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Brushing my teeth worked!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Girl scout cookies are usually really easy to say no to. I never have cash on me, so it's easy to just walk past them into the store. But my brother's girlfriend was selling them this year and my husband and I wanted to help her out So we bought a couple of boxes. However, that led me to eat six cookies yesterday! I stopped myself after that, but six cookies is over 400 calories. I was mostly bummed because there are so many other things I could have eaten, even sweet things, that would have been more filling and fewer calories!!!

I told my husband to hide the boxes from me, but this morning I woke up with this intense urge to seek them out. I haven't been tempted like this since before I started on Spark! I always hated when people said to chew gum or brush your teeth to get rid of a craving. It has never worked for me in the past. I always ended up eating whatever it was anyway, but then being mad because it had a hint of toothpaste taste. lol

So I discovered the true solution for me. A high protein meal and THEN brushing my teeth. I had a cup of Kashi Go Lean cereal, but that wasn't really cutting it. I can get to a very uncomfortabe fullness and I will still crave sweets. I was trying to talk myself out of looking for the cookies after breakfast when I thought to just go brush my teeth. And now, the craving is gone.

What? It worked??

What concerns me is how deeply I was craving those dang cookies! I have never had THAT much of a craving before. I didn't even like all of the kinds we got! But I know that samoas are my downfall. They just taste SO good. And apparently one is not enough!

What do you do when you're really craving something?
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KITT52 3/8/2009 8:59PM

    what a great coping skill, I'll have to try that and pass it on to my teams.

You have done a fantastic job.

You look so beautiful and Happy in your Jan.2009 picture.

Have a healthy day


Kitt

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PUPPERWUPPER 3/5/2009 6:56PM

    I suppose there is no perfect answer, in the case of GS Cookies, buy them if you must and give them away. Camp Fire would let people buy boxes of candy and then they turn around and give it to soldiers-so it's a feel good thing not a deprivation. I get hung up on being deprived, Why me? Why can others eat cake and not me? Sounds ridiculous but it's how I feel at the time of the craving.

There is a new terrific book "Younger Thinner You Diet" by Eric R. Braverman, MD. He talks a lot about how our brain chemistry works and how what we eat or don't eat causes cravings. I have it out of the library right now, but I think I'm going to get myself a copy because it has great recipes plus a lot of really good solid information to keep at hand. I am making a food and beverage list from the book so I focus my mind on all the good things to eat and not dwell on the bad things...like GS cookies or in my case cupcakes!

I LOVE your before and after picture, that is motivation for me, that I can get my face looking good again! You look great!



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CALLIEA 2/17/2009 5:01PM

    I try to drink a diet coke...S-L-O-W. I am also trying to break the soda habit but it is the lesser of the 2 evils. Most times it works I have had success of brushing my teeth...for me it is always 'trial and error".
I love how you took your pictures every month until you lost your weight. That is such a neat idea. Keep up the good work! You look great!
Callie

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MRS.STEIN 2/17/2009 4:57PM

    I was a Girl Scout leader, so I too understand the draw of the Samoa. I am going to have to try the tooth brushing next time I get a big craving. Thanks for the tip! emoticon

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