I'll echo what ARCHIMEDESII wrote, but in different words.
Loosing weight isn't all or nothing. You may have had bad habits, and want to change to good ones. But it is really something that you change gradually not one day to the next.
The problem with wanting a total change is that when you fall off the new path you feel like you've failed, and you haven't. You can get the attitude that "I ate this" so "I might as well eat that" because you have fallen off the new path.
Changing what you eat or do is a moment by moment decision. Just because you ate off plan at lunch does not mean the week (or day) is blown ... like back on track on Monday, after the weekend. No! It is a choice that stands on its own.
Thank you for the replies, definitely a lot to think about! One thing that I can definitely see from reading your responses is I just decided to make ALL the changes at once and I can see how that won't work. I also definitely do the bargaining, even though I know that once I have that treat or whatever, I don't actually feel good about it.
Thanks again for the input, really useful. Now I need to look at how better to plan things :)
Perhaps the problem is you're trying to do too much too soon for your body to handle. Most people tend to be in a panic when they decide they want to lose weight. All they want to know is what is the fastest way to take off the weight. Why eat less and exercise more !!
Well, what really happens is that in an effort to be "good" the person drastically cuts their calories and starts exercising for an hour a day when maybe they've been pretty sedentary. After 2-3 weeks of doing this, they get frustrated. They are hungry, cranky and end up binging. So, no you are not alone. This happens all the time.
What to do ? SLOW DOWN. Instead of trying to change everything at once, start with some simple changes first. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you haven't been exercising, don't start with an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, you do them again or you create new ones.
Setting simple goals can help you to slowly ease into a healthier set of habits. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither were you. If it took you years to pack on the weight, you can't expect the weight to be gone in a few short weeks or months. Losing weight takes time.
So, why start with some simple changes first ? Doing this can help you to slowly ease into a healthier set of habits. Because whatever it is you're doing now, isn't working. Something is causing you to binge and you need to be proactive. You need to sit down and really think about WHY you wanted to eat all that food or not exercising. Here's a simple exercise you can do that could help.
The next time you feel a binge coming on, don't stop it. Let it happen. What you do is get a piece of paper and write out exactly how you feel. Are you angry ? Are you sad ? Are you frustrated ? Are you bored ? Are you upset ? Did you eat something in particular ? Write it all down. Then when the binge is over, look over what you wrote. I think you'll be really surprized.
Writing out your emotions can help you identify triggers. Because some binges do have an emotional element that many people don't think about.
Just a few thoughts, but I would suggest you start with some simple changes. And if you do feel a binge, get ready to write out your emotions. It really can help.
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Sometimes the binges may appear to be 'for no reason' but it may be that your body is trying to get what it needs. Here are some thoughts for you to consider:
* Are you eating plenty of fruit/veges?
* Are you eat a good amount of lean protein .... at least 60g per day?
* Are your carbs from mostly good sources, i.e. fruit/veges and wholegrains?
* Are your fats mostly from good sources, i.e. seeds and nuts, olive oil, avocado, etc.?
* Are there any stressors in your life that you haven't considered?
* When you started on a 'healthy lifestyle journey' did you change a load of things all at once, rather than use baby steps, and just change one or two things until your mind/body had gotten used to the change?
* Do you weigh all of your food for accuracy enter it into the nutrition tracker, to see what is going on nutritionally? This will enable you to tweak your diet as and when needed.
I hope that you are able to identify the reason for the binge and your 'undoing'
I've been here on and off for a long time and in the last couple of months I've been back trying to eat well, exercise etc. However anytime I lose a couple of kg, something happens and I sabotage it and then by the time I'm back on track, it's back to the initial weight. Like this weekend, all going well then the week started well and tonight for no reason I had a massive binge and skipped the exercising, which I'd also skipped yesterday. It's like I sabotage any progress I make..