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This is a great way to share our binge habits. It is a learned behavior.--- a coping behavior for alot of reasons. Loneliness depression fear, anxiety. It is nice to feel that crunch of those cheetos in my mouth. Better than sex... at least what I remember of sex.

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Hi KTRIBE808! Your story was very inspiring.

I am new to this team. I finally acknowledged that I have BED. The last major episode is, in part, what set off what I sometimes jokingly refer to as the Mid-Life Crisis (actually not a joke at all,) which in turn sparked my current weight-loss and fitness efforts.

I have had an unhealthy relationship with food since puberty. I couldn't stand to see leftovers get thrown out, so I would eat them, even if I wasn't hungry. Conversely, I would also feel anxious about not getting "my" share if someone brought in treats, and help myself to second and third helpings. I would steal food, attempt to hide my eating from others, and try to atone for over-consumption by fasting for the next day or two.

During my teens, twenties, and thirties, I was able to keep things somewhat under control. If my binges led to weight gain (which they often did -- usually about 15-20 lbs.), I would lose the weight and, for a time, think that I no longer desired the foods that triggered binges. For some reason, though, I found myself with less and less control during my forties and now fifties.

The last "major" binge episode happened about 2 1/2 months ago. My husband bought a half-gallon of my favorite cookies-n-cream-flavored ice cream for me, and a gallon of the generic cookies-n-cream for himself. I polished off my half-gallon during the season finale of The Walking Dead. By the following weekend, I saw that my husband hadn't yet touched his, so I helped myself to a teaspoon-ful for "just a teensy little taste." I ended up eating the entire gallon!

Then the "event" that sent me into full-blown mid-life crisis mode occurred. I'm still dealing with that, but the upshot was the recognition that I needed to make some drastic changes to my life. I'm not one for seeking out help, especially not "support groups," but I have to admit that feeling accountable to other people who offer encouragement and have walked in my footsteps has been helpful. I believe that, by acknowledging the problem and using the nutrition tracker to stay honest about what I am eating, I can overcome this issue.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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Love the post. You show there is hope and that perfection is not necessary, only forward progress. I can relate to celebrating with food, as DH and I don't drink alcohol either. Thanks for your story.

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I have been with SP since 9.11.10 and just last Sunday I reached my goal of losing 30 lbs. Woo hoo! I have been a life-long binger, even as a child I binged! Luckily, until I hit my 40s, I could counter much of the damage with extreme amounts of exercise - often spending three hours or more at the gym! I remember when I went to my first (and only) meeting of Overeaters Annoymous and the people looking at me and asking "What are YOU doing here!". OUCH!

Then a little over 9 years ago, my daughter and only child died unexpectedly. I sunk into depression. I stopped exercising and turned to food in earnest for comfort and I quickly gained close to 70 lbs. The my sig other of almost 20 years dumped me for a bar skank (and I AM being polite here). That was my wake-up call. I knew there were two directions to go - down or up and I knew my daughter would want me to choose up! So I lost most of the weight!

A few years later I met my husband and we got married about a year and a half ago. Neither of us drink alcohol so our way of celebrating just about everything is to EAT! I LOVE to cook and bake and we both love my cooking! We also love to dine out! Before I knew it, 30 lbs. had returned.

Thanks to SP, I have slowly learned about portion control and what my binge triggers are - simple carbohydrates, special ocassions and late-night tiredness. I am happy to say that since joining SP I have binged about 8 times, although I DID overindulge during the holidays.
I now have my "go-to foods" when I feel a binge coming on - like graham crackers, sugar-free pudding, non-fat Greek yogurt and sugar-free Sunkist hard candy. I have come to accept that I need a late night snack - so I leave some of my calories for that very purpose. We are works in progress and the lack of perfection does not equal failure! Every effort, every attempt is a step in the right direction. When I fell off the wagon, I IMMEDIATELY got back on track. Do NOT wait for tomorrow to begin again.

I will probably continue to over-indulge on ocassion and surely I will binge again. But I accept this and I now know it is what I do the majority of the time that makes the difference. DO NOT GIVE UP! YOU ARE WORTH THE EFFORT! IT CAN BE DONE!

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