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Wannabeskinny
03-14-2013, 07:44 AM
What's the diet that got you here in the first place? If you allowed yourself to eat with abandon, what would your typical day's meal look like? I've been working very hard on my diet but I do have my slip ups and my ideal "bad" meals. Please don't judge :(

Breakfast: 3 eggs over easy, 4 sausage links, home fries, 2 slices white toast with butter, and jelly.

Snack: Cheetos

Lunch: Drive thru cheeseburger, chicken nuggets fries and diet cola

Snack: Chips and dip or cookies

Dinner: Steak, corn, mashed potatoes

Late night snack: Cookies

Nary a vegetable on my bad days. Fortunately I've been having less and less and less bad days and more and more and more good choices. When times of stress hit me hard I tend to fall into this comfort zone but it's getting easier to get back on track.


nelie
03-14-2013, 08:01 AM
Oh my bad diet of eons ago is different from my bad diet of today.

I used to eat either ice cream for dinner or cheese (brie was popular) and bread.

Now days, it is more like I don't eat enough veggies and eat larger portions than I should. If I'm really bad, I may dip into my husband's peanut butter puffins and eat a few bowls but cereal doesn't hold much attraction for me normally.

Psychic
03-14-2013, 08:32 AM
A normal day usually consisted of a breakfast of granola bars or poptarts. Lunch was Ramen, sandwiches, or pizza. Dinner was just about anything, but at least it was homemade. Usually venison, potatoes, pasta, pizza, chicken nuggets... Snacks were usually chips or ice cream.

I've cut back a lot on sugar-laden foods and fried foods. I still eat venison because its healthy. Everything else in that list must be in moderation. I don't tell myself I can't have something, I just eat less of it and try to throw fruit and veggies in there as well.


SouthernMaven
03-14-2013, 09:13 AM
What's the diet that got you here in the first place? If you allowed yourself to eat with abandon, what would your typical day's meal look like? I've been working very hard on my diet but I do have my slip ups and my ideal "bad" meals. Please don't judge :(

Breakfast: 3 eggs over easy, 4 sausage links, home fries, 2 slices white toast with butter, and jelly.

Snack: Cheetos

Lunch: Drive thru cheeseburger, chicken nuggets fries and diet cola

Snack: Chips and dip or cookies

Dinner: Steak, corn, mashed potatoes

Late night snack: Cookies

Nary a vegetable on my bad days. Fortunately I've been having less and less and less bad days and more and more and more good choices. When times of stress hit me hard I tend to fall into this comfort zone but it's getting easier to get back on track.

First of all, congratulations on your weight loss! You're doing a great job!

Since I've now embraced IE, there really is no "bad" diet for me. I might eat (and in fact have eaten) some of the foods you mentioned on any given day. I just wouldn't eat all of that in one day. ;)

And I never, ever, EVER eat ANYTHING - Unless. I'm. Hungry. Genuine-Honest-to-Goodness Hungry.

Wannabeskinny
03-14-2013, 10:11 AM
Thanks, and this is not my typical diet now. But it has been and I'm just asking others to honestly share their bad diets, even if they're in the long past.

SouthernMaven
03-14-2013, 10:25 AM
Thanks, and this is not my typical diet now. But it has been and I'm just asking others to honestly share their bad diets, even if they're in the long past.

I obviously misunderstood what you wanted.

So in the past, on a REALLY bad day, my eating would probably look something like this:

Breakfast: At Waffle House (those of you familiar with this place know that just walking in there puts on 2 lbs!)

Fried egg
Hashbrowns scattered, smothered and diced (with onions and tomatoes)
3 slices bacon
2 pieces white toast, smothered in butter and jelly

Lunch:

Some type of sandwich with Boar's Head meat - hey, that's healthy, right??
Chips of some description

Maybe a cookie or two to finish it off

Supper:

Pork chops
Mashed potatoes
Lima beans
Dinner roll

Evening snack:

2-3 glasses of chardonnay
pistachios - or my homemade Cajun Chex Party Mix - or my absolute, no doubt about it, absolutely could eat it every day go-to favorite....drum roll

Zapp's Hotter 'N Hot Jalapeno potato chips

And you know what? Probably the only time I was genuinely hungry was when I walked into Waffle House for breakfast.

Hope that answers your question!

Fortunate
03-14-2013, 11:35 AM
My diet was mainly made up of chocolate, chips, and tons of fizzy drinks - oh and carbs! i would have white carbs for every meal every day and waaay more than one serving.
Back then I thought I was eating healthy, but looking back im surprised I wasnt bigger.

I would typically eat 3 or more chocolates a day and late night snacks of sugary cerals (with full cream milk and at least 4 spoons of sugar)
(thinking about that actually makes me feel sick - i cant believe i ate so much)
Cant really remember specifics except that I would eat all the time, i never felt hungry.

joefla70
03-14-2013, 11:42 AM
Breakfast - Drive-thru food. If McDonalds, it was either a steak, egg and cheese bagel or two egg mcmuffins.... plus two hash browns and a diet coke. If Burger King, it was either a crossanwich or two egg, bacon and cheese roll-ups, plus hash browns and a diet coke.

Snack - None, typically.

Lunch - Could be anything, but in large proportions. Pizza, cheeseburgers, fries, wings, etc.

Snack - None, typically.

Dinner - Could be anything. Sometimes healthy, sometimes not. But always big portions.

Late night snack. Another helping of what was for dinner (usually finished it off during the course of the night). If no leftovers, then lots of chips or other salty snack foods.

The one thing that I could take or leave is sweets. I almost never had a dessert after dinner, or any chocolate or sweets during the day. My biggest downfalls were (1) fast food, (2) junk food snacks, (3) eating huge portions, and (4) late night binging.

nelie
03-14-2013, 11:52 AM
Yeah I attribute my biggest downfall to large portions and sometimes my food wasn't really bad, it was just a lot of it. I didn't like fast food though. I rather go to the grocery store, pick out a few things I'd like to eat and go home. I especially liked going to fresh bread places and buying special bread.

SouthernMaven
03-14-2013, 12:06 PM
The one thing that I could take or leave is sweets. I almost never had a dessert after dinner, or any chocolate or sweets during the day.

This is me as well. Every once in a while I'd have a hankering for something sweet, but I rarely binged on sweets. It's the bread, potatoes and chips that kill me. (don't eat rice or pasta)

My poor brother, however - he struggles mightily with the sweet tooth. Right now he's doing QWLC and I think he's done okay, but he cheats a fair amount - and it's always sweets.

Poor guy.

sacha
03-14-2013, 01:11 PM
Nothing for breakfast

2 plates of Chinese food (steam rice, fried chicken, noodles) with sugary syrup sauce for lunch (EVERY DAY... I worked there and it was free)

(Free) root beer throughout my 8 hour shifts

Restaurant with a boyfriend for dinner - usually a full creamy pasta with bread, pop, and a caesar salad.


Howwwww.... did I gain weight?? :) Hah.

amandie
03-14-2013, 04:06 PM
Definitely way too large portions and too much drinking is what got me to my weight.

Breakfast- 2 poptarts, 2 bowls of cereal, or 4 biscuits with a huge plate of sausage gravy on top AND 2-3 scrambled eggs.

Lunch- footlong from subway (and I'd eat it all in one sitting too!) with a bag of cheetos, sodas

Dinner- tons of pasta, sauce and meat, 1/2 of box of mac and cheese and I thought I was being "healthy" adding peas and carrots in it, with meat or 1/2 a large pizza from Walmart (usually supreme or meatlovers' type.)

If I was still hungry after dinner which I usually was- a big bowl of ice cream, 1/2 bag chips or 1/2 package of oreos.

It was worse if/when I was drinking because that means I'd be eating more to try to stave off hangovers and etc.I was in such a bad place when I ate like that at the time. Definitely not going back to that place again but I can imagine if I just didn't give a f*ck anymore that it'd be easy to fall back in old habits. Whew.

Wannabeskinny
03-14-2013, 04:12 PM
Thank you all for your candidness! I knew I wasn't the only one!

Thank goodness there are no Krispy Kreme anywhere near where I live. I would probably live there if there were.

TripSwitch
03-15-2013, 11:13 AM
Breakfast : On my way walking the 10 blocks to work I would always stop to pick up a whole wheat bagel with tofu veggie "cream cheese", orange juice, and coffee... I would also hit one of the deli's on the way and pick up a yogurt, a banana, and some bottled water to have at work for a "snack"...

Mid Morning : Starbuck's run... Usually a latte, with skim... but always with a few packets of Sugar in the Raw... and maybe a scone or something like that if I was "in the mood"

Lunch : Usually run out to the nearest Korean deli for "salad bar" which looks pretty "healthy" and for the most part is... but the trouble is everything looks so good and I would wind up with like a 2 pound "healthy" salad for lunch... lol...

Dinner : Well if I wasn't going out for dinner which I did several nights a week... then of course I was too "tired" to cook, so I would order in... Chinese, Italian, a Greek diner... and of course I would try to order "healthy" things like Chicken & Broccoli with brown rice... Pizza with arugula and whatever... or a turkey burger... but with fries of course from the diner... But it was all still "take out" and even though it tasted good, it was all still loaded with calories, carbs, fat, and sugar...

So it really turned out that what I always though of as pretty "good" days... really weren't so good after all...

COchick
03-15-2013, 11:47 AM
Like some others, a lot of my problems come from overeating. I just don't stop, even when I'm obviously not hungry.

Breakfast: sugary cereal, poptarts, or a donut

Lunch: sandwich on white bread with a load of chips

Dinner: Some meat, usually with a big pile of potatoes or rice

krampus
03-15-2013, 12:26 PM
Breakfast: carbs
Lunch: carbs
Dinner: carbs
Dessert: carbs
Second dinner/midnight munchies: carbs

I ate a LOT of pasta

elvislover324
03-15-2013, 12:42 PM
Too many potato chips/tortilla chips, soda, grilled cheese, pastas, pizza, cheese and crackers, chinese food, wine/beer/fruity alcohol drinks, takeout food, happy hour appetizers, omg so many more things. Some might not have been high calorie necessarily (most were) but I ate more than 1 person should every single time. And time of day didn't matter, leftover pizza or Chinese food could be breakfast or I could be eating toast with butter at 10pm.

When I was young, it was just a weekend thing to eat out with friends and have a good time. When I got older and we were married making more money, it was so much easier to eat out and not dirty the kitchen! Makes me sick to think of the $$ we wasted eating out and the pounds I put on. Gross. I never want to eat like that again. And now that I have read a lot of the ingredients in the crap food I was eating, I don't think I actually could swallow half of it now.

sophiew
03-15-2013, 08:56 PM
Breakfast: Bacon, egg and cheese on a bagel. Or full-fat cream cheese on a bagel. Anything involving a whole bagel! And a sugary chai latte or juice.

Lunch: Large sandwich.

Snacks: Candy bars, giant chocolate chip cookies, flavored yogurt.

Dinner: Frozen dinners or takeout - pizza, Chinese, fried stuff.

Dessert: Giant bowl of ice cream, cake.

Wow....even my worst days now are so much better than this!!

IanG
03-15-2013, 09:18 PM
Everything and anything, any time.

ikesgirl80
04-29-2013, 06:13 PM
This was a normal M-F work day when I was in the depths of my weight gain...

Breakfast Stop #1 ~ Starbucks for a venti light mocha frappuccino, 2 slices of bread
Breakfast Stop #2 ~ McDonald's for 2 sausage and cheese biscuits, 2 hashbrowns, 2 cinnamon rolls, large OJ
Lunch ~ Weinersnichel ~ 2 corndogs, large fries, large vanilla shake
Snack ~ Jack in the Box ~ double cheeseburger without mayo, large curly fries, large strawberry smoothie, 3 egg rolls, 6 moz sticks
Dinner/Graze til passed out ~ Pizza Hut (this would last 2 nights) 2 large pizzas, double order cheese sticks, 8 pc boneless wings w/ sauce, single order dessert sticks. I would stop at the store on the way home if I didn't have at least 1-2 bags of chips, dounts, containers of ice cream. But I always threw in a large container of strawberries to make it healthy!

I went through and added it all up and it averaged 10,000 calories per day. Now factor in 4-5 Jager with cranberry at the club Friday night...

PatLib
04-29-2013, 06:27 PM
I once only ate raspberry Pop Tarts for a day...and it was awesome!

Radiojane
04-29-2013, 06:34 PM
This was a typical day right before I started dieting. I have been much, much worse - like 2 whole pizzas in a day worse!

Breakfast: 2 A&W sausage and eggers and an upsized coke

Snack: Coke and whatever candy was in the office.

Lunch: a big mac and a quarter pounder or a 12" sub from subway and another large coke. Sometimes a fruit smoothie.

Snack. Whatever I could get into my mouth while getting dinner ready

Dinner: perogies and sour cream, lasagna, mashed potatoes, (pick one) with some sort of protien drenched in sauce,although a lot of the time I skipped it and just ate the starch. Maybe some broccoli with cheese sauce

Dessert: popcorn, or chips, or late night takeout; 2nd helpings of supper, late night 7/11 hotdogs, and copious amounts of cream and sugar coffee. (when we got together my bf and I would stay up late and drive around).

100Mother
04-29-2013, 06:38 PM
Lol, it is just gross to think about it, but I know there were days when I ate like this:

Breakfast:
McDonald's 2 Sausage Biscuits w/Jelly, 2 Hashbrowns, Large Dr. Pepper

Snack:
Something out of the vending machine and a soda

Lunch:
10 piece chicken nugget, large fries, large soda

Snack:
Something sweet - cookies (3 at least)

Dinner:
Mexican food restraunt; cheese enchiladas. I'd eat the whole plate.

Yeh...crazy crazy days. I haven't eaten like that in a very long time. I was extremely depressed.

PreciousMissy
04-29-2013, 06:40 PM
Processed food, and lots of it. My body and processed food don't really get along. I'm not saying I don't eat it now, I do...but I wasn't eating anything fresh there for a while.

Oh, and it was always smothered and covered in some sort of sauce!

leighalittletyke
04-29-2013, 07:00 PM
When I was growing up we always had to finish everything on our plate because we didn't have the money to waste food. To this day I still have a hard time letting that ideal go! It wasn't until recently I realized that the idea of finishing everything combined with emotional overeating was just not going to let me like myself. But all that aside, depending on the day this was my typical eating schedule.

Breakfast - 2 eggs, a piece of toast + whatever the little man didn't finish. If it was laundry day it would be a large sausage mcgriddle from McDonalds complete with a large no-whip (because that makes a difference, right?) mocha Frappe

Lunch - usually Ramen or hot dogs with chips or goldfish. Like a whole pack of Goldfish. On laundry day it would either be Wendy's or McDonalds. Large crispy chicken sandwich for both and a large Dr. Pepper or mocha Frappe

Afternoon snack - pop tarts, crackers, a whole box of mac and cheese. Carbs. I can devour some mean carbs, let me tell you.

Dinner - usually some kind of pasta with meat. A lot of it. I hate going to bed full but I seemed to do it alllllll the time.

With all that food I usually convinced myself NOT to exercise. I'm apart of the 'Starting Tomorrow' club. Hopefully I've revoked my membership as of today.

Wannabeskinny
04-30-2013, 07:58 AM
When I was growing up we always had to finish everything on our plate because we didn't have the money to waste food. To this day I still have a hard time letting that ideal go! It wasn't until recently I realized that the idea of finishing everything combined with emotional overeating was just not going to let me like myself. But all that aside, depending on the day this was my typical eating schedule.



How true. I was never a member of the clean-plate-club, but when I meet someone who does it I automatically classify them as disordered eaters. It's just not possible that your stomach needs exactly the amount of food that is on a plate in most cases, it just doesn't work that way. I always always always leave something.

Return2Fast5
04-30-2013, 03:53 PM
Breakfast - something healthy (usually steel cut oats with slivered almonds & blueberries)

Lunch - too huge salad with everything but the kitchen sink on/in it

Dinner - typical farm kid supper - meat, starch, veggie (+wine)

After dinner/pre-bath snack - nuts, buttered toast, buttered popcorn, nachos

Bathtub treat - more wine

My "bad diet" was overall pretty healthy - just WAY TO MANY calories. This just got worse as I got more and more tolerant of more and more wine.

surfergirl2
04-30-2013, 03:56 PM
Long, long ago, i used to honestly think baby carrots with ranch dip and half a LARGE bag of Lay's potato chips was a balanced dinner.

elvislover324
04-30-2013, 03:58 PM
Isn't it so weird that most of us who replied on this thread pretty much ate the same kinds and amounts of junk/processed foods?

I knew I wasn't the only one who lived like that (but my husband doesn't ever eat like that and doesn't understand it) and this thread really helped me, even if I have moved on from that part of my life (hopefully forever).

knoxie
05-01-2013, 01:42 PM
My worst day looked something like this:

Breakfast: 4 chocolate cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles, one can of cola

Snack: Bag of chips, one can of cola

Lunch: Large portion of fries with garlic mayo, one can of cola

Snack: Large bar of chocolate or packet of chocolate cookies

Dinner: Large pizza or burger & fries meal, one can of cola

Maybe a couple more candy bars in the evening then to keep myself occupied. Mindless eating doesn't even begin to describe it. Thankfully I'm back in the weightloss zone again!

kaplods
05-01-2013, 02:34 PM
I may be one of the oddballs, as I've always preferred "real food" to junk, I've just always had an enormous appetite, especially during the few days before and into TOM. For the most part, I avoided sweets and desserts, but I'd make a meatloaf or buy a rotisserie chicken and would eat the whole thing along with a huge baked potato (smothered in fat-free sourcream), and green beans simmered in tomato sauce and onion (sauteeing the onions in a bit of diced bacon if I were splurging).

If I did have sweets or chips, it was almost always during that TOM window. Most of my eating occured during "that" week. I'd eat mostly wholesome, healthy food, in mostly reasonable portions, but I'd get progressively out of control as TOM drew near. Sometimes that meant fast food or chocolate, but mostly it meant gargantuan portions of "healthy" foods, and a non-stop appetite. Even when I ate to the point of severe pain, I would still feel half-starved, compelled to eat more and more.

As long as I'm taking my birth control pill and keeping my carb intake under control (especially avoiding high glycemic carbs), I can avoid the "rabid hunger" that fueled most of my weight gain.

For me, I have to look at all higher glycemic carbs, even fruits and whole grains, as potentially problematic. I wouldn't call them " junk foods" but they are foods I can too easily overeat. Just the other day (in response to finding a bb sized lump in my breast) I found myself eating three large bananas in the span of maybe 30 minutes), and would have eaten more except that I almost never buy more than three or four bananas.

Isn't it so weird that most of us who replied on this thread pretty much ate the same kinds and amounts of junk/processed foods?

I knew I wasn't the only one who lived like that (but my husband doesn't ever eat like that and doesn't understand it) and this thread really helped me, even if I have moved on from that part of my life (hopefully forever).

Wannabeskinny
05-01-2013, 08:08 PM
Isn't it so weird that most of us who replied on this thread pretty much ate the same kinds and amounts of junk/processed foods?

I knew I wasn't the only one who lived like that (but my husband doesn't ever eat like that and doesn't understand it) and this thread really helped me, even if I have moved on from that part of my life (hopefully forever).

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