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to ask you all how to stop eating rubbish!

(57 Posts)
peppapigsmummy Tue 20-Aug-13 13:55:49

I was always big, even in childhood.

I lost all my weight, 6 st of it. Around 4 years ago.
it was hard...but easy, in that it was my only focus and I felt very dedicated.

Fast forward to having a toddler and im overweight by 3st. I have tried and tried to get into the swing of loosing but am gaining and loosing the same few lbs constantly and im so fed up with myself.

I eat when stressed..

I eat when im bored

I work so much I fail to prepare properly. .then get stressed.

I eat kids leftovers etc

have constant access to food.

pleeeease tell me how to get out of this vicious circle and feel able to say no and genuinly not want it!

I have six months before I get married and im never going to forgive myself if I look like this!

peppapigsmummy Tue 20-Aug-13 14:27:39

I've never been a sugar person until pregnancy. I need to drop it like a hot potato but Iappear to be hooked.

FoundAChopinLizt Tue 20-Aug-13 14:27:53

Are you Mary Berry? grin

Betrayedbutsurvived Tue 20-Aug-13 14:27:58

First, stop considering food as "a treat". You are not a dog. Second, sit down and plan your healthy meals, for the week if you can, but for tomorrow is a start if a weeks worth is too daunting. Third, prepare said meals in as advance as far as possible so you're not tempted to have crap instead. Finally, read up on the damage that processed food is doing to your body, believe me the weight is the least of it. I can highly recommend Michael pollen as a starting point. Honestly, get through a month or so with no crap, at all, and you genuinely won't want it ever again.

blueemerald Tue 20-Aug-13 14:29:22

I find with boredom eating that having little hobbies help. For example, I learnt to knit and crochet so I do that when watching tv rather than snacking. I also hula hoop when watching TV if I'm feeling virtuous wink it doesn't burn a large (or even medium sized) amount of calories but you can't eat and hoop!

I know someone who covers her leftover food in washing up liquid or salt (in restaurants) to stop herself eating once she's full. Seems a little wasteful to do that at home to me but she used to compulsively over eat (she'd get up in the night to eat the leftovers out of the fridge) ad has now retrained her appetite.

HeySoulSister Tue 20-Aug-13 14:29:25

out yourself? well I was wondering if you were a Tesco checkout worker or something....deli counter worker etc

ShabbyButNotChic Tue 20-Aug-13 14:31:35

I could never stop eating treats totally, but i do put on weight easily so they are rationed. I tend to be 'good' mon-fri then eat what i want on a weekend. But i found over time that the good habits stick and you dont fancy the bad stuff as much. Also a treat doesnt have to be crap food, im just as happy with a bowl of grapes as i am with crisps. I also only buy treat size chocolates.
I do have a session every now and then (usually round that time of the month) when i think nothing of eating a chinese, then a bag of popcorn, then a bag of buttons, but as long as its not every day it doesnt matter too much.

I find a lot of my snacking is lazy, so try to always have things in the fridge eg carrot sticks and dip/chopped up pineapple/yoghurts/chopped peppers, then i can just grab something. I am a grazer and would happily not eat proper meals for days, so if i didnt prepare things i would eat chocs/crisps etc.

OHforDUCKScake Tue 20-Aug-13 14:37:25

OP do you have an ipad or iphone?

I found myfitnesspal brilliant. I lost weight and didnt at all feel like I was missing out. Its quite fun in fact. And certainly eye opening!

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Tue 20-Aug-13 14:39:55

One of my downfalls is free food. Yesterday I did low-carb all day, then when I got home Mum had left a bar of Toblerone as a thank-you for dog-sitting. Today I restarted, had scrambled eggs before I left the house, went to a work meeting and was offered the choice of scone, flapjacks or brownie. I said oooh, a brownie would be lovely. Why? Why? Why did I not go 'thank you, it's very kind but no'? Then having already buggered up today when someone came out of a catered meeting with trays of leftover sandwiches etc I had a mini sausage roll. Free food is not free carbs/calories, depending on which you're following! <tries to convince self>

peppapigsmummy Tue 20-Aug-13 14:44:01

heysoulsister. I work in childcare.

Sophita Tue 20-Aug-13 16:01:47

I managed to stop smoking by putting the money in a jar and eating too much chocolate so then I tried to loose a bit of weight with a similar tactic. The jar came back out, and everytime I wanted to crack and do a run to the cornershop for a kitkat, I'd put the money in the jar instead. I'd buy myself daft presents in the supermarket (nail-polish or a magazine or a bunch of flowers) instead of buying biscuits. I think as long as I still felt like I had treats, it didn't matter so much that they weren't edible!

whitesugar Tue 20-Aug-13 16:08:46

Go for a brisk walk every day before your wedding. Don't wait til you feel in the mood. Accept that you will probably never feel like going and go anyway. Doing exercise will help improve your approach to eating. Someone told me recently about an App called map my walk which counts distance, calories used etc. Apparently this is a big motivator. My teenage daughter is downloading it for me now. Your post reminded me about it. If you need advice about downloading post back and she can tell you how. Apols if I sound patronising about downloading, I am clueless.

Enjoy your wedding day. I wish I was getting married to someone who loves me!

mumat39 Tue 20-Aug-13 16:17:36

Hi OP, no words of wisdom here. I'm the same. Try most days to 'start' but have usually failed by lunchtime.

I have also lost and gained pretty much 10lbs on every diet I have tried and then put that back on and then some and am basically heavier than I was even when I was two weeks overdue with a big baby. blush

It's like I don't have an off switch. Someone upthread said if they buy biscuits they'll eat them in a day. I eat packs like they were crisps, so I could finish a pack in say 10 mins. I also hide that I've eaten stuff, and have been know to go out on the pretence of needing nappies justo get a few chocolate bars.

I am waiting for some CBT/counselling sessions so that I can work on my anxiety and depression. I don't know why I do it to myself either. Another summer has nearly passed and I've spent it feeling disgusting.

The only thing I know is that sugary stuff gives me comfort. And I can feel my shoulders relax as I stuff my face.

Sorry I can't help, but just wanted to share this with you so you know you're not the only one.

I am ashamed of myself, but really can't stop doing it o myself.

Xxx

Famzilla Tue 20-Aug-13 16:51:43

If you have a smartphone, download 'my fitness pal' and log everything. Don't miss a cheeky biscuit or a sneaky glass I wine.

Through keeping a food diary like this, pledging to eat clean and going to the gym I have lost 4 stone since DD was born 5 months ago.

My problem was that I was in denial as to how bad chocolate & biscuits were for me and I was being absolutely ridiculous with portion sizes.

No faddy diets, no cutting out essential food groups which leaves you tired & miserable, no membership fees or complicated point systems. Just clean eating & exercise.

Also, Sunday is cheat day where I eat whatever I want all day. I never eat as much as I used to though, my whole outlook towards eating has changed.

Don't reward yourself with food, you're not a dog.

jaabaar Tue 20-Aug-13 17:08:01

Felt exactly like you. Lost 3st had baby and now back on. It was quite easy to loose the weight first time. This time I just couldnt get my mind into gear for 2 years.

The only think that worked for me was talking to myself (well silently).
I wake up and say to myself: im refusing to eat fattening crap. Im not hungry. I just dont want it.

Repeating this a few times before even getting a temptation has made it easier.

At the end u just believe it that u dont want to eat any rubbish

EauRouge Tue 20-Aug-13 17:15:44

Myfitnesspal is brilliant, I've been using it to cut down on sugar. Sugar is addictive; the more you eat, the more your blood sugar level crashes and you crave more. Don't buy biscuits, cakes etc. Switch to high cocoa content chocolate, you only need one square for chocolate cravings then. Get in lots of high protein snacks like nuts (raw, not roasted with tons of oil and salt) and seeds. They will help you feel full for longer.

And water, lots of water.

specialsubject Tue 20-Aug-13 17:35:37

don't buy the junk.
serve less to the kids. If they want more, they'll let you know. That way the leftovers can be covered and put in the fridge, not wasted.

NoComet Tue 20-Aug-13 17:58:20

DD2 never ask for more savory food, she just helps herself to more ice cream if hungry or munches an apple if I veto icecream quickly enough.

GameSetAndMatch Tue 20-Aug-13 18:01:42

I managed to lose a bit by bit by the following, as crisps and snacks are my weakness.:

ONE fun size choccy thing every 2 days.
ONE packet of crisps (try and buy the less than 5 fat)a day.
Handful of nuts (almonds).
ONE alchy drink a week.
ONE fizzy drink once a month.

secret is not to deprive yourself but cut down gradually. I find now if i reach for a second choc i feel sick!

mumat39 Wed 21-Aug-13 11:58:08

Famzilla, wow, that's a massive weight loss in 5 months! Congratulations!

Can I ask, what do you mean by eat 'clean'

Thanks

KatoPotato Wed 21-Aug-13 12:02:27

If you can't pick it or kill it, don't eat it!

squoosh Wed 21-Aug-13 12:10:16

Phew, I presume Wispas are ok then as I pick them off the newsagent counter?

<hopeful face>

HeySoulSister Wed 21-Aug-13 12:19:12

google 'clean eating'

its basically nothing at all processed,all fresh food.....veg,meat,fish,eggs,fruit,nuts etc. worked for me too but gets expensive.

Busy yourself? I have lost loads of weight by stopping caring about losing it and starting putting all my efforts into something else...for me it was having baby and being left with no time. I am busy all day and a lot of night so don't think about eating. Get outside as much as possible. Plan to go out for a walk when you get home or sit in garden or whatever, just do something that tales your mind off it.

WallaceWindsock Wed 21-Aug-13 12:28:20

You work in childcare and don't want to out yourself?
shock shock You're Supernanny aren't you shock

justgivemeareason Wed 21-Aug-13 12:31:12

When are you doing your overeating? Like the poster above, keeping busy and going out and about really helps. Now it's the summer holidays and I am taking the children out for the day, I am so busy I don't think about eating. Fortunately I have a busy job too and don't have time to eat a lot. Being at home a lot, it is too easy to raid the fridge. I have always wondered when very overweight people find the time to buy and eat so much. They must prioritise that over kids, work, chores, socialising, everyday life really. What do you prioritise in your life?

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