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I have tried weight watchers *cough* times with limited success. I know my biggest issue with Weight Watchers is that you can eat anything as long as you count the points...I find that I don't make good choices.

 

I have let myself go and need to lose over 100 lbs. so I have a very long road ahead of me. I find myself reading magazine or books looking for the program that will work for me and I can live with. If I'm every going to be successful, I need to pick a program and I live with and DO IT! I know Weight Watchers works if I work the program correctly.

 

I'm digging out all of my information and am going to start with the basics. So I was reading through some things in this forum...

 

Find out then what the payoff is...Stress relief, celebration, boredom, grief, whatever. Put a name to it. In one of his early books Dr. Phil McGraw said that "When you name the demon you can face him. When you face him you can defeat him."

 

What is your demon and how did you figure out what your demon was?

 

Jeannie


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Jeannie,

 

I have plenty of demons: stress, anxiety, hurt feelings, grief, etc. The key is to have a plan on how to deal with it. It helps me to actually go over my plan once in a while to keep it fresh in my mind.

 

I think you can have limited success with any weight-loss program (low-cal or low-carb) if you make poor choices. With whichever WW program you choose - Flex or Core, try to focus on getting in the "healthy 8" daily requirements. If most of your points are consumed on these healthy choices, there won't be much room left for poor choices. Take out your week 1 booklet and read through to get some ideas on how to work the program.

 

Good luck!

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You could always try the core program if its difficult for you to do the points thing....for me I came back to flex because I can't control volume...its just the nature of my eating problem that I will always overeat. I also strongly limit flours and sugars and fats, because those were the foods I wanted to binge on. The need to binge and eat certain foods can have alot of origins...emotional, physical (food intolerances often make us crave food), and allergies (I cannot eat wheat). Learning what foods make us feel good, which make us crave, and how to work with that is all part of the process. Just keep getting up and planning a healthy food day. IT will happen.

 

Blessings,

 

Elle


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I think for me it is about escapism. I have always found ways to escape reality in unhealthy ways. Reading too much instead of moving more. Eating too much without thinking of the cost. Alcohol instead of a natural buzz. I channeled my sense of entitlement into self indulgence.

Reframing is a key tool for me now. The relief I used to get from Booze, food and drugs now comes from more healthy sources. Realizing that I have a right to the relief still is my new entitlement. Getting it in a way that honors my committment to health has made a difference.

 

I'm not perfect at this yet but I understand the rules now.

CW


AS LONG AS I DON'T QUIT, I CANNOT FAIL

 

B4 & After: http://www.healthdiscovery.net/forums/showthread.php?t=202124

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My demon is always throwing around the word "fair".

 

I feel like, "it's not FAIR that so-and-so gets to eat that." "It's not fair that I can't eat like that without gaining weight." "It's not fair that I am not naturally a size 1."

 

I constantly have to remind myself that LIFE isn't fair and EVERYONE has their own demons to deal with, I am not the only one.


Angela

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"Stress relief, celebration, boredom, grief, whatever"

Yeah, that pretty well sums it up for me. Mostly the whatever. Throw in laziness and all the other demons everyone has already mentioned and that's my demon. :bcb_smile

I think Cindy hit it right on the head when she said to eat your healthy 8's first. Once these are taken care of it will limit the points you have left over for junk. Remember junk tastes good for a second but it doesn't fill you up and it has a way of calling for more of it's friends to come join the party.

I think you might be looking for the "magic plan" that's going to make all your weight disappear without effort. I looked in vain for this plan too. It just doesn't exist. You will have to put in the effort not just for today but for tomorrow too. That said, it does get easier though you still need to be vigilant.

I found 2 things that are really helping me:

1. I gave up all artificial sweeteners. I had been reading that they might mess with your body's signals that you are full. I know my big problem was that I always wanted to eat. I could have a physically full tummy and my brain was still screaming FEED ME. I had been a big drinker of diet cola so I totally stopped this and anything else with artificial sweeteners. At least for me this seems to have stopped the feed me monster from screaming.

2. I post here on BCB every day. I used to be a big lurker but didn't really get the benefit from the site until I committed and began to post. I post on Delta Force and the other buddies really inspire me. They are such a positive motivated bunch that I find I want to succeed just like them.

Good luck to you!

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I also suggest you read read read. Read any thread here every day multiple times a day. Print out inspirational things and read them every day.

I'd suggest you try CORE because you follow the rules of what to eat but you have the freedom of eating until you are satisfied.

 

Soon you'll realize that you are satisfied with much less than you thought. That feeling of leaving a couple of "tasty" bites on the plate and walking them to the trash, that feeling is wonderful. Especially while you are walking to the trash your pants are starting to fall down, they are too big all of a sudden.

 

Give it a try you'll be fine.

Peg

 


 

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My demon is the little guy in my head that comes out and takes over my thoughts and ability to make good choices. He's the one that screams... "oh, go ahead and eat, you can start over tomorrow". Fortunately my food demon only showed his ugly little face once this entire month. November has probably been my best month all year. I recommitted to WW and getting back to goal. On Halloween night I decided I was going to lose weight through the "eating season" (Halloween - New Year's Day), and except for one rough night, I've kept that committment. In the past when the binge demon came out, he usually stuck around a few days, or weeks, and sometimes months. This time I was stronger then him and managed to shut him up. I'm reading the Beck Diet Plan and it's really helped with the emotional side of my binge eating disorder. I've been doing the exercises in the book and it keeps me focused. I'm well on my way back to goal, I feel strong and motivated and know I can do this.

 

Jeannie.... Don't think about having to lose 100 pounds... Take 10% at a time and make your goals achieveable. Before you know it you will have lost 100 pounds. Many of us have done it, and many of us have done it more then once. You only fail when you quit trying.

Hang in there Buddy... we're here for ya.

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Thanks to everyone for your responses.

 

I think you might be looking for the "magic plan" that's going to make all your weight disappear without effort. I looked in vain for this plan too. It just doesn't exist. You will have to put in the effort not just for today but for tomorrow too. That said, it does get easier though you still need to be vigilant.

 

Healthydays...I totally agree that I'm looking for that "magic" which I know doesn't exist. Part of my problem with that is that over 20 years ago, I went through a divorce and with the stress from the divorce, I dropped 40 lbs. without even trying.

 

My demon is the little guy in my head that comes out and takes over my thoughts and ability to make good choices. He's the one that screams... "oh, go ahead and eat, you can start over tomorrow".

 

AmyLynn...This little guy is always in my head too! He's going to be my biggest challenge.

 

2. I post here on BCB every day. I used to be a big lurker but didn't really get the benefit from the site until I committed and began to post. I post on Delta Force and the other buddies really inspire me. They are such a positive motivated bunch that I find I want to succeed just like them.

 

Healthydays...I think this will be key for me as well and look forward to getting to know everyone here!

 

Tomorrow I'm going grocery shopping and getting ready for the week!

 

Jeannie :bcb_up


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I believe mine is boredom. I seem to need to keep things fresh, in weightloss as well as life. I find I get in trouble if I don't remain inspired. That is one of the best things about BCB....someone is always doing something to give me a spark.

 

Lesa


HW: 297/ RESTART: 207.8/ CW: 205.6 / WWG: 146

 

10/18/2011: RESTART

:bcb_mad:*RNT is not an excuse.....it is a challenge!

 

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My demons are boredom and desserts. When I am bored I tend to eat so now i try to always be busy, if I have nothing to do around the house I just log into BCB and cruise the posts that I missed since the last time i logged in that day. My food demon is dessert food. I love the sweets and I love to make the goodies for all parties and holidays. Sorry for the **food porn**, I bake cookies, cakes, cannoli's , mousse, pb pie, ect and now instead of eating it after the event I send it home with everyone else. I allow myself one small piece of one of the desserts during the party but after that it is a no touch zone, hehe.

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My demons are stress and boredom!!!

 

I have exams next week and when i get stressed 1st thing i want it something sweat...

 

Best solution for me is halving 1/2 point and 1 point snacks always in the house!!

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