100 lb. Club - I NEVER stay on program when I .....
02-02-2007, 03:37 PM
My day is pretty much down the tubes if I start off with a big breakfast (over 600 calories) Maybe it's just mind over matter... but I feel like I've blown the day so I just bing for the rest of the day.. and many times long.
It's important to see these red flights. What are yours?
I ALWAYS go off program too when I have company.. I give myself an excuse. Lately I've had people over for lunch instead of dinner... this does help. It's a smaller meal - then I can have a sensible dinner.
02-02-2007, 03:57 PM
When I am tired...When I have been up all night catching babies I "deserve" to go out to breakfast and I "deserve" to not have to cook that night...and I "deserve" to take a break from exercise.
02-02-2007, 04:16 PM
I got off program when my son moved out of the house. I had to come to the conclusion that, even though he moved out, I *still* have to cook for myself.
I agree with that have-a-good-breakfast deal. If I start out wrong, the whole day usually follows wrong.
I NEVER stay on program when I ... go out to dinner with my friend Randy. He's a skinny little sprite with the metabolism of a hummingbird, and I'm ... not.
Midwife! Funny image - you running around catching babies falling from the sky. :)
02-02-2007, 04:28 PM
Eat a sweet afternoon snack, even fruit! I can have a sweet morning snack and be just fine, and in the evening I can have a sweet dessert after dinner and be fine. But if I eat something sweet between 2pm and 6pm, it sets off my inner sugar junkie.
02-02-2007, 05:49 PM
skip breakfast. Something I almost never do, but when I do, I always end up going over on my calories. I either get really hungry and overeat later in the day, or I figure that I've saved 300 calories by not eating breakfast, so I can splurge for dinner.
I didn't eat breakfast for more 25 years, and I now know that breakfast is an important part of my plan.
02-02-2007, 05:55 PM
... don't write down what I eat!
I CAN eat more than I want when I do write it down, but I have a mental block that if I'm not writing, it doesn't seem to count as much.
So, I will keep tallying everything I eat, almost every day...
02-02-2007, 06:09 PM
...when I don't pre-plan & package everything I'm going to eat the next day. If I think "oh i'll just pick somehting up for lunch" I end up eating a WHOLE PIZZA or something ridiculous LOL
plan plan plan is the only way i can succeed
02-02-2007, 06:35 PM
When I have a busy morning, like today, with my oldest getting sick and me having to run to the doctor-store-pharmacy etc. I didn't have breakfast, so by lunch time I'm starving and I eat anything, then I feel crappy about it and just binge the rest of the day.
02-02-2007, 06:52 PM
Two things cause me to fall off the wagon. The biggest one, is a brief falling off the wagon. For example if we go out to dinner and I eat sensibly, but then decide to have dessert. Then what happens is for the next week (or sometimes longer) I just think, "Well, I blew it, I'll eat what I want." My philosophy this time around is that I am not dieting. I am making healthier choices and I am not going to deprive myself 100% of the time. That no longer gives me an excuse to go completely off program over one less healthy choice.
Stress also causes me to not stay on plan, but today, I won that battle! We have a horrible plumbing issue (an ongoing plumbing issue, may I add?) and while waiting for my new best friend, the plumber, I ate a few low fat Triscuits and some low fat spinach dip. I felt satisfied after that, but twenty minutes later I was standing in front of the fridge again! For the first time ever, I realized what I was doing, and purposely walked away to read this board in order to stay motivated!
02-02-2007, 08:32 PM
I've started my new plan, but my big down fall is wine. If I drink even one glass I give my self permission to munch. I am staying far away. Also sugar sets me off. I will have a serious binge. So no sugar or starch for me.
02-02-2007, 10:18 PM
i never stay on program when i wake up late or am having a "fat day."
02-03-2007, 02:39 AM
when i am bored, or have a headache.
02-03-2007, 02:46 AM
Stress from work sets me off like nothing else... luckily I quit my highly stressful job for a one that actually pays MORE but I have zero responsibility. I've finally realized that you can have a LIFE, AND work! Who knew!
02-03-2007, 03:39 PM
~ I have trouble staying on plan when I have a change from my normal routine (getting sent home from work because they are over staffed ~ doesn't happen often ~ but when it does ~ somehow I feel like I want to celebrate and why does celebrate = food to me?) or when I have to attend a class that takes the place of a work day.
~ when I have survived a rugged night at work.
~ or like train said when I have a headache ~ don't feel good and eat what ever will make my headache go away.
~ also when I am tired ~ sometimes ~ so tired I just don't care, and grab the easiest thing which is seldom the best choice.
02-04-2007, 05:25 AM
About five to seven days during the month, when PMS hits, I get VERY iritable and hungry for chocolate, sweets, and red meat. My husband and I are eating a lot less red meat, and my meat cravings are even worse now than ever before during those days. My husband has even started calling it "meat week." I have always found it nearly impossible to lose weight "that week," and it gets discouraging enough that I really think that if I could fix that one week, I might have a chance at gaining ground on the weight loss. Unfortunately, it seems like it takes me three weeks to "undo" the damage I caused during "meat week."
02-04-2007, 08:15 AM
When the weekend comes......I just get bored at home or go out with my friends of which eating is a part of .....the only time I actually stay pretty close to plan is with my boyfriend because he eats very healthy food and I don't want to look like a pig with him......
02-04-2007, 03:00 PM
If I skip a meal I'm much more likely to indulge and have food that I shouldn't have.
02-04-2007, 03:04 PM
If I don't get enough sleep! I need my sleep :yes:
02-04-2007, 05:46 PM
I never stay on program when I....
1. Make excuses for my own bad choices or, worse, blame them on someone else. I don't care how angry someone makes me or how stressful my day is it is nobody's fault but my own if I CHOOSE to make it worse by stuffing my face with food. I can't always control what goes on around me but I can control how I react. If I don't acknowledge that what I eat (or don't eat) is MY responsiblity and no one else's then it is easy to allow myself to get off track.
2. Confuse a splurge with a binge. They aren't interchangeable and a planned splurge (or even an impulsive one) does not negate all of the effort I'm put in up to that point. Neither does a binge, of course, but if I assign the same emotion to a splurge as comes naturally with a binge then I almost always take up the, "I've blown it" attitude. And that attitude is another EXCUSE I give myself to eat what I want, when I want.
02-05-2007, 09:32 AM
I never stay on program when I'm overtired and since I work at night, this happens a lot. I can do amazing all day but once about 11:00 p.m. hits me I just lose. I have to learn to follow my own rule of no eating after dinner!!!
02-05-2007, 10:11 AM
I must admit that I find myself responding as all of you have! I have probably used every excuse in the world to deny that I was eating too much or that I weighed as much as I did!
I think my number one reason for slipping off my program , though, is when I fail to think of myself and my own needs. I am GREAT at taking care of everyone else but am a real neophyte when it comes to really caring for myself. I KNOW that I am not alone on this and that most of you probably take way better care of everyone than you do/did your own body, too!
I am beginning to notice the signs when I am reverting back to my old ways, though, and can now stop myself from ignoring my own needs. It has taken me many, many years to be able to do this! Ironically I think that by focusing on caring for others and trying so hard to meet THEIR needs and wants and desires, I was giving myself permission to think of myself as a less than worthy person. Then, as an inferior being, I rationalized that since I really didn't MATTER MUCH, what did it really matter if I ate too much or exercised too little?!!
I used to think that weight loss was calories in/calories out, of picking the right diet and sticking to it for a long enough time. I now know that those things are literally the tip of the iceberg; I first need to care about myself and love myself.
How can a person ONE HUNDRED POUNDS over a healthy body weight even begin to SAY that they love themselves?!! When I think of all I have put my body through over the years of being so heavy I just want to CRY!!!
Fortunately, I now take time for ME! I am speaking up for what I need and want. I have become healthier in my body but even MORE healthy in my MIND.
This site and all you great people have played a HUGE part in my success, and I can't thank you enough for showing me that I am not alone in my daily struggles!:hug:
02-05-2007, 10:22 AM
Cheryl -- you have hit the point I'm sure a lot of us are thinking. We put ourselves last -- we would never let our children eat like we do or would reach out to anyone we know who had the same problems but blow ours under the rug. You definitely have the right mind set to reach your goal -- good luck!!