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Last Report on My Battle with the Potato! Day 6 & 7

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Well, I did it! I made it for seven days without a potato! The worst of it was yesterday, day 7, and I woke up my brain said, "Hey, no potato! I haven't seen one here for the longest time. Did they quite making them?" I said, "Never mind."

By the end of the day, my brain was getting much louder with the questions, but still not begging for one, just louder at the pointed questions regarding the MIA potato. So I feel confident that I can hang back from that table for quite awhile. And, probably to most people's delight! I won't be talking about it any more.

Interestingly, I did have someone ask me how I did it and why. I told them why and they said, so how did you stay away from them? The answer was hard to take. I knew she was looking for the magic wand solution. I said, "I just said no and walked away, then got busy on something so I could forget about it." Her response bowled me over. "Wow! That had to be hard!" And here I was thinking it was a snap, this time. I guess I've learned how to say no to myself and know I meant it.

I am feeling kinda proud of my journey today. I have finally got myself in the right direction again, down on the scale, by 2 pounds today. So I'm feeling happy and knowing I can do this, again - some more.

I was starting to feel like I had reached my plane of existance and I wasn't real thrilled that it was so short of where I wanted to go, but my little self-challenge with the potato showed me that I can keep going, and I will keep going and right now I want it gone, instantly. I know that can't happen, but I'm on a terror! Get it off! Get it off! I'll cool off in a minute, as soon as I stop jumping up and down with joy, which in itself is good for me.

Just got back from water aerobics and I really worked it. Not a social hour to twirl around while talking. Today, it was like pumping iron. Work it! Make it Happen! Work it again! Where are we - oh! Who cares, just keep going! Faster! Harder! Give it your best!

WooHoo! Gotta go for a walk!

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    Congratulations!! You did it!!

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FITB4-40 5/3/2012 9:59AM

    Congratulations on staying strong! emoticon

There is nothing like a challenge to flex those willpower muscles! emoticon

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    Saying NO to yourself is so hard! And you did it all week! Way to go!
I hear the excitement in your words! I hope you enjoyed your walk1

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FRANNYMAE80 5/2/2012 1:17PM

    Way to go! You made a goal and followed through. =)

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KERRYG155 5/2/2012 12:34PM

    Glad you made it! Now you have to decide if you feel a lot better without that old potato or if it was something else. Whichever, congrats on getting through the week and on that 2 pound loss! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 5/2/2012 11:53AM

    Stay focused on your plan. Did you know that using portion control and using red baby potatoes in healthier preparation will make you are better off? I've also discovered mashed root veggies as opposed to mashed potatoes! All the best.

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Day 4 & 5 on my Battle with the Potato!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Well I have made it through the first five days of my seven day battle. I am more determined than ever to get past them. I haven't had any cravings, I don't really miss them. I am to a point where I actually have to think, potato, and I guess I don't need to think it any more.

Wendy - My sweetpotatotooth never did work - can't stand the things - so for me, it's harmless, as you said.

Next: I'm working on the bread, the pasta, and the rice teeth. Don't need those either.

Have a good one!

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    Good job. I seldom eat potatoes now either or pasta, bread, or rice.

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FRANNYMAE80 5/1/2012 8:30AM

    Wow FG that is SO great!

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CRAZYWOMAN10 5/1/2012 4:46AM

    your doing great...keep it up :)

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KERRYG155 4/30/2012 6:37PM

    WooHoo!! You're doing great!

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My War with The Potato - Day 3

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I've made it through another day without a potato! So my war on the potato is coming along well. I don't know where this is going yet, but I like what I'm seeing so far. I'm even starting to feel like I can do this without no problem. Still hanging back a little, anticipating a sudden stop or curve in the road, but it just feels like maybe the cravings the the root go the same way the cravings for sugar go - away! So, leaning on my experience with my sugar departure, I'm thinking on the lines of, "Whatever you do, do not wake up the potatotooth. I believe it sits right next to the sweetooth, which may be convienent. Don't bother either of them.

Onward! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/30/2012 11:05AM

    I didn't find it hard to give up potatoes, pasta, or bread actually. I only occasionally eat them now.

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DEBPRE16 4/30/2012 10:28AM

    Good for you! You should be proud of yourself for doing this. Hang in there your almost half way there.


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KERRYG155 4/28/2012 3:16PM

    I think the potato is a lot like plain sugar in that it is hard to cut out and just eating a little doesn't work. I stayed away from the potato for nearly a year before I was able to start eating just a little where before I couldn't stop. Keep up the great work on resisting that temptation!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 4/28/2012 12:35PM

    I believe there is a harmless one between the sweettooth and potatotooth, it's the sweetpotatotooth;}

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TEXASFILLY 4/28/2012 11:19AM

    YAY! There is power in threes! Yes~ 3 Days, 3 Weeks, 3 Months, 3 Years~ don't ask me why it's just so. (I know, as I permanently liberated myself from the hideous nicotine addiction six years ago next month.) Just stay the course and take it one day at a time. YOU'RE DOING IT, dear heart~ you are kickin' that tater to the curb! YAY! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My Duel With The Potato - Day 2

Friday, April 27, 2012

I made it through day 1 without caving in and eating a potato! emoticon

Now on to day 2 of 7! If you can dream it and believe it, you can do it! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/30/2012 11:02AM

    I don't think potatoes are as bad for you as most people think they are but good luck!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 4/27/2012 10:24PM

    You can do this!
Enjoy some of the other tasty things you can have instead!
Have a great weekend!

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DEBPRE16 4/27/2012 9:20PM

    Hang in there.



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TEXASFILLY 4/27/2012 9:32AM

    YAY! You are stronger than you think. After all, it's only a spud. You ROCK! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPIRALINGUP 4/27/2012 7:38AM

    Good for you! Keep going! emoticon

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The Ugly, but Beautiful Potato - Day 1

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Confession: I have had this ongoing affair with a potato my entire life. I adore potato and would look for ways to be with potato every single day. At one time, it was my desire to be with potato at every meal in the day. I think I accomplished it once, but both of us being busy, me at a job, potato in a refrigerator, it wasn't going to happen as often as I wanted.

Challenge: I have to leave potato. I know it isn't gong to be easy. I know, without a doubt that I am going to have points in time where I am likely going to be crawling up the wall because I want one so bad. I am glad that I probably won't see spiders crawling around because of potato and if I do see spiders, I can get rid of them as they are real and not imaginary.

Accountability: I hate making blogs. I am not a blogger on any level and am amazed at others that can blog on a daily basis. I guess if you like to collect SparkPoints you can find ways to blog everyday, but it's not me. Now I will be blogging everyday to hold myself accountable to my SparkFriends in my quest to not eat potatoes. But understand I will only be doing this for 1 week. Next Wednesday, 4/30/12, is going to be my last blog on my giving up on potatoes.

At least as far as I know. I am hoping that I can give them up in a week. If at the end of a week I still have cravings for potatoes, this will continue. I have to tell you I am not looking forward to this week! I cannot convince myself that this is going to be easy. I am asking - correct that to begging - my SparkFriends to give me helpful, loving, encouraging support this week, and beyond, if needed.

I've never had to do this before, never wanted to do it before, so I have no idea if it's possible or doable. I just know I can't do it alone, as I've tried that path and it leads nowhere except back to the potato. I have been looking for a substitute, something that tastes like a potato but is healthier, something with the same texture as a potato and I don't think there is one. So it's going to be like someone leaving alcohol or tobacco. Just say no doesn't work as I've tried it, but I can't think of any other way to do it, so it's the way I'm going!

So yesterday was day 1 - I am happy to report I did not have a potato in anyway, shape or form yesterday. It's a new day and I am looking forward to making it through this day without a potato. Actually, I am dreading this day as I am so afraid of caving in. But I'm giving it my all. I'll learn how to say, "No!" to myself and obey. I know it's for the best!

With the intrepid words of Maria, from the "Sound of Music" in my heart - "Oh help!"


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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/30/2012 11:03AM

    We used to eat potatoes at least once a day. Now I have one occasionally.

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ESMOMMY13 4/26/2012 1:32PM

    Is the potato that bad? I know how you eat definitely can but is the nutritious value of it bad?

No matter what its value is I support you! It is not easy to let go of foods we enjoy. I am hoping you have stayed strong and not eaten any potato today.

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SPIRALINGUP 4/26/2012 11:21AM

    I love potatoes too. I don't fight it. I allow myself to have one every couple of weeks. Then I simply enjoy. But if you are a potato addict, I guess you have to go cold turkey or have a sweet potato instead. Yeah, I know. Not the same thing. Good luck to you!

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TEXASFILLY 4/26/2012 10:59AM

    emoticon emoticonBB~

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KERRYG155 4/26/2012 8:27AM

    Good luck on giving that potato the boot. I have had to cut way down because my stomach has decided it doesn't always like mr. potato.

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