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6/10/07 2:30 P

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The only person who can overcome these obstacles is you. If you really want to overcome, you will find a way.

"The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move. . . . Nobody’d be different. The only thing that would be different would be you." -JD Salinger


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BABYPOP's Photo BABYPOP Posts: 825
5/25/07 11:29 A

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Jesus! Did so well for a few days, then had a fight with the boy and hogged down on chips and sweet granola bars.

I am hoping things will be easier/better for me once I graduate next Friday. Will be under so much less stress, and hopefully my personal relationships will go back to *decent*.



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BABYPOP's Photo BABYPOP Posts: 825
5/22/07 7:49 A

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Good thinkin - I believe I did this a lot when I first started - not "binging" per se, but leaving enough calories for night so that I can have a hearty dinner and a snack. Things have gotten so busy at school, I load up with snack-like foods (yogurt, granola, carrots, fruit, popcorn, ramen) all day - most of which is healthy, but still puts me at at least 800 by the end of work/school, and so I try to eat only a few hundred in the evening, leaving me FAMISHED for protein by 10 or so. This happened last night - I ate 2 scoops of low-fat peanut butter and a granola bar. I wanted to keep going, but it left me at about 3 cal. under my upper limit. I'm proud of myself for not saying eff-it and eating more, though!



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5/11/07 9:28 P

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I was actually going through the exact same thing up until about 3 or 4 days ago.
I was staying healthy all day and then binging at night and ruining all my progress.
Someone suggested that I try and save most of my calories until night-time, so that if I was at least going to binge, it wouldn't be so bad.
Even though that made me worry about what would happen to my metabolism, it's worked beautifully, and I am back on track.
Even just seeing my weight go down one pound was enough momentum to get me going again.
So, try to eat very little in the day. Hold off for as long as you can, and when you do go nuts at night, just try and aim for things that you can eat a lot of without building up too many calories.
You'll find something that works.
Best of luck!

 
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5/11/07 12:54 P

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Ziploc I think makes smaller snack sized baggies as opposed to the regular sized sandwich bags. They're great for pre-portioning stuff like granola and almonds (I am addicted to the Blue Diamond Wasabi and Soy Sauce almonds - to die for) and since they're smaller than a traditional sandwich bag, it doesn't look so pitiful to have one serving swimming in this big ole bag.

Offer them what they secretly want and they of course immediately become panic-stricken. ~ Jack Kerouac


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5/10/07 7:09 P

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that is a really good idea with snacks put them in baggies so you dont eat the whole bag why did i never think of that sounds so simple

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BABYPOP's Photo BABYPOP Posts: 825
5/9/07 1:38 P

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Well, I'm pretty bad about when snackables come in the form of a full bag of chips, rice cakes, etc, or granola bars or a whole can of almonds (which aren't necessarily bad, but high-calorie). I need to make a point to go on and put single servings of this stuff in baggies so I don't feel like taking the whole stinking bag/can with me to overeat.

I bring V8 to work every day - good thinking on the snack, b/c I've noticed it does a good job of filling up.



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5/9/07 10:54 A

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Good job on going to bed hungry!

I find it really helps me to not have snackable foods around. No chips, no candy, I keep a 1/4 c measuring cup in the granola bag so I can always dole out one serving. One of my favorite snacks at the moment is V8. One can is 70 cals and full of vegetables so its pretty filling.

Offer them what they secretly want and they of course immediately become panic-stricken. ~ Jack Kerouac


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5/9/07 10:35 A

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It's funny - I *know* the water trick and did it all the time my first month or two on sparks. It worked so well. Why do I choose to ignore the things I know that work for me!?!? I will try to remember to do this from now on...maybe I should make some more motivational notes with this advice on little signs around my bedroom and office/spare room, which is where I get the urge to binge, usually.

Last night, I worked out super hard, made a delicious, large, high-protien salad. It was delicious, I felt great, drank a lot of water. Still, going to bed, I was at 1,511 (my max is 1550) and I wanted a snack. I went and dug around and didn't have fruit or anything (WALMART PRODUCE SUCKS - MOLDS AFTER JUST A FEW DAYS!) and anything else would've set me over my goal. I asked myself if I was *really* that hungry or in need of a snakc, and promptly went to bed without anything. I am so proud of myself for not giving in to emotional/habitual eating.



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5/4/07 4:03 P

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best advice any one every gave me and it really works for me drink 2 glasses of water if you feel hungry if you still feel hungry after that then eat a SMALL high protein food (mine is usually a hot dog)

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VULGARSTEPHANIE Posts: 15
5/4/07 3:01 P

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I'm having the same problem! I am finding I am hungry at night...and often right before bed!

I'm trying to take the healthier approach and snack on a piece of fruit or something but that usually just makes me feel more hungry.

I think I'll try taking some of this advice too! Thanks everyone!

 
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BABYPOP's Photo BABYPOP Posts: 825
5/3/07 10:43 P

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Thank you! I think the 'step back in breathe' is 1) good advice and 2) exactly what I'm lacking lately.

Cannot wait till school is over with. Whew.



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5/3/07 4:23 P

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babypop i feel ya on this one but it sounds like you need to step back and breathe a min. if not you will fall right back into the old habits that got us ALL where we are

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BABYPOP's Photo BABYPOP Posts: 825
5/3/07 9:39 A

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I've hard a hard time lately with school stress, band stress, health issues, family stuff, and other dramarama, so I'm falling back to my old ways. I was right on track last night after having some almonds and a baked sweet potato for dinner. Then later I made a lean pocket, and pigged out on more almonds and potato chips. Grr...



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BABYPOP's Photo BABYPOP Posts: 825
2/16/07 12:26 P

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And again last night, though to a much lesser extent. I really think I won't quit this nonsense until I see the scale stay the same on a weigh-in or go up. GRRR! I am just not trying very hard to stop the INSANITY despite all the wonderful advice I've received. Well today is a new day, and I am on track so far, and I will continue to do so!

I also changed my SP goals - losing 100 lbs in 12 months as opposed to losing 100 lbs in 18 months, so my calorie range is now much lower. I Can do it!!!



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2/15/07 11:37 A

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Just read through the thread, and i think what might help is planning ahead. I am an impulse eater and eat what ever is fast and easy. But i find it is easier to stick to my the diet if i have a plan. then only have the plan foods around. I agree with the whole grain advise as well. That has really helped me eat less calorie dense food.

Oh and when you go over, don't beat yourself up. We have been eating poorly for years, it isn't going to change overnight, or over a year. Stick with it and you will get there.

(I am new so sorry if this is hokey)

 
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BABYPOP's Photo BABYPOP Posts: 825
2/15/07 9:27 A

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I did it again last night. I have been truly lucky to still be losing about 2 lbs. a week steadily even though I've binged at night...Last night, I had 2 or 3 granola bars, split a whole thing of Pringles with the boy, and then SNUCK some veggie crisps into my room - I neared 3,000 calories. I put a sign in my pantry this morning saying BABYPOP! DON'T PIG OUT! I should know better than to even buy that stuff, I think "it won't be so bad if I eat a serving with a sandwich" but then I just use it to go overboard! I feel like a dork having signs around reminding me not to do it, but I hope it helps.



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2/10/07 7:02 P

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It's just like anything else. You have to give yourself time to get used to making all the changes that have been suggested here. Just change one or two habits at a time and give yourself at least a few days to get used to the change. Don't try to do it all at once or you might get too overwhelmed and be compelled to say "f it" again.

I really like the suggestion of adding veggies to store-bought pasta sauces -- if you eat a lot of pasta dinners, that's a great way to make sure you're
getting something other than carbs. Frozen mixed veggies are an awesome thing to keep on hand. I add them to pasta sauce, mac & cheese, and also non-noodley stuff like scrambled eggs. They're so convenient!

A couple of posts ago you said you made a sandwich on light bread, and I'm not sure what's "light" about it, but you might want to try a whole grain bread -- something with fiber. It might add some calories, but the extra fiber will help keep you full and maybe prevent you from more snacking. (If stores around you sell it, I know Roman Meal makes a whole grain bread that isn't made with high fructose corn syrup, which I think is pretty awesome because I can't deal with a lot of extra random sugar in things that don't need it, like bread.)

Another suggestion I read on another board for a dairy desserty snack was low-fat cottage cheese with some instant pudding powder sprinkled into it. I haven't tried it, but it was a nifty idea, and you could probably use plain yogurt just as easily.

Good luck! emoticon

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BABYPOP's Photo BABYPOP Posts: 825
2/10/07 11:46 A

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I did it again. Over 3000 calories yesterday, ALL AFTER I GOT HOME AT 10:00!!! WTF is wrong with me, seriously?



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2/8/07 8:16 P

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Good tips, all!

I just got home from the gym and made myself a turkey sandwich (on light bread with light/fat free condiments/cheese) with a glass of skim milk, and am boiling an egg to have right now. Hope it fills me up, I should still have about 300 calories left if I want to snack later - if I do, hopefully I will pick fruit or yogurt and not something that will send me off the deep end. I also have high fiber cereals so I could do that option too. I have overeaten so many days this week, I really want to stay towards the low end of my calorie goal today.



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DOWNTOWNJB Posts: 26
2/8/07 7:20 P

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You can also try switching to whole wheat noodles. The extra fiber will make you feel fuller. A lot of times I add veggies to a store bought sauce for a quick meal.

"Know your limits,
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2/8/07 4:26 P

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maybe instead of noodles try rice. Brown is best for you but you could have some pilof (sp), yellow, wild grain. just have a portion size, they fill you up more. And if you had noodles make sure you eat some meat (if you eat meat) for the protein! Shrimp is good protein.

Ive been really hungrey lately after 9pm, i think because i have class till 9 or at the gym til. try to eat healthy stuff!!And lots of water. I realize Im doing it so instead of going to buy a candy bar or soemthing dramatic, i eat a bowl of cereios

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2/8/07 12:50 P

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Thank you - I have yogurt and cheese both low fat, I should have gone for that with some fruit! I think my problem with dinner is I'm eating too many carbs/instant noodle dinners that aren't really very hearty but are lots of calories.



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2/8/07 10:46 A

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I'm not sure what you usually have for dinner...You might want to make sure you get enough lean protein and veggies with dinner. That should make you feel more satisfied after the meal.

For an evening snack/dessert, try something with dairy. Maybe lowfat yogurt or cheese.

"Know your limits,
not so you can
honor them, but
so that you can
smash them to pieces
and reach for magnificence."


 
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2/8/07 9:17 A

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I keep going over my calories at night - not eating junk, necessarily, but lots of high fat/protien stuff (i.e., granola, peanut butter). I will eat my dinner and a snack and be within my calories, then just completely say f--- it and go overboard!

I had a problem with this when I first started SP but thought I had kicked the habit - apparently not. What to do?!?!



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