Oh no! I binged!

Tuesday begins Week 5 of the Spring Leaning Paleo Challenge! One month has flown by!

Have you fallen off the horse yet? Maybe you’re still laying there, belly up.

I know I did this past week. In fact, I went on a 5 day binge. I ate:

  • chocolate (Lindt’s 90% Dark Chocolate)
  • more chocolate
  • hot chocolate
  • sushi
  • ½ a pint of Purely Decadent coconut milk vanilla ice cream
  • Terra’s Sweet Potato Chips
  • more sweet potato chips and
  • a huge gluten-free brownie cupcake Clint brought home from Whole Foods.

I could reasonably blame it on my woman-time, but excuses are only good for the one giving them…

I desired those foods. I craved them. They were available. I ate them. Simple as that.


We could get into a lengthy discussion about will-power, but two points stand out to me.

1. Availability. Of the above foods, I ate all of the chocolate items and the brownie because they were in the house. I had hidden the chocolate in an out-of-sight location, but I knew exactly where to look when the time came.

To my shock and dismay, Clint brought home not one but four chocolate brownie cupcakes two Thursdays ago (well, three… he ate one on the way home). The funny thing is that this did not tempt me even slightly. They sat in the refrigerator for his cheat, but somehow called to me for reasons that are beyond my understanding this afternoon. I didn’t feel good after I ate it. I felt heavy and bloated.

But, it was easy. And it was there.

What are your trigger foods?

Get those foods out of the house or you won’t be successful. Period.

The rest of the foods I’m not worried about because I ate them all outside of the house. THIS IS HUGE. I refuse to allow certain foods to set up residency in my house for the simple fact that although they are technically legal, they still aren’t good for us. Sorry Corn Chex, Fritos and Coconut Milk Ice Cream. Crap food is still crap food – loaded with sugar – trashing your body.

Enjoy your cheat but don’t make it a habit.


2. What I do tomorrow. Now I could wake up tomorrow, throw caution to the wind and make chocolate chip muffins, pancakes and a mocha coffee because “I’ve already messed up. I haven’t been perfect for the full six weeks, so I might as well …”

Sound familiar?

The key to most any weight loss or fitness plan is consistency. That doesn’t mean you have to be 100% perfect 100% of the time. In fact, many people experience great results by getting off plan every once in awhile.

The important thing, though, is to get up and try again tomorrow. To realize that since I’ve eaten sugar-bombs every day the past week that I’ll crave it for the next three days. Knowing what to expect is half the battle.


***Tip: Drink extra water throughout the day to help with those cravings***


Have you binged lately? What are your trigger-foods? Or where are your trigger-places?


Comment below!


  • Pam Y

    Reply Reply March 28, 2011

    And that is exactly why I have been as successful as I have been. Get up, dust yourself off, and start all over again! That is truly the key….and it was taught to me by a very special gal named Gerilyn! Thanks forever! Love ya, Pam

  • gerilyn

    Reply Reply March 28, 2011

    You are the spitting image of success Pamela! Your hard work has truly paid off! Appreciate you!

  • Pat

    Reply Reply March 28, 2011

    Glad to see this post b/c we all ‘mess up’ from time to time. We must allow ourselves (and others) grace and space with our diet/exercise successes and struggles. I continue to struggle with leaning toward sugary foods. I tend to ‘give in’ during social occasions, like the ladies’ retreat this weekend. But each day is a new day and a new start – God’s blessings are new each morning. Thanks for keeping us on track!

    • gerilyn

      Reply Reply March 28, 2011

      Wise words, as usual!

  • Sara

    Reply Reply March 28, 2011

    Living on the campus Christian Student Center doesn’t help with binging AT ALL, because we always have some kind of sugary gut bombs somewhere in the kitchen. At the moment my key is to dominate the power gluten has over me so splurging on hideous awful things once a week doesn’t cause much of a guilt trip. It’s when I eat that cookie or cupcake that I feel like I’ve really been thrown off the horse. But I suppose all the constant temptation in this case is doing well for me because I find myself resisting the urges more and more frequently. (don’t suggest tempting yourself so often if you’re a true carboholic however)

    • gerilyn

      Reply Reply March 28, 2011

      Ah, how I remember the days! Good call on the gluten, though. I do believe that is the key. I wouldn’t think twice about my binge if I weren’t in the Challenge right now!

      But I suppose all the constant temptation in this case is doing well for me because I find myself resisting the urges more and more frequently.” This does seem to be the case with me as well. The more and more I make good decisions, the less it seems appealing to me.

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