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06-25-2010, 08:35 PM
Today was supposed to be my ten thousandth "Day One," but now (of course because it's heading into the evening) i am CRAVING Panda Express. I am going to go get it, eat it all, and feel terrible after. Then I am going to plan how TOMORROW i will start losing weight this summer. That's a typical day of my 20 year old:( life. Pathetic right?

06-25-2010, 09:02 PM
You really just have to STOP. I know that's easier said than done, but there's just no other way around it. No one can change your eating habits but you!

06-25-2010, 09:05 PM

If this really is the millionth "day one" it time for some real discipline. You have to ask yourself "do I want to fail, yet again?" "will panda make me really feel better?" I tell you, if you can resist panda, just once, you will have succeeded, and chalk a win for you! The more wins you build up, the more confident you'll be! Don't give in! We are here to help you. Keep posting! Good Luck!

06-25-2010, 09:16 PM
I say eat Panda Express...get the plain vegetables and eat them if you MUST have Panda Express! I eat these at my school sometimes. Mmmm, veggies! Low calorie, low cost and healthful!

06-25-2010, 09:32 PM
It is time to say no! :nono::nono::nono:

You are accountable for what you eat, and you may want panda express now but in the long run you will probably feel horrible afterward.

06-25-2010, 09:40 PM
panda express is the worst. i use to binge on it almost every other day. delicious, but wow the calories are incredible. it's how i ended up at 222

06-25-2010, 09:43 PM
Yeah but really is "tomorrow" ever going to come if this stays the same? In the beginning I was constantly going over my calories. I was eating stuff that I know I shouldn't have eaten and just kept telling myself "There's always tomorrow..." but I would keep doing the same thing and tomorrow never came until one day I just...realized what I had to do. And I did it. It's hard in the beginning but once you get the swing of things it's just second nature.

06-25-2010, 09:43 PM
I am FAR from being a proponent of fast food, but seriously, there are reasonable options here! http://www.pandaexpress.com/images/pdf/nutritioninformation.pdf

06-25-2010, 10:49 PM
After reading The End of Overeating by David Kessler, I'll never eat Panda Express again. You might try getting that book from the library. As I recall, he describes orange chicken as fat on sugar on fat on salt. Or, something like that. And what they do to the chicken makes it no longer seem like food to me.

As a whole, the book is about how modern "food" is engineered to be darn near irresistible to those of us who are susceptible to that sort of pull. It awakened in me a resolve to put myself back in charge of what goes in my mouth. And I was able to quit Panda Express and other fast food and junk food, cold turkey. It's very satisfying to think that I can, in a small way, subvert the crazed modern food industry by making my own Chinese food with chicken from a local friendly farmer.

06-25-2010, 11:05 PM
Maybe you are trying to give up too much too fast. Take baby steps.
IF you want panda express- get it, just chose one of the under 250cals items.
When you make tiny changes they add up. Its not all or nothing!

06-25-2010, 11:21 PM
I am FAR from being a proponent of fast food, but seriously, there are reasonable options here! http://www.pandaexpress.com/images/pdf/nutritioninformation.pdf

I just looked at the information and I agree. I feel much less guilty about eating there now. You just have to stay away from the deep fried, breaded protein dishes.

Thighs Be Gone
06-25-2010, 11:34 PM
Yes, you really must just stop. I can tell you that the cravings for the crap left me after two weeks or so. It isn't easy. But--OH. SO. WORTH. IT!!!!

06-26-2010, 12:30 AM
Used to work there in high school. You know the tray that holds the sweet foods? Sweet & sour pork, honey chicken, etc? 16 CUPS of pure white processed sugar per batch. No joke~ saw it with my own eyes. And it makes a lot less than 16 cups of servings.... think about that for a moment :o

I also got fat working there too, especially because it was free for me. Learn to make your own alternatives, "real" Chinese food is surprisingly simple and healthy.

06-26-2010, 12:39 AM
I know how you feel. This afternoon it was all I could do to walk away from starbucks. But I'm trying to keep away from the processed food.

It does get better... I've done this before. It's just those first few days breaking away that suck. It is like you go through withdrawal or something.


06-26-2010, 01:25 AM
Whenever I start to crave something like that, I ask myself is this really going to make me happy? Is this really going to make me satisfied? Is this really going to make me happy when I look at myself in the mirror or look at the scale?

I would say this works 99.9% of the time now. Now I crave stuff like vegetables or veggie patties or something healthier.

06-26-2010, 02:41 AM
Think about it...is that few minutes of eating something that tastes good worth how bad you are going to feel afterwards?

I was dieting last fall, and refused to fall off the wagon. I went to my sister's wedding and was practically begged to eat a piece of wedding cake. While it was tough as ****, I refused to eat any. I made up in my mind that a couple minutes of pleasure was not worth it. You only taste the food for a couple of second before you swallow it. Is it REALLY worth it? You can't keep putting it off until tomorrow, or tomorrow is never going to get here. You have to make up in your mind that this is, once and for all, the final straw. Like the others suggested, if you absolutely have to have it, just eat smart. Trust me, being healthy is so much more worth it than the few seconds of pleasure that may come from that dinner.

06-26-2010, 04:20 AM
What do you like to eat at Panda Express? You can cook many of those things yourself for significantly fewer calories (especially if you don't dish out the portions for yourself that they do - three cups of rice! Gah!). And some of them taste even better. I was addicted to their orange chicken until I learned to make it myself with real oranges and grilled chicken and it is GREAT.

06-26-2010, 04:24 AM
i love panda sooo much. thankfully my family doesnt eat it all that often so it doesnt really tempt me, but my family is big mexican food eaters, and thats what we did tonight. i feel like these past three weeks ive really sabataged my whole dieting. ever since i got in the 180s ive been acting as though i could stop dieting. but tomorrow will be my real day 1 to start again. and i will stick with it, no cheating until i hit the 170s at least. i refuse to stay in the 180s for two months.

but, im right there with you. panda express and all.

06-26-2010, 05:11 AM
If it is true that you simply cannot stay away from these foods that you know will hurt you not only in all those calories and fat grams, but mentally as well, you aren't going to be able to stop cold turkey. I believe taking small steps and moderating is best at first, until you can reach a time when you can go without it for a stretch. Don't think of it as you'll never be able or "allowed" to eat Panda Express. You absolutely will, and when you are ready to eat there again, you'll be armed with more information about their healthier choices and other options to make your meal more manageable. Don't go from one extreme to the other. If you go to Panda Express tonight, maybe just exchanging the orange chicken for something else like their eggplant tofu or steamed veggies. Or replace the chow mien with white rice. A simple substitution can go a long way.

What helps for me when I am craving a food or one I love is being offered to me is to remember how great it feels to be thinner, even if I haven't lost a huge amount yet. When someone asks me if I want a cookie or something, I say, "No thanks, I like fitting into my old jeans much better." People always leave me alone after I say that. :lol:

06-26-2010, 12:47 PM
It sounds like you've given up on even trying to fight this. You've accepted going off plan every night as just what you do. You need to change your view of yourself. This doesn't have to be what you do. You are not too weak to push through your cravings.

As someone above mentioned, after you push through the first two weeks, you feel A LOT better and the cravings subside. But after you push through the first day, you feel a lot better about yourself! Prove to yourself that you are strong!

06-26-2010, 01:28 PM
You have to think what you want the most loosing weight or as you said eat Panda Express and feel bad later.. Read what you wrote and I am sure you will make the right decision.. Don't give in to cravings...