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Friday, June 02, 2017

Well, I'm pretty chatty when typing...let's see what I have to say?

So far, this weight loss journey has been hard. When I first put in my goal, I must have had some sort of weird weight fluctuation because the next week when I weighed myself after a week of exercise, cutting calories by probably more than half, and drinking 8 cups of water pretty much every day, I was up by 7 pounds. So that made it difficult. Even though I lost two pounds from that, and then another two pounds from that, Spark People doesn't recognize that I've lost weight yet. And that's frustrating. I missed this week's weight in because I was house-sitting, so we'll see what the scale has to say on Sunday. Sunday I also get to measure myself for the first time, so we'll see if there's any progress there.

One thing that I've found I REALLY struggle with is binge eating sweets. They are my downfall. Everything else, I've been pretty good at sticking to with calories and appropriate serving sizes (with a few bumps when I've gone out to eat). But when I'm driving past a grocery store and I decide that nothing sounds better than something sweet, I end up stopping. My downfall lately has been Little Debbie Swiss Rolls. So gross, right? Sugar, plastic, and bleached flour. I'll even spend 20 minutes walking around the store trying to convince myself to buy even just a candy bar so I'm at least portion controlled. Nope. I buy the box of Swiss Rolls and eat 3 servings. Which is roughly something like 600 calories. And I sit there, not hating myself but just questioning whether they were really worth it. Which it isn't.

I'm not one to cut myself off from the foods I like, or beat myself up for going a hundred calories or two over my goal. I'm still eating out at restaurants and eating pizza and pasta and all the yummy "bad" foods. But I'm ordering salad as a side instead of fries, eating half the meal instead of finishing, etc. But when it comes to sweets, it doesn't matter what kind of portion I tell myself I'm having. I can't stop. And I'm hiding it from my partner. Which makes me wonder if its an eating disorder, or really just that I have no self control. Either way, I'm worried its going to keep me from loosing weight, and I'm not sure what to do about it. (Any suggestions are appreciated)

I'm not really sure if this is helpful for anyone else to read. This felt kind of like I was just journalling. But if nothing else, maybe its nice to know someone else is having the same struggles as you. Or maybe its nice to read about struggles that you AREN'T having. Whatever reason you're reading this, I hope that you have a fantastic day, and that you rock whatever goal you're trying to reach.
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Recent Wins: I'm packing lunches every day; I love shrimp which is nice and low on calories; I found out one of my favorite meals (matzoball soup) has less than 200 calories for a RIDICULOUS amount of food; I'm eating breakfasts!

Goal for the next week ending 6/9: Drink the FULL 8 cups of water 5/7 days, figure out new exercise routine by Sunday, and prep at least 2 to-go meals before Monday morning.

Reward planning: Drink water, get a new smaller water bottle with some kind of measuring indicator; prep 2 meals before Monday, go out for lunch on Thursday OR get dinner with my partner 1x during the week (get him to help decide)
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    I think you're going about it all wrong. You need to totally eliminate junk from your diet..only then will the cravings end...kind of like a drug addict
    1209 days ago
    I too could eat whole bag of spice drops mindlessly in front of tv. I found if I eat more protein in am I can resist much better. Also I can't eat dairy and that cuts your choices way down. I just include my sugar in my calorie plan for the day.
    1263 days ago
  • MARGIEB221
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  • no profile photo BONDMANUS2002
    You can do it
    1325 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13683969
    Thanks for sharing. I can relate to sweets problem. I have read that the cravings stop after 30 days without sugar. My partner and I have discussed trying this. You are on the right track and have set good goals. :-)
    1325 days ago
    Sounds like you are on the right track!
    1325 days ago
  • GRACED777
    You're making small steps that will eventually turn into other small steps that will make a difference! Hang in there and keep reading blogs and spark articles. They all help!
    1326 days ago
    Great message
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  • no profile photo PAL127
    Thank you so much for sharing your blog today. This is my first time writing and I thought I was the only one who had a real problem with sweets. I seriously felt like I couldn't even be in the same house with them......so I put it all in the trash! I am doing much better now but will it have to be this way from now on? I started my eating and exercise program four weeks ago and have lost 11 lbs so far. I guess I'll live without the sweets! Thanks again for bringing this issue to light for others and myself.
    1326 days ago
  • JAYWALK123
    Nice writing. I have good days and bad days. Mostly good days. I have found out if I get a sugar attack I will buy only a snack size potion. I do not keep a sugar supply in the house. If I would keep a sweet supply in the house, I would eat the whole supply. I can not have ice cream in the house. I honestly would eat a half gallon within a couple of days. Solution for me if I crave ice cream I will go do DQ for a small cone. Satisfaction made and I don't feel guilty. We can do this. Go Sparkies. Just say no. Thanks for sharing your honesty. ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ˜‡
    1326 days ago
    Thanks for sharing โ—๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸผVery helpful to me. I approach my sweet cravings with the idea that my body wants a nutrient -- protein or fat, or carbohydrates. So, i try an allowed item first, then try to eat a one portion size of the wanted craving. I find I can not keep the temptations in my house . If they are here, I will devour them without having a craving attackโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™€ you will find the solution that works best for youโ—๏ธKeep working the problemโ—๏ธThanks for sharing ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸผKeep Sparking ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™ƒ
    1326 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15029098
    Yup, I binged ate sweets like that and it didn't matter what it was, as long as it was sugar and always when no one was watching. When people were around I ate so healthy they wondered how I can be overweight. I finally kicked it when I treated it like a drug addition. I went cold turkey and even though there was a few slips I kicked it. The only sweet treat that I have is my homemade cookies - made by me so I know what is in them. I am happy as I do treat my need for sweets but my way and without the candy treats such as jelly beans and jujubees. emoticon emoticon
    1326 days ago
    I can relate to the sweets problem. The struggle is real. I, however, cannot handle "just a bit" of something because it sends me into a full-fledged binge. I have to have the attitude of treating it like an addiction. i am, without a doubt, addicted to sugar. It is my downfall. So, if I never eat that first candy bar or bite of pastry, I'm safe. I have lots of healthy alternatives. I've only been at this for a week but the cravings are diminishing and hopefully soon they will be gone and not bothering me anymore. I lost 3.8 lbs. this first week. It wasn't always easy but it also wasn't as hard as I imagined. My biggest battle is with my own mind and my negative self-talk and my unrealistic goals. I'm working on that.
    1327 days ago
    If only we had a magic wand to make all the excess baggage off emoticon
    1327 days ago
    Thank you for posting this. I, too, have been troubled by zoned-out-binges - that's how I found SparkPeople - by googling bingeing. I've found no answers for this, but I found an anti-answer that's been troubling; the author stressed that people always think before they eat, and as an example, he said that the back of your brain is saying, gee I think I'm in the mood for a Little Debbie. I, personally, have never heard those words in my head, but I've sure found myself with lots of empty Cadbury wrappers next to me, wondering how did that happen! So thank you for posting; you are so right, there IS comfort in knowing that I'm not alone. I'm usually too ashamed to journal, because most Blogs I've read don't seem to be as honest as yours, so my blogs are rarely as honest as I'd like.
    Through reducing cals, exercising more, tracking, and participating in Challenges, I lost 70 pounds, and the binges have dwindled down to less frequently and shorter duration. Good Luck to you. You're attitude is GREAT! This, I know, is very true:
    1327 days ago
    when you blog you are channeling with your fingers instead of eating those thoughts...& yes, many of us experience that sweet tooth you have...i like that you are making small steps at a time & don't deprive yourself of any foods...I would just say that portion control is the key to keeping any food triggers at bay, at least for me...b ut then again, everyone is different! Keep working at what works for you & I will drink to your health! WATER THAT IS!!!! emoticon
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    1327 days ago
    I feel your pain. Congrats on setting up a non-food reward system. Fortunately for me, I don't struggle with sweets. Carbs are my downfall. However, portion control is my savior. I cook only the amount I am allowed to have, that's it. Eating out is when I am tested but, like you, I half my food and eat only that. I like this method because I have the second yummy portion to look forward to eating. All we can do is the best that we can. It is a lifestyle change after all and life has a way of throwing curves. I wish you continued success.
    1327 days ago
  • RETAT60
    Reading the successes and struggles of others is very helpful. Thank you for sharing.


    1327 days ago
    I share you pain. I will plan situations that place me in the path of my trigger foods. Working on why I do that. Give yourself lots of praise for short term goals, helps. Use SP helps. Thanks for blogging.
    1327 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your blog--it's candid and refreshing. An excellent blog!
    I have a sweet tooth from hell. It's untenable-once I get started eating sweets, I can't stop can't stop--irrespective of three voices in my head telling me stop (the fourth is laughing out loud), I just lose all sense of self-control. My tactic has been elimination and avoidance. I have eliminated most of the trigger foods from my environment and avoid them when at the market, restaurant, etc. Like you said, it ain't easy--but it's worth when I look at the scale or in the mirror. I wish you the best on your journey.
    1327 days ago
    Thanks so much for writing the blog and I do also have a problem with sweets and I used to be a closet eater. I started getting better since joining SP and sharing my feelings with others. I don't blog like I should, but I am a motivational leader for the Firecrackers, which is a team where I try to lose 5% of my weight within an 8-week period of time. If I don't do well with the healthy habit that is set-up or exercise enough, then I don't help my team, so I have at least maintained my weight during the Spring Challenge and I lost 7 pounds during the Winter Challenge. I am hoping to lose the 5% during the Summer Challenge, which starts June 24th. However you can keep yourself on track is what matters. It takes time and small steps to get where you want to be, so journaling is a great start along with blogging. Believe me when I tell you I have a bad sweet tooth also. I do NOT under any circumstances BUY ICE CREAM OR CHOCOLATE as those are my trigger foods. Now if I really want it, I will go out and have a small ice cream cone or even a candy bar, but I do not buy it or I will eat it until it is gone. I don't know if I have an eating disorder or not, but I think it is just that I like sweets, but you certainly are not alone. Make sure you always eat before going to the grocery store and avoid the candy aisle and try not to walk past the bakery or the ice cream case. I hope this helps you in some way and I think you have made good steps to ultimately reach your goals. It is always good to see how others are doing and how others are feeling and dealing with their problems. Sometimes it helps me just to earn as many spark points as possible and learn from the tips in the articles. Think about joining a Summer Challenge to lose 5% of your weight as it has helped me and I also have made some great friends that I converse with on a regular basis, so that also helps me. I wish I had found a site like this years ago because it is the best site I have ever found to learn how to get healthy and stay that way. At my heaviest, I weighed 262 pounds and this morning, I weighed 178, but I am short so I should weigh about 110, and my goal is to get to at least 135. I am also 69 years old, so it is never too late to lose the weight, but I know I would feel much better today if I had done it when I was younger, so don't give up and just make small changes that you can live with the rest of your life because when you do, then you will be successful. Good luck!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1327 days ago
  • no profile photo BRIARGAL
    Baby steps lead to great things!
    1327 days ago
    It is like journaling, but it's with a little feedback from your friends... a little cheering section called Spark! Seriously, though, many of us read the blogs of others to know we're not alone, to pick ourselves up when we're having a rough patch, to remind ourselves that we have had rough patches ourselves when things are going well... and encourage others that it *will* get better for them, too.

    I, too, blog almost daily. Welcome to the club! emoticon emoticon
    1328 days ago
    Yes, it's helpful to us, but it is very helpful for the writer.
    I blog daily!
    1328 days ago
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