Welcome to the team! A history of binge-eating is one of the worst enemies of maintenance but guess what? You're not alone anymore. I've met a lot of maintainers here on Spark who used to be binge-eaters and they've actually succeeded in quitting this bad habit. I'm sure you'll find lots of support here in this team.
Join the club! I've managed to maintain my loss for 2 1/2 years, which is a big deal for me. I've found the more I tell myself I can do maintain it, the better I am at holding my weight. When I start to doubt if I can it starts to creep back on.
I posted a thread here asking who logs their food. It seems to be fairly common in the successful maintainers that they still keep track of what they eat every day. What I got out of that thread was that people understood they had to keep doing what they did to lose in order to maintain. Plain and simple.
I liken losing weight permanently to kicking the smoking habit permanently. They say it takes a smoker an average of...... what is it? Seven times? of trying to quit before they finally do. I'm thinking it's just a human nature thing and applies to weight loss and maintenance, as well.
Welcome to the Team, Andasi. Your little pug is adorable, too!
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient : all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1Corinthians 6:12
I just want to say thank you for the warm wealcome from everyone. I look forward to getting to know you all and supporting eachother on this journey. I admire each and everyone of you for the strength, courage, hard work, and spirit that it takes to do this.
As you can see, so many of us (me included) have been on that same roller coaster ride..several times. You're definitely not alone. I'm happy to see you're not one for giving up!
It IS very much possible to change your ways, though, as I have now been off the ride for 2+ years, now. Something just finally clicked, in me, and maintenance, this time, is no longer a mental struggle. So, yes, the ride CAN come to an end!
Great having you with us!
Starting Weight: 185lbs Current Weight: 111lbs
Maintenance: 8 years, 2015
current weight: 115.6
Fitness Minutes: (50,264) Posts: 2,312 8/29/12 8:10 A
Welcome, Andasi! I, too, have historically been a weight cycler, and I totally get the binge eating thing, being a compulsive eater. What I have found is that if I approached weight loss with the thought that I wasn't trying to lose weight... but to maintain healthy habits, and stop the binging... weight loss became a side effect. I approach one day at a time, that's the only way to deal with my own issues.
So many folks on this team have learned what it takes, I've learned from them! Hope your experience here is the same.
Defeat is temporary: giving up makes it permanent! Never give up!
Max lifetime weight 224.5
Maintaining with 122 marked as "goal" since October 2010
current weight: -3.1 under
Fitness Minutes: (45,429) Posts: 4,605 8/29/12 7:30 A
Welcome to the team! You're definitely not alone in having a history of yo-yo dieting and binge eating. I've been up and down my whole life and undid 80% of a 115-pound loss until I buckled down and started losing weight again two and a half years ago. I'm approaching my six-month maintenance anniversary now, which is the longest I've ever maintained, so I feel very optimistic that I'll be able to maintain in the longer term this time. I've also struggled with binges. I've managed to control them for the most part by developing a strategy to deal with them but they do still raise their ugly heads every once in a while.
Please take a look around our discussion threads and links. There's a lot of very useful information here that could come in handy for you. Don't be afraid to start a new thread if you have a specific question or difficulty. Our members are very wise and generous and chances are lots of us have experienced what you're going through.
My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.
I have lost and gained the same 30 to 40 pounds several time in my adult life. I also was obese as a child and teen. I am frustrated that i have not been able to keep the weight off but i have never given up and dont plan on giving up but hoping to get to goal once again and stay there. I am hoping this team can give me some insight on what it takes to keep the weight off long term. I do also strugle with binge eating and at times have difficulty stopping so it carries on for days wich really haults my progress and puts me in a backslide. Lately this has been a pattern for me that i must break so i can see some results of my hard work. I love to exercise cardio and weight lifting but my binges sure dont help in showing the hard work i put in at the gym.
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