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Battle with Binge Eating! - Starting off Strong

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Today (I'm writing this at midnight on 2/1) is the 2nd day in a row that I haven't binged. Yesterday wasn't so hard because it was the first day and I figured, it's just one day. Also, having eaten so much yesterday my stomach hurt and I felt so disgusting and fed up with myself, day 1 wasn't so hard. I worked yesterday and did some fun errands with my husband after work, so that helped distract me. Plus, I had one of my favorite "good" foods for dinner, which I looked forward to all day, so that helped me stay focused and I felt full enough. Having a "good" but tasty and satisfying dinner to look forward to really helped me keep my eye on the prize and made me feel like I could actually do it (do it meaning resist the urge to binge). Even though it wasn't the beginning of the week and I wouldn't be able to make my weekly exercise goal I still did my Jillian Michael's kettlebell DVD because I'm changing my thinking. I used to think all or nothing, but I realized after reading a response on a post from the message boards that I don't need to be perfect in revamping my habits and give up if I don't do it perfectly, I can make small strides, mess up, fall short of what I expected of myself and it doesn't mean that it doesn't count at all - I'm still making progress and more importantly, I'm revamping my habits. Some is better then nothing. I'm the queen of starting fresh next week if I can't do my entire fitness goal but this time I'm also focused on improving my habits and "starting fresh next week" when I don't do it perfectly is a bad habit. Making improvements and small changes at a time is still good and still counts, even if I didn't do as well as I wanted to.
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    I'm learning the same lessons: 1) take one day at a time and 2) messing up doesn't mean giving up. Keep it up! If one day is even too hard, then go hour by hour.
    1967 days ago
    Good for you! Stay strong!
    1967 days ago
    It's so true that it's NOT all or nothing. I used to think the same way and that I could always "start again tomorrow, or next Monday, or ....) I now know that little changes are the most successful! Take it day by day or moment by moment and YOU will DO it.
    Every time that you make a good choice you are one step closer to healthy. Write it down on a piece of paper and put it in a jar. When you get frustrated or what to binge, open the jar and read all the "good" that you've chosen. This should help you feel better. Hang in there!
    1967 days ago
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