Start Weight:(30 Jan 13) 178.0 lb
Current Weight:(14 Aug 13) 183.0 lb
Goal Weight:150.0 lb
following: gigi1212's own diet
performance: losing 8.4 lb a week

I'm a stay-at-home mom of toddler twin girls. I love being home with them even if at times it can be pretty hectic. I joined fatsecret so that I can hold myself accountable and get back down to the weight I was just before my wedding. I also want to learn to be satisfied with that weight when I get there and not always be in a "10 more pounds" state of mind. I need to fix my relationship with food if I am to teach my girls how to have a healthy mentality toward food, weight and self-image. Why should they eat well if they see their mother eat too much junk? Also, how will they accept themselves if I never show them a woman who accepts herself? This is what's motivating me to do something about my unhealthy eating habits once and for all.

FatSecret member since: 30 Jan 13

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  30 weeks to fit and healthy (phase 1)
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ended: 11 Apr 13
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I fell like I can't stop eating!
You are here now and you are addressing your problem. That is a big step in the right direction. I also catch myself craving and then eating food when I know I'm not even hungry. I can relate to the guilt from getting too full. Day after day of this guilt put me over the edge to figure out WHY I was doing that.
I'm still working on the WHY, but the past several weeks I have stopped and made myself think, "Am I really hungry?" When I know the answer is "No," I try to figure out what is going on that day that's making me want food. Sometimes it's boredom, sometimes it's feeling overwhelmed from taking care of my twins, and sometimes I am just tired. Other days I really can't figure out why. Maybe hormones. Maybe I'm missing out on something vital in my diet.
Since trying to start being aware of why I want to eat when I'm not hungry and stopping myself from eating something when I don't need it, I realized something. At first I felt anxious from not eating something when I wanted it. I almost didn't know what to do with myself. I found myself pacing in the kitchen trying to figure out what to do next. It reminded me of when my dad tried to quit smoking. Whether it's a habit or more seriously an addition I don't know. But it absolutely has gotten easier with each day. I also feel like it's a slippery slope. I fear that if I give in to something, I lose all that hard work of re-teaching myself to not eat when I'm not hungry.
Hopefully I haven't rambled on for too long and that you have gotten something out of this. Best of luck my dear.
posted 14 Feb 2013, 19:38
Weight Watchers points vs calorie counting
Not really the same though. For example, a pear is one WW pt and around 100 calories. So someone like me who can have 23 pts under ww could eat 23 pears in a day (would never do that but for example's sake), but that would be 2300 calories, way over limit. Reversely, a Big Mac is 550 calories and 14 pts. So if I had two big macs, that would put me way over my ww limit at 28 pts, but only 1100 calories for the day. So there is a difference. It just encourages you to eat more healthful, lower fat foods and less high-fat, carbo-dense foods.
posted 06 Feb 2013, 20:43
Weight Watchers points vs calorie counting
Taking an informal poll: which form of counting do you prefer from your first-hand experience - weight watchers points or plain-old calories?

Seems to me that weight watchers points gives you less calories to work with overall. For example, I started with a 1600-calorie diet, but then tried weight watchers points system today. I have used up all my weight watchers points but am only at 1300 calories. I followed the weight watchers system religiously 9 years ago and lost 20 lbs. Today reminded me just how wisely you have to pick your foods. I think I might stick with the weight watchers points, but I don't want to slow down my metabolism too much.
posted 06 Feb 2013, 17:05
Giving up Splenda & other artificial sweeteners
Thanks all. Sounds like just giving them up and letting my taste buds adjust over time is what I need to do. I might try lemon in iced tea to try and give it a little something. Today I put egg white in my oatmeal (someone shared that idea yesterday) with a teeny, tiny tsp of real maple syrup. It is definitely less sweet than I'm used to but still tasty, and I feel better knowing it's not full of chemicals.
posted 31 Jan 2013, 07:07
Giving up Splenda & other artificial sweeteners
Been reading some scary stuff about Splenda that has me thinking I should eliminate it from my diet. What tips do you have on ditching this stuff and/or training yourself to drink/eat things non-sweetened?
I mostly use it for iced tea & oatmeal.
posted 30 Jan 2013, 13:20
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