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Cheating (on myself)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Does anybody else on here cheat? Some days, I religiously record my food intake. Other days, I only enter what I don't feel guilty about, which makes the computer think I'm sticking with the program but I'm not. I might be gorging on comfort food like ice cream from Dairy Queen, which is too darn close to my apartment. I know I will never reach my goal if I don't be more consistent and stop lying to this program!

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PATSYB7 1/15/2014 5:47AM

    I've been on SparkPeople for a few years now and have learned, with the help of fellow Sparker SHECHAM, that to get results, you have to be honest with yourself.

I log my food for the day and the preplanning keeps me on track. When I'm tempted to "cheat" I use strategies to stay on track. For instance, I don't bring my purse to the staff lunchroom. That way I can't "treat" myself to something unhealthy from the vending machine.

Utilizing Spark to the max will get us to where we need to be.
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DEEEBEE 1/15/2014 12:12AM

    The program doesn't care if you lie or not. You're just playing games with yourself. Sometimes I forget what I eat, so I try to write down what I'm eating at each meal. I have to face the fact that tracking is not at all 100% accurate due to ingredients and amounts that vary. What is a serving anyway? An approximation, a guess! But what tracking does is make me aware of what I'm eating and how much, and that's what you're doing, too. You are aware of what you are eating and thinking about it, and that's part of the progress toward losing weight. You can lose weight without religiously tracking. Best to you!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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Angel vs. Devil

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Do you ever get the feeling that you have an Angel living on one shoulder whispering the right food choices into your right ear and a Devil living on your left shoulder tempting you with bad food choices? I do, and on most days, the Angel wins out. Unfortunately, the Devil won out many times over the last week, and I regained 6 pounds of lost weight in one week. Exercise streak ended. Perfect SparkPeople attendance streak ended. Very disappointing result, but I'm not going down for the count. I'm a stronger person now, and will get back up to fight again. I'm not going to let that beast control me today. Hopefully, I can say the same about tomorrow. Unfortunately, for me anyway, I've got to take this journey one step at a time, one day at a time.

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PATSYB7 6/6/2013 5:17AM

    Good for you for getting back up. That is the key--never give up. Every day you're getting stronger and stronger. Keep Sparking!

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Entry #2 - Frustrated in St. Louis

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hi SparkPeople Community.

I know I'm not the only one experiencing personal pain right now. When my divorce hearing was way off in the future, I could block it out, and could stick with my eating and exercising program more days than not. As the date gets closer, this event I didn't ask for nor approve of, it begins to dominate more and of my thinking, and that leads to serious binges of emotional eating and getting seriously off track in my SparkPeople program.. I thought I was being good by staying away from Dairy Queen. I thought cereal would be an acceptable binge eating compromise over high fat selections. Was I ever wrong! That would be true if I didn't eat the whole #@%&! box of Cocoa Krispies in one sitting. I have made a commitment to myself to be accountable. I used to not track my occasional emotional eating binges, but that didn't help them go away. I tracked it today, and found out that I consumed over 4000 calories. So much for my great weigh-in this morning. I'm beginning to wonder if I will ever reach my goal, because its seems to always be 1 step forward, 2 steps back for me. Do you ever feel like that guy in the story that is pushing a stone up a hill only to have it roll back down over and over again. I can relate to that guy right now. Hopefully, you are having better day than me!

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BECCAZEN7 5/22/2013 5:20AM

    emoticon Sorry for your emotional pain right now. A wise person once told me "don't eat your emotions, feel them". If you are sad, be sad. If you are angry, feel fact, it can really fuel your workout. Get mad and work out harder! LOL.
That is the best advice I can give you. Just deal with the emotions as they come so you can heal and be whole.
Here is to a better day.
Missourians! Team

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COSMIC_ENERGY 5/21/2013 11:44PM

    Took me a while and gave myself permission to get through the pain of the divorce before I got my diet footing. You might consider looking into counseling or a Divorce Care group in your area. Hang in there. Tracking is a real eye opener. Good for you.

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SADYBUG13 5/21/2013 11:04PM

    Hang in there and remember that tomorrow is a new day. Try not to let this trigger you into a spot you dont want to be in by letting it stop All of the progress you have made. I can definitely get where you are coming from because I have been in family court for 3 of the last 4 years, none of it by my choice. It is so easy to let the stress send you back to that bowl of cereal or whatever the poison is that you pick (any sweets for me!). Yes it is shocking to you that you had 4000 calories. But it is good that you still acknowledged it and tracked it. So now you can say ok, I definitely blew it, but this is not going to get the best of me. Look how far you have already come!! The best thing you can do for yourself is treat yourself better, forgive yourself, dont panic until it is time to panic and take it day by day. You CAN do this!!

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SISTERPRETTY 5/21/2013 10:30PM

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