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Beach Patrol
06-23-2006, 12:30 PM
:( Probably PMSy related, or perimenopausy... these days I can't tell'm apart... :?:

I've been eating the bad foods this week. Captain D's fish & chips... ice cream cake... popcorn (whole bag...:o ) and donuts & pizza.

I have a friend visiting me for the next 5 days, and she eats sooooo much. She's VERY obese, and is constantly trying this diet or that diet. I'm always willing to support her in her endeavors but I know the next 5 days are gonna be sheer **** for me, because I'm gonna wanna eat-eat-eat-eat-eat. :sp:

To top it off... I have only exercised twice this week, and I know that while my friend is here, I won't go to the gym.

HELP ME I'M SLIPPING...:tired: :tape: :sorry:


Glory87
06-23-2006, 12:47 PM
Do you have before pictures? Keep them handy.

Does your friend put food into your mouth? No. You are accountable. Plan to write down everything you eat while your friend is in town. Sometimes, just knowing I have to write it down keeps me from eating it. You want to lose weight, you want to be healthy. Visualize something you want (smaller sized pants, walking on the beach in a slim sundress) and keep that in your mind when you are faced with something you really DO NOT want to eat. Pick restaurants where you KNOW there are healthy options, do not go to restaurants where you guys "always share the cheese fries." Clean all the junkfood out of your house right now and only buy healthy things. Make sure you have fruit and stuff for healthy sandwiches and good breakfast choices.

Pick one meal where you will order whatever you want. Stick to that one free meal.

If you can't exercise, be sure you take your friend on a few touristy walks. Walk around downtown, go shopping and walk around the mall.

You can do it. A 5 day free-for-all on top of your previous week is just going to set you back. You've come too far to slip back into poor eating habits. Are you making a change that will last for something, or is this something you can't stick to? Practice sticking to it, this is a rehearsal for maintenance. Life is always going to be temptations and donuts and birthday cake at work for co-workers you barely know and your mom's home made macaroni and cheese and friends wanting to go out for ice cream. You just can't give in all the time, you have to stay accountable.

phantastica
06-23-2006, 12:48 PM
I completely understand having friends with bad eating habits. I have yet to find a good solution to that one.

You could ...
go to the gym quick before she gets here
ask her to join you on evening walks (great way to talk and catch up)
commit to eating one large/restaurant meal per day, and have the other two be healthier options at home
talk quite a bit about your weight loss efforts and plans, see if it can change the dynamic a bit
plan to eat nothing but leafy greens and grapefruit for the week after she leaves


Glory87
06-23-2006, 12:50 PM
You could ...
plan to eat nothing but leafy greens and grapefruit for the week after she leaves


Ha, no! :)

Alta
06-23-2006, 03:36 PM
Hi Beach Patrol,

You and I have the same weight goals...and I also had a bad week..Did really good then yesterday went to a pot luck and couldnt resist having some chicken that was too salty, some rice (probably 2 cups) and 3 bites of cheesecake....I weight in the morning and I had gone up 2 LBS. Now I am afraid of going to the diet center and weighing in..they will know I cheated and they give me a hard time. I cant seem to get past 171.00

Does anyone have any suggestion as to how to break this?

Thanks

Alta
06-23-2006, 03:38 PM
I really need help in getting past this stage...I feel like anyday I will lose control and go back into my old habits...Today I decided I was going to just eat very light..well I've 2 protein bars and 1 protein drink and its only 11:30am.

exquisitern
06-23-2006, 03:48 PM
I don't know. I think eating healthy, you get to eat more. I usually eat 3 meals and then 3 snacks a day. I usually have fruit for a snack or a cup of low calorie soup.
As far as exercise, ask your friend to come to the gym with you. Most gyms will give you a coupon to bring a friend. Also, I love walking. I agree, take your friend on a walk with you.
I also agree, your friend can't make you eat what you don't want. Resolve on some things before she comes, like eating a healthy breakfast and lunch and then splurg a little at dinner.
Anyway, all that's going to happen if you cheat all week she is here is feel bad about yourself. If you want to change, you have to change even on days when you don't want to stick to the diet.
Good luck to you!

ralph
06-23-2006, 04:35 PM
This may help you out, it may not. Last night a friend of mine asked me out to dinner. Well, I had already eaten and was full, but I still wanted to hang out with her. So to not eat anything more (because I knew I would have) I drank some water before I left and only ordered a small rum and coke. I had a few carrots that were on her plate, but that was it. So maybe try to keep the water handy. And if she sees that your eating well, perhpas that will inspire her to eat well.

Just a thought. Good luck and have fun with your friend.

Glory87
06-23-2006, 05:05 PM
I really need help in getting past this stage...I feel like anyday I will lose control and go back into my old habits...Today I decided I was going to just eat very light..well I've 2 protein bars and 1 protein drink and its only 11:30am.

For 20 miserable years I followed a vicious cycle - restrict/binge/restrict/binge. 2 processed protein bars and a protein drink is not a healthy, sustainable way of eating. Please consider eating some real food that will satisfy your body and break the cycle of restrict/binge/restrict.

When I decide to eat light for a day, I usually have: oatmeal with dried fruit, cottage cheese for a snack, a big spinach salad with grilled chicken, a serving of trailmix and a piece of low fat string cheese for a snack, cut up veggies for a second snack and my favorite all time "healthiest meal EVAH" grilled salmon, baked sweet potato and steamed broccoli. It's about 1400 of the healthiest calories I can treat my body to.

Beach Patrol
06-23-2006, 05:31 PM
Thanks everyone - it IS hard, especially during "that time" of month... but sometimes I'm very very good, while other times, I just say **** it & pig out. Oink. :ink: I know it is a big :nono: but I swear sometimes I just feel like giving up completely! The fight to lose the weight, the fight to maintain it once I've lost it... the regaining, which makes me feel like a total failure :( It's just good to know that I can come here and get support... and offer some of my own when someone else is in need. :) :hug:

Siena1383
06-24-2006, 02:23 PM
I had a bad week, too, and it's not that TOM. I just dove in to a pint of Haagen Dazs last Sunday (ate 2/3 of the container, a personal most for me), then actually planned to have KFC on Monday.... was more or less okay for most other meals, but snacked a bit too much. Yesterday had a small but greasy (I love them greasy) eggroll with my vegetarian stirfry, then blew it again with a chocolate bar and more Haagen Dazs (only one portion this time, though). And mooched three potato chips off someone...

And couldn't walk due to knee problems... well, I still managed to lose a half-pound, but I really need to get back to being good.

Beach Patrol, you said you support your friend in her dieting endeavors, so surely she'll support you in yours? Seems like you ought to at least discuss it with her.

Perhaps you can convince her to eat what you're eating for the week? If you go out, taste some of hers but keep your meals reasonable. Maybe allow yourself a side of something you like, but control the rest. You can enjoy her and your time together, but without totally blowing your diet. I like the suggestions of being good for a few meals a day and spluging on one.

Alta, it sounds like you're trying hard. I can't fathom living on the protein bars and drinks. Can you add some fruit and veggies so you fill up a bit before you decide to cheat?

Alta
06-25-2006, 01:26 AM
Beach Patrol -- I think you've done great losing 20 lbs. I wish I could get that much off....It has taken me 7 weeks to lose 11 lbs. Now I have to think about losing another 18 lbs. by August 15th which is my goal date.

I found this site FitDay which is really good...You write down your foods for the day and it calculates your calories for you and you can even journal. Spent lots of time on that site today.

SIENA I am trying very hard...I can drink protein drinks and bars and then one low caloric meal a day...but I cant do it at all...Having too many social events the last week and I broke the diet each day...Today I went to a graduation party and stuck to protein (chicken) and vegetables..stayed aways from carbs completely.

Alta
06-25-2006, 01:28 AM
If one of you can help..I get kind of lost on this site...I dont know how to create my own thread and sometimes I cant even find my own replies.

Can someone tell me how to do this? I've just this site a couple of days ago and I cant really understand it...Its a great site and what I have read is very encouraging.

Thanks

Glory87
06-25-2006, 02:56 AM
If one of you can help..I get kind of lost on this site...I dont know how to create my own thread and sometimes I cant even find my own replies.

Can someone tell me how to do this? I've just this site a couple of days ago and I cant really understand it...Its a great site and what I have read is very encouraging.

Thanks

To start your own thread, select the desired forum and click the New Thread button. It is right above the forum links, top left of your screen (right across from the Number of Pages link on the right - see the attached screenshot). You can use the search function to find all posts you have made (Click Search, click Advanced Search, enter your User Name, click Search Now).

JasonsLea
06-25-2006, 03:10 AM
Ahh honey, it's been that kinda week for me too. I was only able to exercise Friday, then TOM came late last night and I spent the whole day in bed with cramps. When I finally woke up, I consumed two bags of buttery popcorn and like 7 slices of pizza. I hate TOM.

Siena1383
06-25-2006, 11:24 AM
Alta, congratulations on sticking to protein and veggies at the graduation! It's hard when you have special occasions, but if you do need to indulge, try to treat yourself without going overboard, and work the rest of the day's intake around it. Sounds like you did fine at the graduation, though!

By the way, I have trouble finding the threads I posted to, too. Thanks for the search tip, Glory.

Alta
06-28-2006, 03:57 PM
Thanks Sienna

I have managed to lose all the weight I gained over the weekend's celebration..Also went out on Sunday afternoon and ate..stuff like chocolate cake and a piece of cheesecake which I love...but Monday went out running and Tues went hiking for 2 hours...today Wednesday I went out for a short run this morning and then sticking to protein drinks and low calorie lunch..dont know what I am going to do for dinner but would like to stick to a protein drink because I went to get over that 171.00 hump...want to be at a least 169 and even stay there for a while if I really have to..it is so discouraging to stay in the lower 170's for so long.

Beach Patrol
06-28-2006, 05:31 PM
Beach Patrol -- I think you've done great losing 20 lbs. I wish I could get that much off....It has taken me 7 weeks to lose 11 lbs. Now I have to think about losing another 18 lbs. by August 15th which is my goal date. Gracious day honey! - that "20 pounds" has been since about a few years ago. Seriously. 178 was my HIGHEST weight ever. I've gained & lost & gained & lost & gained & lost 20-40 pounds in my adult life. The last bout was a start off of 165 (Jan 2005) and by September 2005 I was 138. Then an old injury flared up, I COULDN'T exercise, and started "eating bad" again.... and by Jan 2006, I was 152, and by the end of February I was 163. :( Since Feb'06 I have only lost FIVE pounds. But hey, it's better than nothing, right?

I found this site FitDay which is really good...You write down your foods for the day and it calculates your calories for you and you can even journal. Spent lots of time on that site today. Yeah, that's funny. I found that site today, too! But I had actually found it a while back... just lost it. Back on it now. ~whew!~

I am trying very hard...I can drink protein drinks and bars and then one low caloric meal a day...but I cant do it at all...Having too many social events the last week and I broke the diet each day...Today I went to a graduation party and stuck to protein (chicken) and vegetables..stayed aways from carbs completely.

Good for you!! Every little victory is a BIG victory.

As for me... my "friend" left this morning. Actually, some GOOD news... she has lost 36 pounds! She was 268, now she's 232, and she's got a goal weight of 140. However, she hasn't been very "good" (she said) for the past couple months. Hasn't been walking regularly, and eating a bit too much "junk".

I tried to get her to walk while she was here - on the beach, around the neighborhood - she just didn't want to; too tired, etc. We didn't eat too bad while she was here, altho we didn't eat "too good" either... She usually didnt' have breakfast, but I ate fruit... we snacked on fresh cut up veggies (peppers, cucumbers, carrots, etc.) while beaching, but also snacked on Wheat Thins (Ranch, Parmasean Basil, Low Sodium). One night for dinner we had seafood (went to my favorite restaurant) where she had fried shrimp :nono: and steamed veggies :cp: while I had baked flounder & garlic shrimp. We both had caesar salad (big :nono: !!!!) and both had water w/lemon to drink. :cp:

Another night we had pizza :o :no: and one night we had sub sandwich (the healthy kind!) - so really, overall, maybe we weren't TOO BAD... but on her trip down? ...she was scarfing bite-size Almond Joys and Reece's PeanutButter Cups. :eek:

So as you can see... it WAS a hard time. But today... hopefully, I'm back on track. Gotta go to the gym when I get off work... in about half an hour :D

I soooo wanna lose about 1.5 pounds per week. That is NOT unreasonable. Dagnabit!

phantastica
06-28-2006, 05:39 PM
Well, kudos for the good choices you *did* make! It could have been a lot worse. And now that the visit is over, you can go back to focusing on yourself and your goals. :)