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8/6/19 11:33 A

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My work also caters food, has snacks and vending machines, and has a gym in the basement with fitness classes (are you sure we don't work at the same place?!). I was very nervous about working out in the gym at first, especially since I didn't know how to use much of the equipment. I found signing up for one class to be the easiest solution for me, that way I was in a guided situation with others who didn't really know what they were doing! We all learned together and it was actually a lot of fun. I now do two classes per week and sub for others in other classes as needed. I found early morning to be the best time to do my own workouts (I use a few of the machines or follow a video) as there aren't many people there before starting time - but I will workout at lunchtime when there are others because if nobody pays attention to a group they won't pay attention to a single person!

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7/29/19 12:27 P

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Hey ARCHIMEDESII,
I definitely need to learn how to manage stress better without food, I go to food for everything. It also doesn't help that i'm surrounded by food (typing this as i'm munching on my company provided food of rice/ bbq chicken/ veggies and fried egg, smothered in some yummy sauce). We get catered food Mondays/ Wednesdays and Fridays.. I really shouldn't complain but man temptation is everywhere and I don't always make the best choices. I hope I can get to a point where I can train myself to walk away, or beat the temptation. I would love to get to a point where all this food doesn't even appeal to me.

Your example of a healthy snack (peaches and yogurt), that sounds really yummy to me! I'd go for that as a snack, but I would probably grab a couple bags of chips on my way to grabbing the yogurt. I'll try to be mindful of how fast I eat, I do inhale my food.

My job does offer a lot of health classes, we have a gym downstairs but I dont want to work out around coworkers, its very intimidating to me so I try to do some stretching or lift weights while i'm at home (its not consistent but its something). I also walk dogs on the weekend, not the same as a hard core work out at the gym but it gets me moving and the dogs are just amazing stress relievers.

What do I do to relax..
After work I come home and lay on the couch after a long day. I try to see my friends once or twice a week, and get errands done on the weekends. But my weekdays i'm just so tired after work. I do love to cook, so I could use that time to be prepping healthier meals... but if i'm being honest, I'm really lazy after work.


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7/29/19 8:14 A

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Welcome to Sparks. If you look under the "Learn" section there is a 28 day program that will get you orientated and off to a good start.



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7/28/19 3:59 P



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MYSTICALWINGS04,

If you find yourself comforting eating whenever something stressful happens at work, then you need to find better ways to manage your stress that don't involve food.

Believe me, I know what you're going through. I too work for a company where there is all sorts of free food from left over birthday cake, breakfast muffins, danish, pizza, etc... Try this, BE DISCERNING.

Whenever you walk by the leftover pizza. Is the pizza really that good that you need a slice or are you just eating it because it's there ? If the pizza doesn't taste that great, walk by it. Same with muffins or cookies. Do you really taste the flavor when you eat them ? Probably not if you're stress eating.

Let's say you really want a piece of that leftover pizza. Don't inhale it like a Hoover. Sit and take a moment to taste what you're eating. How does it taste ? Many times, when people sit and taste the food, they discover, it really doesn't taste that great.

That happened to me. I lost my taste for a lot of the junk at work because I discovered that it really wasn't that great.

What to do ? Make sure you have TASTY snacks of your own. Think pieces of fruit, nuts, maybe some hummus dip. Make your own fruit bowl with fresh pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, pears. Peaches are in season. Have some peaches with vanilla Greek yogurt as a treat.

If you have tasty snacks on hand, you're less likely to lunge for the junk.

And back to managing your stress, there are better ways to handle work stress. If you really are getting bent out of shape. take a walk, 5-10 minutes will do. stop and take some long deep breathes. I took yoga for many years. the deep breathing exercises are very helpful in reducing a person's stress.

Does your company offer any health benefits ? My company has a daily yoga meditation class as well as an aerobics class at lunch. Take a 20-30 minute walk during your lunch break. Not only will it help you be more active, taking a daily walk helps to reduce stress.

I walk every day. I find it relaxing.

What do you do to relax ?


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7/27/19 10:20 P

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Good point!

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7/26/19 10:36 A

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My first question is, what are your "measurable" goals? Eating healthier, or having a healthier lifestyle is a great choice to make, but it helps to have a specific goal so you can quantify your progress.

You didn't mention weight loss, so maybe that isn't your particular goal. If you mainly want to feel better, and have more energy, maybe you could set a goal to run a 10K or something like that. Or if your blood work shows some bad numbers, maybe your goal can be to get that down (cholesterol, blood glucose, BP, etc.)

There is nothing at all wrong with just wanting to "eat healthy," but it would help you stay on track if you had something concrete to shoot for so can actually see the results of your healthier lifestyle.



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7/26/19 9:52 A

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Thanks all! This is some great and interesting advice. I know this week has been stress eating from work, I also went to a happy hour and probably drank too much, doesn't help the sugar. I think work stress is probably the thing that's going on right now that's contributing to my binge eating. Not only that but there is food EVERYWHERE. The cafeteria, meetings, breakfasts lunches dinners snacks drinks it doesn't end. When I have a stressful day, I go to food and I don't care. As I'm eating unhealthy or overeating, I know its not a good choice, but I keep going.. Its a very unhealthy relationship and I want and need to change that.

I haven't tracked in the last couple days, but i'm going to try starting this weekend. I'll be going grocery shopping tomorrow morning, so I want to start fresh and make good choices at the store.

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7/26/19 7:30 A



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I firmly believe that the best way to make the changes to get you in the right direction is to make those changes gradually - (you might find you benefit by sticking to the one change for a week or so before adding something else to the mix.) This might mean REDUCING soda/juice while increasing water; or it might be increasing fruit/vege but decreasing processed junk. The same applies to exercise. Start small and gradually work up to a better workout - duration AND intensity. By doing this you kindof trick your mind and body into thinking that this is the way it has always been, so you don't find it hard.

Below are a couple links to articles that you may find very helpful:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=1703


www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
cles.asp?id=1396


If you still find this to be a problem, I would suggest that you talk with your Dr and ask for a referral to a Therapist who specializes in this sort of thing. Often there is some emotional baggage that is exacerbating it - often people aren't even aware that they have that emotional baggage.

Good luck,
Kris

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7/26/19 6:29 A

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What I have always loved about SP is you don't have to do everything at once. Small changes are key. Consider getting premium and doing the coaching that comes with it. They do one specifically for new members rhat I am actually repeating.

Barring that, look at the challenges and do the 28 day new member challenge. It will help you in getting to know all of the features and help that can be used.

I would say, use the food tracker and track what you drink to start if you do nothing else. Don't even worry about changing either for a week. Look at what you are eating and patterns and then decide what small change you can make.

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7/25/19 5:47 P

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Another warm welcome to SparkPeople MYSTICALWINGS04!! You've come to the right place if you want to be healthier.

I love ARCHIMEDESII's advice!!

One thing I'd like to add, especially because you talked specifically about binge eating. Using the Nutrition Tracker was a huge eye opener for me and the best teacher of anything on this site. It can be a bit cumbersome to start with, but once you start setting up "Favorites" and "Groupings" for things you eat regularly, it will get much easier.

But something ARHCIMEDESII said bears a repeat ... don't take on everything at one time. That includes the SparkPeople tools. There's a LOT on this site and I've seen it overwhelm plenty of people.

Again, welcome. Best to you on your journey to live a healthier life. You'll find the people here to be supportive and friendly!

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7/25/19 9:16 A



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MYSTICALWINGS04,

Welcome to Spark People !

You start with the first step. I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". if the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time, that's not going to happen overnight. Change takes time.

That's why you start with small steps. set some simple goals. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you haven't been exercising, don't start with an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. once you've achieved these goals. you set new ones or do them again.

Setting simple goals is how a person SLOWLY eases into a healthier set of habits. If you try to do everything at once, you will end up frustrated.

Rome wasn't built in a day and neither were you.

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7/25/19 8:31 A

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Hello there, I am fairly new to Spark.
I am looking to change my unhealthy eating habits and stick to a healthier lifestyle. You guys all know its much easier said than done. I understand the basics, drink plenty of water, don't eat too much junk food or sugar, eat unprocessed foods as best you can, portion control... I understand these concepts, but sticking to it has been tough for me. This past week I've been binge eating... I know its not doing me any good, but I still make the choice to put food in my mouth. How do you break this cycle?

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