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When will I ever learn?????

Sunday, July 06, 2014

When will I ever learn????????????????I brought Tootsie roll pops to church with me today, because I found myself eating a couple of them every night, and that's just way too much sugar for me. Plus, it's a threat to my teeth, and I don't need to encourage having cavities at my age. So, I did what I have been doing the for past several weeks when confronted with goodies that are far too overwhelming for me, I packed the remaining lollipops into a little bundle with a rubber band, and gave them to the pastor's son for distribution among the kids who were allowed to have them. I love sharing the goodies, but if I could just keep them out of reach to start with, I wouldn't have to go through all the stress of fighting the urges and temptations that lead up to getting rid of the nuisance goodies. When, oh when, will I ever get a grip on this problem? At least I'm learning how to handle it after the fact, so maybe the next step will be to avoid it to start with. I used to be capable of doing that, but somehow, my resolve broke down along the way.
But that's what new days are all about, and one day at a time, I can overcome these temptations once again. The odd thing is that I DO resist temptation every day, but sometimes at night, when I'm sitting on the couch with my Kindle watching my movies and video series, I start taking mental inventory of my kitchen and what's in every cabinet and the fridge. Maybe I have to make up certain evening snacks for the couch and go to bed when the snacks are gone. Groan........that sounds like so much energy when I'm tired!!!!!!!!! 'Will keep you posted on progress! Please send along any suggestions.
PS. I can't go for a walk, I use a wheelchair. emoticon

  
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JILL313 7/9/2014 11:08AM

    Hi Patty, Have you tried buying the Werther's Sugar Free hard candies. They are more emoticon emoticon pricey than ones with sugar but for me who still doesn't trust myself not to overeat the sweet stuff having these to eat instead of high calorie sugary food does help me. Why is it that every night close to my bedtime I start craving something sweet to eat. So these fit the bill perfectly for not touching anything with more calories & sugar. I know I'd overeat that Tootsie roll pops, probably the whole bag, at night so that's not allowed in my house. Have a wonderful day.

Hugs & Love, emoticon emoticon

Jill

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SANDRALEET 7/7/2014 9:56AM

    How we return to that little kid at hearth

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NELLJONES 7/7/2014 7:24AM

    This is why I don't even keep snacks in the house. They call my name.

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/6/2014 11:14PM

    Patty, I think it's one thing "know" something intellectually, but to be able to "do" that same something is a different story. For me, if it's in the house I will eat it. I try not to buy that kind of stuff, but I have a husband who likes an occasional treat. The only thing I've found that I don't overdose on is Werther's sugar free hard candies!! So odd...I love them, but don't seem to have to have more than my "intellectually" agreed upon 1 serving. Since it's hard candy, it takes a while for me to have them. Anyway, good luck to you! You had some, you gave the rest away, and you're moving forward! All important steps in this journey, in my opinion!! emoticon

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SINGINGLADY47 7/6/2014 8:35PM

    Well, I must confess. I took a box of Keebler crackers that were getting the best of me the other night and filled the box with water. Works every time. I know better than to buy that kind of thing. I am like you....when will I ever learn!!! We just have to take it as we all know, one day at a time. And never make a grocery list when we are hungry or go grocery shopping when we are hungry. And above all else stay out of the snacks aisle. God bless us both. I will keep you in my prayers. Hugs, Judy

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WINACHST 7/6/2014 8:20PM

    I am the same way and often ask myself the same question. With all the research I have done, I would think I would know better and not buy the "treats" to begin with. I find that the more nutritious food I eat the less I crave the junk and then when I do eat the junk, I find it does not meet my expectations because most often it will taste nasty.

Remember this journey is a progress and there will be bumps and loops along the way. Think about the progress you have made and make that your focal point rather than what you think of as failure. Life grades on the curve and often our score is better than we think it ought to be.

Good Luck! emoticon emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/6/2014 8:08PM

  Maybe don't purchase them, if they are trouble.

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LACEYKYLE 7/6/2014 7:22PM

    That's emoticon that you brought the rest to church to give away and also that you can admit there's a problem at night. I think most of us have a problem at night. I know I do. I think for me it's my reward after being busy all day. I feel it's my reward at night. Hang in there, we can do this.

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ROBLEE2 7/6/2014 7:16PM

    Good job giving up the extra suckers - In my opinion that is getting a grip on the problem. Maybe not perfect but you didn't eat them all!

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RAPUNZEL53 7/6/2014 5:34PM

  Good Luck!

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I chased temptation out the door again.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Guess who came over on my birthday with a lovely present, and what else? A BIG TRAY OF COOKIES. This time they were my very favorite bakery style decorated butter cookies from my favorite very sweet neighbor, once again. So they will take a ride to church with me tomorrow and afterwards I'll take them to the nice people in recovery at Hope House. It gives me a great sense of relief as I write this blog, to commit this tray of temptation to its' new owners in the presence of my Spark Friends. Accountability is a big part of recovery from overeating, because left to our own devices, there are just no boundaries or limits sometimes. Plus, I know how happy they will be knowing that someone cares to to give them such a nice treat. AND I'LL BE SO HAPPY KNOWING THIS TEMPTATION HAS WALKED OUT MY DOOR ONCE AGAIN!!! emoticonThank you Jesus! emoticon

  
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NELLJONES 6/22/2014 7:58AM

    Why do people think that sweet treats are always welcome? At least they'll find a happy recipient elsewhere!

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LADYRH 6/22/2014 4:46AM

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SANDRALEET 6/21/2014 1:41PM

    Temptation is our steady companion

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The day temptation went out the door

Monday, June 16, 2014

On Sunday I packed a shopping bag with two boxes of cookies and a one pound box of a famous brand chocolate truffles, and left for church. I enjoyed the service and afterwards I headed off for my morning coffee and Sunday paper, minus the box of chocolates. I had regifted them to a nice lady at church who was celebrating her birthday next week. But I was still stuck with two boxes of bakery cookies, and there was no way they way they were coming back home with me. after I picked up my paper, I continued on to Wendy's for one of their great Apple Pecan salads and went to a favorite spot near the lake to enjoy in lunch in the beautiful fresh air. On the way I had passed a drug rehab center and saw a couple of residents sitting outside. So after I finished my lunch I drove back to the center and pulled up at the gate. I offered the bag with the cookies to the gate people, explaining that I couldn't have sugar, so couldn't eat them. I wished them a happy Father's Day and drove off. I don't know who was happier, them or me. I think ME. I was SO HAPPY to be finally rid of these "gifts" that I had received from well-meaning friends for my upcoming birthday. My thank you notes just said how sweet it was that they thought of me, and how I appreciated that! emoticon emoticon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  
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NANCYPAT1 6/17/2014 8:09AM

    What a lovely way to deal with temptations

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SUNRISE141 6/17/2014 6:36AM

    emoticon I AM SO PROUD OF YOU and have been praying for you on the team GOD ANSWERS PRAYER ! He is working in your life because you are letting him. I am here for you my friend anytime. You are in my prayers daily ! emoticon

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JILL313 6/16/2014 11:19PM

    It's so true when we give from our Heart to others, especially those less fortunate, I think we benefit even more than they do. It was a very kind of you & also helped keep temptation away. I'm very proud of you my dear friend. Sounds like you had a wonderful day taking in the fresh air with a healthy Wendy's salad to enjoy. Your a Blessing to those around you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDRALEET 6/16/2014 10:03PM

   
Our over flow is someone else blessing

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TIMOTHY53 6/16/2014 8:12PM

    Always gotta be careful of what you regift to whom. I gave my sister bac something she gave to me. "No, Pat! I liked it so much I thought you shpould have one too." She didn't buy that.

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IOWAGRAMMA 6/16/2014 7:09PM

    Patty, that is a wonderful way to "get rid" of things that are just too much of a temptation. It's also a great lesson for me. Although I don't buy things like that, occasionally they find their way in the house via someone else. Giving it away will be my plan in the future, even if it is over the objection of my DH. He doesn't need them either!! Good job!! emoticon

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WOO HOO! Down 93.6 pounds

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I'm so excited. Only a few short pounds from my first hundred pound loss, and ahead of schedule, as of today. It's been a bumpy road this past two months, when my 9 pound loss in the beginning of April was reversed by a 6 day protocol of steroid drugs for a torn rotator cuff injury. It took weeks for it to come off again, but come off it did! The word I have to use is PERSEVERANCE! I was devastated by the initial weight gain and if I had followed past patterns, I would have thrown it all out the window. But I prayed about it, and God showed me that it was the drug and not to worry about it. I wasn't warned about this by the doctor, and I'm very disappointed that she didn't say anything to me about it as a warning. But once knew it was the drug, it set my mind and my heart at peace, and the following week when I had another weight gain it didn't bother me AT ALL. It really is a mind over matter thing sometimes, isn't it? So two weeks ago I weighed in with a 4 pound loss, so I was back.
Then I missed my meeting last week but stayed on track anyway. Today at the scale the girl said "Eleven!" My heart sank and I asked, "Eleven up?" and she said "No,eleven down!" If I hadn't sat back down in my wheel chair after stepping off the scale, you could have knocked me over with a feather! Down a total of 93.6 pounds. I'm ahead of schedule for the year and hope to hit the 100 pound mark by my birthday next month. I never really thought I could get to this point again, but here we are, and I feel so blessed. thank you Lord, for answered prayer, and the hope of a new me after all these years. As I wrote on my page heading, never imagining it would really happen again, The weight was worth the wait. Thank you Lord, and for spark being here to support me in my goals through the difficult times just past. emoticon emoticon

  
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CRINKLYMONKEY 5/24/2014 1:45PM

    93 lbs just this year so far? wow

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    emoticon It's a gift you're giving yourself!! emoticon

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DEWAND1 5/21/2014 9:50PM

    I can just feel the excitement - reading your blog. Wonderful news -- sounds like an interesting life you are having with all the drama of your ups and downs. But that is life, isn't it sometimes up, sometimes down......lets all celebrate you today! emoticon

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 5/21/2014 8:34PM

    Congrats!! Keep up the good work!! You can do it!

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KNYAGENYA 5/21/2014 7:23PM

    Happy dance! Congrats! That is awesome. Keep up the good work.

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Fall down, get up, and run again

Sunday, April 27, 2014

After a really good run, I fell down, but the strength I had gathered during that streak stayed with me, so I got up, dusted myself off, and started all over again. Today I'm 5 days into a good run again. Twelve days ago I got on the scale at my WW meeting and was up 4 pounds. I was in shock, and couldn't believe it. I asked her to check it again and it remained the same, with no reason for it, or so I thought. My food and tracking had been as close to perfect as I could make them, and I had no binges or lapses in judgement, AT ALL. So I started to get dejected and depressed and began to eat sympathy snacks to console myself. A few days into this behavior I suddenly realized where the weight had come from. Due to a painfully torn rotator cuff, I had been on a 6 day protocol of a steroidal drug the week before. I checked the box, and sure enough weight gain was a side effect. I hadn't made the connection. I finished the anti-inflammatory medicine, the pain subsided in a few days, but the bloating and weight gain didn't.
Talk about hunger being all in our heads sometimes! As soon as I discovered the connection, my so-called physical hunger subsided and I was back on track from that very moment. So today my resolve is as strong as it had been. Except for indulging myself in two McDonalds cones since that time, I've been pretty good; but I also purchased side salads at the same time to have for my next meal. So it wasn't like I went crazy or anything. Sometimes it's hard to know the side effects of medications without a magnifying glass as you get older, and no one ever tells you these things up front. But for now, I'm just a little wiser, and getting thinner again. I'm running a journey, not a race.

  
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NANCYPAT1 4/29/2014 6:27AM

    Take care of YOU

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JILL313 4/27/2014 10:44PM

    Hi Patty, I've was on a steroid years ago and started gaining weight like crazy. My dog also has been on them and the same thing happens to him. I'm so glad you figured out what the problem was and have moved on. We've worked hard for each and every pound we've lost so I'm happy your right back on track. I'm also an emotional eater and it's hard not to indulge in my favorite foods when I'm really upset, so I completely understand what set you off. Take good care of yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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DEB42615 4/27/2014 8:24PM

    I've recently given up taking a couple of meds because the side effects were not worth the benefits.
I know what you mean about hunger being all in your head - I've had that issue a few times this weekend. It seems I use food to entertain myself - to ease boredom.

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MRSJERRYBUSH 4/27/2014 11:04AM

    Effects of medications get to us all at one time or another. Something we all need to be aware of. You seem to have great determination. Keep focused.

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IOWAGRAMMA 4/27/2014 10:24AM

    Sounds good, Patty. Hope you continue to have great progress!! emoticon

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SANDRALEET 4/27/2014 8:58AM

    Be careful you do not hurt the same parts again Heel slower the second time

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