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Making new friends

Saturday, March 30, 2013

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” ― William Shakespeare

Food isn't my BFF, though I've been asking that of it for many years now. Food really doesn't comfort me when I'm sad, listen to me when I'm in crisis, make my pain go away. All food does is nourish me when I'm hungry and/or make me feel completely sick when I'm not.

I'm going to keep this in mind when I'm tempted to reach for food when I'm not hungry. And in those moments, I'm going to call my real BFF or write to my wonderful Spark friends, or call my mom. I'm going to get the support I really need in that moment.

“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love.” ― Elie Wiesel
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 4/3/2013 7:14AM

    Or text me! Or call me!

XOXO

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MINIUM 4/1/2013 3:21PM

    Brilliant, as usual! Keep up the good work and do send mails to your real friends.
Nan

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DOODLEBUG46 4/1/2013 1:06PM

    Your blog is so right on. I've moved 3300 miles across country and realize how I let myself get wrapped up in "stuff" - including food - and not staying in touch with old friends of many years. I've been re-grouping (so to speak!) and it's the friends from SparkPeople that have kept me motivated and helping me help myself. What a gift!! Twelve years ago I walked my way out of depression w/a half-marathon and now I"m working my way back to that fit, happy place. Thanks so much for your motivation! Keep up the great work and know you're not "alone"!!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/1/2013 12:41AM

    Love this blog!!! Remember, I am your friend and always willing to listen.

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LYNCHD05 3/31/2013 1:56PM

    I am your friend, your fellow Teddy Bear and fellow Polar Bear. Now isn't that better than a cookie. emoticon

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WILSONWR 3/31/2013 5:29AM

    Yes, we need to lean on friends, not food. Easier said than done sometimes, but it is important. When my wife was first diagnosed with the terminal disease, I couldn't talk with anyone about it without becoming too emotional. As a result, I turned to food and gained way too much weight. I wish I would have been more active in SparkPeople back then - I can now talk with folks and get the support I need without worrying about getting too emotional in front of them. You friends have made all the difference!

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LE7_1234 3/31/2013 12:24AM

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 3/30/2013 11:21PM

    Remember I'm here for you if you need me. emoticon

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KRISKECK 3/30/2013 11:19PM

    Yes...real friends are priceless. What you say is so true. We are here for you...

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Sending love,
Kristin

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GLORIAMAJDI 3/30/2013 8:36PM

    Very true, food is for nourishment, and it is not really your friend. It is more like a boss at work....it helps you and supports you and gives you what you need but it isn't wise to depend on it too much otherwise!

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WATERMELLEN 3/30/2013 8:07PM

    Food is fuel. It just can't provide the comfort and support or the distraction or the healing or the relief from anxiety that you need now . . .

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/30/2013 8:03PM

    LOVE This! And love your plan!
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SLENDERELLA61 3/30/2013 7:25PM

    Brilliant! So true. Food cannot be a friend. We need friends. We need support. When we look for support where we are likely to get it, we are so much better off! Thanks for stating it so clearly and correctly. -Marsha

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