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09-30-2002, 09:19 AM
Dear All,
as we have all been throught this little trip down deprivation lane, I am sure we all have ways to deal with the cravings. I could use some new ones and hope y'all will share.
Here are my standard "want a hot fudge sundea but will settle for a warm glass of water and an air sandwich" mind games.

whenever I am hungry, I will drink a glass of water first, a lot of times my body is more thursty than hungry.

the hot bath routine...boring but effective

brush my teeth...again, boring but somewhat effective

distraction of any kind. (crafts to sex, it is all the same to me!)

go hang out in places I generally do not eat...showers, bathrooms...I have the most over plucked eyebrows in the midwest...

take the dogs for a walk...somehow the smell of warm dog poop always kills my appitite

try on to tight clothes...depression and frustration can either send you headlong into the freezer for a 'choco-taco' or make you vow to 'never eat again!'

chatrooms! I can't type and eat at the same time...why don't we have a chat???

anyway, I am sure there are a lot more. Please give me some more hints to get me motivated on this long and tedious journey to a new me.:s:

09-30-2002, 09:30 AM
Good morning - nice to see you around.

Chat sounds good although scheduling could be a problem.

I love the hints. Am going out to pick up the dog poop before breakfast!

09-30-2002, 11:47 AM
Ginya... great idea for a thread!

I read once about a woman who, when she's at home, wears really clinging clothes. Every time she would catch a glimpse of herself in a mirror it would freak/gross her out.
We could all wear one of those cut off tops with a pair of tight leggings. Or shorts. Blah! Even to make ME sick!

How about going to bed at 8:00 so you don't eat after 8:00.

09-30-2002, 05:18 PM
I think I need to sew my lips together.
Either that, or stop buying cookies, "for the kids." ;)

09-30-2002, 11:57 PM
Great idea for a thread! I like doritos, dill pickle, cheese & onion :o whoops!
TIPS! I thought you said chips:rolleyes:

Ellis-yeah we could all dress like that and go hang out at the mall, oh, wait, other people already do that :lol: (meow!)

My tips are boring too: read, go on-line, do house work-nothing like cleaning the cat box to ruin your appetite:lol:

I don't buy chips or cookies at all, out of sight, out of mind. My fridge is full of fruit and sugar free-jello for snacking. Also pre-cut and washed veggies to munch on.

10-03-2002, 02:37 PM
I try to only eat when I am actually hungry (as in my stomach is growling) and then stop when I am comfortable... not stuffed. If I want to eat when I am not hungry or want to eat more than I should, I ask myself the REAL reason for wanting to eat and think of another option. So much of this is a psychological issue.

I take a supplement called Diaplex that seems to help stabilize my blood sugar and I don't seem to eat as much or crave food. It is from Standard Process Inc. and is availble through health practioners like chiropractors without a prescription. This makes a really big difference for me... however it is not considered a weight loss supplement.

Count calories... I know I need to stop around 1500 and FOR SURE by 1700. And of course not eating after 8:00 pm.

Vigorous exercise... the last thing I want to do is pig out after I just worked my butt off. Its just way too much work to ruin it with a huge meal. I also keep a written record of my exercising on a monthly calendar.

I only eat 1/2 of whatever I order at the restaraunt. The rest I take home in a box and enjoy for lunch the next day.

I set small, manageable, measurable goals within short timelines. This helps me to stay focused and not get overwhelmed by the big picture.

If I pig out or skip exercising, I get back on track immediately. I try to be gentle with my failings and proud of every small success. Every positive step I make is a step in the right direction. Minimize the black and white thinking!

Check this web site daily and seek out support from like-minded individuals. I find that posting my weight and measurements and weighing in here every Monday really helps to keep me accountable. I weigh myself every morning but only record my weekly totals.

And of course... drink lots of water.


10-03-2002, 06:33 PM
I just bought a big bag of popcorn. Even if I eat the entire thing (I won't ... I'll share it with the kids), it's still better than eating my usual big bag of Doritos. I think any little substitution can help. Or just reduce the quantity. One summer I lost 20 pounds just by rowing 10 minutes a day and eating a small bag of Doritos a day instead of a large one.

You're funny, Mauvais. ;)

And ummm, let's all get some of Sojo's Diaplex. :D

10-03-2002, 10:27 PM
Once upon a time, my sister and I were diligent Weight Watchers. After the wednesday night weigh in and meeting, we allowed ouselves anything we wanted to eat for dinner. We really looked forward to our "splurge" and it helped carry us through the week.

Hey, I lost 40 lbs then, must have been doing something right!
'course I've since FOUND about thirty of those forty lbs...sob!

10-04-2002, 08:59 AM
Yup thats the ticket girls, you need to allow yourself to indulge one meal a week. To have whatever you want for that meal. I do not mean eating a whole bucket of chicken, fries and then having a extra large chocolate bar and huge bag of chips for dessert. But if you feel you want Wendy's, McD's,Taco Bell, whatever go for it, for that one meal, and then move on for the rest of the week. And dont forget to drink lots of water!

10-04-2002, 02:11 PM
What helps me is reading about other people & how they lost weight. There used to be a fantastic magazine called Successful Slimming and it featured REAL stories about how REAL people lost weight. They don't publish it anymore, but I still have a few copies & re-reading them inspires me. I also subscribe to SHAPE magazine & they have a similar feature. I hope one day to be one of the success stories. :)

The other thing that helps me is to do food prep on the same day I went to the grocery store. If I bag up those carrots, whole grain crackers, broccoli, cereal, grapes, etc, right away then I have a legal nosh all ready to go.

Trying on too-tight clothes works, too.

I'm taking supplements of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and carnitine. They are enzymes naturally found in foods. They seem to be helping, but so does "being good".

10-04-2002, 05:46 PM
Hey Chicks!

I need a tip or suggestion........!

I bought a new digital scale a couple weeks ago - grrr! one of those highly rates ones! cost me about $130 - Intelligentsource or some such name......well it seemed to work ok the first few days (oh yeah! the number is a bit high, but I digress...:lol: ).

Well, the last few days I notice that it gives me a different result if I step on it a few times within the span of five or so minutes!!!

Even if the number itself is wrong......I really need to know the rate of change and whether that is accurate or not!

Has this ever happened to you before? What did you do about it?

Do you have a scale that gives you consistent results?

Please advise!

terrigrrl :)

10-04-2002, 05:48 PM
oh key point ... that was 3 different results in the same 5 minutes :(

10-04-2002, 06:15 PM
hi terrigrrl,

I have similar scales and they also give inconsistent results. It's quite a pain. Not sure what the answer is, sorry, but you're not alone ;) Usually I just get on and off a few times and then use the lowest weight...that must be the 'true' reading surely?!:D

Jin x

10-04-2002, 08:52 PM
I have a Tanita weight/body fat scale. It is absolutely accurate everytime and never varies more than 1/2 pound if you weigh yourself more than once. It gives me the same numbers as the doctor's scale and the weight watchers scale. I don't know how accurate the body fat numbers are... but they are consistent so at least you can monitor your progress. I purchased mine online and got a good deal.

10-06-2002, 10:57 AM
thanks for the help, it will help me get back in line. I was on a business trip this week with the exectutive lunches....needles to say I careened off the big calorie clift and cashed...ouch!
now I gotta get my head back on straight and do the right thing. ugh. Love the tight clothes, spandex tip. How scary would that be??? me, but I can't stand the stuff. I Try, lord knows I try...and avoidance, I never have any food in the house, just the basics to keep the cupboards from looking empty, and I never buy chips, as that would just be a disaster waiting to happen. But last night, I ate a bunch..big ole bunch...of cereal while wathcing tv...tried to fool myself it was better than junk food, but the tiny marshmellows didn't fool anyone. *sigh*, back on board today, another day, another chance.

10-06-2002, 11:45 AM
Well Ginya, Ther ewould be less fat in the cereal instead of potato chips. But yeah there is a lot of sugar in some cereals. But you will burn that off.

10-07-2002, 09:05 AM
One of the things I use to help my family with their chocolate cravings is lower fat sweets. York peppermint patties have only 3 g. fat and maybe 130 calories. Animal crackers are about the same. And sugar babies. It's better than having a snickers or chocolate chip cookies and keeps everyone from feeling depraved. We don't really have a chip problem, but we love popcorn. We use a cheese salt on it. It's much better than butter, calorie and fat wise. I have also switched to brown rice and they eat less of that.

ttfn, morningglory

11-19-2002, 01:31 PM

Doesn't anybody have any more good ideas?! Come on!!! We're desperate!! We're fat!!!

11-19-2002, 04:44 PM

How about not buying the junk when you go to the grocery store. If it's not there in the house you don't think about it as much and it is not sitting in a cupboard calling your name. :)

This works particularly well in the winter when you are too lazy to get bundled up and traipse out to the store when it is freezing out. bbbbrrrrr!

11-19-2002, 05:53 PM

take out the old prom pictures and be happy that you don't look nerdy anymore, but realize you felt better and sexier and your clothes fit you better back then? post it on the fridge? or am I just a masochist?

just thinking and tripping down memory lane :lol:


11-19-2002, 07:56 PM
Too true, Mauvais. And how about this one... when you ARE in the grocery store, stock up on lots of good healthy snacks. We always pick up several big bags of baked chips to have during the week with low fat dip. Then we're less inclined to run to the corner store for the high fat ones when we feel "the urge".

Oh yeah... that prom one is good, Terri. Geepers, you should have seen my hair. :mad: But I was slim!

11-19-2002, 11:13 PM
I loved the way I looked at my prom. I would love to look like that again. It is one of the few time I liked the way I looked. And I weighed less, but had no boobs. :lol: They didn't show up 'til college.

11-20-2002, 09:32 AM
Yeah, but you're young, Squeak. :lol: My grad picture is almost 20 years old.
You're kidding... you didn't get breasts until college!? What did you do, have them installed?

11-20-2002, 10:15 AM
Nope, no boobs until college. I had a little but not much at all. I started taking the pill in college and they like tripled in size. It was very strange.
The dress I wore I had to take the straps in because I didn't have enough up top. A few years ago I tried it on again. Not only did I take out the stitches to make the strap the original size, it wouldn't zip up the whole way.It would zip up until it got to my chest. We did manage to get it the rest of the way but I couldn't breathe, and they were popping out of the top too. :lol:

11-20-2002, 03:43 PM
Terri, When I seen your tip of digging out the old "prom" pictures, I miss read for a moment or maybe it was wishful thinking, because I thought it said "porn" pictures.:o
That is a good idea however, I recently was looking at mine and it sure was incentive to lose.

11-20-2002, 03:48 PM
Virginia, have you been drinking? I've always been impressed with your grip on grammar. Until now. :lol:

Porn pictures. I don't even have a picture of myself in a bathing suit! :D

11-20-2002, 05:59 PM

nope! no porn pictures here...........but there is a certain honeymoon video hidden in a drawer somewhere lol - with a funny label on it :

I wrote :

" Dear DD, in the event that mummy and daddy are no longer with us and you find this tape, please destroy it immediately - or else you will need to save your money for therapy, darling" :lol:

squeak - the same thing happened to a friend of mine in college - must be the hormones (?)

Actually, I just reread my earlier post - I have to say (blushing) that while I felt better back then physically - I feel sexier now at this point in my life - I guess with age? LOL hhmmm maybe the brain is the most important organ?

:lol: :lol: Terri

11-21-2002, 05:52 PM
You know what's yummy? Fried tomatoes on toast. Just cook the tomatoes in a little low fat marg. :D

11-22-2002, 10:01 AM
Never grocery shop when before supper. You spend more money and buy tons of junk food.

I may have looked great 20 years ago, but I sure have better orgasms now!


11-22-2002, 11:49 AM
Amen Lamorgan!
Orgasms get better with age.

11-22-2002, 02:19 PM
Yeah, but the sex doesn't last as long. What the ****?!

11-22-2002, 08:26 PM
depends on what kind of sex you're having :o


11-22-2002, 11:11 PM
Hey dirty girls, who has the "porn" pictures? :lol:

Think you are all posting on the wrong site;)

And Ellis, why are you assuming everyone is drunk today? Were you drinking coffee with Bailey's instead of cream today...hmmm:chin:

11-22-2002, 11:58 PM
Oh, so you think it's ME who's drunk! :lol: I'll have you know; Mauvais, I've never been drunk in my life!

11-23-2002, 12:04 AM
Ellis-Fine, so you have never been drunk. But have you been eaten?
oog, that came out naughtier than I meant it to!!! :s:

11-23-2002, 12:16 AM
That's VERY rude, Den. Mauvais is going to have you executed.
of course I have

11-23-2002, 12:20 AM

11-25-2002, 11:27 AM
Ellis and Den~ tch, tch! :nono: what am I going to do with you two?

11-25-2002, 11:48 AM
What a pair of trollops! I am laughing too hard to ever get old!

As Red Riding Hood said to the Wolf:
"Eat! Eat! Doesn't anybody f*** anymore?"


11-25-2002, 11:57 AM
Oh, now that is too rude for words. Isn't this supposed to be the "tips" thread?!
Well, on another subject, I just got an email from Soozie saying she has to get to work and would I please say hi to everyone for her!!! Can you believe the nerve of that girl!? What am I?! Her secretary?! :lol: (teasing you, Sooze)

11-25-2002, 02:00 PM
Ellis-could you give Soozie a message for me?...:lol:

11-25-2002, 02:06 PM
Sure. Can I word it myself? @($&$%! :lol:

11-25-2002, 10:38 PM
Nice Ellis, real nice, and Santa will be leaving a nice tasty bar of soap in your stocking this year :lol:

11-26-2002, 12:12 AM
This IS the tip forum, and as such I am going to give all you delicate little flowers a tip:

F*** BEFORE you eat. If you eat first you may be too full to F***
and if you F*** first you may be blissed out enough that you eat less....

......of course sometimes it IS fun to combine the two.......


11-26-2002, 08:02 AM
I like the way you think. You guys crack me up and let me tell you I can use a good laugh this week.
Love you guys

11-26-2002, 08:29 AM
:lol: I think Den should be dipped in lye. It's the only way to get her really clean.

11-26-2002, 09:36 AM
Boil her in Javex! Or is it Chlorox in the States?

11-26-2002, 09:53 AM
Lye is more potent. Have you ever made soap? As soon as you pour the lye into the water, the water heats up something fierce.
I thought I had age marks on the back of my right hand... now I realize they're burn marks from stirring the damned soap and splashing.

11-26-2002, 10:32 AM
yikes! some of these tips are, not 'martha stewart'
but hey, F*&$ her!
I like the help!

11-26-2002, 11:53 PM

I NEVER lye!! I always tell the truth!! And if i don't you can wash my mouth out with soap!!!

11-27-2002, 07:40 AM

11-27-2002, 10:24 AM
:bb: :ink:

he he he

hey all!

tried to post my pic last night :( wouldn't let me because my pics have a "tif" extension.......

tif u