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4/27/18 9:31 A

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DAY 54 Eating To Feel Better

I almost think I liked Gill's e-mail today better than Linda's lesson on Eating To Feel Better. Linda focused too much IMHO on feeling tired. Maybe that is how she was feeling the day she wrote the blog? Gill made reference to a book by Deepak Chopra "What Are You Hungry For?" that hit home more for me.

This author says we give into cravings because we are feeling unfulfilled in some part of our life. we are out of balance, and we can't always figure out exactly what we are feeling. What a coincidence! I just mentioned this yesterday in my post for Day 53!

Last night we went to see our gs perform in a school musical. We got into town with plenty of time to spare. We stopped at a nice restaurant we are familiar with for a cocktail. I had a glass of wine. When the waitress said "It looks like you need a refill." I hesitated. This should have been a warning to me, but I didn't hesitate enough to give it the consideration it needed, because I went ahead and ordered a second glass of wine!

This is the very behavior I want to stop! When my conscience speaks I need to learn to listen! It took me until this morning's lesson review to finally figure out why I ordered that 2nd glass - I was enjoying time with my DH in a beautiful setting (which we rarely make the effort to do for various reasons) and I didn't want it to stop.

The other thing that happened to me is that I gobbled the sandwich I ordered for dinner. I think there were too many distractions for me to deal with and so, as a friend of mine like to say, I guess I'm not ready yet for Prime Time!

What I do feel very thankful about right now is that I have been able to stop and give these experiences some thought thanks to our review focus! Love being part of this Team.

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4/26/18 9:16 A

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DAY 53 Food Is My Best Friend

When everything in life is going good it is easy to stay in control and resist food temptations. It is when life throws you a loop that it gets tougher. On a 'normal" daily basis when I am at home doing my usual routine and have my food planned, I don't seem to need a "friend" very often.

Out of the past 15 days I needed a "friend" twice and both of those times were in social settings. Sometimes I can explain what I am feeling (even if I can't control my eating response) and other times I am clueless as to what made me reach for food instead of saying "No Thank You". I do know that in a buffet setting where there is food sitting around to just help yourself to the alarms need to ring loud and clear because reaching for that food multiple times during the event is NOT going to ease my anxieties.

I will be eating at Panera Bread twice in the next couple of days. I have already looked up their menu so I can make a healthy choice within my calorie range, but this still causes me a bit of worry because I did the same thing yesterday when DH and I stopped for a quick bite to eat. I had already decided what I wanted before we even got to Arby's, but when it came my turn to order I panicked because I couldn't focus in on where to find the item on their big menu display. So I ended up ordering the first thing I saw. emoticon The end result was that I had to cut out some of my dinner items later in the day and that can be dangerous if it leaves me feeling hungry with no calories left to use.


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4/25/18 9:02 A

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DAY 52 Food Is An Instant Fix

I sure can relate to what C says about social settings. That is when I use food as a fix. It gives my hands something to do and it fills my mouth when I don't have to think up subjects to converse about and talk.

The other time I really related to as Linda and Gill mentioned is when I am exhausted (physically due to lack of sleep or being overly busy) or emotionally worn down (from some stressful situation or because this weight loss business takes sooooo much effort at times). This is easier for me to resolve than the first situation.

In the first situation I am usually stuck in the setting. In the second scenario I can plan ahead for when times when I am tired or busy. Dealing with being emotionally worn down is a bit harder because I never seem to know when that feeling is going to fit me so planning is hard.

I had that event of frustration last weekend when I discovered the healthy White Bean/Chicken Chili cost me half my day of calories. In journaling about it an idea came to my mind - the next time I feel frustration like that or some other emotional break I am going to write about it in my magic book before I stick more food in my mouth.

The motto that Cat mentioned yesterday also still applies. Remember when your scrounging around for something to chew on -

WHAT YOU NEED ISN"T IN HERE!

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DAY 51 What Is Emotional Eating?

At first when I read this lesson I was going to play the "devil's advocate - can we no longer eat just for the pleasure of it? Does it always have to indicate some problem with us?

O.K. Enough of that. Yup, I can be an emotional eater. I may not eat after a call from my mother, but I sure do dig into the deserts offered at my Garden Club monthly meeting & luncheon after the stress of taking minutes for two meetings (I'm Secretary for one more month!). Like Cat mentioned - it is an afterwards effect. Must be something about those cortisol levels!

I loved two of the sayings I read in your posts

I Need To Know Myself To Control Myself (thanks Babs)
What You Need Is Not In Here! (thanks Cat)

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4/24/18 9:40 P

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DAY 50 The 10 Minute Solution

I'm late to the party again tonight. I just got home from our Girl's Night Out which was dinner and a movie to celebrate our April birthday girl. We went to see the movie I Feel Pretty which is a semi-comedy about body image issues for women. I stuck to my meal plan tonight and it was a wonderful evening with friends.

I love the 10 minute rule and although I have more of a tendency to tell myself "JUST DO IT" that motto seems to go hand in hand with the 10 minutes IMHO. Today I semi applied the concept at the Y. It was beautiful day so I decided to get in my steps by walking to the Y and back home (of course!). I stopped by the post office along my walk and I also stopped into a store to connect with a woman I met this past w/e. I might have a new walking partner now!

I have been off my fitness game for the past month. Today ST is on my schedule so I decided to try the "10" idea only mine wasn't minutes. It was reps. I usually do 15 reps per set but since it has been so long I thought I would work back into it a bit slower. When I got home it was a bite to eat for lunch and then 1 hour outside doing yardwork.

When I think of my tasks in 10 minute increments anything seems more manageable!


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DAY 49 Just Do Something

Yesterday I believe I experienced our Day 38 lesson - Food As Power

I had a wonderful all day women's event that I attended. I planned for it. I was prepared for it. I knew that the morning would hold all kinds of baked goodies so I ate breakfast at home and then mid-morning ate a small tangerine because my stomach was growling so loud. At lunch I surveyed all of the food. I passed up all of the sandwich wraps. I passed up the onion rings and French fries. I left the cheese and croutons off my salad. I thought I was doing so well with my little salad and 2 cups of White Chicken Chili (which looked more like White Bean Soup). Then I went to record my foods. I couldn't believe it! ! ! Despite all of my healthy efforts and sacrifices I had used up all but a few calories for the entire day. I was so disappointed, discouraged, and felt so powerless! ! ! So I gave up and gave in - to a cheese stick, tortilla Scoops w/ Salsa, and 4 squares of chocolate! I was going to show that food who was boss.

Well, today is a new day. I went back and did Day 48 "Want To" and I did todays assignment "Just Do Something" . And that is exactly what I did. My fitness routine has really been suffering of late and so a couple of days ago I vowed to get back to it. So I set some time limits on my priorities so that I had time for my fitness. Today the weather was beautiful. Because of my better time management I was able to get outside and do a bit of yardwork and I also walked to my yoga class.

Today was a good day because I decided to JUST DO SOMETHING!

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DAY 48 "Want To" Skills

I'm a day late on posting for this day because it was an AWEFUL day for me!

I re-read my post for Day 47 "I can't - - -".

I CAN'T limit my calorie intake from food & drink when I'm out with my girlfriends.

I DON"T WANT TO limit my calorie intake from food & drinks when I'm out with my girlfriends.

WAIT A MINUTE! OF COURSE I CAN control my food & drink calories when I'm out with my girlfriends because I want to reach my goal weight!

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!


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DAY 47 Kick The Can't

The screen saver on my computer says:

BELIEVE YOU CAN!

When my willpower is low is the time that I find myself saying "I just can't do this anymore!" There are a few things that can contribute to this - I'm tired, I'm feeling a little depressed, I have had to face one to many temptations, I am supper busy.

It is so hard to go out with friends and limit the kinds of foods I eat and the number of drinks I can have, but I'll find a way to enjoy the gathering despite the limits on my calorie intake. Maybe I can plan gatherings that don't revolve around food. Or maybe I can read some positive affirmations before I leave the house. Or maybe I can focus more on my 100 DWL lessons like Pause or Mindfulness or Taste/Texture.

Tomorrow I am going to a Women's Event put on by our church. I know there is going to be lots of unhealthy food temptations there. I offered to bring Cutie Tangerines for the event. They will be a good back-up for me.

I will keep working at this until I get it right.

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DAY 46 If Not Food, Then What?

Make something you are passionate about the focus in your day instead of food.

1. Spark People/100 DWL/Food/WW
2. God/Daily Devotions/Bible Study groups
3. Family Needs
4. Friend Connections
5. Fitness
6. House Cleaning
7. Garden Club
8. Reading

If I can find time for all of this, there is no time left for anything else which would include my hobbies of scrapbooking and knitting. I have talked to myself for weeks now about fitting a day of scrapbooking into my schedule. I used to do this frequently, but other priorities have moved this luxury off the list completely! Also, I have wanted to paint our family room for months now. I have the color picked out and the type of paint, but can't seem to get to the store to pick the darn paint up!

I have gotten very slack about my schedule. There was an article on SP today which addressed 7 ways to increase your mental strength and one of those had to do with honoring your calendar. I am going to get back to this habit. Like COZI recommends - it is all about setting that timer for a few minutes each day and then just doing it!



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DAY 45 Food - Important or Not

Is food the center of your life?

I find that it is hard NOT to make food the center of my life right now because this weight loss business takes a lot of time, work, and effort (even if it is our choice to do it). I have told myself several times "I will be so glad when I can get to goal weight and maintenance so that so much of my day isn't filled with thinking about food!". Yes, you maintainers, I know, I know, it still requires mindfulness.

I am going to take a different approach today for this topic. I am going to focus on how I treat so many of my meals as "special" occasions. Yup. I can make several days a week "special" for whatever reason I can imagine. This is not the path to success!

On Monday I have planned a Girl's Night Out to celebrate Earth Day. We get together several times a year for dinner, drinks, and a movie. Is this "special"? In some ways it is, but we do it so often that my focus really needs to be on our friendship instead of the food and drinks.

Linda asks us to think about how it feels to NOT make food the focus. Well, I will admit it is VERY difficult. We have so much fun it is hard for me to stay focused on my plan and I feel like I'm being cheated when I can't eat/drink whatever I want. So next Monday will be a test of fortitude for me! I will let you know how I did.

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DAY 44 Its Not The Right Time

Is it the right time for me? IT MUST BE! I CHOOSE IT TO BE! THERE IS NO BETTER TIME! IT IS NOW OR NEVER!

I have used the excuse of "It's not the right time for me." several times in the past. Even when I said it is NOW OR NEVER or THIS IS THE YEAR I have not followed through by using this excuse. It seems to come into my mind and out of my mouth at will as if I have no control some days. This team is so important to me for many reasons, but one of those reasons is that you help me be accountable and focused. Thank you for that!

IT IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR ME emoticon

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DAY 43 Choose To, NOT Have To


I love todays lesson. I use the "would" and "could" example frequently in my life. "Could you ___ (well, yes I can; I am capable: I am able)" will not get you the results you want when asking some one to do something for you.

I also think that today's lesson is a good example of one of the lessons in the Mind & Body series that Gill referred us to yesterday. The first lesson has to do with using "I" statements.

I CHOOSE TO - STICK WITH THIS PROGRAM!

There are very few things in life that I HAVE to do when I really don't want to.

I have been working on our Pause lesson, but I am finding it difficult to assess. When my foods are weighed and measured there is not t ton of food and so over-eating is not an issue. I eat what is on my plate and that is that! Also, I am doing a lot of pausing during my meals to aid me in slower eating along with assessing our Taste assignment. I still can't say that I am recognizing any "fullness" sensations, however, I am also not thinking about second helpings or looking for more to eat within a short time after finishing my meal. I will continue this Pause assignment for a couple more days.

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DAY 42 Make It Matter

Making health, fitness, and weight loss matter more! Make them top priority in your day.

I had a response all written out and then my computer ate it! ERRRRRRRR!

Well, the bottom line for me regarding this lesson is that it is all mental. I have 20# to lose. The same 20# I have lost and regained for the past 5 years. Darn! No one to blames but myself, I know. I find it difficult to find sufficient motivation to stick with my weight loss efforts because my weight does not adversely effect anything I want or need to do.

The thing my weight effects is my self-esteem because I keep failing myself and, consequently, end up feeling like a failure. I do have some extra rolls around my waste, my belly, and that darn area on my back at the edge of my bra, but they can easily be disguised with clothing. Losing my 20# would take care of these (I hope) and build my self-esteem by proving that I can be the person I know I am.

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DAY 41 Motivation Is A Choice

I think we must all be pretty darn motivated or we wouldn't be here. Right?!

Some days my motivation is good and some days not, but I keep trying and that is all we can ask of ourselves.

Last night's family dinner went well. I paused frequently but couldn't tell much about my fullness level except to say that when I was done eating I felt satisfied. I also concentrated on flavor and for some reason there was little to no flavor in this Hawaiian Pizza I ate. How can pineapple and ham be tasteless? Would freezing do that? Well, I'll remember to never order it again from this place.

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DAY 40 An Eating Experience

Easter Sunday was a wonderful "Eating Experience". This day is a day filled with joy & expectation for me to begin with. Then,after church, DH and I had reservations for brunch at a restaurant that we don't usually like, but their Easter Brunch is indescribably delicious! We had been looking forward to the food for weeks! ! ! The restaurant sets on a small inlet from the lake and so the view is lovely also. And, even though it is a buffet, the staff are very attentive. All makes for a memorable "eating experience" we can't wait to repeat next year!

In contrast, today our DD is dropping off the grandkids for us to babysit for the next 5 days while they go on vacation. I know she has packing her suitcase and other things on her mind so I am serving pizza which is a quick meal and will allow her to be on her way. I am also inviting my 91 year old father. Meals with the grandkids is usually chaos! I am NOT looking forward to this "eating experience" because of this and because of the complications around everyone liking different pizza toppings.

I keep trying to think of how I can make our dinner tonight more enjoyable and seem to be struggling to come up with ideas.

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DAY 39 Flavor or Texture

Some times I go for the flavor. Other times I may go for the texture.

I think something that seems to be an absolute many times for me is that if I eat something salty I frequently crave something sweet afterwards.

I love creamy things.
I like deserts so sweet foods are definitely at the top of my list.
I like spicy things.
I like crunchy junk food, not so much the crunchy vegetables I should eat.
I do not like the texture of meat (especially lean cuts) so this is one category that has to be all about the flavor.
I really like that hand-to-mouth action so any food that can fit that bill is at the top of my list. Unfortunately, many of those foods are not good for me.

Oh, what the heck, I love it all ! ! !


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DAY 38 Food Is Power

I am still working on lessons I fell behind on. So I had to re-read this one because I found that I didn't understand it the first time. Or maybe I never considered the Power that food can give me!

My notations in my Magic Book talk about filling an emotional hole - anxious, stressed, accomplishment, lack of security or confidence, feeling uneasy, low self-esteem - are the things that came to my mind.

What stuck out with this re-read: Eating can become linked to your need to feel stronger or have more power in life.

I guess those words/phrases I mentioned above fill this bill.

Meals away from home are stressful for me.
Buffets are stressful for me.
Parties with lots of yummy unhealthy food options are stressful for me.
Social events can be stressful for me if there is hand-to-mouth kinds of foods sitting around like the never ending basket of tortilla chips at many Mexican restaurants.
My Garden Club luncheon is stressful for me.

O.K. So what is it exactly I'm suppose to do in these situations when I'm feeling Stressed?

Sometimes I eat AFTER the stress is over! What the heck! ! !


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DAY 37 I Love To Eat

I started this lesson, but never posted. So I have re-read it again to get a better meaning because my notes weren't making any sense to me.

I have said many times "I LOVE TO EAT! ! !" or "I LOVE FOOD! ! !" . I mean why else would I be overweight?! emoticon

When I started this assignment I was noting the flavors & textures of the foods I was eating, but after re-reading the assignment I see it is something deeper. So what foods do I love to eat? I'm not really sure of what they all are. Here are just a couple that are coming to my mind:

1. I love the Buffalo Hot Wings at only one restaurant. I have not found another that starts to compare with the flavor. Crispy little wings drowning in greasy hot sauce dipped in Blue Cheese Dressing.
2. Bacon or Breakfast Sausage Links well done; deeply browned and crispy.
3. Berries. All kinds - raspberries, blueberries, strawberries (blackberries not so much).
4. Nachos loaded with spicy meat, onions, tomatoes, jalapeņo peppers, cheese. Spicy and crunchy.
5 Pizza - several versions. The part I love most is the thin, crust with crispy edges.

That is just a start. I know there are a lot of others, but this is making my mouth water!


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DAY 36 Slow Down Your Eating

I have actually done this exercise this time around with a timer. I have done it in the past and that 10 minutes could be painful. There just doesn't seem to be enough food on my plate to last 10 minutes. No matter how painful it was I did do the assignment.

I am a fast eater for sure. In the past I have also used the game of making my meal last longer than the slowest eating person at the table. That was painful also. I just cannot chew my food a zillion times because the end result is an awful taste and feel in my mouth.

This time through this 100 DWL I am focus more on putting my fork down between bites and taking a drink of water. This technique has helped, but it has not become a habit yet as last night at the American Legion's Pork Dinner I only had 4 oz. of pork and 1 C. of corn on my plate, I was hungry, and I ate faster than I should have. Although, the purpose of this assignment is actually giving your body time to realize it is full (or had enough). With that in mind I did realize when I was done with my dinner that I had eaten enough to feel satisfied. That pork is so darn good!

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DAY 35 The Eating Pause

I didn't post on the Team page for this one so I am doing it here. I really want to be able to look back and see what progress I have or have not made over time.

So, for me, Day 34 and 35 are very similar. Day 34 Listen Accurately tells you to listen to you stomach when it tells you that you are full instead of listening to your emotional head. Day 35 tells you to listen to your stomach when it tells you that you are full which is frequently at a point when you decide to take a pause in your eating.

I have been pausing a lot lately when I eat. Trying to slow down and be more mindful. This frequent and deliberate pausing is making it difficult for me to do this exercise because my pauses are "forced" instead of being part of a more "natural" break.

Either way I need to remember to listen to my stomach to determine my level of fullness.

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DAY 34 Listen Accurately (for signs of fullness)

What a picture Cat! You are so right. I bet that is what our tummies are trying to tell us and wondering why in the heck we aren't listening!

I cannot pinpoint exactly why I don't listen, but I do admit it is a problem. Like Phyllis I seem to listen After the fact a majority of the time when I am asking myself "Now why in the heck did you just do that?!"

Maria summed it up for me:

"Being comfortable and satisfied when I am eating ties directly to my attitude towards my life."

When Life Is Good (and all is perfect) I can listen quite well, but how often is life that perfect?! I know that Social situations which have lots of food sitting around are very difficult for me. I don't know how long it will take to conquer these situations, but I will keep trying and use the acronym that Wanda gave A.I.M. (Am I Hunger?) as often as I can remember to.


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DAY 33 Fullness Scale:

After I was done with the Easter buffet we indulged in I was 3+ STUFFED! Although the food was delish I was miserable emoticon

Last night I'm thinking I was probably feeling 2+ TOO FULL emoticon and I need to pay closer attention to this.

1+ SATISFIED, JUST RIGHT emoticon is what I need to am for more often. I need to keep reminding myself that it is o.k. to leave that food on my plate!


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you did really well to manage those situations differently - well done!

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DAY 32 The 5-Hour Rule:

For dinner we usually eat by the clock between 5-6 p.m. Sometimes 7 p.m., but that is rare. The rest of the meal times vary and are based on when I feel hungry. Can't remember if I already mentioned yesterday, so maybe I will repeat myself - I have actually been tracking this for 4 days now and it looks like I am eating about every 4 hours. On a couple of occasions I moved my meal times around to try and accommodate upcoming social events so one time there was a 6 hr. span and the other time it was a 7 hr. span. Don't want to do that too often! The other day dinner was going to be delayed and I was hungry so I had a healthy snack to hold me over for another hour otherwise I know I would have been starving and risked overeating just like Linda talked about.

So my plan for last night was not a complete success. I ate my serving of Marinated Mozzarella cheese while I was at home slicing it up! So I resisted having more at my Bible Study outing. I ate my Sweet Red Peppers and Home Baked Pita Chips as planned, but I ended up with left over humus on my plate and forgot that throw it out rule! So I ate more chips than I had planned for. Someone actually brought fresh fruit - how bad can that be - so I had a little of that. I stuck to my 1 glass of wine. My downfall was the Coconut/Chocolate Mounds cookies. Two different people brought the same thing! I couldn't believe it! My favorite! ! ! So, of course I had to do a taste test between the homemade vs. store bought. They were both yummy!

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Good luck! That really is a run of challenges ahead! I can't find you a quote right now, but I do know that the more you exercise the habit muscles, the less effort they take to keep in place. So if you manage to resist the snacks at Bible Study, then you'll find it easier to resist when your at lunch with your friend. Consider it all practice! And, again, good luck!


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DAY 30 Postpone Eating:

I loved Linda's example of the tortilla chips at the Mexican restaurant. I knew exactly what she was talking about. I have stared those chips down more times than I can remember and sometimes they have won!

I specifically remember a Halloween party we were at a couple years ago when I tried this assignment. I managed to wait until it was almost time to leave. My gosh it was a struggle to have to eye all of those appetizers, dips, and goodies all night! I chose 3 that I thought would do the "least damage". Then I started to sample. Leaving the party took longer than I had anticipated (why do we wait until the very end to talk to someone we had all night to talk to!). I ended up sampling and sampling and sampling! Once I started I couldn't seem to stop!

I have 3 potential times this week where I might be able to do this assignment. I am hoping that I will be better at resisting. I am anticipating that I will be better because I only have to worry about myself without my DH influence. One is at my weekly Bible Study where there is always treats. Another is at a lunch with my friend. The Third is going to be next Sunday when I meet a group of gals for dinner & concert. I will report back later on how I did.

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DAY 29 Handheld Foods:

This is a HUGE issue for me. I have a lot of trouble with the Hand-To-Mouth syndrome and wonder if it has to do with all of the years I smoked. Wonder what I did with my hands before that?

Yes. I saw myself clearly as Gill described throwing back handfuls at a time! Trail Mix is a beast that causes me to do this most often and so I have decided to no longer buy it. Even if it is all made of healthy items it is loaded with calories. I tried bagging it myself, but found I just ate several bags. I tried buying the large bags of Individually portioned smaller bags, but even they are 2 servings. And the little bags are not resealable so just what do they think I'm supposed to do with the rest?! No. I'm better off keeping those snacks out of my house.

I have not conquered social events yet. Chips seem to be a fave of mine at parties. And another hand held item Linda does not mention is Sandwiches. I do not like having to continually pick a sandwich up and then put it back down. So I fill almost always just hurry and eat the entire thing so I can be done with it. I can't tell you how many times this has led me to eat more than I intended to.

Guess I have my work cut out for me. If it is a snack food, I need to follow the motto: Don't Even Start! If it is a sandwich, I need to cut it up and eat it with a fork no matter how silly that may look!



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DAY 28 Just Because It's There:

Hmmmmm! This lesson went in all different directions for me.

I do not keep junk food or sweets in my house and so there is no "just because it's there" for me. However, if I have made a desert for a "Special" occasion and there is left overs - watch out! I can't seem to resist. So I try and send it all home with the family.

I seem to have lost interest in those samples given out at the grocery store. They are never for the kind of foods I would buy so it has been easy for me.

There is a bakery/coffee shop in town that I stop into for an occasional coffee or to buy bread. They frequently have a plate of small samples sitting out for tasting and I always do (there is my sweet tooth!).

I no longer work and so I do not have that temptation, but the treats co-workers bring in is a common complaint of my very good friend and I am at a loss for how to help her resist. I can only imagine how awful it is to have to walk past these treats several times a day!

I think my worst temptation is when I am done eating dinner and there is food left in the serving bowls/platters. I see how it is for me even as I write this. I can't remove them because others are not done eating. I look and look at them and I resist and resist some more until - I don't!

Linda writes "To use this concept effectively, you have to be willing to let food opportunities pass you by." Love her motto:


"I DON'T EAT FOOD JUST BECAUSE IT IS THERE!"

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DAY 27 Save Desert For Special Occasions:

I grew up with deserts. We had them every night after dinner. My dad still has a big sweet tooth. But things change!

I used to have deserts daily, but now it is much less frequent.

My friend was mentioning recently how she has been indulging way too much in sweets. I found myself saying that I really don't crave sweets very much. I surprised myself with that statement, but it's true. That not to say I never have anything sweet. Sweets are just no longer the first things that come to my mind when I'm searching for "something".

The same thing happened recently at my WW meeting. Everyone is always talking about the "latest desert recipe they just tried and it is only 1 Point". It occurred to me that I did not find that info interesting at all! I am never looking for desert recipes now.

I have a bag of individually wrapped 72% dark chocolate sitting in my cupboard that I reach into once in a while after differ. I did this the other night. Dark chocolate tastes very good with wine. I ate 1/2 the square with my "2 bites" and gave the other half to DH. I do have to be mindful when I get into them because there have been times in the past when I have eater 4 or more of those squares myself. Maybe I'm improving!

I did not buy any Easter candy this year (nor any Halloween candy last October!). I saw it. I looked it over. I had no desire. It felt rather strange to me. I love Jelly Beans and those Malted Milk Balls that are covered in pastel colors. I could eat the entire bag!

The other evening we went out with friends. On her kitchen counter she had this gadget that she uses for her grandkids. It dispenses 1 M&M at a time. Very cool! I even thought I should get myself one of these. It would at least slow down the process and as I discovered just a few (maybe 10?) took care of the need I was feeling for a little something sweet.

One time when I do really struggle with sweet urges is when I have been drinking. There is a lot of sugar in alcohol and this just causes my blood levels to rise leading to even more desire for sugar. This is the lesson I am currently working on - awareness that sweets after drinking is really not what I need.

The truth of the matter is that although I eat way less sweet treats now days I still don't trust myself to have that kind of food in my house (except for that 1 bag of individually wrapped chocolate squares) and I'm o.k. with that. I don't morn the loss.

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DAY 26 When Food Disappoints:

I really like this lesson and I need to remember IT WILL NOT GET ANY BETTER! There have been plenty of times for plenty of reasons that I have continued to eat something that I thought wasn't all that good. Like this past Wednesday when I ate a Chicken Wing offered by a friend. My order of Ahi Tuna didn't even taste that good for some reason. The Wings don't come into my life that often, but the Tuna is a regular order for me at restaurants and so I will try it again to re-evaluate.

I also have a 3-ring binder full of recipes and it is soooo full that I have been going through it to re-evaluate some recipes to see if they taste good enough to keep. If not I can get rid of some of them. Last night I had my dad for dinner and made a Thyme-Coated Pork Tenderloin. Pork can be a difficult meat to cook because it is so lean and we were discussing how dry it frequently is. This recipe was delish! Even my DH complimented me on it and said it was a "keeper". When I mentioned that I had other recipes to try he said "Never mind them. Just keep making this one until we get tired of it!".

I did leave some of my Baked Potato on my plate when I realized I was full.

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DAY 25 Smaller Amounts (of Favorite Foods), Less Often:

Yesterday was my DH's birthday and so I missed joining in the conversation, but I did go back and read all of your posts and left my comments. So now onto today -

My favorite foods?! I have very mixed feelings about this lesson. I want to embrace the concept that No Foods Are OFF-LIMITS, however, I have to go with Gil on this one. When I am attacked by a binge I think I might be better off not to have those Sweet Treats in my home. This thinking has to do with minimizing the damage. Also, I don't especially like the idea of planning my treats because in the past my lifestyle has been way to "unplanned".

I think I will do better to work on putting my focus on yesterdays lesson of Eating For Satisfaction.

I tried to do my 2 bite taste test last night at dinner. I felt pressured to take a chicken wing that was offered (yes, I know, I need to learn to say no) and after just 2 bites I noticed I did not like the flavor. This helped resist the same offer when the next plate of wings came to our table. Next, as I was eating my appetizer sized serving of Ahi Tuna, I realized I was not enjoying it and it lacked flavor. This is making me wonder what that was all about. I did, however, finish the serving because it was all I had planned to eat, it was healthy, and I didn't want to be hungry for something else. I really like this exercise and my awareness has increased more.

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Well done, Sue!



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DAY 24: Eat For Satisfaction

This is a new post for me so obviously I have given up by this time in my previous attempts. emoticon me!

I loved Phyllis's statement about "all those years of eating foods I didn't like for the sake of trying to loose weight". That is exactly what my thinking has been recently. I am really working hard on overcoming feelings of guilt about the foods I choose to eat.

On the other hand, I can really relate to the story Linda tells in this lesson about eating one thing after another in an attempt to find that satisfaction. I had a binge just like that recently.

When I can't find satisfaction I need to remind myself that my cravings might be for something other than food!

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That motto, Sue?? So TRUE!!!

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DAY 21 Eating With Awareness

Finally! I am caught up.

I find that, although I am more aware than I used to be, I still have a long way to go with this. I get so easily distracted. I am always asking myself exactly what Linda said in today's lesson - Where did the food go? or I can't believe I just ate that! What was I thinking?

In our review today a Spark Friend mentioned that there are actually several parts to being aware when we eat - What to eat. How much to eat/serve. Slow down. Seconds or not? Are you full? It reminded me to Give Myself Credit for each step I take in mastering this skill.

There were also my ideas to given to make meals more enjoyable - pretty table settings, soft music, candles for ambiance, eliminate distractions such as TV. Flowers or some kind of a center piece also just came to my mind.

My motto: Eating is more than setting a time!

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DAY 20 Half-Off Special

Wow, did I find myself having all kinds of sabotaging thoughts (excuses) with this one!

Eat just half?! Take half a serving. Split a portion in two. Very small portions so you can sample every taste.

Some time ago DH and I decided to try "sharing" a meal when we went out to eat. Our experiment did not last long as our tastes are very different. Where I would look for the healthiest items on a menu, he would go for the most calorie ladened option possible which only left me feeling very hungry since I could only have a very small amount.

I just wrote the other day about my unsuccessful attempt to eat only half of my lunch. I have frequently tried to do this at restaurants, but the trouble I run into is that I DO NOT like left overs and so that "waste not want not" thinking creeps into my head and I end up eating the whole portion. As I mentioned, I need to work on getting over this habit and kind of thinking.

Linda's last suggestion was about eating pizza. She suggests that 2 slices is enough for a woman. And that may be true, but just about all of the pizza's we like are cut into "squares" and not "triangle" slices. So I am always very confused about how to measure this. A very interesting experiment might be to take the pizza and cut slices "over" the squares and then dish that amount onto my plate. Hmmmmm!

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DAY 19 Eat Reasonable Amounts

I am pretty good at eyeballing portions. Even though many times I do not feel confident in my guesstimates, doing Linda's exercise about eyeballing and then measuring your guess to check to your accuracy has proved to me that I really do know what a portion looks like.

However, I think it is a good idea to stay aware and periodically retest your skill just as she recommends because we all know that what she says is true - Serving Sizes Have A Way Of Growing Over Time!

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DAY 18 Retraining Eating Habits

UPDATE:

I loved Linda's story about leaving 1 pea on the plate and building from there. At home I have trouble doing this assignment because my serving sizes are all measured and weighed and so there is not much to leave behind.

At a restaurant is another story though. I too have found myself thinking "Oh, there are just a couple bites left" and then eating them. I also seem to have a hand-to-mouth behavior that I need to overcome. I will think about eating just a couple chips that came with my sandwich or a couple fries that were served with my burger and before I know it they are all gone!

This will be a good lesson for me to work on the next time we eat out (which isn't planned until my DH's b.d. next week).

ORIGINAL:

I remember doing this exercise in the past and I think Linda gives good directions on how to go about it. I need to do more work on this task that's for sure! I have learned to be better at recognizing when I am starting to get full, but many times I have looked at my plate and said to myself "Oh, there are just a few more bites left" and then proceeded to eat them.

In the past I have been better at doing this exercise at home than I have been when I am eating at a restaurant. Wondering if it is that money thing again that gets in my way. Yesterday we met friends at a restaurant for lunch and I ordered my favorite BBQ Chicken Quesadillas. I knew before hand where we were going to eat and what I was going to order so I had plenty of time to talk to myself about how much I was going to eat. I had thought I would only eat half. I was not successful. Nope. Not at all. I ate the entire thing and I'm not sure I even tasted it! Taste buds "off' because of this darn head cold? I'll keep testing myself until I conquer this habit!

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DAY 17 Stop Wasting Food

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I do pretty good with not feeling like I have to eat up all of the left-overs (I have a DH that doesn't mind doing that) unless it is s food that I especially enjoy. Then I find my self taking a few extra bites as I clear the table. Thank goodness that situation rarely occurs.

If we have left overs at home, I will put them in the frig for another day, but there are plenty of times that we don't get around to eating them and I will dump all of the old stuff before I go shopping for fresh, new foods.

Clearing my plate is another matter! I too will eat those last few bites on my plate at a restaurant because it is not enough to bother taking home. So this is an area I can do better in.

ORIGINAL:

I'm guilty! I did have a mother who always reminded me to clean my plate and not waste food. She came from that Depression era and I bet she heard about the value of food herself when she was growing up.

It isn't that I don't like the idea of wasting food so much as the fact that I think to waste the food is such a horrible waste of money! It's all about the money. It's almost as if I see money going down the garbage disposal instead of food. Not sure yet how to overcome that thinking.

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DAY 16 Nurturing Power Of Food

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I sure could have used this lesson yesterday! It was a very stressful day mentally and several things did not "go right"! By the end of the day I thought I would relax myself by drinking some tea w/ honey and catching up on a couple of TV shows I had recorded, but that didn't work. By the time I went to bed I had ransacked all of my cupboards for things to eat, but found satisfaction in none of them! Today I am actually feeling physically awful and I am still overfull. The thought of food doesn't even sound good right now.

So I think I will start off with a refreshing Spinach and Yogurt Smoothie and save this exercise for this coming Saturday when I am serving a birthday dinner to my DH and son-in-law. I have the 3 questions written down in my journal so I will make sure I won't forget to do them.


ORIGINAL:

This lesson talked a lot about using food to calm yourself down after a stressful day or being angry. For me I would have to tell you that the times when I eat food that is not on my plan it has more to do with being too tired to want to bother with food prep so I grab the fastest, easiest thing I can to eat. Another time when I eat unplanned food is when I'm bored and just can't figure out what else to do with myself or the other options are not practical for the situation.

I will admit though that I do use food to nurture myself in social settings when I start to feel anxious and that is a whole other story all by itself!

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DAY 15 First 2 Bites

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I have been hanging on by a thread for weeks now! Every weekend is a food extravaganza with friends and, although I set out with a plan (being perfect is NOT part of my plan) and stick to it reasonably well Friday - Sunday, by Sunday evening I am crashing and caving into all kinds of junk! I think I have the same kind of eating disorder that Gil mentioned - sugar/fat/wheat/salt combos in any given order! I find that I am particularly susceptible when I am tired either physically or mentally.

Last Thursday I started my Weight Loss Journal and in large letters I am noting the lessons that I am learning. Today I entered DO NOT LET YOURSELF GET TOO TIRED. I think I am also noticing a pattern occurring when I cut my carbs too low which has been happening more frequently since I joined WW. So the second lesson I entered this morning (after I finished a bowl of cereal with milk & banana, followed by a bag of homemade Pita Chips) DO NOT LET YOUR CARB INTAKE GET TOO LOW.

This is where today's lesson is going to fit in and help me. I am going to pay close attention to which carbs really bring me joy within those first two bites. I will use these foods / carbs in smaller, but more consistent manners and if this idea works it should help me cut back on my carb binges.

ORIGINAL -

I am still sick. It has been 2 weeks now and every time I think I am feeling better my stuffy, drippy nose reminds me "not yet"! However, in the face of due diligence I am going to address all of the days I have missed. Starting with Day 15.

This concept continues to elude me even after more than a week! In my defense I am going to blame it on my current inability to taste much of anything. Last night we attending a Euchre Tournament and we each had to bring a snack to share. I think many of us were going to consider it our dinner so there were actually some healthy choices available. However, I could not seem to find any taste satisfaction and ended up doing a lot of hand-to-mouth with the Chex Mix. There might have been an emotional element tucked in there also, but I surprised myself when I had a emoticon moment about not being able to taste much.

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emoticon Sue. I totally believe that eating a good, balanced breakfast helps to avoid snacking and overeating at night. emoticon

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emoticon Glad you found the forum too! My mother told me all my life to eat breakfast; I've finally realized that she was right....what do they say? "So soon old and so late smart!"

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DAY 14

Morning Effects Evening - I never used to be a breakfast eater, but now I rarely miss breakfast. I used to think that eating breakfast only made me hungry all day long, but now I believe it is important to eat breakfast in order to get my "furnace" going!

I do seem to get that Afternoon Droop for some reason even when I do eat breakfast. I hate to take calories away from my scheduled meals to use for a snack. 150 calories doesn't go very far. Most of the time I try to fill my stomach with liquids to curb any hunger pangs and/or coffee for an energy spike. I'm thinking my "droop" is more of a need to relax and take a rest break.

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DAY 13

Forgetting To Eat - Sometimes I do skip a meal to try and save calories for later. I have tried eating before I go to an event that will have food offerings, but this approach has never worked for me - my resistance muscle weakens and I always end up eating. So I am working on a different tactic of eating just the protein items and/or the items I rarely eat.

I also forget to eat when I have a very busy day of errands/tasks to accomplish. I actually don't forget. I just don't have time to fit eating in! I recently put a snack pack in my purse and will be evaluating if this helps curb any over-eating later in the day.

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Every morning I write in my journal what Food Challenges - great idea!

Happy Sparker Lynn 'A good girl with bad habits'

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DAY 12

Food for Fuel vs Filler

Every morning I write in my journal what Food Challenges I will be facing in my life for the day. Yesterday it was going Christmas Open House at our local Garden Center with a friend where there would be snacks & wine. We were going to dinner afterwards. As we sipped a small glass of wine while we shopped the snack table was passed by several times without temptation. I am going to credit her for her good example and I was thankful for it.

What I forgot to address in my journal was my Book Club group I had to attend after dinner was over with. After the Book discussion we all gather around a table for social time and snacks - FILLER! I brought Mozzarella Sticks wrapped in Proscuitto and everyone else brought JUNK! And then I succumbed to the temptation. You would think I could remember that I am very vulnerable right now and apparently I absolutely cannot have any "extra" foods staring at me.

This weekend I am going away with my DD. We both have birthdays in November and this is our gift to each other. There will be tons of temptations for me to conquer. I am going to work hard on the NO S and remember that food = fuel is all I need.

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DAY 11

Food for FUEL vs FLAVOR.

What this boils down to only eating when you are hungry and only eating what tastes good to you!

I am doing a bit better at these habits, but I still have work to do. Last night I went to an All Ladies event that provided food. I had eaten about 2 hours later than I normally would have had lunch because I was busy running errands, but when I got home, even though it was late afternoon, I realized that if I waited to eat at the event I would be starved and eat too much. So I had a like bite of roasted chicken and granola mix to hold me over. That was about 2 1/2 hours before the food was served at the event.

By all rights I should not have been that hungry and I don't think I was, but I started looking about at the plates of those people standing by my and that was all it took. I LET THEIR PLATES OF FOOD INFLUENCE ME! Two large soft-shell build your own tacos instead of one. Latter I saw people eating mini-cake deserts and headed right to the table to get my share.

I didn't eat for fuel or flavor!

I have decided to try the No S Diet approach - No Sweets, No Seconds, No Snacks except on "S" days (Saturday, Sunday, Special days such as birthdays, anniversary, holidays). I forgot to follow these rules last night hopefully because the concept is new to me. I will do better in the future.

Also, when there is "buffet" type foods I need to remember to cruise through the line in advance and decide what I want to eat.

Edited by: FUNLOVEN at: 11/17/2017 (10:06)
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DAY 10

Lesson: Learn to say Thank You graciously when you get a compliment!

On Monday a member from our Garden Club came up to me and asked if I had lost weight right as I was putting a piece of cake in my mouth! I laughed and said "Yeah, right! I'm trying to lose weight as I eat this cake!" She said "Well, I know you have a Personal Trainer and I just wanted to let you know it shows and you are looking great".

I never have anyone give me a compliment. Guess I have a bunch of self-centered and/or unobservant people in my life. I will have to remember to tell her Thank You next month when I see her.


Edited by: FUNLOVEN at: 11/17/2017 (10:05)
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DAY 9

Love the idea of being able to see my progress all in one spot. So glad I found this forum thanks to Gill! So I might as well start today - better late than never.

Here is what I wrote today -

So this is what I want:

1. If you see me eating something that is not on my plan PLEASE don't hesitate to give me a reminder about what you see me doing wrong.

2. When I'm making progress with my weight loss PLEASE don't hesitate to let me know that you have noticed the improvement.

3. When I'm struggling PLEASE don't hesitate to ask what you can do to help me.

4. I have been working very hard on my "self" this year to find balance in my life physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. PLEASE don't hesitate to ask me how I am doing in these areas of my life, point out any positive changes you may have noticed in me, or what you can do to help me.

5. When I've maintained my weight and other good health habits PLEASE don't hesitate to tell me how proud you are of my accomplishments and continued efforts.

Now if I could only find some people in my life who would be willing to do this for me!

Edited by: FUNLOVEN at: 11/17/2017 (10:04)
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