I used to binge. I don't anymore. I have read the blogs of people who really battle this. I have been trying to think of what brought me out of it. I do remember that my binges became less frequent as time passed. There was a longer time between them and they became less severe. I remember a binge would begin with that gut feeling that was not hunger but panic. I remember trying to fight it but once I got that panic feeling it was just a matter of time. Since we are here to help each other, are there any of you who have overcome this? Have you successfully fought off a binge and, if so, how did you do it?
I have been trying to think this post through for a day or two now. I think overall it is having a goal that kept me in the fight. Even though I would have a binge I picked up where I left off and went on with renewed resolve and still with that goal in mind. The years when I would still binge contributed to my present weight. It also contributed to having the right state of mind for me. I have had my weight off twice with Weight Watchers. I even lead some classes. It was part of the battle. Weight Watchers is a great way to start. It is healthy. People learn what a portion looks like. Class concerns the behavior modification segment.
I have read that young girls who have career and life goals are less likely to become unwed mothers. I know I was about 21 before I even had the opportunity to smoke pot. I was in college to become a teacher. That did not fit in with my goals so I wasn't interested. I am not passing judgment here - just saying it didn't fit in for me. I guess binging did not fit in with my goals over time and evidently didn't serve a purpose anymore.
Why do people binge? The reason is emotional, I am sure. Perhaps it is insecurity as weight comes off and people treat us differently so we run to the safety of being fat. Food is our drug of choice. We eat to be numb and not "feel" our emotions. We eat instead of expressing anger. Being fat is safe because not too much is expected of us. I have related this story before but the secretary in our WW class lost an amazing amount of weight and when she reached her goal, they threw a surprise party for her in class to celebrate. It really threw her and she quit WW and gained all her weight back. The success was too much for her.
I still obviously need to lose weight. At least I am not binging and that will help make reaching my goal weight more attainable. Hopefully some of you will comment and if the comments seem like they would be helpful will link up for your followers and perhaps we can all help those who are troubled by the binge.