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My name is Sharon and I'm a brownie addict

Sunday, March 17, 2013

I'm still eating too much, but burning lots of calories and love the exercise - commuting to work by bike most days, HIIT 2 days a week, elliptical, rowing machine, and ST other days. Did I mention that I love it? emoticon

I wish I loved eating less than 3000 calories a day, which I don't need even when I burn 1000 a day in exercise, but I truly don't love eating less, so I'll keep working at gradually getting my calories down. I was very proud of myself today because I only ate half of an Irish breakfast where I volunteered at a fundraising "Irish breakfast" for a veterans program. It's a St Patrick's day miracle!
I volunteer weekly at a recovery center for people on low incomes, where they've been making me brownies to thank me for coming because I mentioned once that brownies are one of my favorite foods ever. Of course, the recovery center is in an isolated neighborhood, so it's not like I can sneak them over to the neighbors or someplace close by - no, I have to transport them at least 20 minutes away, which in "brownie time" is at least 3 days alone with the brownies for a person who doesn't do brownies in moderation, right? People who have less to give are the most generous because they want to feel like they're contributing something, so it would crush their feelings if I begged them to keep the brownies for themselves. So this week is the start of my "Brownie-free Olympics" - all brownies must go to someone else, and I'll stick to 2 squares of dark chocolate.
I'm giving myself a medal for admitting that I can't stop myself from eating most of the brownies before I get home, and that they're a gateway for other junk foods I'd leave alone if I didn't have that all or nothing mindset so many of us know too well.
I hope you all have a healthy week!
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    Keep moving forward with your determination! I used to eat a bag of cookies in a day from the store (yes full bag). If not that, I would get a ton of junk (99% chocolate). If I can do it, you can do it! Keep it up, the mind is the hardest part to work on but the most important when it comes to health! ;)

    1440 days ago
    It is a great thing that you love exercise but unfortunately it only offsets a few brownies...I speak from experience as you well know.
    emoticon Good luck!!!
    1441 days ago
    I so relate on the over eating or eating bad... Once i take the first bite I am done before 5 minutes is up I hogged down 2 or 3... I completely understand ditching them asap... Maybe a trash can close but not too close would benefit from the brownies much more then you?

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    1442 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    I was so aware of this problem this weekend when I made cookies to take to a friend's house for dinner and then found myself totally out of control after eating one. I know I've proved this to myself ad nauseum, but ANYTHING with wheat in it causes me to go absolutely CRAZY in regard to eating. So, away with wheat and it's friends. I have to give myself a fighting chance and those substances just turn something horrible on in my brain that I have ZERO control over.
    1442 days ago
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    1442 days ago
    Honey, the word "inhale" comes to mind when I think of my addiction to brownies. They would not have been safe with me for a 20-minute ride home. HA! So glad to hear you're making sound decisions for your continued success. Here's to a great, healing week for us all. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1442 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/17/2013 9:14:50 PM
    I have found that I do much better when I allow myself about 20% of my calories on something I love. For me it's mochas in the morning and wine with dinner. As long as I have one thing to look forward to, it makes all the other restrictions much more tolerable. During Lent I've given up alcohol, so it's just those mochas getting me through each day! Today I overdid it, though, because I felt compelled to make Irish Soda Bread and it was too good. At least I ran over 14 miles this morning.
    1442 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Sharon I share your complulsion-if I can, I quickly give the food away or it keeps calling my name. Someone brought 4 brownies for DH and he is not a chocolate eater so guess who ate them, but at least I strung it out over 3 days!!! Still not good but.....at least I spread it out, ha ha!
    Here is to much success going forward.

    1442 days ago
    Wow, that would be a tough one for me too! Hang in there.
    1442 days ago
    Brownies are not one of my favorite foods, but if they offered ice cream I would be lost!
    1442 days ago
    You are stronger than brownies. You are stronger than any food!! You can do it!!! -Marsha
    1442 days ago
    Hi Sharon. I'm Nancy, and I'm a chocolate addict....and aren't all good brownies chocolate?

    KUDOS for not pretending to yourself that you aren't doing the things you know are counter to losing weight. BUT! DOUBLE KUDOS for working at reducing the number of calories you're consuming, and for determining to give away all brownies. emoticon

    You are a gem to volunteer each week at the recovery center for low income people. Obviously they appreciate you. emoticon
    1442 days ago
    I understand this sooo well. (smiling) But you are burning it with tons of exercise, so that's the good part, right?
    1442 days ago
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