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Are You a Compulsive Overeater?

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

1.Do I eat when I’m not hungry, or not eat when my body needs nourishment?
2.Do I go on eating binges for no apparent reason, sometimes eating until I’m stuffed or even feel sick?
3.Do I have feelings of guilt, shame or embarrassment about my weight or the way I eat?
4.Do I eat sensibly in front of others and then make up for it when I am alone?
5.Is my eating affecting my health or the way I live my life?
6.When my emotions are intense—whether positive or negative—do I find myself reaching for food?
7.Do my eating behaviors make me or others unhappy?
8.Have I ever used laxatives, vomiting, diuretics, excessive exercise, diet pills, shots or other medical interventions (including surgery) to try to control my weight?
9.Do I fast or severely restrict my food intake to control my weight?
10.Do I fantasize about how much better life would be if I were a different size or weight?
11.Do I need to chew or have something in my mouth all the time: food, gum, mints, candies or beverages?
12.Have I ever eaten food that is burned, frozen or spoiled; from containers in the grocery store; or out of the garbage?
13.Are there certain foods I can’t stop eating after having the first bite?
14.Have I lost weight with a diet or “period of control” only to be followed by bouts of uncontrolled eating and/or weight gain?
15.Do I spend too much time thinking about food, arguing with myself about whether or what to eat, planning the next diet or exercise cure, or counting calories?

"Have you answered “yes” to several of these questions? If so, it is possible that you have, or are well on your way to having, a compulsive eating or overeating problem."

I found this on the Overeaters Anonymous website. You can see it here..

Overeating/binge eating is something I have been dealing with for awhile. It started in my pregnancies when my blood levels would drop so low and I would just keep eating to keep me going through the day. That was before they knew what was wrong with me. I can say yes to quite a few of these. I joined a few new groups on here. I'm doing some exploring, researching, etc. trying to find inspiration/motivation/help with these issues. I have got to get this under control. It's really disconcerting because to be honest in my young days I experimented with the best of them but was always able to keep my head about me and know when I was playing to close to the flame. I knew when not to go too far with something. It's like my little angel would whisper in my ear, "That's enough now. No more." But this whole food addiction was such a sneak attack. I didn't even see it coming. And it truly is an addiction. It really really is. Probably one of the worse ones you could have because you have to have food to survive. You have to buy food. You have to have food in the house. It's not like cigarettes where you, yes can feel like you're going to go crazy without one, but since you didn't buy any you don't have to have them in your face taunting you.
I'm going to do whatever it takes though. I WILL get this under control. I will get there. I will be ok!
I wish I wish I wish my bum knee would feel better already!! I felt so good about myself and energized going to Zumba. I KNOW that helped me. But since I started watching this baby and since my leg started hurting it's been so hard. I get lonely and frustrated. I can't go out and about like I want to. But by watching her it helps us financially. Which does take the stress off. We don't have to worry about going into the red at the end of the week or month.
OH! It's so frustrating not knowing the answer to solve all the issues. In a year and a half I can take her with me. But good lord, a year and a half?!
Why is it so hard for me to just suck it up and do the videos here?!
I feel like a spoiled child stomping my foot,"Why?! Why?! Why?!" lol!
Why do I overeat?! Why can't I go to Zumba?! Why does my leg/knee still have to bother me?! Why can't they come pick up the baby a little earlier?!
Again, "Why?! Why?! Why?!" lol!

Oh well. pouting time is over. It's time to shake it off and get on with it. I need to jump on this treadmill before this baby comes. Even slow walking is walking. I'll get there! :)

Have a great day!!!

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    I've been attending OA since July, and I have to say, it is making tremendous changes in my life. The thing that popped out at me when I read your post is that you said, "I WILL get this thing under control." But the problem with us compulsive people is that we can't surrender our will, and the third step in all 12-step programs is to turn your will over to a power greater than yourself, whatever it is that you believe in (one atheistic farmer prays to his tractor). Addiction is based on a belief that you are broken and that you need something outside of yourself to "fix" you. I used to be obsessed with self-improvement because I felt unacceptable as I was. My constant self-flagellation made me need to comfort and reward myself with sweets, which led to a vicious cycle.

    I hope you do try out OA; even if there are some people who seemed way too strict for me, I always heard something valuable, and it left me feeling relaxed and serene. You can download speaker podcasts at
    /oa-speakers.html --it's just like going to a meeting!

    I am now improving myself from a place of fun and gentleness and not because I can't bear to be in my own skin. Good luck to you.
    1930 days ago
    Yup thats me! OA is the place for me =)
    1931 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I have also had a problem with binging. However, now I see a therapist for many issues (including binge eating). Good blog to help all of us.
    1931 days ago
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  • ALMOM68
    Good luck with your goals. Hang in there! emoticon
    1931 days ago
    As usual, great blog Sara! You always get me thinking.
    1931 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    I understand your thinking and would like to add you as a friend.
    Please add me too.

    Donna x
    1931 days ago
    Thanks for the information. I answered "yes" to a few of those questions.
    1932 days ago
    Thank you for this blog. I can relate so much to it.

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    1932 days ago
    I've actually been research OA meetings this morning. I know for a fact I have a Binge-Eating mental disorder.
    1932 days ago
    I think a lot of people would answer yes to many of the questions. We are a food and diet obsessed society. One day we are told to eat this diet, the next another one. I think common sense is best. Can you not sneak in a video early in the morning before you start babysitting? Can you take a spinning class instead of Zumba? My hip problems lead to knee pains and when this happens my trainer orders me off of Zumba which involves lateral movements and switches me to Spinning which involves vertical movement and thus is easier on the knees. Yes, I want to stomp my foot because I like Zumba and well spinning is not my favourite. But you know, something is better than nothing. We just have to move our bods somehow. I know you have this girl!
    1932 days ago
    Thank you for writing this!!!
    1932 days ago
    You've done the best possible thing by acknowledging the addiction. It is insidious, but not unbeatable. I think I've been a binge eater my entire life, but being very active kept my weight in check until about 10 years ago. A combination of a desk job, a very difficult relationship and work travel led me to full blown binge eating (followed by anxiety and depression) and I've been self-medicating with food for several years. For this New Year, I took a step back and really took stock of the negative impact of the addiction on my life and body. Now, I'm focused moment to moment on being good to my body and spirit by nourishing myself with healthy foods and exercise. I truly believe that is the answer to healing my life. I know we will both succeed at beating this monster!
    1932 days ago
    Yes, I've struggled with it all my life. But since I got rid of gluten and sugar from my diet, I've been binge-free since November!
    1932 days ago
  • NOE1234
    Thanks for sharing, good things to think about. Try to keep your eye on the prize, your DISNEY CRUISE GOALl, save any overeating you want to do for that. I would just tell myself to stick to a healthy eating plan till the cruise, then (if you want) go all out. Take advantage of all Disney will have to offer (and you know it will be alot). Why waste good money your spending on the cruise and not enjoy it all. By staying on plan you would actually be making the most of your MONEY spent. Make sense?
    Have a magical day!
    1932 days ago
    I agree OA works. I found that weight loss is a gift we get when working the program. It's not about weight as much as it is about change, spirituality, hope. Good luck on your progress.
    1932 days ago
  • 2013VICTORY
    Yes, I am a compulsive overeater. It started when I was a teen, when I went on starvation diets. Thank the Lord I never became anorexic or bulemic. But bingeing keeps me fat.
    1932 days ago
    Thank you for posting this blog, I answered yes to quite a few of those. emoticon
    We all stomp our foot for one reason or another, just don't mess that knee up!
    1932 days ago
    OA is an amazing program!! I am and always will be a compulsive "want to overeater" but no longer a "compulsive overeater". It can be done.
    1932 days ago
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