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Posted: 31 Jan 2014, 19:47
I was thinking about seeing a councillor to help me on my weight loss journey.. When I eat properly I feel fabulous .. I am confident energetic and sparkly ... so why then would I binge and then feel crappy. I think talking about it or writing it or connecting and supporting with others might be helpful. what do you reckon.

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Posted: 02 Feb 2014, 22:39
Sometimes we eat out of stress and there's something causing the stress. Wouldn't hurt to find out what's going on. May help resolve other issues at the same time. Good luck.


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Posted: 03 Feb 2014, 02:48
Hi tray. Don't beat yourself up, all of us here have been guilty about bingeing, and maybe counselling will help you if there is an underlying reason for it. personally though I think if there was an issue you would already know about it, so maybe you are just like the rest of us who find it hard to break the bad habits of a lifetime. Overall I think you have a good plan, atkins, indulgence day followed by a fast, the only thing I would say is an indulgence day doesn't mean a binge though - that's never going to work long term, but once you start making inroads into your weight you wont want to binge because it will put you back a step or two on your journey, just make sure its a step or two and not a few giant leaps. Those of us who are not lucky enough to have superfast metabolisms have to 'buckle' down, make some decisions about the length of life and the quality of life we want, then do some hard work to break those lifetime of habits and stop bingeing. I like to think that we all control our destiny and if you do over enjoy your indulgence days - perhaps try having two non consecutive fast days in a week and get straight back on the horse and make sure its just one speed hump so that you weekly weigh in is going down, albeit that you have some days that go up. Good luck Smile
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Posted: 04 Feb 2014, 22:33
It's not a bad idea at all. I think ClassicRocker is right. I know that I eat when I stress. I eat when I'm bored. My solution has been to track what I eat and control myself that way, but obviously it would be smarter to get the stress (or whatever it is) dealt with and simply not overeat.

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Posted: 05 Feb 2014, 06:06
Tray, if you're thinking talking to a therapist could help, I'd give it a try. I am currently & it is helping me quite a bit on this journey. I, too, eat for emotional reasons, which is a long-standing habit that I'm trying to change. Its hard work & is not happening quickly for me, but so worthwhile as I know this is the healthy eating & living journey I want my life to follow.
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Posted: 05 Feb 2014, 07:15
I concur with the above. I think everyone could benefit from talk therapy, to be honest. It has helped me tremendously with keeping perspective about all things, not just weight loss, and with dealing with stress in a healthy way. It is a heavy psychological (and constant) burden to "fight the fat," especially if you have a lot to lose, if you've lost a lot, or if you're struggling to lose, even if you're doing everything right. Go for it. What could it possibly hurt?
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Posted: 05 Feb 2014, 07:44
I think it is really important to deal with why you put on weight in the first is rarely just about greed. I think if you can deal with these issues while you lose the weight it will be easier to maintain when you get to your goal. That said you need to find a proper therapist/psychologist who deals with eating issues.

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