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1/22/13 6:19 P

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I honestly have no idea how the scale is responding because I banished that sucker for a while, but I've been having a little success recently with going back to making exercise crucial, and eating what I want when I'm hungry as long as I stick mainly to a whole foods diet. I've been here long enough to know pretty much how much things "cost" calorie-wise, but it's more important to me right now to listen to my body and get back in the habit of eating when I'm hungry and not eating when I'm not hungry - not trying to fulfill a daily calorie requirement. So the deal is that I'm allowed to eat what I want when I'm hungry as long as it's a whole food and doesn't contain fake sugars or too much "white" - flour, sugar, starch, etc.

I find this makes me more interested in cooking and when I get interested in food and cooking I pay more attention and enjoy it more. So it tends to slow down the mindless eating. We'll see.

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1/22/13 5:54 P

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I could be looking in the mirror reading your struggles! Tv and food are my outlets too. It's a great source of shame, but there it is. I would love an answer on how to plug the hole when you feel like a bottomless pit. I guess we just have to come up with plans to serve as the off switch since we don't seem to have one. One thing that usually helps me is to drink lots of water and be disciplined about measuring it out instead of sitting with the entire bag.

Pookie, you didn't mean you ended the day with only 800 calories, did you? That seems way too low, even if you aren't feeling well.

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1/18/13 2:10 P

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I find that if I can plan ahead and actually STICK to the plan then I'm fine, if I think I can eat something, then track it, eat just whatever, then I start feeling out of control.

I didn't feel like eating yesterday, too ill, then in the evening I really fancied the grapefruit I had, ate them both and even though I only hit about 800 calories I felt weird eating something I instantly WANTED and hadn't planned.

We are weird creatures.

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1/14/13 2:57 P

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I'm with you - if I go off plan, I really go OFF plan. So that's the worst. I haven't figured out how to just eat when I'm hungry - even if that means going over calories, and only eating until I'm full. The problem is that when I get into binge mode, NOTHING fills me. I'm an empty hole and can consume and consume and consume and still be "hungry".

Weird mindset. I'm glad you're doing well though!

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1/14/13 2:47 P

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My problem is that once I slip up a little, its SO easy to get the mind set that nothing else matters, who cares, off I go.... or if I know at the weekend I'm going to eat off plan, then somehow the whole week starts to not matter as, hey I'm going to mess up anyway, why try?

I'm really pleased with myself for having one bit of christmas cake yesterday and then not eating anything else, I stopped at the one treat. Whilst cursing myself and the scales today, blaming the slight increase on the sudden sugar, I am aware it was a win to not just give up and not care.

I'm in a 6 week challenge which includes tracking everything I eat, and I sure are heck do NOT want to have to track a binge episode.

So yes, I'm with you for making a concerted effort to live binge free through whatever means I can find.

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1/4/13 12:51 P

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Anyone else have a binging problem? I do - and it's bad. Seasons like the one we've just come through don't help either because my stomach is all stretched out, and so I'm hungry more often. And I HATE being hungry. I'm actually scared of it. Plus with the stress I'm under, binging just makes me feel good...in the moment. And then I feel bad. It's so terrible.

Anyway - thought maybe confessing to some of these issues and talking through them might help.

Last night I came home from my second 14 hour day at work. I was well within my calorie range, had done really well for the day and had room enough for one 250 calorie snack. But instead of measuring out a small portion of leftover mixed nuts (my nemesis) and sticking to my day, I went to the couch with the Costco sized pail of nuts and ate most of what was left, washed it down with full calorie left-over Italian sodas from my NYE party and then ate a whole sleeve of crackers - also from Costco, also left over from the party.

Those are the facts, no emotion in there at all (I'm trying to not hate myself for this).

So I have 3 issues - the first is stress eating. When I get a moment to myself, I am more likely to binge eat than do anything else. Cause it's what feels best. It feels like I'm taking care of myself and soothing the stress I'm feeling in the process.

The second is problem foods in my house - nuts and crackers are issues for me because I adore them and can eat large quantities of them without feeling it. I have tried ridding everything bad from my house, but you'd be surprised with how little that then leaves me with.

The third issue is that I can't throw anything out. I hate wasting food. I try to give what I can away or not buy it in the first place. I could easily have gotten rid of the nuts or crackers and given them to someone else, but I specifically held on to those. Why? Cause they were marked for a binge WAY ahead of time. And now that they're in my house, I WILL binge on them until they're gone. I don't have the power to throw them out. I don't lie when I say I'm a little bit like Gollum. And "My Precious" is my food.

So the challenge this month is to deal with the stress without binging. I don't have time for much exercise. 14 hour days are likely to me my norm for a couple of months now. And I derive ALL of my stress reduction and relaxing from boob tube and food right now. Nothing else feels as good.

Any ideas? Anyone interested in trying this challenge with me?

"It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not" ~Anonymous

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