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No Middle Ground


Saturday, July 23, 2011

So I'm sitting here reading the message boards. Many of the posts are about people struggling to stay on program. I know that place so very well. There are times that I eat and eat until I feel (and LOOK) like I'm about to give birth. Then I go and look for something else to eat.

And then there are days like yesterday and today when I am in total control. I'm a food snob, deeming everything unworthy of my WW points. I'm a miser, saving my priceless points for only the best tasting, most satisfying, and hopefully nutritious, fare. Which, of course, I don't happen to have on hand.

But there is no middle ground for me. I just want to be "normal" in my eating habits. I want to eat healthy meals and snacks that I enjoy. Regularly. I want portion control to come as naturally as breathing. I want grocery shopping to be enjoyable instead of something I dread as much as a trip to the dentist.

I've been on Spark People for three years, and on Weight Watchers for eight years. I know this is a lifestyle change, not a diet. But when is my lifestyle going to get the memo?
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MICHELLE6468 9/5/2011 8:11PM

    Hi Jeannette, you're looking great! And when we were chatting last, I was losing the pounds and you were stuck at 170. Now I've put weight back on and am working hard to try to lose it, but haven't been successful. What's your secret?

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JAZZID 8/6/2011 7:23PM

    You are doing an emoticon job and don't you ever doubt that!... I remember when I was giving you advice on eating and here you are motivating and inspiring me to keep at it... Believe in yourself, because I do... emoticon emoticon emoticon ~ Dee emoticon

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JAZZID 8/6/2011 7:22PM

    You are doing an emoticon job and don't you ever doubt that!... I remember when I was giving you advice on eating and here you are motivating and inspiring me to keep at it... Believe in yourself, because I do... emoticon emoticon emoticon ~ Dee emoticon

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 7/24/2011 1:49PM

    Girl, looking at your picture, it looks like the message is getting through! I didn't even recognize you! YOU look awesome!

This is such a mental journey ... as much as it is a physical one. Work it every single day and you will end up with the results you want. It takes time ... a lot of time. But you're making it. You really are!
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JUSTCHELLE75 7/24/2011 11:31AM

    The honesty is refreshing. I'm not anywhere near goal and I always stay on point but sometimes my points are used on empty foods.

I think part of my journey is doing the mental work to break up with my old emotional eating scars, it's been hard but I know for me actually dealing with my sadness or happiness, frustration or anger and not turning to food has actually made me communicate with people and myself better.

However, each journey that a person takes that the your mental eating aspect may be much different than mine. I would suggest when you are having that "Eat everything in site day" that you take a look at what you are thinking and feeling and see if there is something you are suppressing,

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DEIDRA55 7/23/2011 5:12PM

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If I may be so bold, the lifestyle has already gotten the memo. You are still here fighting the good fight--evidence that you are in this for the long haul and determined to see the victory finish line. Part of the journey is the love/hate relationship with the biggie--FOOD! Finding the happy medium is what it's all about. And nobody--NOBODY--has reach the absolute Promised Land with that one! Those who persevere and are determined reach the place where they are able to peacefully coexist with that relationship--and you have done, are doing, and will do this. You keep going strong. And, thank you for writing such a real entry to which so many can relate. :)

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