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2/10/10 10:15 A

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I agree with keeping busy.... busy hands cant reach for snacks!

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2/9/10 10:31 P

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wow Mollo.... Well said! One thing though. If I ...
"3. Plan a feeding schedule for yourself".

Should I also schedule a viewing? like at the zoo??

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2/9/10 5:46 P

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Forgive yourself and make today a better day.
Yeah You(!) for committing to a healthier lifestyle for life!!!

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
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2/9/10 1:20 P

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Hi! I'm glad to hear you did well through the Super Bowl!
The name of this post caught my eye, so I had to check it out. All really good advice on here, too.
A couple suggestions:
Limit yourself to one (or 2, if the food you're craving is relatively low-cal) serving(s) at a time of the thing you are craving, then give yourself a minimum of 15 minutes to see if the craving for more passes. And drink some water in that time. I have big-time cravings for salty snacks and find that the "HAVE TO HAVE MORE!!!!!" feeling passes if I give myself a few minutes and drink water to rid myself of the aftertaste.
2. I have to reinforce this idea: DON'T EAT IN FRONT OF THE TV. Let yourself enjoy your food! Eating in front of the boob tube has a way of making us vacuum up our food without even noticing.
3. Plan a feeding schedule for yourself. Divide your calorie allowance into 4 or 5 chunks (if you have 1800 calories, you could try 3 500-cal meals and a 300-cal snack, for instance). Have an idea of how far apart you'll have those meals, and try not to sneak anything in between.
4. If you find yourself feeling guilty while reaching for the snack bag a second (or third, or fourth) time, remind yourself of your goal-- you want a healthy lifestyle, you want to lose weight, and you want to feel good. Assess how you are feeling physically and emotionally. Remind yourself of the progress you have made so far, and that no matter how out of control you may feel you can't binge unless you make the choice to give in. If the chips are talking to you, put them away, take a walk, call a friend, write a poem, punch a pillow... whatever it takes until the feeling passes.
5. Most importantly, keep your cool. Don't get mad at yourself if you lost control-- but do try to still log your calories! Realizing how easy it is to put away 2000 calories in one sitting (I have done this. Many times...) may make you reconsider letting yourself get started on that second serving in the first place.

~BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!~


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2/8/10 6:07 P

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Funny u should mention eggs. Read my blog from yesterday!!

I did real good at the party, 2 chix wings, a few develied eggs a couple brushetta...well, except the 2 bottles of red wine that is.

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2/8/10 5:58 P

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I completely agree with MakeSparksFly's point that you need to forgive yourself. I knew Superbowl Sunday was going to be tough so I decided to not even track the food I ate because I didn't want to feel guilty. That was a bad idea because I snacked for the entire game and probably consumed twice as much food in a few hours as I normally do in an entire day. I woke up this morning determined to make it up to myself. I don't want to carry that guilt of having a very, very unhealthy day. Rather, I want to go forward with the mentality that it was a learning experience: Never assume that I don't need to track my food at a free-range food frenzy.

If you crave salty foods at night try eating a boiled egg (lots of protein!), some veggie-packed soup, or sweet potato fries (I buy these at Costco and they are amazing and relatively healthy). Best of luck!

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2/8/10 11:47 A

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All good ideas. I think not eating at all in front of the TV is an idea that will work real well for me. I love making salsa and only 10 calories per tablespoon so that's a good odea too!
Thanks again!

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2/8/10 11:28 A

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Here's a few more things I can think might help. We've kind of gotten out of the "devouring the bag of chips at night", but we were there. My husband's weakness is still cheetos. You could try any one of these things and see what happens.
1. If it's evening and you still have 800 calories left to eat, that's enough for a meal. Eat another meal instead of trying to fill it with snacks. Go have a bowl of soup. Not only will it be better for you, it will help you fill that empty belly and leave you less likely to want the snacks.
2. Don't eat and watch tv at the same time. If you have to, go to the kitchen to eat a bowl of snacks then back to the tv. You might go back and forth a few times but it will help you see the choice instead of just reaching over and having the bag a foot away. This is how I cut back on smoking 15 years ago. Lighting up was so automatic, I would have a ciggarette lit when the phone rang before I even knew if it was a wrong number. Unconscious bad habit.
3. Try to give yourself a food curfew...like no eating after 9pm.
4. There are other healthy snacks besides carrots and celery. We don't eat them for snacks either. My hubby started with chips and salsa. We found tortilla chips that weren't loaded with fat and salsa that is pretty healthy and he could eat that until the cows came home. It was still better than downing a bag of cheetos.
5. Forgive yourself...a lot if you need to. We eat for many reasons and a lot of them have nothing to do with being hungry. (tired, bored, family habits) If you do one thing better today than yesterday, that's good. If you slip, forgive yourself and get back on.

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2/7/10 12:27 P

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Amen CINCINMORECIN- I'm on it. It's going to be a tough rough today though with superbowl sunday!!

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2/7/10 10:28 A

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I come from a big German family where we do things in a "big" way, so moderation is hard! I have to buy everything pre-packaged in the correct serving size or count out the serving sizes when we buy a large container of something. Binges still happen, but the important thing is getting back on track, forgiving yourself, and moving on. emoticon

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2/7/10 2:39 A

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I have to try to keep that stuff out of the house because I will bring it to the sofa while I'm watching TV! Occasionally I will buy a bag of chips - no big deal, I have a hubby and 3 kids. But recently we had a fund raiser for my son and ended up with about 5 extra bags of chips! Well, I had them in the garage and it wasn't too bad except that I'd get home from work in the morning and here my hubby would've opened a bag! So there they were, calling my name! They are now gone and I don't plan on buying anymore for a while!!!

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2/7/10 12:52 A

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Yes it's just that carrots and celery don't do it 4 me. I keep the snacks that I like to eat to a min. and focus on fruit but I buy stuff for my kid. Lately, I've found the fit and active rice snacks from Aldis are realy good for 60 calories a serving. I like the cheese and the chocolate but not the ranch so much.

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2/6/10 11:08 P

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1. Don't keep too many bad snacks in the house.
2. You could have eaten a lot of carrots to get to your calorie limit; with no guilt. Still munch, just eat better snacks to avoid the guilt.
3. Cravings are usually not about willpower or being weak. Sometimes when a person eats a lot of processed foods, it affects the blood sugar and you then get nasty cravings to get that sugar (processed snacks) fix.

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2/6/10 6:39 P

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Boy, these are all really great suggestions. When I saw the title for this post, I had to come on and check it out because I've been struggling mightily with this myself lately. I was doing so well for so long, and the past month I've found myself reverting back to old ways ago. Argh!! I can say that lately I've been trying something that is a little odd, but it has helped the past couple of days:

When I start getting the urge to attack the fridge, I go upstairs and brush my teeth. I like the clean minty taste in my mouth and it's helped a few times to stop that urge. If I have it really bad, I'll start flossing too...my gums are usually a bit sore so then I don't WANT to eat... emoticon

Great post and great responses!



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2/6/10 5:12 P

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i have found that some things work better for me than others. i go on the computer ( cant use both hands to type and eat at the same time,), take a bubble bath, call some one- it must be a positive and supportive friend, take the dogs for a walk, go to the gym, exercise during tv commercials as this is a time i wander to the frig. this was found by trial and error but these always help. i love to read but found that i do a lot of mindless eating while i read so that is a big no no on a hard to limit myself day. good luck to you

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2/6/10 4:12 P

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I was thinking the list would be good. When this thread is done, I plan to write an action plan on defeating the evil binge!

Thanks for your comments

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2/6/10 3:11 P

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I understand, I have the same problem. On Thursdays I babysit the grandkids and make dinner for their family. I'll start binging in the afternoon and won't be able to get in control, like an alcoholic on a bender! So I was reading some of the modules on this website about identifying problems and developing strategies, and I read that we go for the instant gratification because our minds forget the long range goal, so here's what I did last week:
I figured out a strategy: 1. Increase my cals on Thursday. 2.Track my food. 3. Eat only what I brought with me. 4. Stretch and meditate while while baby is sleeping.
Then I put this list on the kitchen table where I'd see it all day, and for the very first time I didn't get out of control that day! Every time I'd think about binging, I'd look at the list, it kept reminding me of my long-range goal. It felt good not to mess up on a Thursday for once! Hope this helps you...

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2/6/10 2:12 P

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Yes, I'm usually under my calories. It's like the Jays thing with me once I get starteds. sometimes it's better to not even start and just get through the night. I rarely ever, ever struggle during the day even after fighting through cravings the night before. I think I just need to show myself who's boss after 9:00 PM!

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2/6/10 1:17 P

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Try eating an apple to see if that helps with your cravings. It's nice and sweet. Are you within your calorie range or over? Try to only have one serving of what ever you are having.

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2/6/10 1:10 P

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I do all of that stuff during the day. I usually end the day at around 1700 to 1900 calories. I weigh food and track it all and eata lot of fruit and veggies. MY huge weakness is late night snacking. I usually stay up very late and I prefer to sleep in the reclining chair- which is where I watch TV from if I have the time.(I don't watch much TV and only 3 to 4 different favs from the DVR). I crave crunchy salty snacks and keep a lot of lame rice cakes and stuff around and don't buy chips any more but that is when my body wants to gorge.

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2/6/10 1:00 P

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You should try to distract yourself more and only eat in moderation...1 serving. Pick up a hobby and chew gum. Drink lots of water and eat a salad if you have to. You could have 2 salads a day. One at lunch and one at dinner. Hope it helps.

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2/6/10 12:50 P

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I'd been doing great for almost 5 weeks. Seemed super easy and lost weight every single day. A few nights ago, I was about 800 calories under my daily goal and decided to make popcorn for a snack. I use a whirley pop so that I can use only 2 tsp of oil and I use a 3 tbl mix of can't believe it's not- and real butter. The 1/2 cup of unpopped corn makes a very big bowl and I ate the whole thing while watching burn notice (an omen?) and should have been done. I grabbed a box of low fat cheese nips and counted out the 31 cracker serving onto my lap. They quickly disappeared and I counted out another serving and again rolled up the wax bag and set them down next to the chair. When they were gone I decided another 1/2 portion wouldn't kill me and I counted out the 15 additional. Within another minute, the bag was unrolled and the other 16 followed their comrades to hell. After the 5th serving had been consumed, and feeling pissed off, I grabbed the box and scarfed down a couple uncounted handfuls just for good measure. Although, I was back on track the next day and today, I gained 5 lbs back. I know that the weight gain had more to do with the rapid loss than anything but it's still DANG!
What tips can u share that you find successful in avoiding this downfall. Removing the box from the vicinity may have helped but in that particular mood, I probably would have just retrieved it.

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