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Saturday, October 16, 2010

I've waited a week to blog about this new plan because I tend to develop a "perfect" plan for losing weight and then completely forget it as soon as I see a chocolate chip cookie. This one, however, has been going extremely well so far.

I was having HUGE trouble with binges. I felt out of control pretty much every single day. It was torture. I would tell myself I'd control myself, eat sensibly, but I'd screw it up anyway. After almost a week of this I decided I'm just going to give myself permission to eat whatever I wanted. Crazily, after 3 days of freedom, I didn't want it anymore.

I felt ready for some restrictions, but I knew if I followed my impulse and severely cut down calories to make up for the past few days, I'd start my binge cycle again. So I kept the eat-whatever-I-want rule, but set a calorie range of 1750 (my basal metabolic rate) and 2000 (my daily caloric need minus 500 calories). It wasn't too hard to stick to this because 1750 is a lot more than I would normally allow myself when I'm on my game.

I lost 1.25 pounds in the three days I did this. I know most of that is because of how terrible I was before, but it was just the push I need. If I can lose weight eating that much, I should take advantage of that. For the past week I've been focusing on eating healthy foods to fill up that 1750-2000 calories and I'm still working out the balance between not eating enough and eating junk. I'm curious to see if I'll get good results at this next weigh-in.

I panic sometimes about how long it will take me to get to the weight I want to be at. I have 48 pounds to go just to get into the tip top of the healthy range, but I want to lose 67 pounds total. I know I'm lucky that it's not 167 or 267, but it seems so daunting. I think it's that feeling that makes me want to stop eating, which makes me eat like crazy. I'm doing my best to control it, and so far it seems to be working.

This feels like something I can keep up, so maybe it'll be the momentum I've been waiting for.
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    Chocolate Chip Cookies are hard to pass up especially if you can't eat just One!! (Me!) I try to avoid them but they are everywhere!!

    I'm glad you've found something that works for you! It is an encouragement to me! I know you will meet your goal!! emoticon
    3854 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7317441
    I totally agree...trying to completely cut something out of your diet makes you so much more likely to rebel and binge on it anyway. And I think the key to making this a lifestyle change is to have everything in moderation. That's what true 'balance' is.
    Keep it up, and you'll be at goal before you know it. I try to look at how far I've come rather than how far I have left to go!!
    3855 days ago
    I used to be a huge cookie fan as well, well any sugary product but epically cookies. Just stick with saying no and I do promise you eventually it will get easier. I can now walk down certain aisles of the supermarket and "smell" the sugar in some of the products, I had no idea that sugar actually had a smell to it. Now that I know what it does to my body and how it makes me very sluggish I'm repulsed by it. You'll get there just take it one step at a time!
    3855 days ago
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    emoticon . Reading your blog has been encouraging. Thank you.

    3856 days ago
  • LARRI2010
    Chocolate chip cookies are my downfall, too. I made CC cookies yesterday.... emoticon

    I find if I cut out all "junk" foods, I end up binging too. Moderation...that's the key for us!

    I'm glad you have found a plan that is working for you! emoticon
    3856 days ago
    I'm so glad that you have found something that seems to be something that you can stick to! That's the most important thing, it seems. So, congratulations! And keep up the great work. I know how you feel being daunted by the number of pounds that you have to lose, and I have even less to lose than you do! So, just stick to it, and remember emoticon
    3857 days ago
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