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I can't seem to stop eating! I'm not hungry, I'm just greedy :-(

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MostlyCake Thu 08-May-14 15:24:23

I'm overweight. I've a 9 month old ds and am still bf twice a day. Bf has kept my weight steady but I've never lost anything and haven't really tried. I'm now back at work and just feel like a crap fat pig. I'm working from home because my office moved while I was on mat leave and it's too far to travel to every day, I do go in once a week but otherwise am by myself in the house.

I've just eaten cold pizza I found in the fridge, a chocolate éclair, biscuits, a packet of crisps, some shares of dark chocolate, a banana and made oven chips for my lunch. I also had provide for breakfast.

on the plus side I've eaten pretty much everything so I won't graze this afternoon but what the he'll is wrong with me??? If I know it's in the house I will eat it. Diets have been successful in the past but as soon as I relax and start buying treats again I just horse through them like there's no tomorrow. It's like i can't concentrate until they're done.

I feel like shit and am so mad at myself i could cry.

MostlyCake Thu 08-May-14 18:59:14

No-one? sad

PetraArkanian Thu 08-May-14 19:01:14

I'm the same...I know I shouldn't then I do it anyway! It's like the food has to be eaten :-(

chipsandpeas Thu 08-May-14 19:11:55

im the same....havent gotten the magic answer but i know when i was doing really well and losing a bit of weight i wasnt buying any crap....i figure if i dont have it in the house then i cant eat it

i have no willpower at all

PrincessTheresaofLiechtenstein Thu 08-May-14 19:14:27

Yes, same here. Also been very successful with diets in the past but on a serious downward spiral now.

MostlyCake Thu 08-May-14 19:20:54

I think it's worse as I'm on my own all day supposed to be working. If I was in an office with other people to see me there's no way I'd eat so much!!

I really don't know where to start.

MostlyCake Thu 08-May-14 19:22:24

I don't want to have to have nothing nice in the house ever again, I want to be able to know it's there eat one bit and then leave it and forget about it but I can't!!

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Thu 08-May-14 19:26:41

I have absolutely no will power. I buy a big bag of crisps thinking I'll just have a handful every so often. Then come the evening it's all I can bloody think about and it really doesn't take long to eat the whole bag. blush

PaulinesPen Thu 08-May-14 19:32:05

I'm just about to try this. I don't hold out much hope but maybe it will talk some willpower into me. Sympathies. Being home all day uis terrible for random grazing. I used to be fine when I worked.

TooBigNow Thu 08-May-14 20:48:13

PaulinesPen I have got that and so far am delighted by it.

MostlyCake Fri 09-May-14 06:40:18

Interesting....! I'm going to try it out. Let us know how you get on PaulinesPen good luck!

fascicle Fri 09-May-14 08:43:44

MostlyCake, why do you think you eat like this when you're working from home? Is it linked to e.g. boredom, procrastination, frustration, anxiety? You say you wouldn't eat as much if you were in an office with other people. How would you eat there, and what factors would make it different?

patothechiefexec Fri 09-May-14 08:53:24

The thing that works for me is not to buy/have crap food in the house and eat three meals a day only.

So, no pizza, chocolate eclairs, crisps, dark chocolate or oven chips.

Very dull but I would have troughed the lot too if it's any consolation.

PaulinesPen Fri 09-May-14 09:33:40

Ooh that sounds encouraging TooBig, thanks for that!smile. I'm feeling more enthused now. Good luck to you too Mostly.

Rooble Fri 09-May-14 09:42:04

I tend to consume everything compulsively in exactly the same way, not even tasting or enjoying what I'm eating, then add it all up afterwards (just like your list in your OP) and feel disgusted - then feel so much self-disgust that I carry on in the same way.

I overcame it by: explaining to DH that I felt awful so there could be no crap in the house (he was supportive which is helpful); starting to eat a low GI diet (lots of whole grain etc), making a c

Rooble Fri 09-May-14 09:45:04

Oops! Conscious decision to drink herbal tea every time I fancied eating something....

I was really convinced that I needed hypnotherapy or something, but it turned out to be controllable once I made the conscious decision to Take Control. It feels quite empowering to bin all the rubbish in the house. If you feel the need to use it up before binning it, you haven't taken control yet!

Rooble Fri 09-May-14 09:46:44

Ps, lost the best part of three stones by doing this and by and large seem to keep it off

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Fri 09-May-14 13:20:25

Oh my god I couldn't bin unbeaten food. I couldn't stand the waste.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Fri 09-May-14 13:20:50

Unbeaten. grin Uneaten obviously.

ProfessorDent Fri 09-May-14 15:42:50

MostlyCake, you are eating rubbish and because it is not satisfying, you continue to eat rubbish. In that respect, you are like everyone else.

Try to eat something healthy and satisfying, then be done with it. Have as much as you like to start with.

You are also addicted to the sugar and salt in those 'snacks', so it's hard to break the cycle unless you think about some other food which is tasty and healthy too.

MostlyCake Fri 09-May-14 22:05:57

I'm going on a no sugar month from Monday.

I guess it's because I'm bored and a bit lonely at home. In work I'm busy and also only take a few things in (lunch and fruit) so don't have all the crap lying around.

I think I've hit the bottom now though. Enough is enough.

MostlyCake Fri 09-May-14 22:07:33

And the reason I'm starting on Monday is that I'm going out for lunch and cocktails with friends tomorrow for the first time since my son was born!

ForeskinHyena Fri 09-May-14 22:15:49

Ilovemydog, it's as wasted in you as it is in the bin. (My little mantra when tempted to eat crap!)

piratecat Fri 09-May-14 22:17:29

i think saying to yourself, right i am having this (ie the tea) when you want to pick is a good way of alerting yourself to your habit of going to the kitchen on a splurge.

Like a mantra, if you fancy something, say to yourself,' i am having this only, (cracker, almonds, bit of humous and carrot sticks)when i feel like bingeing '

then drink a cup of water. i guess it's retraining yourself. Even if you manage to do this every other time you go to the kitchen some days, at least you will be eating less cals. A blanket ban on sugar, well i would go mad with longing.

Newrowsees Sat 10-May-14 08:55:48

I do this. I'll be fine for months, then have a day where I compulsively inhale all the food in the house, as if I'm in a trance. Not sure I have an answer, next time will try water / tea to at least punctuate the binge. If it's a one-off it shouldn't affect your weight loss, but it doesn't feel nice being that out of control. confused

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