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HOPE CHEST CHALLENGE ON GOING

Friday, June 22, 2012


1. Drink about 8 glasses of water. need to pick it up more. it is easier to drink more water when it is hot. and it is hot here. think we are in a hot wave pattern.

2. Eat more fruit and veggies. I confess I bore easily. I am picky when it comes to certain veggies. with veggies i have to find a way to use seasoning without salt and butter. I am up for suggestions. With the fruits I will have to monitor my b/s for spikes. But cost is a factor so I will look for sales and frozen veggies. I decided to give up making a garden...when I found that I would be the only doing up keep. It is hot in the summer and I do not tolerate heat well. I can alway use the farmers market when it comes.

3. eat at least 3 whole grain daily.Need to pick this up. monitor spikes etc.

4. Some for form of exercise 6 times a week. I joined a gym and exercise is on going. I use the treadmill and spinning bike I use the program on the equipment to keep myself challenged. I use weight balls when I walk on the treadmill. Now I have not started lifting weight yet...but I have to come up with a routine I can live with. ON GOING!


5. Post Food, BS readings, and exercise. News on food posting I can be anal with this so I need to only post a dew days of the week the rest of the day I can journal in my exercise/diet book. BS readings done mainly on my gluco machine but I will start filling my readings booklet with my numbers. I love posting my exercise cause that motivates me. summer times can be challening when the kids are out of school the computer is extremely busy and it is a race to see who gets on first. LOL


6. Monitor emotional eating Closely------------ this includes prayer, and writing thoughts out on paper and talking things out. Negative thoughts!...The devil is a liar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Still a work in progress! Need to work on this more. Also mindless eating is a killer need to over come this.

7. Cut off my night owl wings! Needs improving..found out that lack of sleep can delay weight loss. Now that is a reason to go to bed.


Diabetic updates new dr and things are going fine. a1c was 8.1 now it is 6.7 still need work but at least it is going in the right direction. dr added one more met pill which I had to get used to. If you know what I mean. Onglyza when junevia runs out.

The hope Chest Challenge is a storage box full of beautiful Clothes size 14 given to me by my wonderful and caring mother. Of course I am not a size 14 now. I am a couple sizer bigger but it does not have to stay that way. The goal is reachable and victory is just ahead. I use the hope chest it as a reminder of my goal this upcoming December 12, 2013.




  
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HA_MONICA83 9/4/2012 4:07PM

    Thats great! Keep it up! Loved the reminder of prayer and rejecting negative thoughts...and replacing them with truth! YOU are a winner--you belong to the King of Kings and He is perfecting you daily. Keep close to Him and keep on with this hope chest! :)


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CIERAPOET 8/6/2012 2:01PM

    Hello sis! What I do on vegetables in order to give variety in how I eat them are several things. I like to throw then in the oven with seasoning that I like maybe sprinkle a small amount of sea salt over them and spray with canned butter spray. I also use my Microwave and steam them with little water and lemon juice over them. I also may add extra virgin olive oil about a teaspoon because of its many health benefits. I eat baby carrots(organic) raw. Sometimes I've noticed being slow about eating my veggies because of the cleaning process. My suggestion is to clean them right after they are purchased. My goal is to buy all of my fruits and veggies organic which takes away all the extra pesticide in our bodies. Hopefully that gives you some help. I pray all is well with you and your family. Many blessings!
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YJNANA 6/23/2012 11:28AM

    Grace
Proud of your Plan :)
I don't have to worry about A1C but know how figuring out foods each day is a pill :)
But it Works
What Gym did you join?
I just joined the Y
it has an ActivTrax that I LOVE, a computer program
its good for 12 weeks, then I can buy it I guess?
Make sure you drink lots of water Especially if its HOT
Before you workout while you workout and After.
Congrats on lowering your A1C, :) emoticon

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GETSALONG 6/22/2012 9:46PM

  emoticonWow Gracie, I was just thinking the same thing! Big woohoos for the drop in your A1c, Sparktacular!

freggies, i find when i'm tired I get resistant to making them... and i don't like canned or plain boiled anymore... I adore them on the bbq, and I do a lot of medleys where I do like a stirfry using salt free broth and spices... depending on my mood for the spice, a lot of the regular Italian seasoning but sometimes asian with ginger or Indian with curry. It helps if I batchcook a big stirfry, enough for a couple dinners & lunches, so i can just reheat & eat :)

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JERSYGRL 6/22/2012 7:46PM

    You are doing fabulously! Congrats on lowering your A1C - awesome. Keep up the good work, keep the hope chest in mind and remember the devil is a good liar, but liar none-the-less. emoticon Carol

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HOPE CHEST CHALLENGE CONTINUING!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hope Chest Challenge


February 15, 2012


Just a little something...to keep me going.

Goals for this year. No I do not believe in New Year Resolutions.....


1. Drink about 8 glasses of water. This was going good. I need to pick it up more. Now I have a brita pitcher finally so No excuses. I have brought filters refill at our local discount store.

2. Eat more fruit and veggies. I confess I bore easily. So I will attempt to try new fruits and veggies. With the new fruits I will have to monitor my b/s for spikes. But cost is a factor so I will look for sales and frozen veggies. Hubbie said he would plow up the dirt for a garden. I hope he can so I can drop those veggies seed. I love fresh tomatoes and cukes. YUMMY!

3. eat at least 3 whole grain daily. I've done pretty good with this.

4. Some for form of exercise 6 times a week. 1-2 days of weights (HUGH
STRUGGLES).

NEWS When we got our taxes. I vowed to join our local gym (Not a fancy workout place) Hubbie and I only pay $30 quarterly. I love the challenge so this is going good. They have trainers but for now I do not want one. Besides some of those folks look like they gonna die while working with the trainers emoticon. I brought a pilates ball and I have 2 sessions with weights...but I hate weights. LOL!


5. Post Food, BS readings, and exercise. News on food posting I can be anal with this so I need to only post a dew days of the week the rest of the day I can journal in my exercise/diet book. BS readings done mainly on my gluco machine but I will start filling my readings booklet with my numbers. I love posting my exercise cause that motivates me.


6. Monitor emotional eating Closely------------ this includes prayer, and writing thoughts out on paper and talking things out. Negative thoughts!...The devil is a liar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Still a work in progress!

7. Cut off my night owl wings! Some of these are old goals but I have not always been consistent and that is what it takes. Doing better but still needs improving.

The hope Chest Challenge is a storage box full of beautiful Clothes size 14 given to me by my wonderful and caring mother. Of course I am not a size 14 now. I am a couple sizer bigger but it does not have to stay that way. The goal is reachable and victory is just ahead. I use the hope chest it as a reminder of my goal this upcoming September 12, 2012.

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UPDATES THIS PAST MONDAY I DECIDED TO GET A DR THAT DEALS WITH DIABETES. MY FORMER DR WAS NOT TAKING MY SUGGESTION THAT MY DIABETES WAS CHANGING. I HATTED BEING IGNORED SO I GOT A NEW DR WHO NOT ONLY LISTENS BUT EXPLAINS THINGS TO ME. SHE GAVE ME A LOT OF OPTIONS FOR MY CARE. EVEN MENTIONED INSULIN....NOW IN THE PAST I WOULD HAVE RUN THE OTHER WAY WHEN ANYONE MENTIONED INSULIN. BUT I HAVE DONE SOME HOME WORK AND I HAVE SEEN SMALL NEEDLES---EVEN PENS ETC. NOW IF I HAVE TO I CAN EVEN DO NEEDLES. FOR NOW I WILL BE ON TWO NEW MEDICATIONS AND METFORMIN. IF MY A1C GETS BETTER RANGE WHO KNOWS??? SHE WILL MONTIOR ME CLOSELY.

ON CHEERIER NOTE I AM TRYING ON SOME OF THE CLOTHES FROM MY HOPE CHEST AND SOME OF THEM FIT ME BETTER. BUT I STILL HAVE HIPS. I NEED TO KEEP GOING. I TRIED ON A SUIT MOM GAVE ME ONE YEAR AGO (ALMOST GAVE IT AWAY BUT I DECIDED TO KEEP IT IN THE HOPES I WOULD FIT IN IT SOON) ANYWAY THE SUIT FITS...BUT IT IS A LITTLE TIGHTER THAN I LIKE ON MY THIGHS. IN THE MEAN TIME I AM STILL GOING FORWARD. OF COURSE GOD IS MY HELPER.

  
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MARYONAMISSION 3/15/2012 10:07PM

    Awesome Goals! You'll be rocking all the clothes in the hope chest in no time!
Also, good job finding a doctor that listens to you and takes you seriously.

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TRAINER_T 3/5/2012 2:09PM

    Great goals, keep them posted and updated!
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ANGELRAE76 2/23/2012 2:08AM

  So awesome! the progress you are making. Both my parents have Diabetes and it lurks in my future from what most Drs say. I say Pthhhh.... to them being so sure that I won't make every effort to avoid ending up on insulin( I am a bit needle phobic). I say "good for you" about finding a Dr that is willing to go over all your options and is so open with your possibilties. I think most of them would rather just put you on a med and forget about you=( My mom's friend had a good Dr that was more like yours. She even managed to work her way off the meds and now just manages her BS with diet and excercise only=)
Not sure if you are aware, but you can set your nutrition tracker to acknowledge you are diabetic and it should adjust your daily intake of carbs- protien- fat recommendations accordingly. I had mine set that way but since I am not yet Diabetic I had no A1c or other readings to enter so,I unset it, but I thought it was nice that you could track all your food, BS reading, etc. all in one place. I am assuming that the daily report on the nutrition tracker would help you with keeping your BS on an even keel then too but won't know until I talk to my friend Amanda As she is Diabetic and has hers set this way... I will let you know if she gets back to me about it and if you want me to.
I personally enter my food in for the day all at once before I eat anything and then run the reports to see where I need to go back and make adjustments. So far so good, averaging atleast 2 lbs lost per week. Bet I would be doing better if I had a hope chest though. What a great incentive emoticon

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LIFEWALK 2/15/2012 8:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonWow, you are making some wonderful progress in lots of areas! So glad you found a doc who takes your concerns seriously... after all, we're the ones who know when we wake up spitless!!! (grins ;) I hope that you see more wonderful progress with docs help!

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YJNANA 2/15/2012 10:51AM

    I "BELIEVE" in you Pat, I know you will be successful :)
The tracking is so Real..... we aren't fooling ourselves when we see it written out. I use a small notebook, and I use Points, but its based on Calories. When I stick with it, I am successful. The exercise is for sure going to effect your tests.
Keep up the good work.
Don't you love how clothes fit again, and even reach a point of being too big :) emoticon

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Hope Chest Challenge

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Just a little something...to keep me going.

Goals into next year. No I do not believe in New Year Resolutions.....

1. Drink about 8 glasses of water.

2. eat more fruit and veggies.

3. eat at least 3 whole grain daily.

4. Some for form of exercise 6 times a week. 1-2 days of weights (HUGH STRUGGLES).

5. Post Food, BS readings, and exercise.

6. Monitor emotional eating Closely------------ this includes prayer, and writing thoughts out on paper and talking things out. Negative thoughts!...The devil is a liar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7. Cut off my night owl wings! emoticon Some of these are old goals but I have not always been consistent and that is what it takes.

The hope Chest Challenge is a storage box full of beautiful Clothes size 14 given to me by my wonderful and caring mother. Of course I am not a size 14 now. I am a couple sizer bigger but it does not have to stay that way. The goal is reachable and victory is just ahead. I use the hope chest it as a reminder of my goal this upcoming September 12, 2012.

  
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SUNFLOWERGAL40 12/25/2011 4:02PM

    emoticon I love it! This is very similar to my 100 day challenge that I will be starting tomorrow. Well, I'm supposed to be starting it tomorrow. I've got to work out the details today in order to start tomorrow. Wishing you the best and sending lots of hugs and blessings as you go on this healthy lifestyle journey! emoticon

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YJNANA 12/18/2011 8:15PM

    You CAN Do it Pat, I know you can.
What great Goals you have.
Come share as you progress and let Sparks be your Support :)
Start getting rid of anything thats too big now.
I am telling you, the Fruits and Veggies as SNACKs is Key.
Thats my fav thing to grab and its working.
Yvonne

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LIFEWALK 12/18/2011 5:40PM

    Oooh Gracie, I luv! luv! luv! this!!! Can't wait to celebrate along the way as you knock these out & dig into the hopechest!!!

(ps, mind if I snag the idea, possibly for a team challenge? i really love this concept :)

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CARAMELO83 12/18/2011 2:05PM

    Clothes are always great motivation!! Those goals sound great and very attainable. How long are you going to give yourself to reach them?

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IOEINC 12/17/2011 4:09PM

    You can do if I can do it. My top weight was 242 lbs and I was a size 22. I was diagnosed with DM in June (lost about 30 lbs while undiagnosed and had no symptoms other than the gradual weight loss). Now with diet and exercise I have BSs under control and my weight is 155. I was the original couch potato. I was never a big eater but oohh did I love chocolate and sodas. Now I don't even want chocolate and have a diet soda once in a great while. I gained all my weight with three pregnancies and my oldest is 27 so all of my older clothes (yes I still have a lot of them) are 30 years out of date. And my clothes from even just two years ago are way too big. And I hate shopping for clothes. You will get to that size 14 to be able to wear all those beautiful clothes. It just takes hard work and perserverance. emoticon When you want that forbidden food just imagine yourself in one of your outfits and how everyone will be mesmerized by your beauty. And if you haven't tried the Edy's non sugar added fruit bars, they are heavenly when you crave something sweet. But they do contain sugar alcohols so if you are sensitive to them you might want to avoid them. Stick to your goals and you will be that size 14 in no time. ANd then everyone can say emoticon and emoticon

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100 DAYS OF WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE DAY 8

Friday, September 23, 2011

HELP ME, PLEASE!!!!!!!! emoticon.

TO GET THE SUPPORT INSTEAD OF CRITICISM FROM YOUR LOVED ONE. OH THAT IS A BIGGIE!!!!!!!

WHAT WOULD I HELP ME STAY ON COURSE???THIS INCLUDES EXERCISE FOR ME.

IN THE SPACE BELOW, WRITE A LIST OF THINGS THAT PEOPLE/LOVED ONES ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO SAY OR DO IN REGARD TO MY WEIGHT LOSS. EXAMPLES MIGHT INCLUDE OFFER YOU COMPLIMENTS, PROTECT YOU FROM DESSERT, OR CLEAR THE TABLE AFTER MEALS. ALSO CREATE ANOTHER LIST OF THINGS YOU DON'T EVER WANT PEOPLE TO DO SUCH SNATCH YOUR PLATE AWAY, GIVE LECTURES OR SAY YOU KNOW YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO EAT THIS....

THIS IS NOT EASY CAUSE HD DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO ENCOURAGE. HE HAD LITTLE GROWING UP!

WELL HERE GOES:

1. IT WOULD HELP ME IF YOU STOP PUTTING COOKIES ON THE COUNTER FOR ME TO SEE THEM.

2. I WOULD JUMP FOR JOY IF YOU STOP OFFERING COOKIES OR FOODS YOU KNOW I SHOULD NOT EAT.

3. PLEASE DON'T MAKE COMMENTS ABOUT WHAT I EAT OR HOW MUCH.

4. STOP BEING A FOOD POLICEMAN.

5. WE BOTH CAN BE FOOD POLICEMAN. BUT I VOW NOT TO POLICE YOU. IF YOU DON'T POLICE ME. lol!

6. IT WOULD HELP ME IF YOU STOP ASKING FOR FRIENDS TO BAKE YOU HOME MADE CAKES AND GOODIES DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON!! YOU KNOW THAT I STRUGGLE WITH SHOULD NOT HAVES.

6. PLEASE DO NOT INTERRUPT ME WHEN I AM EXERCISING. THIS IS MY TIME AND THIS IS FOR ME. I AM FIGHTING A NASTY BEAST CALLED DIABETES.

7. MAMA I KNOW I NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT AND I KNOW YOU ARE ONE OF MY BIGGEST SUPPORTS! THANKS!

8. AND LASTLY I THANK FOR YOU SUPPORTING ME IN WAYS YOU DO SUPPORT ME. LOVE YOU HD AND MAMA!

I GUESS THAT IS IT! DO DAY SOME OTHER DAY............












































































































  
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TRAINER_T 9/28/2011 3:22PM

    I think you are right about having some house rules but make it sound more like a game.

Everytime HD does one of the things on the list he has to put $1 in a jar. This jar will fund something for YOU or him to do or just for a date night trip.

When he does do something right, let it be known, men love to be the king of the house :-) Like if he does not do something on the list bf bed thank him. Say I really enjoyed how you respected and helped me today with my fitness goals.

Compliments get more honey for sure!

Love the blog :-)

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LIFEWALK 9/24/2011 6:11PM

    emoticonoh my, were our HD's twins separated @ birth!!!

seems we keep having to have this conversation... this week it was chinese & mexican... i can hardly resist... as in not... (sighs) but i keep hoping it will stick!!! LOL ;) i do agree, it would be easier w/ support, but you said something that hadn't occurred to me.. my HD also grew up w/o any and he is eating the way he was raised... i guess this means change for them too, eh? thanks for posting this, u have given me something to ponder...

emoticonkeep up the good fight! i'm glad we can share support :)

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KEK_KEISH 9/23/2011 10:46PM

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Great blog! I'm sending positive vibes your way, I know the feeling. I know it can be challenging but PUSH THROUGH those distractions--You can do it!! Keep up the good work. Take care..

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DAY 6 AND 7 100 DAYS OF WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE LINDA SPANGLE...

Monday, September 05, 2011

PROTECTING MY PROGRAM...

DON'T TEST MY WILL POWER. WATCH FOR WAYS TO RECOGNIZE AND AVOID SITUATION THAT MIGHT CAUSE ME TO WEAKEN.
emoticonNo Problem!!

NOT JUST YET. (POWER PHRASE) GOES A LONG WAY. OR I'LL HAVE IT LATER FOR FOOD PUSHERS. IF THEY INSIST FLEE!!!!!

IDENTIFY AT LEAST 3 HIGH RISK TIMES OR EVENTS SUCH AS FAMILY GATHERINGS PARTIES (FOR ME QUIET TIMES OR THE WEEKENDS.

1. THIS IS NOT A GATHERING SITUATION BUT:
STRESS, ANGER AND ANXIETY IS AN ISSUE FOR ME. (LAYING IT ON THE LINE HERE)
I AM BETTER AT ANGER EATING. IT IS BETTER FOR ME TO TALK IT OUT IF NOT I'LL EAT ABOUT IT. OR USE AEROBICS VISUALIZATION MODE.

ANXIETY...I HAVE TO TRUST GOD MORE IN THESE SITUATIONS. AFTER ALL GOD SAID HE WILL NEVER LEAVE OR FORSAKE ME. GOD DON'T LIE. HE PROMISED!!HE CAN DELIVER!

DAILY STRESS DEALING WITH MY YOUNGER SON WHO IS SPECIAL NEEDS. NOW HE IS A TEENAGER AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT IS LIKE. TEENAGERS ARE TEENAGERS REGARDLESS IF THEY ARE SPECIAL NEEDS ARE NOT. GETTING SUPPORT FROM DH WILL BE A BIG FACTOR!! DEEP BREATHING (not please I am not into the new age stuff). I HAVE FOUND DEEP BREATHING VERY HELPFUL FOR ME. PILATES, TAKING QUIET BREAKS AND TEA TIME. I REALLY NEED TO BE ON GUARD AND BE CONSISTENT WITH THIS. I ALSO NEED TO JOURNAL IN MY FITNESS AND DIET JOURNAL. I AM USING MY FAITH MORE.

2. LATE IN THE EVENING.. DEVELOP AND KEEP BEDTIME ROUTINES. I AM THE WORLD WORST NIGHT OWL.

AFTER DAILY CHORES AND ASSISTING WITH MY YOUNGER SON. BATH/FACIALS TEA TIME, DEVOTIONS AND READING. LEARNED THAT IT IS BEST TO GO TO BED AT THE SAME TIME DAILY. ON THE WEEKENDS I USED TO STAY IN BED LATER BUT LEARNED AT IS BEST TO WAKE UP AS IF I AM PREPARING MY SON FOR SCHOOL. I CAN ALWAYS TAKE A NAP ON THE WEEKENDS. SO IN BED BY 11 PM. NO EXCUSES.

3. WEEKENDS JUST REST TIME FOR ME AND I TEND TO LET GO......I HAVE SOME
EXTRA TIME ON MY HANDS AND THINGS ARE VERY LOW KEY... I USE CROCHETING FOR RELAXING, PRAY, WORK ON THIS PROGRAM. AND READ MY NEW FIND. I SHOULD REALLY JUDGE WHITHER I NEED TO EAT IN THE WIDE RANGE ON THE WEEKENDS. ESPECIALLY IF HAD SOME SLIPS DURING THE WEEK. MOST WEEKENDS I NEVER EXERCISE. I WAS TAKING SATURDAYS AS AN OPTIONAL EXERCISE DAY. SUNDAY IS MY OFF DAY REGARDLESS!!!!!!!! IF I HAVE REACHED MY CAL BURN FOR THE WEEK THEN IT IS WEIGHTS OR PILATES. IF GIVEN EXTRA STRENGTH AEROBICS. I CAN JUDGE THIS.

4. GOING OUT TO EAT ON OCCASION.

I LEARNED THE HARD TO HAVE FRESH VEGGIES AND FRUIT WITH THE OPTION OF A PROTEIN. USUALLY A BIG SALAD BUT I WATCH THE CROUTONS AND DRESSING. YOU CAN OVER DUE ANYTHING EVEN A SALAD.

if is my own personal view that they add extra somethings in the food that makes you crave more food. To prove my point (in my own view) I did an experiment when I went out to eat i ate more than fresh veggies and fruits. When i got home i was starved and waned more food. now I only eat fresh veggies and fruit with a little protein. I avoid yeast roll all together. I have to tell the waitress no thank when she comes around with BITE SIZE GOODIES while we were eating our meal. Once she came with fried cheese stick and then the other time it was miniature cinnamon bites. Dh welcomed them all. I did not that time. I HAVE TO USE "I'LL HAVE IT ANOTHER TIME WITH THE WAITRESS AND HD. HE OFFERS ME GOODIES THAT I DO NOT WANT. THIS HIGH RISK TO ME CAUSE MANY FOLKS LOVE YOU WITH FOOD. THEY LOVE YOU TO DEATH LITERALLY!!! lol! I DON'T THINK HE WOULD SABOTAGE ME ON PURPOSE. HE IS LEARNING TO ME LOVE WITHOUT FOODING ME. BUT THIS IS A JOURNEY FOR HIM TOO. I HAVE HEARD THE PHRASE FROM HIM: IF YOU LOVE ME WOULD EAT IT. MY RESPONSE IS: IF YOU TRULY LOVED ME YOU WOULD NOT OFFER IT. OH WELL HE HAS GOT BETTER AT NOT OFFERING I HAVE TO REMIND AT TIMES. KEEP GOING AND WALKING BY FAITH.

  
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BIGDAD1211 9/20/2011 10:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I love your strength! I get so weak on the weekend but I have been doing better. Keep up the great job!!

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BABY_GIRL69 9/6/2011 2:47PM

    You have to make healthier choices for you. If my dh asked me to try this I might but most of the time I try to stay away from doing that cause it might start me to craving things that I normally don't even think about. My girlfriend raves about this vanilla shake place or some other place & I stay away cause I love me a vanilla shake!

God bless & thanks for sharing!

Dee

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LIFEWALK 9/6/2011 12:53PM

    emoticon{{{Grace}}} so much here that is the same for me, I was nodding all the way through. I am interested in the aerobics visualization if you have a chance to explain that further.

I have noticed with dh (& some of my friends & family too) that as I change how I eat, in the home and out socially, that they are losing their cook & eating companion. DH has resisted at times b/c he still has not embraced changing although in his head he will understand what I'm saying but then he brings me treats like he used to to please me... old habits between us are changing too, so I have foudn these are ongoing issues.

What I love about these days is how empowering and encouraging the skills are to keep me going... I do think it helps to take time daily for what I call vespers, a time to pray & ponder, and gather thoughts... I often take mini-mental bubblebaths, you've probably heard me talk about them over time, but it is a few minutes to regroup and regain when I start to lose it...

and like you, sometimes the anger eating is the worst to change/regroup... sometimes it is physical or verbal expression helps me pop the anxiety that goes with it... hence wondering the aerobic visualization... i think the words might describe what I am doing by accident, eh?

(sigh) sometimes it just feels so hard and stretches b4 us... it is then the scriptures, faith help me... that I just have to deal with today, that our Lord will give me strength today, in this valley (Psalms 23); all things are possible, and to him all things in prayer. And I thank him for having a place & friends to talk about it with! (grins :)

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WARMSPRINGDAY 9/5/2011 10:20AM

    I've tried the "I think I'll wait" phrase and it works.

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