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ugh i feel disgusted with myself. yesterday was my older sister's college graduation party, and i TOTALLY pigged out. now i didn't really feel bad about it because i had done really well and it was just one day. but then today, i was planning on doing good again, but of course, there's a ton of leftover desserts from the party... i mustve had about 8 chocolate chip cookies, a brownie, a few chocolates.... ughhhhhhhhhh. how do i stop feeling like a failure???

Sun. Jun 18, 4:05pm

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You're not a failure. Everyone falls off the wagon now and then. If you can't handle the temptation of the leftovers, give them away. If that doesn't work, throw them out (I hate to waste food but it's not NUTRITIOUS food). Then get out and walk, go to the gym, something to get yourself moving. Exercise works wonders at lifting your mood. Then post again and let us know how you're doing.

Sunday, June 18, 2006, 4:33 PM

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This is life! You are not a machine. Perhaps you were feeling deprived because you have been dieting, so you couldn't resist temptation. That's okay! Food is not evil, and you are not a bad person.

Move on, and also set yourself up for the next time. Don't force yourself to avoid the cookies. If you say "I'm not having ANY cookies" and then you have some, you will feel like you failed your own test or broke some silly cookie rule, and then you'll feel guilty, which could lead you to overeat later. Or, if you manage to follow this no cookies rule, you may end up feeling deprived and go home and munch through the cabinet trying to replace the cookie you wanted in the first place.

Instead, allow yourself to really enjoy a few - pick out the two best looking cookies, for example, and be done with that.

Sunday, June 18, 2006, 6:12 PM

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ditto 6:12 poster

and honor your stomach fullness... if you feel neither hungry nor full, that is a really good "place" to be in. Tell yourself you can eat anytime you are just a little bit hungry... you don't and should not wait to eat until you are starving, because that always lends itself to overeating.

Sunday, June 18, 2006, 11:32 PM

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everytime i have a bad eating day, i always follow it up with a second bad eating day. it is as if my taste buds remembered the forbidden, and my tummy remembered how nice if is to be full, and they are not satisfied with only one bad day!!! i feel your pain....

Sunday, June 18, 2006, 11:34 PM

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Stop beating yourself up, have a plan for the next party, and just go on as best you can. Tomorrow is another day!

Monday, June 19, 2006, 6:04 AM

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Something like a graduation party (or any other party) is pretty much a scheduled binge, at least for me. If I don't let myself just have what I want, I spend the whole time thinking about denial and self-control and how everyone else is eating and drinking what they want and they're not 200 pounds. So if you're not in a rush to lose weight, you just kind of need to let these things happen.

I'm now trying to get into the habit of having a super light day beforehand (seriously, like half my usual calorie intake) so that (a) I'll have earned a bit of leeway, thereby eliminating that nasty guilt, and (b) I won't be able to eat quite as much on a slightly shrunken stomach. I also try to go heavy on the exercise either the day of the event or the day after, or sometimes both. This way I usually manage to break even on the scale over the course of 2 days.

Monday, June 19, 2006, 9:08 PM

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Try eating a very healthy meal of with lot of veggies and water and some lean protein before you go. Then eat just the good stuff you are craving at the party.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 5:12 AM

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i had a heavy eating weekend as well. i'm taking the advice of previous posters and just getting back on track as best i can. i keep reminding myself that it took me a lot of years to learn these bad eating habits and i'm not going to un-learn them overnight. i'm trying to be gentle with myself because when i beat myself up too much, i just eat more.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 7:18 AM

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