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5/8/10 12:37 P

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Hi everyone!

I recently joined sparkpeople to help me with some structure as I try to avoid emotional eating. The thing is, I eat well at regular meals and with others, though sometimes a bit more than I need to or perhaps not as good of a choice as I should have chosen.

The troubled eating happens when I'm alone, feeling down, especially at night. I had gone to a nutrionist at my university when I was in grad school, which helped a lot. However, I don't have the money to do that now and I really want to take advantage of some free time(I teach, so summer break) I have coming up to dedicate more time on these issues.

Last night, for example, I had a whole pint of Haagen Daaz. If it weren't for that,it would have been an example of a day that I eat when I'm hungry. WHY??? Why did I feel the need to eat the ENTIRE tub of ice cream?

Alas, I wish I had more time today to write and browse but I need to get going. Perhaps later tonight. This seems like a very supportive group, so I'm looking forward to reading more.

Have a lovely Saturday,
~Chica

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5/7/10 11:34 P

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5/7/10 11:02 P

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emoticon to the team. SP is a emoticon website with a lot of information and so many people who are supportive, encouraging and motivational. Keep logging in, posting and tracking nutrition and fitness.

Take it one day at a time and enjoy the friends and people you will meet.

Good Luck. God Bless.
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5/5/10 6:55 P

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I'm with you on this one, I cannot have chocolate in any quantities in the house as I too would eat the lot when feeling down.
Don't feel guilty about not having it in the house for the family it's not good for them either, and your health is more important than a few chocolate bars.
My 14 yr old son has been extremely supportive since I told him why we don't have it in the house any more.
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5/5/10 8:15 A

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I do agree with Kathy that when I don't have 'temptation' foods in the house I won't go out and buy them on a whim, but whats hard for me with this one is I feel guilty for the rest of my family. I feel like they have to suffer by not having sweets or chips, etc. in the house cuz I will eat them! Maybe I could find stuff that they like but I don't? If that's possible! lol.

It's good to see that I am not the only one and have some support! Looks like a lot of you have made some impressive progress congrats on that.

Jill

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5/4/10 7:51 P

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Welcome to the team, Jill. Yep, I do a lot of exercising too and have a very physically demanding job, but if I eat too much, I gain weight...the food matters!!

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5/4/10 7:42 P

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Welcome to the group! Please visit and post often. I think as you read through others posts and experiences, you will see that what you're doing and feeling isn't all that uncommon, but it can be overcome.


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SparkPeople teams will give you the support and encouragment you need on your weight loss journey. You have come to the best website for that.

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5/4/10 12:58 P

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Hi Jill. You are definitely not alone. Sometimes the stresses of life and being a mom are enough to send you overeating. I can attest to this. It is a daily struggle for me to make healthy choices. My weaknesses are salty crunchy snacks and anything chocolate.

I think for me, I have been focusing on my life and finding a new outlet to blow off steam. I have taken to photographing something once a day that I am grateful for - whether it be a beautiful flower or my children to remind me that life is a journey, not a race to be right or wrong. It helps me find balance and takes my mind off of the negative things in my life. I am here for you to talk anytime. emoticon

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Welcome Jill

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Hello & welcome! :)

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5/4/10 10:38 A

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Hi Jill,

I do the exact same thing and I'm still trying to get to the root of the problem I have with food. My temptations are salty snacks and anything with chocolate on it, but mostly the salty snacks. Give me some Doritos and i think that within that bag is the answer to all of life's problems but guess what, it's not. It's just a bag of air and unhealthy food.

I used to buy the biggest bag of snacks that the grocery store would have and say that i would just eat a serving every night but that didn't happen. I would eat from the bag until i was ill. And I would do this after my daughter had gone to bed because I didn't want her to see me out of control.

So first thing I did on my road to recovery so to speak was admit that at this point in my life I have no control over certain food items so to keep my own sanity, I stopped keeping those items in my house...period. Sometimes it's difficult to walk away from them in the store so i just don't go down the chips isle.

Don't try to prove that you are stronger than the temptation right now just avoid it; it's ok. "Fake it til you make it."

So many of our stories are similar so I know we will figure this thing out. But until we do, the most logical quick fix is to keep your particular temptations out of reach. Good luck!

Kathy

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Hi, My name is Jill, I am 30 years old and have three children. I have always been very active, work out a the gym and love to excersize, however I eat way too much! I have recently looked into what emotional eating is and started reading up on it and now I know how in the world I am overweight. I think I eat to avoid everything I possibly can-like my feelings or a task I would rather put off.

My eating prolbems are embarassing as most of my binges are when no one else is around so they are my little secrets! But I came to spark people because all the books say I need emotional support from others who understand how this feels. Since I'm here I'd like to offer an example of one of my 'oopsies' The other day I bought an 8 pack of mini Hershey bars and planned on eating one each day to satisfy my chocolate cravings. For a reason I'm still working on figuring out I wound up eating the whole thing that very day in one sitting! I could barely even taste the last 5 or so! These are the types of things I need to figure out and get the bottom of. The sad thing is I sorta had a feeling that would happen cuz thats how I've always been.

So, if anyone wants to trade stories, analyze eachother and find better habits together I would love some buddies :)

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