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What I really really want

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Often during the day a thought floats into my head and straight out again before I can catch it long enough to put it into a blog. It's part of the joy of being middle-aged (along with grey hair, wrinkles, and a tendency to tut at teenagers as if you were never one yourself).

Today I captured one of these fugitive thoughts, for your delectation.

Here it is: the cold I had the other week aside, I don't remember feeling this well in years.

Gone are:

the overwhelming feeling of malaise that used to shackle me to my bed in the morning

the headaches I used to wake up with

the nebulous sinus pain

the cramp I used to get when trying to get to sleep

the indigestion from eating cheese late at night (I haven't got the calories to spare)

the general lassitude that stopped me from walking to the station in the morning and gave me the excuse to get the bus.

All gone!

What's more, my mood is much better, I think. I was feeling grumpy earlier today and it's so long since I felt grumpy that I noticed it. (I'm sure everyone else did too. The cats mentioned it.)

I've no idea whether all this well-being is the result of eating better, or of exercise, or both. Put it like this, I'm not going to give up either of them to see what the effect is.

That's an interesting point too. The binge demon still lurks, and has occasional small successes, but . . . I no longer feel that a binge is worth the candle whereas I used to enjoy a binge. The last time I was buying for a binge I looked at the contents of my basket and thought 'I don't really want to do this' and put nearly all the junk back.

Nearly all. A fruit cake made it home with me. But it wasn't a very big one.

And then, again, I shouldn't expect to rid myself of a 35-year habit in four months.

Let's see if I can do it by Christmas.

Let's make it my Christmas present to me.

I'm worth it.
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KOSHIE1 1/9/2013 9:34PM

    ...dying to know if you made it through Christmas....
and really hoping you have!

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JUSGETTENBY42 12/17/2012 8:06PM

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NLYR20 12/3/2012 4:46PM

  Congrats, Great way to put it together. Let's do it...

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GODDREAMDIVA1 11/20/2012 11:04AM

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SHIMMYSHAKER 11/19/2012 9:59PM

    You can definitely do this!!!! Keep it up!!!

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HYATTI1 11/13/2012 1:07PM

    You can get everything you want just keep going.

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LUVTOBOWL 11/12/2012 4:17PM

    Love it! emoticon my dear friend emoticon I know you will.

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PMFISH 11/11/2012 12:16PM

    Best present you can give yourself and all your love ones!!
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PRESBESS 11/10/2012 6:24PM

    You are sooo worth it! Great blog!
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ALIHIKES 11/10/2012 3:31PM

    LOVED the blog, very inspiring! Thanks for sharing. I like your focus on overall health improvements! emoticon

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MIAMIUBELLE 11/10/2012 11:31AM

  You made my day with this! I don't know you but I'm extraordinarily proud of you and so happy for your success.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 11/10/2012 10:52AM

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MANILUS 11/10/2012 9:28AM

    Of course you are worth it, great job!!

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COLETTEISGREAT 11/10/2012 8:25AM

    Love it!!!!!!!!

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TDWANDD2MYK9 11/10/2012 2:13AM

    Fabulous! emoticon

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TEMPENATIVE 11/10/2012 1:50AM

    you do really have a gift for words, I am so happy to hear your success, pobodys nerfect and its nice to hear Im not the only one who goes thru this.

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FATHINSN 11/10/2012 1:28AM

    Yay, you're worth it so do your best!

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JERICHO1991 11/9/2012 10:26PM

    Hooray for endorphins! Good job.

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JESSICABOOTY 11/9/2012 8:47PM

    I have got to say that your blogs are really special. You are able to put into words the very thoughts that many of us are having. I really liked that in spite of it all you only had to deal with the fruitcake...a triumph!
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COMPUCATHY 11/9/2012 6:41PM

    Sounds like a great Christmas present! emoticon Keep up the good work! Thanks for the inspiration! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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LOUVONNE1 11/9/2012 6:33PM

  Yes,you're worth it!
So many people forget that they are worth it!

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WATCHFUL1 11/9/2012 6:09PM

  im doing well but have gotten back to drinking . to much and need to stop this destructive path im on..piease help........kk

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PCASEY7 11/9/2012 2:34PM

    Isn't it great that eating better and exercising actually make you feel better - who knew! Continued success with your program!

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NIKKIG3 11/9/2012 11:55AM

    I think I will do the same. I will make eating right and not letting the "binge demon" win. This will be my Christmas present to myself also.

I love this blog.

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BANDMOM2012 11/9/2012 9:46AM

    It is wonderful that you are making a list of non-scale victories emoticon These all support your journey to health! And you are wise to note that 34 years of habits won't change overnight. Hang in there, you are doing amazing!

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CFMOSS 11/9/2012 7:15AM

    Positives are good - we need to continually share them with each other to keep going when the positives seem to have taken a vacation.

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LYNETTEMOM 11/9/2012 3:29AM

    keep up the good work!

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WAIKATOKAT 11/9/2012 3:25AM

    Thanks for the inspiration; if I could defeat the binge demon once and for all I'm sure I'd be at goal weight. Thanks for reminding me that it doesn't happen overnight. emoticon

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LOVEMYBODY2012 11/9/2012 1:41AM

    You are definitely worth some good self-care. You inspire me!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 11/9/2012 1:16AM

    Great blog :)

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MAMAOWLS 11/8/2012 11:15PM

    You are worth it and it is good that you recognize that. Keep doing good things for yourself.

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MARYJEANSL 11/8/2012 11:14PM

  Enjoy your small fruitcake - in small portions. I know what you mean about buying for a binge. I now buy groceries more for meals or specific dishes I am planning to make. Trouble is, I buy for too many meals at once and then struggle to get it all made before ingredients start to go bad. And if I do make something delicious, even if it's reasonably healthy in moderation, I sometimes binge on that. :-(

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MOMFAN 11/8/2012 10:14PM

    emoticon The beginning of you blog sounds so like me. I would think of wonderful things only to get to the computer and it has faded from my mind as if it had never been there.

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JAMER123 11/8/2012 9:50PM

    You ARE worth it!!! Great going!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUNETTA2002 11/8/2012 9:48PM

    Awesome post

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REENIE131 11/8/2012 9:33PM

    Awesome!

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DANAPRIME 11/8/2012 9:26PM

    Glad the thought stuck long enough to make it to your blog! Keep up the great work!!! You CAN do it!

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STUFFNEARTABOR 11/8/2012 8:05PM

    Excellent!

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BJMOLNAR 11/8/2012 8:00PM

  You truly are an inspiration. Exercise and eating right do make you feel better. I remind myself of that everytime my mind tries to convince me otherwise. Thank you for your blog.

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CHARTHESTAR 11/8/2012 7:44PM

    Great post! keep up the good work!

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    lol of course you can!!! Your the best emoticon emoticon

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