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I am a Pickle.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

There is an old saying that once you turn into a pickle, you can never go back to being a cucumber.

When I was little, my mother gave us 3 squares a day (small by today's standards, normal at the time) and all 3 of us kids were normal weight. Somewhere in my early teens, who knows why, I began to eat between meals. I saved my allowance and bought pretzels and Tastykakes. I snuck the food into the house, and snuck the trash out. No one ever saw me eat, but they sure saw the result. I had a half a front tooth and Mom wouldn't let me get it fixed until I was nearly 17. I was shunned at school, so food was my comfort, and somewhere along the way my reliance on food, my seeing food as more than what it is, as solace and comfort and entertainment, became part of who I am.

Roll forward all these years, and I cannot undo those all thoughts about food, but rather overlay something new and different. I was hoping when I went to WW in 1970 that one day I'd wake up and it would be as if I had never gained weight. I would be like my sister and brother, intuitively thin. But that never happened. They are still cucumbers, I am a pickle.

But that doesn't mean I can't overcome those thoughts and attitudes. I can, and I have. But I have to overcome them every day. It's like my great grandmother who came to this country from Germany. She learned English, became completely competent in English, I'm told she claimed to dream in English, but she still spoke with the old accent to the day she died. It was there, a constant reminder of where she had been and how far she had come. My incipient attitude toward food is like GGrandma's accent.

That is how I see my daily discipline to maintain my loss. As a pickle, I will always have to be careful with portions, always write it down (I still have that selective memory) and I know that as long as I do those things I can remain thin. The day will never come when I will be a cucumber, but that's OK. I know what to do.
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CARINEVE 5/12/2014 11:37AM

    Love your blog.

Losing weight and looking like a cucumber for the last couple of months got me confused, thinking I actually was a cucumber like the rest of my family.

I just forgot I was a pickle (although a healthy one).
But now I remember, thanks for reminding me.

A fellow pickle (and that is fine, I am proud to be!)

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GLORIAMAJDI 4/25/2014 9:31PM

    Just now seeing this wonderful blog. I am a pickle too. I was reading this and remembering how as a teen I would go to the convenience store every day after school and get three or four bottles of Mountain Dew, a few Twix candy bars, and some bags of chips and then go home and eat them all at once. It's a wonder that I wasn't heavier than I was. And now...every time I lose, which has been quite a few times, if I stop tracking, I gain it all back. Yes, I am a pickle and this time I know what to do as well.

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RADIOACTIVEGN 4/22/2014 9:03AM

  This is exactly what I needed to read right now. Thank you from a fellow pickle.

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WITTYBRIT 4/22/2014 8:00AM

    I could have been reading my life story! I am inspired by your success and I know that probably for the rest of my life I will have to track. Whatever it takes, I WILL get healthy!

Thanks for sharing

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IMAVISION 3/23/2014 1:08PM

    Excellent & very insightful blog.

Thank you for sharing so beautifully.

God bless!

Ima

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NEWJEANSDAY 3/23/2014 11:50AM

    Not sure I wanted to hear this message (!) but it is great to know that pickles can look like cucumbers! :-)

Thanks for commenting on my blog today. If I stop losing weight I'll start going to the meetings again.



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BOPPY_ 3/22/2014 6:23PM

    Informative. Educational. Simple. Inspiring. Instructive. Great use of a metaphor.

Thanks,

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NASFKAB 3/9/2014 11:21AM

  have to keep at it

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KALISWALKER 3/4/2014 5:13PM

    Yes it's not something you can undo.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/12/2014 9:55PM

    Well, I have to say, I really prefer pickles. They have a lot more wisdom than cucumbers, and will last a lot longer, too!

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MARYHENNIG 2/5/2014 2:59PM

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SUSANNAH31 2/4/2014 8:52PM

    And you are a constant inspiration to many of us here. Thank you for that!


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DAWNOPFER 2/3/2014 11:35AM

    Great attitude!!

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EJB2801 2/2/2014 10:08PM

    Thanks for showing me how to be more upbeat about being a pickle! I was a cucumber for many years, and now I'm not. I've been slow to change mindsets...or rather, behaviors.

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 2/2/2014 10:01PM

    I am the pickle in my family of cucumbers too.

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HOLLYM48 2/1/2014 5:12PM

    Thanks for telling your story. Every day is a new day to make good choices and I am so thankful that I have found this site and such awesome people to help support and encourage.
Way to go on finding your way to be a pickle and to have power over what and how much you eat!!!!

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FVUSCMOM 2/1/2014 12:47PM

    I am a pickle, too! emoticon

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MONIQUEARIELLE 2/1/2014 12:47AM

    This really is a great analogy. I am going to have to remember this one. Thanks!

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SASHA-222 1/31/2014 1:51PM

    Great analogy emoticon

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ASK_STRATMAN 1/31/2014 12:46PM

    My Dad used that saying too, but I never thought about this journey in those regards. Thank you for this blog post it shed some light on some things.



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MJREIMERS 1/30/2014 10:54PM

    Pickles are much more "flavorful" and interesting on the palate. I personally find pickles much more interesting than a cucumber. I'm glad you are a pickle and you should celebrate it!

Keep up the great work. You are such an inspiration to many that are at the beginning of their journeys, those questioning their journeys and for those of us that will always be on the journey called maintenance.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 1/30/2014 9:24PM

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MOONCHILD8 1/30/2014 8:57PM

    Thank you for being a pickle and telling us how to keep thin. You can not give up or into the feelings of wanting to eat the comfort food. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 1/30/2014 4:37PM

    Brilliant and helpful blog!! Thanks. I know I will never be a cucumber, either. And I am in the process of accepting that I'm a pickle. Congratulations on decades of maintenance. Tremendous accomplishment!!

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KRISZTA11 1/30/2014 3:14PM

    Congrats to your ultra long maintenance!
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ROBYN168 1/30/2014 2:03PM

    Love your pickle analogy. Thank you for sharing your story. I am a pickle too.

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KANSASROSE67 1/30/2014 1:37PM

    I've never heard the pickle saying before, but I love it! This is a great blog. Best wishes to you.

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KIMBERLY_Y 1/30/2014 1:09PM

    Nell, well-said. I really enjoy the analogy. Congratulations on a great blog and your 43 years of successful maintenance. You are an inspiration! emoticon

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PATRICE_E 1/30/2014 12:37PM

    Wonderfully written, Nell! Congratulations on living and sharing such an inspiring, 'awake' life. You're a blessing, indeed.
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SUNSHINE20113 1/30/2014 11:49AM

    Such a great blog. I love how you compare it to your grandma's accent. Thank you for sharing!

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MIDROAD 1/30/2014 11:36AM

    Dear Nell,
You are among the sweetest and wisest here in SP.
Thanks once again for keeping it simple and sharing it with all of us.

Be blessed my friend!

Jeannie the grateful pickle:)

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MYNEWLIFE42 1/30/2014 10:16AM

    Love your analogies - they definitely ring true for so many! Thanks for this! I'm a pickle just entering the world of maintenance and I'm so glad to see I'm not alone.

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MEXGAL1 1/30/2014 9:58AM

    I can so identify with you...especially the "sneaking" of junk into the house and hiding it from your family. I was so skilled at opening candy bar wrappers in bed without anyone hearing me.
Well said.
Best of everything to you.
Sallie

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FELINA 1/30/2014 9:15AM

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AMARILYNH 1/30/2014 9:01AM

    This is SO TRUE!! I'm another ever mindful pickle!!

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KANOE10 1/30/2014 7:46AM

    Your 43 years is so impressive. I love the pickle analogy. I will always be a pickle also. It will always be a daily effort for me and a daily focus. Thanks for sharing your successful tools of maintenance and for being an inspiration to tall of us.

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TORTISE110 1/30/2014 7:27AM

    This got me going....about being "in" a pickle, which you are not! So true about maintenance, Nell. thanks for the post.

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LCERVERA 1/30/2014 7:20AM

    What a great way to look at it! Thank you from a fellow pickle!
I think we've got a whole peck of pickled...oh, wait, that is pickled peppers...nevermind!
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WATERMELLEN 1/30/2014 6:59AM

    Love this blog! As a POW (previously overweight person) I too am an irreversible pickle. And although fluent in maintenance, I'll speak "food" with a "fatty accent" for the rest of my life, I know I know.

Very helpful analogies. Very truthful recording of the ongoing vigilance required for all us POW pickles!!

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BESSHAILE 1/30/2014 6:16AM

    singing my song.

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ELLEKTRA 1/30/2014 5:45AM

    well said...brilliant

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NUOVAELLE 1/30/2014 1:45AM

    I'm sure there are mostly pickles on this site who can completely understand! As for your grandma's story - such a beautiful analogy! - I can honestly relate. But I think constant reminders of how far we've come are a good thing.
Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us.

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DALID414 1/30/2014 12:43AM

    The boyfriend and I call cucumbers un-pickles emoticon

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SUSIEMT 1/29/2014 10:42PM

    Nell, thank you for sharing that story! It was a great analogy! Maybe we are the lucky ones after all. We get to be the spice of life!

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