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11-18-2008, 10:16 AM
When you get into something you shouldn't have or you eat waaaay too much of it ... where did you get it?

11-18-2008, 10:26 AM
Out of my refrigerator!

11-18-2008, 11:02 AM
Well, it didn't just appear in front of me out of thin air, now, did it? :rofl: :rofl:

Usually it's something in the house--sometimes a food that I'm normally OK with having around, but for some reason go crazy with.

Less often it's a food at a restaurant where I forget my restaurant rules.


11-18-2008, 11:27 AM
Well, I haven't waaay overdone it since I started eating healthy, but of course I sometimes have more than I should. It's almost always because of desserts my sister makes, or candy & snacks she has laying around. Our family most often gathers at her house.

Most recently it was this past weekend, because we spent Saturday at the beach, and there was lots of snacking. And Diet Coke too.

11-18-2008, 11:34 AM
At a "reception" type event that isn't part of a planned meal or snack.

I face a void of rules and can revert to my eat everything in sight mode.

11-18-2008, 11:42 AM
at my mom's house! she always has yummy but not good for you stuff in the "snack cabinet"! oreos are a weakness of mine. especially right now when she has the white chocolate covered ones out! and chips. she always has chips. and after you eat something sweet you need something salty! so my mom's house is a big danger zone for me (but i have been getting better when i am there!).

11-18-2008, 12:00 PM
It comes to my front door when I dont want to cook.
I'll have one night a week where I eat a candy bar (reeses), which comes from my bf when I ask him to grab me one while he's at the store
And it comes from dining in restaurants.

This is a good realization question, Susan. Bad food doesn't appear in my refigerator or cabinets. We go out and intentionally purchase these foods for one reason or antoher. It's not an accident and it doesn't just happen. We give in to our urges. Good question!

11-18-2008, 12:07 PM
I have never gone through a drive-thru by myself.

What do you have to say to that notion?

11-18-2008, 12:09 PM
Oh Susan! What a good question. :)

This past couple of weeks, the things I've eaten that weren't good for me came from:
My husband (who brings home bags of chips that were on sale or loaves of fresh crusty french bread from the market)
My job (shooting weddings - sometimes you have to eat what's there - and then there's wedding cake)
My office building (the people in the studio across the hall bring in goodies all the time and bring stuff over to me - halloween candy, anyone?)

I rarely *rarely* buy my own junk food any more ... but I find that if someone offers me something, I have a hard time saying no. Harder lately because of some stress I'm still dealing with. I'm working on being better, though.


11-18-2008, 12:19 PM
So far I haven't had trouble in restaurants or turning down stuff at work but boy did I have a mini-meltdown last Sunday. DH had croissants in the house. Normally not an issue for me to leave alone but went a little nuts and ate one of them (with melted cheese of course :o ) which was so good I found myself eating another one. Then the carb-mania immediately took over and I ate half a box of Kashi cheese crackers - also normally not an issue for me to have a small handful and leave alone. :dunno: So for me, I'd have to say it's stuff I have in my house when my guard is down. That was the first time it happened to me in almost a year. Didn't like it one bit so keeping a tighter lid on myself for a while.

11-18-2008, 12:25 PM
I have never gone through a drive-thru by myself.

What do you have to say to that notion?

Hmm...The only time I've been in the last several weeks is when I didn't bring enough food to work (some days I'm just a lot more hungry than I anticipate when I'm packing lunch). But still I dont get anything horrible. Oh, and one other time when I was headed home late.

Some say it's convenient and faster... others argue that it's really not.

But when you're cycling calories (like me) it's nothing I sweat over. I'll look at my DP and say 'okay I ate 1800 calories today, tomorrow I'll eat 1400.' Or whatever. With the exception of Halloween, I haven't gone off "my" plan in... gosh, months I suppose. I just have my weekly candy bar and a no count meal.

11-18-2008, 12:33 PM
It's usually something my teenage son has requested that I make. I call dishes like this "comfort food." It often has pasta included.

11-18-2008, 12:46 PM
I don't keep junk in the house although I do buy tortilla chips for my husband. Sometimes I'll indulge a little too much in them.

Any junk I eat generally comes from me purposefully going and buying it. Sometimes work will have things like cookies or chocolate for people to take and I'll break down. Also, we have a cafe at work where we can buy things like bagels, which I adore.

11-18-2008, 12:53 PM
Most times, it is someone else's house. My mom's, my grandfathers, when I'm dogsitting...it's exposure to foods I don't keep in my own home.

Sometimes, its baking that I need to do. I'm usually good with control, but not always.

11-18-2008, 01:04 PM
I have trouble with free food too. Like a plate of cheese and crackers at a meeting.

11-18-2008, 01:12 PM
usually from a cupboard whre it's been hidden

11-18-2008, 01:23 PM
I rarely *rarely* buy my own junk food any more ... but I find that if someone offers me something, I have a hard time saying no.

So. True. So. True.

Stuff in the grocery store hardly calls my name. But if the same exact thing is sitting on my sister's counter, it's so much harder.

11-18-2008, 01:29 PM
usually i have made it myself.

11-18-2008, 02:27 PM
I have no deviated from my plan since starting almost two months ago but when I did eat more than I should it was usually from my pantry ;) Crackers, cheese and deli meats come to mind.

11-18-2008, 03:01 PM
Work. We have a 'Snack Cabinet' at work filled with all kinds of junk. Just as long as I stay out of the cabinet, I'm okay.

Some people in the department have requested that the snack cabinet have a selection of healthy foods, so it's not always filled with junk.

11-18-2008, 03:56 PM
Mines usually from my moms or inlaws . My mom always has a candy dish or some kind of sweets around and I tend to want just a bite and I'll eat way more than that . Though I havent done it for a while. My MIL is always making yummy mexican food like her fried tacos so good I cant stop at 1.

11-18-2008, 04:04 PM
Mine comes from Arby's or a place called Ground Round. Boneless buffalo wings with ranch... ahhhhh yum.

11-18-2008, 04:17 PM
If take-out was the answer ... is it a meal or do you go get something just because you want it? Do you put on your coat and shoes and drive to find that thing you want?

I wouldn't drive but I'm not above walking to the convenience store for chips and ice cream. ;)

11-18-2008, 04:31 PM
I have yes Susan. Particularly if I feel it's something my husband (read: me) would want like chips and dip. Hahaha What a love/hate relationship me and the chips and dip have.

11-18-2008, 09:58 PM
Most of my off plan eating has occured at social functions.

Other times I've gone overboard on my very own healthy foods.

And then there's the rarer times when I'll hit the few "off" foods that I have at home. Like the kids cereal.

Baking can be a problem for me as well. I didn't bake for almost an entire year the year that I was losing, because I knew it would be an issue fo rme.

Oh, and lastly, they'll be times when I'm entertaining and do lots and lots of cooking. Mostly healthy, but there's usually something(s) off and sure enough, though I vow not to - I'll eat it.

11-18-2008, 10:10 PM
I have trouble with free food too. Like a plate of cheese and crackers at a meeting.

I had to ban free food. Totally. If I start nibbling and give myself permission, it gets ugly - fast!

The only food I am overeating lately is homemade bread, fresh from the oven. :(

11-18-2008, 10:11 PM
The only food I am overeating lately is homemade bread, fresh from the oven. :(

Okay, I can DEFINITELY understand that one! Definitely.

11-19-2008, 09:03 AM
I'd be in big trouble if I baked like I did when the kids were smalller.

11-19-2008, 10:42 AM
Mine is from the pantry on my days off, when I am just sitting around feeling anxious about ... everything! I can get so creative with a package of pitas, Ready-whip Lite, sugar free jelly, and PB2. Hey, they're all light foods, so how much harm can I do, right? HAAAHAAAHAAA! I have a hard time just going out by myself, as I often end up buying something at a store when I should be saving money, so I stay home. Today, I will bundle up and go out for a walk!

11-19-2008, 10:48 AM
I'm lucky that I'm not a very good baker and have no real interest in it... I can't imagine what would happen if I was.

Shannon in ATL
11-19-2008, 11:02 AM
I don't do take out nearly as much as I used to, and when I do it is something that I really really want. I try to plan for it so it doesn't throw me off track. Last week DH had a bad head cold right before we were supposed to leave for our anniversary trip so I was a little down, thus when I went to get cat food I came home with cat food and ice cream. I haven't done that in a long time, and I actually had to make a second stop on the errand run just to get it.

11-19-2008, 11:23 AM
Lately I've been stressed, working long hours, and have relied more on takeout food. Not necessarily fast food, but picking up pre-prepared stuff on the way home. It's amazing the difference it's made between eating home cooked. My weight loss is pretty much stalled - even though I'm making reasonably healthy choices, and I feel less energized than normal.

So even "healthy" takeout is not the best option for me.


11-19-2008, 12:37 PM
So even "healthy" takeout is not the best option for me.


Yes. Exactly. I find no one makes healthy food taste as good, using minimal amounts of calories as possible, as I do. So therefore, I will continue to shop, chop, dice, slice, saute, broil, roast and do what I do. Major majority of the time, anyway.

11-19-2008, 12:58 PM
It's so funny - this week I'm finding the opposite. I'm so paranoid about food I don't make that I must not be eating much of it. I've been hovering above my maintenance weight for months now - this week, moving and eating out WAY more than usual (although I'm still trying to cook most of the time, with the stuff in two separate kitchens...it's an adventure!), I've lost down to the maintenance range.

Then again, that may be more "constant manual labor" related. :rofl: Hefting boxes and furniture might be a significant calorie burner.

11-19-2008, 01:31 PM
I don't keep junk food in the house, but i do always have stuff to bake with. This past week i made homemade cinnamon rolls, they were delish. I was able to control myself and only have one though. My family enjoyed the rest for me. The other "bad" things that i've ate this week came from the grocery store - Digiorno's pizza one night when i didn't want to cook.
Usually, pizza is my weakness. We order it in a few times a month, so it just appears at my door :smug:
I am a busy person, and the only one in my family who cooks so if i'm too tired to cook, its take out. I really try and keep healthy, easy foods at home so i'm not tempted too often, but it does happen. I just try and workout more, and eat a little less (of the take out) than i would have before. It seems to be working.

11-19-2008, 01:52 PM
It used to come out of my pantry, fridge, freezer, etc. Now if I screw up it's most likely from dining out or overeating a meal at home. Mostly from dining out which is why I have all but cut it out of my diet :)

11-20-2008, 12:57 AM
The restaurant bread basket...the passed hors d'oerves at receptions...much more occasionally something in the house (usually that has been here for a while, or something healthy that I overdo.)

Planning for the eating out is helping. Today I went Mexican for lunch...and planned ahead of time to skip the chips and salsa...which I love. I did it. I wouldn't have if I hadn't made that commitment to myself ahead of time.

11-20-2008, 01:06 AM
Oh, god I'm the same, Susan.. with the free food thing.

Food is food, and it's sometimes tempting - but the concept of 'free' is something i'll battle with forever.

"Oh, but it's free...." = my reasoning. Sometimes I have to talk myself out of a tail spin over a freaken bowl of candy.

11-20-2008, 07:34 AM
Mazza ... I think it's a throw back to when the grocery budget (for the two of us and three little ones) was sooo tight. "Oh look food I don't have to pay for!" Of course it never stopped me from eating my fair of the grocery budget too.

11-20-2008, 08:38 AM
Count me as a member of the FREE food syndrome.

Yes, money was tight when I was a kid - but there was always food even then. And I'm not a kid and I can now afford groceries.

But I'm still drawn to FREE. Not to free if I'm your guest for dinner, but FREE samples from Whole Foods goes right past all rational eating thoughts.

11-20-2008, 09:09 AM
I have a happy story! :D

I went shopping for groceries the other day, and it happened to be the "Holiday Food Festival" at the store. They had plates of turkey dinner, sliced fruit with a chocolate fountain, hors d'oeuvres trays, pastries, eggnog, alcohol...

I ate 1 shrimp with cocktail sauce and 1 small sample of stollen bread, and that was it. :cb: :broc: :cb: :broc:

So it is possible to say no even to free food! At least on that day.

Oh, and I had just come from my gym workout, and I could have told myself a story about how I had been so "good" surely it would be OK to have a lot of food... magical thinking! But I didn't fall for it.