i don't binge nearly as bad as i used to, but once upon a time i would cook whole meals in the middle of the night. and i actually wouldn't remember them until i saw the dishes in the sink the next morning. <BR> <BR> anyway, i am starry, aka charlene. i am a 51 year old mom of three grown sons. they are all about to make me a mother-in-law, as they are all either engaged, or sa... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 04:20:43 EST Stop Emotional Eating Before It Starts De-Stress in 3 Minutes or Less <BR> Stop Emotional Eating Before It Starts <BR> <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> What is the single, most common problem that most dieters face when trying to lose weight? Will power? Nah. Temptation? Sometimes. Emotional eating? Bingo! That’s why it takes so much more than good intentions and information about nutrition and exercise to be successful. The ability to manage difficult situations and feelings effectively—without t... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 02:04:53 EST Progress Check-in/Goal Coming Closer? I thought I make this post so we can share in each other's successes so far. How close are you from your goal weight? I'm 10 pounds away -- and it's going very slowly. But I'll keep trying because if anything else, I'll get alot healthier by making better food choices. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 20:42:49 EST Try This Game So We Can See How You Think!! Another friend sent me this one, and it is a definite challenge to come up with the answers. So, have fun and see how it goes for you. <BR> <BR> IT'S HARDER THAN IT LOOKS! HIT REPLY, ERASE MY ANSWERS, ENTER YOURS! USE THE 1ST LETTER OF YOUR NAME TO ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS. TRY TO USE DIFFERENT ANSWERS IF ANOTHER MEMBER HAS THE SAME 1ST INITIAL -- PERSON IN FRONT OF YOU HAD THE SAME 1ST INITIAL. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try and I hope I don't get stuck!!! <BR> 1. What is y... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 18:17:06 EST How Much Physical Activitity Did You Enjoy Today ? Be it your exercise routine or just really staying active while housecleaning, shopping, etc., in your everyday life, share your day with us. Physical activity will help with those binge/snacking urges sometimes and what a great way to get to our weight loss goal. So, what did you physically do today to keep moving? Wed, 25 Feb 2009 09:55:33 EST Got A Minute? I found this website and there is some great information in it. When ever I get it in my mail I will post it to this thread. Hope you get as much out of it as I have already.--Elayne <BR> <BR> <BR> Got a minute? That's long enough to recognize emotional eating. <BR> <BR> The Wt. Loss Minute By Linda Spangle, RN, MA <BR> Author: 100 Days of Weight Loss <BR> <BR> <BR> Great idea: Learning to change was worth the pain <BR> <BR> Today, I'm sharing my personal story abo... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 13:58:31 EST Hello there! Just to tell you! So sorry for not being here in awhile, I havent been the greatest , but I am back now and you have to bear with me catching up on things on here lol <BR> I am feeling much better and thanks for the prayers! <BR> and support! <BR> I wont be online to much today as I am going out to church and have some cleaning up to do! <BR> SPIRITANGEL <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>223</em> <em>245</em> Sun, 22 Feb 2009 15:12:31 EST Helpful Tips Found for Overcoming Binge Eating!! I found this info and thought it may be of interest to you, so read over it and see what you think: <BR> <BR> Tips for Overcoming Binge Eating: <BR> <BR> Eat breakfast. Skipping breakfast often leads to overeating later in the day, so start your day right with a healthy meal. Eating breakfast also jump starts your metabolism in the morning. Studies show that people who eat breakfast are thinner than those who don’t. <BR> <BR> Avoid temptation. You’re much more likely to overeat if you hav... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 21:57:18 EST Did You Snack/ Binge Last Night? Now that last evening is done, do you want to share if you gave in to the urge to snack/binge or did you manage to fight off that nasty urge? <BR> <BR> Let's keep this message going, as I think it would be interesting to see how we're making progress by seeing what we did over the past days/nights. <BR> <BR> (2/20/09) For me, I did pretty good. I kept my water bottle next to me and, as the bowl of fresh popcorn was on the table, my hand automatically went to the dish before I even real... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 10:09:59 EST