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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The past couple weeks have been so busy with birthdays and the Easter holiday. I ate and ate and ate. Well, now I am trying to find that discipline I used to have BEFORE I let myself indulge. Looking back, I see that two weeks ago I allowed the holidays to pull me into the ditch. Now I am spinning my wheels trying to get out. I start the day out well and then things take a tumble in the late after noon and evening. It isnt even that I am hungry. I eat when I am not hungry. I eat because I have allowed that to be a pathway in my head during certain time of night. I was doing well today too, until lunch. I actually was very hungry. I had a very healthy and filling smoothie but something else inside my head kicked in and I ate a couple pieces of sausage and pepperoni pizza. Totally did NOT need it, was not hungry, but something in my head wanted that and I gave in. Now I am frustrated and trying to figure out WHY I do this. I would like to know what is going on psychologically when this happens. What do I need to do to change? Anyone have any help?? emoticon
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  • LOSINGIT1983
    Don't beat yourself up over it everyone falls sometime, I let Easter and spring break knock me down too. You have to allow yourself a treat sometime,cold turkey takes alot of willpower ( which I lack when it comes to food). Just take it one day at a time!
    1869 days ago
    I think I was having the same problem and I focused on more liquids as well, particularly indulging in CHOCOLATE milk with sugar free syrup.

    OR, do not go cold turkey, have a treat, log it into your calories first thing in the morning and then eat it in the evenings.
    1870 days ago
    Ignore this if it doesn't resonate with you, but here are my thoughts:

    1) Forgive yourself for taking a little time off. That's the past, you're human, and it doesn't matter. It doesn't ruin what you've been trying to do; it just slowed you down by a couple of weeks.

    2) Don't let yourself get hungry! Drink more water, and always have an emergency food item in your purse or bag. When your stomach screams "I'm hungry!" in its best, whiny 2-year-old voice, be able to respond by giving it the almonds, string cheese, apple, or whatever you like best, and calm it down with the reassurance, "Okay, Honey, I hear you. I'm going to get you something else to eat in just a little bit." Then do it. It takes a while, but eventually your body will start to believe that you will take care of it.

    3) I relate to what you're saying about eating self-destructive foods when you're not even hungry. When I've done that in the past, it feels like my subconscious mind thinks that I'm punishing it by not giving it what it loves, and so it sabotages me to let me know that it's in charge; I'm not.

    What feels different about my current attempt to lose weight using SparkPeople is that I'm telling my body again and again that I'm going to feed it better than I ever did before. I'm not punishing it; I'm rewarding it for being such a good body. I'm saving enough calories so that I can have a glass of red wine at the end of the day - something that feels luxurious and very "non-diet" to me. And I have a sack of small Dove pieces of chocolate which only have 44 calories in a piece. Last week I would give myself one piece if I needed it to feel like I'm not depriving myself of the things I love most, and I enjoyed it for as long as I could make it last. So far this week, I haven't even wanted chocolate. I know it's there (assuming my son doesn't eat them!), and I can have a piece if I really want it and want to spend 44 calories on it. I also made guacamole over the weekend and served it with Tostito's baked chips (yes, I counted out 16 chips). But the point is - build in some of your favorites. Don't deprive yourself of what you love most. If pizza is your favorite thing, have one piece (you can freeze the rest in individual pieces) and fill up with a huge salad. Maybe start by saying, "What do I really want today (or this week)?" and then build the rest of the day's/week's meals around that?

    You can do this! Be kind to yourself and hop back in the saddle. Good luck!
    1870 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/11/2013 1:07:25 AM
    It's not psychological, it is your body telling you that you need "bad" food.

    What happens is you give in and you have a soda, sugary treat, or starch and your blood sugar spikes, and then a little while later it crashes. Your body senses the crash and hits you with a craving (hungry or not) and you repeat the cycle.

    You have to get off of the rollercoaster. A little determination & will power will go a long way in fixing the problem Good Luck I know you can do it!

    1870 days ago
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