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Ending Emotional Eating!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

When I was doing my article reading (gotta get those spark points!), I happened to notice there is a series called SparkPeople's Mind Over Body series, a 10-step program to ending emotional eating and creating a permanent healthy lifestyle.

I followed the link to make it available to those in need.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/mind_ov
er_body_fat.asp


We can do this! We can make this happen by doing this together!

SP Rocks!!
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JLYNNETTE 10/19/2010 7:49AM

    Awesome :)

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LINDABENEDICT 10/18/2010 10:27PM

    Thanks !!!!!

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MONKEYSNUFFER 10/17/2010 11:05PM

    Thank you!

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WALKINGANNIE 10/17/2010 11:52AM

    Thanks for the reminder Linda.

There's so much good stuff in SP!

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JHADZHIA 10/17/2010 10:25AM

    It sure does! I have read every article on here, and have had to reset it so I am going over them again so I can still get points. I wish I could retain better what I read -still have train wrecks on the trivia every now and then that keep me from getting those trophies on it.
Enjoy your Sunday!

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MARTY19 10/17/2010 10:10AM

    IT CAN BE DONE! One day at a time, one meal at a time. Ad when you fall off, you climb right back on the wagon.

Love you,
Marty

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POLARBEARSCAT 10/17/2010 9:54AM

    Thanks for the link! I hadn't seen this before -- and I don't think I've spent much time in this section of the website. Very useful info for me!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 10/17/2010 9:31AM

    Thanks for the link!! I haven't been reading as much lately, and needed this to help get me going!

Have a great day!
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SOPHIADARE 10/17/2010 9:19AM

    Thanks for the reminder link!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/17/2010 9:15AM

    Excellent series. You're right SP Rocks! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.

Friday, October 15, 2010

I was just sitting here wishing I hadn't eaten a pierogie when I remembered what my mother always said, " a moment on the lips, forever on the hips."

I thought - ooh! a blog!

Then I thought to myself, this isn't true now. Here at SparkPeople I have learned moderation in all things.

I have learned it is ok to go over today if I am careful tomorrow.

I have learned that food isn't my life but that my life needs food for nourishment.

It's ok to eat that pierogie. The thought after the above was, ok, WATP today!

Life will go on!

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P.S. WATP = Walk Away The Pounds with Leslie Sansone is a walking exercise using simple steps to burn away calories and inches with Cardio. They are reasonable and she is prolific in pumping out the workouts! I bought some new but most used at Amazon.com and Half.com

**edit: Today I read an article called Moderation in All Things, how appropriate!
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
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JARMOOZLE 10/16/2010 5:45PM

    Great attitude!! :)

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MONKEYSNUFFER 10/16/2010 1:04PM

    Thank you for this blog entry. It gives me tips on how to maintain when I FINALLY get there.

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BEYOURBEST1 10/16/2010 6:18AM

    Great! As you say, moderation is key.

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/15/2010 10:11PM

    You are so awesome. Love it.

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LESSBIGBOB 10/15/2010 5:44PM

    I am glad you enjoyed that pierogie! I think this is a good perspective for keeping yourself healthy.

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MEADSBAY 10/15/2010 4:14PM

    Exactly!
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WALKINGANNIE 10/15/2010 3:24PM

    Good lessons to learn and share!

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MARTY19 10/15/2010 2:04PM

    You have learned your lesson well and now teach them to others.


Marty

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MSLZZY 10/15/2010 12:03PM

    It is okay to enjoy a treat occasionally and walk away the pounds sounds like the best way to balance it. Thanks for sharing! HUGS!

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LIZZYP609 10/15/2010 12:01PM

    Moderation! All Things in Moderation! you are so right...I have to remember that, not just about food but in life in general!

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ASTORRES1 10/15/2010 11:32AM

    LINDA......you are soooo right!! Amen sister!! Moderation is the key.


amy

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RIMAJO 10/15/2010 11:29AM

    So true Raylin.. life will go on. You don't need to give anything up, just use moderation & the discipline you've always had in you. You know how to keep things balanced now too & have a good, regular plan for exercise in place too. All good things. WTG!

Now, what does WATP mean? I've seen you use it before & haven't been able to figure it out.

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... so I had a heart - to - heart with my DH...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

... and pretty much it was discussing where to stop the "dieting".

My goal weight and ideal weight according to the charts is 117. I reached 115 because I need the cushion to maintain 117. I do not want to go over 120 this winter and 117 is in the middle of the 5 pound range.

I started obsessing about 115 now and was considering 114 to maintain 115 - too unhealthy for me - so I am going to hover between 115 and 117 but I am not going to obsess about 116 anymore, lol.

It's crazy how difficult it is to come out of "losing mode" and into just being happily maintaining!

I can do it!
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KARA151 10/14/2010 9:37PM

    Even if you go beyond 120...We Still Love You!
I'm back up to 150 but I've finally got time for myself to go to the grocery store and start making my healthy meals again. When I get too busy the first thing I sacrifice is myself. I know I should be happy I'm so busy in this economy, but money isn't the most important thing in my life anymore...now it's me.

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LIBBYFITZ 10/14/2010 7:03PM

    emoticonMaintenance is hard! It is working out what you can eat and as yyou said have a healthy range to keep within. emoticon

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MONKEYSNUFFER 10/14/2010 12:18AM

    You can do it! You are very inspirational for me.

I am most scared of maintaining and I hope that by reading what works on this site, I can do it!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/13/2010 11:38PM

    I 100% understand!! Of course, my happy weight is considerably higher than yours at 126. I'm trying to get to 124 in order to maintain at 126, but instead I've been hanging out around 128. And I can't decide if weighing daily is helpful or not. Maybe 128, which is BMI 20.something, is okay for me. It is hard to decide a final goal weight and be happy maintaining!!

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KRISTHEBOOKLADY 10/13/2010 10:20PM

 
I think the most important thing is not necessarily looking at the scale all the time, but commit to lifting weights and toning your body. If you do that, you will weigh heavier because you are building muscle. Then you will look in the mirror and see a healthier slim and trim looking you.

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SOPHIADARE 10/13/2010 2:21PM

    Right: shoot for 115, but be thrilled with 117 and only start worrying when you hit 119. Looks great to me. I only wish I could get there, but I'll get healthier in time, and oh, I am so very happy for you!

Hooray for Linda!
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Hooray for Linda!
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MSLZZY 10/13/2010 8:19AM

    The mind sometimes gets stuck so we need to clear our thinking and put things into
perspective. You can do it! HUGS!

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MONGO2TEN 10/13/2010 5:49AM

    It is hard. I've been at goal for over 3 years and still get scale obsessed from time to time. I have a 5 lb. range, but like being at the lower end of the range. When I get up towards the middle, I want to go back into dieting mode. Hubby wants me to relax and enjoy myself and not worry until I'm at the upper range. Hard for me to do.

~Nancy

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RISSASPIECES 10/12/2010 9:43PM

    I agree, the whole maintaining at a certain weight is HARD! I have been under my WW goal for some time, but I wanted to get down to 135 until I noticed all the loose skin on my upper thighs lately! LOL

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GRALLEN 10/12/2010 9:24PM

    Yes, you can do it. Relax, a little.

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BEYOURBEST1 10/12/2010 8:29PM

    You have done a fantastic job. Enjoy the maintenance mode when you decide which is the best weight range for you.

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FORMYDARLINGS 10/12/2010 8:16PM

    Well Linda, my friend Kitt52 has the same problem. She keeps lowering her goal when she reaches one. Perhaps you 2 can share and figure out how to be content. Good luck and we love you just the way you are!!!


Gini

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LOPEYP 10/12/2010 7:54PM

    You are the queen of the numbers. I'm sure you'll find the range that'll work for you and be healthy. emoticon

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KAREN42BOYS 10/12/2010 7:49PM

    what a good man to call you on it and help you gain perspective!

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RIMAJO 10/12/2010 6:24PM

    I tend to imagine Maintenance mode as being somewhere between losing mode & normal life.. not watching the calories as much, but not ignoring them either - sorta like a happy medium to keep us on track.

As others have said, if there is anyone that I felt could manage this, it'd be you Raylin. You'll find your groove & will be fine this winter. I know you'll remember this journey, and like most folks.. won't wish to repeat it - so will find that middle ground & be fine this winter. I believe in you & know you believe in you too!

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MARTY19 10/12/2010 5:48PM

    Look where you started and where you are now. Amazing! You are a role model to anyone who says "I can't" emoticon emoticon

Love you,
Marty

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LESSBIGBOB 10/12/2010 5:46PM

    As a phi beta kappa obsessor, I would point out, don't obsess about obsessing. You have been so focused on your goal, my guess is it will take time to relax into achieving it, and if you are like me, to find something else to obsess about.

I think we get so into a fighting mode in dealing with weight issues, that it feels that if you aren't fighting / obsessing you'll be defeated again.

So my 2 cents worth is to have a little cushion if it helps you be comfortable, but you have so many good habits, and patterns of behavior, eating, excercise, etc. that I am sure you know you'll keep this weight from now on without obsessing / fighting, since the lifestyle is you now.

You made it rejoice, relax, and if you need to obsess over weight, I have 150+ you can work on- ha, ha! take care, bob

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WALKINGANNIE 10/12/2010 5:00PM

    I agree that coming out of the losing mode is hard. In fact, I have found it one of the most challenging parts of this experience.

I'm sure that you have made a good decision and know that you will achieve whatever you set out to achieve.

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ASTORRES1 10/12/2010 4:36PM

    YOU can do it...if I know anyone can it is YOU!!!
You are such an inspiration to me.


amy

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Log It To Lose It!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

I love when I think of simple catch phrases to keep me on target.

Log it to lose it!

It works!!

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PENNYAN45 10/9/2010 7:14AM

    Yup! It workks!

VERY EERIE background for Halloween!!

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    Perfect way to start my day..... emoticon emoticon

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GRALLEN 10/7/2010 10:09PM

    Very cool!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 10/7/2010 5:04PM

    How true!
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SHERRY257 10/6/2010 9:45PM

    thanks! Love it!

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REBECCAMA 10/6/2010 7:35PM

  Awesome! I will have to remember that one. Thanks for posting it.

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CBRED1628 10/6/2010 3:55PM

  I like to think of motivational catch phrases also.

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    I love it! Thanks for sharing! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESSBIGBOB 10/6/2010 3:14PM

    As a very, very long winded blogger!!! I must say this is one of my favorites! bob

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WALKINGANNIE 10/6/2010 2:59PM

    Yes! I'm back to tracking again.

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MARTY19 10/6/2010 1:56PM

    I always log in my food. Even when I don't like what I see. It keeps me accountable.
Thanks for the special prayer.

Love you
Marty

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SOPHIADARE 10/6/2010 11:13AM

    Catchy phrases like this one are great motivators, especially when they point to a helpful reinforcing behavior!

Thanks, Linda!

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ALNEAGLE 10/6/2010 10:11AM

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    That is a great catch phrase! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAIGESMAMA 10/6/2010 9:30AM

    So simple and so true

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SMB19191405 10/6/2010 9:11AM

    True! Now to follow what you said!
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GLOBEWALKA 10/6/2010 8:31AM

    So apt! I find myself struggling with the temptation not to log in what I just ate......so yes, I'm logging it to lose it, but I'm going to spread it over two days....is that cheating?

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ANNIEONLI 10/6/2010 8:22AM

    Amen!!

SO TRUE!!!

JUST DO IT!!

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    emoticon! Great catchphrase!


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Have a great week Spark Buddies!!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

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ooh! BH!! .... and you're little dog too! Love the profile picture!

**wonderfully wicked Wednesday everybody!

  
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GRALLEN 10/4/2010 10:25PM

    You too!!

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LOPEYP 10/4/2010 11:56AM

    You too Linda!

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    You too! emoticon

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MARTY19 10/4/2010 7:10AM

    Right back at you. emoticon

Marty

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MSLZZY 10/3/2010 11:08PM

    Same to you! HUGS!

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RIMAJO 10/3/2010 10:11PM

    emoticonYou too Raylin!

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    Same to you my friend. Have a great week. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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