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11/13/12 2:19 P

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day 5

last night I overate . I had a cup of cereal.went on to have 7 corn chips & cheese
& 1/2 muffin . I wanted more nachos & sure wanted more muffin very rich.
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11/13/12 12:16 P

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Haven't been around for about 5 days and it's taken me a while to catch up on post...so much great work is going on here...I'm so proud of everyone! Wish I had time to reply to everyone...welcome to the newbies!!

I haven't made the best choices in foods the past couple of days, however, am very glad to not have overeaten or binged...feeling pretty good around food as of this streak...

I will be going into town to do a massage, then back home. And...I decided to not call my days 'binge-free' but 'sane eating' to keep a positive spin...don't need to even think (binge) but think (sanity) instead...

Day 7 of sane eating...
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Wishing all a peaceful and sane day with food!

Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.

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Hi all! I've been a member of Sparkpeople for years now and even a member of this team for a while but had never really gotten into the teams before. I do binge and overeat and need help. The people in my life other than my husband just kind of roll their eyes at me when I tell them about this problem and just tell me that it's perfectly fine if I want more food and just don't understand.

Although my husband realizes it is an actual problem, that doesn't stop him from having every sweet and munchy known to man sitting around the house and getting rid of them is not debateable. Due to health concerns I really need to lose weight so I am coming back to Sparkpeople because it really does work. My issue is that I'll use the tracker and be great and lose a lot of weight but suddenly it will shift. If I try to be too perfect it pushes me into bingeing. So new plan- eat whatever I want as long as it is within my nutritional limits. I really find this helps me not go nuts.

If I want some hot wings and french fries then just eat the darn things instead of telling myself they are too fatty or I should have some vegetables with that or it's too many carbs.. ARGH! I'm just gonna eat them. If I talk myself into something healthier but that I don't want then it triggers a scavenger hunt for food in the house and I eat everything trying to satisfy me. As long as I'm not hunting it's pretty easy to ignore the hubby's treats because he at least makes an effort to not have around MY favorite things.

SO- sorry for the long message but yesterday was day 1 and it went great! I was close to binging lastnight but told myself what I had left to eat in the day and stuck to my plan. Now on to Day 2!

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11/13/12 11:03 A

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Just had breakfast and now I won't eat again until after 12 pm.

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After posting last night, I ended up getting snacky and ate (yes, I counted) 100 pistacios. I wanted SO MUCH MORE though, but sat and pouted while I watched a couple of Alias episodes. I forced myself to not get up from the couch to see what else I could grab, already knowing what was there and wanting it all that much more. I think I need to toss the "snacky" types of foods and not have things around. They're not safe.

So....all in all, I stopped a binge, though because of my indulgence I went over my calories for the day. I guess I should look at it only in the light of that I STOPPED A BINGE....right?

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11/13/12 10:12 A

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yay Free! you can do it!

day 2, good day yesterday. While part of me feels like this is "cheating" on this forum, I do think my new meds (my dose got upped just a few days ago) make me less hungry. The problem is making sure I only eat when hungry! Like last night I was hungry around 5:45 and had to go to a job training (didn't know how long it would be) so had a substantial snack (open faced turkey sandwich - one 1 slice of bread) but still felt like I needed dinner later (at like 9:30) even though I wasn't really hungry/almost didn't feel like it - but I knew how many calories I had eaten for the day (not a lot!) and didn't feel that I had "had dinner" yet. meh, I had a healthy/not huge dinner followed by 2 squares of chocolate and was totally full and satisfied (and still pretty low on the cal count)

Igossels - yep, it certainly varies. I actually seem to have fallen OFF wheat thins recently. Fingers crossed it stays that way, haha. I've done ok at decriminalizing peanut butter too (it's still played a part in some binges but better than it used to be) - I definitely agree that if I know I can have it another time / in reasonable portions I am less likely to shovel spoonfuls into my mouth. Tonight I'm going to this benefit for a charity my dad works with. Saying right here, right now that I will not eat or drink too much even though it's all going to be fancy and free (for me) !

keep on truckin' Terra - and while I agree too that it's the mindset that is a problem, I also agree with Snap that maybe you can allow yourself to feel a little less bad since you are binging on healthy foods, haha (and then this in turn can help your mindset? I don't know.)

yay Tawney - good attitude!

and congrats Jol1key - enjoy your trip!

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11/13/12 8:44 A

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Jol enjoy your trip!!!!
Terra I agree a binge is a binge....however I recently discovered the power of giving myself credit for what I do right. I used to roll my eyes about this suggestion but found it is helpful and changes my attitude. I think it's an improvement to binge on pickles, veggies and hard boiled eggs, no? I am sure the sodium overload doesn't feel good but imagine if it were a sugar and fat binge! I do know about having a sore jaw!!!! It takes a few days to go away since I can't completely rest it lol. I ate some unplanned broccoli and did stop because I was just sick of chewing it. I really wanted some more mash potato though, so broccoli wasnt a bad choice.
I can't expect to be perfect overnight, or even in a few months. I have had these habits most my life.
Another thing I did yesterday is not weigh myself. I am trying to go the rest of the year without weighing myself but can't seem to stop.

Have a great day everyone!!!!!!

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I finished 21 days!!!! emoticon Yippee!!!
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Working on Day #1!!
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"Exercise 20 minutes before breakfast for 4 days" Daily reward is to do a kirigami. 4 day reward is foot massage.
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"4 times to YMCA over the week (11/11 - 11/17). Doesn't matter when or what I do, but if I physically get there 4 times this week I'll get my reward." Reward for each time is to do soap bubbles and get a nice emoticon here. Reward for completing 4 days in the week is $10 towards bigger gift
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"Any combination of exercise which burns 400*4 = 1600 calories over 4 days" Daily reward if I do any towards it is to burn a candle. 4 day reward is $5 lotto tickets
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"Eating one: Curtail eating nuts for 4 days (can have nuts in a recipe or in nut butters) and one meal is low carbohydrate (starch vegetables okay) and no cheese Monday or Wednesday" Daily reward is to get a flower emoticon here and do an origami. 4 day reward is $10 towards bigger gift.
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"5 Quickfire exercises or YMCA resistance each day, plus stability ball for back" Daily reward is to pop bubblewrap and get a cute emoticon here. 4 day reward is flower on computer desktop and SP profile.
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I'm sorry all, but I haven't been able to spend much time making comments. I am reading and I'm very proud of all of you! You are not giving up and that is what counts.

I'm packing for a one week trip out of the country this Friday. As always, I'm a little nervous about the food, but typically I exercise a lot and when I'm with my husband, I don't binge. I may overeat, but don't binge. Normally, I just leave SP and all the tracking for the week, but I may continue with the photographing of what I eat, before I eat it. We'll see!

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Day 11
I made a mistake yesterday and in the end it will cost me about $100 extra for out trip. This is not a serious mistake. In the past I certainly would have eaten over it - I resisted yesterday. I have to let the mistake go - it is not that big a deal - I won't let it get me off track. It is all in my head.
Have a great day everyone!
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11/13/12 5:50 A

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It's been a few days since I've checked in and since then I've had some binges. I've just been so stressed since the midterms and now we are doing our finals...
So much to do! And when I'm tired and I'm in the room but I have things to do it's really comforting to go into the kitchen and munch and munch and munch...and then I regret it and I don't feel well enough to be productive...and then I feel worse :(

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11/13/12 4:37 A

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*deep breath*
*sigh*

The morning after...

After posting here, I went on eating whatever was available in the fridge. Then I took a step to stop the binge and started chewing gums.

On one hand, I ended up eating 1 hard boiled egg, half a jar of sour pickles (it was a small jar, but Oh the sodium! emoticon ), and 4 cups of raw cauliflowers. Then I chewed about 10 sweetened and flavored gums. This cost me a ridiculous 250-300 cals and I remained well within my range.

On the other hand... The behaviour bothers me so much! If I felt hungry, or I felt like snacking and prepared what I ate as a snack plate beforehand, or even if I just grazed on them while watching or reading something, I would have discarded this as harmless snacking. But it was none of that. It was spiteful eating emoticon . It was as if I was trying to punish someone. I ate so forcefully that it was tiring. And even after I started chewing gums, I chewed them so aggressively that my jaws still hurt this morning. I was totally out of control, and the only reason I haven't binged on thousands of calories worth of pasta and chips and chocolate is that they weren't available. But is that really a good excuse? What if I was at my BF's or parents'?

This article www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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seems to suggest that it's ok to binge on healthy food, but it doesn't change that my stomach and jaws hurt, that I feel fatigued as I always do after a binge, and it certainly didn't stop me having my signature "post-binge panic attack" this morning.

So my final verdict is, what I ate doesn't bother me, but the way I behaved does. It's the kind of mindset that I need to learn to avoid or to cope with. So here it goes.

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11/13/12 1:45 A

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Went out to a meat restaurant to celebrate my Aunts 70th. My sister in-law who introduced me to Atkins is now on WW so she was counting points. My Mum was also careful with what she ate and shared dessert with one on my sisters.

I said I was vegetarian for now as I'm trying to rid my body of toxins and since I was vegetarian for many years it did't phase anyone and no one tried to push food on to me. The salad platter i chose was not the best choice as the food was not that good. Dessert was fruit salad for me. I tasted my brother's tropical crumble and it was good but did not make me want to have more. When I got home I didn't feel deprived at all and didn't head for the fridge.

We bought good chocolate for the weekend. There is a box for the adults which is 100 grams of thin sheets of chocolate. A box for my kids also only 100 grams. We are still not sure if we will keep it as chocolate or add it to our ice-cream. Just knowing that I can anything I want whenever I want is such a relief and a binge stopper.

Snapdragon good for you.

Thesaurus I so understand what you mean. The same food that trigger a binge for me one day can lie dormant in my fridge for weeks. I have 3 bars of open chocolate in my fridge. No idea how we ended up with 3 bars (before we bought the great quality ones) but both hubby and I are enjoying a piece or two every now and then. We used to be able to devour a bar in an evening and then say oops.

BTW Gould calls it eating trance It's like you want everything else to just go away and while you are eating you are enjoying not facing up to what is bothering you the problem is that the weight and bloating make you feel worse and it's a vicious cycle.

Camel good for you! you can do it.

Done my Insanity and plan to do some other form of exercise later in the day. We have a 5km walkathon on Friday and not one of us has practiced the route. I sure hope my hubby is up to it. I promised I would walk at his speed.


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11/12/12 10:10 P

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Had a wild weekend food wise, not quite a binge though. Good day today. Not perfect but good the main thing is I stuck with one plate at dinner and did not pick or add to my plate. I feel good about this. I have the urge to raid my kitchen but won't. It's not horribly strong. Will take a hot bath and watch tv and go to bed.

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11/12/12 9:53 P

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Holy Christmas ..... I made it through Day 4 :)
How is this possible?! No, really, how?!
No idea, but I'm hoping it sticks this time!!

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11/12/12 9:17 P

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Towards the end of day 1. Let my emotions get the best of me last night when I was feeling cranky for no reason :/

Camel - right there with you! It's like, well "I've heard all this before" - but sometimes you get new things, or hear old things in new ways - and of course, there is so much advice that we hear and don't actually implement! Listening to someone else's experience can help inspire us to do that I think.

Feb - happens to the best of us!

Turtle - congrats!

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11/12/12 8:32 P

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Had a delicious supper and now I won't eat again until tomorrow.

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11/12/12 5:37 P

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Day 1 done, quite uneventful. Didn't feel like bingeing?? Just like that after days of it - must be still full!!! Anyway I am sure everyday won't be this easy but I will take the easy ones when they come. I just need to stop giving myself permission to binge!

Congrats BURNIN-UPTURTLE on losing 30lbs!

TERRAMATER - hang in there. I too binge on anything available but is far better that it is on healthy food and not junk. I too keep the junk out of the house, my kids don't need it either. I do allow them treats when we go out but at least then it is only one thing.

Edited by: CAMAEL100 at: 11/12/2012 (17:38)
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11/12/12 4:22 P

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I'm slipping. I'm disappointed and frustrated, and I'm taking it out of food. Luckily I live alone and there aren't any real binge food at home, so I end up gobbling down some healthy food. Take that hard boiled egg, for example. By the time I realized what I was doing, I had devoured more than half of it, and I don't even remember chewing it. Same goes for the sour pickles I ate out of the jar. What am I doing??? I have to stop this now!


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11/12/12 3:53 P

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day 4

I almost caved in last night . its most of the time at night. sweets . I finally talked
my self out of it. self talk works for me . as long I keep it up until the urge goes away .

good luck every body for today and this evening

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11/12/12 1:01 P

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Day-10 for me. It is official have lost 30 pounds with Spark People emoticon emoticon
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11/12/12 12:46 P

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Day 10
Today is a wonderful day off. I have some things on my to do list but one of them is relaxation

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Working on Day #21!!
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New 4 day wins:

"Exercise 20 minutes before breakfast for 4 days" Daily reward is to do a kirigami. 4 day reward is TBD.
Monday -
Tuesday -
Wednesday -
Thursday -

"4 times to YMCA over the week (11/11 - 11/17). Doesn't matter when or what I do, but if I physically get there 4 times this week I'll get my reward." Reward for each time is to do soap bubbles and get a nice emoticon here. Reward for completing 4 days in the week is $10 towards bigger gift
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"Any combination of exercise which burns 400*4 = 1600 calories over 4 days" Daily reward if I do any towards it is to burn a candle. 4 day reward is $5 lotto tickets
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Monday -
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"Eating one: Curtail eating nuts for 4 days (can have nuts in a recipe or in nut butters) and one meal is low carbohydrate (starch vegetables okay) and no cheese Monday or Wednesday" Daily reward is to get a flower emoticon here and do an origami. 4 day reward is $10 towards bigger gift.
Monday -
Tuesday -
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"5 Quickfire exercises or YMCA resistance each day, plus stability ball for back" Daily reward is to pop bubblewrap and get a cute emoticon here. 4 day reward is flower on computer desktop and SP profile.
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dog agility tunnel
foot massage
go to a movie during the day
$5 lotto tickets
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I think I binged Friday night but I was so drunk that I don't remember:( WAY too much wine!! I'm just gonna call this Day #2 emoticon

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Day 17! emoticon
I overate yesterday, but it wasn't a binge. It was genuine hunger, so I hereby forgive myself for that extra banana.

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THEASAURUS Ė Your comment about thinking of coming on here and asking for advice resonated with me. Sometimes I think about doing that but it is like I know what all the advice is but I am going to do this anyway. It is like giving myself permission! So I then think is any of this advice going to work? But the answer is that all these Ďtricksí are working more often! So I am getting somewhere, just not as fast as I would like. I am stopping lots of binging so I need to keep the ones that Ďslip iní in perspective. I think it was snapdragon that said last week that though she hadnít lost a huge amount of weight that she had come a long way in other ways. I suppose that is how I feel as well.

I do struggle with understanding why I have days where I just feel the need to eat continuously! There is no logic for it and it is hard not to think of myself as stupid for want of a better word! (Not looking for sympathy just writing how I feel in the hopes that somehow this emoticon will be the last!!!

Thanks 50BYEFIFTY for the encouragement and you are an inspiration that it can be done!

IGOSSELS Ė I agree with your thoughts on dieting. Restricting anything just leads to craving it!


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Freetownder well done
50befit you are doing so great. Proud of you.
Jolly - you finished your streak happy to hear that
Joy - where are you? Hope you are recovering and that you will return soon
Oolala - thanks for introducing me to No S. I just finished reading French women don't diet and I think I now know what I really need to do. I spoke with hubby the other day and we kind of went through the times I lost weight without dieting and it really was because I didn't restrict myself ever. I didn't say oh I must lose weight I can't have but on the other hand I didn't finish bars of chocolate. Yesterday i finished eating my 3 meals and later when i had a cup of cocoa with sweetener I had 2 pieces of lindt 70% chocolate. Not only didn't I binge after that (although I was tempted to say WTH and do just that), half an hour later when hubby took some and offered me I said I had my share. I really didn't feel I needed it.

This is what I think I need to do. I need to eat 3 meals a day. If I feel like seconds thirds, 2 course meals etc I will have them. I usually don't eat processed foods, and cook everything myself. Each day I will allow myself a treat after supper. This treat can be anything I fancy just so that I don't feel at the weekend that I have to eat everything under the sun.

I don't have to have the treat but I can if I want.

I also want to add in extra exercise in the evening and I want to start working on a short visionary movie.

I'm working through the Gould and Beck books. Since the Beck book says pick a diet I think I should just write down the rules. These are rules I could live with forever not for a short period.

Day 6 done. Got to get going. Did my insanity this morning now on to breakfast as the weather is so miserable I will have porridge with fruits and nuts. It's my comfort food ;-). At least working from home means I don't need to drive in this weather.


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Eat Positively
Exercise daily (that one is already achieved)
Experiment with 3-5 meals a day
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Day 3! *fingers crossed* I can keep this up!!

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Congrats 50 on your streak !
I just about blew it last evening but was able to talk myself out of it. Yesterday i was able to wear a pair of jeans that I have been out of for awhile and that felt really good.
Keep up the good work everyone - one choice at a time.

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Free-glad to see you here and emoticon on two days

Theasaurus-check out the vision board I have about in my photos on my Spark page, hope it gives you ideas

Day-9 I am on a roll now emoticon

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Craziness never stopps, I hate it and I'm not having a good day. I've been depressed all day. I don't even know why. I planned to just check in, not depress everyone, so I'll just let you know I still love my job and not so much anything else. So we'll just leave it at that. Hope everyone else is having a better day.

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Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

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Thanks Free! Writing out goals somewhere is a good idea. Though when I really think about it I have a problem phrasing my goals in a positive way. Yes I want to "feel good about myself" and things like that, but those words don't really do it for me because in the back of my mind I know it means "I want to lose 20 pounds" etc.

Honestly, I don't keep trigger foods around either! Well, at the moment I have some holey donuts (across the hall! - my dad has an office there so I sometimes keep more "dangerous" foods out of reach... though actually maybe I should move them back as lately I've been going there because being in THAT kitchen hopefully won't wake my parents!) ... that's the other thing, I live with my parents so I can't fully control the foods we keep in the house, though we really don't keep too many "trigger" foods around - because of that I tend to end up binging on cereal and stuff. (and I'm certainly not buying holey donuts again but I can't bring myself to just toss them :/)

50 - thanks - we can all learn from and support each other :)

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Great Profile Pic, free to wander!! And welcome!! We sure have an amazing group of folks working together on this thread!!!
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JOL1- Day 21 here you come, So Happy for you!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Camael-Saw your post about starting today, You have wonderful ideas and energies and you seem closer than you may think to starting a long binge free streak!! emoticon

Thesaurus- Great Post and wisdom about eating too many calories and binging, makes so much sense! emoticon

Tawney- DAY 8, WHOO, WHOO, You go girl!!!! emoticon

Snap Dragon and Turtle, I am totally rooting for you, even in setbacks we are learning so much about how to be healthy in the long run, the information we are learning is vital. Wishing you the best and know you have my support!! emoticon

June Monkey- What an excellent post!! So much hope for healing in what you shared!! Be Well and thanks for all your wisdom!! emoticon

KatharineBray- I love your quote at the bottom and your sweet free time line, Great idea! emoticon

I am working Day 40 of binge free living today, some days are easier than others, and some are difficult, but my thinking feels freer, even in the difficulties of life. emoticon

I really think we are all much closer to getting to our efforts paying off then we sometimes give ourselves credit for. Reminds me of a cup of water being filled to the top, when we can see the top. We don't know how many drops (ideas, good decisions) are left before the cup overflows and the tipping point happens (binge free living). Wishing everyone a blessed Veteran's day and very thankful that all that make the huge sacrifice to protect us!! emoticon

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Hang in there, THEASAURUS! What has been helping me, so far, is writing out my goals on a white board that I have posted on my refrigerator. I also keep looking through SP for motivation and guidance. I've been fighting my battle my whole life. Though what I do is definitely binge, I'm a closet eater. For myself, my recent move (a year ago) to live on my own again was the biggest challenge to getting myself under control. Some of my new 'tricks' are to only allow eating if it's at the table, not in front of the TV or in bed. I've also learned that I simply CANNOT have any trigger foods in the house. I have no control, so that is how I control it. If I want something I have to go to the store. I didn't get back to fighting my binge-eating-monster-demon until a few days ago so my only advice is to TAKE THINGS ONE DAY AT A TIME ..... one meal/minute/piece of candy (or whatever) at a time! YOU CAN GET THROUGH THIS ..... but it's not going to be easy.
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ugh day 1 again for me too :(

Last night I got home with the "I just need one snack" attitude which is a bad bad attitude! (And I hadn't even had too much to drink, I was totally responsible on that front and would say I had just about the right amount! It's like I can only have self-control in one category of life.) Ugh I know I could have stopped the binge before that snack if I had really tried, or even after it with a bit more effort but I just let myself get on a roll. I was gonna come here and say guys, what are you're strategies for stopping this? But I feel like I've heard a bunch and I just really haven't done enough to put safety mechanisms in place for myself. However, I'm still open to advice and suggestions! Signs up in my room perhaps? Maybe a picture/vision board - perhaps even one put up on the fridge is a good idea... Though I don't know what I would put on one... I would probably go the totally wrong route and end up with pictures of cute clothes and skinny celebs haha :/

lezbehonest I'm probably not going to return the dress (unless it doesn't fit) but obviously no new books for me.

edit: can I still blame sandy? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/fashion/
sandy-five-weight-gain-due-to-storm.ht
ml?_r=0 lol

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I'm in! I made through two so far :)

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Just had breakfast and now I won't eat again until after 12 pm.

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On to day three.

"He who did not spare His Own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will he not along with Him also freely give us all things?"
-Romans 8:32

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich." -2 Corinthians 8:9


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Working on Day #20!!
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New 4 day wins:

"Exercise 20 minutes before breakfast for 4 days" Daily reward is to do a kirigami. 4 day reward is TBD.
Monday -
Tuesday -
Wednesday -
Thursday -

"4 times to YMCA over the week (11/11 - 11/17). Doesn't matter when or what I do, but if I physically get there 4 times this week I'll get my reward." Reward for each time is to do soap bubbles and get a nice emoticon here. Reward for completing 4 days in the week is $10 towards bigger gift

"Any combination of exercise which burns 400*4 = 1600 calories over 4 days" Daily reward if I do any towards it is to burn a candle. 4 day reward is $5 lotto tickets
Sunday -
Monday -
Tuesday -
Wednesday -

"Eating one: Curtail eating nuts for 4 days (can have nuts in a recipe or in nut butters) and one meal is low carbohydrate (starch vegetables okay) and no cheese Monday or Wednesday" Daily reward is to get a flower emoticon here and do an origami. 4 day reward is $10 towards bigger gift.
Monday -
Tuesday -
Wednesday -
Thursday -

"5 Quickfire exercises or YMCA resistance each day, plus stability ball for back" Daily reward is to pop bubblewrap and get a cute emoticon here. 4 day reward is flower on computer desktop and SP profile.
Sunday -
Monday -
Tuesday -
Wednesday -
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Rewards I still get:
$68 towards a larger gift
dog agility tunnel
foot massage
go to a movie during the day
$5 lotto tickets
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Possible rewards for future: More Pantages theatre tickets, flowers on computer desktop and SP profile, go to movie during day, small jigsaw puzzle, Cooking Light magazine, dog toys/puzzles, dog agility tunnel, lotto tickets, foot massage, another French class, new pan to replace one with rusted lid, go to zoo

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Day 1 again emoticon . Something new for me is that I am starting on a Sunday. Normally I would say wtf and wait until Monday!

Margaret

Never give up, never quit, never surrender

You only fail when you stop trying

There is nothing to hold you back except you.

You can press forward long after you canít. Itís a matter of wanting it bad enough.

The bad news is: we are our own worst enemies. The good news is: we are our own greatest champions.


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11/10/12 8:23 P

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Turtle - good attitude there, but do make sure you know the difference between eating more than your ideal calorie range and actually bingeing! When I've been saying I didn't have an "ideal" day, but didn't binge - that's what I mean. Sometimes you eat out and can't control the calories as much as you'd like to or maybe eat a bit more than you feel you should, but that doesn't mean it was a binge and you therefore you certainly shouldn't get down on yourself about it. (Of course, you should still try not to get down on yourself if you do slip up and binge but you know what I mean ;) ) We can only strive to eat the best that we can :)



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Day 8
Good meals today which I enjoyed - no bingeing.

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I agree about rewarding self with food

your hands have been going to your mouth how many times a day smoking ?? emoticon
on quitting. thats how I got hooked on popcorn . I was coming home every night
1 bag , months went by 2 bags then when I started my third bag I knew I was in trouble.
it was a transfer . hands going to mouth , like hands going to mouth with a cigg.

to this day popcorn is like once every 6 months & a cup full or at the movies and I eat some of Roy's .

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I am rereading my Spark book, I want to learn as much as I can. I find that I am seeing things differently then I did when I first read it.

You are right about not rewarding myself with food, what was I thinking. Old habits are hard to break but It can be done. I guit smoking Feb. 9, 2012. I can do this to.

Day-8 emoticon

Yesterday I went over my calorie range because I made a choice to eat higher calorie foods, but I did not put my hands up and say I blew it just binge out. I just went for an extra walk.

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Day 5 done.

Unfortunately I overate again. Ate the wrong foods and at the wrong times but no binge.

Junemonkey I think I need to do exactly that. I have put my scale away and I plan not to weigh myself till I find that my binging is under control for longer binge free streaks.

I know that during the week I am getting better at my food choices it's just at the weekend that I eat too much and feel sick and bloated...

I'm continuing with the exercises in my Shrink yourself book which helps. I'm also going to reread the Beck diet book as I love her advice but forget to do all the exercises.

I got my 90 minute workout tonight. I only do that once a week. Back to Insanity tomorrow.

Have a great week.


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life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on,
rely on, or blame. The gift is yours -- it is an amazing
journey -- and you alone are responsible for the quality of
it. This is the day your life really begins."

New goals:
Eat Positively
Exercise daily (that one is already achieved)
Experiment with 3-5 meals a day
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Working on Day #19!!
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New 4 day wins:

"Exercise 20 minutes before breakfast for 4 days" Daily reward is to do a kirigami. 4 day reward is TBD.
Sunday -
Monday -
Tuesday -
Wednesday -

"4 times to YMCA over the week (11/11 - 11/17). Doesn't matter when or what I do, but if I physically get there 4 times this week I'll get my reward." Reward for each time is to do soap bubbles and get a nice emoticon here. Reward for completing 4 days in the week is $10 towards bigger gift

"Any combination of exercise which burns 400*4 = 1600 calories over 4 days" Daily reward if I do any towards it is to burn a candle. 4 day reward is $5 lotto tickets
Monday - emoticon
Tuesday - emoticon
Wednesday - emoticon
Thursday - Nope, add a day to replace today.
Friday - emoticon
Completed!!!

"Eating one: Curtail eating nuts for 4 days (can have nuts in a recipe or in nut butters) and one meal is low carbohydrate (starch vegetables okay) and no cheese Monday or Wednesday" Daily reward is to get a flower emoticon here and do an origami. 4 day reward is $10 towards bigger gift.
Monday -
Tuesday -
Wednesday -
Thursday -
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Rewards I still get:
$68 towards a larger gift
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foot massage
go to a movie during the day
$5 lotto tickets
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day 6! Same story as always, haha.

Turtle - I would suggest making your reward NON-FOOD based, but maybe that's just me. I think rewarding ourselves with food is a habit that is very closely connected to binging. Rather than rewarding yourself with clam chowder (this to me is an attitude similar to, well I've been good all week so now it's ok if I binge a little) I think you should allow yourself to have that clam chowder at pretty much any time, as long as you are enjoying it sensibly and in moderation.

I have never been a smoker, but I appreciate the comparisons - knowing that this struggling is just as difficult (if not more!) and just as valid.

Don't get discouraged everyone, you can do it!

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edited to say I bought my reward a day in advance. haha. I haven't bought any new clothes in what feels like FOREVER and fell in love with this great dress online. More than I was planning to spend on the reward, but that's ok. Now if I'm not good today, it goes back upon arrival, so I better be! (Or if it doesn't fit then I'll return and get one of the books ;))

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day 2

camael & snap dragon

I recalled I smoked in my bedroom so I quit, like i eat in my bedroom watching tv . I have quit.
I smoke in the car now I quit eating in my car. I now in the process of decreasing places
where I eat . so i can learn mindful eating .its in steps . food & nicotine are both
addictions . but your right camael food is here to stay .

I quit in 1999 there are times believe it or not i see others smoke or near them . I can get a
urge so I walk away . I still have dreams of smoking . nightmares
so I use the tool , if I can quit smoking which was the worst time of my life .
I can do this .


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