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Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Jan 15, 2007
(calorie counting, all foods, LOTS of veggies)
Weight: 0.0

WorkingIt points: 2 fruit/veg, 2 calories, 1 exercise, 2 water.

Total calories today: 1505...5 above what a wanted, but no biggie. I'm glad to be on track today. However, it was almost a no-go today with calories.

I started off the day nicely at 8am, with an emergen-c packet in my water, an apple, and an egg.

I followed that with lots of tea and eventually got hungry again by 10:30am. I had that jittery feeling...hopefully is was real hunger, not emotional hunger. I think it was real.

at 10:30am I had a seaweed salad, and a nice amount of broccoli and cauliflower and a piece of tuna steak. I was full. However, at 11:30am I went and had a SMALL CARB BINGE (I say small compared to my usual): a whipped mousse yogurt (I thought I was gonna have that and be ok, but it lead to other things), 6 cookies with chocolate hazelnut filling, and 3 truffles. So now, it just turned to 12pm noon and I had 1155 calories for the day spent.

I didn't eat again until 4pm when I had a seaweed salad before going to yoga at 5pm.

I got back from yoga around 7pm and had another seaweed salad, because it's so filling and a microwavable eggplant parmasean.

I am done with not having carbs and dairy. Too good. Maybe it would be good to eat only up to one microwavable meal/food product (veggie burger, for instance) per day to limit sodium. The eggplant parm was soo good, I have no reason to eliminate it from my diet unless for health reasons. However, I don't have any health reasons. So, I'm gonna keep on eating it and things like it.

I weighed myself after eating breakfast and it was a little more than 6 pounds higher than 106. I may weight myself tomorrow morning and start recording again, although I don't want to. Gotta face the facts. By early february I should be back to the weight I came home with right before January 1st. Maybe a little higher. I want to really be able to go back to it. I know I can.

As long as I drink water/tea I shouldn't have too much of a sodium problem, I don't think. I wonder if straying away from the no gluten/starchy carbs/dairy diet will make it hard to get back to where I was. If so, I might try it to some degree on and off. But for now, its off!

Thanks for all your comments. Runner and BTC, we're all in the same boat and I've been having similiar frustrations, especially with my focus on food lately. I hope going back to work will eleviate some of my issues; and NOT bring on more!!! LOL. It shouldn't, since I should just go in and have fun...starting this Thursday. (I thought it was last thursday, but I made a little mistake on that one!)

Goodnight everyone.

maria777 on 01/15/2007:
Hope you have a good evening!


maria777 on 01/15/2007:
Thanks for your sweet comment!!! Yes, I do have a new goalweight...but I haven't gotten to it yet, hehehe! Big Smile!


Justine6Robert3 on 01/15/2007:
You really do struggle with those binges. You sure eat alot of great healthy stuff. You eat alot of "Seaweed salade". I didn't know such a salade existed until I read your diaries! Do you actually enjoy it, it doesn't sound very tasty. I wish I could force myself to eat some of the veggies you eat, I'm sure my body would be thanking me!!

I think that you are right about eating some carbs and dairy. I think your body needs to have a little bit of something from all the food groups. Maybe if you allow yourself to have a little bit of it, you won't crave it so much.

By the way, you mentioned going on a date. I think you have every right to be picky, anyway if your not attracted that's something that just can't be forced, even if he's a great guy.

Going back to work should be a good distraction for you, maybe you'll think about food a little less. Your bio says your a band teacher, is that what you'll be doing? Sounds like a fun job, do you enjoy it?

Hang in there, its great that your able to get back on track even after having a couple bad binges. Thanks for all the positive encouragement on my diaries! Its kind of comforting to know I'm not the only one who never stops thinking about food!!

I try not to discuss it with family and friends because I know they are so bored with it. I am a little obsessive by nature but it can be a good thing in this type of situation, right?!

Hope you enjoy your yoga class!


amanda8419 on 01/15/2007:
Im not crazy about veggies. I can handle a regular salad, or carrots but thats about it. I like em raw, not cooked, and my parents always cook em. I bought a couple bags of carrots a couple weeks ago and forgot about them till they expired. This past friday i bought two bags of salad but just realized my dressing is way expired 8-(


WorkingIt2 on 01/15/2007:
I couldn't not have carbs..I get too goofy without them. Congratulations on having a great day!!


Runner on 01/16/2007:
Yeah, we are in the same boat! I find it difficult to give up carbs completely. I need SOMETHING starchy to keep me feeling full...like a sweet potato or some All-Bran. It's tough to eat a no-gluten diet...I'm learning that firsthand!


borntocry on 01/16/2007:
Hi Horn of Plenty,

I think going back to work will help you. I know that weekends and holidays are always the worst for me. If only I could get really engrossed in some activity which would take my mind off food, like reading a really good book or something. But it's hard to do that with my husband there. We inevitably spend the weekends lounging around watching TV and then there's always plenty of opportunity to get up and fix myself a snack. At least I can't do that at work, because I can't keep a lot of food here and I wouldn't want my co-workers to see me eating all the time and start teasing me about it.

Thanks for your comment on my diary. Of course I didn't mind that it was all about you, haha! I do that all the time too - leave someone a comment and then realise that it was just like a mini-update of my own! But sometimes the best advice we can give is just to share our own experiences and insights and hope they help. Thanks!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Jan 14, 2007
(low grains or gluten, mostly unprocessed foods)
Weight: 0.0

WorkingIt points: 5 (0 for staying in calorie range, 1 for exercise...no yoga today)

Hey all. My life has been a major food battle since the New Year! Today I binged. However, I do not feel totally out of control now and I still figure I can make things better. Like I say in people's journals, it's never too late to make a change. I'm working on it.

I ate so healthy at the beginning of Sunday morning:

Breakfast: 3 apricots, one emergen-c drink, 1 egg, and one seaweed salad. I was actually full before the salad but I had it anyway. 200 calories total for that big breakfast!

Snack after going for a jog/walk: baked teryaki tofu, apple, tomato: 270 calories.

I decided I was too tired from the exercise to go to yoga, since it would start in only an hour and a half from when I got back home after jogging and walking. I then fell asleep!! This never happens!!! I slept for around 1 hour.

After I woke up, I had a whole pound of frozen sliced peppers (only about 100 calories!). I wasn't even hungry when I woke up. arg. I was then freezing after consuming such a cold thing!

Then, I had some tea to warm me up but was still cold and the binge began....

I started with a microwavable eggplant parmasean...with cheese even though I've been staying away from dairy. It was VERY good. Then I binged on LOTS of "tam tam" crackers that are similiar to ritz crackers, tons of cookies with hazelnut filling, some caramel popcorn, and some tostitos. I also had one of those "whipped" mousse chocolate flavored yogurts. Oh, I also had some pretzels too. LOL.

I then went out to eat at a mexican restaurant on my date with someone I met through a friend this past Friday. I orderred a chicken salad with lots of grilled chicken but it also included some sauteed vegetables and dressing on the salad. I didn't realize there would be dressing. I definitely didn't eat the whole thing, but enjoyed the sauteed peppers and onions.

I hope today didn't go over 3500 calories. That is what I am recording for the day. Before I went out to dinner, the total was 3002 calories. As I said, lots of binging in the afternoon!

I did some calculations, and now my progress (or setback) will be halted 23 long days! yeah, 23 days is what it takes to fix my calories and adjust for my binging...which has been happening like every two days almost, steadily since new years!!! agh!

goodnight all, thanks for your comments. I'm still loving the seaweed.

My date was good. But, I'm not attracted to him physically. yeah, I do feel it's important to be attracted somewhat by looks. I may hang out with him in a group, but probably not alone again. We'll see. No point in leading someone on. and, although I don't date often, I still don't feel the need to go out with him again. He's a nice guy, though. Perhaps i shouldn't be as picky as I am?

I really want to fix my eating! I am sick of these binges. I don't want to add refined carbs in; but that mousse yogurt was soooo good. and pure sugar! Is that what I want to eat???

I'm not sure what type of diet I want. the carbs make me feel good after I binge! I'm gonna have to think long and hard. I'll let you know what I decide.

borntocry on 01/15/2007:
Hi Horn of Plenty!

Thanks for your comment, and for saying you missed me!

It's funny, I've been having quite a lot of seaweed lately as well, which isn't really like me. But it seems to be a pretty healthy food, with lots of protein, iron and calcium, for very few calories. So maybe I should make a habit of it!

I can understand your reluctance to add refined carbs back into your diet, but it might not be such a bad idea. I followed a high-protein diet for a while and lost a lot of weight (okay, just a few pounds, but for me that's a lot!), but I did find myself binging on carbs on a pretty regular basis. Now I aim for more of a balance and seem to binge less. (Although it's quite possible that the next binge is just around the corner, so you never know!)


Runner on 01/15/2007:
I love sushi, too! It's so cheap here in Asia. I can eat it all the time and it's so affordable. Thanks for asking about BTC and myself! It's just been such a busy time lately...I haven't been avoiding this site on purpose, but I would like to actually lose a pound one of these days and be able to record it!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Jan 13, 2007
(low grains or gluten, mostly unprocessed foods)
Weight: 0.0

Runner and BTC, I hope all is well!

WorkingIt points: 7. I was skimpy on the walking. Everything else was great.

Dinner: TWO seaweed salads, one smoked teryaki flavored tofu that I never tried and love, and a few grape tomatoes.

Total Calories: 1505, over by 5 or so. Not bad.

Now I'm back from yoga. I'm pretty hungry but don't have many calories left due to a rather large, but better than usual for this week, lunch! I just had one seaweed salad. Now, I'm having another. Anything that will really fill me up. I tried another seaweed today and it was horrible!! I felt like I was eating ocean water! I returned it and got my money back!

Tomorrow I have a lesson to give and then i'm going out to dinner with a guy my friend was nice enough to introduce me to. He's a nice guy and I had a good time hanging out with him Friday evening when a couple of my friends were there too. We'll be going to a restaurant around here. LOL, he even knows that I'm a little, or a lot!!!, nutty with food! He didn't seem to mind!

I may update one more time tonight, maybe not!

Goodnight everyone! _______________________________________

Snack before teaching a lesson: small piece of steamed tuna

Snack after lesson: whole pound of frozen sliced peppers

Lunch: 2 containers of brussel sprouts, bag of salad, smoked salmon (LOX), one grapefruit, seaweed salad (finally my order came in so I have a lot of them in my house now!), and 8 braided pretzels. for desserts, I've decided to incorporate some refined carbs when I like! LOL. I was satisfied before I had the pretzels, but I figurred I'd use some of my caloric budget on them!

so far today: 1245 calories.

I bought some really good foods today...smoked tofu, lox, some "pulled bbq chicken," lots of veggies, seaweed salad. I figure that for snacks and refined carbs, I'll eat what's readily available in my house...no need to spend my extra money...since I spend a lot buying things people in my house don't eat/want... when we have enough cookies/snacks here. I live in a very healthy house, but we have a cookie/chip often enough that i don't have to buy them.

For diner: I plan on having another seaweed salad, smoked tofu, and something else for 55 calories (I'm not sure what). Maybe just another seaweed salad..but that doesn't sound good. Maybe I'll have an orange. That sounds good. So far today, so good.

Breakfast, 430 calories: one low cal (not artificial) packet in my water, one apple, two medium tomatoes, two whole packages of nori (20 sheets total), one egg.

I had nowhere to be early in the morning, although I woke up at 6am! so, I had a little more food than usual, but I tried to eat foods that would take awhile and leave me satisfied and not craving more. It worked!

I teach a French horn lesson at 11am and I plan on doing yoga later at 5pm. I'll catch up with all of you during the day!

maria777 on 01/13/2007:
Looks like you're doing real good! Keep up the good work on you cals!!! Big Smile!


Moody on 01/13/2007:
You're doing awesome!! Back in control and making wonderful choices!! Good for you! Hope you enjoy your yoga tonight!!

Oh..and thanks for the kind comment you left me!! =)


greengirl on 01/13/2007:
You have done soo well today. Good job!!! Have a good day tomorrow too :)


WorkingIt2 on 01/13/2007:
I feel like I've been gone FOREVER! Sorry to see that you had the binge a few days ago, but it looks like it was a lot better than the really big binges you've had, so that's looking up! And wooohooo on the date! Have a great time, DETAILS! =)


sasyredneckgirl on 01/13/2007:
Horn I just have to commend you on sticking with eating that seaweed you go girl :):):)


sandrella on 01/14/2007:
Thanks for the advice! Keep up the good work! :)



Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Jan 12, 2007
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 0.0

Hey all. WorkingIt points: 7. I'm not proud of how little i'be walked in the past couple days! I've got to improve my walking! Will work on that more starting tomorrow!

I stuck to 1500 today! yay! I ate REALLY awesome things and I am excited to do the same tomorrow:

Breakfast: 1 fizz drink, 1 egg, one apple

Lunch: 2 yellow peppers, 1 frozen pound of brussel sprouts!, 1/2 a package of tofu, 1 orange.

Snack: Carrots and tahini

Snack: 1 tomato

Snack: 1/2 block of tufu, some hummus, some guacamole

Dinner: one yellow pepper, salad, one tomato, lightly seasoned microwavable cauliflower and broccoli, some tuna steak.

I want to enjoy tomorrow's meals like I did today's!

maria777 on 01/12/2007:
Wow, looks like you really did TERRIFIC today with the foods you ate and calories!!! What is tahini? The tuna steak sounds delicious...how did you cook it?


Justine6Robert3 on 01/12/2007:
Sounds like you had a great day, good going! I've never tried tofu, does it have any taste or is it awful? The tuna steak does sound tasty! Tuna is one of the few "healthy" foods I actually enjoy eating. I totally understand the urge to binge. For me I am always tempted in the evening. I LOVE munchies, potatoe chips are definetly my weekness, oh and ofcourse chocolate. I try to make sure there is very little chocolate in my house, my will power can be very weak. It would be so much easier if my hubby would stop bringing all the "treats" home! I think I could be so much more succesful if I could convince him to join me in healthy eating!!!


Justine6Robert3 on 01/12/2007:
Oh, on the subject of boobs. I'm going to miss having the extra cleavage but I miss having slim thighs more! Hubby's always been a leg and butt kind of guy although I don't think he minds the little extra bonus up front. Time for him to say good-bye to the fun bags!!!


destiny on 01/14/2007:
Wish i could fill up on all those veggies, it would make dieting alot easier. Being in renal failure they control the amount of fruits and veggies you can eat. 5 servings total in a day. I think you're doing awesome. How does smokes tufu taste like, and where would you buy it. Is it high in sodium? I have to watch that too , thats why i had to quit eating alot of the meat alternatives.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Jan 11, 2007
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 0.0

5 WorkingIt Points...nada on calories

Edit:

Yesterday's foods: Breakfast: 1 egg, two yellow peppers, one fizzy drink packet

Snack/turned into Binge: 1/2 package of tofu in car...when I got home: 2 tomatoes, carrots, grapefruit, cooked tuna steak, tahini (like peanut butter but made of sesame seeds), 4 piroulettes cookies, 6 jell cookies, 8 double chocolate truffles, 5 large m&m filled cookies.

Late after yoga: Large seaweed salad, entire light package of tofu.

Total calories: 2500

I didn't fight the urge to binge today, and binged. It wasn't as bad as a couple days ago. Today's calories are 2500. It's alright. It's over, tomorrow will be better. I'll explain what happened:

I thought I had to work today. I went to work and the teacher I'll be subbing for told me he meant NEXT THURSDAY!!! so, I came home. I wasn't upset at all, but I guess I was flustered and realized I'd have more time to get things done and not have to do it all on Friday. I also binged! I had a really healthy lunch, but it wasn't planned well. I didn't want the lunch I was going to have at school so because I changed my plans I didn't think soon enough and the binge came on. It started with chocolates and ended with cookies. blah blah. you know the deal.

GG, I guess you've been away from refined carbs so long..but do you ever think about them? what do you do to keep yourself from them? gosh, I love these healthy foods...I haven't even been loving the taste of the refined carbs! I don't know. I feel like I'm fighting myself!

weightlossyoyo on 01/11/2007:
WOW! You had a busy day today, but you are right it is over, you will do better tomorrow.


sasyredneckgirl on 01/11/2007:
its ok tomarrows a brand new day like you said we all have those ups and downs just cant stay in those ups and downs.. hugs


smiley2 on 01/12/2007:
I have a BIG problem with refined carbs too. I guess if you stay away from them long enough, you will actually start feeling sick once you eat them again. But i have yet to try it ;)


geevee on 01/12/2007:
I guess you could call my eating yesterday, a binge, though it didn't seem like one at the time. Everything a ate was "good" food; nothing processed. It's those darned carbs! (bread and tortillas/potatoes).Those calories add up quickly and I had as many as you did. Sandwiches are just as attracting to me as Key Lime pie and cheesecake are.


geevee on 01/12/2007:
Oh! Tahini is such a weakness for me! That's why I've stopped making hummus. Once I start eating it, it's addictive and I CAN'T stop. I LOVE hummus. It's so nutritious.

Fortunately I've been able to eliminate cookies from my list of dangerous foods, but if in a room with Pecan Sandies, there's no telling how many I'll eat!

At the moment, there are too many other delectable foods that I simply can't resist. I don't eat junk at all. Just regular, good food will do me in. I love good food. The worst part is that like BTC and GG, I have an appetite problem. I can eat and eat and never get full. I NEVER have that problem of feeling overly full or sick from eating too much.



Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Jan 10, 2007
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 0.0

WorkingIt points: 7! No walking on treadmill today, sadly!

Today I did nicely. I cought myself in that "feeling" I have before I binge. I tell you, it's one strong set of emotions!

Calories for today were 1210.

Menu for today: Breakfast: 1 egg, one water supplement fizz drink thing, one large tomato, one small yellow pepper.

Lunch: Seaweed salad, one full head of cauliflower, 1/2 a package of tofu, baby carrots, one pickle, and one apple. yeah, lots of food...great food!

Snack: Grapefruit...my body kept thinking it wanted more food...but I stopped there.

Dinner: Package of brussel sprouts (my favorite, I stick them in the microwave for about 6 minutues until they're soft!), 3 sliced red and yellow peppers, one cucumber sliced with oil and vinegar and spices, lots of tofu (although I just bought some cooked tuna at the store...I'll have some tomorrow!)

Big meals...I enjoyed eating all those healthy foods today! I plan on staying this way for awhile! Of course, it's easier to eat this way when you're having meals at home. Tomorrow I'll be having lunch at work...so it wont be like today's. It'll be more like carrots and tuna steak (a good filet, steamed - next time i'll get it seared..almost not cooked at all since it's the same tuna they use for sushi - which is raw - from the fish market!)

Busy day today with the plumber. we had a leak with our boiler today..I'm glad I noticed!!!! It's still not completely fixed, although for the moment it working!

weightlossyoyo on 01/10/2007:
Food intake today was great!


sasyredneckgirl on 01/10/2007:
HOrn you did great on fighting back those urges today even though it was hard.. it just seems to get easier each time even though every once in awhile we those "emotion" to bing, eat more get the best of us.. you did great on your calories


WorkingIt2 on 01/11/2007:
That is such good news that you were able to recognize those feelings before a binge and to halt the mental process that leads to the binge. What a fantastic breakthrough!

I found that if I give myself something to eat after my workout, before I go to bed..it helps me into the next day. So I know what you mean about that!

Seriously, I have a big smile on my face and even said "atta girl!" when I read this entry. I am so happy that you are taking control of the binge/starve cycle and that you will find so much strength and power because of it. Way to GO!!!


greengirl on 01/11/2007:
Well done for fighting off the urge to binge.Its good that you can recognise the impulse before it takes hold. Keep up the good work. You are so supportive of other people :)



Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Jan 09, 2007
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 0.0

WorkingIt points: 2 fruit/veg, 1 exercise, 1 calories, 2 water. Total of 6 points.

I only gave myself 1 point for calories because it should have been 1200, but due to certain "busy" circumstances, it's closer to around 1,000. I don't want a repeat of a binge-starve cycle and I made sure I satisfied my stomach before bed. I was chaperoning a long time and didn't eat much until after. I do not see another binge in the near future. I am trying hard. I did exercise, but no cardio only yoga today. I drank water, but I could have had a little more while chaperoning.

WorkingIt, you're right. I believe you were saying that I tend to eat more before I have some king of challenge, i think? is that what you mean? I do, partially because I stress about the challenge. The eating sedates me and then I finally concentrate on the challenge. I'd rather not continue that way!

I'm working on not repeating what's been going on any time soon. With a new job officially starting the 22nd, I can't afford another binge repeat. Also, I have to go into the school this Thursday and I certainly don't plan on overeating tomorrow!

umm, foods were healthy today (but i've been eating too many eggs lately...I haven't been able to go to the store to buy any fish and I just got some more tofu today!)

Goodnight!

missingsmokes on 01/10/2007:
Heya Girl, I am a classic egg eater....used to eat 2 a day, now I buy the egg substitutes, not the egg whites but the ones with 1/2 whites, 1/2 yokes....still a lot lower in fat and cholesterol and I scrammble them or use in omelette...i think they are delicious, then on weekends i get my dippy eggs...lol....don't be soo hard on yourself......maybe you need to utilize other methods to help you relax, relaxation techniques.....take long deep breaths about 10 before you plan on binging, this may help distract your mind too....i dunno worth a try!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Jan 08, 2007
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 0.0

Points for Today: 6. 2 each for water, exercise and fruits/veggies. But zilch on calories. I'm not sure what my deal is. I had a total of 4315 calories in ONE SITTING! yeah. Total of 4600 for the day. Now i'm just farther back from being on track.

I'll tell you about it. I had a fantastic breakfast: 285 calories: one emergen-c water packet thing, 1 egg, 1/4 avacado, 1 tiny yellow pepper, brussel sprouts, and a little salad.

I went to yoga, had a great time. I was hungry, but did errands after. Went to the bank and bought a comb and other health supplies at a nearby store. Went into a nutrition store (I am easily tempted) and bought some cool tea I never tried and sesame tahini (like peanut butter but made from sesame seeds and high in fiber - 4 grams).

Came home, had a large tomato and listened to my phone messages and looked at emails because I needed to see if my chairperson would write a letter of recommendation and if she needed my reply or any more info. She did, so it's good I looked.

I had the rest of my lunch: 1 steamed eggplant, a lot of steamed broccoli, 1/2 an avacado (usually 1/4 but I went back for more---shouldn't have), 1 egg, 1 apple. Then, I reached for a small 1/4 cup of mixed fruit/white chocolate and nuts. But, I shouldn't have because it turned into 1 1/4 cups of mixed dried fruit/nuts/white chocolate (adds up to a hearty 750 calories just for that). After that, I had 2 cookies with filling, 5 butter cookies, 500 calories in chocolate truffles, small bag of peanuts (from the plane lol), 1/2 cup of granola, 3 servings of Tam Tam crackers (like ritz crackers), 4 braided wheat thin pretzels, 1/2 cup pineapple flavored cottage cheese, 1 cinnamon raison oatmeal powerbar, 6 jell rings (chocolate covered jells.) I'm not sure if I forgot something.

I was satisfied with lunch and planning on going to yoga this evening....until the binge began... Now I can't, unless i want to puke there.

By my lovely calculations, I need 19 days of 1500 calories to bring my average calories to a hair below 1800 per day. This includes calculations with my 9 prior days to today as well.

Obviously its not easy to do it for 19 days, but I kinda have to...unless I want to suffer the effects of extra calories in and not out. (weight gain....like a few pounds...)

My binge was on fats and carbs. What does that mean? I think it means comfort and nothing else. I was eating carbs and fat already. Maybe not refined carbs, but I was eating them and I refuse for that to be the reason for my binge. I know the reason, and it was anxiety. Sure, there are people in the world with bigger problems than my own, but right now I'm having a pretty tough time dealing. If I feel as full as I am right now tomorrow, I'll probably keep it a 1200 calorie day, not 1500. I will do the same on Wednesday. Hopefully, that will not mean I will binge on Thursday!

gosh, I've binged 3 days in one week. I was doing so well from the day after Thanksgiving till New Years! I can't believe myself! arg!!!

It can only get better....NOT WORSE!

Moody talked about being home and being emotional. Well, that's my whole issue.

I was reading an interesting article. It talks about how binge-eating is connected to metabolic disorders and hormonal imbalances. I left the article out for my mom, i'll report back what she says. It talks about binge eating and craving sugar and fats as a link to too much testosterone and not enough oestrogen. I am almost positive that I DO have this condition.

Moody on 01/08/2007:
Aww sweetie...I hear ya with the anxiety thing...it's all emotional I'm telling you..(((((((((hugs))))))))))))))) I don't know how you put it all away for someone who is so tiny!!! I hope you get to feeling better...

My best suggestion is to really, and I mean REALLY get in touch with yourself when you are feeling stressed or anxious and feel a binge coming on..The first step has to be awareness..then you realize that you are feeding the stress and not dealing with it...well you ARE dealing with it but not in a good way!! Something I have done too too many times to count..

Take care...


liza36 on 01/09/2007:
I can relate to the anxiety feeling and overeating. I tend to do that too. One of my goals this year is to learn meditation techniques to help with the stress and anxiety, and thus stop the grabbing for whatever I can to help soothe me. I can't say I've learned much yet, but it's a process, right? Hang in there, don't be too hard on yourself. Moody had some good advice too about being more aware of things. Good luck!


WorkingIt2 on 01/09/2007:
You know, something I see in your posts..you are very goal driven but you are also seem to thrive under pressure. Perhaps when you put yourself against a wall with your eating, it helps you stay stronger for the next challenge? I read the article you posted and I think it is a very good idea to check it out with the doc! It can't hurt =)


weightlossyoyo on 01/09/2007:
Hope things get better for you. I do the same thing been on that path for a few weeks now. Be carefull I gained 4 lbs from it. You can beat the feeling. Chew some kind of mint gum so the food does not taste as good. Be Strong!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Jan 07, 2007
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 0.0

Hello everyone. 8 WorkingIt points!

I had another good day today! 1200 calories.

I woke up and planned to do yoga in the morning, but kept putting it off till 3pm. I practiced the horn and cleaned up a bit until then. I also took almost an hour walk, which did my body some good! I haven't been walking often lately!

Menu for today: Breakfast: defintely a little too large considering I only had 755 calories left for the remainder of the day: 1 apple, 1 packet of emergen-c sweetner (no artificial sugars), 1/2 a package of tofu, 1 egg, and a whole package of nori (what you use to wrap around sushi rice).

Lunch/Snack: 2 seaweed salads and 1 egg

Snack: grapefruit

Snack: 2 Activa packets for yoga (another low cal sweetner, no artificial sugars)

Snack: a small package of salted peanuts after yoga

Dinner: 4 small zucchini, seaweed salad (the third one that I made earlier, but didn't want then!), 1/4 avacado, and one egg.

Met a friend at dunkin donuts: tea with some sugar

Before Bed: 4 small yellow peppers.

Total: 1200.

Seaweed salad is certainly VERY slimy/glossy in texture because it is wet. There are all different types of seaweed in the salad, but the majority is dark green, flat shiny strips. Other seaweed is actually clear and resembles plastic!!! A little bit of it is purple and looks like part of a bush/tree! I like it, but it's definitely an acquired taste...and I had so much that I think I'm getting sick of it for awhile!

mylifechanges, I buy the chilean sea bass steamed. I'm not allowed to cook fish in the house because it smells too much! It tastes so good, practically like butter! So, I go to the fish store and buy enough of whatever I like to last me the week!

goodnight everyone! I wish you all continued success!

oh, workingit, I know you always mean what you say to help and support us! I love how honest and helpful you are, so don't change!

WorkingIt on 01/08/2007:
Great job, Horn!!! You are doing so wonderful and I love reading your entries! Honestly, you are a great nutritional support with the various foods..I just love it! Have a great day!


hollybelle on 01/08/2007:
OK, you didn't sell me on the seaweed salad, but I'm glad YOU like it. (LOL) Good job getting back on track. I knew you would do it!



Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Jan 06, 2007
(no grains or gluten, only unprocessed foods)
Weight: 0.0

WorkingIt points: 8 yay!

I can't believe how many people left comments on my last journal entry! Thank you so much to all of you!

Today was a much better day. I pulled an approximate 1200 calories on the dot! For the next 3 days, I am keeping a 1200 calorie a day diet. It is doable, but very challenging. As long as I keep breakfast small, I generally am ok. The reason I'm dropping down to 1200 a day is because of my Wednesday binge of 5110 calories and then Friday's 3990 calories. I obviously need to balance those days out a little bit! I know I won't be able to keep 1200 for so many days in a row, that's why I'm only doing 3. Then, I'll stick to 1500.

Ok, so I woke up and took a yoga class at 8:15am. Then, I went to pick up more of the seaweed salad that I just tried and really like. It comes in a little package, I'll dried up. You put all the ingredients in a large bowl, fill with 3 cups of water and then the seaweed "explodes." The seaweed forms into about 2 full cups worth, when in the package you could have probably fit the dried seaweed into something smaller than a cup! I like it without seasoning, but some people would probably beg to differ. I only know of it being sold in one store by me.

Food today: Breakfast:a packet of low cal sweetner in my water and 2 pieces of tofu. Snack: seaweed salad, large tomato, 2 pieces of tofu Lunch: 2 seaweed salads, a package of portabella mushrooms, 1 egg, one grapefruit, one apple. (a bit much, but good). 1 Hour after lunch: one large yellow pepper Dinner: seaweed salad, Chilean sea bass, broccoli spears, and a microwavable package of lightly seasoned broccoli and carrots in a really light sauce.

see, I tend to try a new food, and, if I like it, I will eat it like a maniac for a few days. LOL. It's extremely low in calories, each seaweed salad is worth 40 calories and is about 2 cups worth!

After lunch, I went to teach a French horn lesson. Then, I came home and cleaned up my paperwork a bit. Later on, I went to ANOTHER yoga class at 5pm!!! I have an unlimited pass for this month, so I'm taking advantage. Like many of you know, I have a few days off from work currently. However, I'm still involved with the school district and I'll be chaperoning a trip next week and such.

I just noticed one new job posting online. Hopefully there will be a few more soon so I can start applying. I've called someone I worked with last year to write a letter of reccommendation. I'm going to ask 3 of my supervisors this year to also write me one! The job I saw online wants 3 letters of reccommendation. That's almost unheard of! Usually, they just want the references!

Everyone have a great evening!

Starveil7 on 01/07/2007:
1200 kcal can actually be enough food to not get hungry, i usually had around 1000 and still ate chocolate, pudding etc. just gotta watch you dont eat whole bars of chocolate or several plates of pasta or so. great you made the 8 points yesterday!


Starveil7 on 01/07/2007:
hey thank you too :) atm i cant really eat, but i assume it ll normalize within the next days or weeks. i m trying to force myself, but i start choking as soon as i try.


WorkingIt2 on 01/07/2007:
Congrats on the 8 points! DO NOT EAT Less than 1200 calories, I don't care WHAT anyone else says. You know, I think you are the person who eats the healthiest combo of foods on this site...seriously! Does your family eat the same way or are you the pioneer of health over there? It is really amazing! You should teach some kind of 'alternative foods' class or something or host a group. I must say that the only time I am anywhere near seaweed is when I'm swimming in the lake, and then it grosses me out LOL Good plan to stay on the 1200 only for a few days and then get back up to 1500. Have a great day!


Starveil7 on 01/07/2007:
well i guess how many calories you need depends really on your height and your daily physical activity. there are studies saying very different things on how much you really need however i think 1300 is indeed good and healthy to lose weight. i need to do less because i am very small and for my job.


WorkingIt2 on 01/07/2007:
PS. I hope you realize that I do care about you as a fellow dieter and I think you are so very encouraging to everyone, and a wonderful light in the day! So when I said what I did, I said it because I care about you and I wouldn't want you to get sick. I admire the way you eat, all those healthy things, and I wish I could get at least half of that into my world..and because of you, I have started to add healthier things in my diet, you and BTC are good for opening our eyes to all the many different and wonderful foods in the world..and I think it is fantastic! (((((((((Hug)))))))))))) better days!


mylifechanges on 01/07/2007:
8 points- YAY!!! :) Doesn't it feel great!? Your food choices amaze me! I wish I could stick to eating food as healthy as you do. How do you buy your Chilean sea bass? Is it prepared or do you prepare it yourself? I've just recently gotten into eating fish and that sounds delicious!! Good luck today!


Moody on 01/07/2007:
Congrats on getting 8pts!!! Yay!!

Glad that you got to take not one but TWO yoga classes!!! Good for you for making sure that you are doing things YOU enjoy!!!

About the seaweed...can you describe what it tastes like?? For some reason I am thinking salty because of the ocean! But that really doesn't make any sense! And is it slimy??


Mcwoo on 01/07/2007:
The cough medicine i normally get for dry coughs is really good but VERY sweet that's why i like it i suppose.I will have to make a trip to the chemist or i think you call it the drug store correct me if i am wrong.thanks for your comment anyway.


sasyredneckgirl on 01/07/2007:
You go girl if you can eat seeweed i think you earn the prize of the week woohoo .. mee i cringeeeee ickkk i slot that up there right with milk... great on the 8 pts!!!!!!


greengirl on 01/07/2007:
I love the taste of seaweed and its supposed to be really good for you but when its soggy I just cant eat it!! Same thing with cooked spinach. I dont know what it is. Just me I suppose. Your menus today sound scrumptious!!!



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