The M&M comment reminded me of something I have found that helps me. Often we eat unconsciously and/or while doing other things (e.g., working on the computer, talking on the phone, watching tv). One little trick is to eat consciously, like you did with the M&Ms. If we only eat while we are eating (also don't judge or criticise ourselves about our eating) and are aware of each bite, our bodies will help tell us what we need and truly want. Like with the M&Ms I have found when I take one bite and am really aware of it, the texture, taste, etc., I find that some of the foods I thought I loved I (my body) actually didn't like as much as I thought. Try it, next meal sit and just eat. Be aware of each bite, chew and swallow before taking another bite. Listen to what your body is telling you about the food you are eating. Our bodies are pretty smart and will guide us to the foods it needs, if we stop eating on autopilot and listen. For what it's worth. Hope this helps and keep up the good work.
5/17/12 7:37 A
Good Job taking it one day at a time, and finding great ways to deal with a stressful day!
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Keep going Well done Your three days in front of me ......
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5/17/12 7:32 A
You Rok 3 days in and counting. one second one minute @ a time. You are doing wonderful... Have another productive day, inspite of the stress of life... Be Encouraged. My dear
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5/17/12 7:32 A
Awesome job! I'm encouraged & inspired by you b/c the day you described is probably more typical of "normal" days than we think! Those are the important ones because those are where the biggest challenges lie (at least for those of us who turn to emotional/stress eating). If you could make it through that day & stay living in your new lifestyle, then you can make it through anything!
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5/17/12 7:29 A
Keep up the good work. Having some stressful situations myself.
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5/17/12 7:26 A
Awesome! Keep up the fabulous work!
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5/17/12 7:25 A
Well done you. This is a great victory and truly an inspiration!
5/17/12 7:09 A
I was going through my emails this morning and found this one. I will be thinking of you today each time I am tempted to walk over to the vending machine after a stressful event. You will be my inspiration. Although I don't know you I am very proud of you and thank you.
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5/17/12 7:01 A
I just woke up (today is my day off) and this is the first thing I read. Yesterday was a very bad day for me, and I decided last night "I can do bad all day or do good, I'll make the decision in the morning". After reading this, I am ready to get out of bed and start my day the healthy way. Although I don't know you, I am very proud of you and plan on thinking of your story to keep me on track. Keep it up!
You say you think this is a small step but I say it is a HUGE step in the right direction. Getting control of our cravings and understanding that despite the current trials you can still make wise choices and stick to your plan are so important. Best wishes for a better day on your journey to better health
5/17/12 6:46 A
It's all about baby steps and accomplishments..in a months time you will look back and think how much easier it is now and in a years time, when you have lost all that weight, you'll be able to get by these situations with such ease, you'll never remember how hard you struggled!
5/17/12 6:44 A
You did well KBEEPS, I am also proud of you. I hope things get better for you
The coating on M&M's in "kinda gross"???? Who knew? Thanks for sharing that tidbit of knowledge; it will help me pass up that bag of M&M's on sale (even when I have a COUPON). I'll just picture a gross-looking M&M. Pray tell, what does a "gross" looking M&M look like? (Is there really such a thing?) I always saw them as scrumdeliciously gorgeous. Anyway, congrats. A big victory is made up of a bunch of little ones, I always say. Well, actually, that may be the first time I ever said that, but you get the picture.. You did good, dear. Mary Lou
Keep at it. It's all about the small choices, every day.
I've been here for years, I've lost the weight, but I stay because it keeps me motivated and on track! It truly is a lifestyle choice.
Some people are going to be negative, as you can see even in this very thread meant to cheer you on. But make the choice to listen to people who are good for you, just like eating what's good for you and doing what's good for you.
Keep at it.
5/17/12 6:31 A
I had a fairly rough day yesterday too, but didn't handle it near as well as you did. I will think of your post next time I have a yukky day and try and follow your example. Congrats! It's the baby steps!
5/17/12 6:27 A
I agree with Chiromama....S247 that was pretty harsh. She is only on day 3 and needs encouragement instead of judegement. We're all here to get healthier regardless of how bad our lives are. I think EVERY ONE OF US takes life for granted. That's why we're here. Trying to live the rest of our days out better than we have in the past.
I'm extremely sorry your life is so difficult. Some of us probably don't understand that. But other's of us have different things in our lives other than food or eating issues that are much more difficult to deal with.
This place is for "sparking" the light on and into people. I hope it stays that way.
Congratulations, this is a hard thing to do, we all know here. Or, at least we should all know very well. Everyone has his/her personal demons, for us it is emotional overeating. Don't listen to anyone negative, they are there to weigh you down. Just be proud of yourself, you have reason to be. Bad days, good days, they cannot defeat you!
5/17/12 6:22 A
KBEEPS: Keep up the good work. Small choices will start to add up after a while.
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5/17/12 6:21 A
STAY STRONG!!! It's the little victories that add up to a big one
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5/17/12 5:57 A
SOME DAYS ARE HARD , ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A HUSBAND, AND KIDS IN THE MIX, AND A JOB OUTSIDE THE HOME, I THINK MOST WOMEN ARE SUPER HERO,S, THE KIDS ALONE POOP YOU OUT, SO YEAH YOU HAVE COURAGE ,THAT'S FOR SURE, I WISH I HAD THE WILL POWER YOU HAVE, PERSONALLY, CAN'T HAVE ANY THING IN HOUSE, ESPECIALLY ICE CREAM, IF ITS THERE, I EAT IT UNTIL ITS GONE, I THINK ITS A PERSONAL SICKNESS, WILL I EVER BE A SIX 6, WELL NO, BUT I REALLY DON'T WANT TO BE PART OF THE OBESE WORLD ANY MORE, HAVE A GREAT DAY
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HOLD ON AND YOU'LL MAKE IT. ITS NOT EASY BUT YOU'VE GOT SUPPORT.
5/17/12 5:53 A
congratulations - one of the hardest victories is sticking to it in the face of stress.
Woot-woot!! You made great choices and can celebrate your success! You are an inspiration! I had a day like that today and for the first time, decided to write down my "victories". When I looked back on them this evening, I got encouraged all over again. Journalling really can motivate you. Ever dump over a garden cart with pots of plants you just finished planting and are moving to their location? I couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry or maybe just come into the house and medicate myself with some chocolate. Yes, we all have those days and are tempted to throw in the towel, but you set an example and by posting it, encouraged all of us readers. THANK YOU!!!
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5/1/12 1:48 P
Good for you for fighting through the tough stuff! As much as eating the junk makes us feel better temporarily, in the long run sticking to the good stuff helps us out more! Keep it up and use this as an example the next time you're feeling down on yourself! You can do it, and this is proof!
Yay!! Good for you. Little victories like these are so important - it's you proving to yourself over and over again that you're strong and that you can stick to your guns. I'm sorry you had a rough day, but I'm so happy for you that you're pleased with how you handled it. Especially the m&m break - measuring a portion and then eating them slowly and thinking about how they taste. That's awesome. Rock on.
I had the WORST day at work this morning. I got off to a good start but by 9:00 things had started going downhill and it was one piece of bad news after another till about 12:30. At the point where I wanted to scream, I took a 15 minute break and took myself for a walk. At the point where I wanted to start shoving chocolate in my face, I grabbed a piece of chocolate mint gum and started chewing.
I stuck with the food for the day that I had packed, I drank a TON of water, and I did allow myself a little chocolate break in the afternoon (calculated into my totals for the day). I had a little dish of peanut butter M&Ms, which I sucked on to make them last longer, instead of just chowing down on them like I usually do. Turns out the coating on M&Ms is kind of gross, LOL.
I'm so very proud of myself for sticking to my plan, in spite of the stress of the day. I'm only on day three, but it's little victories like this that keep me motivated. :-)
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