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weight loss/depression/binge eating AshWinsMomma 2 kids; Cincinnati, Ohio 161 posts
17th May '13

Just wondering if anyone can offer me some tips...My youngest child is almost 3, and I weigh more now than I did when I was prego(gained 50lbs and had a 10lb son)..I suffer from bad depression, and I am a horrible "binge eater". I will sit at home, in the evening mostly, and just eat and eat til I literally cant anymore. Its always junk food because I crave it so badly. I feel like I cant control myself at all. I've tried dieting on my own, weight watchers, and I cant stick to anything... I have my kids 24/7 and am broke so gym isn't an option. I own a treadmill and the "30 day shread" but I cant motivate myself to do them...
I just keep gaining weight, cant fit into my clothes from last summer. I saw my doctor on Wednesday and started depression meds. Im hoping that'll help my binge eating a little. But hes concerned with my gaining..
I really need/want to lose weight, at least 60lbs, but I cant bring myself to do anything. Ive tried hanging up old pics and that didn't help..
Any advice? I don't know what to do. I feel like I cant control myself., I feel hopeless :-/

Sassyscorpio Due November 4; Minnesota 145 posts
17th May '13

Try to stop buying the junk food. If its not in your house, you can't eat it!!!!! And, the $ you'd save on NOT buying the junk could go towards a gym membership?? Start trying to at least go for a walk every day :)

*~*allykat*~* 1 child; Washington 891 posts
17th May '13

I've had similar problems. Have you tried using myfitnesspal to count calories? That seriously is what got me to stop binge eating. Seeing how many calories I was consuming made me feel disgusting, and slowly I was able to stop. I need to lose 80+ pounds, and am constantly struggling to find motivation. I find that if I write it down and hold myself accountable, I tend to do things more. And I park a block away from appointments forcing myself to walk further. Now I'm thinking of doing monthly workout plans so that I stay committed because everyone that comes over will see it on my wall

AshWinsMomma 2 kids; Cincinnati, Ohio 161 posts
17th May '13

I have to mention too that I despise gyms.. Even if I could afford one, i wouldn't go. They aren't comfortable at all...Id like to go run at the park but that's not possible with my kids(I always have them).
Id like to stop buying the food, but my boyfriend buys it too, even though he shouldn't be because he's diabetic. I just don't "like" many healthy foods at all, so if I go to the store without buying junk, I don't buy anything really. I feel like I'm just destined to be fat, but I know that cant be true lol

AshWinsMomma 2 kids; Cincinnati, Ohio 161 posts
17th May '13
Quoting *~*allykat*~*:" I've had similar problems. Have you tried using myfitnesspal to count calories? That seriously is what ... [snip!] ... I'm thinking of doing monthly workout plans so that I stay committed because everyone that comes over will see it on my wall"


No I haven't tried that. I tried weight watchers but it was too hard for me to track everything.. I did the app/tracking on my phone. Also, I work as a cook in a restaurant, and im always munching on food :-/ I absolutely HATE how I look, but nothing motivates me! I wonder if that's part of my depression and itll get better when the meds kick in? I hope so

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Staten Island, NY, United States 29537 posts
17th May '13

Join myfitnesspal, add some friends. Make your diary public. Be accountable for what you're eating and how much you're exercising. There are a lot of people on here that use it and I'm sure they won't mind the add.

Make yourself a jar. Everytime you work out, scrounge up $1 or $2 and throw it in the jar. Once you've lost say, 20 lbs- take the money you're saving and treat yourself to maybe a new pair of pants?

Next time you're in walmart/target, etc. see if you can pick up a measuring tape in the fabric section (if you don't have one already). Make sure you take measurements because even when you're not seeing the scale move (after you're eating right and working out) it's possible that you're losing inches. Don't get discouraged.

Handwrite an actual list of the reasons you want to lose weight and get fit. Keep it with you or hang it up so you don't forget it. It's okay to treat yourself from time to time but when you realize that you're constantly reaching for junk- pull out that list and read it, over and over again.

I'm dealing with the same issues as you and last night I told myself that I NEED to do this. That's why I rattled these off like I did, lol :) GL to you.

AshWinsMomma 2 kids; Cincinnati, Ohio 161 posts
17th May '13

is myfitnesspal an app for your phone? is it free?

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Staten Island, NY, United States 29537 posts
17th May '13
Quoting AshWinsMomma:" is myfitnesspal an app for your phone? is it free?"


Completely free, and it's an app but you can do it on the computer as well. myfitnesspal.com.

AshWinsMomma 2 kids; Cincinnati, Ohio 161 posts
17th May '13

thanks :) that's pretty similar to the weight watchers thing and that wasn't enough for me...I have zero motivation...I don't know what to do to get it started

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Staten Island, NY, United States 29537 posts
17th May '13
Quoting AshWinsMomma:" thanks :) that's pretty similar to the weight watchers thing and that wasn't enough for me...I have zero motivation...I don't know what to do to get it started"


I get what you're saying but there's nothing that's really EASY about it. You just have to do it, and you have to keep doing it until it starts to become routine for you to do. I've done it before so I know that I can do it again, it's just a matter of sticking with it.

RonniG Due July 19; 1 child; Plentywood, Montana 2036 posts
19th May '13

Unfortunately the only thing that's going to motivate you is you. If you aren't ready then you aren't ready and there is no shame in admitting that.

Youreyeshaveit 2 kids; Orange Park, FL, United States 28778 posts
20th May '13

I can relate 100% to you. I would eat and eat at night until I would almost throw up, feel guilty, and then eat some more. It wasn't until I got on depression medication that the eating stopped. I've been on Wellbutrin since march and have lost twenty pounds because I've stopped the sugar and sodas. I just don't crave them because the meds are working. Good luck to you!!!