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The Pause Button - reset your pace to be mindful

I often ask myself "What was I thinking when I ate that?" Well...I wasn't thinking! I didn't want to think, because then I'd have to be accountable! So...I find taking a deep breath resets my pace. When I get frenzied, I start eating. So breathing is my pause button. When I can control my pace, and not let others or circumstances get me in a rush, I can control my choices. Hurry, rushing and overall busyness make for poor choices and stressful lives. Be a human being, not a human doing!

- Submitted by QUELINDA2 11/8/2012 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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averting a binge!

I was having a rough day at work and beginning to fantasize about a binge. Instead, I began washing my hands. It was a wonderful time out for me, the water felt soothing and I felt as if I was literally washing away my urge to binge. I think it's all about, when you're in that emotional moment and thinking that you need food to soothe, you can still get that "time out" in so many other ways, like washing your hands. I quite literally "washed away" the desire to eat out of emotion.

- Submitted by CANDOSUE52 9/27/2012 in Everything Else | 2 Comments
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Get a cup!

If you want to eat something you love, get something about the size of a cup to put it in instead of eating out of the bag. Put in as much as you plan to eat, and put the rest away. That way, 'just one more' will feel unnatural! emoticon

- Submitted by XXBORG 5/5/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Spark through a difficult day

Instead of bingeing or otherwise emotionally overeating, spend some time on the Spark People message boards and reading other members' blogs. It's much harder to stuff your face when you're reading about others' successes and challenges. It helps to put eating in to perspective and of course there are always articles/blogs/posts to remind us of reasons not to and alternatives to binge eating.

- Submitted by FITTINGIN130 6/28/2011 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments
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The Truth About Overeating...

you are NOT addicted to food... you are addicted to the way food makes you feel or a memory associated with it.

Often times we eat because we are bored (something to do), to procrastinate (after I eat this), to celebrate (Let them eat cake!), when we are stressed (chocolate), when we are PMSing (really another type of stress), etc.

We eat because we remember... for instance, most people have happy memories associated with cake (birthdays) and chocolate (boxes of candy)...

- Submitted by RENEEOFARRELL 6/16/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Overeating? Here is how to change your mind...

When we overeat, it is rarely because we are hungry. Instead, we eat to fulfill some other need. Maybe you eat out of boredom or stress, or to comfort yourself... whatever the reason, you are not eating excessive amounts because "the" body needs it... you are over eating because your emotional self does.

Next time you feel the desire to overeat, ask yourself, "What is best for THE body?"

Sometimes changing your mindset is the most important habit :)

- Submitted by RENEEOFARRELL 6/8/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Feeling Weak?

Elastic Arm band emoticon

- Submitted by MEOWYSMILING226 5/12/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Fighting a Strong Food Craving

We all have them--and when we succumb to our food cravings, we often overindulge. It is sometimes a stumbling block that leads us to binge eating, deflated motivation, and problem that can get us off track from reaching our goals.

- Submitted by SPAM1977 5/6/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Stop fridge picking

Fitting a child lock to my frigde helped me controll my binge eating. As i had to stop and think about removing the lock to get into the fridge. This also works on cupbords were other family members keep their snacks as well.

- Submitted by CATH14967 4/20/2011 in Getting Back On Track | 3 Comments
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My secret motivator when I'm tempted to overeat

I discovered this secret recently while setting up for strength training. I use 2 8-lb dumbbells and 2 5-lb dumbbells -- just about the amt of weight I've lost so far.

Well, one morning, I carried all 4 dumbbells in my arms and could barely move. I realized this was what it had been like for me just 10 months ago. I was winded and moving very slowly.

SO...when I'm tempted, I remind myself of where I've been and carry my dumbbells around the house. THAT takes my mind off of the food!

- Submitted by MOM2KATNISS 10/19/2010 in Motivation | 3 Comments
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If you slip up

I have learned the hard way I am in fact well, human. As obvious as that might sound or be many times we as humans do not want to admit we are fallible. I don't care how hard you try to eat right and exercise there will be temptations.

- Submitted by SPEEDRO1015 7/5/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment
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No eating 5 hours before bed

Me not eating 5 hours before bed every night helped me to lose 40lbs in 4 months. When I started eating before bed I gained my weight back. It was hard for me to lose weight when I was eating 5 hours or less before going to sleep.

- Submitted by AJIOTAL 5/12/2010 in Staying Positive | 3 Comments
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Not enough chocolate in the world

There will never be enough chocolate or doritos or pizza or whatever your comfort food of choice is to fix what is hurting you. Once you realize that food is never the answer to your problems, you are one step closer to achieving your weight loss goal.

- Submitted by JENIFROUFROU 4/17/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 6 Comments
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