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9/23/08 2:53 P

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Don't feel bad, I fell of and was drug around by the wagon all summer. Due to surgery, then taking the summer off (yes, bad idea). I started with the screw it attitude and gained about 6-7 pounds. I finally got kids in school, back up to health and went to first class in 4 months. I loved being back and if I don't work out, I don't eat well. It's just a fact I'm recognizing in myself. I was shocked to see how much strength I lost these 4 months of laziness, but not surprised. I'm jumping into my full schedule and guarentee that the weight will come off (the inch I gained in hips will again disappear) and have faith that next summer, I won't take off the summer. I've begged the hunny to stop bringing in sweets until I have it under control. I remember it took me 3 weeks to be able to walk by donuts last time so with that sugar craving at an all time high, I'll begin with a new and wonderful day today.

If you don't love yourself....how can you expect others to.


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2/21/08 10:51 P

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ande-
your welcome-I think that emotional eating encompasses a huge area of topics, that it all depends on how each of us view it as to how it pertains to their lives and circumstances.


Ande-I have learned that it doesn't do any good to beat yourself up because either you didn't eat enough or to much. we all have to realize that it is ok to have a treat or a splurge now and then. We just start fresh the next and take it day by day- So in essence allow yourself that Brownie or Cookie or whatever you crave for a treat, just do so in moderation. I hope this helps. Stephenie

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2/21/08 10:31 P

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This has been educational for me. I assumed we all meant the same thing when we talked about falling off the wagon. Surprise! I could not have been more wrong!

For me that phrase means going over my calorie allotment AT ALL. Even 50 calories. Isn't that strange how different we all are? I feel immediate guilt about it and even don't like to get close to the top of my range if possible.

I will have to reevaluate how strict I am being with myself. I think I might be beating myself up just a wee but for not a whole lot. Thanks for all the input!

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2/21/08 10:11 P

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VKKESU-I fully understand, I have a 14yr old-I find that chocolate of any kind works for me on those days-LOL emoticon

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2/21/08 10:00 P

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I think as long as we realize that wagon will always slow down for us we'll be ok. Anytime I have a blow out with my 10 yr old (he's just like me emoticon ) I get so frustrated that the extra food (anything) seems to calm my nerves. It's a bad habit but one I deal with regularly. Just enough calories over to keep me from losing any weight.

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2/21/08 9:13 P

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thank you JKLM-MOM-
it's good to know that I wasn't to off with my thinking.

The nice thing is that Emotional Eating covers a wide range of circumstances and situations(then from the norm everyone automatically thinks of!).



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2/21/08 8:03 P

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Sugarsmom, I agree. What alot of us describe as "falling off the wagon" isn't the huge calorie-ladden binge that some people do from time to time.

My SO, when he falls off the wagon ? Oh my heavens it is impressive. He'll eat 2 large pizzas, followed by a full container of ice cream - and then an hour later he'll be hungry again and he could eat a big bag of Doritos and a dozen cookies. All with a 2 litre bottle of pop. And then be hungry again a couple of hours later.

My falling off the wagon always seemed so small compared to his. Mine was having 3 slices of pizza and a bowl of ice cream.

Maybe it depends on your mentality at the time. Right now, because I am trying so desparately to stay in a "groove", and keep going - if I had a half a cookie, I think that mentally that would feel like I fell off a wagon and broke my leg LOL If I was firmly in that groove and felt I could get back on easily, I could probably eat 2-3 cookies and not really think of it as falling off the wagon. When i'm closer or at my goal, I could eat the 4 slices, 2 cookies, a bowl of ice cream and not think it was falling off the wagon at all - just a treat.

Whatever it is, if it comes at the wrong time, it can feel like the end of all your efforts I suppose. For me the important thing is, once I've "fallen off", to get back on and then look back and ask myself two questions - #1. why did I fall off ? And #2 what can I do so that the next time that happens I don't reach for the cookie or bag of chips.

Might as well learn from my multitude of oopsies :D


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2/21/08 7:41 P

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lilac, your perspective is definitely valid. falling off the wagon means different things to different people. one thing i've learned on sp is that everyone is different. my "falling off" yesterday had to do with being careless. sometimes it means binging. i'm glad you posted what you did. it got me thinking.



Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.--Confucius

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.--Robert Collier


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2/21/08 6:53 P

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Hi Sugarsmom2-
I just saw your posting and thought I would answer your question. I can't speak for everyone here. I can tell you for me that Falling of the wagon means instead of having 1 or 2 brownies/cookies or having a small bowl of ice cream, or a bag of chips in one sitting. I tend over due it. It's like something takes over me and I end up eating the whole container of ice cream, have a sleeve of cookies or have to many brownies. Some of us do this because we are bored, depressed, or stressed. For us(meaning me) it just happens without me realizing. When you do that for years without learning self control or grow up not necessarily being taught you tend to overdue it. It could be 100 calories of more. It is not so much about the calories as it is the emotions involved when eating. Until we can understand and learn healthy habits for those emotions, this is when we fall of the wagon. This is why I am here on this site. At least this is my perspective, please if anyone has anything to add or correct me on please don't hesitate to.

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2/21/08 3:25 P

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i guess i should take my own advice. i was riding on the edge yesterday! i took a tumble out of the wagon, but i learned from my costly mistake, and all seems better today. i ran for the middle of the wagon. i plan to stay there for a while! emoticon



Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.--Confucius

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.--Robert Collier


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2/21/08 2:30 A

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JKLM_MOM - i like what you said about being in the middle of the wagon and not near the edge where you can fall out - thanks for telling me that again!!!

Stay positive and motivated... hugs & kisses, Naomi


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2/20/08 2:34 P

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can i ask a question? when some of you say you fell off the wagon and then you state you ate a few hundred calories more then you should have . are you aware that some people eat or consume more then a lot of us eat in a week?? when they talk of eating out of control they are not speaking of small amounts. if you are eating a few hundred over your daily count it is really not to bad . bad for you i know but you are ok little problem .

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I was thinking some thing funny. As many times as I or all of us have fallen off the wagon its a wonder we have not ended up in the hospital. I can see you trying to put one leg over the reeling as the wagon is moving. But you just can't get up. I guess we will have to draw up a plan and keep working on it. Being here is good way to keep working on it. Take little baby steps until you can get running again.

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2/20/08 2:03 P

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I am always on and off of the wagon. But I always keep on trying and get right back on and start over.

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2/20/08 1:20 P

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Krista, I just posted this on another thread, but it bears repeating so I'll say it again. Praise God for second, third, fourth, and fifth chances...we get as many do overs as we need as long as we don't give up.

I seem to fall off the wagon on a daily basis, but I'm not giving up on my goals. Go back to the starting steps of your sparkplan and focus on doing just one thing every day. Set a goal to exercise for just five minutes. I like to use leslie sansone's walking dvds, she's so positive and motivating that I usually keep going. If you have digital cable, there is an exercise tv on demand channel, ours is free. They have all sorts of workouts on there, ranging from abs and pilates to step and regular aerobics, they even have the carmen electra aerobic strip and girls next door playboy bunny workouts; these are not dirty so you don't have to worry about your kids seeing, but they can be really funny.

Also, try buying an exercise ball. According to an article on sp, ball crunches are the most effective abs exercise. This also might be fun to play with your child.

If you're a reader, there are books that may help you. The Beck diet solution is awesome. It isn't a diet but a way to change the way you think about food and eating. You might want to get this from your library, and purchase if you think it will be helpful.

Hugs, You can do this!!!



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2/20/08 11:04 A

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does the three second rule apply when we fall off the wagon? jk

i find it difficult to get back on the wagon after falling. it usually takes me a few days to get back into the routine. i'm back inside the wagon now. i hope i can stay there. however, i realize i really should move more towards the middle where it's safe rather than sitting on the edge where it's easier to fall off.



Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.--Confucius

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.--Robert Collier


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SWEETREDFISH Posts: 112
2/20/08 9:54 A

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I KNOW YOU CAN BACK ON THE WAGON.. I FALL OFF ON THE WEEKENDS BUT I GET BACK ON THE WAGON ON MON AND IT FEELS GOOD.. I LIKE TO GET 100 CAL PACKS THEY HAVE ALL SORTS AND SEEM TO KEEP ME ON TRACK... GOOD LUCK TO YOU DUST YOURSELF OFF AND GET BACK UP YOU CAN DO IT.....

hope to talk to you soon Have a good day.


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I fell off the wagon yesterday too and have gotten rid of all the tempting leftovers from company last weekend. Something that helps me is "I just have to make it through today." I can do anything for one day. I can exercise. I can stick to my calorie limit. I can ignore those cookies calling me from the freezer. I just have to choose to do it! Tomorrow I can do this for one more day.

We're here for you. We've fallen off and gotten back up too. I think I'm about half and half on good and bad eating days, but half of my days being good is a lot better than it was three weeks ago, so at least it's progress. Keep it up. You'll get there!

Karin

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Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” - Unknown

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2/20/08 9:02 A

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I fell off the wagon yesterday. Luckily for me, it only happened during lunch. It was a training day at my work, and they served Valentino's Pizza for lunch. So, I had 2 pieces of pizza, some lasagna, some pasta dish, and 3 breadsticks. Luckily I hopped back on the wagon for dinner. Today is a new day for all of us! Let's get back on the wagon ladies and gents.

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hi girls
im am doing so bad too. it dont help hubby brings home the junk food. dang. i have to learn to stay away from it all. it is so hard. i have to drink my water and eat my fruit and veggies im doing bad on them too. hope i can get so info from you all. i sure know what some of you are going through it is so hard to eat healthy.

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2/20/08 7:58 A

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I know you can get back on the wagon. The sooner the better. Some times I believe we just have to give our head a shake and ask ourselves "What are we doing" You are still here meaning you still care. You've had your fall now climb up and move on. If you gave up the first time for ex. when learning to walk or skate where would you be. You can only control what you do say or eat and so forth.donna

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2/20/08 5:15 A

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I know you can get back on the wagon!

I'm guessing the people who eat the junk food are living in the same house as you, right ? Which makes it tough. Can you sit down and ask them to limit the days of junk food to one day a week maybe ? Or two to start ?

They obviously care about you, and therefore would want you to be happy and healthy. So, if they'd be willing to only have junk food in the house say 1-2 days a week - max ! Then that's 1-2 days a week that you'd need to find willpower to avoid the food. Or have a small bit. Say 10 chips, or 1/2 slice of pizza.

When that happens to me - usually one day a week - I remember to exercise first thing in the morning, and usually again for a bit in the afternoon. And I weigh myself. That usually gives me a bit more willpower to either avoid the food entirely, or to have a very small amount. Say 1/2 piece of pizza (the slices are big - so say 1 regular size) with a big salad. It's better than blowing it completely. I still feel "a part" of what's going on, my family doesn't feel deprived, and at the end of the day I'm proud of myself and my willpower.

Of course that makes it sound like I've never fallen off the wagon. Nothing could be farther from the truth :D The trick is to climb back on and continue the journey !



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2/20/08 1:02 A

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That was me all last week. I ate and ate... everything I could get my hands on, especially sweets. I was gonna get back on track yesterday, but with the kids home, I just didn't. Well, today, I decided to get up and go to the Y. I actually argued with myself about it awhile. "Stay home and sleep; no, get up and go exercise; why, I'm tired, I need sleep; etc, etc, etc!" Finally, at lunch time I made it to the Y and I feel so much better about myself now. And I stayed within calories today.

I agree with LILACS37, you just gotta take baby steps and get back up. You can't change what you have already done, but tomorrow hasn't happened yet; you still have control over it. Do one thing tomorrow to get yourself back into your routine... take a short walk, anything. Then add to it slowly until you are back "on the wagon."

Good luck!!

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2/20/08 12:52 A

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I know that it isn't easy, but I think doing things in baby steps helps me. I have been w/SP for 2 weeks and I have had my set backs. Today I actually told my daughter that I needed to get back to walking and she was coming with me. I know that for me cookies, brownies, chips are my weaknesses. So if I want chips, I buy the Tostitos Bite Size chips-1 serving is 24 chips. I stop at that and nothing more. I have stocked my fridge with fresh fruits and veggies. I tell myself that if I eat healthier so will my daughter. I also allow myself 1 day to spurlge a little. The great thing is you can have 1 brownie or the serving size of cookies(each pkg differs)you just have to start tracking everything you eat. It is a real eye opener.

Try these few suggestions and don't give up, Baby steps. We are all here to support and motivate each other.

Good luck in your journey.

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I have totally fallen off the weight loss wagon and i dont feel like i can climb back on....what am i supposed to do...i just cant seem to get off my butt and do the workouts and i have people that eat junk food all the time. im so frustrated and i dont know how to deal with this :(

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