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9/1/12 5:28 A

THELOVELYBIRD,

Don't beat yourself up because you're having cravings for junk food. You're a human being, not a machine. There are going to be days you want to eat junk. It happens. As long as it doesn't happen every single day, overeating now and then won't derail any of your efforts at long term good health.

Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

Do you have any fruit ? If not, go out and buy some fruit. Whenever you feel an urge for a treat, have a piece of fruit. Doing this will help decrease those cravings for treats. With time, you'll find your body will prefer the natural sugar in the fruit to the refined sugar in the treats.

Buy some fresh peaches. If you have a farmer's market, those are the best ! nothing tastes as amazing as a fresh picked peach. If you don't have peaches, buy whatever type of fruit you do like that's on sale.

And if you are feeling bored, you need to take up a hobby. Do something that keeps your mind and fingers active. because when your mind is busy, you won't think about food. Do you have a hobby ? Do you knit ? sew ? paint ? collect stamps ? it doesn't matter what you do, do something you enjoy to keep you busy.

Mostly, be kind to yourself as you would to others.


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8/31/12 8:35 P

I know that feeling, I get them when I'm doing really well then I have a bad day. It's like a comfort thing to curl up on the couch and eat junk. I love my junk food, so this has been a real challenge for me, especially when I'm bored. I find walking with a friend and gossiping helps, takes my mind of the boredom. The other thing I find really helps is eating fruits and vegetables, especially pineapple if you have it.
And I agree with everyone..... YOU CAN DO IT! emoticon

TANGOKATE Posts: 365
8/31/12 7:44 P

I am having the same kind of feeling. I live in Canada and this is the long weekend and I don't do long weekends well, being single and childless. I contacted several friends to do something with this weekend and no one is available.

I did pick up a good book to read for the weekend and I plan to go to the market tomorrow and then walk on Saturday and Sunday.

Please don't eat the junk. You will be so proud of yourself. I promise you! The getting past it will be hard, but next week when these uncomfortable feelings pass you will be so happy that you didn't eat the junk. You will feel it in your step, you will see it in your smile in the mirror and you will be able to say: "I felt the feelings and I still was able to control myself."

You can do this and so can I!

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8/31/12 7:43 P

First - congratulations on your weight-loss. That is fantastic :-)

Second - when you started this journey, did you make a lot of sudden changes? This will often result in cravings. It is best to make small changes, and do them slowly so that your mind doesn't notice and try to sabotage your efforts.

This is merely a healthy lifestyle - it isn't about deprivation or starvation. IF you feel the need to eat some junk food, is there a healthier alternative that MIGHT reduce that craving? Sometimes a sweet dried fig or date can replace the urge for chocolate or ice-cream etc. Even chewing on a piece of gum can replace the urge for junk.

Today was a bad day - perhaps finding something a bit more distracting would help. You want to curl up in bed and watch TV - could you watch TV as you do a little bit of chair exercising? Have you a hobby? You mention being bored and no-one's around. Are you normally like this in your own company? If so, find things you can turn to at times like this. Can you phone a friend and walk round and round the house while talking on the phone? (I do this sometimes and it helps kill two birds with one stone - LOL!)

Good luck - I am sure that with a little thought you will get through this :-)

Kris

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8/31/12 7:30 P

I've had a really good week. I've stuck to my fast break goals, and I'm down another 2 pounds. I've been drinking lots of water, avoiding pop, and whatnot.

Today was a bad day, and I am having overwhelming cravings for junk food and tv. I just want to curl up in bed and watch tv and eat ice cream. It sounds like the most comforting thing in the world. I don't know what to do. I'm restless, I'm bored, no one's around, and I feel really lonely and blah and stressed after a terrible day at work.

I don't want to binge. I don't want to. I can feel it coming and I don't want it.

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