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A Farewell to Crackers....Part I

Thursday, May 02, 2013

May 1 was the first day in at least two or three weeks that I avoided late night eating. I stayed away from the crackers---and everything else too.

I think it really helped to blurt out my confession here and to read all of the very helpful responses I got. I ate dinner just slightly later in the day and had some hummus as an added calorie item (less than 100 calories). As the time neared when I would ordinarily succumb to the lure of mindless eating, I simply waited it out. I read. I Sparked a bit.
I spent some quality time with the Water-Pik.

Woke up feeling radiantly self-rightous and expecting to have shed 5 or 10 pounds overnight. No, that did not happen but I felt that at least I had done everything in my power to maintain my food program, my exercise and fitness program, and remain only slightly mad. And so tonight, once more unto the breach my friends.

When I started Sparking very seriously two years ago this would have struck me as a non-problem. I am grateful to Spark People for helping me to take on the wonderful world of exercise, of food tracking, and of food decisions. I rarely eat at restaurants and I've moved from a 3X who was starting to purchase a new 4 and 5 X wardrobe to somebody who wears L or XL, or 14-16-18.

If I can do all that, I will not permit crackers to be my Waterloo!

May 2nd: Another pure, clean night without crackers! I asked Mr Greasy Joan to block me if I attempted to enter the kitchen, but I managed to get to bed with a book and not.one.cracker. or really not.one.anything except the miniscule amount of calories in the miniscule amount of toothpaste that one ingests.

3 days without crackers!

May 4: Another day without crackers under my belt. Or crackers in my stomach!
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KLUTZY68 5/6/2013 10:50AM

    That's so wonderful!! I've long been a terrible nighttime binger, always sweet-salty-sweet, and PB and crackers were the usual salty. And well I remember outgrowing the biggest clothes in LB 20 years ago when they "only" went to 3X. I got up to a tight 5X before I reached bottom back then. I'm so happy that you seem to have found your solution!! emoticon
I love the idea of having your husband block you. I do worse when my SO isn't here. I think I'll ask him to do that for me!


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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/4/2013 8:23PM

    Yea! Glad you are having great success against those evil crackers! Wishing you continued success! Have fun.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/4/2013 5:14PM

    Excellent. Maybe there is hope for me someday. LOL.

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CARRAND 5/3/2013 5:24PM

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You are inspiring me to avoid the M&M's this evening.

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JMOUSE99 5/3/2013 3:19PM

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You are an inspiration! I love crackers too. At least I don't eat the white flour empty calorie ones any more

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AMARILYNH 5/3/2013 2:57PM

    Awesome!! The first step is the hardest!!

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DR1939 5/3/2013 9:14AM

    Crackers are my downfall too. I try not to keep them in the house, but occasionally I'll buy them thinking I'll be okay. Usually succumb. Glad you made it through the night.

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DAP1313 5/3/2013 8:51AM

    You are doing an emoticon job!! Keep up the great work you are doing!!

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MYHUBBYISMYHERO 5/3/2013 7:58AM

    Natalie,
Good job my lady. You can do this.
Sharon

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NOSNACKER-57 5/3/2013 5:23AM

    Wow this is great!!!!! I know I have trouble at night to..but I like how you waited it out and it worked. I was doing the No S Diet, eating 3 meals a day, no snacks, no sweets, only occasionally on weekends. Well the weekends did me in and lead to binging..

And wow, you have went down a lot of sizes..you go girl!!! emoticon


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POPSY190 5/3/2013 4:33AM

    Natalie 1, Crackers 0!! Well done!

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FAVALL 5/3/2013 1:41AM

    You have named your enemy and your strategy for distraction. Good for you! Be on alert for any sign of crackers lurking in your thoughts, as that is the first indication of a crack in your defense. Then immediately deploy your distraction activity list. You will succeed!

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SHIRAZSOLLY 5/3/2013 12:01AM

    Good for you! I admire your radiantly self-righteous and determined self!

I also felt a lot better after I put my 5 tbsp. of peanut butter binge down in writing. It's not even good food - and neither are your crackers. Both of us are intelligent enough to know that we are sabotaging ourselves over something that isn't even worth it. Your stoned wheat thins and my peanut butter weren't made by some gorgeous hunk of a chef in a 5 star restaurant in France. We didn't have to make reservations a year in advance. We aren't savoring each morsel slowly and feeling like we will never taste such heaven again.

So why did we do it?

From this point on... shall we shake hands, you and I, and say we shall do our very best to not do it again?



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NORWOODGIRL 5/2/2013 9:53PM

    You go, girl! No cracker will destroy your health! emoticon

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MONETRUBY 5/2/2013 9:37PM

    emoticon No, one little cracker will NOT defeat you!

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MRSBEDWELL 5/2/2013 8:54PM

    You are going to make it!! Way to go on your progress both in your sizes and your mindset!! You have the control!! :)

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