Sunday, March 3, 2013

Purple thong

Boy, was it cold this morning! Once again, I debated between the treadmill and outside for my run. Since the time/distance goes by so much faster outside, I opted to brave the cold.
"RealFeel" of 10 degrees? Bring it on! I've run in colder temps than that before.

I did a four-mile out-and-back run of my route that has now become my "usual" route. There's a man that walks that route the same time that I'm out running, and he's always going the opposite direction I am. I've started looking forward to seeing him and exchanging a "Good morning!" with him. He's older--maybe 60's? But he never lets the cold or the wind stop him from his walk. He's the only person I've ever come across while running on that road.

Oh, I forgot to share a funny story a few days ago! On Sunday, I cleaned out some of my dresser drawers. I got rid of old underwear that was either too big or had holes or whatever, as well as a couple of bras (fairly new, but too big--the last five pounds I lost most definitely came from my cup size). And a few tank tops. I just threw everything in the trash (I'm pretty sure nobody wants donated underwear).

The garbage truck came on Monday. Then on Tuesday, when I ran outside, I saw something purple on the ground at the end of the driveway. Upon closer inspection, I saw that it was a purple thong that I had thrown away! That alone was embarrassing enough, but when I went to pick it up and throw it away (again), it was stuck to the ground, embedded in the ice. I tried so hard to pull it out, but it wouldn't budge.

It was there all day Tuesday, and I cringed every time I saw it. On Wednesday, the ice had melted enough to let me pull it out and throw it away.

All of this brings me to today, when I was out running. I saw another purple something, but this was over a mile from my house. When I got up next to it, I saw that it was a purple tank top that I'd thrown away. Further still, I saw a black and white tank of mine. All this stuff must have fallen out of the garbage truck. Next time I'm going to put it all in a bag before tossing it!

Anyway, today's run was another windy one. The only part where the wind worked in my favor was the last mile--and I somehow managed to run my fastest mile to date!
I ran the fourth mile in 7:36! My previous fastest mile was 7:54. The tail wind really helped me out today, though--without it, I don't know if I could have run it that fast ;)
On second thought, maybe it was the ugly hat I wore...

My mom invited us over to her house for a turkey dinner today. I'm not a huge fan of turkey dinner (except for sweet potato casserole--I could live off of that!), and I was really in the mood for leftover lentil chili. So I brought some lentil chili with me, and then shredded up a few ounces of turkey to throw into the chili. It was so good, and very filling!

This is kind of strange, but going to my parents' house is a binge-trigger for me. They always have lots of junk food (my dad eats tons of candy and cake and cookies... that's where I got my sweet tooth!). So just walking into their kitchen, my mind starts going over everything I can eat.

I managed to stay in control today, thankfully. I kept eyeballing the package of Oreos on the counter, so I finally put them in a drawer so they'd stop tempting me. My mom made carrot cake for dessert, and I passed on that. I know I could have just calculated the PP for it and eaten it, but doing that probably would have just fed my binge-trigger. It's like I have to be extra careful when I go over there.

While I was running today, I was listening to the Half Size Me podcast, and Heather was talking about getting control over binge eating. I started to think about all the little things I've learned in being binge-free, and I came up with a few things that are worth noting. I think I'll write a post about it, and maybe someone else can benefit from it as well!

41 comments:

  1. funny you called the hat ugly - when I saw it I thought "cute hat!"

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  2. I would really like to read those notes. I too am a Binge eater on the WW program, (and I love SoA, and I live in MI, AND my in-laws are a binge trigger for me too! Promise, not a stalker though). I still am binging and not really able to get anywhere on program because I am mostly GAINING. I have subscribed to Heather's binge series (before you mentioned it, since now I sound like a super creep) but havent gotten a chance to listen just yet.

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  3. Yes, please write that post about the binge eating! I can totally relate to your parent's house being a trigger. My parent's house is for me too...I seriously always thought it was weird or wrong to feel that way. But I guess not! :) I grew up with obese parents and my mom still has her drawer of chocolate and candy stash. And all kinds of other junk food. The house they are in now is not the house I grew up in and it is still a trigger for me to eat junk. I hate that. Good for you for controlling that for yourself this time!
    I actually have a question for you about WW: When you were losing did you eat all your p+ and also your activity points and still lose? I have been doing this for a few weeks and am not losing much. I am wondering if I need to not dip into my activity points. (Now that I am in my late 30's it is definitely taking longer to come off.) Anyhow, I know everyone is different and every body responds how it wants and when it wants, I was just curious what your thoughts were and how you did that. Thanks!

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  4. I am so nervous when I throw out undergarments that I stuff them in the bottom of the garbage bag. I once saw a garbage truck with a bra hanging off the back. LOL. Ever since then, I pack them in the garbage bag. My parents house is the same way, big time trigger for me. My 23 yo brother still lives at home and so there is a ton of Little Debbie stuff and tons of candy. Plus I think there is always that comfort of home being there too. So comfort + candy=big time binge!

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  5. I was just visiting my brother & his family and felt the urge to binge while I was there. I'm very interested in binge triggers and am looking forward to that blog! I wonder after reading these comments if there is an emotional link when we are around family members?

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  6. I'm having a good laugh at your undie story! It's so embarrassing and still adorable. At least your neighbors know you have good taste, right? :)

    Sarah
    www.thinfluenced.com

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  7. My parents' house is totally a trigger for me too! I go to their house and immediately go to the kitchen to see what I can eat.

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  8. My parents' house is totally a trigger for me too! I go to their house and immediately go to the kitchen to see what I can eat.

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  9. How weird it would be to follow a trail of your thrown away clothes! Please write that post- I can definitely use it. I had been doing well tracking and not going over points, etc. but the past 2 weeks was a little out of control! I have gone 3 weeks without having a soda, so I guess that's a positive!

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  10. hahaha- that is awesome. i would have died if i saw my undergarments frozen in my driveway...

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  11. I'd love some notes on binge eating! I've recently realized [after reading the post you linked differentiating between binge eating and over eating] that I'm a binge eater, not an over eater like I had always thought. I've been getting better about having more control, but my parents' house is a trigger, too -- every time I'm there I just want to eat the cookies or candy that they always have.

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  12. A post on binge triggers would be fantastic I'm down 30 pounds with 30 to go I'm eating really clean and healthy , I also work out 4 days per I feel really good but every now and again I have an almighty binge that is so out of control that I feel ashamed

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  13. I for one, very much am looking forward to that post! Also, I love that you described your parent's house/environment that way--it's like you were living my life!! Pretty amazing how deep those mental/emotional roots go, and can affect us!
    Thanks as always, for being a help and encouragement!

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  14. Awesome job on that fast mile. Very impressive!

    Speaking of underwear on the ground, one morning while getting dressed from work I was very groggy and put a pair of jeans on. There was apparently a pair of boxers that went through the wash, got stuck in the jean leg, and then I folded them without nothing. Anyways, I didn't notice them when I put the jeans on for work either.

    I work in an office and those boxers were in my leg unnoticed until about 10am when they fell out of my pant leg walking to the copier. I didn't notice when it happened. Anyways, as I walk back, I notice a pair of MY boxers on the ground. WTF! I had NO idea how it happened! I was so confused I didn't pick them up and just booked it back to my cube. People are eying the boxers, like wtf? They are just laying there in the middle of the office. Anyways, I kept watch and then when nobody was looking swooped in and picked them up. I don't think anyone saw! Hopefully? :(

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  15. Hahaha, that cracked me up about the underwear! At least only you knew it was yours :P Thomas your story made me laugh too!!


    Interesting about the binge-eating. I'm guilty of binge eating so would be interested to read more. Thanks for always sharing your experiences with us.

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  16. I totally understand how you feel about your parents' house. I feel exactly the same way about going to my parents' place. It's a virtual minefield of unhealthy food choices and I immediately feel like I want to stuff my face with everything that's around when I'm there. I'm sure there must be some emotional connection that harks back to my childhood even though my mom was pretty good about the kind of food she made and kept around when I was a kid. I was very creative in coming up with bizarre combinations to binge on and now that she keeps more unhealthy stuff around, I often find it hard to resist diving in.

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  17. That story about your underwear being stuck in the ice made me laugh out loud! so funny!

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  18. Great blog, it really had me smiling. And well done on the new record time.

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  19. My parents house can be too, but over the last couple of years I have talked with my mom about not having things out on the counter because it makes it really hard for me. Also to not offer me food/snacks when I get there. I know where it is and I can get it myself. She's gotten better at this and it's make it much easier for me.

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  20. My parents' house has the exact same effect on me. I gained ten pounds during Christmas because I couldn't keep my hands off the junk food and kept scouting the kitchen for leftovers and treats. It was unreal.

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  21. I surely could have used your tips on being binge free this weekend. I started with a Mexican dinner on Friday night and escalated into a lazy, bingeful Saturday where I barely left the bed. I felt such shame, but now that it's out of my system, I'm back on track.

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  22. Would love to hear your tips on binge free eating! I have struggled in the past because my mom always has chips & chocolate bars in the house. Now I deal with having picky step-daughters who barely eat unless it's junk food. So hard to try to win others over to the healthy eating side!

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  23. I have the exact same problem at my parents' house. I've felt so embarrassed - like I can't get my act together enough to make it work. It's so comforting to know I'm not alone!

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  24. Katie, I love your blog!!! So relevant and inspirational.

    What a cringe-worthy undies story! My parents have recently made all sorts of healthy changes, so hopefully that trigger will eventually work itself out for me. I struggled with crazy binges last week for the first time in ages, so I've got to work out a plan for dealing with them next month!

    Congrats on that great time~

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  25. Katie ~ I actually think that was very fitting you finding them on the path you take to get healthy: each step, each pound, each item of clothing too big~you ran them off :0)
    Your blog is so inspiring to me!
    Thanks & keep up the great job
    Ann Marie :0)

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  26. The purple thong reeled me in, but the rest was good, too! I so identify with the oreos on the counter thing. I can have non-diet-friendly foods in the house, but they need to be behind cupboard doors. It's the see-food diet thing. I see food, I eat food.

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  27. Great job on the speediest mile!!

    OMG with the thong! That's hilarious and crazy that your clothes were lining the streets. :)

    Funny about your parent's house - my parent's house is such a trigger for me too. They always have crap out, especially chips and stuff and there has been many a day that I've gone there full prepared only to fall face first into a bag of chips and not to come up until they are gone… And then I feel guilty and yucky. Sigh. I'm getting better with it though but it is still challenging for me.

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  28. A post with tips regarding beating the binge would be great! I have so much trouble with that every day and am trying to work through it - so that would help so much!

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  29. Please do write a blog post about your thoughts on binge eating...I need all the help I can get!

    Ok, the thong/underwear story made me laugh out loud...and now my co-workers are looking at me like I'm nuts!

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  30. I am looking forward to the post about binge eating. I struggle with it all the time. I will go weeks and feel fine with how I am eating and then out of nowhere it's like all I want to do is eat. My inlaws' house is a trigger for me. They always have TONS of sweets and a pantry and fridge crammed full of anything you could want to eat. I hate going over there sometimes because of it.

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  31. I also slip back into terrible habits when I visit my parents. Seriously. Corn is not a vege and canned peaches are not a fruit!

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  32. My parents house is the same way for me. They have a candy drawer, always have licorice, and every now and then my mom will set out little candy dishes on her coffee table. I feel like I get there and all I can think about is what is in the candy drawer!!!!!!! She isn't the least bit bothered or tempted by having so much candy in the house, it's amazing, one piece of taffy and she is fine, on the other hand i turn into a wild woman!

    so please please please post about binging. i've been having such a hard time this winter!

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  33. My parents house is a binge trap for me as well! My dad was kind enough to give me his sweet tooth! I try to keep all the sweets out of sight, but at there house they are on display at all times!

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  34. Any time we go to my parents or my f-i-l's it's all about the food. It's not horrible at my f-i-l's, but Mom and Dad's house is ridiculous. There's so many of us and we all bring an appetizer, something for the meal and a dessert. Even if there's a crudite or fruit salad, it's dwarfed by everything else!

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  35. Hahahaha...that is hilarious about your thong! I can just see you running down the road trying to pick up all your clothes!

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  36. That is the funniest story ever!

    PS. I finally broke down and had La Pita for lunch today. Your last post about it just stuck in my head and I had to have it!

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  37. A similar thing happened to my m-i-l. She tossed a bunch of old underwear and their garbage somehow got knocked over/broken open because of the wind. Needless to say, they found some underwear strewn about their neighborhood! Too funny!

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  38. OMGosh I'm dying over the bread crumb trail of underwear LOL. Too darn funny!

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  39. Read this yesterday but couldn't comment from my phone...I was cracking up over the purple thong...good lord! Hilarious! And props to you for running in the real feel 10 degree weather!

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  40. And I am super envious of your speed!:)

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  41. Chiming in late with the parents house = trigger. I can totally relate - it kind of kills me that I'm 43, yet walking into my mom's kitchen heads me straight for their junk food. Like a few others have said - they can have cookies, candy and chips around and not eat it all. There is a box of peppermint frango's that is still there from Christmas. I'm the only one eating them - 1 every time I go. But if they had been at my house, I wouldn't have made it until New Year's.

    Binging is strange - My mom and dad had a balance of healthy and junk food around. It wasn't kept from me, it wasn't hailed as some off limit special treat, they ate everything in moderation - why do I feel the need to binge on it?

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