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Monday, June 24, 2013

The last month was pretty stressful for me. I'm a little ashamed to say that I fell back into some bad eating habits. I tend to eat when I'm stressed. I don't want all my hard work to be in vain. I know that it will take eating under my calorie range and also eating as healthy as possible. I'm tired of making excuses. I've started to refocus on what it will take to be successful at this once again. It seems that I get a really good jump on my weight loss and then repeat the same cycle of eating all the wrong things or going over my portion control. Have any of you ever had this problem? What did you do to finally conquer that demon of overeating and late night bingeing? I truly need help with this and encourage all the feedback possible. I'm doing the workouts....but my eating habits are not good. I admit this! I made a commitment today to start anew. I've decided to blog as much as possible to stay focused and plan out my meals. I've also gotten all the junk foods out of my cupboards. I want to succeed this time around!
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    Don't forget that we are trying to change lifelong eating habits, so change won't happen overnight. Patience is the hardest part of this process.
    2889 days ago
    I'm right there with you, so I don't really have any tips or tricks. I do find it harder to start back up though. So that is my mantra right now. I mind as well do it and do it right the first time so I don't have to do it again. I have made a big lifestyle change in which I am eating a mediterrean diet...basically mostly vegetables with fish, some chicken and occassional meat. I hope this helps somewhat, but do know you are not in this alone, that is why we are here. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2909 days ago
    Those are hard habits to break, but they can be broken. I use to be a stress induced eater and at a time my life was very stressful. I think for me that it was knowing I just HAD to gain control. One thing I have done since I started SP is to track daily and then in the last year or so to plain my meals out a week in advance and get them in the tracker and keep to them. Yes I plan a little give, but mostly I just eat what is planned.
    When I feel stressed I exercise, drink water and wait to eat when its time. It didn't happen at once but with repeating and repeating I am getting into that habit more and more.
    Important thing is to never stop and keep working at what you really want.
    I know you can do this, just don't give up.

    Sending you lots of positive thoughts.
    2912 days ago
    We've all been there and done that. emoticon Stay positive you will get past this and you'll win the weight battle. Remember you're not alone emoticon emoticon
    2915 days ago
    We have all been there. Every time I lose weight I end up gaining it back plus some because of my eating. I think I found something that works for me the 5:2 fast diet. It is not for everyone but for me it keeps me from binge eating (and drinking) and knowing that if I can hold off one day and wait for the next really helps because by the next day hopefully I am not as stressed and do not binge. It is not a diet but a lifestyle that hopefully I can stick to until I lose this weight and get my eating under control. Good luck I hope you find something that works for you and remember we have all been there. emoticon
    2915 days ago
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    This is going to sound totally 'off the wall' but I started fasting two days a week. I found that broke the cycle, and the dependence of comfort eating. I discovered that I needed a lot less than I thought. That I had a rush of energy on my fasting days, and didn't get particularly hungry either as long as I kept busy.
    2915 days ago
    Good job getting back on track. I would not recommend eating "under" your calorie range. Stay the course. Eat in your range and exercise. Eating to little will slow down your weight loss efforts. We all mess up from time to time, just make your course correction to get back on track. Don't try to punish yourself for past errors, focus on making better decisions right now. Let's face it, all we really have is now.
    2916 days ago
    Great job acknowledging that you have had a set back and knowing what you need to do to get back on track.

    We have all done this, everyone slips, but not everyone gets back on track. emoticon . I know that I can't keep junk food in the house, and that if I do buy it, I'm going to eat it, even if I "bought it for someone else". I know I didn't really buy it for someone else, but I love to use that excuse.

    Getting back in control is important. Write out the reasons you are doing this healthy lifestyle, keep it in front of you to remind you why you don't need those chips or other junk food. You can do this, We can do this together!

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    2916 days ago
    It's a problem many of us face. I broke the late night feeding by making a rule of no eating after 8 p.m. I have a snack then - usually yogurt and that is it.
    2916 days ago
    Great that you've refocused.
    It would be wiser to eat at the lower end of your calorie range, rather than below it. If you don't eat enough, the brain sends a message to the body, 'She's starving us. Become more efficient. Make every calorie do the work of 3.' The result is weight comes off slower.
    2917 days ago
    We all have gone through this. Sometimes there are just those days! But you made a good start by getting rid of all the junk food out of your cupboard!
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    2917 days ago
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    Great idea to get all the junk food out of the house for now. I have that problem too eating when stressed. I removed all the junk and ate carrot sticks and celery and big glasses of water, and tea. Strawberries use to help me too. Find some low calorie snacks to help you along. Sounds like you know what you are doing. emoticon emoticon
    2917 days ago
    What you are experiencing is too familiar to me. I can't say that I know how to stop all I do is press on and try to do my best everyday. You seem to have a good plan, go for it, and keep on the journey no matter what. All the best. emoticon
    2917 days ago
    Sounds like you have a great start already by getting rid of junk food. Something that I've been doing lately is roasting veggies and having them on hand for snacking so that my snacks are low cal and healthy.
    2917 days ago
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    Sorry to hear that you are having such a rough time right now.

    I know what you are going through, I've been there & done that. It's the old thinking process that tells us that we have lost weight before and that we can lose it again so go ahead and have that _____.

    I had lost nearly 30lbs only to gain it all back with that mentality. I'm ready for a change and could use some motivation to get me back on track. I haven't learned how to conquer my bad habits just yet but drinking lots of water or some Crystal Light helps. I have gotten in the habit of trying to chew slower since they say it takes 25 mins for your stomach to realize that it's full. Maybe that's something that you could try.

    Sending you thoughts & LOTS of positive energy!! Hope you have a wonderful day. emoticon
    2917 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    We have all been where you are, and still continue to fight the demon ourselves. It isn't an easy journey and we all will stumble on occasion. You are not alone and you will get passed this.
    2917 days ago
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