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10/18/10 6:52 P

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Wonderful! And you're welcome anytime - this team is very supportive!

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10/18/10 3:18 P

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5 day streak and 7/8 BF :) This board really gave mme the impetus I needed, thank you alll!!!

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10/18/10 12:21 P

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YAY! You were in control and thats what matters most. Keep it up. emoticon

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10/17/10 7:13 P

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Congrats, you did great!
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10/16/10 4:07 P

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way to go spain! one day at a time, you will defeat this thing!




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10/16/10 1:00 P

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I did land up drinking at the party, and when I came home I did make myself something to eat, but this time it was so different. I didn't stuff my face with chocolates and cookies, instead I cooked a bowl of whole wheat pasta with some tuna and ate it, managing not to go over my calories for the day. I think I'm going to consider it binge free, just because at no point of time did I feel out of control, guilty- I may have had slightly more calories than I normally would have, but somehow, this time it was completely different.

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10/15/10 5:07 P

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Hi Spain2012! I think everyone who has already responded gave you some wonderful and useful advice. I'm glad to hear that your spirit has been lifted. Be well, and congrats on Day 2 Binge free (you can get through that party)!
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I have really enjoyed and learned from reading these posts. We are all alike in our binging. A lightbulb went on when I read the suggestion to make something you have to prepare. When there is nothing in the house that appeals to me to binge on, and only things I have to make, I usually pass. SPAIN2012, I am on Day 3 after binging all summer after quitting smoking.

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10/15/10 12:06 P

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These tips are all excellent, and I'm definitely going to try and implement them into my lifestyle. It is so good to be able to talk to all of you who have been/are in similar situations as I, just because I haven't met a single person who seems to be dealing with the same issues I am, and it is a huge weight of my chest to know I am not alone, or a complete failure.

I completely agree with the idea of focusing on remaining binge free rather than trying to diet, but it is just difficult because I'm seeing my ex boyfriend in 3 months (who last saw me 30 pounds lighter) and I don't want to look enormous in front of him. However, I'm aware that trying to diet has only caused the scale to move up, so this would be a much more sensible goal :)

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10/15/10 11:49 A

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should i note that when she says get comfortable, that does NOT mean eat in front of the TV. if you need a couch to feel comfortable, fine, but NO TV. you'll be distracted and only go back for more food. i found that sitting at the kitchen table really helped me to get the sense that i was finished eating and then i could shift my attention to other things.




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10/15/10 11:45 A

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Hello there! I know what it's like to lose weight and regain. Feeling like a failure only made me want to binge more. That is what brought me to this team which has been incredibly helpful. It is important to realize that whatever is in your mind is going to show in your actions, so if you are disgusted and ashamed you are going to punish yourself with food. You have to forgive yourself and honestly believe that you will get through this. Secondly, I think you should shift your focus from weight loss to living binge free. Join the 21 days binge free streak and really focus every day on that one thing. Forget about calories and the scale for those 21 days. Do things that are simpler. Things that I'm sure you did over the summer to lose weight.
1. Water - PLENTY
2. 8 servings of veggies/fruit (this will help you feel more satisfied)Try to have 1 or 2 servings at EVERY meal/snack
And lastly, focus on living binge free. Everyone has their own strategy for this. You will find LOTS of great ideas. This is one of my favorite articles: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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If you feel like you absolutely HAVE to have something to eat... measure out a serving. Choose something you like, try to make it something you have to prepare like a nice sandwich, a bowl of oatmeal with berries, some veggies and hummus or crackers. Put it on a plate, get comfortable and ENJOY it. Eat it slow and taste your food! The problem with binging is that we shovel food in our mouths and the more we've INHALED the worse we feel so we keep going! You shouldnt feel guilt as you're eating. Thats why I suggest forgetting about calories FOR NOW. Just focus on enjoying every bite. Stay strong! Love yourself! emoticon emoticon

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10/15/10 11:45 A

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Good for you, keep your chin up today and don't look back--eat but eat healthy... I would say avoid the alcohol.. it really isn't beneficial for your brain cells anyway
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10/15/10 11:33 A

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Thank you so much everyone, your kind words really helped me when I was feeling down. I've made it through most of day 2, though I have a party to go to tonight, and a couple of drinks is always a trigger for me to binge uncontrollably. I think I'm just going to stick to diet soda tonight, or maybe even give it a miss until I'm a little more confident of my ability to say no. I went grocery shopping today and bought lots of delicious, healthy food, so I look forward to treating my body to all sorts of fresh fruits and veggies the next few days.

Like you all said, I'm just going to focus on being happy, healthy and binge free each day rather that fret about a number on the scale, and eventually I'm certain my body will return to a normal weight :)

Thank you again, your support really made myday.

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10/15/10 11:05 A

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i know the daily struggle to not binge eat. the only advice i can give to you would be to take one day at a time. when you start looking at the big picture things just get overwhelming and only cause yourself more stress and more cravings. also increase your water intake. if you just ate a meal and you have a craving DO NOT GIVE INTO IT. i know it's difficult but get out of the house and do something productive to take your mind off the urge. it will pass it's just a matter of training yourself to find alternative hobbies other than eating. if 3-4 hrs hasnt passed since your last meal then dont eat. replace that urge with water or hot tea or coffee, i found this really helps. i know when i would workout hard one day i found the urge to want to eat more.. for this reason i stopped the extreme sweat sessions and only did what i felt comfortable doing at the time and focused most of my attention on my portion sizes and healthy meals- work on one thing at a time- again, if you try to do everything at once then you're just going to overwhelm yourself and you'll eventually self-sabotage.

if you're a night time eater like i am, then try your hardest to not eat past 8o'clock. i know this seems impossible but if you take your time at dinner and really enjoy it, you'll feel more satisfied with that and not need the extra food in the evening- again, this is a good time for the hot beverage. eventually, about a week or 2 after not eating past a certain time your body will adjust to not wanting to eat so late.

most important, forgive yourself if you don't always do well. EVERYONE screws up from time to time, what matters most is just getting back on the band wagon IMMEDIATELY after and keep going. guilt is one of the worst emotions one can live with, it saps your drive and makes you stress unnecessarily much. affirm that you made a mistake but vow to do better the next day. don't worry so much about the number on the scale, that will take TIME, focus most on how you feel for eating healthier and doing your body good. eventually these acts will add up to dropping the weight.

good luck, we've all been where you have been. be kind to yourself, you WILL overcome this. IT TAKES TIME.




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10/15/10 10:56 A

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First this is something you will fight forever and you need to know that. Second figure out if there is one food that triggers these binges, mine is peanut butter and I become a food shoveling monster! And then you need to figure out the emotions that are causing the binges. Happiness, sadness, boredom, lonliness, pain...wHAT IS IT. Because no matter what you think, there is an emotion there! Good luck and have a great day 2 binge free!

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Hi,
First of all, you have to realize you are NOT alone. I feel the same way, as if I am missing the switch to stop eating.. In any event, please stop yourself from believing you cannot beat this. YOU CAN.. I think hating yourself will not help. You are a worthwhile person, it is not willpower.
I am 41 and still have binges.. Not so bad as in the past but now it is easier to gain weight and it will only get worse as you get older.
I think you should just be positive and take one day at a time. Don't beat yourself up about your past binges.. Just think about the future and being healthy not necessarily just being thin or skinny. maybe 134 was too low for you and your body rebelled. maybe set a goal of healthy eating rather than losing pounds.
Good luck and don't give up.. don't ever give up..

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10/15/10 1:54 A

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Hi everybody!

Alright so I've been struggling with my weight ever since I was 12 (I'm 20 now) and my weight has fluctuated crazily 40 pounds up and down, my body is already completely scared by stretch marks, and I'm sick of this whole battle. This summer, I finally achieved happiness, and I slowly and healthy had completely changed my lifestyle, and dropped to a very happy and attractive 134 pounds. And then it began again. The daily 5,000 calories binges (I'm not exaggerating) and within a few months, I gained all the weight back. I look corpulent now at a 164, just because my face looks swollen, my body bulges disgustingly. I joined spinning classes at the gym, but exercise only made me hungrier and I put on more weight.

Please help me. When I binge I literally hit 5,000-6,000 calories, I just don't stop eating. I don't seem to have a control mechanism or any concept of hunger and satiety, I just stuff myself with sugar and chips etc till I get headaches and my stomach is literally bursting. Please help me. I need control. I need to lose 30 pounds, but first I need to stop bingeing. Yesterday was my first binge free day (I'm trying to make 21 days binge free), Even though I went over my calorie limit, I kept within a healthy range and didn't feel out of control. Today is day 2, and a whole new battle. Please help me :(

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