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Old 06-09-2008, 08:32 AM   #1  
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Angry I keep forgetting I'm dieting?

I literally have lost it.

Seriously - I eat stuff without thinking! I literally forget I'm meant to be eating properly to lose weight.

And whilst Im naturally a healthy eater - dont eat takeaways and stuff - when Im out ordering dinner or munch on crackers I literally forget Im dieting.

I can't say no any more, I just don't have the will power!

Anyone got any tips to keep my will power or, or even make me REMEMBER Im on a diet!
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:47 AM   #2  
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I have often gone through the same thing, until recently! I would seriously forget I was dieting. Then something happened that was like 'a wake up call'. Now there's no way I'd ever cheat. Perhaps it is subconscious for you, like it was for me. Maybe your subconscious thinks 'I don't need to lose' or 'I don't need to lose FAST' or 'I have all the time in the world to lose'. These are just some possibilities. I know it was that way for me.

But now I'm in panic mode (well, not panic, but I'm in 'serious' mode). Lost 5lbs last week and went the whole weekend OP! So, trying to change 'your mind' may help.
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:47 AM   #3  
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So, this really comes down to being mindful while eating, right? Once you can be mindful while eating most of the time, then you'll at least be aware of the choice you're making when you choose to eat the crackers or whatnot.

Start by trying to be mindful while planning the meal you're eating. Let's say you're sitting down at a regular meal at your house. Focus on eating right then at that moment. How the food tastes, smells, the texture. How many times you're chewing it. How it looks on your plate. How it fills you up while you're eating. It actually takes a fair bit of work to do this! But it's worth it if you can carry the habit with you.

Practicing under normal circumstances might help you to keep mindful when out even if there's bread or crackers in front of you.
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:57 AM   #4  
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Keep your eye on the goal , you have come so far and don't have much more to go.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:20 AM   #5  
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Could you just be rebelling against having to diet? It's a pain, not being able to eat what you want, all the time! But we all know that we can't do that and stay healthy. I plan exactally what i'm going to eat, before i set down (or stand up) to eat it. If i'm going to a restaurant I decide what I'm going to do before i go. If I haven't been there before I go online and look at their menu and decide. None of this last min. thing, it's too easy to change your mind and order soemthing totally different because it "looks so good". I also ask for a take-out bos before i start eating. Most restaurants give you way too much food for one serving. I put the portion I am not going to eat away right then. If i wait untill the end of the meal I will sit there and pick at it untill it's gone.

One of my favorite saying is "fail to plan, plan to fail"
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Old 06-09-2008, 01:22 PM   #6  
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I used to say I have no willpower also, until I realized I was willing myself to fail at eating right for me.

Something that has really helped me stay on track is writing down every thing I get. I started, because I went on WW, but it's really helped me keep accountable and keep track of what I'm actually eating.
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Old 06-09-2008, 01:31 PM   #7  
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i too forget....
altho im pretty good when it comes to crap food....
unless its take chinese take away!....

ive just restarted serriously today....
no more junk for me!....
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Old 06-09-2008, 01:31 PM   #8  
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What I need to work on is that I am not a diet - I on a lifestyle. Which means you can eat whatever food you like - within your daily limit. Like - weight watchers.

When you eat are you standing in front of your fridge? Or do you put it on a plate and make it look nice? I have also started to use smaller plates and salad forks when I eat forcing myself to be aware.

I do agree with Faerie, however, in trying to be mindful of what goes in your mouth.
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:05 AM   #9  
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You guys are so right. Really you have me sussed mentall in a nutshell!

I thnk u are right about the being mindful and planning thing...I am rebelling against having to diet - even when I have perfect days I will finish up by eating peanut buter out of the pantry or half a bar of chocolate. I know these binges are like NOTHING compared to what I used to binge on, but still!

I also think subconsiously I know I a) don't neccesarily need to lose weight - im a size and b) Its the middle of winter, so I don't need to quickly.

Anyway I can get around my naughty games I'm playing with myself! Planning you say? I can do that! I might have to get onto the fitday - as much as i reallly don't want to!
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I use www.calorieking.com.au to track my calorie intake - you might like it as it's Australian based and may have a few more familiar brands than fitday which is American. I used that for awhile but got a bit frustrated with having to look everything up on an Australian calorie site and plugging it manually into fitday lol.

I hear you with the careless eating though - I know I don't have much to go indeed don't really -need- to lose anything at the moment. It's definitely a will power thing. I find using calorieking handy because it holds me accountable and I really need that. Even so I still have bad days - like today, just had a few pieces of a jam slice (homemade so I know whats in it...but still!) with my evening cup of tea. Totally didn't need them!
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:31 AM   #11  
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I use thedailyplate.com, honestly fit day does not have a good database.

I know how you feel about the crackers or bread, sometimes I just munch on pretzels - then i'm like DAMN - how many of those did I just eat.
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:21 AM   #12  
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Sarah -- I feel EXACTLY in the same place you're describing. I'm down to a weight that I'm OK with, but still 10 lbs above where I'm aiming. For the past couple of months, I've been OP enough to stay right where I am and not gain, but I've DEFINITELY not been very OP! Going out to eat, a slice of pizza here and there, not measuring out my food -- like you say, it's as though I've forgotten that it took a lot of work to get to where I am, and it will continue to take work to get further along!
I just want to thank you for writing. I can really relate to where you are. Good luck getting back on plan!
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Old 06-10-2008, 11:51 AM   #13  
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I ate wendy's last night - but I planned it. I went to their site - saw my options and then went.

And believe it or not - I still had 183 calories left for the day and even got to have a skinny cow ice cream bar!
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Old 06-10-2008, 01:22 PM   #14  
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I read all the comments, and it all sounded good. I too forget that I'm on a diet, or just get in a hurry. When you plan out your day, does that in reality mean you have to think about food all the time? It makes me not even want to do it, but I feel like there's a lot of suggestions, but in reality I feel like I don't know where to start. I'm over weight and I need to get serious about losing but am overwhelmed with all the material. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:33 PM   #15  
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i do the same thing too! really mindlessly end up at a mcdonalds drive through and dont think twice until later in the day... ugh! i ended up putting a post-it note on my dashboard as a reminder!
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