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"Walking the Table" routine©

Sunday, November 17, 2013

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I know this may sound silly emoticon or weird emoticon , but I have done this many times in my 4 year journey, at a starting weight of 380 pounds. I found it to be useful for emotional eating and thinking that I could just "over eat this one time, on this one food" binge thought and desire. I call it "Walking the Table".

When I get nervous, upset, crying or feel that "forever craving" of just anything that I especially love to eat start to enter my mind, I do this. I start walking around my kitchen/dinning room table and just keep going. I let my mindset be that I'm "walking away" from the food and the further I "get away", the easier it is to "stay away" from my heart's desire. I will say that it isn't a permanent solution, but most of the time it works and the confidence I feel that "I walked away from it" definitely out-weighs the guilt that I would feel if I had stayed by it and ate it. I don't count any my steps as exercising as I'm only doing this to "get away from the food" which is first and foremost at the time.

I just wanted to share this thought with you about different "things" that I've had to come up with while on my journey. I'm still on my journey to the new me and I'm really sure my brain will come up with others. I guess it as like my mother used to say to me and my 3 sisters......."Everyone does their own thing."

My wish for all of you fellow sparkers is that you will have as many successes as you can stand in just one day!

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

© Paula emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NELLJONES 1/15/2014 8:26AM

    I have found that a craving lasts about 20 minutes...if I DON"T give in. Walking around to make that 20 minutes go by sounds like good plan to me. Just NOT eating something feels like NOT doing something, even though it's hard work. By walking around, you are actually DOING something. It's like lighting a candle as part of prayer, something external in addition to the internal.

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JAE_HENNINGTON1 1/2/2014 1:48PM

  No, I love this idea.. i am going to incorporate it in my life..from this moment on...

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LISBETHSALANDER 11/22/2013 11:09AM

    Love this! Thanks for sharing . . .

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LYNNWANNABE 11/19/2013 3:58PM

    This reminds me of this morning after we went to the gym my husband said, we should go get a cinnamon roll from the Montana Harvest; hello, it's big enough for two people, but of course he didn't mean for us to share one. I struggled and struggled, going around in circles.. [get it? I was going around and around in circles like you do your table] TRYING TO WALK AWAY! GUESS who won? emoticon Yes, I deserve one of these... emoticon I not only walked away from it, but I ignored the egg delight muffin calling my name from McDonald's as we passed by that place too! emoticon

I told myself, that if my very first day at the gym ended in a bad way, I would not be happy with myself!!! emoticon I actually made it home safe!!! emoticon Were you able to walk it off too?
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APHRODIDTE 11/19/2013 3:45PM

    What a good idea! I am amazed at your weight loss, inspired, and a bit awed. You inspire so many with your journey. Blessings!

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CHICAMIMI 11/19/2013 1:09PM

    That's a great idea. Thank you for sharing the tip!

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GLITTER60 11/18/2013 7:12PM

    walked around in the drug store.

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PGHP31CK 11/18/2013 11:41AM

    I think this is a great idea!!

Thank you for sharing it.

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MATTEROFHEART 11/18/2013 9:56AM

    I love this idea! Thank you for sharing!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 11/18/2013 6:59AM

    What a great idea! Good for you!

Jane on Guam

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2HAMSDIET 11/17/2013 8:59PM

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TATTER3 11/17/2013 7:45PM

    Great idea!!! Love learning new methods!!! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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SPARKFRAN514 11/17/2013 5:14PM

    What a great idea i put in my note book of tips i some times call it by back pack for the spark trail emoticon I stopped using the word graze when i find my self want to stuff things in my mouth decided only cows graze i call it eating the Kitchen because that is where it starts . emoticon emoticon what a great tip besides walking away from the food you get some exercise in as well emoticon

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KATIBUG49 11/17/2013 4:01PM

    Love it, I'm going to give it a try!

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PMORENA 11/17/2013 4:00PM

  It doesn't sound silly or weird; it sounds like you've found a strategy that keeps you moving rather than eating... To be honest, I sometime go out walking in a supermarket just to get my steps but also to prove to myself that I can walk past bakery, candy, sodas and other treats without stopping or shopping for them.

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JUST-ELIZ 11/17/2013 3:41PM

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2BEHEALTHY2014 11/17/2013 3:24PM

    I think this is a good idea. From now in when I find myself wanting to eat I will walk instead. I have a large island in my kitchen and a sunroom with a table in it right off the kitchen, I will walk around the island, into the sunroom and around that table.

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SHERYLP461 11/17/2013 2:57PM

    Your walking sounds like a sweet idea. thanks

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GINA180847 11/17/2013 2:40PM

    My house must be built similar to Pattie's. We have a route from lr to hall to kitchen to dr and to lr again. It has been wonderful for hubby practicing with his crutches as he recuperates from hip replacement surgery. He can't go outside. But I can go outside and do for about an hr. a day to shovel snow and walk dogs. It snowed like crazy overnight and now the dogs and I have to remake the path through the woods again. I hope not to see bear tracks anymore. The silly creatures are supposed to be asleep right now.

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IMAYARNIE 11/17/2013 12:40PM

    Paula, what a great idea! Good imagery, to picture yourself walking away from the food. Excellent! I have a circle to walk in my house. I can go from living room, to hallway, to kitchen, to dining room, to livingroom. I sometimes do that walk, round and round until I'm breathing hard...sometimes stopping to march-in-place with arm pumps. It's a pretty good workout. I don't walk outside because I'm not read for the little inclines and uneven ground.

Keep up the good work and keep sharing those ideas!

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JANESLOSS 11/17/2013 12:38PM

    Great idea from a great friend!
Thanks Paula!
I will be using this wonderful idea.
Have a blessed Sunday my friend

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AMARILYNH 11/17/2013 12:33PM

    I LOVE this idea - VERY creative!! And those additional steps helps with your fitness!! emoticon emoticon

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NEWSPARKDEBBIE 11/17/2013 12:32PM

    WOW..... Exercise AND a won battle! WAY TO GO!!!!

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KITT52 11/17/2013 12:12PM

    sounds like a very good plan, it's taking a positive step in the right direction....I will try this next time I find myself grazing near the fridge and it's not meal time.

Have a healthy week and don't forget ..... emoticon

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FITWITHIN 11/17/2013 12:06PM

    If I have cravings a start off with an ice cold glass of water. Then I will put some music on the start dancing or go for a short walk. It's my way of distracting myself. In the pass I would have been all up in the fridge. Good luck to you on your journey.

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