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ERIKASPIES1021 Posts: 296
2/20/14 1:26 P

Thanks everyone for the advice! It's good to know that I'm not alone. I have been working on myself mentally the last few weeks to see if I can figure out what's going on with me. Carbs are completely my downfall. ARCHIMEDESII I think I am going to take your advice. I know I can handle drinking water and adding fruits and vegetables back into my diet so I will try those 2 first and slowly start doing other things to see if that helps. I'm the all or nothing type person so it's going to be an adjustment to add a salad to a burger instead of fries but adding stuff in slowly is something I haven't tried to do in the past. I would always just immediately drop everything and then once I had a "bad" day I would just pick everything pack up. I figured if I had screwed up it wouldn't matter... Thanks again to everyone that gave wonderful advice!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (199,897)
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2/19/14 11:11 A


You can't beat yourself up because you've regained the weight. That is something that has happened to every single member of SP at one time or another. We are all experts at gaining, losing and regaining the weight. Well, that was the past. You can't change the past, but you CAN influence and change the future.

I give all new members and anyone who will listen to me one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

Start with some simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. set some simple goals. Example, if you haven't been eating 6-9 servings of fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't start with an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones. Don't worry about anything else. Just concentrate on those simple goals first.

We've all been or are addicted to food in some way. BUT, you can learn to change your habits, but it's not going to happen overnight. that's why it's important to start with a few simple changes. You have to believe that one small change can change your life.

Now, a little tough love for a moment. when is the last time you had a full physical ? If you regained 70 pounds in the last year, it's time for a full physical. You need to find out your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc... You need to find out if putting on the extra weight has placed a strain on your heart. I know it won't be easy going to the doctor and getting on that scale. but, having a regular physical should be a part of everyone's healthy lifestyle.

So, if you haven't been to the doctor since you regained the weight, it's time to go. And if you do feel like you are eating compulsively, your doctor could refer you to local therapy groups for people struggling with food addiction. If you feel you can't control yourself around food, then maybe it's time to seek a professional opinion.

SKYLARGREY SparkPoints: (9,709)
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2/19/14 9:27 A

I know what you mean- I struggle with the binging! Like STARDUST2K4, I also have no real problems with exercising consistently, it's the eating.

I have noticed that there are some triggers that set me off overeating, and I'm working on finding out if there are anymore. I also look on Spark recipes for good substitutions for food. I have made a list of 'delay' tactics-I will do my nails first, read part of a book first and then see if I still want it. I have rewards for completing a certain number of days on a 'streak'. I have found these really helpful and I would recommend you try the same.

HOWEVER, if you really do feel that the issue is beyond your control, that you can't deal with it yourself, or that there are underlying issues contributing, then yes, see a councilor. You shouldn't feel ashamed, you need to arm yourself with as much information as you can.


STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
2/19/14 1:24 A

You are totally not alone! I too struggle with what I consider food addiction. I use food to cope the same way an alcoholic would turn to the bottle.

In 2011, I was getting counseling, and I was able to lose a lot of weight, but then I got kicked off of my parents' insurance because I turned 26, and though I gained about 20 pounds, and maintained that new weight, I recently gained additional weight and once again am working to lose weight again. Today is only my "day 3" of being back on track with both food and exercising in tandem.

I have never had a problem with exercising consistently, it's the darn food that has always gotten to me. I just use it so much to cope. If you feel you are addicted to food, I would strongly suggest seeking the help of a counselor. It can do wonders.

CHRISTINEBWD Posts: 23,306
2/18/14 8:24 P

Hello ONETEXASCHICK, I haven't been a member for very long but I have had weight issues for quite some time now. I do the same exact thing one say you are doing. I told my doctor that sometimes I binge on foods i really like and he said Can't you binge on celery?". So that is what I keep in the house if I am in mindless eating mood. But my main tip is I know my triggers... I know if I take one bite of Pizza I will eat a lot more than that, Most of my trigger foods are carbs. Pasta, Pizza, potato chips and dip and the list goes on. I have to stay away from these trigger foods most of the time or I will eat too much and gain weight. If I don't get started on them I can usually stay within my calorie range. Do you have any trigger foods? emoticon Christine

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2/18/14 8:01 P


If this is something you truly have no control over then you should benefit from one-on-one face time with a counselor.

You'll be able to work through whatever is holding you back from reaching your goals.

Losing weight might be 80% Nutrition and 20% Exercise. but it's also 100% mental. You have to be in a good place to make change work for you in the long term.

Good luck to you, I hope you find the help you need.

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2/18/14 5:09 P

Generally, if you use a baby steps technique to gradually reduce the poor food choices and replace them with the healthier new ones, you might not have problems is eliminating this issue. Just change things gradually because then it kinda tricks the mind. Perhaps you could start by what you have in your home. If you don't buy it, it isn't there to eat. If this is too difficult to start with, just buy one small package of what you want, and that has to last you a week. Where it comes to the soda, altho' I have never had a problem with it, I find that there are times I DO want it - generally in the summer. What I do is gradually water it down until there is just a small amount of fizz and taste. I use plain Diet Lemonade. Sometimes I will add a very small amount of fruit juice to the water/soda for a slightly different taste. At the moment I am using Ocean Spray Cranberry Light as that small amount of juice - all 5 calories worth, and then just sip on it rather than glugging it down.

When you go out, try asking for a 1/2 meal portion rather than the full-sized meal. Heal they often offer 'child-sized meals' - that would be a great option.

If you still find it really difficult, then you might be better off to talk with your Dr about this and ask for a referral to a Therapist who deals with eating issues.

Good luck,

ERIKASPIES1021 Posts: 296
2/18/14 4:20 P

I can't stop eating and drinking sodas... I have lost 70 pounds using Sparkpeople in the past and have gained it all back in the last year. I know what I need to do and how to do it but I can't seem to get past the eating. I say I'll have one snack and then end up eating half the box. Or we'll go out to eat and I'll plan on eating half of my food and before I know it my plate is gone and I'm eyeballing the dessert menu. I know a lot of you are going to say or at least think everything I already know to do but like I said I can't make myself leave the junk alone. I've thought about going to a counselor but if anyone has any other ideas or something that has worked for you I would definitely appreciate it.

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