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1/15/11 5:55 P

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i am home for post op hyterectomy for 6 weeks, and last week, began to binge on bread, cookies, crackers which are my danger foods, i am pretty inactive, but cant get enough of toast, english muffins, and cookies, i wake up with a headache in the am, and cant stop,,,thanks for listening,

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If I'm on a binge mode, it doesn't matter what I can find to put into my mouth. Every morning I wake up wanting to do better with the night eating. Sharon

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My name is Sharon and you just wrote my daily existence also. Maybe we can get locked in that room together. Just wanted you to know you are not alone and I feel your pain.

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1/7/11 10:27 P

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I have a hard time not eating almost every night. I say every morning that I am not going to do it today and bam I do it again.

It is when everyone is sleeping and I go scrounging around for something to eat.

I crave sweet/salty. Anything like that will do for me.

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12/17/10 12:41 P

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EVERY SINGLE night I eat far too much. No exceptions to the rule for months. I think I need to be locked in my room at night so I can't get out. i EAT bread, cookies, chips, - etc.. ridiculous amounts - and I know its not just hunger.
During the day I am a model eater, if anything an undereater, which I know is probably part of the problem. Every morning when I wake up however I am still full from binging the night before. I exercise ALOT - but the weight is still creeping on - quicker than ever. Absolutely NONE of my clothes fit but my bathrobe. I'm so disgusted with myself. I am hoping this will be therapeutic by just airing my dirty laundry.

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12/12/10 7:44 P

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8 to midnight-- It's always carbs that I crave usually crackers or chips. I think the trigger is watching tv, but I enjoy the escape of watching my favorite shows on TIVO. I might try fast forwarding past the food commericals.

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11/1/10 11:58 A

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hi chris,remember me, i am from the bronx,and pearl river, hope you are doing well, i need to go in tomnorow to have a D and C, which has made me sooo anxious and have been eating, not as bad as normally but enough to make me not lose and gain a few, woke up in middle of night and wanted toget up and eat toast with butter, turned over, and it was time to get up,,,,

i work today , that will keep me occupied,

take care, Nancy

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This too shall pass. Right?!

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9/9/10 1:46 A

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Hi everyone!
I felt bad because I joined the group and have not been back on to chat with all of you....my computer crashed and was in repair. I have it bac know of course and am holding on to hope that those problems were the last of them.....ug!

Im trying not to eat and have had very few successful nights....uG!

I did put up kind reminders, goals ans inspirational thoughts on the refrigerator and the pantry so I could just stop and think before i eat...it has helped somewhat...

Im gonna try to get to bed earlier and gonna try to go to the gym more this week....

Im thinking of you all....none of us are alone in this....Hugs everyone!

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9/5/10 10:14 P

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hi chris, yes you and I are \very similar, dont beat your self up, i try not to, am not out of the woods, had about 4 good weeks, of not overeating carbs, but friday night, the same like you dh was sleeping, i was watching lifetime movies, engrosses, and decided to have one, flatbread, i bought at health food store, you know full of nuts, with butter, i finished off the box this morning, a thousand calories woof,,,,today made bread and zuchinni bread as my daughter came for a short visit, i just got into the bread, and have to wrap it up,,,,,

woke up this am feeling lousy and sluggish from the carbs,

tonight going to eat a good dinner and then hide the bread,,,

my only saving grace is that i am not doing middle of night bread and toast, butter, but who knows, one day at a time

i was feeling soooooo good, and had more energy withouth all that bread, keep in touch, maybe when we wake up in middle of night, go on computer and write to me, and i to you,,,,,good night, nancy

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A bad night last night. I was feeling tired all day and in the evening it was not any better. Feeling tired in the daytime to me feels like depression and I am very sensitive to it. It pulls me down fast. So late in the evening I "got into" some sweet, expensive, butter rum sauce that I love. It is best on very plain crackers. this was about 11:00 pm while I was reading a murder mystery by Jeffrey Deaver. I often read in bed and sorry to say often eat at the same time. I have been doing much better the last 2 weeks but last night I was very vulnerable because of my mood. I am not whipping myself today about it. I just got up and went to water aerobics and had a very good workout. So definitely one of my triggers is feeling sickly. Lots of people don't eat at that time, but it makes me want to eat. Chris

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Calling the experts..... emoticon

It seems that many people are having this same problem: eating late into the day and during the night, too.

Thanks, Chris

GOAL: Reduce A1C,BP,tryglicerides,and weight. HOW? By not eating added sugar, using Omega3s, base meals on veggies, water aerobics at least 3X week and using NuStep when I can't get to the pool.

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This evening/night eating wrecks my calorie count for the day!!! I think I will send a message in the experts forum/message board to see what they have to say. I have now been trying hard for a week to stop this pattern. But last night I again got up from bed. Cookies and then some steelcut oatmeal that was cooked and in the fridge. As usual, it was triggered by not being able to fall asleep. And, to add to my problem, it is now morning and I want to get back in bed and sleep.

GOAL: Reduce A1C,BP,tryglicerides,and weight. HOW? By not eating added sugar, using Omega3s, base meals on veggies, water aerobics at least 3X week and using NuStep when I can't get to the pool.

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8/23/10 8:42 P

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hi , so happy you are here, it really helps to write when you want to eat, it helps me alot, i am also a night eater, and like you, i get lonely at night, my husband is sleeping, and that is when i eat; or if i cant sleep,,,,hang in there, nanch

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Hi! Im new to this thread! Im glad this team is around. I definietly eat to soothe! I usually do ok until 7p-12m then I get lonely and boy do I chow down...I have lost 43lbs here on spark and have gained back some of my weight...I dont know how much as I cant get on the scale yet...i want to have a really good week and then I'll feel ok about finding out the undoing of the work Ive done.....I feel really upset about sabatoging myself and kind of saying that I dont deserve to be a healthy weight by just eating and eating when Ive done so much work (inside and out, as you all know it takes) to be able to overcome those 43 lbs already lost.....I have 25-30 more...not counting whatever I gained back again. So, I just wanted to tell you alittle about my journey, and say thank you for being here as a team....I would love to get to know you all and be a support to you all as well along this journey to freedom from overeating.....

Happy Monday everyone!
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8/18/10 3:52 P

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day two of no night eating, or also going on the computer, which is anohter habit, because i cant sleep,

i did come home for lunch today, during work, and ate better, and saved 7 dollars, dont eat out at all, but felt tempted since i had a coupon, find that sets me up for more eating, have a good day, nancy

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day two of no night eating, or also going on the computer, which is anohter habit, because i cant sleep,

i did come home for lunch today, during work, and ate better, and saved 7 dollars, dont eat out at all, but felt tempted since i had a coupon, find that sets me up for more eating, have a good day, nancy

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Progress! Congrats. My inside fridge has gone on the blink, so I had to move all the tempting stuff to the one in the garage, where even I won't go at 3 am. Result? Slept like a baby--or a thin person.

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since i froze all the bread and english muffins, there is really no incentive to get up except for bathroom, last night i did get up and ate an akmak cracker, it tasted dry and crummy, so much for that,

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Your medications don't work well enough to let you sleep? That would try anyone's resolve. I hope tonight will be better, if the pain comes and goes in intensity.

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I kept waking up last night in pain, and gave in to temptation. I see several people here dont like rice cakes, unfortunately, I love the cheddar cheese kind--I ate too many. I know that waking up in pain, or getting up because I can't even get to sleep because of pain, is a trigger for me. I console myself with food. I'm tired, so embroidery is out of the question in the middle of the night. I've recently done better with not eating; but last night I caved. (I also had some emotional stuff going on last night, so that didn't help).

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I kept waking up last night in pain, and gave in to temptation. I see several people here dont like rice cakes, unfortunately, I love the cheddar cheese kind--I ate too many. I know that waking up in pain, or getting up because I can't even get to sleep because of pain, is a trigger for me. I console myself with food. I'm tired, so embroidery is out of the question in the middle of the night. I've recently done better with not eating; but last night I caved. (I also had some emotional stuff going on last night, so that didn't help).

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8/16/10 9:56 P

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Thanks for the welcome. Tonight is an especially rough night with old worries that have resurfaced. I've taken a no eating past 10:00 pm challenge on another team, so I think I'll be ok tonight. Doing this challenge is working for me because I'm naturally competitive, and I just don't want to lose. But low and behold, I've been giving my new favorite snack a work out -- wintergreen lifesavers. lol. There's always a crutch. I feel so tempted to eat another since I have 8 minutes. But I'm just not going there.

I have a theory, it seems to me that people who are naturally thin, don't or can't eat when they stress. Those of us who have to work at weight maintenance, eat when we stress. I've compared many of my closest friends, and I have two sisters who fall into the naturally thin category. Too bad I didn't get that gene. emoticon

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8/16/10 9:19 P

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yes those rice cakes are like eating cardboard, but not bad with some protein on them,

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hi, i am in the same boat, wish it would just stop this night eating, and yeah i heard about that mouse study, the mice come out to eat cheese, i guess, hee, hee,

i am much more pleasant , and less groggy with fewer carbs, i did have hot cereal, and rice, today, but my main focus is breads, so that will have to count for something, sleep tight, nancy

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I just read a study showing that mice (I think) gained 2 and a half times as much if they ate during their "night" rather than during their "day." Darn

I was hoping that this is not the case.

Yet, another reason not to wake up and eat something.


I gotta break this habit before it gets too ingrained..... Chris

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BronxNancy, that's a 'temptation' I would have slept right through--not worth waking up for in the dead of night!

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8/15/10 9:33 P

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i woke up and had a rice cake, know it is carbs, but did not taste great,

i knit scarves, socks, making a winter one now,

trying to relax my mind at night, and read to relax, cut out caffiene, etc,

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8/15/10 8:55 P

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What had happened the days you woke up to eat during the night?

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At least it is tough to eat when knitting. What things have you made? Chris

GOAL: Reduce A1C,BP,tryglicerides,and weight. HOW? By not eating added sugar, using Omega3s, base meals on veggies, water aerobics at least 3X week and using NuStep when I can't get to the pool.

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Welcome to the team, MorganPark. Well, a theory is that if you eat late at night to push down feelings of anxiety or worry, experimentally withhold from yourself that comfort food some night and see what feelings/thought surface as a result. Theoretically, if you can bring into full consciousness what you're really anxious about that you smother with food, you have a better chance of mobilizing yourself to figure out what to do about it, even if, in some cases, that means accepting what you cannot change. Easier said than done, isn't it? I'm scared to do it myself, because uncovering it is bound to be painful, or I wouldn't eat sweets to push it down in the first place.

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hi, i am also eating at night, so dontfeel that you are alone, i have done this for a few years, off and on, and lately because i cant sleep, feel that eating bread with butter, like you, will help me get back to sleep, funny thing it works, but i hate the hangover feeling i get the next am,

i decided to stop making brownies for my husband, and to take bread and emuffins that were out, and put them in the back of the freezer, this had cut back alot, because, i dont want to get up to thaw bread, i did get up and had some cereal with milk, and realize that is the same thing carbs, so have to work on that too,

i devour books too, and knit but always feel i need to couple , tea and cookies, with the book, i am 62,m jeez hope i will end this behavior soon, nancy

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Thanks for all your honesty. I wish I had a solution. Evenings used to be the worst for me but lately I am getting up at night to get food. I never did that before. I am developing a new bad habit. Darn.

I am hoping some filling meals in the evenings will help me. On the Diet and Nutrition Message Board a section of satiating meals has many good, filling recipes. Lately I have been sauteing onions and peppers in a little oil and then adding a cup of egg beaters. The total is not too high in calories and it is very filling.

I have waking up in the night much more than before. Tylenol before bed helped a couple of nights. But if I eat cheese or bread with Brummel and Brummel spread the food helps me fall asleep, too.

Last night I tried 6 oz. of wine. It did not work at all. Sometimes that will do the trick.

I also have been buying some guided imagery CDs for weight loss. The first one I tried is very good. The directions say to use it twice a day for several weeks. I am starting my second week. the thoughts from that tape have been popping up during the day. I guess that is good, right?

I devour books in the evenings--but always I seem to need some food near me,too.

At 63, I don't know how to break this long-standing habit.

Thanks for giving me some insights. Chris emoticon

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Hi. I'm new to the team. I just signed on. I've read much of the thread on this topic. As for myself, I've been an emotional eater ALL of my life. I remember, while in high school, coming home from track practice as a teenager, and just eating as much cereal and twinkies as I could find. Or, if i was worried about an exam, I'd binge rather than study late, late @ night. Then college, then grad school, then being a single mother of two kids, while working, and ALL of the stress between. It ALWAYS sets in late at night, when my kids are asleep and there is nothing left to occupy my time. My ex use to tell me he'd hear me munching on food, and cracking (opening) diet soda cans while he laid in bed. About 10 years ago, I was REALLY bad off. I would take candy to bed with me, and just eat it until I fell asleep. Fortunately, because of age I suppose, my body will no longer allow me to eat candy at night without suffering the consequence of a stomach pain. But that doesn't stop me from eating everything else. It's horrible.

I joined SP about two weeks ago. I'd been doing so well, and silly me thought I had conquered emotional eating, but tonight I sit here just typing away so that I won't go over the edge. I NOW realize that this is something that I will probably live with for the rest of my life.

Oh, and today's trigger was my two kids. Yes, they are wonderful, but my 13 year old is adhd, and has emotional issues, and I have a very rambunctious 4 year old. Two boys. I love them to pieces, but my 13 year old's mood swings got the best of me today. I wanted so much to go for a long walk at a really nice park. It took almost two hours to convince him to come with me. I didn't have anyone that could watch them while I left. And I couldn't leave him alone. It was just really rough. Once we finally got there, I couldn't enjoy the beauty and peace of it...as my kids were just being themselves.

Well, thanks for letting me vent. It has helped. I guess I should have blogged. lol

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Good for you. How does he make them?

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hi, i just wrote a note and it disappeared!! glad you are feeling a bit better, we are in the same boat, i have to stop beating myself up, and get over the notion that eating bread at night lulls me to sleep, it is ridiculous, normal people do not get up in middle of night to eat, maybe to use bathroom, and read, but no food, todya i felt pretty good, and plan to eat some tuna steaks, with salad, my husb and will make, keep well, nancy

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Thanks for your encouragement, BronxNancy. After writing that, I laughed, got up my courage, and weighed in--for the first time in a month. The added exercise must be working after all, because I had been eating sweets like there was no tomorrow, but had gained just 1 pound. It's got to be the fact that I went back to daily walking last week, because it sure wasn't because I'd been compliant on calories. Made me wonder how much I'll lose if I don't overeat sweets for a week while faithfully walking. You're lucky, in a way, that your body sends you messages like making you feel bloated the next day after you eat during the night. Mine just tells me 'Right on! Where's our next treat?'

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hi, dont beat yourself up ok, i have been there, and done that, and certainly struggle, all thetime,,,,,
i know that eatng gobs of toast in middle of the night soothes me, but the next day i feel lousy, bloated, so for me, i need to work on dealing with things instead of stuffing in the feelings, last night it was better, today i will try to be positive, nancy

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I know what you mean. Part of my own problem is that food really DOES work! If it didn't soothe my anxiety, raise my mood to cheerful, and make me feel rewarded for the good things I do that are unpleasant, plus compensate me when things go badly for me in the world, I wouldn't keep using it. I know I make food sound like an illegal drug I'm sneaking and taking for the pleasure it gives, because that's how food feels to me. If I restrain myself, struggle against temptation, and don't eat, I feel worse: tense from hunger, distracted from what I'm trying to concentrate on by hunger, irritable, and feeling sorry for myself for being deprived of sweets. If I eat the wrong thing, I feel better. I don't hate myself after I eat something fattening; I hate myself when I look in a mirror! Because I want the pleasure of eating lots of delicious things and to be thin at the same time. If I do something good, like exercise, I feel hungrier! Like today, I visited and took care of my relative, walked almost 2 miles, walked up several flights of stairs and up an incline--and then ate pizza, blowing all the calories I had burned and then some. I didn't even realize I had hugely screwed up until I counted the calories afterwards, tracking my food for Spark. I'm going to be the fattest person to ever win Spark's highest trophy. If we are like Pavlov's dogs with food, doing more and more of what we get positive reinforcement for, the wrong things are getting positively reinforced with me.

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i am also not able to lose weight, because either i eat alot before going to bed, bread, etc, or can sleep and wake up automatically and eat toast, and milk, i am wacky and convinced that by eating it will help me sleep, it does, and it comforts me, but it is a lousy habit,

i plan to put all the bread in the back of the freezer, my husband eats healty, and is not a big bread eater, i hate this pattern, and need to stop this, thanks for listening,

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I can't lose weight because I overeat for instance when I make pasta shells with hamb. etc. I eat 2 dishes instead of 1, otherwise I'm still hungry and go for junk stuff.

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No. I'm doing everything right EXCEPT being able to stay within the recommended calorie limits for me. Oh, and EXCEPT when some emotional distress sets me off on a sugar binge. I think the expression is 'where the rubber meets the road.' I can fix the car up real pretty and polish it up to a blinding shine, everything all AROUND eating few enough calories consistently to lose consistently, exercise and drink water up a storm, but when I turn the car on and try to go anywhere, like to normal weight, it never actually takes me where I want to go. I don't think it's that I subconsciously want to be fat; it's that I fervently want to eat a lot of emotionally-satisfying foods. And my desire to get thin and my desire to eat what I crave are not compatible. Like I managed not to sweets binge the last 2 days, but I still ended up consuming more calories that I'm supposed to. I didn't want to eat too much, I just wanted to have a good satisfying meal. I want, for instance not just a little 3 oz. of potroast lying there on my plate dry and lonely for Sunday dinner, I want potroast and gravy, and potato pancakes, and kasha, and applesauce, and sour cream, and broccoli and carrots and rye bread and butter, and salad, and wine, and dessert. I'm afraid to get on the scale right now, as I know I've been messing up, and to see the proof of that on my scale will discourage me and make me want to kick myself. On the one hand, I do want to lose this weight. On the other hand, I love food a lot.

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8/12/10 1:52 P

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I don't know but they say face your fears. I don't know if I am ready to do that yet. Are you doing good on spark people?

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Cherries are good for you, so don't feel down. So, what do you think it's about, this falling off the spark wagon you and I do when we have to do something see someone we don't want to?

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Well good for you. I ate about 25 cherries last night and didn't feel to good afterwards.

You sound like me when I know something or someone is coming over or I have to see I pig out on sweets or whatever. Bad

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My binge just stopped, I don't know why. I just feel better and more energetic today and don't crave sweets for the first time in a week. Maybe it was the dancing. Or the walk in the park? I have to figure out how to prevent my next visit to the same relative (this coming Friday) setting me off again. I won't have to spend the night this time, so I should be OK.

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Now, Salsa dancing is a calorie burner if ever I've seen one. Hmmm, I wonder whether there's a Latin music special I can catch? I'll make up in enthusiasm what I lack in skill.

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i'll try anything, but I don't know about latino dancing yet lol

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8/9/10 7:54 P

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Cool. James Brown's music burns the most calories!

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my neighbor next door to my house dances every morning and she just started to dance to some oldies tunes.She said it helps , so maybe I will try that too.

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How about walking early in the morning, when it's cool and beautiful? Tomorrow I'm going to go back to the park and do that myself at 7am. Yes, it will hurt because it will remind me of the dog that I always took there, but it will also lift my spirits to hear and see the various birds and the wind through the trees. I've been in the grip of this sweets binge since last Tuesday and can't seem to shake it off, so trying walking again can't make me do any worse than I'm doing now and may do me some good. There's also an R&B Oldies fundraiser program on PBS tonight that I plan to watch and DANCE to. After asking YOU what helps you, it finally occurred to me to ask MYSELF the same question, and one of the things that quell insatiable hunger for me is dancing.

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well I think walking used t help but I haven't been walking lately because it's to darn hot. I will start again when the temp. drops.

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Do you think you're stuffing down bad feelings with food, too? Anger or anxiety wakes me up, then sweet, milky foods soothe me down again so I can sleep again. I'm aware of being angry in this situation, so it's fairly obvious what I'm doing. I can't responsibly escape contact with the person who makes me feel angry, and you can't beat up or even yell at very old people--not if you want to see yourself as a decent person--so I can't think of any way acceptable to my conscience to either fight or flee. Probably someone who does mindful meditation would be able to cope with such a common situation without eating her way into weight gain. Maybe I should look into that. Because everyone's trapped with something unpleasant that she can't honorably escape, and not everyone eats herself into oblivion in response. How does it work with you, Lil Bird? Is there anything you can do that stops you?

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i understand your situation, i've been eating again at night. I feel comfort with the food. I think I need a shrink

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I had my first serious relapse night before last that I had to spend in the house of a difficult relative who lets me know he's disappointed in how I've turned out. I need to go do this: it's my duty to look after this very old (but mentally- and physically- fit, normal weight, and still a sharp-tongued, put-down artist) family member. But whenever I spend the night there I equip myself with emergency food supplies as if I were going on an expedition deep into the Amazon: 2 candy bars, 2 bags of nuts, cheese and crackers, and, in case things get especially bad, emergency cookies. I see to my relative's needs, and then I proceed to go upstairs and go to bed, waking up repeatedly to polish off my hoard until it's gone, then sleeping through the rest of the night. This time for the unfortunate first time, I even fortified myself with a milkshake on the way there and "there there, my dear"ed myself with a buffet lunch that had cake on the way home. Last night when I was safely home again, I went back to sleeping through the night peacefully. I guess I want to swallow my sweets to make it easier to swallow my anger. I wonder how much I've gained. I wonder how to manage this better next time.

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i just want to know how to stop a bad habit of munching at night

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I have to confess I ate in the night last night for the first time in several months. Its a crazy destructive behavior. However, I'm not going to let it sabotage me this morning. I am back on the spark track. My best to all of you who find this a challenge.

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gg on your losing all that weight I know I lost 30 lb.s on nutrisystem and when I went off I gained that plus 20 more. Now I have to try and lose more. AT night I eat trail mix but I don't ration it.

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Wow, I didn't realize that so many otheres struggled with middle of the night eating too. I'm glad I found this forum. I lost 100 lb. about 5 years ago and maintained a 70 lb. loss but am struggling getting those 30 lb. off again. My binge eating only an occasional problem now but I am a grazer and snacker. It is usually on healthy foods but even too much healthy food can prevent a weight loss or even lead to a gain. I have a sleep problem and wake up 2-5 times a night lately and I use food to try to put myself baack to sleep. First time up may be an apple, then next time some string cheese and next time a yogurt or two or three:(

For a while I was keeping a bottle of something like crystal light on my nightstand and in the frig and that seemed to help. Has anyone else had success with other tactics?

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lol I wish that too then I might be thinner and the same when I sit down and watch tv. and an alarm would go off and say "eat that and you'll be 5 lbs fatter. emoticon

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Hmmm, now how did I know that's what you do before you told me? No mystery: I do it myself, and am just trying to break myself of it. I wish I had one of those obnoxious talking car alarms that would scream in supermarkets every time I approach the ice cream section."Stop! Step away from that ice cream! Now! Do not attempt to bs yourself about why you're buying that ice cream! We're on to you!"

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i buy them for him and I end up eating more than him, so I will not buy any more chips

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Who do you buy chips for, him or you?

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Hi, Gleoria. Tv commercials don't do that to me, it's the sweets and cashews in the house are calling my name. Since I buy the groceries, who else can I blame? I have a plausible reason for buying each thing I lose control of eating. Deep down I have to know I intend to self-sabotage, but don't want to admit it to myself. If I did admit to myself what I'm doing BEFORE I do it, I might not be able to buy and eat whatever it is.

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i ate potato chips last night while my husband was sleeping.I'm bad at night

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I tend to eat at night. I noticed the other night that commercials trigger me to want to go get something from the refrigerator, any commerical.

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I had to fast 14 hours for a lab test. I did it. My personality changed to that of Attila the Hun, seething with hostility, no patience with the lab tech's mistakes. Had the feeling that the 6' 7" guy stuck on the elevator with me was nervous that I might run amok right then and there when the elevator door wouldn't open. I would have found it funny if I hadn't been totally deserted by my sense of humor. One emergency chocolate milkshake later, I was downright mellow and kindly disposed toward my sister and fellow humans, my normal self again. Sigh. I think I might have been throwing an elderly version of a tantrum about being unable to eat last night. So, I wonder whether that means that for this weight loss to work I have to grow up about food? A tall order.

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I know if I could go to bed around 7 I would be okay maybe i would lose weight...lol

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My DH works nights, so after he leaves and I've done all I need to do (clean, start laundry, etc) I find myself in the 'fridge for no reason. So nights are the hardest for me.

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i am very short so everything I eat goes all over not just one place. So when I overeat out of bordome or whatever that's twice as much weight I gain beside the regular eatingI do. emoticon

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Yay! sort of.. good to know we're not alone in this.
I do the same thing. I'll behave myself so well through most of the day and then get home and start fixing a plate of something random and it just builds from there. It's worse at night but I'm not safe during the day either. Really the times I'm most vulnerable to binges are those when I'm by myself, any point of the day. I'll get bored and start snacking and not stop until it's out of hand.

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I know I am fine and then after dinner around 8 I start with apple peanut butter, then chew gum then after that I eat a granola bar and then some fruit I just keep going emoticon

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When I come home from work I'm tired and fix dinner and eat then it seems I'm mindless snacking the rest of the evening until I go to bed. It helps if I stay on my feet and do something (dishes, clean house, etc.) but usually I'm so tired I plop on the couch and watch TV which leads to constant snacking. I must break this habit!

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Yeah, I did notice the more tired I am and later it gets, the more I eat. I do have sleeping issues and I do not deal well with stress though I have gotten somewhat better. I am trying to focus on the things I am accomplishing. Like I haven't had a soda in three day. That's big. I tend to focus on what I haven't done or can't do and that so is not helping me.

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well I just came from my doctor's office for checkup and I do have to get my cholestrol down so maybe that will help me to not eat everthing in sight at night, I hope. emoticon

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Don't feel bad one night i ate 15 fun size kit-kats. I also had 6 bags of cheetos. I was so embarrassed i shoved the wrappers under the couch. I have it some what under control. I do get up every now and then. it is stress related. It takes 21 days to break a bad habit. Try sugar free pudding. It helps for those stressful days.

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I also eat late sometimes around midnight to 3 or 4 in the morning. I have trouble sleeping, so the later I'm awake, the hungrier I get. If I could sleep more I'd be thinner.

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I noticed something last night while I was up all night, wrestling with difficult emotions and not sleeping a wink...I was okay with not binging until about 3 a.m. and then, it was like I went from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde and devoured almost a whole box of chocolate covered granola bars. So, I am inclined to believe that, if I were asleep instead of awake, those bars would still be in the box and the guilt would not be following me around all day.

Anyone else see this trend in their life?

How do we learn to deal with the stressors and emotional issues that propel us to be searching through the kitchen for an emotional fix at 3 a.m.? Issues that may well have been plaguing us since our youth or even before?

How do we face such an obstacle? I am lost.

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