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    Unhappy Help for a recovering addict please!!

    I was posting pretty regularly, but now I've been MIA out of complete shame and embarrasment! I've been cheating all week, once I caved in to a craving the issue snowballed where now I have to struggle to stay on protocol when before I was doing sooo great! I lost 13 pounds in 13 days then stalled, then cheated and gained like 5 back. I've turned over a new leaf and I am determined not to throw all my progress away due to my weakness with cravings. I'm addicted to food, it's disgusting. I'm on my way to my goal again but I was wondering what is the best course of action after something like this? Will I be able to succeed even if now I am one week behind in time and progress? This is the worst feeling but I'm just gonna keep on moving forward.

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    Never quit trying!! Also keep coming here and be accountable. Take responsibility for your actions, but don't beat yourself up. We all do it! Get back on and muster up your determination to be successful. Everytime you think of cheating distract yourself, or remember and picture yourself at your goal. Feel how wonderful you will feel and envision how you will look. If you need more food eat some veggies.

    You can do it!
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    Food addiction is a frightening beast. I heard a really good quote once- Drug addicts can put their beast in a cage and look at it once in a while, Food addicts have to take theirs out and walk it three times a day.* It takes a LOT of willpower and even the strongest cave sometimes. You can totally pick yourself up and keep going, and don't let yourself get caught in that guilt spiral (I know it so well) of "oh well...I messed up, might as well have more of what I want" because it may be what you want RIGHT NOW, but it doesn't sound like that's what you want long term. Just keep going! If you plan on doing another round in the future, make contingency plans. Also, it might help to have a non food based reward system or even just hobbies. That has helped me significantly, and may work for you too.

    I know if I feel a caving in willpower coming on, I try my best to manage it and make plans for if I *do* cave- try to limit it to one meal, and still make healthier choices, not to use it as an excuse to go all out. For me- I *do* have some emotional eating problems. I was down to my goal weight in 2010, but the subsequent 2 miscarriages, a divorce and the death of my father pushed me over the edge and I started eating grains again, stopped exercising and generally treated myself like crap and it shows. I gained 60 lbs back. I'm the heaviest I've been since highschool. I share that not to go "OMG POOR ME" but to say, "hey- look. we all fall down, and yea, it sucks, but we gotta keep going! If I can, anyone can."


    *This is not to diminish the struggle of drug addicts in any way shape or form.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anette View Post
    Food addiction is a frightening beast. I heard a really good quote once- Drug addicts can put their beast in a cage and look at it once in a while, Food addicts have to take theirs out and walk it three times a day.* It takes a LOT of willpower and even the strongest cave sometimes. You can totally pick yourself up and keep going, and don't let yourself get caught in that guilt spiral (I know it so well) of "oh well...I messed up, might as well have more of what I want" because it may be what you want RIGHT NOW, but it doesn't sound like that's what you want long term. Just keep going! If you plan on doing another round in the future, make contingency plans. Also, it might help to have a non food based reward system or even just hobbies. That has helped me significantly, and may work for you too.

    I know if I feel a caving in willpower coming on, I try my best to manage it and make plans for if I *do* cave- try to limit it to one meal, and still make healthier choices, not to use it as an excuse to go all out. For me- I *do* have some emotional eating problems. I was down to my goal weight in 2010, but the subsequent 2 miscarriages, a divorce and the death of my father pushed me over the edge and I started eating grains again, stopped exercising and generally treated myself like crap and it shows. I gained 60 lbs back. I'm the heaviest I've been since highschool. I share that not to go "OMG POOR ME" but to say, "hey- look. we all fall down, and yea, it sucks, but we gotta keep going! If I can, anyone can."


    *This is not to diminish the struggle of drug addicts in any way shape or form.
    Thank you both sooooo much for your encouragement! I truly needed to hear that, about being accountable and also about not giving up.

    Anette I am so sorry you had to live through those experiences. Those are truly terrible traumatic emotional events and I understand why you stopped taking care of yourself. I can only begin to imagine how much pain you went through, I hope you have found the inspiration to come back from such a dark place.

    Your quote about drug addiction makes a lot of sense, it is hard to get an eating disorder under control when we need food to live, when it is everywhere we turn and eating is encouraged and such a bonding ritual in our society.
    I never understood my issues with food until starting HCG, no wonder I've been overweight most of my life! Food is my reward for everything. If I'm sad, EAT. If I'm happy, EAT. If I'm bored, EAT. I even prefer food to "intimacy" LOL. Thank you, you are absolutely right about the guilt spiral too. Trying to claw myself out of of here though!I'm considering extending my round past the 40 days, I'll research that some more.

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    <3 This diet is harsh, and it really makes us look at our relationship with food when EVERYTHING we like about food is taken away. When people tell me "Atkins is SO restrictive! I could only stay on it for like...a day!", I usually can only manage to give them a look and a quiet "mmm" while holding back the uproarious laughter. We can make it through! One walk at a time.
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    Haha I know right! When I did Atkins I lost a lot of weight but mentally I was very immature and I hated it after a while! But I'd do anything for some Atkins food right now! lol I forsee myself maintaining very well after P2 because P3 will be a walk in the park after this..I cannot wait to eat all those yummy good fats, all kinds of veggies, olive oil, mayo, tuna etc. The mouth waters!

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