SparkPeople Living Binge Free Team Messageboard Are you struggling with bingeing & emotional eating? Whether you binge a little or a lot, join us for support, help, encouragement, tears & laughter while we (re)learn how to Live Life Binge Free :) SparkPeople Living Binge Free Team Messageboard how do I stop bingeing but still lose weight? Just so you know...this is probably going to be a long read...but I will try to keep it from becoming a novel. <BR> I'm 54 and a returning Sparkie, different name this time because I can't remember my previous details! LOL <BR> I've struggled with weight my whole life, and have yo yo dieted for years. I have never reached goal weight but I have come close. Most diets were the "sensible", calorie counting type and i did lose weight when I was being "good" but it was always very slow. That ofte... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:10:36 EST BED clinical foundations book I'm just reviewing the topic. Published in 2008, so not too old. Book pretty much emphasizes cognitive behavioral treatment, which was the basis of much of what I looked at before and during the beginning of my turnaround five years ago, (My first aha was in looking at similar techniques for OCD from Jeffery Schwartz in book called Brain Lock. Also Judith Beck, but NOT her rigid diet plans/ weight loss focus.) I saw an article this week comparing treatment techniques. It showed a lot of succe... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:05:00 EST Feeling Positive Yes! Today is the first day of my 30 day challenge. this week I start with 10 minutes a day. I have completed this and now am washing laundry and going to vacuum. I have two days binge free under my belt and I am working on today. I am the only person that can control what I do. <em>198</em> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:16:20 EST Fat is not a feeling 3:38 minute video Did you see this video? It's one of today's top stories on the spark start page. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>videos-detail.asp?video=145 </link> <BR> <BR> It was the pic of the list that caught my eye. It said <BR> <BR> what it felt like <BR> not to purge <BR> not to binge <BR> not to eat emotionally <BR> not to fear food <BR> <BR> I decided yesterday to give up dieting. I made that decision without feeling bad, but I have doubts as to whether or not I c... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:35:58 EST Hi Hi I have just joined the team. I am a massive binge eater and binge a couple of times a day. I feel completely out of control and very guilty afterwards. I used to be bulimic many years ago but managed to stop making myself sick when I was pregnant because I was worried about hurting my child. That was eleven years ago now but I still do the bingeing part. I used to weigh around 112 pounds and now I weigh 182 pounds and I know this is all down to my bingeing habits. I eat a healthy breakfast... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:13:32 EST Want to live binge free! Hi, I'm relatively new to sparkpeople and also have trouble with binge eating, it started like a day of the week that I let myself eat anything I liked, and I thought it was controlled. But it has turned into a problem because it occurs 2 or 3 times a week (now I have done it 4 days in a row each one worst than the last one) and I eat until I almost feel sick. I don't purge or anything like that but I feel sooo guilty afterwards that I am scared some day I will. I just can't control it once I... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 13:55:22 EST I finally found the team for me! Hello, my name is Gayle. I have binge-eating disorder and I am out of control!! I have been for quite some times now and I weigh more than I have in well, EVER! I feel terrible all of the time, tired, no energy, I already have RA so my joints hurt even worse. I was watching a show pertaining to alcoholism today and I cried when he admitted he was an alcoholic because I identify with them so much. It's just a different drug. An addiction just the same. I came across this team and am so ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:28:40 EST new here...had foot surgery and have been binging I was on spark a couple years ago. I tried another site but their teams/message boards are not as good as spark. <BR> <BR> I gained so much weight that I need help. I had foot surgery on one foot and the other needs it too. So I have pain everyday. <BR> I have been eating badly and want to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I am also looking for spark friends that also have binge problems. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:12:50 EST I have to get this under control Its embarrassing. Its like I ignore what I know is right and continue to eat. Justifying starting or stopping at a later date. My excuse, " I already ruined today or this week, Ill Start tomorrow or next week. Thereby indirectly giving myself permission to binge. I have been trying to stop it. It all started when I was sick last year. I was sick for 5 months. Doctors had no idea what was wrong. Eating was difficult. Sleep hardly ever happened. I thought I was going to die. Well, ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:35:59 EST Finally admitted this is a problem for me! Binge eating has always been a problem for me. I eat healthily most of the time and exercise frequently but then I will often have a serious binge session. I have never really identified that this is more than a momentary lapse in will power until recently. Now I realize that I need to change my behavior, particularly because my DH and I are looking to start a family in the next couple of years. I am on a mission to stop this destructive cycle and learn how to eat "normally"! Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:57:20 EST finally facing up to it its taken me 30 something years to realise that I use food as a crutch, a friend and a stick to beat myself with, my health so far hasn't suffered (more by luck than judgement) but gastro problems are becoming the norm, I hide what I'm eating and then feel guilt and angry at myself and I realise that I don't want to spend the rest of my adult life living this way so there's only me that can do something about it. <BR> <BR> I eat healthy 90% of the time and make sure my family do, I just add ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 05:28:18 EST Just put the brakes on Hi all. My name is Jan and I live in beautiful BC and have been binge eating since mid December. Lots of family stress but that is not a reason, I need to control myself. Joining this team because I am hoping by having to check in I will be able to stop losing control every night. <BR> I have even got to the point I am eating in bed at night and I had been doing so well. Now my weight is going in the wrong direction. I am going in for my second ankle fusion it his month so I need to stop the ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 23:41:58 EST Chat January 2015 New year off to a good start, neighbor came around passing out donuts one of my trigger foods, I passed them up Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:34:40 EST Post binge distress Well I've called it distress. I guess that's a reasonably accurate description. It was a whole lot worse than the awful fact that I'd binged. I can hardly believe that just eating too many chocolates could make me feel this way. I'm feeling better now, but the day after I ate those chocs I felt scared. Scared of dying would you believe? Scared I was gonna get seriously ill. Man I was having weird emotions. Scared I wouldn't be able to get back on the healthy eating track was probably ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 04:22:08 EST Dec. 28-Jan. 31, 2015 Chat In case you are someone who gets waylaid by thinking she MUST achieve a streak of BF days for success, I'm posting this chat thread. (Any team member can do this, BTW). I like the 21-day thread because it's been around so long (way more than 5 years!) but if someone needs this option, I hope s/he gets some help. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 16:33:11 EST Journey through cheesecake Had a portion of cheesecake for dessert yesterday. Took the first fork full and thought about how it tasted. Started eating the rest slowly and enjoying it. Then I realised I was eating it fast and greedily so I slowed down again. I didn't like the greedy feeling. I don't get it as much as I used to. It just feels bad to eat like that. Not the way it should be. <BR> <BR> <em>35</em> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 04:35:36 EST Binge Eating Disorder with Diabetes? Hi, <BR> I'm struggling with Binge Eating Disorder and the way to work on that is to stop dieting and to not limit food groups, but to focus on eating healthier and maybe pre-planning your meals. But I also have diabetes and my blood sugars are really bad lately. I get incredible cravings from carbs, even if it is high in fiber or supposed to be healthier. It seems to work better if I don't eat a lot of carbs and only eat them in combination with protein and fat, but that means I feel depriv... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:40:20 EST Thanks for the welcome oolala! Thanks for the welcome oolala! Thought I'd post my reply on a thread rather than on your page in case anyone else on the team relates/can gain some encouragement from my improvement. <BR> <BR> BLC27 is sparks version of the Biggest Loser Challenge. It starts on January 14th. I don't have a goal to lose a certain amount of weight by a certain date. My current goals are to lose just 9 pounds so that I am no longer officially obese, and I have set myself a goal of 10 pounds lost during the... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 04:08:11 EST How to celebrate the holidays without binging Another thread gave me the idea to start this topic now: <BR> Is there ways that you enjoy food that are not problematic over the holidays? Do you substitute with non-food family traditions? Are there some family traditions that family members are not willing to give up and are there ways to make them healthier? <BR> <BR> For me meat is not usually a problem. Drinks of any kind are not a temptation, either. In fact, a cup of decaf with cream or a half glass of red wine help me feel satisfie... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:37:13 EST Weekend Binger Hi fellow bingers. <BR> <BR> I used to binge until I felt sick to my stomach on a daily basis, but because of stomach issues (nothing serious, mostly extreme discomfort) I’ve been able to cut back on my binging by setting the alarm on my cell phone and only eating whenever the alarm goes off. This is actually working for me (at least for the time being). I’ve been able to stick to this but only during weekdays when I have structure in my day. When weekends rolls around I have absolutely no c... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 07:38:43 EST That's totally normal right? So I am totally excited because I am going to pick up the christmas tree after work. I asked my husband if he needed me to pick up anything from the grocery store. He said "No" and my immediate next thought was... I wonder if I could get some chocolate to eat in the car on the way home before dinner, and i wonder if a pint of ice cream would be cool after that. Huh. I don't even want chocolate or ice cream. So yeah, that's just how I roll...... My current goal is to slow my roll and then get... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 17:15:32 EST Somewhat of a Bingeing Problem....... <em>213</em> <BR> Hi Team. Glad I found you. I'm about halfway through my weightloss. I am an emotional eater and tend to binge a bit at times. But I do think my case is mild. <BR> <BR> I look forward to an enterchange of encouragement with u guys! <BR> <BR> I had a breakthrough yesterday when I had seriously strong urges to overeat on chocolate. I even wanted to leave work early and curl up in my bed and probably binge. I felt totally down, emotionally. But I remembered hearing or re... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:16:21 EST Binged :( I had a 1300 calorie binge last night. I've been counting calories and losing weight. (I know most of you don't do that but it's the only way that I can lose). <BR> <BR> How do I recover? How do I not let one binge turn into a week long binge? Ughhhh Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:32:55 EST Hiya I binged last night so I thought I'd join you! 275g ready salted crisps. 1463 calories. :-( <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 03:09:10 EST Admitting I have a problem I'm here admitting that I have a problem with food. The excuses for over indulging, binging, stuffing my face are never ending. I hope that by doing check ins and wiegh ins on a weekly basis and having the support from this team will help to give me that extra push I need to stay on track. I'm tired of being unhappy and overwieght. It's time to take control. Thank you to all who will be there to help nudge me along and feel free to send me e-mails to give me that nudge! Mon, 3 Nov 2014 17:21:57 EST day one again!!!!! have been in a real self destructive cycle but am aiming to take control again and more than that learn to care for my self. <em>521</em> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 19:25:36 EST Looking for an accountability buddy I'm really struggling with planning my meals each day and staying on track. When I participated in Overeaters Anonymous several years ago, i "checked in" with my sponsor each morning and gave her my food plan. It really helped me avoid binges and stick to my food plan. I would love to find a "buddy" that I can do this with and also reciprocate (ie: we could email each other the day's food plan). Anyone else think this would be helpful for them? Feel free to send private message if you are i... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:49:44 EST day 4 here I am at day 4 cant believe it <BR> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:34:23 EST day 2 im very pleased to have done two days Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:45:53 EST day 1 hi all im just committing to the challenge .day 1 for me . any tips? <em>252</em> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:45:04 EST Struggling - would like some support I'm dealing with a lot of stress. <BR> <BR> Urges to eat chocolate are very strong. <BR> <BR> ... Support welcome! <BR> <BR> One thing you could do for me is tell why YOU do not want to binge. Remind of why I want to stop bingeing and be healthy and not eat so much junk / candy? Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:48:36 EST Hmmm.. research says crash diets are not so bad?! <link><BR>lth-and-families/health-news/crash-die<BR>ts-might-not-be-so-bad-after-all-sugge<BR>sts-new-study-9796651.html </link> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:17:43 EST What is the cause of binge eating? I know that there are many approaches.... I would just very much like to hear what YOU think is the cause of binge eating. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 06:51:29 EST New To Sparkpeople Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm DarkLightning (like the geophysical phenomenon). I just turned 30 at the end of August and joined Sparkpeople at the beginning of the week. I've set healthy goals with realistic timelines for myself, but one of the biggest obstacles I have standing in my way is my tendency to binge eat. It happens the most when I'm stressed out. Or I'll accidentally eat a little too much and feel myself say, "Oh hell...why not keep going? You already slipped, so let's do cheesecake... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:37:39 EST I'm back from a long break. I used to belong to this team but I allowed life circumstances to get in my way. <BR> <BR> My name is Ann and I look forward to meeting everyone! I've committed to stop this food addiction. <BR> <BR> Any help and/or suggestions for me is welcome! <BR> <BR> Thank you! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:25:11 EST Introduction to the Forum Hi, my name is Luiza and I am new to SP and this forum. I am an emotional and binge eater wanting to work on changing habits and getting control over my emotional eating and consequently me and my life. I will pop in and read and figure out how to best use the forum, it is just great to know that the forum exists and there are like minded people out there! Cheers! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:11:50 EST I think I found an important new 'tool'. I always say we must all create our own tool box of methods that help us to overcome the binge eating. Some tools that are in my box may not work for you and vice versa. <BR> <BR> Still would like to share the following... I started doing the 'Eat to Live' program 51 days ago. This means the main foods I ate were vegetables, fruit, beans and nuts. <BR> <BR> Kept a log: only on 3 of those 51 days did I binge, and when I did it was on 'healthy' foods, not the kind of chocolate blur that wo... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:03:58 EST Check in August 2014 Happened to notice there's no check-in thread for August... or did I miss it? <BR> So let this be the thread to share whatever you feel like sharing. How are you doing? Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:40:02 EST Brain over binge workbook Hey, has anyone else seen the brain over binge workbook? I downloaded it a couple of days ago and have been working through it. I'm finding it really helpful. It has given me a way to reframe how I think about my binge eating which really works for me. I feel like I could really genuinely recover... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 05:53:47 EST Joining! Hi everyone! I am so happy to have found this team. I was a previous member of SP and lost 50 lbs...thought I could do it on my own and binged my way to gaining 30 lbs back. While, here I am. I am happy to offer as much support as I can and look forward to sharing experiences with everyone! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 17:35:27 EST I'm back!! HI! My name is Sharon and I have been here before. <BR> <BR> I do really well for awhile and then I let old habits creep up on me. <BR> <BR> I am 50 and my body is changing and so is my energy level. I want to have a reasonable healthy attitude with food, (I am so much better than I used to be, but I still need some improvement). My weight is up 15 lbs from where it was 2 years ago and I must stop this periodic binging/feeling guilty and ashamed. I am not going for super skinny, bu... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:32:19 EST Am I cured of BED?? I read brain over binge and haven't binged since. Whoever shared it on this forum, thank you, THANK YOU!!! I don't think it's an exaggeration to say my life has been changed. I feel freeeeeeeeee! Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:44:46 EST New Member-seeking support <em>524</em> Team! <em>361</em> <BR> <BR> I have had serious binge eating problems my whole life, began when I was young, lonely only child, and it has continued pretty much my whole life <BR> <BR> I have survived breast cancer 3 times <em>390</em> , but not my eating disorder. I keep thinking I can change. I have considered attending over-eaters anonymous. I struggle daily. <BR> <BR> I think the constant stress in my life leads to this. <BR> <em>230</em> <em>473</em> <em... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:26:55 EST Bentonite clay capsules Anyone have any experience with them. <BR> Heard they are really a great body detox as well as candida, IBS and other things. <BR> Please let me know your experience. <BR> Thanks. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:59:07 EST hi <BR> <BR> Hi, folks, glad to be here. My name is Ruby and I've been a binge/emotional eater for much of my life. My food addiction is better than it was, say, two years ago, but I still have a long way to go. I now struggle with eating too little during the work day (just not hungry) and then feasting at dinnertime. <BR> Looking forward to making friends and beating this way of life. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:00:11 EST Hello! Hi peeps! <BR> My name is Alyssa and I have been struggling with my binge-eating disorder since I was five years old. My earliest memories of having this disorder started around then when I would go to the fridge while no one was looking and would eat three bowls of cereal, a cinnamon raisin bagel with peanut butter and several pieces of cheese-all before lunch! <BR> I ballooned up to 250lbs by the time I was 16. I was out of junior clothing by the time I was 12. <BR> My parents were never t... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 19:34:35 EST I hereby swear to never diet again <BR> Dear lower brain, <BR> <BR> I know that over the years I've been pretty cruel to you, constantly dieting and making you think there's a famine or something. It must have been stressful for you, and I know you were doing what you thought was best, protecting me from starvation with all those bowls of cereal and jars of peanut butter and what not. I want you to know that from now on, it's going to be ok. There is no famine. You can relax. <BR> <BR> I promise that I will never diet agai... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 15:26:11 EST hi Just new. Saying hi. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 20:48:01 EST New Here but the Story is Old I am new to this group but my story is one I have been living for years. I have tried over and over again to lose weight. I have succeeded and failed. The times I have succeeded I gained it all back again and then some. <BR> <BR> I binge eat. I eat fast food in secret. My emotions control what and when I eat. To add to this I work nights (3 12-hour night shifts then off for 4) and I want to have dinner at 8:00 in the morning. By the time I get to work I want breakfast! It is exhausting p... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:51:25 EST New to the group! Hi everyone! <BR> I'm Jen - and I'm an emotional eater. If you go to my page - and check out yesterday's blog (tornadoes) you can read about my emotional eating. I also have a bit of anxiety - and for what ever reason, the past 30 years food has been used as a way to soothe. I'm working on ways to get through that and hope this group helps to inspire me to keep improving myself. <BR> <BR> I'm also finding that blogging and writing my feelings helps to get past the anxiety - and hopefully ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:14:17 EST your spiritual life? My spiritual life does not match the common one in this culture, but I do really believe down deep, it comes from the same place. It feels central to me, but honestly, I don't take as much strength from it as one would think I would, given how important I it seems to me and how much reading, listening, viewing, meditation, and reflection I give to it. <BR> <BR> I really don't want this to seem like an attack, but I'd like to know if others feel their spiritual life is important, but find th... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:37:25 EST How good a housekeeper are you? There are some times I'm tempted to eat when I know it would be better if I did housework, which I am not very consistent with. The good news is that I usually don't eat, but I don't get housework done, either. Boy, if I straightened and cleaned every time I had a thought to eat, my house would be immaculate! (And I've been getting Flylady's newsletter for years!) I find it even harder to face those tasks than it is to NOT binge. <BR> <BR> How about you? Do you find housework an easy or ev... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:44:47 EST Am I hungry? Stumbled across this.... Inspiration to ask 'Am I hungry?' <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gry-mindful-moments/ </link> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 03:41:12 EST Newbie Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Ann and I am new to the group. I made the decision in February 2014 to stop the cycle of binging and "dieting" that has stopped me from meeting my weight loss goals for several years. Since making the commitment 4 months ago I have been largley binge free with a few isolated slip ups here and there. Being more consistent with my eating has allowed me to make slow but steady progress in meeting my weight loss goals. Looking forward to gaining motivation from t... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 15:44:53 EST Amaranth's Intro Hi, I've been on sparkpeople a while but haven't looked at this group before. I have binges, they used to be worse than they are now, but apart from that I don't have much ideas how to change that and do something else to cope instead of binging. So I'm hoping to learn a few new ideas here! Nice to meet you all. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:11:41 EST Check-n June 2014 Thought I'd get this going for those who prefer a new start each month. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 16:47:38 EST Do you know how often you binge? And why? Wondering about this. <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 May 2014 10:43:05 EST When you binge... ... do you feel that there are triggers before you start? What triggers binge eating in you? Thu, 15 May 2014 13:37:49 EST Tired of the ups and downs Hey everybody, <BR> I'm new to sparkpeople and new to this forum. What I am certainly not new to is food allergies and how they lead me to binge. <BR> <BR> After years of digestive sickness, in October of 2012 I underwent allergy testing. Many of the foods on my list I knew I couldn't have, some I suspected, some I had no idea. Here is my current list of allergens: <BR> Any type of nut <BR> Shellfish <BR> Soy <BR> Onions, chives, leeks (all alliums) <BR> Garlic <BR> All peppers (red, green, ... Sat, 10 May 2014 16:15:52 EST Started a Sparkteam to help 'normalize' our eating I admit I don't know what I got myself into, nor what got into me, but today I started a Sparkteam that focuses on ways to normalize one's eating pattern. <BR> This is a place where those struggling with binge eating and emotional eating can go and work consistently on getting a more 'normal' way of dealing with food. <BR> <BR> Looking at the reasons for bingeing and overeating is very good. But I did that for years and it did not change the problem much. <BR> If we see binge eating and em... Thu, 8 May 2014 09:41:17 EST Set back I've been doing pretty good for a few days but tonight I ate two large bowls of cereal with a lot of sugar. I'm disappointed in myself. I was hungry. I could have eaten celery, a cucumber anything but I didn't. I think of binging several times a day and have been thinking about sugar for many days. I don't consider this a binge persay but it wad a bad choice and I could've stopped it. Sat, 3 May 2014 00:35:23 EST Check-in May 2014 This is the thread to share how you're doing! Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:42:53 EST New member today Hello all, I am so glad to have found this team. I rejoined spark 7 months ago, and somehow have managed to lose 75 lbs so far. I have had a few binges during that time too. I am looking forward to any help with this, that I can get. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:16:27 EST Getting healthy one meal at a time. After each small, healthy meal, imagine some fat dripping off your body and that you weigh at least one ounce less. <em>9</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Conversely, if you overeat, you weigh 1/2 lb. more <em>15</em> and will be <em>39</em> and probably <em>46</em> later. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:26:44 EST Any good books about overcoming eating disorders? Does anyone know of any good books about overcoming eating disorders (especially bingeing)? I read a lot and have come across fiction books where the main character has an eating disorder, but it is generally not solved completely or in a positive way. My therapist suggested that I find books about people who have successfully overcome their disorder so I can see that it is possible and to see how they cope and deal. Any suggestions are welcomed :) Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:22:51 EST Hello Everyone!! Hi guys, my name is Katelin and I am a college student. I don't think I ever had a problem with binge eating until I entered maintenance last year. It was at the same time that I started school and it all became a bit too much to handle. As I started increasing my calories into my maintenance range, I ended up not really stopping and now I feel like I've been on a four month binge. As a result, I've gained back about 15 pounds and I really want to stop this now before it gets any worse. I'm h... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:37:25 EST Hello All Hi everyone <BR> I've been on a weight loss all my life with big and small loses. I need all the tools available to make a permanent change. I envision a life where I am healthy, strong and full of energy. I know that if I keep doing what I've done, my life will be short lived. So I'm getting up once again and see if I can finally find that life that I've envisioned. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:12:09 EST Checking in after my first week Happy Saturday! <BR> <BR> I started my first full time job this week. The job is a 20 minute walk + a 20 minute train ride from my house. So I've been getting some exercise. I've also been reading a book that was written by one of the women that used to host the weekly SparkRadio. It's helping a lot! I managed to go Monday through Thursday without over eating. I did over eat yesterday. I'll admit I was really tired and just didn't have the control. But one day out of 5 isn't bad! Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:22:17 EST Hi everyone! I just signed up for spark people to help me drop 32lbs. I'm always looking for support and to support people on their healthy journey so feel free to add me as a friend so we can reach our goals together! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:31:59 EST Looking for help Hi, I'm Dawn 65 years old. I've had a binge eating problem for as long as I can remember. <BR> I have seen dietitians and they do not seem to have tools for this problem. Always gave me a diet to follow. Perhaps talking with people with the same disorder will help me One meal and day at a time. Looking forward to meeting you. thanks Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:13:20 EST Comments from a friend Today a friend of mine suggested I do 3x 15 minutes of biking per day. I was (carefully, and reluctantly) talking with her about my binge eating and weight problems. <BR> <BR> She'd asked if I exercise. I said I do 30 minutes on the bike on most days. <BR> <BR> I feel like what I do is not (good) enough. This while I am really VERY proud of exercising at all. I never exercised until 2 years ago. I could not have dreamed that some day soon I'd be doing 30 minutes per day, and enjoying it. ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:08:13 EST New Here Hello everyone, <BR> I have struggled with binge eating off and on since I was 12 years old. This past year has been a struggle for me. I am back in school and going to graduate from an RN program in June. This gives me a lot of anxiety. I am scared and nervous about it... and so I eat and drink too much. <BR> I am seeing a therapist and in addition, I am starting a healthier eating plan. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:59:05 EST Tips on how to handle food cravings <link><BR>ness/mental-health/how-to-handle-food-<BR>cravings?page=1 </link> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 05:14:15 EST hi, new to group Hi, recommitting to myself and stopping the binge and emotional eating, have over 200 pounds to lose but need to focus on today and each step, thank you for having this group just what I need,! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:49:17 EST It's time to break the pattern. Hello! I am an emotional eater and I've never thought of it this way until now but I do binge. When stress and anxiety kick in (which is a lot thanks to an anxiety disorder), or when I'm angry and scared. <BR> <BR> When things are good for me they're really good. I make healthy meals and snacks and I stick to eating well. When things are bad...well...I'm sure you can imagine. <BR> <BR> I just got through one of the bad times. The stress and anxiety are back down but the binging to s... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:43:54 EST Check-in April 2014 How are you doing? Mon, 7 Apr 2014 05:44:37 EST I need help I just returned to Sparkpeople after a long hiatus. This time I was determined to make it work. Unfortunately, I didn't even make it through the week. I'm constantly eating, even healthy foods, to excess. One day I ate practically a whole roasted cabbage. Today a container of pumpkin seeds, almonds, chocolate, ice pop, 1/4 of pineapple, ate out for lunch, besides the breakfast that lasted 3 hours. I'm sick of my constant need to eat. My stomach hurts and I'm feeling depressed. I can't g... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:04:32 EST Eating with significant other in the next room Why do we do this? Are we hoping that they will notice and stop us? Are we actually hungry? I want to see what everyone else's thoughts are on this. For quite a few months I was eating and drinking right under my husbands nose and he didn't say anything. I came to the conclusion recently that this is only hurting my own health. I deserve to be healthy and he deserves a healthy spouse. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 16:16:09 EST New to the Group Hi, I'm Kate, I'm about 150lbs overweight and I am a compulsive, emotional, binge eater. I'm 38 years old, mother of three (two college age guys who live at home, and a teenage daughter). I got married about 2 years ago to a guys who loves to work out and hates to eat right. <BR> I'm thrilled to find a group that specifically addresses binge eating! <BR> I have recently implimented more structure in my eating plan, my body loves it and my mind hates it! I've been tempted more to binge ea... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:44:07 EST So tired of it.... Hi... <BR> I have been diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder, I knew I had something wrong for a number of years. Recently I started to induce vomiting after meals, which gave me a huge wake up call that I was on a more dangerous road. With the help of my Therapist and One of my Professors at College. I hope to over come this some how. I have started a daily log of food I eat and I measure everything out because I have a hard time knowing what is the right portion sizes. Still it is reall... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:28:51 EST Article by Amanda Salis: famine reaction original article at<BR>y-diets-fail <BR> <BR> "Almost everyone who has tried to lose weight has tasted the bitter pill of failure. That feeling you get when, despite all your desires to be healthier, to fit into sassier clothes or to shimmy through life (and into aeroplane seats) with greater ease and comfort, you just can’t stick with your diet and exercise plans for long enough to get there. <BR> <BR> People failing to lose weight frequently blam... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:08:17 EST I want to break the cycle I think before I can get to a healthy weight I have to honestly address my battle with food and eating. I want food to be healthful nourishment but it has always played other roles in my world; enemy, friend, comfort, curse. I want to go more places in my life than the meaningless, "hamster wheel" journey from the bottom of a chip bag to the toilet bowl and back again. I'm so tired but so ready. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 02:31:20 EST Hello Another newbie here. I've been binge eating for almost 10 years now but was always able to maintain my weight through exercise and binge free days. Now I am on Tamoxifen for precancerous cells in my breast. It's putting me through severe menopausal symptoms including depression and a slow metabolism. I binge 2-3 x week. I really need help. I would like to start 21 day binge free challenge. But I am afraid of disappointment. Anyhow it's nice to find a group who can relate. <BR> Dawn Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:45:36 EST Another Newbie here Hi everyone! I'm so sick of food ruling my life. I'm so tired of losing and gaining the same 30 lbs. I'm hoping this team will help me build a healthy relationship with food. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:01:12 EST Check in : March For those who like to start anew each month. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 14:49:13 EST Hi Hi my name is Frank. <BR> <BR> Looking back now, I know i have had a pretty awful relationship with food since primary school. <BR> <BR> I can go all day eating healthily but once i am at home at night I start to graze which in turn leads to a full blown binge. I have had counselling in the past and help from my doctor but unfortunately. I have always fallen back into the same old routine (I am starting to think that i have and addiction problem going on). <BR> <BR> I am usually quite a po... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:38:01 EST new to Spark and LBF team Hello! I'm not quite sure how to navigate here, but what I am sure of is that I am a binge/emotional eater and I need some support. I've had minor binges in the past, but recently they are becoming more frequent and uncontrollable. I don't want to discuss this issue with my family, but I am very grateful for this forum and hope I can learn from others who are dealing with the same issue. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:41:49 EST Still finding that I am over eating ! Hello I am 43 yrs old with 100 pounds to lose. Last night I started eating just to eat I know I wasn't hungry I just ate cause I could and that's because I been doing just that for so long the only difference now is when I find myself on a binge I eat only heathy choices example: string cheese, pickles, tomatoes, blue corn chips , sweet potatoe chips , salad etc. I find the heathy foods I consume stop me from eating a whole cake, and that's a huge accomplishment for me. Don 't get me wrong I... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:26:43 EST Hi from a UK weightwatchers member! Hi I am in the UK, doing weightwatchers and walking and I have just under 50 pounds to lose. I'll check out the threads over the next few days. :-) Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:01:22 EST I need help and support !! Hi, I'm Julie aka Quadcmom. I joined Sparkpeople in 2008 and lost 75 pounds in one year. I maintained very well until our friend died unexpectedly in 2011. I have put 15 pounds back on and I can't seem to stay on track long enough to get it back off. I started a new job in October 2013 and this has added to my struggle with eating. I am more tired and I seem to turn to food and binging when I'm tired and stressed. I am looking for a fresh outlook and to continue on my journey to better heal... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:07:40 EST Hey there - new to team! Hi! I'm Laila. I've been on Spark People for a while, lost a little weight, and have sort of been stuck for a few months now. I decided to join this team because the number one issue for me is emotional eating. <BR> <BR> I am a mother to a 2.5 year old, a wonderful, sweet boy whom I adore. I work full time too. My husband has a mostly opposite work schedule from mine, so time together is fleeting. Anyway, I'm home most nights by myself with my son, and that's when I do most of my emoti... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:39:01 EST Hi, This is my story Hi how are you? I have been struggling with my weight for years. When I was younger I had a stepfather who mentally abused me and would intimidate me when I would eat, he would stare and me and then portion out all my meals so I wouldn't gain weight. Then he would lock snacks up in the basement so I couldn't get to them. I also wasn't allowed to eat any treats like soda or anything like that. We would have to drink lemonade made from lemon juice sugar and water and then eat whatever was made ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 01:23:30 EST New ... Joining LBF Team Hi! My name is Leanna and I was so glad to find this team! I need it! I joined two other similar teams in the past but they're not very active. I've been binging recently and am not sure why. I do suffer from winter blahs (SAD) and am wondering if that is part of my problem right now, as I can't seem to get my head back in the game. It only took one bite of sweets and I started falling down that slippery slope that is so hard to stop. SUGAR! So, I hope by committing myself to this t... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 22:08:37 EST Check-in february I think this is a month without any ambitions, I will just try to fight the panic of only getting paid 60 procent and believe that it will turn out just okay ... I have made it happen because I wanted to try out to get some other assignments but I have lost my confidance so it is hard to stand it right now... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 23:54:54 EST hello Hello everyone! Im new to the team. I defintly have a lot of problems with binging, sometimes for no reason. Lately, i have been really struggling, its like i have no control over my body and i cant stop myself. I feel hungry constantly, and i eat and eat and eat. I think alot of my binging comes from no matter how good or bad i do with exercising and eating, i cant seem to lose weight. Im being testing for a few things, just waiting on an appoinment. But I need to have control, and n... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 15:43:56 EST My story Hello im Ryan and I am a new member of this group. This is my story. <BR> <BR> Over the past 2 and a half years, a lot of personal things happened which resulted in me gaining about 50 pounds. In the fall of 2011, a few of my close friends went to go study abroad in England while I stayed at school (I couldnt go). During this time I felt alone and isolated which led me to binge eat on junk food like cookies, cake, and ice cream because it was comforting and made me feel better despite my ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:59:31 EST New... just realized I have an eating disorder New here from Wisconsin. I never really thought of myself as having an eating disorder, despite the fact that ever since I can remember I've had times when I stuff my face with junk food to the point of feeling sick and ashamed. I eat very healthy for the most part, but I have an uncontrollable addiction to sweets and snacky foods. It was tonight, when I had such a craving for sugar that I filled a 1 cup measuring cup with powdered sugar and ate it with a spoon that I thought to myself, "This... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:55:51 EST new to boards Hi all. I am a binger and totally out of control right now. I have put on 20 lbs since November and of course, very down on myself... I'm looking for help and support. It has been a long time since I have been in a group about food/weight issues and hope this will help me get a better grip. Looking forward to chatting with all of you! Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:54:11 EST Newbie/lot to lose Hi there, <BR> I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I am here because (a) I have a lot of weight to lose and (b) I tend to self sabotage in the form of a binge as soon as I see success. I really would like to get a handle on that, but don't want to psychoanalyze it too much. I just want to be self aware and learn some ways to eradicate binge eating behavior. I am 45 years old, and feel weighed down and tired. I want to keep up with my kids and live life to the full. Thank you ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:22:20 EST We can do it Hi, <BR> I am new to the team but not spark. I'm an emotional binger. Meaning I tend to eat my feelings, like if I'm angry with someone or something or if I'm really sad about something that happened, etc. Of course I do have those times when I binge because I wait to eat until the end of the day and then I just lose control. I have to say over all I am doing much better now that I have been consistently using SP and all the tools, not to mention all the support you get here. I am looking for... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 01:44:38 EST LBM- what is my life about between meals? +/- (I will repost this introduction if the focus of the thread starts getting lost.) <BR> <BR> We need an Obsession Free space. Letting go of bingeing is not the only goal for many of us. We also want to let go of the obsession with eating, not eating, and being unhappy with our bodies. This is such a small part of who we are; we've just let it take on a huge role in our lives. But life is about more than this focus. We need a space to let the focus widen, even if we think those other parts af... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 11:21:40 EST binging has been life long problem with me I have had binging problems for as long as I remember. I binge on all occasions when I happy, sad, bored, and when people draw attention to me rather it is in good way or bad. I really have trouble when I experience a change. Like just starting this I have binged the two days. I am coming off the binge now so my body is in rebellion over the over eating. I have conquered this in past and know I can do it now. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:06:19 EST Redefining Hey guys, so I am going to bare my soul to you all. This is my first day on the team, an old time sparker (but I am back again, for probably my tenth time saying that). I am realizing now that I have a binge eating problem. Of course I have known this for a while, but I refused to actually accept it and want find help for it. I am typing this as I am coming off what I am determined to be my last binge episode. <BR> <BR> This journey is going to be about redefining who I am. It is up t... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:22:11 EST Is body image part of my problem? Here is an excerpt from MIlestones in Recovery, a center for the treatment of eating disorders. <BR> <BR> In sum, body image disturbances are a prominent feature of most eating disorders. Whether they are a symptom of an underlying issue with a mood disorder such as depression or generalized anxiety disorders, a manifestation of past trauma, or any number of factors often associated with eating disorders may not be relevant. WHAT MATTERS IS THE NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE [that] BODY IMAGE DISTURBA... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 01:20:25 EST STOP saying, "I'll never binge again!" On the site "Shrink Yourself," founded by Roger Gould, dedicated to dealing with emotional eating, one article says the biggest mistake overeaters make is to declare, "I'll never binge again." The majority of people who end bingeing (or make it manageable) do not just stop one day, though there are exceptions. It's better not to use exceptions as models because- they're exceptions! Trying to be the exception is the source of much failure. <BR> <BR> It is much better to aim at reducing binge... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:30:03 EST Decided to put the fork down Hi! <BR> I'm Li. Mom of two wonderful boys aged 2 and 29. Husbands count as kids too, right? Life happened and brought a ton of pounds with it. I have battled B.E.D. for several years and I finally recently admitted to myself and to my husband that I have a problem. I have a long way to go but not as far as when I started! South Louisiana born & raised. Taking my journey one day at a time, and even sometimes one hour at a time, whatever it takes. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:40:52 EST Brain over Binge I posted the following in my blog today and am posting an edited version of it here, too, in case others may be interested. I'd love to hear if you've read Brain over Binge and what your thoughts / experiences are. <BR> <BR> In the past weeks I've read the book "Brain over Binge" by Kathryn Hansen and I am very interested in the ideas in that book. <BR> <BR> I'll try to summarize the thoughts in the book that appeal to me, as I understand them. <BR> 1. Binge eating is not 'emotional' and n... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:01:03 EST Binging to cope Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I have a long history of hiding "bad foods" and eating them in secret in times of high stress. The past 18 months have all been high stress and so my binge eating has increased. I've tried to do this alone, and know it's time to share of myself and be with others are doing the same so we can all move in our desired direction! For now, trying for a streak of binge free days. And at least ten minutes of exercise daily (this one I've been doing for a month already). Loo... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:15:47 EST Check-in January Nice morning, don´t know what the weather will be like. <BR> <BR> Been working with my new years resolutions, why waste a good opportunity to get an overview over my plans and think of what strategies I want... <em>283</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 01:15:41 EST Oh what I would give not to turn to FOOD! I am a binge eater also, I eat at night after my husband goes to if he cannot see that I am gaining weight DAILY! I just cant imagine why!!! I hope to get some encouragement from all or one. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:30:33 EST I Will Not Binge Today No Matter What I will not binge today, no matter what - despite emotional ups & downs, despite unforeseen circumstances being thrown at me, despite interactions with others that don't turn out the way I want, despite my brain rationalizing that it's okay to binge. <BR> <BR> I will hold fast to the truth that I am worthy of being loved and protected, and that today, I will take care of myself by eating in a healthy manner, no matter what. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:10:28 EST I Wish to Consume Mass Quantities It seems weird to post here cuz I can't remember the last time I binged - I mean several weeks at least if not longer - but it has been a serious issue for me for as long as I can remember. I do it to comfort myself if something bad happens, to celebrate if something good happens, to liven up a day when nothing happens, for any reason whatsoever or no reason at all. A switch gets flipped like the Manchurian Candidate and I turn into a machine programmed to eat non-stop without even thinking... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:27:46 EST Not a new year resolution Hello! <BR> I am back after about 5 years of doing pretty good with my weight, however, not doing well with my binge days. I really want to be here; and I'm glad I finally made this decision cause I haven't been living healthy at all. <BR> I look forward to getting healthy, <BR> Ann Sat, 28 Dec 2013 22:38:48 EST New Member Hi Everyone, My name is Lisa and I am an occasional binger. Thankfully over the holiday I didn't engage in any binging, however, I want to belong to this team because it is my reality every so often. I feel horrible after I binge and once I start it is hard for me to stop. This is my time to work on issues that prevent me from being the best I can be so I joined in order to get support and give support to other's experiencing similar issues. I look forward to being a part of the team and m... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:35:58 EST New member Hi - I have a problem with binge eating. I hide my binge eating from my husband. This is the first time I have said it to anyone other than my adult daughters. I really want to change <BR> <BR> I do really well with excercise. I actually walked the LA Marathon in 2012. I have done several 1/2 Marathons since. I just can't seem to get my eating under control. <BR> <BR> Today was a binge day and I'm sitting her with my stomach bloated and my bowels full of gas (hope that's not to transparent... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 22:26:59 EST What Does Living Binge Free mean to YOU? Living Binge Free means ... <BR> <BR> Reaching out and stating aloud, via writing, my trials and tribulations on my life's journey. It means being inspired by others the same way ... and sometimes inspiring others too. Mostly it's connecting with the people, places and things I want to ... in the way I want to ... instead of being reduced to the forced connections around me that leave me feeling disconnected ... and sometimes wanting nothing to do with the others surrounding me! LOL <BR> <... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 06:41:36 EST Newbie Awakened AGAIN My life is filled with sleepless nights. There are either noisy neighbors who have fun waking me up; or some idiots (living with or otherwise) have speakers in my room to talk to me whenever THEY decide they want to. <BR> <BR> Today, at 4 AM, I had a nutritional shake and came online. Spark People is new to me. I found the groups I was interested in (like this one) a few days back. <BR> <BR> So here I am attempting to remain Binge Free. LOL Me thinks I still need practice. How about you? ... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 05:59:27 EST New Team Member Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Lisa I'm 47 years old and I have been binge eating since I was a teen I don't understand why I do what I do but I'm very frustrated. I was really glad to have found this team and I'm hoping I can gain some insight and make a few friends along the way. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:39:05 EST New member Hi, I always begin the day great, no thought of binging, but as the day goes on it becomes much more difficult. I am exercising, i know how to eat, I just cant get over this emotional eating. thanks for being here. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 10:39:31 EST Why are the nights so hard? Why is it so hard for me to refrain from overeating at night, I wonder? <BR> <BR> During the day I'm usually fine. I even send myself reminders per mail to have a decent portion of food at supper (and not overeat) but once the meal is on the table, I often simply FORGET (or what is this? rebellion?) to watch how much I have. Then later on at night again it can be very very difficult to refrain from eating or overeating. <BR> <BR> Do you overeat mostly at night like me? Why is that? And wh... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 05:22:24 EST Post your accomplishments of the day here Post your accomplishments of today. Could be anything, it does not have to be food- related. Any litle thing you do to take care of yourself, of your health, your future, your wellbeing counts! <BR> Sometimes just getting out of bed and taking a shower is an accomplishment! Sometimes just making a healthy breakfast is a big step. <BR> Don't hesitate to post whatever effort you made! Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:22:07 EST New team member Decided I needed to join this team for support and to work on binge eating. I have been a member of SparkPeople for several years and have recently been more active on the site. I have lost 25 lbs. over the last few months and was doing really well until last night. While I was at work I started eating something I really liked and my intention was to eat one, maybe two. Before I knew what was happening I had eaten all ten. I have been a binge eater in the past and thought it was under control... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 16:36:05 EST New member My name's Kristine and I have been struggling with emotional eating and Bulimia for over 20 years. I recently read the book "Brain Over Binge" and it finally seems like their may be a way out for me. I am looking for a safe place to vent and get advice from others on how they get thru their daily struggles with binge eating. <em>524</em> Sun, 8 Dec 2013 10:25:37 EST A New Binger Hi- <BR> I've been binging for months/years. <BR> I am the highest weight I've ever been. <BR> I haven't gotten on the scale in a while - denial, freedom, doing it different ? <BR> I don't know. <BR> I'm on Day 5 of clean eating - scared of when the wave will return - the wave of binges, and not caring and pulling me into the kitchen. <BR> I want to do something different - I want to feel as good as I do now and just keep feeling clean. <BR> I hope I can find help here and keep at it - I'... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 14:43:23 EST 'Help' I'm struggling. My mind is in eat eat eat mode, for the third night in a row. I just said to my husband that this is worse than trying to quit smoking. When I quit smoking I suffered from urges to smoke for 3 days and then I got through it. <BR> With food, it keeps on and on, it's like there's no end to the cravings. <BR> <BR> I can think of two reasons why I have those ongoing cravings: <BR> - hormones; PMS ( I don't know where my cycle is at; perimenopause...). <BR> - three days ago I ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 15:58:19 EST What do i replace food with ??? Today i started my " no binging " diet. I have done really good today. <BR> Right now i am so anxious.... all i want to do is just devour something, anything. I almost feel like i am having withdrawals... I thought maybe i could buy some celery sticks but wouldnt that be defeating the purpose.. The whole goal is not to binge. Thinking of picking up a book to read or maybe drinking water. I am not hungry... I just want to eat !!! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 21:12:35 EST I'm new I joined because I need to work on this I'm currently 2 days binge free...haha but figured I could get more support. I ended up making my own spark streak so that I could track this (and actually made it public, first time doing that!) for accountability to myself and others who I tell I'm working on this. When I started getting healthy and losing weight with Sparkpeople starting this Spring I had no problem avoiding bingeing for a really long time...Until Fall hit and there were food holidays (including my bday at the end of Oct),... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 16:24:39 EST New to team I am new to Sparkpeople. I am 46 years old. I am constantly eating. I am 5 ft tall, 180 lbs. Honestly i am surprised i dont weigh more. Food consumes me , i consume food. If i dont eat i get anxious. Food calms me. I feel terrible about myself but I am having a hard time stopping. I found Sparkpeople yesterday 11/30. Today 12/01 i am beginning to try and eat normal. So far today, i have had a bowl of grits, 2 yogurts and a healthy choice bowl. Looking to find support and tips o... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 14:28:24 EST Check-in december Julie in Brooklyn – as I am struggling with compulsive eating myself Ihave no solutions to offer,only support, what is keeping me most sane is toeat as well as Ican when I can, and to be honest of what I am doing, and to seek support i safe groups. Keep on sharing, I amsure it helps in the long run. <BR> <BR> It is one day at the time Sun, 1 Dec 2013 01:28:46 EST a healty relatioship with food first for the last 5 years or more I was struggling with my emotions ,,,couldn't deal with them effectively led me to emotional eating which by time worsen to binges.... <BR> and the 5-7 kg I was trying to lose turned up to 20!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> I already lost 8.5 of those 20 now and I kept them off for a year :) hey me <BR> but since i am still struggling with EE and binges, my goal for this year Insh Allah to build a healthy relationship with food first( I really miss being normal again) even if th... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 06:43:43 EST starting fresh!! I have been really bad lately and today, I have decided to stop delaying on more day. Stop planning and start doing!! That is my motto for the rest of the year. I must develop good habits. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> will be successful-but I must keep going- change takes time and the time is now!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:45:25 EST new hey, I'm married with 3 kidz. <BR> <BR> i have had problems with compulsive eating on and off since I was a kid and really need to ge thtis out of my system. <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 17:41:37 EST Great blog about 'normalizing' your eating pattern I liked it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=JUSTYNA7 </link> Wed, 6 Nov 2013 16:05:06 EST Check-in november The goal for november is to try to stay beneath 2 000 calories in nutrition, so far it has been one day success, one day failure, it is weirdly hard! In the long run I need to learn to be happy with about 1 800 calories on normla days... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 02:53:32 EST ;looking for support I am a night binger; addicted to sugar and flour on the physical level, and prone to coping with difficult feelings and fatigue with emotional binging-always at night. I have recently begun to make some progress; I think it's 21 days now and I have binged three nights out of 21 which is unheard of for me. I have a really disordered way of seeing myself when I am 'successful'. I see pounds come off and I start to make it about the weight, when the weight is only a symptom of the real issue.... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 21:26:27 EST Downward Spiral - Help!!! Help!!!! I am in desperate need of help. I am a big binge eater and am currently seeking professional help for my compulsive over-eating, but it doesn't' seem to be working. I eat when I am no longer hungry and can consume thousands of calories over what I scheduled. For today: Ate a healthy and filling breakfast, well rounded meal and it always is. My problem is lunch. Today I ate a Hot Pockets, I ate a large bowl of yellow squash with margarine, potato chips,a large bowl of elbow pas... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:53:40 EST Im Struggling Hi, i am new to this team and joined hoping i can get some tips on how to break my binge eating cycle as im finding it impossible. I am a single mum of a 9yr old girl and im currently unemployed, so im feeling pretty low, isolated and out of control at the moment. I have 70 lbs to lose but due to the fact I cant control the binges my efforts are proving futile. Don't mean to be a debbie downer but am feeling desperate at the moment as the more i binge the worse i feel. If anyone has any sugge... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:43:55 EST Fear of Dining Out Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just joined the team. I have yet to properly introduce myself, but I have a pressing matter that I was hoping to get insight on, and it didn't feel right to put it in the introduce yourself section. <BR> <BR> I am an obese woman diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder. I know no one else in real life who experiences binge eating issues, or at least no one that has admitted so. I have been shamed my whole life, childhood on, for being overweight. I was a target of bullyi... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 16:32:39 EST Not hungry - postpone a meal or just eat a little? I overate at lunch (I think partly out of sorrow over the situation with our dog who is ill). And then I ate some fruit and a oatmeal cookie (sugarfree...) in the afternoon, so I overate again. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm not hungry for supper at all. Not sure what to do? Have a little bit or just wait until I get hungry? It's 7.30 and supper is nearly ready, my husband is cooking. <BR> <BR> What would you do? Sat, 5 Oct 2013 13:38:50 EST I've hit bottom and need to get up... Hi everyone, this is my first post to any forums since I joined a few days ago. I'm feeling overwhelmed with trying to lose 50 pounds - especially since it's 50 that I've gained over the past couple of years after being my "ideal" weight for about 5 years. I thought I had it all figured out, but as soon as I started eating the white stuff (sugar, breads, crackers, etc) I haven't been able to stop. I work full time and have 4 kids, and I stopped exercising after running marathons, competing... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:20:55 EST I've hit bottom and need to get up... Hi everyone, this is my first post to any forums since I joined a few days ago. I'm feeling overwhelmed with trying to lose 50 pounds - especially since it's 50 that I've gained over the past couple of years after being my "ideal" weight for about 5 years. I thought I had it all figured out, but as soon as I started eating the white stuff (sugar, breads, crackers, etc) I haven't been able to stop. I work full time and have 4 kids, and I stopped exercising after running marathons, competing... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:20:54 EST I've hit bottom and need to get up... Hi everyone, this is my first post to any forums since I joined a few days ago. I'm feeling overwhelmed with trying to lose 50 pounds - especially since it's 50 that I've gained over the past couple of years after being my "ideal" weight for about 5 years. I thought I had it all figured out, but as soon as I started eating the white stuff (sugar, breads, crackers, etc) I haven't been able to stop. I work full time and have 4 kids, and I stopped exercising after running marathons, competing... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:20:54 EST Fall7 times, get up 8 Hi Team, <BR> I've been away for a long time. My huband was very ill last year and I let the stress derail me. I need to get up again and focus on my own health - mentally, physically, and emotionally. <BR> It was difficult to come back and admit I'm still struggling, but I know I have to do it. <BR> Leslie Fri, 4 Oct 2013 15:40:23 EST '100 days' by Linda Spangle Just wanted to say that I clicked the button to become the leader of the team for the book '100 days of weight loss' by Linda Spangle. I reorganized the team. I'm enthousiastic about the book, regardless of what method you use, you can use it as a 'course' to learn to be more consistent and practice sticking to your plan for 100 days. <BR> <BR> I'm inviting you to join, if you feel like it! I expect we'll have FUN and lots of opportunities to learn new things and support one another. <BR> ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 13:55:32 EST starting to stop Hi, this is the first day on road to stop binge eating. I hope to be here each day to record my progress and to support others who are following this team. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 13:44:13 EST Check-in october I do love october - I love september even more but october is okay with me. <BR> <BR> I was thinking about a oup month but my heart is not in it, it will be too much right now so I will let go of the effort and go on doing the best I can with food and exercise. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 02:24:02 EST Help family understand I know I have a problem and I have certain trigger foods that I keep out of the house (for the most part), but family just doesn't understand the extreme draw I have to foods. It is viewed as a weakness and silliness. Any tips for navigating this situation? Sat, 28 Sep 2013 16:16:05 EST A Struggling Binge Eater, New to Team I am almost 65 years old, and I have struggled with binge eating since my early 20's. I'm so glad to find this team because I want to share thoughts, feelings, and strategies with others who struggle with this. I seem to have a pattern of losing a significant amount of weight, keeping it off for a couple of years, and then gradually resuming my binge eating-and of course gaining the weight back. I look upon my binge eating as my "demon" in life. But I do believe that it's possible to control ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:27:44 EST need help now I wwnt to binge so bad right now. Peach pie or candy bars. How can I stop. I need help through this urge Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:27:33 EST Fear of being open in my blog I noticed today that I'm afraid to post in my blog about the binges I had because I fear the replies. <BR> <BR> Which is why I just posted a topic asking if anyone knows of a forum - outside of SP - that is especially for binge eaters / those with BED. <BR> <BR> I begin to feel a need for it. I really struggle with all the ads and pics and recipes for sweets and muffins and pizza etcetera here at SP. Also the diet mentality of most of the articles and blog posts I read is beginning to get... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:48:24 EST Forum for binge eaters? Does anybody know of a forum - not at SP I mean - that is especially for binge eaters / people with Binge Eating Disorder? <BR> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:46:35 EST how do I control sleep eating? I've done really well with sleep eating for the last 4 weeks then today it happened...I finished off what was left of the frozen yogurt (about 3 servings it's my best guess). I counted it when I saw the empty container by my bed. I haven't gone over on calories, but I don't even get to enjoy the food and now I'm hungry... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:06:44 EST Hello Everyone I am new to Sparkpeople. I am glad I found this site. There are alot of tools and support here to help you on your journey. My goal is to lose at least 60 lbs and get off all the meds I am on. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 06:11:34 EST What do you do to overcome binge eating? What do you do to overcome binge eating? <BR> <BR> What strategies, methods, books, etc. do you use? What works for you? (And maybe also: what has not worked for you?) Sat, 7 Sep 2013 13:25:03 EST What's your personal challenge this week? What will you do this week to make your life happier, healthier, better? <BR> <BR> Are there things you want to do or try for one week? Let us know and post daily how it's going. <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 07:51:39 EST 'The men who made us fat': interesting documentary I think it's very interesting. About how political choices made in the US in the 1970's influenced the present epidemic of obesity, not just in the US but also in the UK. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=PLC95D4B298A5FCF4D </link> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:31:05 EST Check-in september This month I will try to be relaxed with my own obsession with food...reading Oolas post in the august thread mad me realise that I spen a lot of time thinking that I am "wrong" because I think about how I would like to eat, and wether I was healthy or not... I need to reconise that I have been a copulsive overeater for many years and if stay on track in reality I will still have a lot of obsessed and twisted thoughts around it. And it is okay. It is what I do that counts and I will focus on ... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 07:34:22 EST Hello! Hi all! I am new to this group. I have always had an issue with binge eating, even before I knew what binge eating was. Recently I found this article by Isabel Foxen Duke that takes another look at a relationship with food. Check it out! <link><BR>now-what-to-eat-bahhh/ </link> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 00:49:37 EST Tell me your thoughts I gained weight in the past month because of a few BIG binges that happened in a short time. I gained about 6 kg. (1 kg = 2.2 lbs). I feel that I crossed a 'set point' and suddenly certain movements are harder, my clothes don't fit anymore, etc.. <BR> Before, I had binges but 'balanced' that out apparently by eating very healthty foods and exercising in between the binges. My weight had been the same, gone down a bit even, in the past two years or so. <BR> <BR> My dietician is urging me to... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:33:31 EST How does this work? Hi, all! <BR> <BR> I just joined this team, and saw this entry on "join the 21 day binge free." <BR> <BR> I am not sure how this works. Does each individual start their own "day one?" Or is there a day when all participants begin on the same day? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Libby Sun, 18 Aug 2013 10:43:10 EST Greetings from chronic binge Hi, all: <BR> <BR> I am a mature woman (58 years old) and find myself engaging in binge behaviors more than I ever have done before. And lately it seems as though there is not enough food to fill me. I had lost 80 lbs after the death of my brother four years ago, through healthy eating and exercise. I have now regained about 45 of those pounds lost. The weight (re)gained is one problem; the binge behavior is another issue altogether. <BR> <BR> I found this team and this forum and thought "... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 10:37:35 EST almost 3000 calories hi. i seriously want to die right now. I have been binge eating the last week and everyday I go almost to 2400 calories my worst binge was almost 3000 calories. I lost weight and was at my goal weight and recently gained ten pounds by binge eating. I am so mad at myself eveytime I do this I go home and tell myself I wont binge I wont binge and then I end up binging I know I should stop focusing on the problem because I cannot keep eating this many calories or I will gain all my weight back I ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:02:26 EST Something I read today - about 'deserving' a treat "For example, after a stressful day at work do you, as a compulsive eater, return home exhausted and zoom towards the kitchen? You might remind yourself, I know I probably shouldn't have a cookie, but I DESERVE a little treat to make up for my crummy day. (....) <BR> There is absolutely no question that you are a deserving, worthwhile person. You are, I am, we all are. But when you base eating decisions on what you DESERVE, you're missing the point. Yes, you deserve that cookie/ cake/ candy, ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 04:54:21 EST Music to help you overcome the urges to binge From the site of 'Shrink yourself': <BR> <BR> "Music can be a great way to access and manage your emotions. And when your emotions are in check you don't have to escape from them into the arms of food. <BR> <BR> Cynthia Bulik, PhD director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program and the author of Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop recommended in an article in the March, 2009 issue of O Magazine to create playlists for each mood -anxiety, depression, anger, bored... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 16:05:38 EST Book: Overcoming Binge Eating - 2nd Edition This book is written by Dr. Christopher G. Fairburn. It was recommended to me yesterday at my doc appointment (the one I blogged about). I have gotten through Chapter 1 and have highlighted MANY passages and important paragraphs. According to my doctor, this is THE book to read for those of us that binge. I'll continue to update you about the book! I"m really looking forward to living BINGE FREE!!!!! Thu, 8 Aug 2013 11:45:25 EST Do you meet the criteria for BED? The current criteria for binge eating disorder: <BR> 1 * Episodes of binge eating, defined as consuming a large amount of food in a short period of time. Patients feel that they lack control over eating during the episode. <BR> 2 * Binge eating episodes are marked by at least three of the following: <BR> a Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry <BR> b Eating more rapidly than normal <BR> c Eating until feeling uncomfortably full <BR> ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 07:59:58 EST Binge Cycle I'm in a binge cycle and I need someone to help me snap out it. <BR> <BR> It began at the end of July. I had TOM followed by a trip out of town. I was binging (i.e., just eating any old thing in any old amount) during that time but excused it as hormonal, and then a result of my trip. <BR> <BR> But I'm still doing it and there's no excuse. I need to snap out of it but aside from reaching out to you guys, I'm not sure what to do. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 19:05:11 EST Can Gaining Weight and Binging Be Positive I've had a rough past two weeks. I've binged so badly and on foods that are so bad - cookies, donuts and potato chips were the big ones - that I've gained 4 pounds. I've been trying to find some way to find some positivity with the whole situation. Is it possible to find and be positive after that? I'm trying not to be depressed about it. I'm trying not to implode upon myself. Does anyone know? Can some positivity come out of all this that I can look at a new fresh start for August wit... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 18:16:01 EST what is your binge??? I have been reading a lot of posts in here and have a question... <BR> <BR> What is your idea of binging??? overeating at a meal?? snacking till you find the right thing to satisfy your taste?? opening a bag of something and not stop till its gone?? sneaking a snack before a meal?? <BR> <BR> was just curious on what all of you consider a binge??? Thu, 1 Aug 2013 02:25:08 EST Check in august The first post in agust from me is to sum up July. <BR> <BR> I stayed bingefree 30 out of 31 days <em>244</em> <BR> I ate under my calorie limit 28 of 31 days <em>244</em> <BR> I exercised 26 of 31 days <em>244</em> <BR> I lost five kilos <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> All in all <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>285</em> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 23:26:42 EST Hi. Trying something new. Hi. I feel like I have tried everything to conquer my binge eating. I have had some sort of ED since I was 11 years old (I am 27 now) and I have done everything from therapy, intuitive eating, prescription pills, laxatives, purging, starving...but nothing has stuck. I was on a good roll for almost 2 weeks but I fell off the wagon this week and am in my third day of binging. On Monday I weighed in at the gym and hadn't lost anything. Anyway that led to the 3 day binge. I tried to "starve" toda... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:12:02 EST When does a binge really start? I have found that I do great when I am planning for something: a vacation, getting married, etc. Then, seriously, even on the plane ride home, I am feeling the tension build and planning to binge. I can also feel the tension released once I do binge. I really don't know how to change this, but I do know it's gotten better if I actually plan it/modify it not to mess up my whole week. For example, on the way home from a recent trip I felt the familiar anxiety/tension/stress and right when we go... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:25:01 EST Hello! Oh wow, where to start? I have known I have a binge disorder for about ten years now, although, I think I've struggled with it long before that, I simply didn't have a name for it. It's been bad (I remember living with my parents for a short period of time after college and bingeing every day, every damn day) and it's been better (I've always managed a 'healthy' weight, at times skinny) and right now it's somewhere on the 'better' end of the spectrum. I think this is because I've decided: You... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 00:42:57 EST Has Anyone Done/Tried the 50 Day Binge Free Challe Has anyone tried the '50 Day Binge Free Challenge'? I was on tumblr looking for binge free tips (my therapist gave me something she found on there) and found this list/challenge. I was just wondering if anyone had tried it or found it worthwhile. I'm really tired of bingeing and want to try something that works. Thanks for any help in advance :) Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:00:31 EST Calorie counting, obsessive thinking and the bulge Hi everyone- hope you've all had a good weekend <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I had a tough weekend food-wise. No real binging but definitely some poor choices (a chocolate bar I didn't need, a pizza when a balanced meal would have been better,that kind of thing...) and it got me to wondering... When I eat something unnecessarily or high in calories or fat I tend to obsess for the next few days about how many calories I ought to be eating and how hungry I feel if I only have between the 1200-150... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 03:45:57 EST I am NOT going down that road again... Hi everyone, I'm Zoe. <BR> <BR> So I hope you're all doing well. Phew, this is the third time I've tried to write an introduction. It's difficult! <BR> <BR> I pretty much thought I had my bulimia under control - with the help of medication and some serious life changes I had reduced binges from three times a day to two or three times a month in the space of about two years. I was really proud of myself for that, and the weight coming off was a bonus. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, things starte... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 13:17:57 EST Woman loses lots, inspired by Geneen Roth <link><BR>st=sparking_others_helped_her_lose_142<BR>_pounds </link> <BR> <BR> Just thought this was interesting; one of the usual 'Jane lost XXX lbs - stories', but this time it's someone who said she was inspired by Geneen Roth and by 'eating when hungry'. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 07:11:54 EST Group therapy for BED Hey guys, <BR> <BR> Hope you all are well. So, I decided I needed to have a therapist help me with binge eating disorder because I'm tired of denying it. I read Intuitive Eating and several books by Geneen Roth. I agree with them 100 % - I need to listen to my body and respect it. But, I realized that sometimes, self-help books aren't enough for me, so there's free group therapy once a week for ladies near where I live. I went on Tuesday night. A man led it, but he was good. I felt ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:51:48 EST Did I binge...? I've been doing really well lately, making great food choices, getting exercise & my "observe your thoughts" strategy when I feel like bingeing has really been useful! <BR> <BR> BUT... Yesterday... Oh, yesterday! I'm PMS-ing really badly (*willing*my period to come) so I'm tired, distracted & HUNGRY ALL THE GD TIME!! I was cooking my grilled chicken breast sandwich and I ate 3 slices of bread with peanut butter while I was cooking... <BR> <BR> I mean, I'm annoyed at myself b/c it was mindle... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 03:42:09 EST An accomplishment ! OOLALA, I did what you suggested & just felt the uncomfortable feeling for what it was. <BR> I started craving my processed carbs. My daily craving.My downfall. <BR> At first it was bad . I felt like an addict needing her fix & that I had to give in to it. I was a little bit frantic & unrational hearing only , Eat Chips, Eat Popcorn, even though I was completely satisfied in hunger by my dinner. <BR> I thought about what you said, realized it was just an uncomfortable feeling & it actuall... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:30:54 EST Trying to Stop Mid-Binge Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I was compulsively eating I'm trying to recall when exactly in mind did all the "scripts" of I shouldn't be eating this and I'm not going to feel good about myself tomorrow and remember that I'm trying to stay strong and be binge free, ran through my head. I can't remember if it was before when I was trying to keep from binging or was it in between cookies that I remembered all those phrases that are suppose to keep me from binging. <BR> <BR> Even ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:15:17 EST I've been bad Last night was the worst. I got to my mom's house where she had cookies and potato chips and I tried my best to stay away from them. At the last moment before bed I decided to stay up and snack away on the cookies - these were the big size Costco cookies 4 or 5 of them I don't know - and a bag of potato chips. I had a ton of grapes, again Costco size container, I ate half of it. Finished it off with another plate of dinner - rice and fish. All before bedtime, all of it around 10:00 pm. ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:44:20 EST Need help Hi everyone. I've been trying to stop from binge eating for the past two weeks. It's a struggle. I'd be okay for a couple of days and then all of a sudden one banana leads to another banana leads to a bowl of chips and dips to another plate of dinner. I'm here to share my struggles and hopefully find success. It's really tough trying to nip this in the bud. <BR> <BR> Thanks for being here. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:01:58 EST 'The rules of "normal" eating I'm reading 'The rules of "normal eating" by Karen Koenig. I'm not saying that I think her book is THE answer, but it does offer insights and information that are quite useful for me. <BR> <BR> There are some sentences and paragraphs that really stand out to me. I'll be posting some of them on and off on this thread as I read along, maybe others get something out of it. <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:33:44 EST Periods, cravings & the binge... So I'm super hormonal at the moment... And some of you may have seen me bitching about my pre-menstrual water retention weight gain on the main forums the other day... <BR> I wanted to garner some opinion about pre-menstrual cravings. All I can think about is chocolate and croissants and my intense desire to satisfy my hormonal cravings! My head is full of food! <BR> I know some people say that you should give your body what it wants during TOM but I'm scared that this will kick off a binge... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 03:27:06 EST New and trying not to binge to hide in Shame.. Since I started Sparks again in June, I've binged less and less. I do really good with feeling my feelings and not binging because of them. However, I have a very hard time handling shame. I am an ex bulimic. Bulimia to me was how I expressed stored up rage or anger that I did not feel like I had the right to have or express - it was the "safe way" to express anger, with out getting beaten by whom ever. Though I am not participating in this behavior anymore and in therapy (have been for... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:23:57 EST What did you do for yourself today? What did you do today to help yourself, improve your self-appreciation or your life? <BR> Big steps, small actions; post your accomplishments of the day. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:47:26 EST Twelve Step Programme Does anybody have any experience of working the 12 steps to aid in their management of binge eating? <BR> I've been reading up a little about OA and the twelve steps for compulsive overeaters and I'm quite intrigued... I was a bit unsure about the religious language but I like the spiritual element of it (if that makes sense?!) <BR> <BR> Has this approach worked to any great extent for anyone? Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:07:01 EST Brand new and feeling out of control... Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm new here and I briefly introduced myself over at the introduction board, and I posted this in the diet and nutrition board too. But I wanted to come here and introduce myself because I feel like it's a blessing to have found a group like this! <BR> <BR> The main reason that I decided to join here is because I am currently at my highest ever weight (204lbs) and I'm beginning to gain a bit of insight in to my particular eating habits and I realise that I have a seriou... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 11:09:37 EST 'Four rules of 'normal eating'' On internet, I stumbled across the book 'The rules of 'Normal Eating' and I had to take a little look. I read a few pages that are presented online and then found a youtube with an interview with the author. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Interview with Karen Koenig. I'll sum up her summary: <BR> <BR> * Eat when hungry <BR> * Choose foods that satisfy you <BR> * Pay attention to the food, try to enjoy it <BR> * Stop when full / satisfied <BR> <B... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 16:16:05 EST Hello. New Team Member Here HAPPY TO FIND YOU ALL Hello. I am new to the group. And, my first step here was to write my intro. I have been doing a lot of research lately on binge eating, and I am now (at 40) realizing I have been binge eating forever without realization (how did I do that??) I can control my binges but I am struggling with controlling binges while not at home (i.e. when I go to my home state and visit relatives) and when my husband comes home on weekends from work. He wants me to keep on track but something inside me just sh... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 18:44:40 EST Just a thought... When I am bingeing on chocolate, I am looking for the feeling that eating chocolate when I am NOT bingeing gives me... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:50:24 EST 5 days a week/ 12 weeks no binge food I suggest we start a thread for those who might feel it's too challenging to go for 21 days. There are a lot of good reasons to work at being binge free in short segments. <BR> <BR> Eliminate your worst binge food for 5 days at a time on weekdays, with two extra off days per month. The foods are allowed on weekends. While people often do binge at that time, it is usually a big improvement for many to cut down from 7 days a week to only 2, and over the 12 weeks the contents can alter. It co... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 02:31:12 EST Check-in-july I have had four or five days with eating on plan and I am very grateful for it. I have challenged mysel to photograph my food every day in July and the coming week I also bought a "food bag", that is soembody else planned the food for me, I just have to cook it. I decided to go for a week (although it is only four days because I want the bag with locally produced food) when duaghter came and we were going to be very buys with theatre and I had no imagination for creating wonderful meals... it... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 01:12:28 EST More studies support the concept of food addiction Recent study on sugar addiction and 5 ways to tell you are addicted <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/sugar-addiction_b_3502807.html </link> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:50:17 EST My Intro Howdy from Arkansas! my name is Katie. I am a single mom of a 11 year old daughter. <BR> I have struggled with eating since the age of 9 years old when My mom left me with a mean babysitter and I would eat from my sister's secret food stash. I covered it with excessive working out. it caught up with me at the age of 21 years old when I shot up to 250 pounds. I am currently 174 pounds. <BR> <BR> I was going to enroll in a Christian based binge eating course but the people there disabled the... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:06:34 EST Something to do Hi, Im also new here and been binge-free for one week! Ive noticed that the tracking and reading the forums helps give me something to do and the time passes really quickly, so I also noticed that this has happened at other times in my life too like when im doing something busy to keep my mind away from food. Exercise helps but its short lived because when night or afternoon when my daughter is sleeping the urge creeps up on me. Im desperate to figure out what to do to keep myself away from i... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:03:16 EST New Here Hi, I've had a problem with binging for a long time. I wake up all full of energy and promise but the afternoon depression is what gets me. Very frustrating. I am already learning reading your posts. Thanks. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:07:59 EST 'Aha' moment & shock about food addiction When reading a book about addictions I suddenly realized something. It felt like a shock at first. <BR> The insight was this: BOTH my overeating and bingeing AND my attempts to eat 'healthily' - reading about clean eating, talking and thinking about it a lot - are two sides of the SAME coin. Part of the addiction. <BR> <BR> So far, I'd thought that my attemtps to eat healthy foods were 'good', they were me trying to find answers and ways to heal from my eating problems. <BR> <BR> But now... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:05:14 EST When it is not a problem... For some days I have not had to struggle with food. And it sure reminds me about a quotation from finnish author Tove Janssons character the mum of Mumintrollet " "It´s not hard to be brave if you are not afraid" <BR> <BR> When the cravings don´t haunt me I have no problem to stay away from food. And then I wonder why I beat myself up so much when I can´t resist. <BR> <BR> I had this medication of diuretica prescribed because my legs were swollen and my bloodpressure was going upwards. I st... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 02:26:53 EST An Amazon review led me here! I just sent this note to Oolala53 and thought I'd copy it as my intro to this group: <BR> <BR> I've been reading some of Roger Gould's free Shrink Yourself information and I saw your review of his book on Amazon. You mentioned SparkPeople and your team and now I belong to the team. I've been a member of SparkPeople since 2007 but only started using is for real starting earlier this year. <BR> <BR> Now I actually interact with people on Spark, in a very meaningful way, which I know it leadi... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 20:59:08 EST Successful Newbie! Hi, I've completed 79 days binge free and am feeling great about it! I've been in the binge eating/ dieting cycle for about 50 years (Yikes!) with only 2 or 3 spells when I've had months binge free. I've had almost uncontrollable urges to binge on most days, usually evenings. I stopped smoking about 7 years ago and put on 50% of my body weight, becoming high risk for heart attack. I've struggled for the last 2 years and managed to lose a couple of stones, but still getting binge cravings. ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:32:49 EST anyone else feel this way? so i struggle with being on a "healthy" streak - exercising, eating well, feeling awesome, etc. and then i eat something and i feel like i have messed up EVERYTHING and that i'm a failure...and then the whole day just falls apart. like yesterday, i ate two donuts, pound cake, oreos, chocolate...but Sunday and the morning i did well. <BR> <BR> has anyone else experienced this? how did you get over it? what did you tell yourself to get back on track? <BR> <BR> i ate a cinnamon roll this morn... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:49:37 EST my hardest intro post Hello all, <BR> <BR> I started sparkpeople a week ago, today I'm posting all my Intro posts on my various team message boards. I think this one will be the hardest to write. <BR> <BR> I've been some variety of bulimic since I moved to Chicago 7 years ago, when I started my first job, teaching middle school. It's hard for me to say when my weight problems really started because I always thought of myself as the fat, black sheep from my family of athletic gazelles. I started sneaking food ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 15:11:23 EST How I started bingeing I have been thin most of my life. When I was 40 I tore up my knee skiing .Recuperating from knee surgery I decided I deserved something to assuage my depression. I could barely walk for about two years. I first thought of alcohol. But I didn't want to become an alcoholic. So I picked Chesapeake chocolate chunk pecan cookies. I had people bring them to me. If I hadn't had any for awhile my hands shook when I opened the package. Now, and this is 27 years later, when I am depressed or frus... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 00:25:15 EST Hello I'm not really new here I've been reading posts here for quite awhile. I went to counseling for my binge eating and have kept it mostly under control for the past year. I have no idea what happened tonight. I just don't know. I went to the gym, grocery store, came home and it all went to crap! The bags littering my counters and the nausea are all the proof I need. I had a MAJOR binge. I just don't understand. I had a great day. Stress free. Why, why, why? How do you control somethi... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 23:16:37 EST Newbie Help Hi, <BR> <BR> 37yrs old and I weigh over 300lbs. I believe I have a Binge Eating Disorder. Any tips and or advice? I struggle everyday........ <BR> <BR> -Kim Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:52:01 EST Trying Again Hello all, <BR> <BR> Well, I'm not new to SparkPeople but I am trying again. I am fatter than I've been in a long time. I've had a difficult few years first with losing my job, health problems and family tragedies, among other things. Food is something that I've turned to for much of my life to deal with all of my emotions (boredom, sadness, anger, loneliness to name a few). I have had an especially bad week this week, eating out at fast food restaurants every day this week just because. I e... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 20:08:47 EST Chocolate is my weakness Hi all. My name is Deb and I'm a 33-year-old mom to a 2-year-old girl. I am pretty sure I have a binge eating disorder, even though I haven't been diagnosed. I can identify the root of it, and I can often identify triggers after the fact. It's just so hard to say no to cravings when they hit, and when I do say yes, I have a hard time stopping. Portion control is tough when it comes to sweets, especially chocolate. I know I need help, and I look forward to getting to know you all! Mon, 3 Jun 2013 15:46:35 EST Hello teammates I have had a binging problem most of my life . It got worse after I quit smoking about ten years ago.As my life becomes less of my own with circumstances I can't control my binging has gotten worse. I've also noticed I comfort myself with food. I eat even after I'm full until I get that satisfied feeling of the right combo of food. <BR> <BR> My weakness is processed carbs.I eat healthy & exercise. I would be down about 15 more pounds if not for binges. <BR> I don't want to be controlle... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 15:07:07 EST Maturity and Success Hey all, my name is Lizz, I've been on and off Sparkpeople since 2008ish with different names..mostly because my intentions, while similar, they've always been slightly different.. <BR> <BR> Through those years I'd been deep into the life of a closet Bulimic.. and its take me a long time to just get where I am at with awareness of body image acceptance, and developing a new relationship towards everyday eating. <BR> <BR> I feel if anything, I am more of a binge eater these days because I'v... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 04:14:02 EST When everything failed So – I have tried everything, and evrything failed. What now. Go back and try everything over again?Try to find the things that failed less than the total catastrophes? Sun, 2 Jun 2013 01:20:28 EST Darn it! :( So, I went for a walk tonight, which is good. But due to my son's baseball game right at dinner time, I never had a real, honest to goodness dinner, just a sandwich on the run. So I had been hungry all evening, and by the time I got home from my walk I was starving. I ate a bun loaded with peanut butter and mini marshmallows, then followed up with 3 marshmallow peeps left over from my kids' Easter candy. <BR> <BR> Now I'm full, frustrated, and annoyed with myself. And yet, I still feel l... Thu, 30 May 2013 23:02:00 EST What Does BED Look Like? (link) I don't know if anyone has posted this yet... <BR> <link><BR>s-bed-look-like </link> Thu, 30 May 2013 14:48:01 EST Katies' intro Hi my name is Katie. I am 38 years old and a single mom of a 11 year old daughter. I am taking a christian based course to help me deal with binge eating. felt this would be an added aid to help me break free from binge eating. Thu, 30 May 2013 13:40:03 EST saying hi... Hello there! I'm new to spark people. I've read over some of the binge thread posts, and wow , I'm impressed by the supporting feedback you all exchange with each other. I think this is a great environment that I would love to be apart of. I was successful in dieting last year (I managed to establish some healthy habits that omit mindless eating) but have gained some weight back to binging , and so the vicious cycle of losing gained weight and counteracting calories of the binge begins. I've ... Wed, 29 May 2013 09:24:40 EST change of pace hey everyone.... not new to sparks... just new to this team... <BR> i had lost a total of 50# but i had a medical problem at the end of march... major reaction to one of my meds.... have not been able to work... i am on short term disability right now.... <BR> <BR> my problem is that i seem to be munching alot...and have gained 20# back..... for right now i am unable to exercise and having difficulty with daily chores.... the meds i am on at least for another month make/keep me sleepy m... Tue, 28 May 2013 23:21:53 EST Just. Can't. Stop. Eating. Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'm new here, but not new to binge eating. This has been going on for years. My biggest wish in life is just to learn how to eat like a normal person, where food doesn't rule my every waking moment. I'm constantly worried about how to eat, what to eat, when to eat, why I shouldn't have eaten, what I should be doing when it comes to eating...etc. <BR> <BR> I have had mixed success with diet plans. I have tried Weight Watchers so many times I have lost count, Atkins s... Tue, 28 May 2013 14:47:04 EST Triggers galore & I blew it Hi All. I don't really post a whole lot - I go through phases where I feel like I'm getting my eating under control... <em>198</em> Yeah. I know these binges will probably never be anything I'm "cured" of and I know that they are what's keeping me from losing weight. I'll do great for a while, start shedding pounds and then, boom - binge for a week and end up back at my starting point again. <BR> <BR> Enter this week - busy, busy, busy. I have a high stress job, it's hard work and... Sun, 19 May 2013 17:20:51 EST Hi all I'm Jennifer, 32, living in Alabama. I'm struggled with binge and emotional eating most of my life. Last night to this morning was another episode. I have a journal I write in, but I think it's important for me to be open and honest with my emotions and issues because of instead of giving them a voice, I eat to suppress them. Of course there, is still some anonymity posting here, but it's a step in the right direction. I don't want to hide anymore and I acknowledge that I need and want some h... Sat, 18 May 2013 19:07:26 EST newbie here I am 28 years old living in Illinois. I am married and it's going to be 6 years for us. we live with my great-grandma so I can take care of her. I weigh I think 235 I try not go get on the scale to much. I am more of a emotional eater. and I would love to try to stop all of that and be healthy for once Thu, 16 May 2013 12:38:35 EST Hi, I'm new here. I'm 65 and have had BED for about 30 years. My weight has been as high as 375, 11 years ago and as low as 140, 5 years ago. <BR> <BR> I came to SP a month ago at 235. Tracking went OK for about three weeks and then I started bingeing. I heard about the No-S diet and tried it, but even that small restriction seems to be too much. I've been following TARATHEVEGAN's blog about her treatment program. It sounds scary but reasonable. So beginning today no more tracking other than whether I binge ... Thu, 16 May 2013 08:58:18 EST Introducing myself to the team... Hi there - I joined Spark last July and have lost 45 pounds and am overall pleased with my fitness improvements. However, I am down to the last 10 pounds to meet my goal and I am struggling to stay on track. Fitness is never a problem - I enjoy working out. But I stress eat. I'll stay in range for a week or so (and it's a pretty high range to begin with - up to 1700 calories) and then really overeat for a couple of days and undo whatever progress I've made. I've been cycling the same 2-3... Sun, 12 May 2013 17:57:51 EST At wits end Hey there. I'm Elizabeth. I moved to a different country for a volunteer project and have put on some pounds. I have a problem with stress/binge eating and when I get upset I eat a startling amount of very fatty foods. Or Starches. Or anything really. I am willing to try anything so I am signing up for this group. <BR> Yup. <BR> HELP! Thu, 9 May 2013 21:39:15 EST Hello! My name is Rachel, I'm returning to SparkPoeple after a few years of chaos! ... Hoping to stay motivated this time!! <BR> Just wanted to say hi! <BR> <em>41</em> Mon, 6 May 2013 20:17:26 EST SparkTeam Newbie I've been on SparkPeople for a while now but never joined a team. I definitely do better with support and accountability. Have problems with bingeing too!!! Can't be on the website all the time though. Will try to learn how this team and challenge thing works! Nice to know there's other people out there just like me! Mon, 6 May 2013 17:22:30 EST Made myself so sick I had to call out of work. Truly a scary day today - a binge yesterday left me feeling so ill this morning I couldn't make it to work. <BR> <BR> If that isn't a wake-up call that I need to make a change, I don't know what will be. Mon, 6 May 2013 15:20:40 EST Stopping Over Eating When life gets too tough how do you not go to the refrigerator or cupboard and eat everything you see? <BR> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 00:38:41 EST Did I Do Well? I can't count on my husband to give me supportive feedback because he doesn't quite understand the internal struggle of trying not to binge eat though he tries. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a great breakfast and a great lunch. Right after lunch all I wanted was something more to eat. For lunch I had two vegetable and hummus wraps. Lunch was good and it filled me. I still wanted something more to eat like lunch didn't satisfy me. I tried hard not to want something more. I finally gave in... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 14:23:10 EST Looking for an accountability Buddy My name is Maran. I am 24, and I am trying to work through some eating disorders. I have tried using my husband as an accountability buddy, but he doesn't "get it". Anyone out there want to keep in touch via text and/or email? Let me know! Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:50:21 EST Professional Treatmen /Therapy for Binge Eating? Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with Binge Eating Disorder for many years. After failing for years to get this under control by myself, I have sought out profesional help. I am starting an outpatient program at an eating disorders clinic. I will be seeing a therapist, a dietician, joining in group therapy among other things for about 9 hours/week. I am very excited but also nervous. I am wondering if anyone has experience getting this type of treatment? What was it like? Did it h... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:30:21 EST Newbie Hi to all team members, <BR> I am having a tough time with my eating binges lately. It seems worse. I need some type of intervention, so I thought I would try this out. <BR> <BR> Also, I am new to the team. I almost forgot to post that. I hope I posted this correctly. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:18:19 EST Binge free streaks? I am wondering if would be useful for me to say 'I will (try) not (to) binge for 3 weeks'. <BR> <BR> Pro's and con's? What do you think? Have you tried to say 'I will not binge for x days?' <BR> How did that go? Mon, 22 Apr 2013 05:55:08 EST i made it today I just realized that I had a pretty good food day. And yesterday too! I think I was busy enuf to not be completely focused on binging. Yeah for me! Sun, 21 Apr 2013 01:27:38 EST Struggling. I'm sitting here, in bed at 1:37 PM, just trying to come up with the right words to even begin to express the intense amount of anxiety & frustration I have pumping through my body right now. <BR> <BR> I feel like crying but know that doing that won't make any of this better. It won't change anything. I've struggled with binge eating for as long as I can remember... I'm talking Kindergarten-age & up. I'm 21 now & it just feels like it's getting worse. I can't control myself. This hold that... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:48:23 EST Seeking support I always thought I could lose weight on my own, but after years if trying and failing and lots of research, I've come to the realization that I have a binge eating disorder. Tomorrow is my assessment at a local eating disorder clinic. I feel very humbled by the fact I feel like I cannot solve this problem on my own, but I am hoping to connect with others as I work toward becoming a better version of myself. My relationship with food, I feel, has ruined so many aspects of my life. I really hop... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:02:08 EST An Introduction Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team, but not new to Spark... or the concept of binge eating. While I am not extremely overweight, and my binges are not usually on unhealthful foods, I do feel out of control with my eating most of the time. I struggle with my appetite and my self-control on a daily basis; actually every hour, every minute, and basically down to the second. There is not a time when I am not thinking about food. And I love to cook. (Last night, by BF told me we should jus... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 10:44:20 EST Buddy?! I would love/need a buddy to check in with everyday and hold myself accountable! I'm 34, I'm a busy mom of 2 and I work full time. I need to lose about 20lbs.! Mon, 8 Apr 2013 13:37:22 EST My Home! This group seems like just the place for me! I made great progress in Aug-Nov and have since found myself back to binging at the end of the day when I get home from work. I feel terrible about myself immediately after and the next morning and then I do great until evening time again. :( <BR> <BR> I really want to get back on track and lose the 8 pounds I've gained back and the last 40 ish to my goal!!!! Mon, 8 Apr 2013 01:14:53 EST A Spark Newbie... :) Hi All! My name is Kim. I'm on here to lose weight & make some friends along my journey. I am shy .. so if you don't see me around.. it's just of my shyness. I am however working on my shyness & hopefully I will be able to come out of my shell every so often and post a message on here .. or two. ;) <BR> <BR> So, I just wanted to say "hi" and do a quicky intro. :) Hope to get to know some of you! :) <BR> <BR> Have a great spark filled night.... & best of luck on your own journey's :) Sun, 7 Apr 2013 23:09:20 EST New to the Team Hi, I'm Penny. This is definitely the team for me. I have long had a compulsive relationship with food. I am an Emotional Eater and that's where the binges come in. this is my 5th week at Spark People and so far I have done pretty well. I have learned and created some great new habits but the binge monster is always there...(she tried to defeat Thursday night but I managed to kick her out) It's nice to talk to people who know what this battle is like. It's hard to explain to people who ha... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 20:48:44 EST Hope: Finding Balance Hello I've been working with a nutritionist for a little over a year now but probably struggled with eating disorders from young childhood. I was recently binge free for a month witch thus far has been my personal best. Yesterday I slipped. I am not quite sure how to feel. A few days ago I felt I finally received some validation when my nutritionist showed me my weight flow chart and said it looked as though my body seems to respond to changes almost like a yo-yo My weight goes down three pou... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 10:08:19 EST happy to be here! I struggle with binge eating... I can do well for weeks, then binge for weeks. I can't seem to regulate or control it and Im really frustrated and depressed with my life revolving around food. I look forward to getting to know you and being part of this team to help me on my journey ! Thu, 4 Apr 2013 11:52:10 EST Let's add our BF days together- April, 2013 Here is our new thread for April. As of Mar. 31, 9:28 p.m. PST, we had 166 BF days from only a handful of participants. Thanks to all who joined in! If we can each recruit one more person to add her BF days, even if just a few, we can boost our totals and morale. I wonder if we can get to 180 team days? Mon, 1 Apr 2013 00:30:41 EST How do you make meal planning easier? I've developed a routine over the years of shopping so that I just about always have foods on hand for decent meals without a lot of prep.Of course, I don't have anyone else to buy for, so that does make it simpler. However, I know I"m going to need protein so I buy beans and dairy as often as needed. I tend to make a big pot of plain beans and freeze them, heating later with added flavorings. I don't cook a lot of meat, though I have it out sometimes. These days, I don't even cook chicken br... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:22:58 EST Learning to be Binge Free I'm learning how difficult it is to simple eat just because I'm hungry and not because of any other reason. I can and will come up with any reason in my mind to justify to eat-eat, to snack endlessly outside of a regular meal. <BR> <BR> I'm here hoping that I can finally get this right. I'm on Day 1 for being Binge Free. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 22:33:21 EST Trouble with clutter- paper or otherwise? I'm not a serious hoarder, but I'd say I have trouble with keeping papers organized and keeping up with good housekeeping. My mother kept a nice house, and so does my sister, even though she had children and a pretty high-powered career. Even when I've spent some periods of time unemployed or off work, I avoid attacking these tasks. Not eating all the time has made this issue more obvious to me because I realize spending time overeating helped me avoid facing these tasks. But now I don't eat ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:07:29 EST What is your purpose? Every time I start to be "good" again I always end up back to the drawing board. Someone told me to give my reason a purpose. Apparently losing weight isn't enough to get me going so I am sitting here trying to think why do I want to change my life...........I can imagine myself 5 years from now, still unfit and lazyier than I have ever been. So here goes... <BR> <BR> <BR> I DON'T WANT TO BE LAZY ANYMORE! <BR> <BR> I WANT TO PHYSICALLY BE ABLE TO RUN WITHOUT DYING. <BR> <BR> I WANT TO ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 06:22:50 EST 'Buddy thread' for those who'd like accountability Share your goals and your circumstances and then keep sharing on this thread once a week how it's going. Accomplishments, setbacks, insights... <BR> <BR> Also a place to ask for support or for a buddy. If you see someone posting here that they'd like a buddy you can send them a sparkmail and start supporting one another as buddies, or maybe be a mentor if you like. <BR> <BR> Edited to add later: you can click on 'spark teams' under 'community' and type in 'accountability' and find several... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 05:17:01 EST I Need a Buddy Too :( Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople and could really use someone to "check in" with to hold me accountable. I've had some success losing weight in the past, but I feel like I've been struggling for the last year. I've gained 10-15 pounds and have been trying for the last 6 months to lose it. It seems like I will lose 3 or 4 pounds, then get emotionally stressed and binge eat all the weight back on plus some. I moved to Canada (from Texas) last year with my husband and 2 daughters,... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:53:35 EST Where do I start? I've battled with binge eating as long as I can remember. I've also battled major depression and anxiety. I've struggled with yo-yo dieting having lost 80 lbs once only to gain it back again, lost some of it again, gained it all back plus more. I've hit an all time high, in weight and in binge eating. I'm not sure how most people differentiate emotional vs binge eating but I'm certain I do both. I believe I'm a compulsive overeater and if there is truly an addiction to food, I think that ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:28:47 EST Trying to fight my afternoon sugar craving!! I'm really wanting something sweet and sugary right now. I'm trying so hard not to go over to the snack machine and get something horrible for myself. Luckily I have to teach for the next hour, hoping the craving will be gone by then! But if it's not I don't know what I'm going to do... I hate this helpless feeling I get when I get the urge to binge :( Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:49:54 EST Right Where I Need To Be! Hello All, <BR> <BR> I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy in April of 2012 and part of the pre-op requirements I had to get a psych evaluation. During my initial evaluation I was shocked when the therapist told me that I was a binge eater!! I had never made the connection. I knew that I ate in secret and that I would eat things I knew I shouldn't when I wasn't even hungry... but had no idea that was a form of binge eating!! Since this discovery I've been trying to be more aware of my eating... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:27:43 EST Fighting the urge Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I just needed to get on here and let you all know the struggle I am having right this moment over some potato chips that are about 20 steps away from my office. I am not hungry at all, I just want those chips. I have been following the Shrink Yourself program and I'm trying to figure out what I might be feeling that is causing this. You know what??? I'm not feeling anything. I'm not sad, mad, overly happy, nothing, I'm sitting here at my desk at work like I hav... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:32:27 EST Let's Add Our BF Days Together- March, 2013 I thought I started this thread days and days ago. Sorry! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 9 days BF Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:21:10 EST A Buddy Hi I'm fairly new to Sparkpeople and really need a buddy. Someone who'd be happy for me to check in with and hold myself accountable. I'd be happy to offer the same in return. I'm an emotional eater who really wants to change. I'd like a day a week were we can expect an email from each other just to check in and see how we're both doing. Weigh in days are particularly stressful, plus or minus and it would be great to know whatever the result someone else was there to back me up or respond to ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:51:28 EST Starting Over Hi there I am 29 and from Kansas. I have tried several times to keep using spark and have ended up falling off the wagon several times. I am an emotional eater. I even tell myself before I eat something bad that it's wrong but I do it anyway and then feel really guilty. I love sweets, dairy, and carbs. Probably the three worst things to binge on. It seems like I do worse on weekends. It's like I just cut myself loose and forget my goals. I am just trying to get back to healthy habits.... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:09:00 EST Hi I am new here... Hi my name is Amanda and I am glad to have found this team page. Last Saturday I gave up sugar and went back on my plan of eating. I am doing great BUT I could use all the help I can get. In the past I dealt with stress by eating sweet baked goods and lots of them. I was definately a binger. At the grocery store I would be embarassed at the check out line with my items for a binge. NOW I am FREE and it feels wonderful. I could use direction on how to best utilize this site. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:14:11 EST Revelation! I am a binge eater!! I truly had no idea that's what I was doing. But I found myself raiding the fridge every time I was home alone. I just thought "I can stop this if I want to, but I don't want to." Then when it was over I would think "why on earth did I go through with that when I know I feel bad afterward?" <BR> <BR> Yeah, I'm a binge eater. I know now I had no control over it at the time. Now looking back, I know I've been doing this kind of thing for a long, long time. This explains why in my entire adult ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:01:43 EST Looking for answers I am new to this team but not new to SparkPeople. I have been a Sparker for over 5 years. I lost over 80 lbs. with the help of all the resources here but have failed miserable to maintain because once I get to my goal weight, I start overindulging again to the point of shame. I really want to learn how to break the cycle. I need to remember, that it is not about the weight but it is about being healthy. Binging is not healthy! Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:31:00 EST need encouragement! SO I was doing really great for a week.. tracking.. eating good.. then the past 2 days i have eaten over 3000 calories. i realllllly need encouragement to do better tomorrow! i'm ready to lose my weight! Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:43:27 EST Hello I'm new to the team I've been on SP for my 15th day. Hello everyone, this is a good team for me. I'm a binge eater and addicted to food for almost any reason. I have a long road ahead of me and can use all the help I can get. I have been good on the program except on occasion when I slip up and find myself going back into the "I want to stuff myself" craziness! Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:12:55 EST Checking in I haven't been around for a very long time. Life has gone crazy for me so I don't have the time that I used to, but I wanted to take a second to report in on this Friday morning. Back in October I hit an all time high weight and an all time low in how I felt about myself. I was able to lose about 9 lbs between October and the middle of January (with unhealthy eating habits). At that time I took pictures, measurements, and my weight. I wrote it all down and made that my starting point to ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:14:32 EST 'help' I am dealing with a very difficult situation. <BR> <BR> Someone who hurt my feelings really really bad a few years ago has sent me a letter. <BR> I have NO idea what to think about it and it makes me desperate, and doubting myself and 'my good judgment'. <BR> <BR> I received the letter on Tuesday. Wednesday night I had a binge and I kept on bingeing until last night. Today I've eaten according to my normal 'plan', no junk. <BR> <BR> Please, if you can, remind me, give me reasons why bin... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:08:48 EST New to team.. Hello. :) My name is Alicia and I weight 255 lbs. I didn't get this way because I eat like a normal person for sure. I binge eat. I can't have the foods I binge on around and sometimes I lie to myself and others such as my husband and say oh, you can have it around it won't bother me or I may eat one but I will be fine, I have control of this. Not true. I made banana bread tonight and have eaten half a loaf and praying I won't touch the rest. I don't want to throw it out because I am ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:43:31 EST Factors and triggers for a binge: share them here. I would like a thread where we can write about what triggered a binge. Hope it's okay to start one here. Just to get more insight into what factors are at play, and what we can do to prevent binge eating in the future. <BR> <BR> What factors and triggers can we discern (either before, during or after a binge)? <BR> And, if you can come up with ideas, what could we do differently next time? <BR> <BR> So the question is what triggers and factors were at play during THIS binge - the one you a... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:13:17 EST I don't want to binge today Hello friends, <BR> <BR> I thought I would write this morning because I am struggling really bad. I wanted to join the 21 Day Binge Free Streak and I can't because I have binged everyday since I made the statement. I signed up for a program called Shrink Yourself. I am doing the hard work that I know it's going to take to help me get better. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that I want today to be a binge free day so that I can report some good news. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Gwen Tue, 19 Feb 2013 08:04:53 EST Recovering from a long binge So... as embarrassing as this is for me, I've been binging constantly on unhealthy foods for a full week. I can actually see the weight I have gained, which has never happened to me before, even after long periods of binging. It's not good. <BR> <BR> But I've decided that this has to stop. Has anything like this happened to you before? Do you have any advice on recovering after such a long binge period and resisting temptation to fall back into bad habits again? Sat, 16 Feb 2013 22:00:44 EST Rant about the diet mentality Thought today: <BR> The remedy for overweight - dieting and counting calories - is, to me, really much WORSE than the complaint. <BR> <BR> I feel dieting for me paved the road to hell. Binge eating hell. <BR> <BR> Following diets, getting a diet mentality, and counting calories REALLY destroyed my feeling of ease with myself and with my body -not that these were great to begin with, but treating my body, food, and my hunger as 'the enemy' sure made things worse. <BR> Tying judgemens to food... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 07:58:15 EST food tracker Two things...I'm pissed because I binged tonight. I know its not healthy. I know I should eat right...blah blah blah. I have NO self control and it pisses me off! <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if there's a way to add more info to my main screen on the food tracker. It shows calories and fat. But during the day I would like to look at totals and see cholesterol and salt etc. Instead of having to go into each thing I ate. Is there a way to do this? Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:15:52 EST food tracker Two things...I'm pissed because I binged tonight. I know its not healthy. I know I should eat right...blah blah blah. I have NO self control and it pisses me off! <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if there's a way to add more info to my main screen on the food tracker. It shows calories and fat. But during the day I would like to look at totals and see cholesterol and salt etc. Instead of having to go into each thing I ate. Is there a way to do this? Sun, 10 Feb 2013 22:24:29 EST Binging as a form of hiding. I just had a great lunch with some friends who then came back to my house for coffee and a chat. It was fun. The lunch I chose was good and it was a healthy choice of food. After my friends left, I went to the store and bought junk food and binged alone. I felt like I was "rewarding" myself for behaving well in front of them, like I was now able to hide in my house and eat what I really wanted. I think if we had not met, I would have stayed on track! Thinking back over the years I have ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 19:45:39 EST Reintroduction Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been here on and off for the last few years. About 5 years ago, I managed to lose nearly 50 lbs and get down to my dream weight. I've since put back on 30 lbs, <em>46</em> entirely due to my binge eating. I know I need to put an end to this. I'm focusing on living binge free, and the weight will come off as I stick with it. <BR> <BR> I know I need to be more active here, as I found this was a very helpful place for me in the past. <BR> <BR> Today's my 2nd day bin... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:59:01 EST Getting more sleep I decided to make 'getting in bed on time' a focus in February. Nothing works well if one is tired. Resisting urges to binge definitely becomes harder, and I feel I have been tired, exhausting myself in the past few months. <BR> <BR> So with more sleep everything will march better! <BR> I intend to post here every day about the time I was in bed the night before. If it was LATE I will also post why I think that happened and what I will (try to) do about it. <BR> <BR> Would you care to j... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 06:19:12 EST Does anyone else in your family binge? OK everyone this particular question is on my mind quite a bit. My grandmother binged. I can remember visiting her and that she had hidden cookies she would binge on. Growing up my mother would have bags of jelly beans or other candy. I am not proud to say I binged on everything. I am working hard to beat tthis. For myself but also to be a good example to my daughter. So I was wondering if anyone else has a family history of this? In the interest of full disclosure my mother and grandmoth... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 19:46:24 EST Valentines Day Victory ABCs This sweet, candy filled, binge prone holiday is approaching..let's arm ourselves with ABC tips before it arrives:), <BR> <BR> A: Accept the fact temptation will appear...firmly avoid it, let's achieve our binges!! Sat, 2 Feb 2013 07:30:08 EST Let's add our BF days together: Feb. 2013 Here we go! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:21:20 EST Hello — I’m on Day 3. Any stories to share? Hi Sparkpeople, <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be here and glad to have found this forum. Thanks for being such a positive and welcoming community. I checked out a few forums/sites before joining here, and Sparkpeople are really awesome! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself: I've had overeating and binge eating problems for a long time, at least 20 years or so. I've made a lot of positive changes in the last 3 years, but overeating and binge eating are obstructing progress. On Saturday I starte... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:14:59 EST Upcoming Binge Triggers I've discovered over time that my greatest binge trigger is an upcoming social event. I have a pretty extreme case of social anxiety. What I tend to do is start counting down the days til the event (if I haven't opted out of the event like I typically do, which leads to isolation and basically no life), and I try to calculate how much weight I can lose before the event. In my warped mind, I feel like if I lose a bunch of weight before the event it will make me feel confident and secure and wo... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 08:41:37 EST Never going by Al Roker I have been enjoying Al's new book...he confesses to binge eating, eating secretly, hiding food binge evidence....been a great way to start 2013..always good to stumble across more motivators! Sun, 27 Jan 2013 23:13:46 EST Newb Hey all! Decided to join this after having a mini freak-out tonight and eating 2000 calories in one sitting. I could have eaten more but, thankfully, logic kicked in. It does that once in a while just not often enough! <BR> <BR> I've tried in the past to find an OA group for atheists or a group similar so, if you know of one, I'd love to hear about it. This group will have to do for now. Hoping to find support and, when I can, offer it to other. <BR> <BR> Cheers! Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:50:06 EST I'm BACK! Many of you may be new but a few might remember I was in this wonderful group and dropped off the grid in August. I was being harassed by a SP member and it took this long to get resolved. So much has happened with my life since I have been on here...too much to get into in this little post. A little background: <BR> I am a food addict, I have a habit of binging for any and all emotion. Food talks to me and I know this will be a lifelong battle but with patience and understanding I can make s... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 06:18:52 EST Question Wondering about something... <BR> Do you think it ever works to do something that you are uncomfortable with for x months, until you reach a desired weight, and then go back to what you did before but trust that you won't 'let it happen' that you will regain the weight? <BR> <BR> Could be counting calories, could be portion control, could be cutting out junkfood, or following a 'lifestyle'... <BR> <BR> I'm thinking in particular about a very healthy way of eating that one can do 'more str... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 15:06:35 EST New here This looks where I need to be as I have begun binging again, mostly when I'm tired, and I have regained 13 pounds from where I was last year. My whole life changed drastically 6 months ago (for the better!) and I have a whole new set of challenges! <em>30</em> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 06:12:51 EST The best shivering I have ever done My son needs a little bribing every now and again so I try to keep little snack packs of starbursts in the house and tonight they were calling my name like you wouldnt believe so I made myself go outside to opposed to staying indoors where I could see those stupid little treats. I ran 3.1 miles and walked another half mile and the craving is GONE! *happy little dance* Where I live though is a very cold region right now and it was a very cold run. Shivering quite a bit right now, don... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:53:42 EST WARNING: Full Disclosure e/Possible Trigger Thread Hi folks, <BR> <BR> I appologize for the nature of this thread. If the mods feel this is inappropriate, please remove it. Thanks. <BR> <BR> I had a bit of an epiphany the other day. I realized I use food as a subsititute for real romantic love. Being a large and rather odd girl, I haven't had most of the opportunities that most "normal" girls have had. Food is something I can always turn to when I am sad, lonely, or empty. It fills me up and I no longer feel like I am missing somethin... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:06:18 EST Need Help!! Hi, I'm a 30 year old stay at home mom with two kids. I don't even know where to start. Everytime I even think of beginning a new diet I cringe because it's like I know I'm going to fail. I'm so discouraged but I can't give up because I'm so unhappy at this size. I have lost weight many times before. I will be real motivated and lose 30-40 lbs and then out of the blue my motivation and willpower start slipping away and my old habits start to show their ugly heads again. I don't even know why ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:33:34 EST Interesting book about addiction I haven't had the chance to read it yet but it is on my list. Has anyone read this book? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>emic-Solutions-Problem/dp/1453503730/r<BR>ef=cm_cr_pr_product_top </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Fri, 18 Jan 2013 01:17:30 EST Caught in a vicious cycle I cannot stop myself, it's very depressing. I will eat healthy and exercise, then fall horribly back into my binging habits, so I quit tracking what I'm eating and quit exercising, so I gain weight, feel guilty, and start eating healthy and exercising again.........then fall back into my old habits......u get the idea. How can I quit "falling" off the cliff? :( Its worrying me a bit. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:01:01 EST Hi, new member Hi all. I'm new to the team and SO happy to be here. Another Spark member was kind enough to read another post of mine and direct me here. Thank you very much to that member! :o) <BR> <BR> Anyway, as you can see from my username I'm trying to lose 21 pounds. I have been exercising regularly for the past 8 weeks and have yet to lose anything. Matter of fact, my weekly weigh in this morning shows a gain of 2. :o( Needless to say I have a binge eating problem. I have a very hard time practicing... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:11:14 EST A Disturbing Post-Binge Discovery Here is a list of food I consumed during my latest epic binge. It happened last Saturday. I woke up and was feeling psychologically uncomfortable. I blamed it on the PMS and then used the PMS to justify a day of binging. <BR> <BR> I sent my husband to Popeye's Chicken while I went to Walmart. All in all, I consumed... <BR> ~ A York peppermint cake that I found on sale (the size of a hostess-type treat) <BR> ~ an entire bag of Lay's Sour Cream and Onion chip <BR> ~ about 7 pieces of spicy, de... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:45:04 EST Passing on the phrase "Eat Lite to Be Lite" Pass on the Phrase to other groups <BR> <BR> Thank you SongbirdPaula for the inspiration.... <BR> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 20:12:14 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 08:49:42 EST I need your help with a recipe I made a pumpkin banana bread recipe. <BR> <BR> It makes 2 breads. <BR> <BR> But then it says it makes 20 servings. <BR> <BR> Do you think it's 20 servings per bread? <BR> Or <BR> 10 servings per bread X 2 breads= 20 servings? <BR> <BR> At 150 calories per serving, it makes a difference! <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 20:19:28 EST I'm back!!! Hi, some of you may remember me from last year. I was on the team for quite a while but I couldnt cope and ran away from trying to sort my life out. The result I am now even heavier than before!! <BR> <BR> So i'm back desperate to get a hold of my eating issues. I have no choice I am now offcially obese, this cant carry on, where would I end up? <BR> <BR> So I am going to start again and try to do the 21 day binge free streak. Never managed it before perhaps this time I will do it <BR> <BR... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 07:25:12 EST Saying goodbye to Guy Fieri OMG_Have GOT to stop watching "Diner's, Drive Ins & Dives"--It's killing me, Especially late at night. Will have to retreat upstairs to my own TV when my hubby is tuned in, or check in here for support, or twiddle away on Facebook --ANYTHING to get those images banished, Especially at 10 p.m. or later. Think the Food Network in general is a no- no for me! Wish my cable company would bring back the fitness channel that had Gilad, and other/similar half hour work out shows! <BR> <em>230</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:36:41 EST New member, old problem? When I'm on that food "high" (which in reality we all know is a low :-( )--It's like I just can't ingest enough of it...or shove it in my mouth fast enough. The food taste SO pleasurable, that it's like I want that sensation over and over again. Sometimes it's gotten to the point where for weeks or months afterwards I can't even stomach the thought of that item- and then something triggers me to relapse again. Does anyone go through something similar? Any suggestions to control this? I did fi... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:52:17 EST Let's add our BF days together: Jan. 2013 Starting from scratch, everyone. I know we can beat December which was 230 days as of last count. <em>90</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 16:50:16 EST