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Mid-Month Update:

Friday, June 24, 2011

Well, it's been an interesting month, to say the least...

I spent the first half of the month reading up on OA, as I mentioned in my previous blog. There are no local "face-to-face" meetings in my area, but I did attend several online meetings, as well as one phone meeting (which is kinda strange, I must say). I think it's an awesome organization and I highly recommend it to those who truly need it and for whom it will work, but I don't think it's a "right fit" for me. OA believes in "abstinence" from certain foods, and I know from past history that if I create "off-limit foods", I just end up craving them even more!

I do still believe that I'm a food addict, but I think the more important thing for me is to recognize "why" I'm turning to the food rather than trying to abstain from it. So, I took a very in-depth look at myself, and I think that I finally figured out what the heck has been going on these past couple of months.

As most of you probably know, my son took off for Florida in May to start his college internship program at DisneyWorld. I've been quite impressed w/ myself that I never "broke down" after he left... in fact, I "thought" that I was handling the situation quite well. But I've come to the revelation that I've been subduing my feelings of depression by mindlessly eating! So, I think that dealing with the actual issue instead of "feeding" it will be alot more helpful to me in the long run.


So... now I've been able to actually get back in control of what I'm doing... I'm staying within my calorie range and meeting my nutritional guidelines. I'm drinking my water (and plenty of it)... and I've stopped drinking my diet pop again. I've had 5 consistent days... and I'm trying to see how long I can keep this streak up.

Yesterday was the first day I introduced exercise back into my daily routine too. I got in 30 minutes, and plan to continue to do that every day.

Lookin' forward to having some "positive results" to report at the end of this month!
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COMPUCATHY 7/1/2011 11:01PM

    Sounds terrific! I think you are getting to the roots of the problem. When we start facing and dealing with the problems, instead of eating them under, then we get resolution...and can let go of the addiction...whatever it may be. I was a food addict for SO many, many years. Only in this last year, with spark, have I really felt like it's going into remission and I'm being "normal"...in my eating...and in so many other ways. If there is anything I can do or anything I can share to help you, please let me know. I really know how/what you are feeling and where you are coming from. I really do. And it IS something you can overcome and come out of. I wondered for so long whether I would ever find my way out of that maze...but I just kept trying. And Spark was it. Keep trying. Don't give up. You will make it. Spark on! emoticon

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JENNYD97 6/28/2011 11:11PM

    good going! I wish I could figure out my eating addiction. I am like you if I say I can't have something I want it more so everything in moderation. Sometimes I don't want things until I see them and once I know they are there i cant stay away, this is what I need to figure out how to change. Keep up the good work and you will be visiting your son before you know it :)

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SHANTODD420 6/26/2011 5:28PM

    Woo hoo way to go Sonja I need to get away the bad stuff I have been eating again. Way to go on the exercise by the way love the background picture of gordon.

Shannon

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ONESILLYME 6/24/2011 9:42PM

    Time spent figuring out what is going on inside your head and gut is always time well spent! Sounds like you've already got some positive results to report emoticon

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