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Which SparkFriend Said It?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I have been driving myself nuts trying to find where I saw this! It was someone's reply to someone else's blog. The blog was about how the writer wasn't sure she wanted to restrict her calorie intake for the rest of her life.

This Sparkfriend's response resonated with me so much I copied and printed it out and put it near my computer. I've read it every day for a week or two. I don't know why I didn't write down who said it, but I didn't, and I'm sorry because I can't thank that person directly! But what she said has really helped me keep my eating in perspective:


"Today I live by calorie restriction, but I hate that clinical word. I prefer "planning", and even after 40 years I plan each day to the ounce. Sometimes I am hungry, but not really. Last night I thought I was hungry, but I'd eaten a good dinner, so it wasn't hunger, it was what I call "The Itch."

"It isn't food in my stomach that I want, but the feeling of chewing and swallowing, feeling it go down. And that desire doesn't end with fullness, it ends with an empty bag. That's why I keep NO snack food in the house, it's too easy to grab; so I have time to go through the script: I'm not hungry, I want SOMETHING but I don't know what it is. Maybe I' my nails, wash my hair, play with the cats, pull a few weeds, anything to divert my attention. i have learned that the Itch only lasts 20-30 minutes, IF I don't give in. If I give in, it lasts until I'm done, and wallowing in despair. Which in turn triggers The Itch. I just need to get through that 20 minutes, divert my attention, knowing down to the marrow of my bones that it will pass.

"I have over 40 years of experience that it DOES pass. I look at my planner and see what my next meal will be, what time I can have it, and start looking forward to it. Every meal is like Christmas to me. We all plan for Christmas, make lists, get excited. Then it's over for another year. I only have a few hours until my next meal. I get THREE MEALS EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!

This is just an attitude that makes me not jut get through the day, but relish each time I get to eat."


Wow, isn't that a wonderful attitude? I'm working very hard to cultivate it -- after all, hunger isn't an emergency, it's an opportunity to look forward to and get excited about our next planned meal. Our meals are like Christmas, three times a day!!! I LOVE THIS PERSPECTIVE.

If you wrote this, or know who did, please let us know. Thanks for your long, insightful response to someone who really needed a paradigm shift. Thank you for helping ME by helping her.


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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LESLIESENIOR 7/28/2013 10:45AM

    Sounds like Nell to me too! Glad you are so inspired to change your relationship with food. Woo Hoo to you! We are blessed to have Spark friends!

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MARINEMAMA 7/25/2013 4:17PM

    Great outlook!! I hope it is okay that I copied this and have it saved to read in my notebook!!! Thank you!!

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AJDOVER1 7/25/2013 1:50PM

    that sounds like the kind of wisdom NellJones shares. She's awesome.

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MIRMIUM 7/24/2013 9:22PM

    Thanks for sharing that snippet! It really is a nice perspective to have. It is a very positive way of looking at restricting calorie intake. Not restricting but planning and looking forward to the next meal rather than ruminating about how you can't eat right now.


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NANCY- 7/24/2013 1:16PM

    Spark Friends are the gift that keeps on giving. How blessed we are to that our friends share their journey and wisdom.
That is a beautiful message I'm glad that you saved it and shared it with us. I hope you find out who it is.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 7/24/2013 12:49PM

    Wow..I need to write that out. Thank you for sharing.
Hope you find out who wrote it

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SUGAR0814 7/24/2013 9:33AM

    Not sure who said it but I love that attitude towards food. emoticon

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CINDYSDAY 7/24/2013 9:30AM

    very nice thanks for sharing

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DESERTJULZ 7/24/2013 8:35AM

    What a wonderful blog. I love your quote from another Sparker and really love how it has had such a profound impact on you. That's what makes this site so fantastic!

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KANOE10 7/24/2013 8:26AM

    I liked it also..every meal is like Christmas..excellent. The cravings do go away. I also like the comment..cravings cannot be stopped with food, only true hunger can.

Thanks for sharing.

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LORILEEPAGE 7/24/2013 8:20AM

    Can't say for sure who said it, but I read it, too! I like how she calls it the itch. Thanks for bringing this to my attention again!

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KELLIEBEAN 7/24/2013 8:10AM

    Wow that is very insightfful. Spark friends do rule!

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WATERMELLEN 7/24/2013 8:05AM

    Gotta be NELLJONES? Our 40 year maintenance inspiration!!

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