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Saturday, June 29, 2013

I had kind of a sad day today; my neighbor moved and took the community dog with her. This is a dog that everyone loves but nobody ever really took responsibility for. He lived at the gas station/general store for a long time and the store owners paid for his tags out of the "leave a penny" tray, but they passed away last year. Maria took over paying for his license, but he still had run of the "town." My parents loved him and would make sure he always had water, and he was particularly fond of their indoor-outdoor rug, and preferred their trailer to sleep under. In the two months that I've been watching the trailer, I took over the water duty and would feed him when Maria traveled for work. She was gone all of last week, got home yesterday afternoon but then left again, and then this morning a flotilla of pickup trucks descended and within 4 hours they had her packed up, the trailer hooked up, and the dog loaded up, and off they went. She found a house for rent closer to the nearest actual town. He'll be safer there (he has a bad habit of sleeping on the highway and has been run over at least three times), but I'm sure going to miss him.

Now, for most of my life, something like that would have sent me into an eating tailspin. I would have drowned my sorrows in coffeecake and ice cream and maybe Cheetos. But this time, my reaction was to guzzle a Diet Coke.

I still eat too much sometimes. I still have 15 pounds I'd really like to lose. But something fundamental has changed in the past few years. I eat too much, and the wrong things, because I like food. I don't do it because I'm sad, upset, angry, or scared. That's a victory.
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    Thanks for sharing about the Bob the "Community Dog". I can understand why you will miss him.

    What really struck me about your post is how you mentioned that you sometimes still eat too much or the wrong foods because you like food. But, that you know longer eat too much because you are sad, upset, angry or scared. Emotional eating is hard to get control of especially when we do it without even realizing we are eating out of an emotional need rather then because we are actually hungry.

    I am still struggling with emotional eating. I often turn to food in order to create a sense of comfort, love and understanding. These are definitely not the "right" reasons to eat and often involve eating things that are just full of fat and sugar.

    How did you conquer your emotional eating?

    1716 days ago
    I wouldn't be able to adopt a pet; I move too much, and pretty soon I'm going to be moving back into the park in an area that doesn't allow pets. There are lots of other pets in the neighborhood, but they belong to specific people, while Bob really kind of belonged to everyone. When the gas station was open, he spent most of the day there "supervising." He's a very friendly, very gentle dog who gets along with other animals especially well; my mom and dad could leave their cats out on leashes and Bob would watch over them. You know a dog is gentle and special when cats who've never seen him before will walk right up to him and rub around his legs.
    1722 days ago
    No one else keeps any pets in the community ? I know you folks are kinda remote, but could you go to the closest animal shelter and adopt a dog ? Your parents might enjoy it if they really liked that dog too.

    I know there are days I eat too much too. But, like you, I've made many changes that have stuck with me. There may be days I eat a little too much cake, but I've been eating my veggies. I don't drink soda anymore. I still exercise. There's a lot different now about my weight loss, that didn't happen several years ago. And it may be the reason we've both kept off most of the weight.

    That strikes me as progress.

    1722 days ago
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