Welcome! I am a recovering binge eater. If you create your sparkpage I will add you as a friend. If you can try to get a copy of Gillian Riley's book 'Eating Less'. It offers very good insights.
Please consider that maybe you dieted too hard and this led to the bingeing. This time take it slow, work on one thing at a time (for example: eat 5 servings of vegetables per day, or, move your body for at least 30 minutes per day, or, cook a healthy meal at least five times per week) and let that one thing become a steady habit before you tackle another thing. As a binge eater you'd better not focus too much on weight and calories, I suggest not using a calorie tracker but to focus instead on getting grip on your eating behavior and food choices. If you need support feel free to send me a sparkmail.
MORGMCG, being new to the site, have you found your way around much?
If you go to the "COMMUNITY" tab, and under there to "SparkTeams" there is a search field, to use keywords to find teams. Like "Low Carb" or "Swimming" or ....
When you find a team you can join it and it will be under that tab later for quick access. Also have a look at how many members teams have, and how active they are. I hate to kill dead teams, but joining one is not encouraging. Find active teams.
You have gotten some great encouragement. I want to chime in and say you aren't alone. I lost 80 pounds 10 years ago and regained half of it back. I was on a good rhythm to finally get it off earlier this year and got derailed due to a job change.
So, detours happen. you have found a great place. We are here to help and encourage as needed.
Meghan in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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Have you ever sought professional help? The bingers I know were greatly helped by it!
"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." ~ Randy Pausch
"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." ~ Art Turock
"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good." ~ 7 Years in T
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Don't beat yourself up because you regained the weight. That is something that has happened to every single member. We are all experts at gaining, losing and regaining the weight. That was the past. You can't change the past, but you CAN influence and change the future.
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.
What to do ? Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Start by setting some simple goals 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've been sedentary, don't start with an hour of exercise each day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week.
Once you've achieved these goals, do you them again or you set new ones. Setting simple goals will help you to SLOWLY ease into a healthier set of habits.
And when is the last time you had a full physical ? If you haven't been since regaining the weight, I'm going to encourage you to make an appointment to get a physical. You need to know some important numbers like blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc. Because of the weight gain, you could be pre-diabetic. if so, your doctor will give you some guidelines on how to eat.
Also, if you have been binging, your doctor can refer you to a therapist or therapy group.
Binge eating is a complex disorder. Binging isn't about what we're eating. It's about what's eating us. Binging has an emotional component many people don't want to face. However, if you are ready for change, then start by getting a physical. Talk to your doctor and ask them for a referral to a therapy group that deals with binging and eating disorders.
And start educating yourself. Read books. Read articles. Read blogs. the more you learn about binging, the better you'll be able to help yourself.
Take a deep breathe... you'll be fine. but do start slowly and do get an appointment to have a physical. That's where your road to good health starts.
I’m new to spark people, so here is my first post... 4 years ago I lost 70 pounds right before my 21st birthday. Being overweight my whole life and never noticed behind my friends, it was amazing being noticed for the first time ever. I felt confident and healthy. I did things that the Morgan from a year prior would’ve never had the courage to do.
Fast forward a few years, I decided to move away from my home in NJ to NC for a change of scenery. It was great at first until about 10 months ago. I started missing my family terribly and I wasn’t happy with my new roommate, so I started going back to my old ways. I stopped going to the gym and I started binging.. and slowly but surely the pounds started to creep back on. It wasn’t too noticeable at first (of course I could tell, but in pictures it wasn’t noticeable looking back). I started feeling so bad about my 10 lb weight gain that I than started to feed myself more and more. 10 lbs became 20.. 20 lbs became 30.. and so on.
I finally decided to move back home to NJ to be woh my family and friends. It was amazing being back however I couldn’t shake my old ways. The binging continued and now here I am almost 80 pounds heavier. 80 pounds since September (that’s really tough to write). I used to love dressing up and taking pictures because I loved my new body. Now here I am and I can’t stand to look at myself in the mirror. I ran past the mirror anytime I walk past one and I haven’t taken a picture in many months now. I’m tired of feeling sorry for myself and I’m tired of being tired.
And so if there is anybody still reading this, that’s where I need help. Today is the day where I start over. I’m trying to tell myself that it’s ok to fall as long as you pick yourself back up again, but it’s easier said than done. So I’m hoping there is somebody out there who can help motivate me again, and to motivate each other! Because I know that I can do this again, I just need a kickstart and a friend to help me out.