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#61 BlankThighs

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 01:15 AM

track what ur eating

so u know what ur eating is a lot more than it seems


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 01:53 AM

I know this sounds messed up... but I weigh myself and then look in the mirror. I know I have to be diligent If I want to change what I see in the mirror and generally restrict If I've hit my calorie max or go work out. If I work out, that increased my endorphins and I'm not depressed anymore.


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Posted 17 December 2018 - 09:52 AM

for me, whenever i'm about to start a diet it's always like "welp this is my last day so I guess I HAVE to binge", yeah no. That was not working out cuz once i started the diet the next day, i'd binge on like day 1 or 2. Now to make myself motivated and my diet successful, I fast for one or two days before i start the diet just to get myself in the dieting mindset. since i've been doing this, more and more of my diets have gone well.

 

i also have a 'project' that i always like to work on when i'm doing a specific diet. for example, i'm on the abc diet (day 49, wassup) and i've been working on what i call my inspiration binder. it's full of thinspo, goals, rewards, a couple meanspos, and whatever i want basically. it's also hella colorful so i have a lot of fun putting it together. idk it's just something i do but i'd totally recommend trying it. 


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Posted 17 December 2018 - 09:53 AM

Remember your intention, your goal

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Posted 17 December 2018 - 09:55 AM

The only thing that’s worked for me is saying “the food will still be there tomorrow” and “this is just a craving”. I always, always want to binge. It occupies my mind. But I ask myself “If I’m hungry then would I eat a bowl of oatmeal / a banana / a salad?? Or do I just want the sensory experience of eating the food”. Usually, it’s just the sensory experience of binging on something delicious.

I’ll force myself to eat a healthy food that I really hate first and then see how I feel- usually I don’t want to eat the healthy food at all so I just move on.
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Posted 18 December 2018 - 05:22 PM

i find that planning out my meals in the morning gets me to stay on track. also, spend time making your own food!


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Posted 18 December 2018 - 05:53 PM

I’m just anorexic, I don’t like to force diets because I just can’t adhere to one long-term. It’s just not practical to plan out what you’re eating every day at exact times. Maybe for other people it is, but I have school, work, and family obligations. I just go about eating passively: if I don’t have to eat, I won’t. I average at around 600 calories daily because I usually eat dinner with family.
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Posted 20 December 2018 - 05:46 PM

well searching up meanspo helps me. you could also look at pictures of skinny people. it helps me more to look at skinny girls irl than online, keeps me motivated :)



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Posted 04 January 2019 - 09:21 AM

Honestly when I was at my lowest, I had a full  length mirror on the back of my bedroom door and pictures of models and actresses that I looked to for thinspo cut out from magazines taped up surrounding the mirror. That way every time I looked at myself I was reminded of why I started in the first place.


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 05:12 PM

i would stay motivated by looking at skinny models and thinking that it's going to be worth it so don't give up!


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:19 AM

Think of some important occasion that's coming. Mine's prom. This will be my dress and I don't want to look like a potato in it, so I stick to my diet :)

 

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:27 AM

sometimes i watch aliexpress and lightinthebox websites because of the models lol



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:48 AM

I try to stay as conscious of my goal as possible, without becoming stressed on the details. For instance, ill trick my mind into thinking smells and textures are wrong and gross. And it starts to just mix with my goal. The less you want the more you can reject. And I start to believe it so much that I become who I need to be to fit my role. Sorry if this is not helpful. Little things too.. like saying I’m not hungry, just want a drink.. and boom! It’s as true as you are. But you have to learn what you can handle, I think.
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:52 AM

Look at self in the mirror lol

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 04:36 PM

i could never stick to a diet. 

 

i think the only thing i can say that keeps me 'motivated' is that restriction is a coping mechanism in its own right for me, something i have unfortunately allowed to become a big part of who i am. it helps me deal with anxiety, uncertainty, loneliness, low self-esteem, anger, fear, you name it. Weight loss is more of a welcome side effect, but weight gain causes panic and disgust so that's another trigger for restriction... I have been 'successfully' restricting for a very long time and it's my idea of normal. That doesn't mean i'm impervious to hunger or that I don't like food at all. I'm fine with food, as long as I get to restrict most of the time. I'm really trying to challenge it atm and i'm not gonna lie it's hard. 


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Posted 17 January 2019 - 04:40 PM

lock yourself in a room with Netflix and hobby stuff and no food and never leave 


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Posted 17 January 2019 - 04:53 PM

Look at some thinspo.


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Posted 18 January 2019 - 05:39 AM

I hope your depression lifts soon. I hate the black dog.

I’ve only been on 3 diets in two decades, they just don’t suit me. Maybe you’re the same way. I like/need to decide on my own what I’ll be eating.

A food scale and daily weighing plus tracking calories by writing everything you eat is an option for you to consider in lieu of a diet.

The above enables you to accurately assess your intake. It’s CICO. Less Calories In, More Calories Out = weight loss.

Exercise is healthy but optional. I personally don’t subtract exercise calories, but I’m not an athlete. The endorphins can help your depression.

Carbs are perfectly fine but if you regularly eat refined sugary foods and drinks then you will crave sugar. Those frappe coffee drinks from places like starbuck’s, cookies, etc. Carbs from fruit or whole grains, etc., are much better.

If there is a food you cannot avoid bingeing on, don’t keep it at home. Buy a serving while you’re out and enjoy it.

Other ideas...

1,200ish daily intake is VERY effective for weight loss. Or taking it down to 1,000ish during the week and enjoying a meal out/relaxed food weekend (no binges though) also works very well. And you just get back on the saddle on Monday.

You could look up your goal weight and enter it into a BMR (basal metabolic rate) calculator with your height and use that as your daily calorie intake. This works well, IME. Weighing daily will result in temperatures weight fluctuations but it evens out. Some like to weigh less often.

Plan your foods ahead of time. If you’re feeling peaked, your calories are two low.

If you have a day or three where you go over your CICO, do NOT despair. But keep your rules of measuring out and calculating calories (my fitness pal app is good) on those days and keep weighing and writing down. No guilt. Just awareness. Get back to plan soon.

There really is no BAD food - try not to adopt this mindset. Have “go to” foods that are healthy and work well with your CICO. But it’s ok to eat other foods, with a caveat that having planned meals and snacks ahead of time is best.

I hate breakfast, don’t eat it. Others swear by it. Either works for CICO. Pick what works for you.

I do recommend a FitBit or a pedometer just for healthy motivation...I get more things done around the house, too.

Don’t torture yourself by wearing clothes that are too tight. However, don’t slog around in pants or skirts with an elastic waist band at home. It’s way too easy to “expand.”

Get a pair of jeans or pants you like or a dress...something reasonably priced that is too small. Like you can squeeze into the jeans but barely button them (or not but can get them over your hips). Try them on periodically on a good scale day....maybe once a week. Very motivating.

If you have a lot to lose, set mini goals and reward yourself when you reach it with a non food item. I consider the goal reached if I am that weight two consecutive days in a row.

WORD OF CAUTION: Have an END goal weight that is reasonable .... say you want to lose 15 lbs....stop when you lose the 15 and set a maintenance weight range. Say your end weight is 120. You lost the 15 so you will need to increase your calories now. Establish a weight range of 118-122...if your on either end for more than a week, you need to adjust your CICO.

Getting that above game plan set up and running becomes easier. Don’t obsess over food, live life.

You may want to ask your doctor about losing weight before you start. Sometimes meds or health conditions like thyroid issues are causing weight problems,

PLEASE remember to STOP at your end weight. Or stop sooner if you’re satisfied at ten lbs instead if the 15 lbs.

You’re welcome here but this forum isn’t the best place for support if you don’t have an eating disorder.

Take care.
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 07:34 PM

I hope your depression lifts soon. I hate the black dog.

I’ve only been on 3 diets in two decades, they just don’t suit me. Maybe you’re the same way. I like/need to decide on my own what I’ll be eating.

A food scale and daily weighing plus tracking calories by writing everything you eat is an option for you to consider in lieu of a diet.

The above enables you to accurately assess your intake. It’s CICO. Less Calories In, More Calories Out = weight loss.

Exercise is healthy but optional. I personally don’t subtract exercise calories, but I’m not an athlete. The endorphins can help your depression.

Carbs are perfectly fine but if you regularly eat refined sugary foods and drinks then you will crave sugar. Those frappe coffee drinks from places like starbuck’s, cookies, etc. Carbs from fruit or whole grains, etc., are much better.

If there is a food you cannot avoid bingeing on, don’t keep it at home. Buy a serving while you’re out and enjoy it.

Other ideas...

1,200ish daily intake is VERY effective for weight loss. Or taking it down to 1,000ish during the week and enjoying a meal out/relaxed food weekend (no binges though) also works very well. And you just get back on the saddle on Monday.

You could look up your goal weight and enter it into a BMR (basal metabolic rate) calculator with your height and use that as your daily calorie intake. This works well, IME. Weighing daily will result in temperatures weight fluctuations but it evens out. Some like to weigh less often.

Plan your foods ahead of time. If you’re feeling peaked, your calories are two low.

If you have a day or three where you go over your CICO, do NOT despair. But keep your rules of measuring out and calculating calories (my fitness pal app is good) on those days and keep weighing and writing down. No guilt. Just awareness. Get back to plan soon.

There really is no BAD food - try not to adopt this mindset. Have “go to” foods that are healthy and work well with your CICO. But it’s ok to eat other foods, with a caveat that having planned meals and snacks ahead of time is best.

I hate breakfast, don’t eat it. Others swear by it. Either works for CICO. Pick what works for you.

I do recommend a FitBit or a pedometer just for healthy motivation...I get more things done around the house, too.

Don’t torture yourself by wearing clothes that are too tight. However, don’t slog around in pants or skirts with an elastic waist band at home. It’s way too easy to “expand.”

Get a pair of jeans or pants you like or a dress...something reasonably priced that is too small. Like you can squeeze into the jeans but barely button them (or not but can get them over your hips). Try them on periodically on a good scale day....maybe once a week. Very motivating.

If you have a lot to lose, set mini goals and reward yourself when you reach it with a non food item. I consider the goal reached if I am that weight two consecutive days in a row.

WORD OF CAUTION: Have an END goal weight that is reasonable .... say you want to lose 15 lbs....stop when you lose the 15 and set a maintenance weight range. Say your end weight is 120. You lost the 15 so you will need to increase your calories now. Establish a weight range of 118-122...if your on either end for more than a week, you need to adjust your CICO.

Getting that above game plan set up and running becomes easier. Don’t obsess over food, live life.

You may want to ask your doctor about losing weight before you start. Sometimes meds or health conditions like thyroid issues are causing weight problems,

PLEASE remember to STOP at your end weight. Or stop sooner if you’re satisfied at ten lbs instead if the 15 lbs.

You’re welcome here but this forum isn’t the best place for support if you don’t have an eating disorder.

Take care.

This is excellent advice, thank you for writing out all of this! x


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