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Progress Report: Day 6 (Do you need some motivation or advice?)

Thursday, March 07, 2013

I'm again chuckling about today's blog assignment topic! emoticon Do I need some motivation or advice? Yes, I'd like to order some of both, please. Maybe package it well so I can be sure to get it transported back home with me as we start our travels next week. In fact, a double order would be nice! emoticon

In truth, I continue to feel motivated and positive about "containing" my old habit of night time eating and starting a new one of limiting it successfully. I have chewing gum on hand and always low fat yogurt in the fridge in case I am starved (yeah...right...don't think there's much danger of becoming starved between dinner and breakfast tomorrow). This week has gone well in this regard.

Consitency is my other challenge. Again, this week is going well and it probably won't be until we've moved on to another week's goals that I begin to slack off. I'll let you know if I need a boost then.

Once again, thank you so much for your comments and support. I love the way all of our SparkPeeps are there for one another! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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INTHEGAP 3/9/2013 1:32PM

    I'd like a double order, too, please. Wouldn't it be nice if it was that easy?! It sounds like you are doing amazing work ~ great about the night-time eating. :) emoticon

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LISBETHSALANDER 3/8/2013 9:02PM

    Love to hear your success! I've been going to bed earlier and earlier to avoid the night eating and it is working. I'm also getting more sleep. Win-win.

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NANCYPAT1 3/7/2013 7:59PM

    Thank you for sharing this - so often we start to feel isolated and SP helps us stay connected with each other. THANKS again for sharing this.

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TXGRANDMA 3/7/2013 6:38PM

    I'll order some of both of those, too! emoticon emoticon

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MNABOY 3/7/2013 6:36PM

    I will try to remember to ask how you are going after you return from your travel.

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GLOMER 3/7/2013 5:44PM

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The motivation is so important to me also and it's been wonderful.


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ESILBO 3/7/2013 4:11PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon WE COULD BE TWIN...LOL. TOO BAD YOU ARE SO MUCH OLDER THAN ME...LOL

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OKBACK2ME 3/7/2013 4:09PM

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RDGISME 3/7/2013 3:20PM

    emoticon traveling, just as much as at home, just use care! We all have your back! Enjoy the rest of the Challenge! Can't wait to hear all about your travels... emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 3/7/2013 3:12PM

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MONTREAL12 3/7/2013 2:58PM

  I can relate to both issues; staying motivated, committed remain a challenge and I guess consistency is right up there; I seem to start and re-start well; however, my level of commitment needs constant attention! Thanks for the post; good to know that there is someone out there; living the same challenge! Have a great day! emoticon emoticon

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Progress report: what can I improve on ?

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

For some reason, today's topic really tickles my funny bone! Where can I improve? What do I need to work on? Well...duh...just about everything! I know the topic is supposed to be a continuation of the plan I laid out earlier this week, and I'll get to that in a second, but don't you think that's a loaded question? emoticon Just my quirky sense of humor, I guess.

Well, to be serious...I have made great plans, I have put it all out there for everyone to see and I'm working it. I'm doing okay--not terrific, not spectacular, not great. But definitely okay...I know what I need to do and I know how to do it. I will continue to pay attention to all the things I've laid out. I will work to improve my consistency over the long haul--I am planning ways to keep my eating healthy during our upcoming travel (beginning the 13th and lasting until the 22nd). I also have plans for getting the exercise during that time. Now all I have to do is follow through with it all. That's probably where I will need to make the most improvements!

By the way, thank you all so much for your continued comments on these blogs. Since I've been having internet access problems and probably will for several more weeks, my time is limited and I am not responding to you all as I'd like. Please know that I read all your comments and appreciate each and every one of them. Who knows...maybe I'll get to liking this blogging so much that I'll do it more often!
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INTHEGAP 3/9/2013 1:29PM

    Jeannie, you're doing GREAT with the blogging. :) I'm glad to hear you have a plan for when you are travelling. That will help a lot. Its too bad that AZ was so cold this year. :( I'm sure it will be good to get home. I really like all the plans you have made and I know you will do great with the 'follow through'. emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 3/7/2013 11:53PM

    I believe in you dear friend and even though it's going to be challenging, at least for me, to be on a long road trip for days and being consistent if anyone can do it I believe you can and will. It's great you have a plan to bring healthy snacks and water and still manage to get in your exercise. No one can ask more than that of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 3/7/2013 8:04PM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I think sometimes the challenges or progress reports don't always come at the time WE need them. You did great to assess yourself and to share your progress. Thank YOU.

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CJMOK1121 3/7/2013 10:54AM

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Jeanie: Looking forward to hearing from you back in Iowa, hope you have enjoyed your trip to AZ, I know it was really cold for AZ. Have a safe trip home and enjoy the friends and the ride and of course Richard.

Your plan sounds like a good one, I'm trying to plan for our trip to Florida in May and how I can stay within my calorie range while we are traveling. So let me know if you have any ideas.

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HAVE A GREAT DAY AND A GREAT TRIP HOME: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIANEDOESSMILES 3/7/2013 1:52AM

    HI Jeannie !!!! Keep UP the GOOD WORK !! LOL yeah,, FUNNY BONE !! FUNNIER STILL I hadn't CAUGHT ON til you said what the BLOG is SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT did "I" GET IT !! HAHAHAHAHA !! One SLEEPING CL in the BACK SEAT !! LOLOLOLOLOL

I AM POSITIVE you CAN KEEP UP the exercise and Eating correctly AS LONG YOU THINK FIRST and KEEP THAT BURNING DESIRE GOING Thru ur travels. :) HAVE FUN Kiddo !! HAVE A WORLD OF FUN !!!

Hopefully it'll be WARM and NOT SOOO SNOWY !! MAN OH MAN !! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH OF ThIS !!!

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MNABOY 3/6/2013 11:41PM

    The internet service providers can give me more trouble than a Snickers bar. As if changing habits isn't enough of a challenge we have to wait wait wait ! You sound like you have all you can control taken care of so keep up and don't let distractions pull you back.

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/6/2013 11:33PM

    You are doing awesome! Your comment about it tickling your funny bone , I felt the same way!

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GRANNYSUE9 3/6/2013 11:28PM

    You are doing awesome!! Keep up the good work!

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Progress Report: consistency and night time eating

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Today our assignment for the 5% challenge is to provide a progress report on our daily challenges and habit building. This should be short: my progress is okay...not great, not horrible! I'm feeling somewhat positive about the fact that I'm not eating myself out of house and home in the evenings.

I've had microwave popcorn two evenings, which is not one of my trigger foods, so I'm okay with that. Haven't had anything else that would get me into trouble. My days have been satisfactory, although a stop at the DQ this afternoon put me over the top on calories for today. The thing I'm feeling most positive about at this point is that I'm not discouraged and I'm not in a "so what" kind of mood. I have had good meals with plenty of freggies and protein. I feel healthy and will keep moving forward. My mind set is now such that I don't care how long this journey takes--I'm in it for the long haul anyway and my arrival date has never been guaranteed (although, truth be told...a birthday that starts with a 7 and ends in a 0 is in November and I'd sure like to be at my happy weight by then)!!!

I hope all of my teammates and SparkFriends are having a great week and that you are moving forward, too! Sending you all lots of positive energy, healthy vibes, and harmony in your daily lives!
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INTHEGAP 3/9/2013 1:23PM

    What's this 5% challenge about? It sounds like its sure got you on your toes. emoticon It, also, sounds like you've been doing a LOT of right things, lately ~ so good to hear. I'm in it for the 'long haul', too ~ but sure hope it doesn't take 'forever'. This will be our year. emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 3/6/2013 9:44AM

    Have a wonderful and healthy day.

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RDEE22 3/6/2013 1:45AM

    November for the big 70 sounds like an achievable goal .......Go Jeannie! emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 3/6/2013 1:10AM

    You've got most of 2013 to really get after it and make your dream real. Bdays should be about celebrating multiple triumphs. emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 3/6/2013 1:10AM

    You've got most of 2013 to really get after it and make your dream real. Bdays should be about celebrating multiple triumphs. emoticon

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JAOTAO 3/6/2013 12:26AM

    That's great Jeannie - sounds as if you are really focusing on the different tweaks/changes you need to make for your program. I know you can do this! Sending that great positive energy right back at ya! Love, Jackie

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/6/2013 12:09AM

    Jeannie I think you are doing great it is one day at a time and a lifestyle change not a diet.

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JILL313 3/6/2013 12:03AM

    Like you even though I'm not always losing weight like I feel I should be I still feel I'm doing okay as have made a lot of healthy changes and feel good about the progress I've made and know more will come. I'm not in any race, obviously, to get there as I'm enjoying the ride too much. I do hope by the end of the year to be down another significant amount. You've become such a prolific writer and I am so behind reading everyone's blogs. Sorry it's taken me so long to catch up with you.

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JAMER123 3/5/2013 11:50PM

    Hi Jeannie! Glad it is going well for you! Sounds like you are on the right path! Keep going one day at a time and you are going to make your goal!!
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BELDONDOG1 3/5/2013 11:38PM

    Jeannie, you will succeed! You are very good at doing what you say you're going to when you stay determined and focused! You're my hero, you know that!

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IRISHGAL46 3/5/2013 11:33PM

    You have the right approach emoticon

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GRANNYSUE9 3/5/2013 11:23PM

    One day at a time is the best way to do it. Each day we are successful makes the next day a little easier. Keep up the great attitude and you will go far.

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AEROBISAURUS 3/5/2013 11:00PM

    Good positive attitude! You're gonna be fit and fab in no time!! emoticon

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TUBLADY 3/5/2013 10:49PM

    Jeanie, It's one day at a time.
I never think of DQ in the winter. It has to be summer before I even think of ice cream. Oh, that's right you are in a warm climate , not like the rest of us sloshing around in the rain and snow. Smile!!!
I keep a picture of my at 335 lbs on my visor, I look at it when tempted to drive through a fast food place. It does the trick.
When I started out ,my goal was to be a healthy weight and more fit by my 70 birthday. I had 2 years to do it. My doctor said work at it but you might not be at your final goal weightin that amount of time. . But I was determined, I was at a goal weight with months to spare.
Now I work at keeping myself as healthy and fit as I can. Since prior to losing the weight my prognosis of living passed 70 wasn't very good. Just marked off 71 and hope to continue that for the next 20 years or so. Smile!!
Take care Jeannie, you can do it.
Be strong, stay positive.
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POLYANNA2 3/5/2013 10:47PM

    Jeannie, I don't know what birthday you're talking about. That's got numbers in it that are foreign to me. I too am 55 and if I'm not mistaken next year I'll be 54.
I love where you are in your head - enjoying life and enjoying the journey. That's what it's all about. You'll get there. You've got that winning attitude!!!
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ESILBO 3/5/2013 10:11PM

    emoticon YOU ARE DOING GREAT JEANNIE. ONE DAY AT THE TIME IS HOW WE CAN MAKE IT. I HAD A GOOD DAY TOO. EVEN WENT TO A MOVIE AND RESTO AND STILL ON TRACK. NO EXERCISE THO, I WAS SHOPPING FOR A CAR ALL DAY, ON LINE SO NO WALKING THERE...LOL
WHAT DO YOU MEAN 7...0, I THOUGHT WE WERE THE SAME AGE, 55.

GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD DREAMS
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Day 3 5% Challenge: encouraging myself

Monday, March 04, 2013

Wow...tough one for me! I like to encourage others. I love being a co-leader on a team of awesomely supportive and helpful teammates. We encourage one another and are concerned for our welfare and progress. But, encourage myself? emoticon

Here is what I'll work on:
1. I will keep Sparking. It is my lifeline to paying attention and being accountable to myself (tracking, chatting, challenges, etc.)
2. I will reach out for help when I am down instead of waiting until I've dug a real hole for myself.
3. I will remember that no matter how long it takes me, I am working on making positive changes in my life. There is more to this journey than just taking off pounds.
4. I will work on my gratefulness...grateful for friendships, a supportive and loving husband, and too many other things to list here.
5. I will remember that no matter what has happened in the past, only good things lie ahead for me!
6. I will have fun on this journey!!!!
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INTHEGAP 3/9/2013 1:16PM

    Those are great goals. I especially like the 'have fun' with it ~ when we stop having fun, that's when we need to worry. Are you still on Spark Coach?
Something must be wrong with my email, I'm not getting near the notifications that I used to get to tell me what my 'friends' are doing. I've missed a bunch of your blogs. Its nice to see you blogging, again. Something I have to get back into doing. emoticon

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JILL313 3/5/2013 11:48PM

    Hi Jeannie, You've listed lots of good things to encourage yourself and others to stay alive on our Journey to Better Health and Fitness. Losing weight is wonderful but it's only a slice of the pie. I've learned so much with lots more to come. I think we're both what they call "Lifers" and will never quit on our dream to reach Goals we work at and dream about.

Hugs & Love,

Jill

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GLOMER 3/5/2013 6:37PM

    We can do this. emoticon

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MARIANNMC 3/5/2013 12:41PM

    So many good goals! I especially like "reach out for help when I am down instead of waiting until I've dug a real hole for myself" and "have fun." Thanks for inspiring me!

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EATVEGAN 3/5/2013 1:37AM

    Way to go, Jeannie, those are great goals.

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DIANEDOESSMILES 3/5/2013 1:00AM

    YEAH Jeannie !! N(O Reason hon, to FALL into that HOLE !! its SO DARK and HOLLOW down there,,,and HARD to CLIMB OUT of once down there,,,, often it feels like "something SWEET TO EAT" will HELP for "the moment" , but it doESN"T !! Remember hon,, A SECOND on the LIPS, FOREVER on the HIPS " !

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JAMER123 3/5/2013 12:46AM

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You do very well with blogging!!! Keep it going!

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GOODGETNBETR 3/4/2013 11:44PM

    emoticon Greatt list of reasons to keep on keepin' on.

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GRANNYSUE9 3/4/2013 10:26PM

    Great ideas!! Go for it and you will achieve it!!

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ESILBO 3/4/2013 10:21PM

    emoticon JEANNIE, GREAT PLAN. I WILL FOLLOW YOU AND MAKE SURE I STAY ON TRACK.
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5% Challenge: plan for developing my new habit

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Thanks, everyone, for your comments on my first blog. Several of you mentioned being interested in the next chapter. Truthfully, I am, too! LOL! As I understand our assignment for the 5% challenge, I'm to describe how I will develop my new habits and manage my ongoing challenges of problems with consistency and night time eating (my identified problem areas). Hopefully, by the time I'm finished writing here, I'll have a workable plan in place.

I've had a big problem with maintaining consistency in my healthy behaviors. "On" on day...off the next! Have you ever looked up the definition of consistency? According to one dictionary, it is the "harmony of conduct or practice..." Isn't that interesting? Thinking about my consistency (or lack of) as being in harmony (or not) is an interesting concept and one I need to consider.

My plan for managing inconsistency...or in other terms, maintaining harmony...will include the following:
1. Planning my meals, grocery lists and eating out. I will not let unplanned restaurant meals be an excuse for making poor choices. I will follow through on my plans by becoming familiar with the lighter and healthier restaurant choices and sticking with them.
2. I will plan for our upcoming travel by having appropriate food with us and will maintain some level of exercise.
3. When I get frustrated or tired or discouraged, I will turn to SP and to my friends here for support.
4. I will continue to look for ideas for managing those times when I begin my mindless munching...no amount of planned snacks or eating typically helps at that point. THIS IS WHERE I NEED IDEAS FROM ALL OF YOU.

With regard to night time eating/grazing/snacking/stuffing/gorging/w
hatever you want to call it, my plan is to:
1. Keep trigger foods out of the house (already out, but a few sometimes find their way back).
2. Popcorn seems to be the only "snack" that I can manage and I will keep 100 cal. bags of microwave popcorn on hand.
3. Close the kitchen after dinner dishes are finished and the kitchen is cleaned. I do not NEED food in the evening. I will NOT starve between dinner and breakfast! LOL! (I have no medical reasons to have evening food or snacks.)
4. Remove myself from the kitchen and find other things to occupy my time: reading, Sparking, watching the occasional TV program, possibly exercising, although I like to do it earlier in the day.
5. Maintain a reasonable schedule during the day, as it seems to set me up for a better evening.
6. Avoid high fat/high sugar carbs and snacks early in the day...also seem to set me up for more.

Any other ideas? I'm open to suggestions from everyone, please. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with me. It's so much easier to have friends traveling with us when we're on a long journey like this one!! Have a wonderful week!!
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JILL313 3/5/2013 11:57PM

    Being consistent is also a problem area for me. Just like you I'm on and off lots of days. . .and if I do have any junk food whether it be sweet or salty all it does is make me want more and more and that's when I get completely derailed sometimes for a day or two. You are so right it's best not to have those tempting foods in the house. Sometimes that's hard as I will buy some for my sons and end up eating just as much as they do. I'm learning more all the time. . .this Journey is quite interesting and challenging too. I guess it comes from me being addicted to food, more than I think I am. You've written some wonderful blogs with usable and good ideas for all of us. Like I said in the chat if I was in AZ surrounded by food and good friends I just know I'd gain most of my weight back. I am so proud of you for not letting being there de-rail you. Enjoy the little time left there you have.

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 3/4/2013 9:06AM

    I was really able to identify with the struggles of consistency and nightime snacking....sounds like I could have written this blog... You have some great plans for attempting to make some healthier choices. In another challenge I was trying to deal with these struggles and a fellow Sparker suggested having a lowfat yogurt when the nighttime munchies could not be curbed. For some reason it does seem to help me stop the madness of constant returns to the kitchen for one more snack. Keep up the great work!

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JAOTAO 3/4/2013 1:04AM

    What wonderful ideas and plan you have, Jeannie! You have really given this a lot of thought. I know you blogged about this - I would also cut/paste this blog and print out to attach to my refrigerator. Sometimes I make plans, and then forget all about my strategy. This way you can look at it when you need to be reminded of it. In fact, I'm going to go do that with mine. Good for you! emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 3/4/2013 12:57AM

    Jeannie, you have a great plan for your travels home. We have the camper and stop in rest stops for our lunches rather than eating out. It is always a sandwich & fruit stop. We keep drinks in the truck as we travel. One thing we have found for an energy snack in the afternoon is a small bottle of chocolate milk. Wakes us up as we continue. We both need evening snacks and have lots of fresh fruits in a bowl on our counter. We go for that. Yes, the carbs are higher but healthy. Good luck and safe, happy travels!!

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POLYANNA2 3/3/2013 11:55PM

    You have obviously given this a lot of thought and have come up with a great plan. My only suggestion, from experience, is to keep that water bottle right beside you in the evenings. I can't tell you how many times I would get the "twinge," my brain immediately thinks "food," I take a sip of water and all is well in my world again. In fact, I don't go anywhere without my water.
I hope that will help you during those hours after the kitchen's closed.

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LINOVER 3/3/2013 9:27PM

    Great plan, Jeannie!

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MNABOY 3/3/2013 9:16PM

    May I use your ideas? You have the perfect plan for accomplishing your goal.

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NICELYSIMPLE 3/3/2013 7:42PM

    You sound like you have a reasonable plan. My only addition would be to drink water or chew gum when you feel like munching.

At one point I resorted to doing 5-min of push-ups or sit-ups before opening the fridge. The embarrassment alone made me snack less.......

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ESILBO 3/3/2013 7:11PM

    DEAR JEANNIE,
YOU MAKE IT LOOK LIKE ITS A LIGHT (NO PUN WANTED..LOL)MATTER, BUT I KNOW HOW SERIOUS IT IS FOR US.
FOR MYSELF, I THINK THE ONLY THING THAT WOULD WORK, ITS TO BE CHAINED TO MY CHAIR. THAT'S THE ONLY WAY I WOULD NOT FIND MY WAY TO THE KITCHEN, AT NIGHT.
I JUST DID GROCERY TODAY AND ALL I HAVE TO EAT IS FRUIT AND VEGGIE.
I KNOW SOME PEOPLE CAN HELP YOU BETTER THAN I DO.

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