That Inspirational Thread

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    Oct 12, 2007 8:01 PM GMT
    I didn't respond because I was in my own personal hell this week. A nasty message from my mother about my weight gain set me off. It was classic Mom, "You hit a stumbling block so I am right there to kick you when you're down." Those bad habits I was falling back into? This week they reached critical mass! Wendys, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Pizza, you name it I ate it. On top of that I only went to the gym once this week. I don't even want to know what my blood glucose readings have been like. The past two days have been better but the damage is done.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Oct 12, 2007 11:09 PM GMT
    The damage can be repaired. Next week try and stay away from McDonalds and all those fast food places. If you feel the need for it, eat something healthy instead. Try and go to the gym two times next week and three time the following week and so on. Post here every week and let us know how you are progressing.

    You can do it. Just take it one step at a time and don't let anyone put you down.

    Mike
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    Oct 12, 2007 11:20 PM GMT
    Chaser how does it make you feel afterwards when you have been to the fast food clip joints?
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    Oct 13, 2007 12:14 AM GMT
    "Do or do not... there is no try." ~ Yoda

    That's what just popped into my head as I was reading this... its not intended to be mean or dissuading, but when you think about it, its the truth.

    I've been where you are, chaser, many times. I know I can talk myself into or out of anything, or rationalize everything, and cave in to lower expectations of myself. I know I gave up on myself when my lover died and let myself get fat again, after years of being in shape. I made that choice and now I have to deal with the results with proper nutrition and working out religiously. Everything is a choice, and only you can make those choices. You can choose to follow healthy nutrition, or McDonald's. You can choose to do the workouts and stick to it, or you can throw yourself a pity party and fall into the emotional eating again. Whatever you choose, you have to deal with the consequences and own those choices.

    You have the power to push yourself away from the negatives in your life, to make the choices you need to make and stick with them, and if there's emotional stuff going on, to get counseling. Emotional eating is a form of self-punishment and it can end up killing you. I know... I had a stroke back in June that could have been avoided with a healthy lifestyle. You don't want that experience.
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    Oct 13, 2007 12:40 AM GMT
    Chaser,

    I am just starting a diet with a personal trainer. Scroll down to the end of my tread, Prostate Cancer 2 and check out the two books. The first one analyzes you by your problems and then tells you how to EAT.

    These are the kind of problems the book talks about:
    ..Depleted Brain Chemistry-the real story behind "emotional" eating
    ..Malnutrition Due ot Low-Calorie Dieting - the numboer one cause of overeating, weight gain, bulimia and anorexia
    ..Unstable Blood Sugar - carbohydrate addiciton, hypoglycemia, diabetes, and adrenal exhaustion
    ..Unrecognized Low Thyroid Function - tired, cold, and overweight
    ..Food Addictions and Allergice Reactions - the three culprits
    ..Hormonal Havoc - PMS, menopause, and the food-mood connection
    ..Yeast Overgrowth - a hidden cause of food cravings
    ..Fatty Acid Deficiency - why you can't stop eating chips, cheese, and fries

    Or you can just watch that thread and I will tell you how I come out.

    Good luck...I hope we will hear how things go for you.
  • iHavok

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    Oct 13, 2007 1:55 AM GMT
    controlling my diet was one of the harder challenges I've faced in losing weight also.
    It really sucks, cause it seems like you can undo a whole weeks worth of working out with one binge.

    Don't lose hope though! :-) Most of what i've read says one of the biggest problems ppl have, is they make one mistake, like a bad week, so they give up.

    Oh yeah and try eating more protein...that helped me...wasn't hungry afterwards...
  • GQjock

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    Oct 13, 2007 10:35 AM GMT
    Chaser....
    don't let those people like your Mom get to you
    try to use there words and how they make you feel the energy to get you moving and getting yourself into the gym instead of turning it inward and retreating

    You're using food as a comfort and as a defense against them But you need to look at food as what it is
    ....something that you need but it's also something that betrays you at the sametime
    Try to get that "I'll show'em" attitude
    and you'll see ... things will change
    good luck buddy!
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    Oct 13, 2007 2:17 PM GMT
    After eating at one of those fast food joints I am usually emotionally numb and sick to my stomach.
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    Oct 13, 2007 3:11 PM GMT
    OK so thats kinda good, yet yuo lack motivation to do something about it on that diet?

    So how would it make you feel that you could avoid those places and not feel the need for them?

    Your problem seems in the preperation both of food and mental preperation for training. You say you want it but you seem reluctant to start?

    is this because you have approached it before and not succeeded?

    Dont get me wrong I am not trying to analyse you or anything like that Im trying to identify your motivators and demotivators.

    Everyone needs a helping hand to get started and its getting started and achieving those results efficiently that is what will keep you going.

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    Oct 13, 2007 3:35 PM GMT
    hey, Chaser, wanna partner up on this The Diet Cure and see how we each do?

    I have started reading the first chaper on Depleted Brain Chemistry. I am really anxious to try the 4 amino acids that control the different moods, behaviors, an functioning of the brain.

    Next I will read the Thyroid trouble chapter since I was diagnosed with that.
  • GQjock

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    Oct 15, 2007 12:54 PM GMT
    Sounds like you're using food as a tranquilizer to blunt the uncomfortable feelings you get from the outside world

    you know what you might wanna try...
    is to find something else where you can retreat to thats a bit more healthy for you instead of retreating into food
    Try something that you like doing...maybe reading or getting a massage
    or going out to a movie
    whenever you get that "I wanna trash myself and eat" feeling
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    Oct 15, 2007 2:11 PM GMT
    Or find yourself a nice girl...


    Oh, wait, nevermind.
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    Oct 16, 2007 3:31 AM GMT
    You're looking for a quick fix and thats what food is. You eat like crazy and signals start going off and rather than focussing on what you should be you focus on how good the food is and the fact that you're eating it. In some bizarre way, its a substitution for progress, chewing and things of that sort. Your body can treat food as a drug and if you allow it, will tell you to turn to it whenever you are in need of some joy or satisfaction. Like most addicts, you'll feel awful afterwards.

    What you may not know is that the more you eat, the harder it is for your body to tell that you are full and it will actually keep sending you signals to eat long after you have had a proper portion of food. Thats why its important that you slow down and get your body back use to something normal.

    Despite being addicted you have to take blame for your own actions and sit down and decide what you are going to do to stop it from happening again. You know that you've done something wrong, now how are you going to stop yourself from doing it again? What can you turn to in order to be healthier next time? Write it down, make it clear rather than sitting down and dwelling in your mistakes.



  • Alan95823

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    Oct 16, 2007 4:09 AM GMT
    If it's any help, I have the following taped to my fridge: "Comfort food is a lie"

    Mainly because you don't feel good before you eat it, you don't feel good about eating it, and you feel bad about eating it later.
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    Oct 16, 2007 4:48 AM GMT
    Ok, I used the GABA this evening ( See Prostate Cancer 2 and scroll down ) ...after a major bout of depression starting Sunday afternoon and missing work all day Monday. It worked. I felt great within 20- 30 minutes. (Better than any of the damn meds I have been given)

    GABA promotes calmness and relaxation, which helps get one by craving for sweets, starches, chocolate, alcohol and drugs.

    Is this true? I dunno scientifically. Maybe it's just the power of suggestion. But after almost a year of suffering thru this cancer treatment and the most god awful depression. I dont think I am that impressionable. (and frankly, I dont care if I get relief from a sugar cube). But it would be nice to know if GABA was really helping. I will keep taking it when I think I need it and see if it keeps picking me up

    Oh, also I can say...it got me past a craving for chocolate pudding tonight...and I make delicious dark chocolate pudding from scratch. Had a whole bowl of it last night ... icon_eek.gif ...but not tonight. ... icon_biggrin.gif