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Posted: 14 Oct 2013, 06:44
well I have quit weight watchers because I am just throwing money down the toilet every month and not doing anything to lose weight. Night is my downfall with all the junk food in the house. My husband likes to eat at night as well and his sugar is high so he certainly shouldn't be eating junk either..even though he doesn't have a weight problem. My weight is fact I had a desturbing nightmare a couple nights ago. I had a dream I was at my parents funeral and people i didn't know thought my older sister and i were twins because we were both so big! She gets bigger and I follow right behind her with my weight gain. i have to stop this now and do my own life style change. I told my husband no more junk food at night allowed for both of us..any hints on how to get past this?

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Posted: 14 Oct 2013, 08:28
It's really got to come within. I was so pissed and determined no bag of junk food could have swayed me. I was tired of it, plain and simple. And to me it's a choice, is food that important to me, particularly food that was going to make me fat that I chose that over being thin and healthy?? For me, the answer was easy and once the weight started coming off it all the motivation I needed. I now have learned to pick differnt foods that taste even better and are healthier for me. I'm grateful I made the lifestyle change.

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Posted: 14 Oct 2013, 10:14
I agree - you have to find what motivates you - true motivation. No motivations that comes and goes - find something that will keep you from eating that cookie now and tomorrow or next month. It gets easier once you start losing.

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Posted: 14 Oct 2013, 10:39
My motivation comes from-a couple places. In a way this is my
'job', and I need to do it.
If I'm healthier, stronger, not sick, I'm better for me, my family and the community. The second is independence. I don't want anyone to have to take care of me. I have people who would take care of me if need be, but I have to hold up my end, meaning I need to do everything in my power to be well. That means being in good shape, not sick (if I can help it). The vanity of looking better because I am thinner never made good motivation for me. I have to say it's been a long haul for me, I'm down 30 pounds from when I started, and it's about a pound a month.
I don't really care it's not going faster, I'm learning how to eat right in a way I can maintain. I've been going to the gym off and on, I'm back there now. I hate to go in the summer.
I am MUCH stronger, and my weight is going down, slowly, but that is much better than up slowly, which it did for years.
So, if it takes another 30 months I'm down.
It's harder when people in your house don't eat like you do, it feels almost like you are rejecting them when you don't share the food with them. That said, the same goes for them, they can help, at least by accepting when you don't eat what they do if you feel it's bad for you.
If you don't eat the junk for a month you will most likely have stopped.
Just do it for a day. Then another day. I know it sounds cliche, but it works.
The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.- Arthur C Clarke

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. - Mark Twain


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Posted: 14 Oct 2013, 10:55
Go for healthy and the side effect will be weight loss! Eat 'real 'food, good veggies, fruits, grass fed meat and ethically raised animals.
Avoid all processed foods and when you get over the hump, the cravings for that junk will stop.
If you need to munch at night, try making Kale chips or other veggie chips, They are crunchy , can be salty or other spices and no chemicals and preservatives.
If the junk food isn't there to grab, good, but then have alternatives, veggies with hummus dip, or good healthy alternatives.
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!

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Posted: 14 Oct 2013, 12:42
The replies to the post really hit the nail square on. If we would all follow these suggestions, I suspect this forum would be 80% shorter.

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Posted: 14 Oct 2013, 14:14
We have found that we really can't keep any junk food in the house or we'll eat it. Both my husband and I will demolish a bag of cookies in no time if they are around, so we can't keep them around! Now we have "dessert nights" on Friday and Saturday and we specifically buy something really good for those nights. Otherwise, no sweets and no chips in the house.

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Posted: 15 Oct 2013, 13:09
My advice:

Have a serious "heart to heart" with your Husband about you weight loss goals and how his junk food in the house is hindering these goals because you can't resist the junk food. If he agrees to help you out and get rid of the junk food, awesome. BUT, if he refuses, which is pretty mucht the situation I am in with my Husband - ask him to store it somewhere that you will not see it, to not let you know where it is, and ask him if he could avoid eating it in front of you.

Then on occasion where you feel like if you don't have some chocolate that you will go crazy, then ask your Hubby to share a snack bar or a small something with you, but have HIM go and get it so you don't know where the "stash" is at.

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