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Fourth of July Binge

Damnit, I ate alot of bad food. I am good about making eating poorly a "isolated incident", but im bummed. I'm gunna go double time at the gym tomm and deem today as my off day.

I have my plan on how to get back on track, but what do you guys do after a day of bad, bbq eating? Any special ideas? I know it's normal to eat whatever every now and then, but I'm still a little disapointed with myself.

Spin class, here I come...


Thu. Jul 5, 4:21am

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Just move forward. By trying to make up for it with excessive excersise and starvation, you will be creating a spiral. It' s best to just continue on your good steady way, if it was working for you.

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 8:06 AM

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Op here

No, I wont starve myself, I just want to be accountable. If I eat so much, I HAVE to burn extra at the gym. nothing crazy, just gunna push it.

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 11:02 AM

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When I'm in a good place mentally, I chide myself for screwing up but basically try and reset the next day- don't do anything too diferent than my normal routine and treat it as an isolated incedent.

When I'm in a bad place mentally, I tend to make the same mistake over and over at the same time- I'll eat healthy all day and then eat garbage for dinner, night after night. At that point the trick is to recognize the pattern and break it before it becomes ingrained as a bad habit.

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 11:17 AM

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Totally agree with 8:06. Just dust yourself off and get on the horse again. Don't do anything special...just follow your routine. EVERYONE has moments when they eat too much or they make bad choices...mea maxima culpa is not required...no penance, or fines or jail time either. Healthy life choices and sustainability are the name of the game.

Best wishes to everyone out there who ate too much yesterday. Today is a new day!

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 11:44 AM

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OP here

Thanks guys, that's super-reassuring. I love PT. I'm on it! Let you know how much I weigh tommorow, who knows, it's prob alot of water weight, too. :)

Have a great day, all!

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 12:46 PM

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Quick Question

Is one binge day after losing 25lbs that bad? Would it be ok if I took one day and ate anything I wanted, then got back on the horse the next day, dieted and exercised a lillte harder for the next week? How much would this set me back? I am usualy really, really good about what I eat but I do miss some of the bad stuff that I haven't touched in ages!

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 1:41 PM

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Planning a "binge" is never a good idea, last poster. It's one thing to decide to have a day off, or a cheat meal or day, but to refer to it as a binge just sets you onto a scary path (if you have binge tendencies already). You may not be able to just binge one day and stop it at that!

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 1:59 PM

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The thing about a day off is that it sets up the precedent that eating healthy amounts of food is unusual.

If you're feeling the need for binge days, maybe you need to loosen up you overall diet so you feel less inclined to cheat... Keep watching you calories and you'll continue to lose weight, maybe just not as fast as you'd like.

As for the bad stuff you haven't touched in ages, in moderation, nothing's that bad- eat a half a brownie instead of a whole brownie, eat a couple chips, throw out the rest of the bag- get your fix without risking an OD...

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 2:23 PM

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I volunteer at a clinic for eating disorders, and I see this question in reverse: "would it be okay after I've gained back 10 or 12 lbs to just have one day where I only allow myself 300 calories? I'll feel so much more in control and be motivated to be healthy again." Um, no. It doesn't work for ED sufferers, and it doesn't work for dieters. Dieting, like EDs, is as much or more about controlling your mind and attitude towards food as it is about controlling your body. One day of restricting or one day of bingeing are equally damaging to both body and mind, and one day can so very easily turn into two, or gain in frequency, until all of a sudden, you're right back where you started.

From a purely physical standpoint: It's one thing to "cheat" when dieting by allowing yourself one or two cookies, or a small bowl of ice cream, etc. It's completely another to allow a full day of eating all kinds of junk food. It will probably upset your stomach because you're system has been cleansed of those kinds of empty sugars, starches and grease.

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 2:39 PM

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Reframe

I have a plan where I never use the word cheat. I also eat dessert....but I steer clear of the diet desserts and go for the real thing. I limit myself to no more than one a week. And it is on a social occasion, it is bought at a restaurant, it is high quality and sublime tasting, it is something I look forward to and I share it with a loved one. I savor every bite. Somehow that gets me through. I feel like I am learning to enjoy real food in a celebratory setting.

Am I losing weight with any speed? Absolutely not...maybe a pound a week. But guess what, I've taken off more than 80 pounds over a long period of time.

If your favorite food is not dessert, just figure out how you can have it on special occasions with loved ones who understand and support what you are doing. It will pave the way for a good life with good food.

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 10:43 PM

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