Geoggeek - sorry if you already do this - but your mail sounded to me like maybe you need to adjust your personal Spark info, so the calories etc take into account your body as it has changed from losing the first load of weight. I keep reminding myself about this necessity - but for me, it most definitely is still wishful thinking.
Don't beat yourself up. A lot of us have struggled and do struggle with the same thing. It takes time and effort and a lot of start overs to change old eating habits. I have started over lots of times but I learn something new each time and it makes me stronger. You will find what works for you. Keep trying .Tomorrow is another day.
I struggle with binge eating in the evening as well and I know how challenging it can be. This week has been really tough for me also in that aspect and I've stumbled a couple of times.I find myself thinking about eating a lot in the evening just because I'm finally relaxed and watching tv. I've been trying to keep the thoughts of getting up to get something to snack on at bay and if I really need something to snack on I go for a smoothie or some green beans or something more healthy and low cal. The smoothies especially are nice because they last a long time. For the most part though, I'm trying to just not snack at night at all because I'm afraid it will send me into my old pattern. Another thing that has helped me is saving the majority of my workout time for the evening, that way I'm working out and getting pretty exhausted. By the time I want to relax, I'm too tired to get up and get a snack anyway lol.
Pounds lost: 49.3
Fitness Minutes: (15,322) Posts: 449 1/23/13 1:17 P
Drink more water for dinner. Your plate should be full of 1/2 vegatables, up your lean protein. Take a walk. Dr. Oz even said the other day that if you need to get your eating under control take a supplement for a limited amount of time.
Everyone has days like that...just get back on track as quickly as possible and don't let yourself feel too guilty about it! Changing old, ingrained habits is hard work and you can't expect yourself to be perfect.
I was also a serious binge eater, especially at night, so I have a few suggestions that have worked for me. First, find something else to do when you feel like eating in the evenings. For me, a nice hot shower is a huge help because afterwards I just want to lay down with a book or some quite music and relax. Maybe this will work for you, or maybe you have something else that makes more sense, but keeping myself busy with something else (cleaning is also useful for me!) tends to make those snacking urges subside after awhile. Second, try drinking a big glass of water or some tea. At the very least you'll probably feel fuller more quickly, even if you do snack.
The other thing I just figured out this week is that I have been working much harder and burning way more calories than the SP tracker was counting. I bought myself a heart rate monitor and found that I was burning as much as 150 calories more in a workout than the generalized SP tracker was counting! And it finally made sense why I was so hungry (and often eating outside my range) a few days a week. If you are doing some serious cardio work and plan on continuing with it, I would highly recommend thinking about picking one up to make sure your body is getting the right amount of calories. It has made all the difference for me the last few days.
I understand completely. I had a bad two days. Stress got to me and I caved. Tomorrow I will be back at work and will try harder. I lose weight so slowly that I get depressed over it.
~ Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Pounds lost: 7.0
Fitness Minutes: (134,769) Posts: 11,307 1/21/13 6:09 P
I know exactly how you feel! I can do the working out thing...it is the nighttime eating thing that I really struggle with...I had one awful week last week, two really good days and then a not so hot SAt or Sun.....I am determined to break this cycle and have a wonderful week. The one thing that is different for me this time is that no matter how long it takes me or how many times I mess up I am NOT giving up! We can do this! If you ever need some support let me know, I'm always looking for a buddy who can help with accountability! :)
Edited by: JEETSA at: 1/21/2013 (01:13)
Jeets :) "whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't, you are absolutely right "
Finished day 4. Hard weekend to stay on track with eating. Had my daughters birthday party. Did well only had a great breakfast and only one small piece of pizza. But I made an awesome cake from scratch, marble with home made butter cream frosting. It took me to my knees! Well it's gone now and I am back on track! Worked out for an hour on my elliptical and did a spark 10min video.
I was the same way until 2 weeks ago. I found an evening snack that I really enjoy (frozen waffle with blueberries) and feels like a real dessert. Now I add it to my tracker every morning. I already added the calories, so I adjust for it. Every night I feel like I have a treat and don't eat afterwards.
current weight: 246.8
Fitness Minutes: (1,779) Posts: 97 1/20/13 11:41 P
My problem is that I eat when I am tired, stressed, lonely, etc. No matter what I eat or how much I eat, I don't feel satisfied because I am not addressing the real issue. I guess the first step is identifying my pattern. Now I just need to acquire the right tools to deal with the underlying emotions that I am trying to fill. I am thinking about joining the stress busting challenge to see if that helps.
Fitness Minutes: (1,779) Posts: 97 1/20/13 11:26 P
I know exactly what you are saying. I am sitting here thinking of things to eat. I tried a bunch of fruit but that is just not getting right now. I thought I should write to you and maybe that would help us both. Best wishes. You can do this!!!!!!
I am really struggling this week. I am doing great with working out, but I have fallen into old patterns of binging in the evenings. Looking for some encouragement as I am feeling guilty and out of control.
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