Here you go everyone. I have compiled a list of things that I think I absolutely need to follow if I want to get anywhere. It makes wiggle room for bad situations. There is no, starve for three days and then eat for one, and it's no ABC boot camp either. This allows for common everyday situations that usually throw you for a loop when you are trying to loose weight. Maybe it doesn't cover them all but I am going to try and stick to this.
My New Rules For Myself
I will take my ADHD meds twice a day like I am supposed to. This should help with or eliminate food cravings.
I am not allowed to ask others for food, with the exception of my parents and my bf, and only in moderation* and if it is not out of their way financially or out of their way otherwise.
*Only when I start to get sick and dizzy, or feel like I am going to faint.
I will keep a water bottle with me wherever I go and drink from it when I get hungry. Re-hydrating myself should keep me from getting sick as easily or as often, and will help with hunger. I am not trying to dehydrate myself, I am trying to starve myself.
If I am facing cravings that I do not feel I can overcome, I will drink some water and take my ADHD med, (assuming that not taking my ADHD med is the reason I am uncontrollably craving food), and then wait a half hour before eating anything, just to make sure the med's appetite suppressing effects have kicked in.
I will not eat meat and try and stay away from dairy. These have the most calories. I will try and eat fruits and vegetables mostly. Due to cost issues, I can't exclude dairy entirely.
When having a "meal" I will not exceed 400 calories. Any item of food 400+ calories is too much fat and too many calories and will not fill me up. 400 is a maximum for a period of 4 hours, it is not a requirement to reach that many, nor is it encouraged to reach that many calories.
Meals of fruits or vegetables should not exceed 200, but more preferably, stay under 100 calories.
In a period of 14-16 hours, (this is considered a healthy amount of time of being awake between two periods of 8-10 hours of recommended sleep), I will not exceed 1000 calories. Any more than 1000 calories and I am basically gaining weight overnight. Less than 1000 and I have higher chances of losing even a fraction of a pound. Even maintaining is, to me, acceptable, when compared to gaining weight.
If it does not say how many calories are in it, don't eat it. For example if someone offers you something or if it is not measured, or if it is a home cooked meal. If you don't know how many calories are in something, don't eat it- period. Do not guess, do not estimate, do not look it up online because different brands of the same product are drastically different in calories.
Exercise regularly. No if, and's or buts, go outside and take a walk for at least 45 minutes every day.
Finally, no throwing in the bag after a binge. Throw it up, however hard or unappealing that may be to you, or burn off every last one of those calories- twice. If you think it is better to forgive and forget, you will shrug off every binge, every day, and you will never lose weight because it doesn't really matter to you. If the result of a binge is panic or punishment, you will be less inclined to do it again because you will dread what comes with it. BINGES ARE NOT OKAY.