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6/26/11 10:43 A

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Day 1. I've been off track for a few days now. On Friday, my doctor told me that I need to stop swimming, biking and running for at least 6 months due to a herniated disc. He said walking, that's it. This pretty much thrust me into a huge tailspin because a) I'm registered for a bunch of races including 2 triathlons and a 1/2 marathon, b) swim-bike-run is my sanity, seriously. BUT, I'm already showing signs of nerve damage in my left leg and unless I want to be permenantly disabled, I need to follow doctor's orders.

So this morning I'm dragging myself out of the hole of self pity, eating good food, and going forward with my summer.

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Bren~ emoticon on your 21 days!!! I'm so proud of you!

Today I will be doing a matinee performance so that will take up the whole of the afternoon and will probably come home to clean up the branches I have been cutting over the last couple of days as we have been doing fire mitigation around our mountain home. I have a few hours this morning that I haven't thought much about...perhaps husband and I could go for a short hike to the creek and back. I am sure my dog would love that! I haven't taken her on a walk/hike for a while.

Today will be day 10 for me and I lost another 1.5 pounds this past week...

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Happy Sunday!

OOLALA, you're so right, I didn't need to feel guilty about that dinner, but I simply NEVER have done that, or, allowed myself to do that in the past, so it felt wonderful!
Before if I had splurged a bit, and strayed from the ridiculously strict plan that I had cruelly imposed upon myself, I would have binged and eaten myself into a food coma. Now THAT I've done many many times. Eating what did last night was amazingly enjoyable! Yes, there was that voice in my head saying that the food was oh so good, and I really should go back for more to keep that feeling going in my mouth. And it was a bit annoying at first (especially since hubbie and I were on the sofa, watching a movie, and he had the usual snacks that I adore), but I drank a huge glass of water and had some gum.
OOLALA, you've said before that just because that voice is there doesn't mean I have to obey it. I didn't. This was a milestone for me. Not only did I love my dinner, I don't have guilt about it. Hmmm, nice!

So this is Day 21 for me? HOORAH!!!!! I am doing cartwheels (in my boot!).

Good Luck today everyone!
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Day 6 - binge-free!

Good morning, sparkers!

I walked 8072 steps yesterday including a 60 minute walk to and from a store. I walked 7 out of 7 days, all over 6000 steps. In fact, 3 days over 7000, and 2 days over 8000 included! And I went 7 out of 7 under 1700 calories a day.

I am going to stay with the 6000 steps per day goal this week because a few days this week could be topsy-turvy. I am driving Emma to the airport tomorrow which is out of province, and will be staying at my mothers' cottage on the way back. I am bringing my food with me so I plan on staying on track altho travel tends to disorient me.I have to be back home Tuesday afternoon for a phone planning meeting.

I am going to walk outside today because it is supposed to clear this afternoon. Other than that, I am going to take it easy. Maybe just do a quick vacuum.

My foodplan is in place and I am going to move my body today!
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Day 37!

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Hippiechic, I'd say your marriage is a bit higher priority than posting for us, though posting for you may be a different matter.

Bren, I'm a little puzzled about what you would feel guilty for with that dinner?/!!? We can afford variety.

Went to a dance class tonight I was a bit nervous about wearing myself out because I've been out of it and I need to get in shape for camp. As it turned out, there were so many people that we didn't have to dance quite as hard as sometimes, so I felt good. I'm going to another one tomorrow. I'm going to start putting reminders on my calendar and having them sent to me in my email, too.

round 2, day 5 complete.

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Felt really good today for the first time in a long time. Did not binge- day 2.

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Hi All,
Good Lordie, I think I am at day 20 (again). YAY for day 20 BF!!!!! This is the farthest I have gone thus far. Last time I blew it on day 20, so I am extra friggin' determined to make it through today and tonight, even though my husband has been acting like a turd all day (sorry!), I will NOT let that trigger me, as it often did in the past.
I choose not to react to the things that used to get me all balled up inside and then literally eating my words since I get too frustrated to get my thoughts out. No way, not today!

Welcome back HIPPIE, I missed your posts! I hope all is well on the home front... : )

It seems like everyone is solid today. Good news to report and positive attitudes. Hoorah for that! Weekends were always so stressful to me since there was no structure, like my meals on the work week, and I would go berzerk. But I am (ever so slowly) learning that freedom from structure can be liberating, even with my meals.

I feel ridiculous saying this, but I have decided that I want to have grilled veggies and some protein for dinner- as well as some low fat popcorn and dark chocolate! HA! And I will not feel guilty about it. Phew, now that IS a liberating feeling!

Next thing you know I'll be burning my bra..... hee hee
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So happy for the 21 day streaks!

Today is day 9 for me...
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Sorry I haven't been around much or commenting...I've been spending a lot of time with husband figuring out where our marriage is headed and haven't had much time for sparking but am feeling really good overall with my eating.

I am reading everyone's posts and am thrilled with the progress going on...

Peace, love and light my fellow sparkers!

Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.

Love begins within.

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Hey everyone! Great job on all the 21 day streaks! I've got 6 left and I'll be joining you :)

So my party was great last night. I had many friends show up to celebrate by b-day and it made me remember I'm loved and I love in return. So I'm trying to use that to be nice to myself today and finish this 21 day streak. I canNOT believe I've gone this long without bingeing. I think a lot of the success has come from not calling junky food choices (even too much junky food) a binge. RUNANGRUN....I can sooo relate to your question! It's hard to not punish ourselves for choosing the unhealthy options, but I think we need to trust in the process. We will still "use" food while we work to beat the binge, but I believe in my body's ability to tell me what it really needs eventually. I'm probably going to fight it every step of the way, eating chocolate bars for supper and sometimes overdoing it, but I think with patience and consistency and forgiveness, we'll get where we need to be.
Hope this helps!


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For those of you who don't know me that well, I came upon the plan I eventually implemented 14 months before I was able to really do it. During that time, I went through many phases, attitudes, I don't know what to call them, but I now consider those an integral part of the process. I don't mean everyone has to use that amount of time, but for those who feel they are stuck, perhaps you are circling the wagons for the defense. Okay, not the most politically correct analogy, but I hope anyone offended will forgive. emoticon

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emoticon everyone on all there 21 day rounds!

Snap thanks for your vote of confidence.

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"There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." Morpheus in The Matrix

"Failure is only postponed success...The habit of persistence is the habit of victory." -Herbert Kaufman

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do."
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Congratulations Power and JOL on your streak. OHLALA less than ten pounds from your goal!!!!! INCTRL ten days is great I have been part of this group since late October and haven't managed ten days in a row.
Made day five yesterday, I let myself off the hook and made it a NWS day which means I was more lax on my food plan. It was a wild one but not a binge. I finally told myself in the evening If I don't stop now it will be a binge, and stopped myself.
Tonight I am making pizza with the kiddos Have a recipe for a whole wheat pizza crust I want to try as I am on the quest for a good one. I have lots of veggies to roast up, and am going to make a jumble berry pie for desert.
The weather is great today so will get out to play with them too.
Have a good weekend everyone.

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Power, you too! 21 days has to be celebrated!
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Oolala -- you sneaked in your 1st "round" completion! I don't think I congratulated you!!! Good work! emoticon emoticon

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Run, try to let it go! I think you should eat a junky dinner a few days each week just to get over the idea that you can't have junky food in moderate amounts. Prematurely restricting foods, meaning doing it BECAUSE you think it's junky instead of that it just doesn't sound like the best choice, delays peace. I sometimes purposely get a burrito for dinner just to shake things up. Last time I did that, I could finish only half before I was really full. That wouldn't have happened A YEAR ago. You are on the 1-2 year plan of being very conscious about this process. Not everything's cool in a few months. Although we never turn down miracles, we also have to be willing to let the wheels turn on the inside, too.

You are allowed to "use" food at mealtimes while you learn. emoticon

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*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
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8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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6/25/11 11:39 A

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I am on Day 10 of being binge free. I weighed myself today and no loss for me. But, I am feeling pretty okay with that. I didn't gain and that is what my trend has been for the last few months. I know the losses will come agin. But, I feel so much better right now having these few days under my belt. Even if I do slip up in the future I know I can continue on this journey.

Everyones posts really help me a lot. have a great day
Laura

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Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do."
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Yay, Jol1, and congrats to Reggie on another day of more than 6000 steps! Glad you're back, Power and congrats. I think being at goal and bingeing might be worse than in the beginning because the fear is there that you will lose it all. I know the maintaining teams can focus an awful lot on calories and I think that is detrimental to the goal of ending bingeing. emoticon

Jamie, you don't have to say "but I struggled" as if you think you shouldn't struggle on day 1! There will be days of ease and days of struggle. Start believing that getting through days of struggle without bingeing are worth about 5 times what a day of ease is. Maybe that will bolster your determination. Ease in the first few months is just a honeymoon.

Okay, when I last changed my weight ticker, I was actually weighing at a lower weight than stated because I never count one day of a weight as my weight. I have to weigh that or lower for four weighings, even if I'm not weighing every day. So the upshot is I am down two more pounds (but I did not lose them in 4 days!). After a year and a half of a ride both bumpy and smooth with a few exhilirating drop offs, I think things might be settling into a sane routine, just putputting along.

But still no consistent exercise...

most recently, round 2, day 4 complete yesterday, Friday. emoticon

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*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
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8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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6/25/11 11:15 A

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Day 3 today
Had a great 13 K - this morning - working towards the 15 K Boilermaker in July - my first race!
"Sketchy" food thoughts/actions around dinner last night, but I kept to my plate. But I had manipulated the situation to be be a "junky" dinner emoticon
I know that I am supposed to not be worrying about what I eat, only that I don't binge, but the feeling that I was "using" the food was present. Should I have stopped and not had dinner? Or made another food choice (once I was pretty clear what I was doing?) I wonder if I could have stopped....
What do you think?
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Day 5 binge-free!


Good morning, sparkers!

I walked 6314 steps yesterday, half of which I acquired by jogging on my mini-trampoline in front of the TV. It was cold and miserable out late in the day when I got to thinking about how I did not go for my walk. I was preoccupied with getting laundry done for Emma and painting a first coat on two small walls.

Today, I am going to walk no matter what! I have to prepare a report for a meeting Wednesday today as well and I am chairing a meeting tonight. I get to choose the topic and I am thinking on "money management!!" Maybe I will learn something.

Off I go into the day. My food plan is in place and I will move my body today!
Have a great Saturday, folks.
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I am reporting a 21-day streak...actually I am starting the second streak, as I had two days in May on the first one. I'm glad to be back. I have been off line because of storms which are going through our area & interrupting phone, intenet, or both!!! This team is really helping me! I am in my goal range & since I joined the team I have either been stable or shown a slight weight loss on the Saturdays, when I weigh! Go TEAM!

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Bravo, Jolikey on another 21 days binge-free! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Started tracking today. Feel as though I need to get a grip. Took measurements today also.
Yesterday was Day 1, but I struggled. Need to find an effective way to reduce my stress. Trying to get more organized. This should help.

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Working on sane eating day #1!!

Here are the 4 day wins I'm working on:
"No desserts (frosted cereal okay for now) or bars and only 3 meals, 4 day win - Daily reward is to do a kirigami. . 4Day reward is $5 lotto.
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Tuesday -

"Do a little before breakfast (even just a minute) except on Saturday morning and do back exercises and QF every day" 4 day win - Just do as much as I can given I'm in proposal bay all day (and evening). Daily reward is to burn a candle. 4Day reward is $5 lotto tickets.
Saturday -
Sunday -
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Here are the 4 day wins I'm working on:
"No desserts (frosted cereal okay for now) or bars and only 3 meals, 4 day win - Daily reward is to do a kirigami. . 4Day reward is $5 lotto.
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Reached 21 days!!! Startiing a new streak!!

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Had another good day. The food obsessions is weakening a bit, I think. I hardly thought about how many calories were in what I ate. Briefly when I had pizza for dinner, but that was it. Still not tracking and not giving in to the urge to check post consumption how many calories were in the pizza I had for dinner last night. If I check, it will affect my mood and my potential for binging today.

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Day 36. I'm still tracking and not worrying about staying in range. But days like yesterday I'm surprised that I fell within range. Must be something subconscious going on. Whatever it is, I'll take it.

Big day of garage sales with a friend today!

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This is a great idea. So I've decided to join in today.

Today is day 1 for me. It's only 10am... LOL... so the day is young. I've a terrible habit of binging weekly, pretty much in response to my weekly weigh in.

I have 1 potential obstacle this week. I need to travel mid-week across country for a meeting. I often come upstuck when I have to travel. I get lazy and eat easy fast food at the train station... or I buy a chocolate fix mid-travels. Those actions in themselves are not the problem... but they tend to spark off more bad food decisions throughout the day. And eventually I get home and figure 'Oh well, I've been bad today so may as well go all the way'. Then I binge.

So, for me binging is like smoking. I can't stop at one... so best to abstain altogether.

Will keep you posted :-)

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Day Nine complete!

I already feel like a completely different person. I hope I can keep it up. :D

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INCTRL!:

I love the Omron brand! I recall they had a real tight fastener and I never lost it or dropped it like I do this one! I keep having to push this one in to click and sometimes I mistakenly wipe out my numbers! So frustrating!

I hope you enjoy it. It is a motivator neveretheless! I haven't hit my 6000 yet for instance, so I will go out to make it up. have a great weekend!

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On my third day and determined not to binge today. That's all I can do. I am working most on putting food into it's place as something to be enjoyed and as nourishment for my body.

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I recommend getting through several rounds of 21 days before you get too tough on what you consider a binge. One or two days of good eating can make you feel different, but they do not signal a deep change. Don't get caught in the whirlpool. You can float a bit for awhile and "rest" until it's time to hit some more whitewater.

Round 2, day 3 complete. emoticon

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*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
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8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Working on sane eating day #21!!

Here are the 4 day wins I'm working on:
"No desserts (frosted cereal okay for now) or bars and only 3 meals, 4 day win - Daily reward is to do a kirigami. . 4Day reward is TBD
Tuesday - emoticon
Wednesday - emoticon
Thursday - emoticon
Friday -

"Do a little before breakfast (even just a minute) except on Saturday morning and do back exercises and QF every day" 4 day win - Just do as much as I can given I'm in proposal bay all day (and evening). Daily reward is to burn a candle. 4Day reward is $5 lotto tickets.
Friday -
Saturday -
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Hi!
I managed to go home have dinner and not binge again yesterday (after that afternoon icing fiasco). I feel 'ya Snap, it's food central around here. One more week of school and there are many treats everyday! The only way I can begin to keep any of it under control is to eat 3 plates per day. It's my break right now and I actually just grabbed an ice cream sandwich out of the staff freezer (just passing by at 9:30 in the morning!!!). I got to my office and threw it in the garbage. What was I thinking? It's going to be one of those days... The most bizarre thing is that I feel like the binge monster is not even communicating with me. I didn't feel the urge to binge, but I am just grabbing stuff. Weird. I'll probably need to post a lot today.
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Reggie, you inspired me to get a new pedometer! I got my Omron in the mail yesterday and love it!

Today I am working on day 9 of being Binge Free. This challenge has helped me so much. I feel hope again. Since February I have been binging about 2 x's per week. For me to go through a whole week right now feels very positive to me. Thank you for everyone's posts.
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Day 4 - binge-free!

Good morning, sparkers!

I walked 7077 steps yesterday, with a 40 minute walk included. I also did a lot of gardening and sawing a huge limb that fell off the neighbors tree into my yard. I will use it for firewood at the cottage this summer.

Today, I have errands again, and am trying to get caught up on laundry as Emma is leaving Monday and is taking a Lot of clothes with her. The next few days are rainy, too and I want to dry everything outdoors.

It doesn't matter what I do. When there is a cap, I rise to the cap, which is what has happened with my increased 1500 to 1700 range. I come in just under the wire. But as long as I keep up my at least 6000 steps, and increase it as time goes on, I will be ok.

Great discussions on this thread! Joli: Don't forget to pace yourself this weekend and take some invigorating breaks!

My foodplan is in place and I will move my body today.
Have a great day, folks.
Ta, Reggie

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Working on day five...gonna be a tough one because am going to a festival that not really looking forward to, but my mom is so I am going to take her.
As long as I stick wit three plates I'll be okay.

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Good Morning! I'm learning so much just reading everyones posts these days. For some reason, my brain has been actively rejecting even picking up a copy of the 4 day win at the library (why, I don't know), but I think I need to at least look at it. It seems to have helped JOL so much!

I binged yesterday. Not just sketchy behavior (love that phrase too!), but full on, what-can-I-cram-in-my-mouth-next bingeing.

So, today is Day 1.

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JOL- I just read the polar bear example last night, so true.

H-DOg- I like that "sketchy behavior" label. I had too many crackers yesterday and at one point, I thought, wait, is this a binge? So I told myself if I stopped right there it wouldn't be one, and I did. But I would say it was sketchy.
Then later, DBF got home and had some of the crackers and said, "I can't stop eating these, they are so good!" (Trader Joes Gorgonzola Crackers) and since he is a normal eater, I sort of felt normal, which, in turn, feels weird LOL

Today is Day 35. I weighed myself yesterday for the first time in weeks and have lost about 2 pounds. I'm now just in the 130s (139.5 to be exact) although that silly ticker in the signature rounds up. I have not been here in a LONG time.

I'm a tracker. It helps me see where I can make better choices. I am not a slave to the "range" and often find myself over it. For example, my high end is around 1550 and I'm usually in the low - mid 1600s. Apparently that is still good enough for weight loss for me, and I don't feel deprived at all. Slow and steady will win this race.

And in other wonderful news, I shared my weight loss with DBF and talked about when I might reach my goal - I'm almost halfway there - and he told me he thought that would be too thin and that I probably didn't need to go that far. What a good egg. And he's probably right.

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All, I just got home from another 14-hour day in a proposal and I have to go in tomorrow and the weekend! emoticon

Anyway, great discussion here today! I think tracking has its place and I'm currently doing it everyday. There have been a few times, though, when I've gone a week or more without tracking, either on purpose or because I was on vacation. I think and hope I will be able to not track as much in the future.

Bren, I'm getting to relive the 4DW experience with you! There were a lot of powerful things in that book. No philosophy for binging or emotional eating is perfect in every sense, and many have similar facets, however, 4DW brings together a fresh strategy. Have you gotten to the "polar bear" example? Also, clasping my little finger still makes me relax because I learned to associate it with relaxation exercises.

You are doing it right! As you read the book, you will also notice that I no longer do it perfectly. The "simple goal" has become "more challenging". But I worked up and gained confidence "that I could do anything for 4 days".

Well, I'm finally feeling ready to go to sleep...Maybe just thinking about "clasping the little finger" relaxed me. emoticon

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All right. It's funny you talk about banning guilt, because I - once again - am contemplating dropping back to Day 1 and am having to remind myself of what my first round of 21 days is all about. Today was sketchy food behaviour. Super sketchy. Le sigh.

Anyway, I know that it's not a round one binge, so I'm not calling it a binge, yet I notice my standard of what is a binge is already starting to change. Tomorrow I challenge myself to small, nutrient rich meals (until supper and beyond as there is a big party going on....so all bets are off for the evening! Back to routine Saturday, so I will likely be checking in to keep myself accountable).

I'm letting go of my guilt from tonight. I will let it go.....



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Tracking today, not tracking tomorrow. This is for the long term and your habits will evolve. We are all moving towards freedom. Real freedom is the ability to be at peace with whatever is, not what we want in the moment. Man, I’m highfaluting’.

I got reiforcement for the sermon I’ve been giving about interrupting the binge cycle even if you have to start with the end. The end of the cycle is not the last bite of food. It is not even feeling the sick fullness. It is the regret and misery afterwards. The most productive step in ending the DISorder is ending self-flagellation.

It turns out that lanky, nicely svelte ‘younger” man I’ve been seeing off and on used to weigh 60 lbs. more than he does now. He’s from the Midwest and others there didn’t think he was fat but he knew he was overeating. He was also seeing a therapist over some family-of-origin issues and the doc kept emphasizing the idea of accepting himself as he was and “welcoming all feelings.” The guy called guilt “unproductive and foolhardy suffering.” Thomas decided he would not allow himself to feel guilt over anything and any amount he ate. He ate more at first and gained weight, but it didn’t matter BECAUSE WEIGHT LOSS WAS NOT THE POINT. After several months, he said he just got tired of how crappy he felt being full all the time and eating such heavy foods. He started eating less, getting hungry off and on, not getting so full, changing what he ate. Over a period of two years, his weight fluctuated a fair amount, but always in a downward way—if he only counted the trend. He didn’t weigh himself all the time, and refused to freak out if his weight was higher at one weigh in. That didn’t matter. He had taught himself to be a person who does not berate himself and weight loss was not the issue! But his weight leveled off at 60 lbs. lower than when he started. TWO YEARS. Ban guilt. (He cooks most of his own food now and eats very clean, but eats foods less so when he goes out, because it’s not very often and he enjoys the variety. He says if he traveled a lot, he’d be more careful of his choices on the road. His weight has remained stable for about twenty years, though he has built more muscle and lost more fat.)

Again, two YEARS Ban guilt. No hurry.

Bern, I swear I almost start crying when I read some of your posts and hear your perky attitude. Yes, you are doing the 4-day wins perfectly! You are facing so much! I shake my head in admiration. But don’t start thinking you have to keep your chin up for me.

Ang, I am so impressed that after such a short time on this board you could stop at spoonful 5! That’s basically in the middle of a drunk! That’s tough stuff! I hope when you come here, there is no sense of shame, but just objective data reporting. That is really the best policy.

Monkeyshortz, I know this sounds like a good gig, but I’m going to cast my unasked-for vote and say consider holding out for a job closer to home. Yes, people do commute 45 miles each way, but statistics show they pay a price in stress levels and the ability to keep even a modicum routine of exercise. Plus, it’s a lot of fuel consumption, although that’s just my issue. But if it’s your dream job, you know what you have to do.

I know it’s getting tougher to keep up with everybody here, but I am so glad for this board. In fact, when I first came to Spark, I dropped out because all I saw on most threads was moticons and short platitudes and it was not helpful for me. I know it must work for someone, but I like the personal. I’m trying to spread my comments out to different people, but I hear ya all.
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Hey all,
Ugh its crazy how time can fly! I just read through old posts and realized that I haven't posted I think since Monday. I used to be an every dayer! I'll have to work on it!

I had an interview today and it went great! Its for an awesome teaching job, but its an hour away from our new place...about 45 miles...I have never really had to commute so this seems really far! I guess people do it all the time though!

I can tell that I am starting to change. I don't like being over full (although this doesn't stop me from doing it). I figure that realizing this is the first step to correcting it!

I made brownies yesterday...they were awful!!!! The recipe called for a sprinkling of salt on top...I thought it was weird, but the reviews were good so I figured I would try it. I don't know if I put to much or if I just don't like the salt and chocolate flavor, but they were disgusting!!! Even though they were gross, I still went back for a few tastes...not because I was feeling powerless, but because I was curious...under the salt they were good, but in the end I just couldn't get past that saltiness. Oh well, better luck next time!! lol

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Personally, I think the tracker is the single best Spark tool there is. I am just nuts, that's all. I don't want people to stop using it either. I used it with great success. Just be mindful that tracking can become an unhealthy behabiour for some people, like me.

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Hi All
I had been BF since last week, but I just stood in the staff room and shoved about 5 spoons of icing in my mouth. Yuck. Good thing it is the end of the day for me because I am sick and sugar stoned! During shovel number 5, I said to myself, "you are going to stop and march to your office and report this to all those amazing people who are resisting everyday." So, here it is and I am starting Day 1 right now, with a big glass of water.
Thanks to everyone,
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I am glad people jumped in because I did not want any lurkers or newcomers to think tracking was bad. One of the great things about this thread is people can see how different strategies are working.
I get so much from JOL because she is so specific and clear about her goals and what she is working on and I can start incorporating some of her stuff in my plan.

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I was getting completely obsessed with tracking, dropping foods and adjusting quantities to save a few calories to get to the "magic" number. Tracking was becoming totally compulsive for me. I have been tracking food for 2 1/2 years and basically know what my daily intake is without putting it into the calculator. I eat many of the same foods for breakfast, lunch and snacks, especially during the work week. I am enjoying the freedom so far. I did weigh a piece of cheese to cut up into my salad today, but that's pretty much it.

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Wait a minute, that lady really wanted to weigh her soon to be boobies? Oh my! Thatls definitely extreme. My jaw just hit the ground when I read that post SNAP. Wowsers!

I think I am like INCNTRL about tracking my food. At this point it seems to actually make me feel a sense of calmness since my meals are planned, and I can see if I have some wiggle room if things change (like the apple went bad or if I accidentally torch dinner. Ha!)

I am enjoying the 4 Day Win, and today I am just working on my 10 minute vacations for the next 2 days. My mantra is to tell myself that my body deserves understanding, and not the cruelty that I have been dishing upon it for years.
I have 2 more days to get to that 4 day win goal and $1 per day towards new clothes. Am I doing this right???

Originally I wanted to set the goal for new shoes, but let's face it, I haven't been able to wear 2 shoes for 10+ weeks now! Ha ha!

Working on having a low nerve pain and high levels of self respect toward eating!

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I agree there are pluses and minuses and different thingsworkfordifferentpeople (typing on my iPad sorry for the spasms) If Icould do in a healthy way I would. That lady really was nuts though and it put me off for sure. I didn't want to live like her.

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I am also a tracker. It shows me where I am really going wrong or Right! The one thing I have learned about tracking is if I plan my meals in advance it helps me to NOT obsess so much over food. I don't have to think about it - it is already planned. Planning is a big key for me.

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