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STDWYNWEN SparkPoints: (11,748)
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7/8/12 4:46 P


Here are some articles which might help.

Mastering the Mystery of Motivation Part1

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HIPPEENIK SparkPoints: (0)
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7/7/12 6:32 P

Hi Hannahalise..I had a quick look at your spark page before I answered. I understand the quick sweet pick me up and the temptation when u are craving.I think that you need to look at why u ate more than u really wanted.
How long was the temptation there? maybe by having a small reasonable sugar fix sooner would help for the next time.
I also have these times and have decided to try and eat either a plain biscuit at 50cals, lowfat yogs at 56cals.If its something sweeter I have been having licquorice dips or a curlywurly ( sorry I am in Scotland ) I am sure you have similar things that u like thats not ladened with caloried and fat etc..
Meantime start feeling better with yourself.U look lovely in your photo. Remember you are looking for the beautiful wedding dress.Picture and go for it.


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7/7/12 4:18 P

Did somebody say PIE??? WOW that sounds delicious!

It's not a big deal to eat what you want, the big deal is understanding why you ate the whole thing. So you had a big deal, nothing is lost. But by not overindulging at your next meal you can get right back on track and forget all about that pie.

Don't beat yourself up, life isn't perfect so why do you expect yourself to be. Would you belittle a friend for doing what you did? The chances are NO you wouldn't, you would encourage them to get back on track and keep going. So then that is how you treat yourself, you say "self, that pie sure tasted good but next time we eat pie, we need to make a small change to that and eat just a piece".

Keep your head up and keep going forward. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

RAQUEL0121 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/7/12 10:18 A

Me too, but I pulled myself out and I'm back on track!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,476)
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7/6/12 9:43 A


Spark People has never been about deprivation. It's all about moderation and portion control. Okay, so you over indulged more than you wanted on July 4th. That doesn't mean you derailed all of your efforts at good health or weight loss !!! If you were to eat right five out of seven days this week, you're still doing better than the average American.

In short, don't beat yourself up because you ate too much pie. As long as you don't do that every single day, once in a while isn't going to hurt. I can't imagine living a life where I wasn't allowed to eat something because I was worried I'd gain weight. That's not healthy.

In future, you just do your best to be more mindful of your portions. Right now, you really can't beat yourself up because you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy. Learning moderation and portion control takes time ! 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. Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

So, no more beatings ! The beatings aren't productive. You ate the pie. You log the pie. You move one. For the rest of the week, you don't starve yourself and you don't kill yourself in the gym. You do your best to be more mindful. If you want to be healthy, you're going to have to accept that it's okay to over eat every once in a while. The problems start occurring when a person starting eating like it's the 4th of July every single day.

SILVERJUDI Posts: 1,806
7/6/12 9:02 A

Hello Hannah,

We all slip up now and then. It's good you recognize that temptation got a hold of you with the pie. May I suggest that next time, you leave the pie at the BBQ, and come home with fruit salad or something else?

Don't let a slip up anchor you down. Take it for what it is, and get on with today's activities, including good nutrition. Yes, healthy eating can be expensive, But for something on the dollar menu at McDonald's, you can buy three apples, a can of water-packed tuna, or some Greek yogurt.

Don't let the guilt steer you off the path of healthy eating. You're smarter than that!

7/6/12 2:10 A

I find that it is easier if I come up with a new eating routine a little bit at a time. Perhaps add a fruit to a meal. Adding something healthy and nutritionally dense will lessen your hunger for the foods that aren't so good for you. emoticon

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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7/5/12 6:37 P


What is done is done, however, you can use this incident as a learning experience. This is where journaling can help you learn, "why you do, what you do, when you do it" so that you can develop a plan should this come up again.

None of us became overweight by an occasional binge but allowing the guilt and shame to lower our confidence so that we find ourselves on a continual binge. BE STRONG! YOU CAN DO THIS!

Coach Nancy

HANNAHALISE SparkPoints: (0)
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7/5/12 6:34 P

I am having a rough time with motivation. I am feeling really guilty right now because I just ate a ton of pie. I made it to take to a 4th of July BBQ and there was some left over. I was really craving something sweet and I sat down to eat a slice and just couldn't quit eating it. I have been having a really hard time sticking to eating better because I am financially unable to buy the kind of food that I feel I should be eating. Every time I sit down and eat something that isn't good for me, I feel like I shouldn't even bother. I am just having a really hard time sticking to everything.

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