I know that as soon as I have bad stuff around me that I will undoubtedly begin stuffing my face with it. Therefore, my number one way to keep eating healthy and not over-indulge in bad foods is to literally stay as far away from them as possible. I don't buy them anymore, don't let them near my cupboards, don't even walk down those aisles in the store, don't even bother glancing at fast food places. It's really the best defense you can have. As soon as the thought is in my head that I want to buy it or eat it.. I'm just done for. So just keep those thoughts out of your head and honestly, it does work surprisingly well. So there is hope :)
I think we have all been there, and we will all be there.... again and again and again....
But you do not have to think "one day at a time". You can even think one meal at a time. If you broke your diet during lunch or with an afternoon snack, try not to think "this day's a goner". Try getting back on the wagon on the same day. have a healthy dinner. try to add some exercise. forgive yourself and make it up to yourself by doing your best to do better "starting right now".
Just never let it break your spirit!
and good luck.
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Never give up on yourself, you are the most important person in your life.
I am the same way. I used to smoke and could not stop no matter how hard I tried. Then a friend told me, don't stop trying one day the last cigarett will be your last. And she was right.
Now it is the same with weight loss. I try and try but there is always a party or a trip that ruins my plans and the kilos come back. I have a joke that the last 10 years I have lost 50 kilos...it's just always the same kilo =).
Then a friend of mine said...well if you had not lost a little bit every time you would be those 50 kilos heavier to day =) So I keep at it and count calories and exersice =) and I am shore that I live healty because I exersice and try not to eat unhealthy food although somtimes I do =)
Good luck =)
I read your note and as brief as it was, I could sense that you are feeling defeated.
Changing ones eating habits is a change of life and requires tonnes of effort and support. If you can make it to losing your first few lbs, that in itself is an incentive to lose more. Changing eating habits can take weeks, months and if you stick with it, but stay committed and you will get better.
You should consider staying as full as you can on healthy food, lots of vegetables, fruits such as apples and banannas, and then allow yourself a small treat at the end, but only when you are full. Sometimes, we just need the taste of some of the foods enjoyed for so long and miss.
Hang in there, stay strong, you can do this and don't be too hard on yourself. Remember that it is a process.
This is way it is a lifestyle change and not a flip of a switch. We all will backslide in our venture to eat better!! If we stick together and hold each other accountable we will all succeed!!! It is not against to rules to indulge in something that we are wanting to eat it is only against the rules when we eat the whole cake and don't share!!
I totally agree with you daella. You can instantly change "Right Now" without putting it off till tomorrow. Otherwise you're giving yourself permission to continue the faulty behaviour for the rest of that day - and agreeing to do more damage both mentally and physically to yourself instead of starting to do the better thing for yourself.
Look at all the people who feel the same way you do! We are all pulling for you as much as you are pulling for us!
I do the same thing when I have it in my house. I try so hard not to buy anything that may cause me to binge....sweet and salty is my big issue.
If you do binge....DON'T kick yourself. Just get up the next day and do your best. One day you may find that it won't be quite so hard to pass up those foods.
Good luck to all of us!!!!!
Yhannie, truth told, you have opened the closet door on the dark secrets so many of us have to deal with so often! Thank you for writing, and thanks also to all the wonderful fellow-calorie-counters who've offered their great wisdom!
Bleuatre offered a real gem, when stating having the "bad stuff" around the house is a real ticket to discouraging stumbling. How often I've eaten a whole bag of chips that was supposed to have been saved "for company". And how easy it is to progress to the end of that cake that we had resolved we would only have one little piece of!
Letsgetveronicafit and Daella and Ellektra and Sheiladc59, you are SO RIGHT -- we have to get right back on our diet course the very minute after we have fallen! Sure, we can kick ourselves for the temporary set back if it makes us feel any better, but to get right back on the diet is the ONLY way we're going to have long-term progress and feelings of triumph!
I've had what could have been a very discouraging plateau, the past few weeks, but I KNOW that if I stick to plan, it will eventually give way to further weight loss. The way I've dealt with my weaker moments is to make a rule that for every time I "cheat" having something I should not have gone near, I not only make sure it gets counted in my daily calorie log, but I HAVE TO MAKE UP FOR IT by eating the same weight in healthy, fresh vegetables, as soon as I can. If I do that pretty much at the same time as the "no-no" food got consumed, sometimes the extra fiber cancels out the bad effects of what I've eaten, to a degree.
But getting right back on the healthy eating plan and ALWAYS counting the calories, no matter how badly I've "sinned" keeps me focussed and keeps the scale moving downward over the long haul.
Thanks, everyone, for your wonderful suggestions and encouragement! It's wonderful knowing we are not alone, isn't it? Good luck, and keep the faith, everyone!
Small changes one day at a time made over a lifetime will make the most difference. We all have this problem, but each moment is a new chance to begin again. Don't give up.
My weight loss is going wonderfully ...losing a pound a day at the moment. I ate like two of those new Girl Scout Cookie Crunch bars to try and than it stopped...the next day I ate well and it went down again.
If I mess up bigger and eat several bad things it can last a week though its frustrating. I started at 285 went down to 249.2 went up to 277 and now I'm back down to 255.6. You just have to keep truckin make a bad choice and than make the good ones over and over. You'll get there if you just keep moving.
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Just keep trying you are not alone...eventually you will get on track and stay on Track...I kept trying and didn't give up and now I am on a roll and staying on track, You can do this. =) don't be to hard on yourself Wendy
everyone of us have gone through this at some point in our life. It has nothing to do with commitment or will power. I think it has to do with control. This is probably the only part of your life that is completly in control and you have given it over to the food. Also, we put food in good and bad categories which is crazy. All food is acceptable within limits, but not everyone is good for us. Let's face it potato chips are fabulous, but a serving doesn't make us feel full, but an egg...full. I keep the trigger foods out of my house. If I feel they are not good for me, then they are not good for the people I love either....would you feed arsenic laced chips to your guests....think not, but some foods are just as deadly to us in killing our dreams. With every bite you have to decide if this is right for me NOW. It is hard to walk away from foods we love, but each time we do it it builds "muscle" just like at the gym and one day we eat the food again and realize we don't like it anymore. I am so suprized by that, but it does happen. One day, one moment, one bite.....losing weight is a marathon and not a sprint, you must practice your good habits daily for ever. Success to you!!
Another thing you should remember...that if you get out and move...ride bike..walk...exercise dvd....right now I'm diggin my Wii Fit Plus....you can have a little extra and not feel quite as bad and if you give yourself a little when you REALLY feel the need then you won't binge. I think the biggest problem with DIETING is that we restrict ourselves from EVERYTHING BAD.
You have to learn to do things in moderation. Give yourself a treat each day...something small. I like Tootsie Roll suckers. They give me the hard candy and chocolate taste without a ton of calories.
We all need to EAT TO LIVE...not....LIVE TO EAT!
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