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10/3/18 3:16 P

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I've had a rocky time the last few months. Not major, but more cattywompers with my eating than I'd been in a long time. I've been able to shift some habits the last few days and I think I can see myself returning to better routines. One thing is that I have committed to not buying anything but freggies and cream for my coffee until I use up everything I have in my fridge and cabinets. I keep accumulating too much food and spend too much time shopping. So I will start looking at what I have available and planning what I will have for all my meals on a daily basis. This is not for weight loss, but just because it turns out to be efficient. In the past, knowing I could look forward to a decent meal kept me from a lot of the random eating I got the urges for during the day. If I get a chance to have a spontaneous dinner out with a friend or something, I can amend the plan, but the meal guidelines will be similar.

Am on fall break from school, so doing a lot of lolling, though I did go to an open Shakespeare reading last night, and did a fair amount of reading. Yay.

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9/28/18 5:18 P

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Glad you had fun!

After work, I did some indoor cleaning again and some laundry, then walked to the store and had a nice run in the evening.

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9/27/18 9:20 P

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Met up with a fellow sparker from out of the area, had a great night out.

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I cleaned and vacuumed, ran for an hour, did some laundry, and took care of some errands.

Trying to quit sugar and white flour. Quitting sugar is very tough. Flour is easier for me right now, but the sugar addiction is nasty! I'll do better tomorrow!

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9/1/18 2:56 P

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1. Did the grocery shopping.
2. Did three loads of laundry.
3. Mowed the yard.

Now I'm resting but I feel guilty for resting.

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9/1/18 1:17 P

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Whoohoo for Saturday, let's rock it!

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9/1/18 1:05 P

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8/31/18 10:40 P

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Hoping we can all enjoy the long weekend ahead!

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Hope everyone has a good weekend.

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7/10/18 2:49 P

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It is a hard struggle, but you are fighting a good fight with this.

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I struggle to not eat a second helping but the food is good for me...

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5/3/18 1:40 A

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Going well.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
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*Get to the next meal hungry!
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5/2/18 3:45 P

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Hoping we are all getting off to a good start for May!

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5/1/18 10:53 P

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checking in to say 'sweet dreams' emoticon

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4/26/18 12:44 A

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At least you are ok and can move on from there.

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4/25/18 11:18 P

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Thanks, Tweety. Besides these, things are actually ok. It's just the blips show up so much better!

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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4/25/18 10:28 P

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Glad things worked out with the car. Hoping things can go up from here for you dear.

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4/25/18 9:57 P

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Hoo boy. Didn't tell you that I also made a mistake the day after the accident and took the wrong car at the rental office. Got handled but it was a mess.

And today, I left my purse in a laundromat, but didn't realize it, suspected it might have been stolen out of my parked unlocked (alsmot NEVER Happens) car, and went home looking for it. Not there but refusing to panic. Went back to the laundromat to get my clothes out and start calling credit card companies. Purse was on top of opposite set of washers everything still inside. Sweet! And no extra eating.

But it worries me how scattered I can be when I am really trying to be more aware. Oh, well.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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4/22/18 11:45 A

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Had a car accident Friday night. No one hurt but insurance company will likely find me at fault. Haven't had anything but parking lot bump for decades and now two accidents in one year. It worries me. But no eating over it.

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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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*Get to the next meal hungry!
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4/12/18 1:03 P

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I've been sleeping better and getting more exercise in.


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3/29/18 4:32 P

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Planning ahead can be a big step in helping keep away the temptations.

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3/29/18 12:14 P

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Talked with niece last night. Looks like doctors will treat him, and he admits for the first time he needs help.

Eating guidelines in place.Have the necessary groceries and know the offereings at lunch with my friend will be reasonable.

Best to all.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
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*Get to the next meal hungry!
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3/28/18 10:53 P

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Good for you standing up and not running to a food binge! Keep up the good work!

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3/28/18 5:36 P

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Nice to see you, TKC!

No problems with emotional eating recently, even though I had a stressful end to a repair job on my deck. The guy left two parts, small, yes, but still- unpainted. He thought I was being picky. I was amazed that he thought I should not ask him to finish those last bits.

And about an hour ago, I was shaking from asking another workman to park his truck so that I can get my car in and out of the space I part in. He used to do the same thing when he lived near me and said I could just ask him to move it. The point is there is plenty of room for both of us to park so that neither of us has to ask the other to move. But I felt so uncomfortable asking for what I wanted, and also realized that I wanted his approval at the same time. I wanted him not to judge me for asking. But I have no control over that. I know he, too, thinks I am being unreasonable. I used to go straight for food after such difficult situations, but I just went back and finished my coffee at the end of my lunch. Grateful!

Just wanted to say another neighbor doing construction was totally open and kind when I asked him to change the direction of a security light he had put up that was shining directly into my living room all night, so I know it's not me. I hope I am as un-defensive when people make legitimate requests of me.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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3/28/18 5:00 P

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Sparking later today as I was running errands earlier, lots done! Hoping to keep things up for the rest of the day.

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3/24/18 10:57 A

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A good week eating. Some stress over whom to choose to do some very expensive house repairs. I just can't know for sure who is right. Also have to set an appoikntment for my taxes. I don't fear but resist having to gather the information. But I don't need to eat over these things, even if they bring the urge.

Have my social event to go to again today. I may bring some favorite cookies to share and leave there.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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3/22/18 12:06 P

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Did not sleep well last night. Couldn't figure out what was in the way. No caffeine yesterday. Very simple foods. Some stressors but not more than at other times. But eating over them was off the table.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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3/18/18 1:29 A

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I plan for more relaxed limitations on Saturdays when I socialize. It felt good to partake of some celebratory foods like chocolate-covered jellies, "sandy" cookies, and half a Panera brownie. I also had a half a fast food bean-and-cheese burrito. I have weaned myself off these extras most of the time; it feels good to eat more whole/less intensely-flavored foods most of the time, and good to have these a few times a month. (They used to play a MUCH bigger role in my diet.)

Mood was good all day. Grateful!

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Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=1323


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2/25/18 11:39 P

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Did some overeating in the afternoon Friday but couldn't relate it to anything specific besides desire after a light lunch that would normally have been enough. Next time, I will commit on the commitment thread on the LBF team to wait until my next meal. Things fine since then.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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2/20/18 7:21 P

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Madamejean, it doesn't matter how long we've had the habit of eating when angry or stressed, we can separate the two. "I felt stressed, so OF COURSE I DIDN'T eat, " is just as possible as the opposite. It's a matter of practice. I agree that rethinking stressful situations can help, too. We're on your side! Relationships sure have their challenges.

And getting help from medications may be part of the over all plan. I hope everyone has some outside resources to get help from.

Did some overeating this past weekend. It didn't seem related to anything specific. Have had some lovely meals the past two days. I've still got a few weeks to go, I think, before I've eaten my "stores" enough to be able to shop for protein and starch. One person, one small after Christmas turkey is a big chunk of that. Still have plenty of legumes and fish, too. I won't go into all the items. No fear of starving here anytime soon.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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2/19/18 1:57 P

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I've been on a small dosage of an anti-depressant for the past few months now. It's mostly to calm some stomach issues that I have, but gosh has it really helped keep me off the couch and looking forward to new things.

I should have asked for help ages ago, but I was never entirely sure something was wrong and just chalked things up to my being lazy. But this feels like the way my body and mind should behave, and it's making exercising and eating right easier.

Support your body and mind, and look for help where you can get it.

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2/19/18 12:38 A

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I do eat when I am angry or stressed. My dh is a constant stress in my life. I guess I need to except his bad habits that drive me crazy so I donít get stressed.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you rest unto your soul.


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Thank you for your reply. Lots of great advice and I appreciate you taking the time to post.
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I feel for you! Know that all of us emotional eaters have felt that way at times.

I humbly say it would be good to stop thinking that you can't stop the eating, but that you may have lost your vision for how you want your life to be without it, So you go with what's been easiest in the past. I also humbly suggest that you not concentrate on the idea of losing weight or being thin at this point. If that motivation worked really well, everybody would be thin. But we all need more than that.In the beginning, there is discomfort saying no to those urges, But there's no reason to wait until it's magically easy to do it. That day is not likely to come. You can start sometimes by just delaying for 15 minutes and try to get some pride from that. Over time, your brain changes and it becomes more doable.
It's not usually a linear change, though; ease and difficulties come and go, but the trend over time Is what really matters. In the meantime, be kind to yourself about it. And being kind to yourself might mean hanging on to get past wanting those first bites of the food that lead to so many more. Have a great meal planned and vowed to look forward to that and wait for it.

Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 2/20/2018 (19:12)
Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Can't seem to stop the binge-eating and looking for words of wisdom, some hugs, and a swift kick in the pants.

I know I "just need to stop". Yeah.

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I'm a bit of a renegade in not following the specific Spark plan, but I am totally behind weaning ourselves off overeating in general. I don't believe in trying to make too many changes to what i ate very quickly, except to limit sweets to only a few days a week and eating less often (the opposite of what a lot of others say, but I had tried their way for years to no avail.) I still binged on them on those days for a long time, but eventually the reduced eating felt good enough to become the default and the overeating the occasional guest.

I'll help all I can! Just promise that you will be a little firm with yourself before you slip, and kind to yourself afterwards. It doesn't work the other way around, giving in too easily and then whipping ourselves later. emoticon

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Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=1323


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Dear oolala53 I am new to spark people, and I am just getting started. My username is Unifly5001 & I am very new to this plan but,I really believe in ti. I used to have the spark book but, right now I lost the book in the move to where I currently live. I hope to be able to afford it next month or I might be able to get it through A friend of mine, this month. say a prayer for me. aplease send me any help or enncouragement that you can . Any ideas would be appreciated greatly!!!!!!!!!! hope to hearfromyou soon. your friend UNIFLY5001.

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I've let too much time go by to remember everything, but the end of January and this week have been pretty easy. I've been in the groove without much resistance, even though there are thoughts to eat outside my plan. I don't mean for people to have to live in "pain" all the time, but for me a lot of this is about accepting that I've made the eating connection to tons of situations in my life, and I can't wait for the connection urges to just go away before I stop eating willy nilly. Emotions aren't the only reason I get food urges anyway. I am also not willing to wait until I find the perfect combination of foods that might eliminate the urges, either. I am not going to let the urges dictate everything about my eating! I've been doing some activities that have diverted me, though that's not why I did them, and I'm not food-thought free all the time I'm doing them. Life goes on whether I eat smartly or not. My aim these days is to reserve less ideal foods- flour-based items, desserts, processed snack foods- mostly for social events such as gatherings or eating out. I've worked my routine for feeding myself at home with lots of other great choices, with a few exceptions, though it's taken time. It sure is true that there are an awful lot of those foods available, making it very convenient and often cheap to get them. But it's been worth it to me to very slowly reduce them in the "rotation." It can be uncomfortable at times to do without, but not as uncomfortable as my life was depending on them. I can finally go in a store where I used to feel absolutely compelled to find the "day old" bakery stuff that would seem so delicious that it was worth reneging on my eating plan and not buy any of the bargains, not even the ones that seem "safer." I admit that they don't often offer the ones that used to "get" me the most often, but now when I imagine reaching for an item, without my even having planned for it, I will see an image of sparks flying from Dorothy's ruby slippers when the Wicked Witch of the West would reach for them. Those are not for me! And not nearly as precious and useful as those slippers were for Dorothy. It would be an illusion that they could take me home.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
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2/2/18 5:33 P

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So far getting back on track for 2 days in a row! Between the holidays and company visiting through January, I have gone off the rails. I have exercised for 5 consecutive days and following my food plan for 2.

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I have purchased a 5 x 7 spiral notebook that fits in my purse. I have decided to just record the thoughts that are racing through my head. I realize that I can't always solve the problem, but I need to learn to let go, especially when it is not in my control.

I have also set myself up with a "distraction box' to give my hands something to do, such as a crocheting project, crossword puzzles, book to read, and some fidget toys. I need to train myself to reach for the journal and the distraction box instead of food.

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A meditation meeting I was going to this morning got cancelled but I didn't know until I arrived. it's in a kind of charming section of a nearby city, so I used the time to get some walking in. I also catalogued in my mind how many restaurants there were in just two blocks. Well, it is an old-fashioned downtown, so it makes sense that it's a hub for food. None of them were chain restaurants.

No big challenges today, although I could have freaked out about how much I procrastinated on my organizing projects and how I woke up at 2 last night and never went back to sleep. But I actually felt fine for most of the day, with one little nap. NONE of it would have been helped by eating, even if I had had the urges.

Have a great Sunday tomorrow!

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Just record whatever you can, write or type. If you miss some thoughts no big deal. It's more about getting your thoughts out. In my experience, the insights came later, if at all. Just having to write changed the chemistry. But it often still took some will not to eat.

But I encourage you to believe that you do not have to solve all your emotional problems to at least reduce you eating. The more panicked a person gets over it, the less likely it is she can come to the conclusion that it will be better to suffer from sitting with the urge than to give in. I think we are trying to find a way that it will be easy. A few people luck out at that, but they aren't typical.

Are you eating real meals? Do you give yourself positive food experiences that don't involve binge foods?

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Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=1323


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I find it easier to type my thoughts, so much faster. Writing I get frustrated because I think so much faster than I write. I put a locked diary app on my laptop and use that to type whatever comes to my mind.

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I am desperate to halt my emotional eating. One suggestion is to write in a stress journal. My mind is in a whirl and I tend to stop thinking. How do you slow your mind down enough to be able to write in a stress journal? What kind of things do you write in a stress journal?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I want to get past this hurdle.

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Kentucky Woman, even people of few words can have a positive impact on others! Belated congrats on being the team's weekly member.

Jomama, exercising when not in our usual routine is a victory for sure. Also belated kudos on that from last October.

Toobat, thanks for your posts even in the face of being on your own here sometimes.

Georgia, I used to know how to access the link for spinning the wheel for team points. You had to earn the chance to do that by accumulating a certain number of points that day. I've asked for help in finding it again, but haven't followed up on whether anyone responded.

Healthnow, I use a similar idea to Boho's. My options are either choose not to eat even when it's painful, or live with the pain later. I use a plan that allows me to work in some extra eating on certain days. I used to eat way too much on those days, but eventually it calmed down. Knowing that I really really really don't want to go back to being miserable about my eating all the time continues to help, though good habits have kicked in MOST of the time. 8 years and counting.

Stillmoving, it also helps me to see how far I've come even if I'm not happy with my eating some days. It also helps me to use a kind of mantra from Linda Spangle. It says to practice thinking, "I used to X, but now I Y," even before it's a new habit. For example, "I used to eat when I felt unhappy about relationships, but now I accept that there will be times I'm sad or mad without eating even though I have a terrible urge to." It may seen impossible now, but it doesn't have to be a month or year from now. We're in this for the long haul.

Sarajane, your dilemma of getting bored because you avoid TV so you won't eat is not weird at all! It can be a very strong link and feels very weird NOT to do it at first. I finally broke the bond, but it felt very weird. But it's great to think of alternatives to both. I want to break the bond to using the computer too much to fill my time, but I'd still rather do that than eat when bored.

LynxM, it is hard to have to depend on commercial food. In those situations, I usually force myself to eat a smaller volume of food than I usually do (because it's so much denser) and eat very slowly. Then I get a decaf and sip it. If I can get past the first 20 minutes after that, it gets easier. It's hard but so is being sorry later.

Well, I actually chose to go ahead and "use" food after I last posted to some degree up until about two weeks ago . I just felt so tired of feeling disappointed with my eating on top of not getting good results at work nearly every day. I refused to judge myself. I felt I could afford it for a bit because I had had so many years of decent eating. I don't say it's a good tactic for everyone! It was what it was. I was able to do decently well at holiday gatherings after work ended, but was grateful for once I don't have an active "eating" social life. Now I am quite inspired to work for the health benefits I know come from better eating, so I'm eating more the way I used to: actually, a little better. I'm 64 so I have only so much more time to get it right! THAT motivates me a lot now. I feel for younger women trying to lick this. It's hard for them to imagine getting it right for the rest of their lives and the opposite, that something isn't going to save them and they'll have to bite the bullet, not the food! That was me, for sure. That and a lot of resentment.

Have faith! This is manageable, if not perfectable. Not a word, I know but it should be.


Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=1323


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We’re in transition so getting away from fast or even just eating out is hard. Gotta get settled!

2019 is our year! ;)


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My hardest challenge lately is I want to eat while I watch TV, and so I don't want to watch TV due to that fact. So then I get bored and I dunno. Weird cycle!

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Struggling to not eat mindlessly, to not eat when bored, and to not eat because of my family issues. Whenever I have relational expectations I tend to stuff with food, sometimes until it hurts. Then I feel guilt and have to start over the next day. How many days in a row do I have to experience this before I make a different choice??? In my mind I think what is the point. Then I remember that 3 months ago I was having trouble just walking down the hall of my house without getting winded. Now I can walk down the hall. Sometimes it is hard to accept that I am my own worst enemy. For today I will choose hope and for right now I will make different choices.

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Health_Now... I keep trying because the alternative is worse. What's been working for me is keeping my health and goals in mind with EVERY food choice I make. Always about choice and the healthier they are... the better.

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Feeling hopeless about ever getting past emotional eating. What works for you when you feel this way?

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