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01-20-2010, 08:17 AM
It seems like it's forever that the night of my weekly weigh in I overeat. I did it way back in the 80's when I started WW.

I know it's a matter of committment and using tools.

I can't go to weighing daily - doesn;t work for me

Any ideas to help me break this habit.

01-20-2010, 08:43 AM
You've just got to suck it up and push through it. Maybe reward yourself. If you stay on plan you buy yourself a new scarf, a lipstick, a something. Change your routine. Get out of the house. Keep busy. Map out every minute of the day with food AND activities. Make a vow, a pledge an iron clad commitment to get through it - no matter what. Use lots of self talk. Psych yourself into it. Tell yourself over and over again that you WILL stay on plan. You WILL stay on plan. You WILL stay on plan. WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO DO. Get through it this one time - and than you will know that you CAN do it. Because of COURSE you CAN do it. It's a doable thing. You have the ability to do this. You're a grown up. You can make reasonable, rational decisions. Master a new skill. Conquer something new. Grow. Push yourself. Challenge yourself. DO IT!!!!

01-20-2010, 09:04 AM
Robin, it's such a delight to start reading a thread and see your comments under it. You are SUCH an inspiration!

I just wanted to add one thing, Beverlyjoy. You've conquered so much of the battle by recognizing the habit and looking for strategies to overcome it. I think most of my struggle comes from refusing to acknowledge my issues so that I don't have to do anything about them. Good for you! As for the rest, yeah - what Robin said!

traci in training
01-20-2010, 10:27 AM
How about planning a great meal for the night of your weigh-in? Something you really like that you don't usually go to the trouble of making but it still well within your plan. I love, love, love baked sweet potatoes and carmelized cabbage but they both take an hour to make and I just don't have that much time everyday. The night before weight-in would be a great night for me to take the time to make those things. Added bonus - cabbage will fill you up but you can eat a ton of it for a little tiny bit of calories!

01-20-2010, 10:41 AM
Perhaps change your weigh in day? Is that factor? For instance, maybe Saturday or Sunday are not the best days because you're indulging because it's Friday or Saturday night? In such a case, maybe Friday morning would be better to weigh in on?

Maybe exchange one habit for another. Maybe your new routine is that you drink a cup of tea or coffee the night before your weigh in. I find that filling so it curbs my appetite. Or maybe your new routine is to take a walk before weigh in day?

01-20-2010, 11:20 AM
Everyone has some great advice. The only other thing I can think to add is to have a meal pre-made, pre-portioned of something you like set aside in the fridge so you can just microwave it and enjoy right after weigh in. Then you can't use the excuse of lack of time to cook to eat what is available but not on plan or in a reasonable quantity. If the eating was a reward for losing then maybe change the reward to something like a lipstick as Robin suggested or if that is too pricy use a token system so 4 weigh INS without overeating afterwards=a new lipstick.

01-20-2010, 12:21 PM
omg, I've done this, more than once! isn't that crazy? I think for me it was/is a matter of pushing through it. sometimes I talk to bf and say outloud, I want tomorrow's weigh in to be good, so I don't want to go off plan tonight. that sets it firmly in my mind. I'll do a little exercise in the evening, that helps too (it's the opposite of oversnacking, you know? and puts me in a positive frame of mind)

I agree, finding a way to busy yourself in the key period of time when you feel vulnerable would be a good idea too. something that will occupy your mind and still relax you.

01-20-2010, 01:39 PM
Thanks to everyone. These are some very good ideas. Next week....I WILLL get through it!!

01-20-2010, 01:54 PM
I will make a prediction - once you avoid it the first time it will be 100% easier to avoid it the second. It's all mental. You just need to change your focus. When the thought of eating after weigh-in comes in, catch it, confront it, interrupt it and redirect to something else. "I know I used to do that, but I'm not anymore. I am done even thinking about it. Now, I wonder what my friend XYZ is doing. I'll give her a call."

01-20-2010, 03:54 PM
I agree with making sure the weigh-in day isn't affecting you and keeping yourself uberbusy the day of the weigh in! If I sit around, I will eat mindlessly. Go for an extra walk or even just see if there is a friend you can call on that day as much as needed, everytime you feel like eating. You can get through this!! :hug:

01-20-2010, 04:34 PM
I always do my weigh-in first thing in the morning. It's usually Tuesday or Wednesday. I am going to use many of your suggestions. This is an important habit to break if I ever really want to have a sane relationship with food.

Thanks again, to all.

01-20-2010, 10:33 PM
I have this problem too! It seems like the evenings of the actual day of my weigh ins (Friday) I always "treat" myself to something...almost always a dessert of some sort. Especially if I did particularly "well" with my progress. I realize this isn't necessarily a big deal in and of itself, and I always told myself I will let myself have something if I am truly craving it....but the thing is I want to get away from associating food as a reward. Funny thing is, I never used to crave sweets this way.

I think Eliana had a great idea, changing weigh in days. I think we (I know I do) tend to equate weekends to letting our hair down so to speak and relaxing.

I also think that the idea that once you/we combat this one week it will boost our chances of success in the same way the next week and the next etc.

01-21-2010, 09:10 AM
All great ideas.

I got my haircut yesterday at the local beauty college and was looking at the list of services they offer. I can get a facial for $7! For under $20 I can get a facial and a pedicure! :carrot: How about treating yourself to some calorie free pampering on those nights?

01-21-2010, 10:03 AM
Ah, the Twilight Zone! I know it well! haha I think what we have to do is not think of that as the end of our diet week, but as the beginning of a new one. Once you weigh, instead of being like "ah, I'm done. Let's eat before tomorrow," it's gotta be, "Alright good week, time to start a new one." Whether you weigh at 6 am or 7pm, that's the start of your new week. At least that what I'm going to do!

01-26-2010, 08:25 AM
Well it's a week later - I weighed today and I will NOT overeat or binge! I've planned a good healthy yummy food day. I will get myself a new lipstick tomorrow as my reward!! I KNOW I can make it.

Like you said - once I do this - it should become a bit easier. I'll let you know tomorrow.

01-26-2010, 08:46 AM
Well it's a week later - I weighed today and I will NOT overeat or binge! I've planned a good healthy yummy food day. I will get myself a new lipstick tomorrow as my reward!! I KNOW I can make it.

Like you said - once I do this - it should become a bit easier. I'll let you know tomorrow.

I too KNOW that you can make it. I am CERTAIN OF IT. You have the ability to do this.

I was about to wish you good luck, but I'm a firm believer that luck's got nothing to do with this. NOTHING. Which is a good thing. Imagine if we had to rely on luck to get this done? No, no, no. We get to control it. It's in our hands.

Plan out that day. STICK TO IT LIKE GLUE. Master something new!! AMAZE YOURSELF.

I look forward to hearing of your perfectly on plan, delightful day. :)

0o0o KimoKawaii o0o0
01-26-2010, 09:35 AM
At first I was thinking, maybe change up your weigh-in day.....
Like one week make it Thursday, next week Friday, and so on......but i'm not sure if that would do anything because it's more of a psychological response, ya know?
"Oh no, dooms day, ah, i hate weighing in, GIMMIE PIZZA!!!" [i used pizza since, well, i'm a pizza-freak! haha] So changing your day wouldn't do anything for that kind of situation, so maybe you can do a bi-weekly weigh-in!? Or, just have a good talk with yourself..........is it really worth it? Yes, it can be a little nerve racking having to see what your weight is for the week, BUT, instead of grabbing food, just think - If you don't binge, maybe there would be an extra .5-1lb lost at your next weigh-in, eh!!?? =D

I hope you're able to break your habbit!!

I have a habit of binge eating when i'm upset. So as of late, i try to to throw pillows and then go out for a walk, instead of eating tons of crap i shouldn't be eating! lol. >_<

Good luck girlie!!! *hugs*

*~ Violet ~*

0o0o KimoKawaii o0o0
01-26-2010, 09:36 AM
oopsie-daisy......i'm like seriously late in responding to this! haha. srry 0_0

01-26-2010, 10:26 AM
You can make it and you will make it. Looking forward to hearing about your success. We will meet here tomorrow and do the "Happy Dance" together.

01-26-2010, 12:37 PM
I agree with prepare to treat yourself to something special that isn't food. I think rewarding yourself with food is the habit to break. If money is an issue how about a nice bubble bath at home with a good weight loss book or WW magazine?

01-27-2010, 08:12 AM
:cb::cb: :dance::dance::dance: :flow1::flow1::flow1:
:dancer::dancer::dancer: :twirly::twirly::twirly: :cheer3::cheer3: :cheer2::cheer2: :broc::broc::broc: :cheer::cheer::cheer:

I made it through the day yesterday without overeat, binging, or even being stressed about not overeating.

I think it's because I talked about it here with you all. Thanks to everyone for your ideas and support!

01-27-2010, 08:41 AM
:cb::cb: :dance::dance::dance: :flow1::flow1::flow1:
:dancer::dancer::dancer: :twirly::twirly::twirly: :cheer3::cheer3: :cheer2::cheer2: :broc::broc::broc: :cheer::cheer::cheer:

I made it through the day yesterday without overeat, binging, or even being stressed about not overeating.

I think it's because I talked about it here with you all. Thanks to everyone for your ideas and support!

I was thinking of you all day, sending positive vibes your way.

I knew you could do it. I knew it. I knew it. I knew it! And you did indeed do it. I'm SO happy for you. You've conquered something new, mastered a new skill. You made it possible, you made it happen. Way to go!

Keep at it. Keep on going. Keep finding ways around your "obstacles", taking no excuses, doing what needs to be done and bettering your life.


01-27-2010, 08:46 AM
Thanks SO much -

I forgot to mention that I am buying my new lipstick today!

02-01-2010, 09:20 AM
So glad to hear things are going better! Which lipstick did you buy? :)

02-04-2010, 03:53 PM
:D:D:):):D:D Just wanted to let you all know...I got through another weigh-in day without overeating later. YAY.

Summer1 - the lipstick I bought last week was Revlon Goldpearl Plum.

I am going to by another one!

02-04-2010, 03:57 PM
:cheers: Here's to an amazing lipstick collection!

Arctic Mama
02-04-2010, 05:23 PM
Great news! We knew you could do it! I struggle with this as well, and about the only thing that works for me is giving myself a set meal for dinner and refusing to eat beyond it.

I hope this is a permanent solution for you :)

04-22-2010, 09:19 AM
I remembered this thread from a few months ago. I thought I had addressed this habit and it was in the past. Ha ha -

For the last two weigh in days (usually Wednesday or Tuseday morning) - that evening I ate extra, like I've done in the past. (I had actually gone for months without reverting back to that habit. )

I have reread all the good advice and am committed to once again NOT overeating on my weigh in day....night.

I appreciate that I can go back and find this thread here at 3fc.

04-22-2010, 11:27 AM
I don't know if you are a Harry Potter fan but there is a line from one of the movies that pertains, "I knew I could do it because I already saw myself do it. "

04-22-2010, 11:38 AM
I know you said daily WI didn't work for you but what about adding just one more each week? So you'd still have the "pressure" (meant as a positive thing) that you have another WI coming up in 3 or 4 days to help you stay on plan vs. feeling like you get a free pass because it's a whole week away.

04-22-2010, 12:20 PM
Peanutsmom - if I can't 'live' with a weekly weighins again...I may consider weighing twice a week. I am working on desensitizing myself to weighins as being just a moment in time. Mostly, the past few months I've been OK with once a week But, as habits sometimes do, those feelings creeped back in.

timetolose - thanks for that great quote!