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5/10/18 6:34 P

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One step backward? Then take two small steps forward. Do a workout. Eat one healthy meal. Go for a walk. Just two small steps ... it can put you right back on track.

Don't beat yourself up. Move on forward ...



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5/9/18 2:46 P

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When I weighed 174 on my very small frame, I was always thinking about food. Always! What was I going to eat for lunch, snacks, dinner, and so forth. I felt like it was a never ending battle. If I had the TV on and saw a commercial for something, I wanted it. How did I stop this?
Sat in the doctor's office and he told me my BMI was in the borderline obese range. I cried. I told him about my mind constantly thinking about food.
He prescribed Phentermine 37.5 for me to take for 8 weeks. He said it would help shut off that area of the brain that keeps me obsessing. It worked. Within a few days, I was able to concentrate on other things.

I came here, and read articles. I went to Diet Doctor website, and read all about eliminating bad carbs. I did. All those cravings were gone within the first week.
I lost an immediate 10 lbs that gave me the strength and incentive to keep at it.

That was a few years ago and I'm now down to 142 and feel great. When I was fat, it literally hurt to exercise (which I hate anyway), however now I walk and swim all the time and don't look at those as exercise, just activities I enjoy.

I will have the occasional chocolate martini or something else that doesn't coincide with my healthy way of eating...low carb and throw in a few keto meals now and then. It doesn't have any effect on my weight whatsoever.

You can get over your obsession with what you'll eat next, I did, and I look and feel a million per cent better.


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5/8/18 2:18 P

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Watch out for the days where you skip a bunch of meals. A terrible habit of mine which kicks in that starvation mode where no weight is coming off. It is hard to remember to stop and fuel your body when you are immersed in activities or working on a special project. Try to always take the time to stop and eat a quick snack or a small meal. This is a tough habit to break, believe me. I'm retired now, but when I was working it was a habit to just blow off lunch and drink a cold drink. I still catch myself doing it. Try prepping snacks and small meals or keep a few healthy frozen meals on hand. Your body will thank you for it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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5/8/18 1:37 P

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We all have days where our brains apparently fall out of our heads and afterward we look back and think "what on earth was I thinking??"

When I'm PMSing, for example, my appetite will sometimes go haywire. I've only recently started paying much, MUCH closer attention to where I am in my cycle in order to mentally prepare myself for that particular time frame. When I know it's coming and I'm prepared, I have a better chance of being more mindful of what I'm eating.

Remember that sugar is ADDICTIVE. There are many studies that prove that it's worse than cocaine.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23719144

If you're suffering from an addiction, that means that you suddenly find yourself reaching for and consuming the addictive substance despite your overall desire to avoid it. You eat the cookie and then *later* look back and say "how the hell did that happen?"

I'm really trying to kick the sugar addiction myself and it's not easy. Lately I've been trying to picture cupcakes and cookies and the like as narcotic vessels. Or when someone says "have a cookie" I think in my head that they're saying "here, have some cocaine"

The best way to combat the sugar roller coaster is abstinence. And that takes time and practice. But the longer you go without eating it, the less you find you crave it. And remember that sugar is hidden in lots of foods where you wouldn't ordinarily think to find it - like pasta sauce.

If you want to tackle the sugar issue, at least, there's a spark challenge/team for it (hopefully this link works):

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/calendar-chall
enge-day.asp?calendar=13&day=1


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5/8/18 11:00 A

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I think we all do this. Still the disappointment is real!

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5/7/18 3:45 P

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I had a day like that yesterday. I think bread is a trigger food, I'd had a sandwich and then everything broke loose. Back on track today.

The past is history, forget about it. New week, new day, new hour, whatever, start fresh and see how much you can accomplish.



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CHANGEMYFOCUS's Photo CHANGEMYFOCUS Posts: 27
5/6/18 7:45 P

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You're right, of course. No one is perfect. Thank you.

Keeping it simple.
Better choices.
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5/6/18 4:04 P



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CHANGEMYFOCUS,

I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

You're not a machine who can eat right 24/7. You're a normal human being with normal human needs. The fact is, there are going to be days you eat more than others. It's going to happen. As long as it doesn't happen every day, you'll be fine.

Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day and neither were you. If it took you years to pack on the weight, it's going to take a long time to get it off.

So, stop beating on yourself because you're not perfect. No one is perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy. Losing weight isn't about learning to make the best choices all the time. It's about learning to make the best choices, most of the time.


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5/6/18 8:41 A

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No idea what makes me cave. No, I wasn't hungry, and after too much, nothing tastes great...but that doesn't stop me. Been down this path many, many times.

What I really want? Freedom from the obsession with food, for food to be a non-issue in my life. It is truly an o.b.s.e.s.s.i.o.n.

But in the meantime, I'm working on telling my gluttonous other self "No!" more often. Some days are diamonds. Yesterday was not. Maybe today will be better.

Thank you for responding. Sometimes I just feel better getting things out of my head and on "paper."

Keeping it simple.
Better choices.
Living today.


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5/5/18 11:33 P

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Pick yourself up. Why did you eat all that sugar? Any idea? Did it taste good? Were you hungry?

Sounds like you've gone down this path before, and judged yourself too.

I'm here to help. What is it your really want? Better health, better self control, ... or ?



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Final weight : 168.2 pounds (July 23, 2013)


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CHANGEMYFOCUS's Photo CHANGEMYFOCUS Posts: 27
5/5/18 10:54 P

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...I'm not even trying. What happens in a person's brain that will make them just not want to stop eating? I was doing so well....then came today. I'll spare you the details, but I'm pretty sure I have enough sugar coursing my veins to energize Manhattan....from Alabama. Do I feel like tomorrow will be better? Not at this point, if I base my future success on my past failures.

Keeping it simple.
Better choices.
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