Do you log your binges?



  • Bernadette60614
    Bernadette60614 Posts: 707 Member
    Yes, even if all I do is the "quick add" of calories. What I have found is that if I log them I feel as if I still have some measure of control. I've also noted that by binges over time have been less like 2 bags of cookies and a gallon of ice cream to 6 slices of whole wheat bread.
  • Austin198024
    Austin198024 Posts: 6 Member
    Worth remembering if you dont log the binges who are you cheating?
    Only yourself as if your over weight like me it is your body you let down no one else's so i feel its important to be truthful
  • Mandy165
    Mandy165 Posts: 17 Member
    I agree that it is important to log. I am currently working on logging my food, let alone binges. It is so important. I am boring and eat the same foods almost every day so I become complacent. That is when my progress stalls. Log everything (coming from someone who needs to step up!)
  • napompl
    napompl Posts: 736
    I didn't this last weekend when I had Thursday and Friday off of work and really just ate junk all weekend but yeah there was a lot of make up exercise! Reading the posts I am going to start no more hiding even if it is for my eyes only. Gotta own up to it!
  • melham
    melham Posts: 233 Member
    Log everything. It shouldn't matter what you call it, you're eating food. Call it whatever you like: binge, snack, reward, falling off the wagon, or second breakfast, you're still just eating food. Log it. Yes, I log everything.
  • ztaitaifufu
    ztaitaifufu Posts: 77 Member
    Yup! Otherwise what's the point of logging at all you ate it didn't you? I think it's the only way to go if you re honing to be accountable and change the behavior
  • uconnwinsnc
    uconnwinsnc Posts: 1,054 Member
    How does lying to yourself improve yourself? It's not like the binge didn't happen just because you didn't log it. There really is no point in using a calorie tracker if you're just gonna cherry pick what you decide to put in it.
  • F1953
    F1953 Posts: 21 Member
    Everything! Sometimes I can't find a food, and don't know what's in it. If I can't find the calorie count for unknown ingredients, I guestimate additional calories. When my phone and desktop or MFP is unavailable, I write down food and exercise, and input it later. I have been tracking food and most stuff that burns calories for 706 days!

    It won't work as well if you lie to yourself. You can set MFP so that your account is totally private! That helps me a lot.
  • Rocki_
    Rocki_ Posts: 166 Member
    LOG EVERYTHING! Also, put a note in the comments saying how you were feeling. You may see a pattern emerge. Plus....if you log everything you will be surprised at how much your "bingeing" will change from before. JMHO.
  • Rocki_
    Rocki_ Posts: 166 Member
    How does lying to yourself improve yourself? It's not like the binge didn't happen just because you didn't log it. There really is no point in using a calorie tracker if you're just gonna cherry pick what you decide to put in it.
    Yep....It's like cheating at solitaire! :)
  • IsMollyReallyHungry
    IsMollyReallyHungry Posts: 15,354 Member
    Yes. I own it then I move on. No sense in hiding it or beating myself up over it.
    I am learning to do this. I closed my diary so I can be true to logging it all when it happens. My goal this month is to log it all including the binges. It is hard to put it on paper but it is worth it and hopefully will help too.
  • bumblebreezy91
    bumblebreezy91 Posts: 520 Member
    Not usually, my binges used to be late at night and then I would just go to bed feeling pitiful :laugh:
  • aarar
    aarar Posts: 684 Member
    The days I overdo it are the most important ones to log.
  • MandysChange
    MandysChange Posts: 40 Member
    Yes, I do log them. I'm ashamed of them, but always log them.
  • _db_
    _db_ Posts: 179 Member
  • keeptehpeace
    keeptehpeace Posts: 189 Member
    Yup, I binged yesterday and ended up 488 over maintenance, without tracking I'd probably have ordered a pizza and ended up thousands over maintenance - accountability is important
  • lauraleighangel
    lauraleighangel Posts: 3 Member
    I know this was posted a while back..but it really hits home for me..I, too, have been trying to attack 30 excess pounds for a while. The times when I know i am overeating have always bothered me. I am trying to log them for the same reasons you said..maybe the shock value will make me aware of my me, that is at least a step up from just plain binging. LEarning to eat healthy again is a process that I think is probably gonna take me a while! So, I'm trying to learn to log even the overeating..Last night, I went totally off the charts and didn't log anything..but I dont wanna get in that habit..I am really trying to be diligent about logging even the horrible stuff ..i think that will be the catalyst that stops me from eating wayyyy too much! Let's hope! Thanks so much for posting this though! On a side note, I must be way too into facebook..I find myself reading these posts from others and wanting to hit "like"..but there is no like button! lol
  • scottkjar
    scottkjar Posts: 346 Member
    I log everything. I figure that a binge day is just one calorie data point in a week. The issue is not just how many calories I get in a day, but how many in a week, how many over time, etc.

    I had around 3800 calories this past Friday -- 2200 over my target. So I am trying to cut 1100 on Saturday and 1100 on Sunday -- I am semi-fasting this weekend -- to get the total back in line.

    But if I hadn't tracked Friday, I would not know what I had to do on Saturday and Sunday to make up for it.

    It's not about guilt. It's about information. That's the whole point of MFP -- information.
  • MarlaVSings
    MarlaVSings Posts: 66 Member
    Yes. Always.

    If I can't find the nutrition label on whatever it is I am eating, I'll look it up online or at worst I would even guess if I had to.

    There is the accountability, but also I am the type of person that if I fall of the wagon with one cookie, I'll start telling myself I should give up and eat a whole bag. Counting what I have ate helps me see that I just stop now, my little slip up isn't all that bad. I also for the most part don't try to burn off my binge with working out harder because I feel slipping up and learning is part of this. I also don't want to associate working out with punishment. I just learn what I can and move along.
  • ebayaddict0127
    ebayaddict0127 Posts: 523 Member
    I haven't had a binge since starting back up January 2nd. I had two cheat days and logged the best I could. However, during previous attempts at losing weight, I never logged my binges. And usually, I'd give up after a binge or two.