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xMeaganx
02-03-2010, 08:25 AM
You would think I would know better....but alas no such luck. So it started on a Sunday, and I just figured that I was bored, and it was a one time thing. Then came Monday, then Tuesday, now Wednesday and each of these days I've overate. Not just a little but a lot. To the point a minute ago I thought I was going to be sick (and it's only lunch!). I guess to a point I'm lucky that during these binges I've gained only (shudders) 3 lbs. But 3 lb gain in 3 days is crazy. I'm spiraling out of control.

I'm good for breakfast. No problems. Then lunch. That's where the problems start. I eat probably three portions of the lunch, because I just can't get full. I'm full for about 2 hours, then I think I'm starving a gain. So I eat....and eat...oh yea and I eat some more. Dinner I'm eating again (not that I've stopped in between lunch and dinner.

I'm not sure how to stop. I'm drinking liters (about 4.5) of water a day to try to curb the hunger. Started chewing gum, tried avoiding food, tried making better food choices. Yet nothing has worked.

I don't want to sweep it under the rug, because I think that it might continue to go on if I don't stop it now. In fact I'm highly embarrassed and don't want to post this here, yet I know it is something I must do or else I will keep living in denial and those pounds I lost will come back bringing their friends!


marigrace
02-03-2010, 08:38 AM
What ? Oh no, this is not an option....just a temporary set back...and I bet most of that 3 lbs is water weight, so no self flagilation is required... You have 53 lbs off to date and 53 more to go...forget the indiscretion and make a list of all the things that have made you successful. Then just focus like crazy. I know you can do it !

LizR
02-03-2010, 08:52 AM
You have lost so much and done so well. I know you can get this under control.

Can you look at what you are eating in terms of how hungry it makes you? I find that a high protein, low fat and low carb diet makes me feel a lot more full. I know that others use a low Glycemic Index diet to make them feel more full. Still others try high fiber food. Do you know what type of diet makes you feel more full? Try that for a while.

Also consider setting your calories to maintenance for a week or two to get this under control. You won't have a huge gain at 2500 calories a day and you will not feel hungry so you won't feel the urge to overeat.

You might also consider where you are in your monthly cycle. Sometimes your hormones can get out of whack and make you feel crazy hungry. Maybe and ob/gyn could help if that is the case.

Keep posting and letting us know how things are going for you. Do not be embarrassed to post. I've been right where you are today. I bet all of us have had similar problems. We wouldn't be in the 100lb club if we didn't have trouble with eating!

Most of all don't give up. You have done sooo well losing over 50lb. I know you can get back on track. :cheer:


moveforward73
02-03-2010, 09:00 AM
Ohhhh I sooooo completely understand. Your panic eating. And when you realize your over eating your panic eating again. Stop, calm down, say okay, i've made some unwise choices lately, but lets get back on track. Even if you can cut it just a little bit, it will help you. Don't give up, it's not a give up thing. You've made some unwise choices, but you've made good ones in the past and you can make them again. It's NEVER to late to start again.

What has helped me to feel fuller is bread. I get whole grain breed with spray butter. Try a bowl of whole grain cerial, because you can have more than a serving with skim milk and it's still better than going for a big mac.

Lori Bell
02-03-2010, 10:15 AM
You have 2 choices girlfriend.

You can keep binging and continue to gain weight, (at what point is the water weight real?...sooner than you think ;)) *OR* you can get your rear into gear and work through this. Get back into control....you CAN do it!

I have to wonder what you are eating at breakfast to be so ravenous at lunch. You need "real" food with staying power...not some bar or packet of something processed. NEXT: Vegetables. Loads of high fiber, low calories, low starch vegetables. If you are having *real* hunger issues, vegetables will fill you up without any damage. When I think I'm hungry, I reach for my veggie bag in the fride. This week it is full of raw cauliflower, carrot sticks, radishes, and celery. I grab a huge handful and by the time I'd done gnawing on it the "hunger" is gone and no damage is done. IT works EVERY time, unless of course, I'm not really hungry and in a bad place mentally.
If that's the case it's time to bring out the big guns...and for me that is prayer :) :angel:

rockinrobin
02-03-2010, 10:43 AM
Do you plan out your days so that you KNOW EXACTLY what you will be eating? Do you have your foods all ready to go? Do you know what you'll be having at every meal/snack? This way there's no venturing off plan. Do you have a calorie budget?

As far as being hungry - what KINDS of foods are you eating? I need very high quality foods (veggies (fiber) and protein in order to keep me satiated and full. No 100 calorie packs for me - total air food and leave me hungry in no time. I also eat frequently so that I avoid getting hungry.

Food journaling is a great way to get me back on track. You bite it, you write it - puts the brakes on overeating. I see you've lost quite a bit of weight. Seems like now would be a great time to get back dieting one oh one.

You have the ability to do this. Give yourself one perfect day on plan, and follow it up with another and another and before you know it you will be back in the groove.

cathydoe
02-03-2010, 11:02 AM
Quote from you: I don't want to sweep it under the rug, because I think that it might continue to go on if I don't stop it now. In fact I'm highly embarrassed and don't want to post this here, yet I know it is something I must do or else I will keep living in denial and those pounds I lost will come back bringing their friends!

Good for you! Asking for help!

You CAN stop NOW! You CAN do things differently! Believe this!!

I am bringing out the dancers for you...they are doing a YOU CAN DO THIS jig especially for YOU!
HOOT!! :carrot: :joker: :jig: :angel: :moo: :cb: :cp: :dance: :flow1: :flow2: :dancer: :twirly: :wizard: :yes: :mouse: :df: :lucky: :cheer2: :cheer3: :sumo: :crazy: :cheer: :yay: :moped: :belly: :trampo: :thanks2: :val1:

jigglefree
02-03-2010, 11:20 AM
I was going to say eat more smaller meals. Ration out your calories through the day. I do that and on days I get hungry I before "it's time", I have back up food. LoriBell was a great help on the midday/morning munchies. I was cured by the evening.

CATHY: Love the dancers for her. I'm going to add some too.
:carrot::carrot::cb::dancer::woohoo::broc::broc::c heer::cheer::coach:

You can do this Girl!!!:high:

matt_H
02-03-2010, 12:00 PM
Maybe the food choices you are making isn't filling? Are you getting enough fiber and eating some protein with breakfast?

PeanutsMom704
02-03-2010, 01:36 PM
great advice and questions.

The one thing I would add is to still journal/track what you are eating. It's either not as bad as you think it is, or it really is that bad, but you need to see that in black and white so that you can remember that the next time you feel like you want to eat and have to make that decision on what to have.

JayEll
02-03-2010, 01:54 PM
Maybe you should consider consulting with a registered dietitian who specializes in eating disorders. Not saying that you have one, but it is unusual for someone to eat until they are almost sick. I'd see my doctor if I were you, get a referral.

Jay

xMeaganx
02-03-2010, 02:53 PM
Thanks everyone for their support and ideas. I think now that I've fessed up to what I've been doing I can no longer hide it and don't want to slink off in shame so I'm going to put the ideas you gave me to work.

As for what I eat starting out I eat breakfast, consisting of a bowl of cereal (so energy kind) and 1.5% milk. Then lunch is whatever the university sends. It is always some soup, with a main dish (for example today pasta w/ potato pieces), and a vegetable usually. Throughout work I usually eat an apple, orange, wheat crackers, sensible things, then dinner is the leftover soup and salad. I eat dinner at 6/7 and usually don't sleep until about midnight/1 so I am wondering if maybe this is why I'm so hungry around 11 am?

I think I should incorporate more veggies and protein. Maybe I will reach for this instead of my meal that I have no idea how many calories are in! I've also decided to cut out treats, last week I made banana bread this week brownies.....these have been setting me off into a binge. Think I'll skip making anything like this until I've got myself under control!

I think that I might try calorie counting, I've thought about it but haven't done it yet. It will help me to establish where I am calorie wise because right now I'm eating blind....which isn't a good think.

Thank you all once again:hug:! I'm sure that I would never have been able to get so far in this journey without everyone and their continual support! Sometime I really do need a kick in the pants, and reading these comments gives me the motivation to take on anything :hug:

rockinrobin
02-03-2010, 03:00 PM
Maybe you should consider consulting with a registered dietitian who specializes in eating disorders. Not saying that you have one, but it is unusual for someone to eat until they are almost sick. I'd see my doctor if I were you, get a referral.

Jay

Back in the day I ate till I was almost sick most days of the week, so for me, it wasn't all that unusual, in fact it was indeed usual. and I suppose (more than suppose) that *I* did have disordered eating behaviors.

A nutritionist/dietitian could not have helped though, it was me. I needed to help me. But of course we are all different.

marigrace
02-03-2010, 03:21 PM
Meagan, it looks like you need more protein and vegies....maybe you could try that.

Michelle98272
02-03-2010, 03:40 PM
Maybe you should consider consulting with a registered dietitian who specializes in eating disorders. Not saying that you have one, but it is unusual for someone to eat until they are almost sick. I'd see my doctor if I were you, get a referral.

Jay

Am I the only one here who has, on a regular basis, ate so much I've felt sick or wished I could vomit? I don't mean to be abrupt but I have to disagree, I think to be 100+ lbs overweight, it's probably pretty common to have eaten enough to feel ill.

To the OP, I think you've done a great thing coming here, posting and asking for help! I like Rockinrobin's advice...just one on plan day, then follow it by another.

VickieLou
02-03-2010, 09:19 PM
Meagan Thank You for replying to my thread. I do calorie counting. I like it because its flexible and I can add in a treat when I want to. Let's restart
again tomorrow. I'm going to plan my menu tonight.

rockinrobin
02-03-2010, 09:36 PM
Am I the only one here who has, on a regular basis, ate so much I've felt sick or wished I could vomit? I don't mean to be abrupt but I have to disagree, I think to be 100+ lbs overweight, it's probably pretty common to have eaten enough to feel ill.

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Oh no Michelle, you're not the only one. I stated this a couple of posts above yours that I frequently ate till the point of being ill.

Mikayla
02-03-2010, 09:51 PM
Am I the only one here who has, on a regular basis, ate so much I've felt sick or wished I could vomit? I don't mean to be abrupt but I have to disagree, I think to be 100+ lbs overweight, it's probably pretty common to have eaten enough to feel ill.

To the OP, I think you've done a great thing coming here, posting and asking for help! I like Rockinrobin's advice...just one on plan day, then follow it by another.

Nope you are not the only one. I think it is very common for someone who is(or is heading to) obese to eat until they feel a bit( or A lot) ill. Of course it probably is disordered eating. But geez there are a heck of a lot of people here and elsewhere with that disorder.


To the OP: I would also agree with planning ahead of time. Make a plan and stick to it, day after day. Knowing what you are going to eat ahead of time takes the guess work out of what you should be eating and if you plan for the right foods you should be pretty satisfied throughout the day.

JayEll
02-04-2010, 04:54 AM
Am I the only one here who has, on a regular basis, ate so much I've felt sick or wished I could vomit? I don't mean to be abrupt but I have to disagree, I think to be 100+ lbs overweight, it's probably pretty common to have eaten enough to feel ill.
Just because binge eating may be common among members on a weight loss site, that doesn't mean it's normal or untreatable...

OTOH I wasn't a binge eater and I didn't make it to 100+ pounds overweight, so I guess I don't really know much along those lines. I did drink alcoholically, though, so I know what it means to keep going when a normal person would have stopped...

Jay

rockinrobin
02-04-2010, 07:26 AM
Just because binge eating may be common among members on a weight loss site, that doesn't mean it's normal or untreatable...

OTOH I wasn't a binge eater and I didn't make it to 100+ pounds overweight, so I guess I don't really know much along those lines. I did drink alcoholically, though, so I know what it means to keep going when a normal person would have stopped...

Jay

Ahhhh - normal. Love that word. Jay, we were just pointing out that to eat till one's ill is indeed quite normal, depending on how you define normal. And in this instance I think we're taking it as usual and common. As in it's QUITE usual, common and the norm to eat till one is overly stuffed.

Referring one to a doctor because of it, unfortunately is not *usually* the answer. Because if doctors could *fix it*, then there probably would be no need for the 100+ club of which you yourself have been fortunate enough to never need.

JayEll
02-04-2010, 09:29 AM
Because if doctors could *fix it*, then there probably would be no need for the 100+ club of which you yourself have been fortunate enough to never need.
Thanks for pointing that out!

Jay

Creeech
02-04-2010, 11:12 AM
Coming from a previous compulsive over-eater, the only thing that fills me up when my stomach feels like a bottomless pit is Special K Protein Plus cereal with skim milk and banana slices. So good, about 300 calories for 2 cups (one serving size is 3/4 of a cup but if I'm hungry it's worth the calories) and it's actually filling! Try it with some fresh fruit, it's terrific ;)

-Stephy

ThisYear
02-04-2010, 11:48 AM
I would suggest checking your blood sugar when you are feeling so hungry. My sugar dips too low when I haven't eaten a good balance of protein and carbs in the previous meal. Then I feel panicky and like I MUST eat. Then the binge sets off another round. For me, cereal for breakfast is a no-no. I'm not diabetic either. Just something to consider. Hope you find something that works!

Lyn2007
02-04-2010, 12:40 PM
I am a compulsive eater and a binge eater myself. Recovering, of course. Very few binges these days.

I agree you need more protein. Try not to overlook this *very key* piece of the puzzle. I do think if you add protein to your breakfast and lunch, your hungries will diminish significantly. Some ideas:

eggs (any kind... if you need portable protein, hard boil a few and take with you)
nuts (be careful not to overdo them)
lean meats (chicken breast, can of tuna)
beans and legumes (baked beans, chili, veg soup, canned beans of any kind to put in your salad, hummus to eat with vegs, roasted chick peas are portable)
a decent protein shake (watch for sugar in the ingredients)

Give that a try and see how your body feels. Good luck!

Lori Bell
02-04-2010, 02:23 PM
Back in the day I ate till I was almost sick most days of the week, so for me, it wasn't all that unusual, in fact it was indeed usual. and I suppose (more than suppose) that *I* did have disordered eating behaviors.

A nutritionist/dietitian could not have helped though, it was me. I needed to help me. But of course we are all different.

Yep...same here

Am I the only one here who has, on a regular basis, ate so much I've felt sick or wished I could vomit? I don't mean to be abrupt but I have to disagree, I think to be 100+ lbs overweight, it's probably pretty common to have eaten enough to feel ill....


Nope...you're not the only one, sadly. Many suffer from binge eating. Matter of fact, there have been resent occasions I have eaten until I was sick...Christmas Day was the last time I can think of. I think it's a pretty common phenomenon for those of us that ate their way to morbid obesity.

ETA: Oops, sorry I didn't finish reading the thread before I posted....didn't mean to beat a dead horse....I guess we can say that eating to feeling sick is "normal" for the morbidly obese...Not normal for normal people.

xMeaganx
02-04-2010, 02:39 PM
Well I just go back from today (as it is now night here and I'm not eating again!) and well it was great! Stayed on plan! Took the advice I was given (thanks again!) and stayed with it. I didn't binge, had less than what I planned and felt satisfied all day. I added a hard boiled egg at 2, when my snack binges usually peak, with an apple (weird combo I know!) and was fine until dinner.

I'm so thankful for all the advice and encouragement.