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A Nice Breakthrough

Friday, August 16, 2013

You all know about how difficult it is for me to keep things under control with my eating, while having guests in my house. Well, I think I'm over and done with my difficulties with that!

We had the 9- and 10-year-old grands here for 3 days. Day by day I began to see that my stress eating while having company wasn’t happening! Either I am no longer stressed by them being here, or have begun to really practice good coping skills for any stress I’m feeling. No matter what it is, and it’s probably a combination of the two, I am so relieved!

In general I have found a peace around food that I haven’t ever had. And I’m choosing over and over, day by day, to make myself slow down and not think I always wish I could have something to eat. I am being picky and eating only what will satisfy me. I am busying myself as soon as I eat so I won’t linger in the kitchen and find something more when I should have already had enough.

I used to have a hard time transitioning between activities, and would eat if I were thinking of what to do next. It was like every time I had a pause in my day, I felt compelled to reach for food. I’m finally seeing that it’s not food I need, it’s just time to decide on my next activity. Just move on.

Though I may have eaten something recently, I often get a buzzing feeling in my body which I always used to read as something signaling that I needed to fill myself with food. Now I’m more relaxed and look at it objectively and recognize that this feeling doesn’t mean I have to eat. Just get busy and the feeling will pass. And it does!

This is a major breakthrough!

Another exciting thing is that I have not binged since August 1st, which is two weeks! That is so cool because I made it through the wedding party, traveling and babysitting for three days! I’d had a .5 pound loss from last Thursday to Monday, then from this Monday to Thursday, another .5 gone! Hubby thinks it’s due to the decrease in medicine, but I want to take all the credit. Though maybe he has something there, that my mind is thinking more clearly, enabling me to not be so desperate for food. I clearly haven't had to fight as hard these two weeks to not binge. (That medicine isn’t supposed to cause weight gain. But maybe it makes it difficult to lose while on it. Who knows?!)

I didn’t worry about getting exercise while the kids were her, but we did go to a pool for 2 hours, in the water the whole time and swimming or being active the whole time. I taught the 10-yr-old how to do handstands in the water. That was fun, he is so proud of himself!

I’m looking forward to each day now, not feeling such a bondage to food…something I’ve been praying for!
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  • _JODI404
    This is AMAZING!! What a wonderful breakthrough for you!!!

    I know you have been praying for this, and working so hard. I am SO happy that you are really pushing past obstacles and feeling free & healthy with your good choices!!

    Managing with the kids and company in the house, leaving the kitchen and just getting busy and recognizing when what you feel is really not hunger or a need for food. These are such awesome accomplishments!

    Whether it is the med or not -- it's still a loss during what could have previously been very trying times. You are doing so well. I really sense the difference in your writing too. Your perspective has changed & I'm so happy for you!!!

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  • LARISSA238
    Amazing job! You rock! Just take it one day at a time and those days add up. Don't be afraid of setbacks... they might happen, but get up and start over. You can do it!
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  • CHERYLA2012
    You deserve all the credit and I want you to take it!

    You worked hard for it, proactively working on coping mechanisms and strategies and figuring out ways to deal with stressors.

    You're the one that had to put mind over matter and make your body do it.

    It is all your doing!

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    You rock!
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    This ROCKS. I look forward to experiencing these things as I string together more days of abstinence. I'm currently on 5. Have a great weekend!
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  • KANOE10
    That is a wonderful feeling. You have found a delightful freedom in your life. You are so right..you might get cravings and feel uncomfortable, but you know that they will pass.

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    1648 days ago
    I read this with a big smile on my face. I'm so happy for you. You have made FANTASTIC progress!

    And I agree, you deserve the credit. Maybe the medicine cleared the clouds but you made the right decisions.


    1648 days ago
    Congratulations on several levels! The breakthrough most of all, and the weight loss (which of course) inevitably follows such a change in mind and behavior.

    You are doing really well. Thank you so much for your insightful comment on my blog yesterday. I am determined to use my SIL's death as my own catalyst for change. I am so grateful to have the opportunity of another day, something she will now never have.

    Keep up the good work, LLP, just one decision at a time! emoticon
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  • _LINDA
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    Wow! That is huge being able to listen to your body and avoid the binges by distracting yourself until it passes. Very well done to lose weight during all those events!!!
    Keep up the great work!!
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    Lori, this is fantastic! I am so happy for you! emoticon
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    Gosh, you have learned a lot about yourself by paying attention to what is going on inside of you. And you are coping so well! You have made a lot of progress.
    With grandkids around, I don't have time to exercise either. But just having them around, taking care of their needs, and playing with them is exercise in itself!
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  • DARJR50
    way to go
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