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Suzy, for awhile, you may have to make a choice between sane eating and weighing a certain amount. It sounds like it would be useful to establish a more even eating routine even you don't get a lot thinner, at least for awhile. Then you can decide later if there is room for intermittent times of getting more hungry. There are some good reasons to do that that have nothing to do with weight loss, though people do often lose weight doing it, IF they are meant to rather naturally weigh less in the first place. After six years of mostly success with a regular eating routine, I am experimenting with it, but I knew I had a good chance of being able to go back to a firm foundation. I'm adjusting, and I feel it is manageable. I don't ask for much more than that!

People in slim cultures don't know how much they weigh. They have routines for meal times and amounts and they don't feel deprived because they can't eat all day or have celebratory eating all the time. They eat way fewer sweets than we do and even less packaged snack foods and such. They usually have only one large-ish meal a day and they look forward to it, enjoy it, and remember how great it was later, too. They enjoy their other smaller meals, too, and don't think of it as dieting, but just as a way to get the most out of all their food. You can't enjoy your meals if you ate so much at the last one that you're not really ready for the one you're having now! This takes time to work out. Be persistent and you will work it out well enough to live a good life!

Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 5/10/2016 (09:02)
Nine years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
10 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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Hello,

I have been a Spark member for about 4 years, but just re-engaged about 6 weeks ago. I was never "morbidly obese" and got myself down to about 15 pounds over ideal through an on-line coaching program (not Spark) a few years ago. Now for physical health reasons , I would like to get down to an ideal weight and for mental health reasons, I would like to stop the binge and starve cycle I've had as long as I can remember.

The rest of this comment is oversharing, - so please feel free to ignore. But I don't know where else to put it. When I write about these things on my public Spark blog I have been getting "helpful" comments that are sometimes not helpful.

Even when I lost 15 pounds (and successfully kept it off), it was through a binge and starve cycle. I have learned a ton of skills in my lifetime of dieting (tracking food, eating a good balance of protein, healthy fat, fiber) and have also learned to embrace physical activity (and change it up periodically so I don't get bored). On the other hand, I have also started realizing that on some deep level both binging and starving serve some deep psychological need. By the way, I am not bulemic - starving for me means being hungry for a few days.

My recent re-entry into the Spark community started very well. I joined the "30 day break your plateau challenge" and the very first day, I received a suggestion to get rid of my scale. This was world shattering since I have always been an obsessive self-weigher and it got really bad in the last few months. So paying attention to "non-scale successes" and paying attention to behavior and emotions has been a big thing - those ups and downs have led me to this team.

This turtle is to remind myself that slow but steady wins the race.


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I've used the three meal structure for several years. You've probably heard me talk about it before!

Start practicing eating slowly at your meals as often as possible, no matter how hungry you are. Realize this is going to take several months or longer to get really good at. Remind yourself often how much you enjoy your food when you take your time.

Also, remember that eating until quite full at a meal is not bingeing. If you overeat for awhile while you wean yourself off extra food, so be it. Have some faith that you will be able to eat less eventually either naturally or on purpose as your body gets used to being fed regularly.

And no matter what, being really hungry is not a GOOD reason to binge. It's a habit, one we can change- with practice.

Nine years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
10 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=1323


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Hi, I'm Lynne and and even though I have become a little better in terms of my emotional eating and binge eating I still struggle. Trying not to overeat is a problem for me because I try to eat only 3 meals a day and worry that I won't eat enough and one meal and end up having a binge session later on because I am starving.

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You will likely go through many emotions over the course of detaching from bingeing. Hang in there with us!

Nine years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
10 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=1323


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