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Fitness Minutes: (112) Posts: 127 4/13/14 7:43 A
I'm Mary and it's good to be here (I think). Something happened yesterday that was one of those ah ha moments. It was my granddaughter's second birthday celebration and she had the most beautiful cake I've ever seen. Did I eat any of it? Silly question...of course not. But, after I got home I ate an entire10 oz bag of Gertrude Hawk Milk Chocolate Almond Bark. How many calories you ask...a whopping 1,540 American calories. This can't and won't continue. I've been struggling with closet eating for longer than Moses wandered in the desert. Enough, I say, ENOUGH. Let's help each other. Mary
Edited by: SOWANDREAP at: 4/13/2014 (07:43)
Right foot, left foot, just keep moving. Robin Roberts
current weight: 152.2
Fitness Minutes: (3,214) Posts: 1,741 3/26/14 5:17 P
Re-introducing myself to those that don't know me...
I'm a 57 year old woman that has a total of 83 lbs to lose to reach a decent weight where I can possibly get off of blood pressure pills and also not hurt so much from RA of the spine. I've been told by my doctor that the less extra weight I'm carrying the less stress there will be on my joints. I don't expect to lose it fast. It took me 8 years to put on all the weight. My goal is to drop 2-4 lbs every month and keep it off til I reach my 83 lb goal. I am married to Bob and he's just had to get a pacemaker/defibrullator in March 2013, and is still adjusting to having a very weak heart (20% heart strength), so I tend to stress over his health a lot, and when I'm stressing out, I tend to eat more than I should. So I will be working on making healthier food choices over time.
Team Leader of: Making Daily Choices Count Co-leader of: Don't Let the Scale Rule Your Life !!
Starting Weight: 267 lbs (8/20/13) Goal Weight to Reach: 198 lbs ********************* Quote: "You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this & want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance" --- Lee Iacocca
Pounds lost: 10.2
Posts: 18 3/22/14 8:37 P
Hi. My name is Deb. I am 55 years old and a gramma of two little babes. I love my family and want to be active in their lives. I have been having some physical issues and it is really important to me to reduce my weight to help alleviate some of those problems. But, regardless of how well I do during the day, it seems like when the sun goes down all control disappears as well. And worse than that, I binge on whatever I can lay my hands on. I try to keep trigger foods out of the house, but that doesn't seem to deter me. I am looking forward to being able to join in discussions related to that particular issue especially.
Getting happier by living healthier
current weight: 152.2
Fitness Minutes: (339) Posts: 5 2/16/14 6:27 P
Hi my name is Hope...I am 47 years old and I have had binging issues since before I can remember. My issue is night binging primarily, and I can really relate to the previous post as I intuitively know how and what to eat during the day, but when night comes, I am driven by uncomfortable emotions or anxiety and I am out of control. I really need to get some support in the way of others seeking the same goal, and drop 50 pounds for myself and my family-husband and 6 year old girl. I am beginning today, and for some reason, tracking my food makes me feel anxious as I hate to 'diet' and make it punitive for myself, but at the same time this is a matter of health and wellness. If someone wants to join me in supporting one another, that would be welcome as well. Thanks
taking it a day at a time. hope
current weight: 218.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,789) Posts: 61 2/6/14 1:00 P
Hello Im Val, I am 42 years old and been up and down on the scale my whole life. I eat so healthy during the day and I log it all- but something happens at night after dinner....I eat anything I can get my hands on that might even remotely be sweet (learning not buy stuff like sugary cereal, marshmellos, etc) I just know if I can overcome my nighttime emotional eating I can get the pounds to come off. I feel this is my biggest set back. I want to be a good role model for my family and I am too young and active to carry these extra pounds. Iam excited to be on this team and share thoughts!
True courage takes place when you think you cant try one more time....and you do it anyway. *****All you need is already within yourself*********
Pounds lost: 6.0
Posts: 2,912 11/17/13 12:16 P
Hello, my name is Judi. I have a problem with night time binge eating. When I go to my bedroom at night, I always take snacks with me and if I run out I go back the kitchen for. That is when my cravings become binges.
My highest weight was 357 and I have lost 211 pounds. I have 6 more pounds to go and I still have the night time binge problem. I would welcome any suggestions.
I am 66 years old and live in Mount Juliet, TN. It is a cool and rainy day here today. Mount Juliet is just outside Nashville, where I was born and raised.
Hope y'all have a great day. Judi
You'll notice that a turtle only makes progress when it sticks out its neck...
Small victories win battles and won battles win wars.
Don't look back, you are not going in that direction.
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Posts: 183 11/13/13 7:51 P
This is a common problem is it not? i have struggled with this for a very long time. I remember binge eating as a teenager. As I am now thirty, this has been going on and off for at least 15 years or more. I think it started with my friends. We would eat Doritos and Little Debbies and drink Sprite at our slumber parties. So, I guess I associated late night snacking with fun and enjoyment. Once I started dieting (at around 15) that is what would trip me up. I would make relatively healthy choices and exercises but undue my good work with binge eating. Whats worse is I try and hide it. I will eat as fast as I can so no one sees. Ridiculous! It is usually worse during times of stress. I need to break this habit, but I am wondering if I should plan to save some extra calories and set out something specific to munch on late at night.
current weight: 227.0
Posts: 1 8/26/13 7:08 A
Hello all! I am a 35 old woman who has been a binger/closet/night eater my whole life. I have lost a lot of weight before (100 plus pounds), but much of it has creeped back on due to my behaviors. I am tired of hiding what I eat from myself and the rest of the world. I know all of us can do it. It won't be easy, but nothing worth it really is. Glad to be here.
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 10 7/29/13 9:59 A
Hello, I am 38 years old and have struggled with my weigh for years. I was recently hospitalized with chest pains. My cardiologist wants me to try to lose as much weight as possible before my next appointment. I have a lot going on right now. My dad has a lung condition that has worsened in the last month and the Dr. says he can't do anything else for him. I can do great with controlling my eating during the day but then I go to bed and start to worry about all that is going on. I end up getting up for those midnight snacks. It is very frustrating!! I feel like I have undone all the good I did during the day.
current weight: 272.8
Fitness Minutes: (514) Posts: 3 7/14/13 6:24 P
I have to tell you that your story sounds almost exactly like mine! I've dieted on and off since high school, and 5 years later have gained almost 90 pounds. I've finally decided to get back on track by exercising and eating right! I'm so proud of you and your amazing goal to do the princess run (I didn't run in it, but got to watch part of it this year in Florida, it's pretty cool!). Feel free to email me if you ever need any encouragement or advice:)
Posts: 1 7/10/13 10:44 P
Hi all, I'm 22 and I've had trouble binge eating most of my life. Being an athlete it wasn't a problem until I graduated High School and Stopped playing sports. Now I've put on over 100 lbs in four years and am ready to reclaim my life. I am really hoping to learn a lot from you all. I have become so ashamed I wait until my family goes to bed, order a pizza, and eat the entire thing by myself. The binging mostly happens at night when there's no one to see me. I desperately need tips to help curb this behavior. It's my dream to run in the princess half marathon 2014 at disney world, so hopefully the road to that dream starts here.
Posts: 18 7/4/13 9:16 P
Hi Everyone: I am happy to know that anyone in the whole world has to deal with this issue. I honestly thought I am the only one. I have had an issue with sleeping for over two years and every night I toss and turn until I finally get up and eat anything and everything I can find. In the morning I am depressed and eat even more to comfort myself. I have always had problems with emotional eating, but usually once I went to bed I was okay until morning. Not now. I fight to go to sleep and pray that I wont give in to binging. I am hopeful that I will learn a lot here and that joining forces with you will be a much needed support. By the way, this all started after I had surgery two years ago.
Getting happier by living healthier
current weight: 152.2
Posts: 10,871 4/21/13 5:49 A
Hi, I'm Nancy - 56 years old and from Michigan.
I've lost 70 lbs on weight watchers and have maintained it for six years. Since the beginning of the year, I haven't seemed to be able to go through an entire week without a night time binge. It usually happens on Friday and or Saturday night.
In January, my husband had hip surgery. He was off work until the end of March. I loved helping take care of him, but had to learn to be flexible with my usual exercise/activity plan. He went back to work at the end of March, then my daughter had her 5th baby, so I went to help her out for 2 weeks. Again, loved doing it, but wasn't able to take as good of care of myself.....
I was back home for a week, when hubby lost his job. It was something we had been expecting, but harder to deal with than I thought. I did well until last night....got up and ate anything not nailed down.
I'm so upset with myself. The scales are up and I worked so hard to get to my goal. I'm hoping this group can help me figure out what's going on and how to end this cycle of weekend night time eating.
Hello! I'm 24 going on 25 and I also binge eat. I'm very happy to have found this team, as now I feel I have the support from others like me to help me stay on track. I'm going to celebrate my quarter of a century birthday in july. And to celebrate I signed on to my first 5k. I'm really hoping to make some new friends who understand the battles I fight when food gets involved and hopefully get the strength to not let my food addictions and binging rule my life :)
~ you are stronger than you think
current weight: 234.0
Fitness Minutes: (31,225) Posts: 102 4/2/13 5:48 P
hello! i am 25 years old and binge eating is definitely my big problem. i can eat super healthy in front of other people and then i tend to have very little self control when im alone...im hoping to change these habits for good!!!
current weight: 147.6
Fitness Minutes: (2,667) Posts: 573 3/24/13 11:56 A
Let's get re-aquainted. I'm Vicki and I'm 56 years old. I got rid of the scale and am working to drop inches. I'm going to the fitness center 3 times a week and working out at home 3 days. I rest up on Sundays. My goal is to reclaim my health and over time go from a 3XL down to a size Large.
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Fitness Minutes: (10) Posts: 1 2/12/13 11:21 P
I'm Danielle a 27 year old female about 60 pounds overweight. My big problem is I take medication for anxiety issues and wake up in the middle of the night chowing down. I've learned to keep healthy snacks at arms reach because sometimes I don't even realize i've eaten till the next morning. Yikes! Fiber bars are great. Super yummy and sort of healthy. Anyway...does anyone else have this issue?
Also, my weight gain is primarily from medication like Seroquel. I was never a bigger girl. I was always athletic. Thank God my doctors are on board to help giving me medication that doesn't make me balloon up but it seems like the night eating is an impossible thing to get over.
Fitness Minutes: (190) Posts: 22 1/20/13 5:27 A
Thank you for this group; it's just what I need! I overeat at night, mostly because of stress and emotions I have a hard time dealing with. Due to where I'm living at the time, I don't have the possibility to eat right, as I don't have the option to cook...so I tend to eat refined carbs and lots of sugar from stuff that's prepackaged. Plus the temptation to eat what's made (lots of pasta, pizza and other "bad" carbs), makes it really tough...making me yoyo-diet. I try to eat fruit instead of chocolate, cookies etc...not always easy. I hope to find the emotional support I so badly need, in here. Thanks for reading! :)
Fitness Minutes: (4,649) Posts: 3 11/22/12 7:20 P
Hi everyone! I'm new to the group, and to sparkpeople. I believe that dealing with my binge eating will be my most difficult challenge in the journey to lose weight. I hope I can find and also offer help here.
current weight: 158.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,000) Posts: 117 10/16/12 10:53 P
Hello! My name is Susan and I live in Michigan. I have been on this team for a while, but this is my first time posting here. I just broke my streak I had hoped to start which is not eating after 8 pm--I didn't binge, but it wasn't good either. I'm trying to be as honest with myself as possible so that I can move forward. I know this is the best place for me to get the support needed to make progress. Hope everyone is having a good day!
current weight: 213.0
Fitness Minutes: (374) Posts: 2 9/5/12 1:24 P
Hi everyone! I'm so glad that I found this group. It seems as though everyone else here has one or both of my main dieting problems: binging in secret and late night eating! If I could get away from these two problems and cut back on my alcohol (I'm a college student, what can I say!), I know I would drop the weight so quickly. I'd really appreciate any support!
Fitness Minutes: (35,348) Posts: 1,694 9/4/12 7:20 A
Hello, I'm here in hopes to find relief from my night eating. I do very well during the day then when it hits about 5:00 everything falls apart. I exercise at least 6 days a week. I am at the intermediate level. After my workouts I feel so in control. I eat all my fruits and veges for the day. I drink all my water for the day. I do everything that is required. Then, for some reason I BLOW IT! At about 4pm I start thinking about something good to eat and I tell myself that I have burned enough calories so I can eat. As you can see this goes on and on and on.....
I hope this team can help me.....
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
current weight: 206.0
Fitness Minutes: (440) Posts: 1 8/15/12 8:01 P
Hi, My name is Hope and I am definitely a night binger. Over the years, I have come to realize that I have a strong sensitivity to sugar, wheat and flour; that being said, if I eat that 'stuff' I have to have more and more...typically sugar and refined carbohydrates. I am here for the long haul..to learn to treat myself well and lose some weight. I am grateful to have found this group, as I feel a kindred spirit to all of you. I am shooting for conquering my night eating a day at a time starting today..
Posts: 1,940 7/21/12 6:19 P
I've got about 57 lbs I need to lose to reach my first goal and I'm hoping this team will keep me motivated since we're all in the same boat, more or less. Look forward to getting to know you thru the team.
I'm working on 10 lbs at a time, this is why I thought this team would be a good fit for me.
Pounds lost: 6.2
Fitness Minutes: (3,375) Posts: 267 7/20/12 12:32 P
MURPCA05 hi and I hope you are enjoying being active on spark again.
I also had a sister die recently and it has been tough on my system and my weight as well, so I hear ya! i hope that you find some encouragement and make new friends in this community. It sure helps tracking and being online everyday! it keeps me focused towards the path.
current weight: 218.0
Posts: 1 7/18/12 10:18 A
Hi! I'm a 20 y. o. female who joined Spark about a year ago and would use it for 2 or 3 weeks then get discouraged with tracking my binges and stop. My sister who was my best friend died in a car crash this past November and I've gained a noticable amount of weight since then. I thought I could lose weight over the summer but I'm just yo-yo-ing. I decided to join a team to not get so discouraged and keep focused on my overall goal and not immediate gratification of carbs and sweets.
Edited by: MURPCA05 at: 7/18/2012 (10:19)
Posts: 765 7/3/12 6:08 P
Rejoined for last time~ new user name... I'm 55, soon to be 56 and I have been married 16 years to a wonderful guy that has CHF. I almost lost him 2 years ago but thankfully he made it thru and I've been working towards making healthier changes to both our diets to improve his heart strength. He's still only at 35 % and I know that's mainly because of his weight. He's well over 100 lbs too heavy and his age makes it hard for him to be willing to make changes he needs to make. And I've let myself go due to menopause, and stress eating so now it's time to finally get back into the swing of things and get this weight off once and for all. Recently I considered staying off the scale but I've been a scale watcher for 30 years and I just don't see that changing anytime soon. I'm the heaviest I've ever been in my life and it's time I get back to a weight I know will be healthier for me. I'm working towards getting down to 185 lbs. I won't be thin but I'll be much healthier than I am now. Once I get to that weight I'll decide if I want to go lower.
Pounds lost: 5.8
Posts: 238 6/18/12 2:22 P
Hi all I wanted to stop by and say hi to everyone. I've been on spark for about a week now and came across this group today. I look forward to this journey and getting to know everyone, i'am rather shy so if I don't post a lot lot thats why lol :)
Pounds lost: 30.0
Posts: 11 6/14/12 4:52 A
WOW!! I have DEFINITELY found the right group for me!! My name is Julie & I'm a 46 yr old yo-yo dieter. I LOVE FOOD!!! Food is fabulous! I eat when I'm stressed. I eat when I'm bored. I eat when I'm depressed. I eat when I'm happy. I eat when I socialize. Ieat when I'm lonely. That's right.........I love to eat. Eating also makes me feel guilty, makes me feel like a failure. I lose weight & then the weight comes back (and brings more of its' ugly friends)! My WORST tim is the evenings. I'm so glad to find this group. Hopefully we can help each other beat this nasty cycle!!! Thanks for being here & providing a safe place for us to be ourselves!!!
current weight: 259.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,262) Posts: 699 5/28/12 11:36 A
My name is Courtney. Im a 36 y.o. female who right now is breathing a sigh of relief. I feel like Im about to reveal my dirty little secret that no one knows about but me. I am a late night snacker and closet eater. I have never said those words outloud to anyone not even my hubby. It almost feels like a weight off my shoulders just to type them. Sorry if i sound dramatic, but its true. I snack mindlessly at night on empty calories and its like I cant stop. On the other hand, I did stop recently and managed to lose weight. But, the old habits are creepin back and my last two weigh ins have shown a gain. Im trying so hard to break those habits but its like they've taken over my life. It all started when I was a child and would hide and eat in my room while my parents fought. The food was comfort. Everybody fed me..looking back now it;s probably because I loved food so much and would always compliment the cook so everyone in my family just fed me all the time. This led me to being overweight for most of my life. Right now, my biggest hurdle is to STOP eating at night and stop getting up while everyone else is sleeping and just sit up in the chair and eat at like 2-3 in the AM. Lately, Ive been suffering from insomnia and I have been eating when I cant fall back to sleep. Ugh...I lost 39lbs. before SP and 6 while on it..I dont want to gain all that back. I need to stop this madness before it takes over my life again and I end up weighing in again at 250. I feel better, though, letting this secret out. Im reaching out to u guys for help and support with this problem we all share. SP has been so great so far and I just know I'll be ok with some help..My psychiatrist doesnt even know. I feel so ashamed. The only reason Im here is to get help and put an end to this shame...Courtney
All the things that we accept become the things that we regret.
You say you love the earth yet you litter, you save you love the wind yet you close the window, Im scared when you say you love me..Bob Marley
A womans clothes should fit tightly enough to show she's a woman but loosely enough to show she's a lady-Marilyn Monroe
If it was easy everyone would do it!!!
current weight: 220.0
Fitness Minutes: (30,960) Posts: 2,749 5/20/12 7:31 A
I'm the Team Leader for Sugar & Food Addiction & have been a member of Spark for quite awhile. I'm an RN & Clinical Hypnotherapist. But.....for decades I was a night eater. I was also a big secret eater. No one ever saw me binge....& would have been shocked to know about my secret life. This was always between me & ME....the other me is the binge/secret/night eater. The first me is the balanced, successful professional. I was forced to stop all of this a few decades ago due to serious, physical issues all brought on by my poor nutrition. I literally had to change everything in my life. I remember the moment that I realized that & I was both happy & scared to death.
After going through the "metamorphose" I changed my work focus to working with people with disorderly eating.........yes, I was definitely a specialist at this. Just like any addict, I knew what it meant to be under the influence. Now, I'm a writer/producer & mentor for those with serious disorderly eating.....just like me. I look forward to reading posts on this team & hopefully adding something. On my team I run an ongoing journaling workshop for self-growth & it's connection to eating issues. I invite you to stop by. Regards, elizRN
Posts: 2 5/9/12 7:55 P
Hi, I'm Amanda, and i'm 38 i have tried so hard to lose weight my whole life it seems but it never seems to work! I have a few medical conditions that hinder me a little. I have an under active thyroid gland, anemia, fibromyalgia, chronic back pain that has been going now for 10 years, and i have been fighting the depression for a while now but things seem to get on top of me. I seem to cope better during the day with my comfort eating, but when it's time for bed i take things up with me. I read to help me relax enough to go to sleep and while i'm reading i snack on the stuff i have brought up with me. I have tried not bringing it up stairs but after a while i go and get it. I have very poor will power. However for the last week or so i have been taking fruit up with me instead of chocolate and biscuits, so i'm really pleased with myself for that.
Fitness Minutes: (125) Posts: 8 4/29/12 3:47 P
Hi everyone, my name is Jenny. I've never been successful at loosing weight without just basically stopping eating which I know is not healthy. I then see "hey I'm down about 15 lbs I can go ahead and eat those 7 cookies and be cool!". This repeats over and over and I'll binge eat all kinds of crap for 2-3 days then not eat hardly a thing for about 4 days. I KNOW what I need to eat and i know how I need to go about doing it, it's just extremely hard to get myself to do it and I don't know why. It's almost like I'm scared of new things and losing weight and being healthier would be a new thing. Unlike some of the other bio's on here I don't have a specific time of day, the nasty eating will happen all day long. I love to cook and love to share what I cook with friends and family because it makes them happy. I just can't seem to find a good balance between it all to loose weight!
current weight: 270.0
Posts: 2,200 4/8/12 12:24 P
Hi, Reading some of the posts made me feel right at home. Evening is my worst time; it is when I get my sugar cravings. I don't eat one cookie, I eat ten. I find that I cannot have certain food items in my house such as cookies, cakes, potato chips. I started to drink a glass of water when I wanted something sweet. Didn't take long to reach my 8 glasses. Problem was I was up during the night because I had to pee. Better rethink that strategy :)
Slow and steady wins the race.
Total SparkPoints: 31,771
SparkPoints Level 15
Fitness Minutes: (57) Posts: 14 3/31/12 6:41 P
Hello I just wanted to stop by and say hi to everyone ... I joined the group a few days ago but have been exploring the site since. I'am a little slow at learning everything so please bare with me while I figure it all out
“Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.” ― Cynthia Kersey
April Minutes: 0
Posts: 38 3/10/12 1:10 A
Hi Andi..welcome aboard!!!..thank you for sharing your story..it is hard to bare our souls as it were but the first step I guess is recognizing the problem or issue and second step is doing something about it!!!..we are all here with generally the same problem we all have an unhealthy relationship with food...I have been here before and the support is wonderful...never be afraid to share ..its what its all about!! cheers
may you be half an hour in heaven before the devil knows you're dead.
current weight: 231.8
Fitness Minutes: (605) Posts: 1 3/9/12 4:13 P
Hi. I'm Andi and am new to Spark People. I am 29 years old and I am a binge eater and have a history of bulimia. I have struggled with my weight (or body image) for as long as I can remember. I am here for the support, and to support, people like me. To my friends, I am a normal happy go lucky girl. Inside I have a constant battle with myself over food. It takes every ounce of energy and mindfulness that I can muster to stay on track. I tend to get swallowed by my eating disorder when I allow stress and anxiety to over run my life. I have found myself in this situation regularly the last few months and feel like this group could really help. I like to exercise as I find it the only way to relax my brain. My pattern is to not take in enough calories for 3 or 4 days and binge & purge the next day, repeat. These days I am getting better at keeping my purging at bay, but it's hard because it is my natural reaction to feeling ashamed and guilty. I have never been this honest about myself anywhere and I must admit. It feels good. My best friend is a nutritionist and suggested I sign up for Spark People to count calories daily. This way I can ensure that I am getting enough food every day so that hopefully I will be less likely to binge.
Here's to us! To finding a new coping mechanism, to loving ourselves, and to loving and supporting each other.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 38 3/9/12 9:06 A
Hi everybody second time on spark..in 2007 found the plan really amazing and with the help of WW online lost 50 pds..well life keeps rollin and the weight is creeping on again..I have developed a lot of health issues over the last few years and now in my 50th year I have a heart disease...so...enough is enough!!.I struggle with night time eating bigtime..I work as a support worker in a group home and usually finish at 11 pm..this is part of the problem as we eat so early in the home..usually 5-5:30..so after 11 when I get home I am ready to eat the fridge!!. Have tried to have a lite snack at work before 8 pm but still I am obsessed with the idea of food after 11. Cant just come home and go to bed I have to wind down a bit..my job can be stressful so need down time...does anyone have any tips, advice!?. thanx in advance and hope everyone enjoys their weekend!.
may you be half an hour in heaven before the devil knows you're dead.
current weight: 231.8
Posts: 983 3/4/12 8:16 P
Hello! I have a weak spot for night time snacking. I am so good all day but before bed I think I need a little something. The little something turns into a whole lot of something. I try not to eat anything after 8:00 p.m. and sometimes that works, but I am usually up till midnight and wander into the kitchen looking for that little bite. I need this to stop! I`ve put on 12 pounds since Thanksgiving from fighting ear infections and that doesn`t help either.
That which does not kill us will make us stronger!
Total SparkPoints: 71,111
SparkPoints Level 18
Fitness Minutes: (3,415) Posts: 239 3/1/12 7:01 P
Don't think I've actually stopped by to introduce myself to the group. My name is Sam and I am a 33 year old Mom of two girls aged 3 and 4. I have a wonderful, supportive husband of 7 years. I have struggled with my weight, depression/bi-polar, and fibromyalgia since my teens. I joined SP quite awhile ago but still have not made the changes I need to make in order to make my life a healthy one. I want to be a good example for my girls and a support to my husband but I also want to do this for me. I really want to know what it feels like to be a healthy weight. I currently weigh 325 and my goal is to be between 150 and 135. I look forward to getting to know you and for the support that I know this team has to offer.
Every journey begins with a single step. Make sure it's one in the direction you want to go.
Only you can make your life what you want it to be.
current weight: 355.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 2/11/12 8:30 P
Hi I am brand new to SP and I have bee a binge/snacker eater, I will often eat two meals a day because I'm bored, stressed whatever. Half the time I'm not even hungry. I've done a bunch of diets but I have no will power. I glad I found this site to give me that extra support.
Posts: 6 1/31/12 6:13 P
Hello. This is my second week on sp and so far I'm going strong. I have been overweight almost my whole life. At 20 I decided that needed to stop. I lost 70 pounds and kept if off for almost a year. I then gained 20 pounds back. I am now 24 and I sadly fell back into my old habits. I've always been embarrassed eating in front of others and would hide my snacking. I have always felt guilty after eating anything. Whether it's healthy or not I would feel ashamed of my self. I would get teased about my weight and would eat more. My mom always knew that I was upset when I got home from school, because I would go straight to the fridge. I hit 220 pounds my senior year of high school. I still have these problems. I eat when I'm board and when I'm depressed. I've done very well this past week and I really hope I can continue with my progress. I know I can do this. Now that I've moved away from my main support (my mother who lost weight with me the first time), I need a new support group. I'm hoping this will help me on my way.
Pounds lost: 21.0
Fitness Minutes: (928) Posts: 31 1/27/12 9:12 A
I'm somewhat new to Spark and because I haven't really "connected" with a SparkTeam, I seem to wander off the beaten path...like tracking and exercise!! When I did a search today, lo and behold, there's a team for me!!! As I read your posts, you've all made me smile more than I've ever smiled "for myself" as MAN, do I have a LOT in common with you! LOL/COL I retired November 1st and love the "me" time I now have but it's Winter in Wisconsin and exercising outdoors is not the most pleasant so I've wandered away from my walks. As for food, I just plain love food (quit smoking 12 yrs ago) - I love the look, taste, smell, texture - you name it, Lately I find I do very well until around 2-3 pm and then I could eat my way right through to bedtime! I too have picked up 3 sweet rolls (because it was a deal) and ate them all on my way home from work, trashing the evidence. I purchase the "snack size" treats (100 calorie) but find I may just end up eating three of them! Not a solution...then again, better three of those than three of the sweet rolls! I hope we can work together to find solutions that will work for each of us!
abzjohnson2 in Southern Wisconsin
current weight: 153.6
Posts: 90 1/26/12 4:18 P
Hey! Glad I found this page. I have no real problem with my appetite during the day but come night-time, and I am munching away into the wee hours of the morning. Thinking THIS MUST STOP! Hope I find some inspiration here! :)
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Fitness Minutes: (725) Posts: 32 1/10/12 3:39 P
Hi! WOW!! In reading these posts I feel as though I could have written many of them myself. I have NEVER admitted I am a binge eater, but, I am. I can't eat a cookie, ever, I have to eat all of them, or chips, or cake. I am embarassed to say I have bought and eaten a whole cheesecake in one sitting...more than once. And afterwards, I hate myself. I am so happy to have found this team, and hope to learn a lot here.
Edited by: HELOVESDOTS at: 1/11/2012 (12:47)
Pounds lost: 19.0
Fitness Minutes: (14,885) Posts: 110 1/1/12 9:16 A
I get to goal one week, then gain the next. My problem is sticking with an eating plan even after I hit goal. I would love to hear from anyone with tips and pointers regarding how to stay on an eating regimen after I hit goal. Thanks so much.
Jerusalem 10K: 1 March 2013, 21 March 2014
Pounds lost: 5.4
Posts: 566 12/8/11 9:51 A
I joined Spark about 5 weeks ago, but I'm new to this team. I think I've always been a binge eater, one who sneaks food, binges, etc. I was handling my binge eating very well for a long time (over a year) while I was on a medically-supervised weight loss program. I was on their product for 11 months eating only 800 calories per DAY. (Yep, you read that right.) Since I had always been an emotional eater, when I gradually incorporated regular food into my diet, it didn't take long for me to start sneaking foods that were unhealthy (namely, anything chocolate!). Then the binge eating really went into full force. When I realized that this was a real problem that needed special attention, I stopped going to the nutrition center (where I was still seeing my dietitian). So here I am on Spark, looking for support, and hoping I'll lose the weight I've gained since my departure from the nutrition center. (I've gained about 25 (or maybe even 35!) pounds more than the weight shown in my Christmas picture from last year---the picture I have on my SparkPage and my profile picture. I'm keeping them up to serve as inspiration for me. I've been there before, and I can do it again, right?!
Thanks, everyone, for your support!
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Pounds lost: 2.6
Posts: 112 12/7/11 2:43 P
HI. I think this group will do me very well. I am in my second week on Spark. I had a very good first week, but I always start strong when I diet. I want this one to stick, I binge, I hide, I'm very embarrassed and ashamed when I'm "caught in the act". I eat out of stress, boredom, anxiety, depression, you name it, I cope with food. The whole viscous cycle I'm sure many here are familiar with.
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current weight: 199.0
Posts: 2,792 12/1/11 11:11 A
Hello Everyone...My story is probably very similar to many of you on this team. I eat mindlessly throughout the day. I eat when no one is looking. I make sure all wrappers, containers and bags are thrown away so no one finds out. I eat sensible when I am with others. I eat beyond being full. I eat when I am stressed, sad, bored, awake, happy...I just eat. I am looking forward to getting this under control.
People are so worried about what they eat between Thanksgiving and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Thanksgiving. ~Author Unknown
870 Days since: Candy
Posts: 41,534 11/9/11 1:18 P
Hi there! I've been with Spark since April, and I love this site. It is fantastic. But some stress lately has really made me backslide a bit, and I have lately turned to late night snacking. Working on it and will encourage and support as much as I can. Thank you for this team!
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1 Days until: Easter
Fitness Minutes: (6,468) Posts: 10 11/4/11 7:32 A
Hi everybody, I am 'all of the above' when it comes to binges/sneaking/emotional eating and what my partner laughingly calls midnight eating disorder. I'm not new to spark - been at it since may and so far have lost 30 of the 100 pounds I need to lose in order to be where I want to be. Like many of you, I cruised along doing great then fell back into my old ways this past couple of weeks. Got back in the groove now and look ahead with joy to meeting you all and enjoying this team. Thanks to you all for the inspiration!
Pounds lost: 14.8
Posts: 82 10/28/11 10:14 P
I want to thank everyone for thier honesty.
I have a problem with eating. I especially crave sweets, cakes chips. I am severly overweight and my therepist advised me that I shoudl find a support group. I work odd hours and it is very hard to make a daily schedule for eating. There are some days I work 10 hours and some days I may work 14 hours in one day. I sit at a computer all that time and usually the only amount of time that I am away from the computer is a 45 min lunch. Eating food is not permited at our desks, however I have become very good at sneaking food. I want to find ways to eat healthy and I am just so lost. I have so far to go and even the little goals seem very far off.
Pounds lost: 4.6
Posts: 253 10/27/11 11:24 P
Hello everyone. I am a night eater. I feel like I do great the whole day by eating good foods, and my cravings aren't even there. My husband works the graveyards shift so he goes to bed at 5pm we eat dinner at 4pm and by the time 10 rolls around I am famished. The thing is once I start I don't stop. I keep going out for more and more. It is that daily quote I tell myself every morning,"Today I don't eat sugar." That last's until 10pm and it starts all over. I need to get a grip on this before it kills me. :) Allie
Alicia from Maine...
YOUR LIFE IS A RESULT OF THE CHOICES YOU MAKE... IF YOU DON'T LIKE YOUR LIFE IT IS TIME TO START MAKING BETTER CHOICES.
current weight: 266.0
Fitness Minutes: (20) Posts: 3 10/26/11 2:45 P
I just joined SP and am looking forward to having support from others who are going through the same thing I am. Although I am not medically considered overweight, I am definitely not comfortable with my body the way it is now, and I do tend to go on yoyo diets, and when I get off of a diet I binge eat. Does anyone have any advice as to how to stop yourself from out of control eating?
Posts: 5 10/17/11 3:49 A
Good morning team! I just wanted to introduce myself to all of you. My name is Drea. I am new to this team, however, not new to SP. I am the mother of a dear 10 year old boy who is my heart. I must admit though, we are both overweight. I want to make a change for the both of us that I know starts with me. I am looking for online support and encouragement, also some advice along the way as well.
Also, if I can help encourage someone along their journey, please let me know. This is going to be a long journey, but I know I did not end up this weight overnight. I remember when I was jogging in high school! In the marching band.... Oh those were indeed the days! All I look forward to now is being able to jog along side my son as he rides his bike.... Right now I am making baby steps....
Oh well enough about me.... I hope to meet some Spark buddies soon!!
Fitness Minutes: (660) Posts: 5 10/15/11 11:40 P
An evening of firsts! I am new to SP and hope I am doing the message thing right! I could not resist joining this team. I am 45 years old and after reading all of the messages on here, I felt as if there were people who "get" it. I wait until everyone goes to bed and even if I'm not hungry, or I'm tired, or whatever I EAT! Food has always been an instant gratification, and then a constant fuel for beating myself up internally. My goal is to live peacefully and in control of my life, my weight and my health. I have been at an out -of-control binge for weeks now. I am so thankful to have found this team.
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 2 10/15/11 11:28 P
Hi. I'm a binger. I have a long history with being overweight and dieting. I was a fat kid and by the time I hit adulthood I was over 100 pounds overweight. I've since lost over 100 lbs -slowly over a 3 year period - through carlorie counting and exercise. Now, I'm a long distance runner and I've completed 4 marathons with success. However, in some ways I feel that it has only fueled my binge eating. I'm not currently overweight - my BMI is 24.2, but I'm just not happy because I can't seem to stop binging. So, I've joined SP to try to reel myself in again. My main problem is that I work at a bakery. Its my job to close up on Saturday nights. When I'm alone, with all those delicious baked goods - I just go crazy. Sometimes I can't stop. It feels horrible to lose control like that. Its hard for me to talk about it because I feel so ashamed. My husband is supportive but he doesn't really understand why I just can't stop myself - he's the only one who knows. I do need a higher amount of calories because I'm so physically active (currently)- but those calories should be from balanced wholesome meals - not cookies and cake and muffins all the time. I've thought about joining an actual supportive group (not just a virtual one) - but I can't seem to find a low cost one in my area that fits with my schedule. I'm hoping that I can find at least some support here. Thanks!
917 Days since: Binge/Mindless Eating
Posts: 6 10/13/11 7:19 P
Hi all. I joined SP at the end of August and did really well for a while but then hit a bump (read lost momemtum) and quit logging in and following the program. I had joined an OE page but did not seem to find what I needed there. When I saw the title of this page I felt like I had come home (so to speak). I've battled with night time eating for so long that it feels like a siamese twin. I can maintain abstinence during the day and usually through dinner but once I sit down to relax the need to graze attacks and there often doesn't seem like there is NOTHING that will stop it. There are times I wait for my husband to go to bed and fall asleep so I can eat privately (secretly) as much as I want. Do any of you do well until someone compliments you on your weight loss and then quit? It seems like I can remain focused on my plan until people start to notice and then I close down and quit. It's not because I feel like I succeeded, more like I am afraid I will fail and it will be noticed. Guess I'm a bit of a head case; just wish I could get to a healthy weight and eating plan. Hope to find that help here. Thanks.
current weight: 224.6
Posts: 221 10/12/11 10:06 P
Hey everyone. Well I'm glad I found this place! I'm a night time eater like you wouldn't believe. I can eat just perfect up till the dark starts and then it starts. It's like I need to eat and it doesn't matter what. I swear I can just feel it in my bones! So anyways that is a bit about me and I look forward to sharing and learning with you all.
Healthy changes everything!
Just move! No matter how slow you go... Your still lapping everyone on the couch.
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Pounds lost: 6.0
Fitness Minutes: (60) Posts: 2 10/12/11 9:32 A
Hi everyone, I'm new here and hoping I can get some good tips and advice for my problems. Eating problems started for me from the momenent I was born. I know it seams odd but let me explaine. I was born in 1982 to a bio mom and dad that really did not care about us at all. My brothers and sisters and I were severly neglected and under fed if we were fed at all. We were taken out of there home and put into foster care. In foster care we were fed most of the time but they would feed us bowls of mayo or give us a cup of coke and call it a meal. We were again neglected and abused while in our foster homes. Eventually we were all adopted but by then I already eating problems. Growing up in our adopted home I remember if we missbehaived we may have gone to bed with no dinner or nothing sweet after dinner when everyone else was enjoying it. I always felt like food was taken away from me and when I went to college I became really attached to it because it was around all the time. I ate the most when I was stressed out or upset just because I could. I also ate when I was happy. I also had my first boyfriend in college and he mentally abused me and again I started to turn to food. I'm now have been married for 3 yrs I've known my husband for 7yrs and have a 2 yr old little girl. I expected now that I had a family of my own and not being abused in any way my eating problems would go away. But they have not. I have so much trouble making the correct choices on what to eat and how much I eat. I can stock up on healthy foods but still make the 2 minute drive to Big Y and grab the junk I am craving to fill my emotional hunger. Its hard to have any junk type thin in the house I'll eat it until its gone. But some how I have to learn to live with it because my husband instist on having at least some in the house for when he wants it. Any tips on what you do to keep emotional eating under controll would be very helpful. Hopefully I can deal with my problems before passing them on to my daughter.
current weight: 215.0
Fitness Minutes: (373) Posts: 2 10/11/11 4:13 P
i'm a new comer to sp and just figuring out the different options. Here's my story:
60 yo this year, and over 200 lbs. started with a new primary care doc this year and have done ok initially with losing weight, (i had dropped about 18 lbs since Feb, just by trying to be careful about what I eat). but have been stagnent weight wise since beginning of August Hate to exercise (have a tendency to break bones in my feet so I'm a little tentative there). married, no kids; hub recently diagnosed with prostate cancer (no stress that makes me want to eat junk food there!) :-)
I tend to do ok during the day at work, but once home, i just eat anything in sight. My main meals are home cooked and pretty healthy. Doc wants me to try avoiding my super-triggers (ie, ice cream and candy) so I'm trying to do that (ok for a week now) but finding myself looking for other ways to get that sweet-hit. He suggests I "plan snacks" but not sure what i should do with that.
he also suggested that i join a group (actually suggested that in Feb, but I ignored it then. looking foward to being part of this group and hoping it will help me keep on track
Posts: 12 10/10/11 8:24 P
Hello everyone :) I know what everyone is talking about. I do the same, I can not stop putting food in mouth. I'm not even hungry but once I start thinking about food I can't stop. It's so bad that at times I can't even wait to sit at the table to start eating. I start munching when I trying to get a cup or paper towel. I kept gaining weight, and starting thinking who cares if I'm fat I'm fat. But my health is getting worse. I have type 2 diabetes and can't get my sugars under control. I need to start eating healthy and stop binge eating. I try to hide it from my family, but I think they know since I keep putting on the pounds. Today is day one for me, I followed my 1400 calorie diet, did a hour at the gym. But tonight it my real test, even as I'm typing this I am thinking of a grilled cheese sandwich. Ugh!!!! I have 3 hrs left before I force myself to sleep. Wish me luck
Fitness Minutes: (40,877) Posts: 963 10/9/11 1:39 P
It's like a broken record but it is so hard to feel alone when I read these posts. Are you all in the song "killing me softly" -- you read all my letters outloud? I, too, am the ideal role model for diet and exercise from 0600 - 2030, then it FALLS APART. I sometimes wait for my husband to go to bed so I can eat something. I TRY to stock the house so what I eat isn't terrible but it's still eating and calories. Thanks for your bravery sharing with me.
Eastern Time Zone Megan
Pounds lost: 4.5
Posts: 609 10/7/11 7:40 P
Hi, like others I stumbled onto this Spark team and know it's what I need. I am an Aussie girl, well a young 72 year old lol, but have always had this problem of night eating. Reading some of the messages it sounds like we are all Angels throughout the day and then the Devil in us says that you must eat this and that before bedtime. I am hoping that I will improve my eating at night with this team...Patricia
current weight: 207.0
Posts: 17 10/4/11 10:35 A
Hi, I'm Sarah. I'm a binger. It's not as bad as it could be but I seem to binge once a week if not more. I'm hoping that with Spark and the teams on here (including this one) I can stop and get to a health weight.
Pounds lost: 4.0
Posts: 10,491 10/3/11 2:03 P
I am KeeKee who is a binger, snacker, and night eater. I dont like this and I want to change this very soon. I am glad that I found this team.
Pounds lost: 4.2
Fitness Minutes: (3,550) Posts: 28 10/3/11 1:02 P
Hi, I'm Courtney and new to SparkPeople. Night eating is my #1 problem!
I run 30-60 minutes daily and do strength training as well. During the day, I stick to moderate meals and usually eat about 1400 calories. Then, I get home and decide to have a "snack". Sometimes, I can do it sucessfully. However, many days, like last night.....it turns into a 1500 calorie full-on BINGE.
I used to be bulemic and have worked hard to overcome this....but I still struggle with uncontrolled binge eating.
One day at a time, I guess.
current weight: 188.0
Posts: 14 9/30/11 5:34 P
Hi all I'm Penny and new to the site. As soon as I seen this team I knew I had to join. I have started and stopped diets so many times its crazy. I don't know if this is the time that I will actually complete my goal, but I sure am going to try. I am a continuous night time eater. Between dinner and bedtime I must consume 2000 calories. It is not unusual for me to eat a bag of chips, and a piece of chocolate cake with ice cream of course, and wash it all down with milk. My snacking habits are atrocious and I cannot do it any more. I am looking forward to the support from everyone on the site.
current weight: 493.0
Posts: 243 9/28/11 10:39 P
Hi all, I am cathy..I am so a night time eater. I get up early every morning to swim, do well all day and just before bed reward myself for being good all day and give me that extra boost of energy I think I need to exercise in the morning....Like Potato chips can do that. Really I need to stop this madness.
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Pounds lost: 65.0
Fitness Minutes: (35,920) Posts: 820 9/28/11 8:48 A
I so know what everyone means. Yesterday evening I munched on radishes, which fortunately, I love. After I was in bed, I couldn't sleep, but was determined to not get up and eat. After midnight, I still hadn't fallen asleep, so I got up and had a small piece of French Baguette and some peanut butter. Fell right to sleep after.
Pounds lost: 13.0
Posts: 865 9/28/11 8:37 A
This is definitely the place for me!! I have been on spark almost two years. I am an angel with my eating habits during the day. But once I get home from work, between dinner time and bed time I can't stop snacking. I am especially bad on the weekend nites. This just keeps me from getting anywhere with my weight loss. I'm thinking its a stress releaser from when I get home from work and I know I have to do something to take the place of that. Have been in a funk all summer and just can't seem to get back on track with exercise!
Pounds lost: 2.7
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 2 9/27/11 11:48 P
I do the same thing. The only difference is...I only eat sweets at night and I wake up about three times or more a time feeling like I am starving. I'll eat something sweet like chocolate or a poptart then go right back to sleep...regretting it in the morning.
Fitness Minutes: (35,920) Posts: 820 9/27/11 9:43 A
Hi....I just stumbled upon this team and am glad I found it. I have been a night/closet eater for many years. I've even discussed it with my doctor. Sometimes I will be laying in bed, trying to sleep and feel this urge to get up and eat. It seems I can't sleep until I eat more. Most times I'm not even hungry. There are other times when I will wake up in the middle of the night and need a snack to go back to sleep.
Anyway, back to the doctor. He didn't really provide a solution, which I'm hoping to find here, but he did say that eating raises the serotonin levels and by eating I feel relaxed enough to sleep. Obviously - this is not healthy and needs to stop.
Just yesterday, I followed my diet plan really well and was pleased with myself. After I was already in bed, I got up and ate chips and dip. How pitiful is that.
Pounds lost: 13.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 2 9/25/11 10:12 P
Hi my name is Wendy. I always have been a nighttime snacker. I usually bing eat when my boyfriend isn't home. I try to eat healthy snacks but that isn't always the case. I am glad he told me about this site.
Posts: 494 9/24/11 11:13 P
hi i have belong to sparks for a little while but i just saw the team and knew this was the team for me
Posts: 44 9/22/11 8:16 A
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