I Binged Last Night

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    Jun 26, 2007 3:54 PM GMT
    I told myself I wouldn't do this anymore. Had a rough day at work, came home, and attacked the refrigerator. Last time I binged was about a month ago and I was sick the next day. I feel the same way today. I hope I didn't completely derail my weight loss.
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    Jun 26, 2007 5:57 PM GMT
    Hey there, Chasersprize, every one of us who's had to lose weight has binged in the process. Don't beat yourself up about it--today's another day to be fit, healthy, and good to yourself! You can do this!
  • atxclimber

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    Jun 26, 2007 6:02 PM GMT
    Wow, scally with the useful response.

    If acknowledging the occasions where your self-control falters on this site is helpful to you, chasers, then go ahead and do so, it's not an imposition. Obviously people like scally are welcome not to read this thread if it seems to them like an imposition.

    I'm working with a friend of mine who is overweight, and she recently had some important realizations regarding the reasons she has trouble losing weight. Turns out -- no surprise, I suppose -- that it's not just a lack of self-control and massive food cravings that were doing her in, but rather image problems, residual feelings of guilt and a sense that she didn't "deserve" to be healthy.

    At first it was discouraging to her that losing fat was such a challenge, but I think sometimes the only way to get at those neuroses and really figure out what's making it so difficult is just to storm in and try. You don't cultivate mindfulness by not paying attention, right?

    Your noticing the correlation between a rough day at work and overeating is valuable. Contemplate that more. One practice I suggested to my friend that she found helpful was this: when you notice that you feel the urge to overeat, use that as a signal to first stop for 5 minutes and do a simple little meditation. Just close your eyes, and scan through your body from your feet to your head, and see how everything feels. Any particular tension or tightness? Examine your emotional state. Examine your thoughts. Any patterns?

    Over time it might help to shed more light on the subtle reasons for these triggers, and if it turns out they are deeper things than just simple hunger urges, dealing with them at that level may be an effective way to curb the binges in a more permanent fashion.

    If it's really just a tough work day or stress or exhaustion, maybe it's something as simple as finding a different, healthier habit for dealing with that. Going for a walk. Taking a nap. Hell, head to a firing range and burn off some stress. Whatever works.
  • atxclimber

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    Jun 26, 2007 6:09 PM GMT
    I agree with cure. Here's another thing that might help: Try to think of everything, even the "missteps" as forward progress.

    I took this software engineering course in college where we had teams and each team had to write some program, like a little image editing program. Early in class we had to submit schedules with milestones and deadlines and whatnot to our professor for review.

    He stood at the front of class one day and held up one team's schedule. They'd blocked out two full days halfway through the term and labeled them, "Waste two days fixing very hard-to-find bug."

    They'd meant it as a joke, of course, and everyone laughed, but then the professor added, "It's not a waste at all -- that will happen to all of you. And just think, if these guys run into an awful bug before then, it means they're ahead of schedule!"

    Nothing ever goes perfectly according to plan, so treat these little hiccups in your self-discipline as totally normal. Don't get complacent, keep working hard at it, but also don't beat yourself up.
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    Jun 26, 2007 6:51 PM GMT
    agree w/atx and cure. you zigzag your way to success. it's a roller coaster ride. an airplane much of the time is off course, but it gets where it is going. people do to. if you stick with it you'll get to where you want to go unless you jump off before the ride is over.

    also one little tip that helps me. don't buy any crap. if there is nothing in your frig worth binging on chances are you're not going to pig out. if you only have fruits, veggies, lean meats in your fridge and you do binge on these things, then it's really no big deal. eating 10 apples is much better than eating 10 ding dongs. go to the store when you're full so you're not tempted to buy the crap. good luck.
  • atxclimber

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    Jun 26, 2007 6:57 PM GMT
    I agree about not keeping crap around. Man, my parents stock their place with ice cream and other unhealthy stuff, and somehow it doesn't tempt them, but every time I visit I gain a pound or two just because... it's there!

    Sugar cravings are my absolute downfall when it comes to dieting. I have to keep sugar-free popsicles and fudgsicles around so I can feel like I am satisfying that urge without actually taking in too many calories.

    I was intrigued by the suggestion in the "losing those last 10 pounds" article here on RJ that eating coconut oil could help curb sugar cravings. I'm trying it (melting a teaspoon or so in a cup of tea every day like the article suggests) and am eager to see if it works.
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    Jun 26, 2007 7:09 PM GMT
    Don't beat yourself up for faltering. We all do it, and it doesn't need to interfere with your ultimate goal.

    And scally? Why not just be nice and supportive? And if Chasersprize has no business on Realjock because he's not yet ripped, maybe you should think twice before writing replies until you can manage simple grammar, punctuation and spelling. Just a thought.
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    Jun 26, 2007 8:05 PM GMT
    Did you purge afterwards? Sorry, bad joke! Seriously...

    Everyone has their days where they diverge from the plan. It's nothing to beat yourself over. As the Former Class Fat Kid, let me tell ya that what you did is pretty common and something I too used to indulge (and still do on occasion). Because I know stress can lead me to hit the junk food, I simply don't keep it around the apartment. That way, if I get the urge I then have to make a trip to the market or parlor and because neither are a few meters away, I'm much less likely to indulge the urge. Try keeping fruits and nuts around the place so if you must have something sweet, it'll be good for you. :) Good luck!
  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 27, 2007 2:45 AM GMT
    Chaserprize,like the guys above have said,don`t worry to much about the binge.We`ve all had some of those.Mine have involved tons of ice cream!Eat sensibly the next day,and so on.Do regular exercise as this will burn up the excess calories and keep your metabolism high,thus using up even more calories.And allow yourself occaisional "binges" on the foods you really like;being kind to yourself is good for you.If you`re trying to lose weight,it`s best to go steady,remembering that you`ll not get there in one easy,downhill loss;you`ll backtrack upwards every now and then.But keep going!It`s worth it in the end.
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    Jun 27, 2007 3:48 AM GMT
    take it one day at a time. It happened. move on. focus on today and not letting it happen. Its not about how many days you went without, its about not doing it today. small term goals leads to long term recovery. If you feel like your about to binge, get up off your ass and go for a jog, you'll probably feel much better about your self after for not falling into temptation and glad you did something productive, not to mention, itll give you time to think over your actions. A good rule to follow is never make your own decisions when hungry, angry, or tierd.
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    Jun 27, 2007 5:49 AM GMT
    Pay no mind to Scally from Wanker county,he's obviously a bully.You have trained your body,for how ever long you've been over weight,to over eat or binge.All us over weight humans have.When you take something away from your body,it's going to react and ask your mind for help,and it comes back as cravings. Think of a drug or a tobaco user,they go through it as well when they try to quit.There cravings are stronger,but remember its the cravings that will get ya,and what ever you took away from your body it's going to want it put back!Sometimes with a vengance. What I'm about to say may sound rude, but I don't mean it to be. A mental health profesional or self help books,(if any),would probabily be the best bet to help you through this,and hopefully conquer the problem your having with binging.Thats my 2 cents on binging,hope it's usefull to you.Good luck!
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    Jun 27, 2007 5:52 AM GMT
    Hey, don't worry too much about what you ate last night. It's done now and you can't change it.

    Think about what you are going to eat today and tomorrow. Try and plan your meals and build in the odd treat.

    And what sort of exercise are you going to do? You can't change the past only the future.
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    Jun 27, 2007 7:14 AM GMT
    A night of bad eating's not going to derail your weight loss. Do you make the primary decision of what groceries come into your house that you eat is the first thing to consider? Secondly, consider the foods that you tend to binge on...it's probably not carrots or celery. Next time you buy those foods think about whether or not you're enabling an emotional overeating binge. Treating yourself's fine and I think a big part of successfully losing and maintaining weight loss. Just buy the single serving version and know exactly what's going into your body. If you slip up, it takes the ability to take a step back and ask yourself if you're eating that food because you're hungry or eating that food because you're stressed or emotional. I've been where you are. Hope this helps.
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    Jun 27, 2007 12:46 PM GMT
    I promise myself one day of eating all I want a week. Usually Friday night after I finish work . This night is for me to enjoy food, being lazy watching DVD, dancing and if I get lucky, sex. I think we all deserve to let ourself go once in a while (after all those hardwork). This way I really planned what I gonna eat Friday, all those craving is satisfies , temptation taking care of and I start Saturday with fresh motivation to get in shape.

    Just another little secret, do you ever heard of tablet "Xenical". It sorta get rid of all the fat from the food you eat, when you go to the toilet the next morning. I usually have one during my "eating all " day and all them fat is in my toilet bowl tommorrow morning. By the way I usually end the night by dancing all nite, so most of the calories is burn up anyway.

    However , nowaday even during Friday I sorta dont eat to much. I no longer have a big appetite to eat greasy and sweet food like I use to . It a natural things, all those craving is just in our mind, once you dont entertain it , you dont crave it anymore.

    Good luck and dont listen to Scally

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    Jun 27, 2007 4:44 PM GMT
    Thanks for all your replies, guys. The next day was business as usual. Perhaps I just needed a release. Whatever the case I know now it wasn't the beginning of the end.
  • Laurence

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    Jun 27, 2007 4:51 PM GMT
    Great stuff Chaser, keep up the good work.

    And maybe you could take on board the advice from some of the posters about ridding your fridge of all those dangerous treats (though the thought of only fruit in there isn't a good one).

    Lozx
  • atxclimber

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    Jun 27, 2007 5:01 PM GMT
    I say empty out your fridge entirely, remove all the shelves, and fill it completely with a thick paste of protein powder and water, so when you open the fridge door it's just a solid wall of protein. When you crave a snack, carve into it with your hands and eat as much as you can.

    (I'm feeling kind of punchy today, in a weird mood. Maybe too much coffee.)