Chasing the Wagon~

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I'm reliving my lifelong struggle. I fall off the healthy lifestyle wagon and wake up everyday with a "today's a new day" attitude, but keep slipping. I know how it feels to eat healthy and stay active - it's great - and I know how awful it feels when I binge on a bag of chips or cookies.

How do I overcome the carb triggers? Sometimes I feel like I'm out of control and stuff myself until I'm miserable just to finish off whatever it is I'm eating. It's like I'm trying to hide what I'm doing from everyone and I actually sneak out to get ice cream.

It's really embarrassing - even when no one else knows. I'm hoping that by putting this on virtual paper and relieving myself of my "secret" I will stop be ashamed about my double life. I need to start walking the talk and getting my tush in gear.

The doc says I need to exercise almost everyday - I'm barely staying consistent with two a week.

Here's to chasing the wagon and finding my permanent seat.

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    Thanks everyone! It's definitely helpful to hear other stories. I'm definitely going to use some of your tricks.
    1924 days ago
    I have to remind myself many many times a day WHY I want to achieve my goals. It is so easy to let things slip and so hard to do things that I know are good for me, but, face it, my heart isn't in it. I literally have to play a game with myself. I won't watch a favorite DVD series unless I'm on the machine. Can you put a big cheap mirror on or next to your fridge? Or maybe a motivational poster? Keep your eye on the prize. Can you think of a game you can play with yourself? Maybe, no TV until you've done your work-out? Or maybe make it harder: no supper until after your work-out? emoticon
    1927 days ago
    Well, if you figure it out, and can put it in a box, you'll be a millionaire!

    I think it has to do with how we value ourselves.

    I know when I feel good about myself, it's a lot easier to take care of myself, and not get stuck in the 'garbage in' cycle.

    When I'm disappointed in myself, it is SO easy to fall back into default mode and consume.

    Are you tracking everything that goes into your mouth? I find by doing that, I am a lot more accountable and less likely to eat it if I have to report it.

    Good luck. We can do this!
    1927 days ago
    Most of us are on that wagon with you. I know that doesn't fix the problem, maybe just help you to know that you are in great company looking for a way to stop the cycle.

    I quit smoking years ago with nicorette gum. Couldn't do it without it. Took me a year. We don't have that kind of substitute for the things that cause us to binge.

    But fruit has been a good whole food substitute for my donut monster. Have you tried something like that?
    1927 days ago
    Look - just feeling bad about it is the first step. You are trying - and don't forget that fact - just don't give up. I have found that once you start getting into it - once you start seeing the benefits and feeling the benefits - it will be easier. Right now - just promise yourself to do what is best for you - it's the best gift you could give yourself.

    1927 days ago
    I really hear you. Sometimes I'm there chasing right along with you, but there's always someone on board hollering, "RUN!" while they hold out a hand and save us seats. :)

    Truth is power - big ups to you for doing this! emoticon

    We CAN do it, each of us can...all we have to do is change the behaviors that sabotage us for just this one minute...and then the next...


    :) Gail
    1927 days ago
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