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Weekend binges

Help! I am really good at curbing my appetite and eating right when I am at home during the week but when my husband if off work for the weekend we eat out a lot. I ate enough this weekend to feed an elephant. I know fast food is high in calories and fat but I can't seem to resist. My husband knows I am trying to lose weight but he says I am fine just the way I am. Men! I know fast food places have healthier choices but I just can't bring myself to order them. It was alright when we only ate out once a week but it seems like here lately we have been eating out more and more-4 times this weekend.

Thanks for any suggestions


Mon. Feb 6, 10:32am

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I wish I had an answer for you...what I have is understanding!! It really is so much easier during the week. If you could sit down with your husband and let him know how important it is to you to cut back, he will probably listen and may even learn from you. But, yes, it's the same for me. Weekends are the hardest.

Monday, February 06, 2006, 10:53 AM

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I really like to cook, so I try to make one day on the weekend a cooking day. My bf and I (or sometimes just I) find some harder-than-usual recipe to try, and we'll spend a good chunk of time one afternoon cooking away. There are lots of healthy and tasty things out there to make, and they're so much better than fast food!

Monday, February 06, 2006, 11:35 AM

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Sorry, no advice here. But I know what you mean. Both me and my bf are trying to lose weight, but once the weekend comes we both let our guard down, and our diets just go to hell. I decided today that this was the last weekend I was going let myself get out of control. I added my new "goal" to the goal section in my log. I'm hoping now that I have it written down and I have to stare at it everyday, maybe I'll be able to make a change.
If anybody has some advice to help I'd love to hear it.

Monday, February 06, 2006, 11:37 AM

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I have this same problem, and here is how I deal:

Plan ahead for eating. Look online at the restaurant's menu - many chains show the nutritional content of food, including calories. Adjust your breakfast and snacks to allow more calories if necessary.

Plan a non-food activity with your husband. Take a walk or go biking together. Go to the movies and skip the popcorn, or share a pack of Twizzlers. Do something wacky like make soap or scrapbook.

Make the meal together. Go to the store together, pick out fresh food and prepare it with each other. Half the fun will be making it.

Also, let your husband know how important healthy eating is to you. I had to melt down into tears before my boyfriend took me seriously, but he is actually paying attention to what he eats now! Good luck.

Monday, February 06, 2006, 11:55 AM

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Why do you want to lose wieght? Do you really need to lose wieght, or just tone up? Are you one of these insane women who can't be happy with their weight?

I only ask because I find a lot of people fretting over 5-10 pounds simply need to tone up, not "diet", and want to be thinner because they think it affects their worth. Now if you need to lose 30lbs or something, that's fine, but if not, maybe hubby is right, and you are fine the way you are. (Sometimes men are smarter than we ladies think ;))

If you want to lose the weight for health reasons, and not vanity, explain to hubby you love him dearly, and you don't want poor eating to result in conditions like diabetes or heart disease to cut short your time with him. If he's fine with your appearance, you have to convince him there's a better reason than your appearance for you to eat healthy for him to support you.

Monday, February 06, 2006, 12:17 PM

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OP

I am glad I am not the only one with this problem. My husband can eat anything and not gain an ounce. He loves steak and he loves to grill or eat out at steak houses. He definitely does not take me seriously. He says he does not want me to be skinny. I told him I did not want to be skinny either I just want to tone my body the way it was before I had three kids:o)

Thanks guys!

Monday, February 06, 2006, 12:19 PM

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"Why do you want to lose wieght? Do you really need to lose wieght, or just tone up? Are you one of these insane women who can't be happy with their weight?

I only ask because I find a lot of people fretting over 5-10 pounds simply need to tone up, not "diet", and want to be thinner because they think it affects their worth. Now if you need to lose 30lbs or something, that's fine, but if not, maybe hubby is right, and you are fine the way you are. (Sometimes men are smarter than we ladies think ;)) "

Some of you people really need to watch the way you word things. Calling someone "insane" because they can't be happy with their weight? And who are you to judge whether losing 30 pounds is "fine" but losing 5 or 10 isn't? And for God's sake, what is wrong with vanity?

Monday, February 06, 2006, 12:23 PM

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vanity is wrong when you obsess over it and miss out on important things. When you spend tonnes of time at the gym, but little time with your kids. When you don't enjoy food because you only consider whether or not it will affect your waistline. vanity is wrong when you base your self worth on whether or not you *think* you look better than other people. Does it really matter if you're sleek and waif like, tonned and athletic, or curvy and fit? Women are usually their own harshest critics and for what?

Don't get me wrong- I'm a vain girl. I have a 40+ shoe collection, wear make up regularly, wear jewellry with almost every outfit, and have cute outfits for when I go to the gym. But I'm getting in shape for my health. Not because I need to lose wieght to feel pretty or worth something. My weight does not affect my value in any way shape or form.

I didn't say if she wanted to lose 5-10 lbs it's wrong, I'm just asking her to check her motivation. And there is a psychological condition called Body dismorphism where people cannot be happy with their body no matter what. Close enough to insane for me, especially when it becomes all consuming.

So get a grip, chill out, and don't misinterpret questions as accusations.

Monday, February 06, 2006, 12:35 PM

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it's not every weekend...

but when my fiance and I actually get to see each other we always eat out- usually one meal Friday night, two on Saturday and one on Sunday. How I wish to break this habit, but it's difficult when we have to travel just to get there (2.5 h w/o traffic) and then we're always running around doing things.

Anyway, I second the notion of looking up menus in advance and planning the meal before you go out. Also, maybe having a piece of fruit or another small snack can curb the appetitie enough so you don't over eat. I started WW two weeks ago and haven't spent a weekend with the FH yet. It's going to be a test for sure.

Monday, February 06, 2006, 5:45 PM

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So get a grip, chill out, and don't misinterpret questions as accusations.

I think the chilling out needs to be redirected. I still have no clue where you got the idea that because she was asking for help curbing weekend binges that she has body dismorphism or that her motivation is wrong. She came asking a specific question for help and you turned it into a much bigger issue than it needed to be. Your advice wasn't necessarily bad, but totally misdirected.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006, 1:58 AM

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