Over the past couple years I have been working on and off to lose the weight I gained when I met my boyfriend. Through healthier diet and exercise I have lost over 60 pounds and I'm only about 20 pounds away from my goal weight. However I'm finding myself slipping and with my crazy exhausting work schedule I'm finding it hard to make time to go to the gym and to stay motivated to eat properly especially since I'm a stress driven eater. with all of that said here is my real problem. When I do mess up I mess up bad. For example at themovies today I had a liter of diet pepsi, honey roasted peanuts, pizza flavoured combos, chocolate covered pretzels, and reeses peices. I felt so horrible physically and mentally (the proper word being guilty) and promptly threw up as soon as I got home.This is definitely not the first or only instance of this sort of thing. I do it almost every time I over eat or eat things I shouldnt have but never on a typical day of healthy eating.I just feel like I'm losing all my self control!I don't really know what I expect anybody to say to me that might help but I just really needed to get this off my chest as I have not told anybody, not even my boyfriend who I live with and is my best friend.
Maybe developing bulemic habits.
About two years ago, I wasfaced with a similar problem. I have never been over weight, but I wasn't happy with the way I looked. It started out with just a daily workout - half an hour at most - but as the results got better and better, I began to eat less and less. After a while I would have my slip-ups, like you mentioned, but instead of just working it off like usual, I started turning to the toilet. The first time I did it, I immediately realized that I had a problem. I never thought I had an eating disorder, but this made me realize I was developing one. I'm glad you're catching this soon though, because I did too and it made it easier to get out of the habits. The most important thing about diet and exercise is giving your body enough nutrients to stay healthy. Try to stick to healthier restaurants (panera is a good one, since they list the calories on their menu) and eat sweets and junk food in moderation. Check out some of the 100 calorie snacks at your local Meijer or walmart. They have popcorn, cookies, chips and fiber bars now that satisfy your sweet and salt cravings (and are actually really good)! The most important thing to remember is moderation! It's completely okay to have ice cream or cake or pizza. Just take smaller portions and even it out with the rest of your day/meal. If you want pizza, have a thin slice and then eat a salad with a vinegar based dressing (eat the salad second though or the pizza taste will linger and cause you to crave more). Drink LOTS of water when you start to get hungry (80% of Americans confuse thirst as hunger) and when you look in the mirror just think of how far you've come and how beautiful you are. Be proud! You've lost 60 pounds and that's incredible! Most people don't have the initiative to even lose five.
Maybalee is right--moderation is key. That's the biggest culprit when it comes to losing weight. Many folks have no idea what the right portions are for meals.
I want to add that I also have a hectic schedule, so what I do is I actually go to the gym or run before I go to work. If I can't, I take my gym bag with me and go to the gym after work. Also, writing out the things you need to do at a specific time will show you if you're wasting time.
It takes about a week for me to get into a routine. Once you get into a routine, you'll find yourself going to the gym/working out/eating healthy on a regular basis.