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    I'm useless at keeping a diary about anything. I've also heard that posting regularily on a support forum also helps and there are some dedicated to weight loss - but I'm sure we're happy to help. Write yourself a goal, eg I want to fit into size ? and feel comfortable. And write why you need to meet the goal - I want to feel healthy and good about myself?

    Avoid goals that specify a specific weight or target kilo loss - for some reason (natural weight fluctuations?) they don't help, they just make you sad when you get heavier and irrationally happy if you get lighter - but like I said before - no connection to your health or reality ie drink 500ml of water - gain 1/2 a kilo. Sit down for a dedicated session on the loo in the morning - lose it again. That time of the month - gain a bit. Hot day - lose a bit, nothing to do with your health and fitness - it's just natural.

    Nobody is perfect, everyone is going to have their bad days and sometimes fall off the wagon. If I'm feeling like I need to cut back on food, I usually have one day a week that I give myself permission to eat what I want without feeling bad about it. If there is a day when I can expect to be eating a lot of food eg a night out at a good restaurant - I make it that day, otherwise for me it's Fridays.

    You need to have other food at work that is ok for you to eat. Do they make the cakes and things at work? Could you organise to have something relatively healthy like date and walnut slice with wholemeal flour? Yummy and reasonably good for you even if it is a bit calorific - it's nowhere near the lemon curd tart calories.

    Take carrot sticks, cheese, walnuts (not low cal but good for you). Eat a bit more protein - fills you up. Drink a 300ml glass of water and wait five minutes before caving in to temptation. Wait 20 minutes before deciding to have a second helping. Cut the naughty food up into little bits and have some every 10 or 20 minutes - try to drag the time out that it takes you to eat it.

    And every time you fall down, just get up and start over. Don't use failure as an excuse to quit - it's a learning opportunity - what tempted you that time and how can you reduce the problem next time. Hang teatowels over your side of the display cabinets so you can't see the stuff?

    Oh and find another 30 minutes every day to walk the dog. Park a little further away, get off the bus a stop further away...

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    I think I did get caught up in the whole weight thing even though I know you shouldn't go by weight.
    I get so frusterated with myself because I've been seeing results (much to my partners horror, I can fit into a smaller bra now hehe) and yet I still give in.
    I think the hardest thing is I know I'm eating out of bordom, so even after I've eaten my healthty stuff and had my protein drink I still snack because there's not much else to do.
    And then I find myself making excuses which is only hurting myself.

    I'm having a coupel of weeks off work start of next month so hopefully the break will help set some better habits.

    But I must say it's not all bad, in the last 2 months we've only had 1 bad dinner at home so I'm proud of myself with that

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    Hi Bordeaux

    Gawd - protein drink. Surely life is too short to drink these instead of eating something nice like a leafy green salad with a bit of fetta and some cherry tomatos and a splash of olive oil and balsamic. Sigh.

    I've been guilty of the eat cos I'm bored thing. And I have heaps to do, I just don't feel like doing any of it. Including reading a book that my friend wrote - about dogs. Well sort of about dogs. Then again most of her books have traumatic endings so that might be why I'm avoiding it. The beginning was traumatic enough...

    So you're bored and you want to eat some comfort food. This is where the drink of water (and a walk around the block) helps. Today it's far too horrible outside for walk around the block. Maybe a bit of floor scrubbing, a few chair dips - where you sit on a chair, put your hands on the edge of it under your bum, stretch your legs out, and then lift your bum off the chair by your hands and lower it past the chair edge and back up again. Like an upside down (face up) push up.

    Sometimes I have a notebook (which I can't find right now sigh) and write what I'm thinking in that. Sometimes I bitch about the lack of service in the cafe, or about a friend who hasn't turned up or something else that is driving me nuts. It's a little bit more private than a web forum, and helps you clear your thinking. Then there's meditation... - sit somewhere - doesn't have to be quiet but does help if nobody wants your attention, and watch your thoughts go by.

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    I write in my food diary religiously it's a PITA i'll admit and i do forget (espeically on the weekend) but when i do write in it, i find myself not eating the bad stuff purely because i dont want to write it down.. Best thing to do is get someone else to 'analyse it' if you don't trust yourself

    I also use a website called "calorie king" (google is your friend!) not only does it give you a good idea for food for the day/week etc but you can also write your own food intake and it gives you an idea of the calories in it also.. Just be aware if you do use it, that the 'bar' decreases when you add your exercise so it makes it look like you can "eat more" which is great if your trying to maintain not loose

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    I am also on the "life style change" band wagon. I was a size 10-12 and then I had four kids and "blossomed" to a size 18. I have fallen off the band wagon many, many times in the past. Now WE are trying again, I am not doing it on my own I am doing it with my kids (much to their disgust!!) All four of my children are slim and healthy, but I figure stopping the crap won't kill them even if they are telling me it will LOL. My trick is simple - keep a food diary - but with a difference. Don't write down what you have eaten draw what you are ABOUT to eat, and in as much detail as possible. So you are about to eat that choc muffin with cream on top, draw it with all the swirls and the cream and if it's on a plate or a serviette, if you are going to eat with a fork or a spoon draw that to, the whole time you are drawing your next snack or meal drink water and stand while drawing it. Then walk away - then come back and look at your pic- and ask yourself Do I need this? Try this for a week and see if it works for you, if it doesn't shrug your shoulders and move on and if it does keep doing it for a month, then you can just start drawing the things you perhaps shouldn't be eating and see what happens in three months. I really hope you are able to change your life how you want and that you are happy with the changes you have made.

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    DON"T be discouraged as any of us have been there too. A food diary works as long as you are honest with it. You can look at it and then really assess what can really go. I suggest putting reasons for what you eat in it as well, eg had a cream bun because I was pissed off. It can help show a trend so you can then have some other food item, an activity in preparation for those times, see the triggers.

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    Hey bordeaux it sounds like you are onto a paleo way of eating. This is my main way too.
    Very healthy.

    I'le PM you a site with tasty recipies if you want. most people just think its just meat fruit and veg. in its blandest form.

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    Cate, I like the drawing idea, I will give that a go.
    I've been thinking about the food diary but I'm not sure I will actually be honest with it (I'll go into the 'íf it's not in written down it never happend' state of mind hehe)

    Beau, I''ve never heard of that term before but I looked it up and thats correct. While I am still eating some dairy and a little rice and whole grain bread, it's pretty much all fresh fruit, veg and meat.

    Just a side note on the protein drink, the one I've got is a really yummy chocolate flaver so I usually only drink that if I'm craving chocolate hehe

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    I send you cyber hugs but I am also going to be blunt here.
    I am a smoker, have made many many attempts to quit, have always had the mentality that one won't hurt, that I will just have them if I am out with friends etc...obviously, failure every time.

    You say you could not be honest with a food diary possibly. That sent up the red flag to me as the crux of the whole matter.

    We both will never succeed to our full goals until we are committed to an honest attempt. That we will beat this, not it beat us. That means full honesty to OURSELVES. It may take many tries until we reach this mental stage that no one else can help us with. I am not trying atm, havent for a year or two.

    I did it with food and healthy choices, but be buggered if I can with the other. I recognise it is not yet something that I really want to do as it is for others I wish to do it, not me, deep down.

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    That rings so true Di Dee, if I really wanted to do this theres so much more I could be doing to hellp myself.
    I do need to do this, not just for my self image but health reasons aswell.
    I think while I'm not going to give up maybe I have to re-evaluate my thinking.

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