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ERICADURR Posts: 243
5/10/13 5:23 P

The guilt associated with eating is disordered thinking, and is something I've also battled with. However, someone shouldn't feel GUILTY about eating. You also shouldn't be focused on dieting, but rather, living a lifestyle that is sustainable for the rest of your life. I can't imagine a lifestyle where I can't occasionally have pizza, or a margarita, or any other multitudes of things I like to eat.

Before going further in your journey, you should address your relationship with food and exercise. Exercise shouldn't be a way to punish yourself for eating something that may not be the most healthy option for you. Food shouldn't be something you hate or are constantly competing with. You also shouldn't be consuming less than 1200 calories per day. It's not healthy, nor is it sustainable.

When I looked at your nutrition tracker, I noticed that your days are typically light in protein. I'd suggest eating more protein and healthy fats, supplementing more fresh fruits and veggies into your diet, and also reading up on the breakdowns and recommended levels required for you. Good luck!

5/10/13 12:36 P

If it's true that you often eat less than 1200 calories, you are going to have to get used to having mad binges like that. Your body is trying to save you from starving to death. That's why you felt so compelled to eat they way you did.

If you eat within your range (on the high end if you are exercising regularly), your binges will most likely stop.

Working out "double-hard" will not help you. It will only make your body freak out more.

LISS741 SparkPoints: (27,095)
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5/10/13 10:52 A

We have all been there and done that. Just remember tomorrow is a new day. If I have a bad meal, say lunch time, then I just start over at the next meal. I don't even wait for the next day. It is all about your mindset and remembering that you can't deprive yourself of everything. You can do it!

KO1215 Posts: 1,440
5/10/13 9:23 A

One mishap....does not define you!

CHIRPGIRL SparkPoints: (14,364)
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5/10/13 7:08 A

One takeaway will not derail you! Stay focused and know that you can stay on track and maintain your new, healthy lifestyle. It's not about "never having pizza" again. It's about understanding the factors that contribute to good health for the long term. You'll be fine. Shake it off and stay in the game. emoticon

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (200,064)
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5/10/13 4:59 A


Spark People isn't about deprivation. It's all about moderation and portion control. I can't imagine living a life where I wasn't allowed to eat something because I was worried I'd gain
weight. that's not healthy. The fact is, pizza, fish/chips, soda, chocolate, etc CAN be a part of a healthy lifestyle as long as you are mindful of the portion.

Don't associate food with guilt, that's not healthy either. Food should nourish our bodies. And well, as long as we don't eat it every day, even treats have a place in a healthy diet.

Don't beat yourself up because you ate some pizza and chips. Don't hit the gym to work off those calories. Today, you do your best to eat more healthfully. I hope you don't mind, but I took a peak at your food diary too. I don't know if you're logging accurately or not. If you are, the reason you're having cravings is because you're not eating enough. Drastically cutting your calories will not speed up your weight loss.

Weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle. If you're eating right and getting some regular exercise, the weight will come off on its own.

One thing I would recommend is increasing the amount of fresh fruit and veggies you eat. Add some slices of banana or strawberry to your morning Wheatabix. Have an apple or orange for lunch. Add some slices of tomato to a sandwich. there are lots of ways to add more veggies. Because eating more veggies will also help reduce any food cravings you have. that's because they are loaded with FIBER. Fiber helps keep us full for longer. So, do try to eat more fresh fruit, veggies, whole grain breads, beans, etc...

Remember, this isn't a diet. it's a lifestyle change and change does take time.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (253,866)
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5/10/13 3:29 A

I had a peek at your SparkPage to see when you joined, and then had a peek at your Nutrition Tracker. This is because a lot of people start this journey, boots'n'all and at lightening speed. I am wondering if this description fits you! You are a recent member, but your Nutrition Tracker - if you enter everything - shows that you are often eating well under 1200 calories, and often under 1,000, BUT you frequently do 2 hours of intensive exercise. Be aware that 1200 calories is the recommended MINIMUM for an AVERAGE weight woman who is sedentary. When a person is bigger, and when they are doing exercise, they need to eat more.

This journey should be started with baby steps. Just changing one or two things until your mind/body has gotten used to the changes, and then adding something else to the mix. This applies to exercise and nutrition.

Don't worry about having eaten the take-away. That is done and dusted. This journey isn't about deprivation, starvation, or skipping meals. It is not about under-eating, and it is not about excessive exercising. It is merely one of balance - a HEALTHY balance. No food is forbidden, but rather choose wisely MOST of the time. Use good portion control and with the perceived 'bad' foods, just have them infrequently.

Deprivation will often lead a person to a huge blow-out and often falling off the wagon. Don't let that happen to you!


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 5/10/2013 (05:42)
AMYXGEE SparkPoints: (889)
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5/10/13 3:07 A

I gave into a craving last night and ordered a takeaway. I got a pizza and chips and after I ate it I totally regretted it. I've been doing so well!

On the plus side I didn't enjoy it and I do not like this feeling of regret so I won't be doing it again!

I'll just have to work out double hard today!

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