Friday, March 27, 2009

I see a pattern in myself that I know others must also see. Each time I travel, or go on a vacation when I return I have severe food issues. Food calls me in, overeating to the point of feeling stuffed , looking for one more food that will fill the void. Anything in the cupboard can go in my mouth and I still don't feel satisfied. Do any of you have this happen?

This is what has happened to me in past weight loss journeys too. I can feel so powerful for months, .and get to a healthy weight. Then I cave in and let myself overeat for days, then weeks, then months, when I am not hungry. It usually starts out with something sugary, then I feel like it's a drive for a drug that I cannot stop. I torment myself with thoughts of trying to stop these urges and do not sleep well, waking up with thoughts of "what can I overeat on today"...

Well, this time I have stopped myself after two days of this overwhelming urge. How did I stop myself You ask? I sat down and made a food menu and vowed to stick to eating only what is on the menu. I know I can plan in some treats and stick to it as long as I have it planned and in moderation. Now that I look back I see that I need to plan my food or that addicting habit of binging takes over again. It's OK to plan, I should not feel bad that I have to plan, it's my only way to stay healthy.

So, my life is back to normal. The plan is in writing and what a relief.



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    Without a food plan, planned ahead, I'd still be a very fat and seriously out of shape guy. Same goes for the workout routine as well. Congrats on identifying the problem and finding the solution. Now all you need to do, is to follow through. I know you can do this!
    4461 days ago
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    I hear ya! I've been known to eat a couple spoons ful of brown sugar if there is nothing sweet in the house! A total sugar addict. It is like a drug. I now plan my meals on the nutrition tracker in the morning and stick to it. If I eat something unexpected during the day, I readjust my plan to make sure I stay within my goal ranges. I also drink a lot of water and chew a lot of gum.

    I don't know if this is true for you, but I have found that if I allow myself to "fudge" just a little, it quickly gets out of control. I either make a plan and follow it or I'm lost. The key is to include something yummy in the plan like a skinny cow fudge bar. That way, I don't feel deprived.

    Good luck with your plan and remember, you aren't the only one. That's why we have SP! emoticon
    4461 days ago
    One of the things I've found really helpful about SparkPeople is planning ahead. If I know I'm going to have dinner out or a dessert later, I put it in my planner at the beginning of the day. Then I can adjust the rest of my day accordingly to fit that in. I had heard of doing that before, but I've never really been good at the whole planning ahead thing, with food or anything else.

    You can do it!
    4461 days ago
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