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Friday, December 14, 2012

Kudos to SANDIEGOJOHN who had one of his blog posts featured here on SP a couple of days ago. He also had this great idea in response to my last blog post, entitled "WHY I WANT TO WRITE POLL QUESTIONS FOR SPARKPEOPLE!":

"I say you start writing them here in your blog. Build up a fan-base and see where it takes you!"

Thanks, SANDIEGOJOHN, I'm doing just that, starting right now. : )

I think so many of us have gotten into the disastrous habit of eating for reasons other than hunger. Usually these reasons are emotionally based. Sometimes we need to be creative in finding other things to meet these emotional needs. So, I think I'll start by focusing on such an issue. Here's the question:

When you want to "treat" yourself with something other than food, what is your favorite sense to indulge?

A. Sight

B. Sound

C. Smell

D. Touch


F. Something else (Note it in the comments section, please.)

Thanks for reading my blog! Please "like" it, if you liked this question & the options.

Happy sparking and sensing, everyone!
: )

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PROVERBS31JULIA 10/15/2013 8:20PM

    So this is like a year later, but I was puzzled by the answer ESP - is that extra sensory perception, like reading someone's mind? or are you using it as an abbreviation for something else?

It is an interesting poll question - but for non-food stimulation or reward or whatever - it kinda varies. I really like the textures of things - will pick out scarves or clothing fabric based on how they feel, how well made they are (like if price is right, color is right, but the garment was stitched together poorly and it has irritating seams or tags, I won't buy it. Or I'll make sure its something that won't fall apart if I cut the tags out, that kind of thing. And because of the tags, I really hate buying clothes, although there are many brand going to a "tagless" (silkscreen type) process. So that's nice. But I end up buying a lot of scarves etc as a way to make a "difference" in my wardrobe without buying new pants or skirts or whatever.

Music is probably one of my other indulgences, particularly in the past - not so much these days because it is so much work to convert from my CD's to iTunes to sync with my phone, seems too many details and too confusing (especially since iTunes seems to want to update their software every other week and then I have to learn a new layout for everything when I barely figured out the previous update.). So I don't know...

Tasting and drinking different kinds of hot teas is always fun!

And a good warm bath with salts in it is tough to beat (and more accessible to me than a masseuse, since they are all miles away. Well... except the one in town and I never seem to remember to call in the day and get an appointment set up.)....

interesting question.... hope you don't mind that it was so late in answering.

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SERASARA 1/9/2013 8:09PM

  I have to say all because one stimulates the others emoticon

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MKRETIRED 12/20/2012 7:47PM

  Great question! For me it is sound.

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JULIA1154 12/19/2012 4:09PM

  That was a truly thought provoking question - thanks so much for raising it.

Scent and sound come out just about equally for me but, like you, I don't want to smell food-related scents with the exception of tropical fruits. Somehow, the scent of coconut or mango sends my mind to warm, blue waters rather than off to forage in the kitchen :)

I hope you'll offer us more such intriguing polls!

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CAITGOESGREAT 12/19/2012 3:50PM

    I love smells! Especially clean smells like laundry and soap. But those smells can actually make me hungry (not that I would ever eat soap...) and once I smell food, forget about it!

So smell isn't necessarily the best non-food "treat" for me...


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KIMPAINTS 12/19/2012 2:49PM

    I love it!!! I do not even do poles anymore because they are so boring and I feel when I am bored I surly must be wasting good valuable time..

This is a great question because it makes one think of their behavior patterns..

I would have to say all of the above. I have many distractions that help. I am an oil painter that loves music!!

Thank you

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LRSILVER 12/19/2012 8:41AM

    sight or sense

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FATHINSN 12/19/2012 12:12AM

    Smell but that might lead to food LOL

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LIBBYL1 12/18/2012 11:58PM

  all of them!

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POWER2XCEL 12/18/2012 9:42PM


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CINDYKC2000 12/18/2012 5:34PM

    Smell for sure!

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MARGARITTM 12/18/2012 3:21PM


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CAT-IN-CJ 12/18/2012 12:59PM

    That's a hard one . . . . but a timely one as I am just beginning to learn to set goals and rewards focusing on something other than food. I could go with an/all of them but will choose

F - and go for a motorcycle ride. For me, the best combination of all.

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 12/18/2012 10:59AM

    smell :)

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GRANDAD09 12/18/2012 10:37AM

  An out of body experience is a real nice treat, moving into another dimension where food is not an issue. Ha-ha. emoticon

Seriously though, I guess my real "treat" is doing something in my garage or study.

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CINDYBEL 12/18/2012 9:52AM

    Hard question. The way my life is right now, I would have to choose time to myself to sew, cross-stitch, or quilt with no interruptions or intrusive thoughts of "you should really be doing ______."

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KAYOTIC 12/18/2012 8:47AM

    Sound emoticon for me, even though I'm really a visual person!

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BABS4625 12/18/2012 3:35AM

I think it is a combo of sight and smell, I find being outdoors to be relaxing and rewarding. Taking a walk, seeing and smelling nature no matter what the seasons is the best! emoticon

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MARYHENNIG 12/17/2012 11:58PM

  Sight - there is so much beauty around us!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/17/2012 11:49PM

    Ha- probably a combo of taste and smell!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 12/17/2012 8:10PM

    Hiking or yard work - being outdoors is the BEST medicine for me. So it it sight, sound, smell and touch if not more.

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/17/2012 3:00PM

    Sound.Good Musuc.

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MISALINDA 12/17/2012 2:23PM

    I have to say other. I like to reward myself with activity. Hiking in the woods is nice for the view, but I prefer the hike itself. :-)

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FARFROMASAINT 12/17/2012 1:39PM


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08ESCAPE 12/17/2012 11:56AM

    Sound :) emoticon

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JLEMUS1 12/17/2012 11:30AM

    Smell and taste!! :-)

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FARIS71 12/17/2012 10:07AM

    taste (and comfort, although that's not a sense)

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CPILLS1970 12/17/2012 9:12AM

  I would have to go with F. Whenever I want to really indulge, I give myself the gift of time, curled up in a chair with a cup of tea, reading a book. Just thinking about it makes me want to indulge right now.

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SKMINNY 12/17/2012 8:12AM

    smell, touch, don't forget hand to mouth!

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SLIMINDOWN31 12/17/2012 1:13AM


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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/17/2012 12:15AM

    I like it! Should I say "sight" because I like to play computer games or watch a movie or read to relax? Or should I say "touch" because I love having my husband rub my back or play with my hair? Decisions, decisions!

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JAMER123 12/16/2012 10:32PM

    Sight. Without my sight, I can't do many things I love; read, do handcrafts, drive, see my kids and grandkids that put a smile on my face, see the beauty of the world. I thank the good Lord I have good eye sight & plan to take good care of them.

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AMOMENTSNOTICE 12/16/2012 10:15PM

    Okay, now I'll answer my own Q: I find that using the sense of (C.) smell is helpful when I want to eat, but don't need to at that time. It can be a satisfying replacement for emotional eating. However, when I buy candles, I usually want scents that do not smell like food (an apple pie candle, anyone?), as those make me want to eat, even when I'm not already thinking about it. Other food scents in candles don't have the same effect on me. (Vanilla poses no problems.)

I think it was Geneen Roth who has suggested taking a "beauty break" by doing something like going outside to look at nature. I sometimes do that, looking for flowers, usually. Right now I'm watching our famous Seattle-Area rain.

I love massages, but I can't use that as my go-to when I want to eat something. --Maybe if I ever win a huge lottery I can hire a masseuse or masseur to be on call 24/7. That would be nice.

My biggest trigger, by far, is watching TV. So, although I enjoy music a lot, I don't like to add that to the sound of the TV. (I've known some who like to have everything on at once!)

If I ever tune in to ESP, it's usually in my sleep.

Happy Sparking, everyone.

Thanks for reading my blog and for answering my first poll question!

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SJKENT1 12/16/2012 8:28PM

    Sight... looking at God's beautiful creation.

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FROMNDTOGA 12/16/2012 3:55PM

    Sound - it would be hard to get through the tough times without music.
Interesting blog!

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CRAZYGIRLSAM 12/16/2012 2:35PM

  Definitely touch, a day of snuggling in a soft blanket, a massage, or the feel a well deserved warm bath are the best rewards in my opinion.

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LINDAJOYWK 12/16/2012 8:21AM

    Sight-I find smells can be offputting-like when you are somewhere enjoying yourself
& along comes someone with very strong perfume-ruins it for me (causes both a
migraine & asthma attack)-though natural smells can be nice.

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KELLIEBEAN 12/16/2012 8:10AM

    Im going to say sight. I love to see green... grass and trees near a body of water with fluffy clouds overhead. Instantly lowers my blood pressure. Great blog!


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TRYINGHARD54 12/16/2012 7:29AM

    smell, taking a nice walk and smelling the fresh air.

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MYGOLDENBOYS3 12/16/2012 5:58AM

    SIGHT! I love the sky with clouds, mountains, ocean, lakes, my dogs, my husband, my children and grandchild. I love to read. I love to watch Spring come in and the colorsthat come in Fall. There are always treats for me with sight. emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 12/16/2012 4:41AM

  Smell. emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 12/16/2012 3:19AM

    Hehe, SMELL and TASTE are actually two different senses.

Yes, smell is profoundly involved in tasting things. Our taste buds identify sweet, sour, bitter and salty - even without a sense of smell, but a lot of the fullness of flavor is lacking without a sense of smell. (I actually knew someone growing up who had lost her sense of smell.)

However, our sense of smell exists and can be stimulated by completely non-food / non-taste related rewards. A favorite flower? Scented candles? Perfumes and scented body wash, shampoo and the like? Freshly-mown grass or the evaporation of rain off the sidewalk, loamy earth as we turn it?

Even foods we won't be tasting can be fulfilling to our sense of smell. Pies and bread baking are amazing, even if we won't eat them any time soon. Carnival food we walk past creates a lot of smells we associate with the general atmosphere, just as popcorn is a movie smell even if we don't get a bag.

(( I do agree with you on the poll questions and answers - and am probably one of the responders you've seen giving more elaborate replies. ))

Comment edited on: 12/16/2012 3:22:55 AM

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BLUEJEAN99 12/16/2012 2:00AM

    B music emoticon emoticon

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BECCABOO127 12/16/2012 1:28AM

    C-candles and aromatherapy oils!

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