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Holding Firm / Addiction

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The pounds they have grown stubborn, but I'm MORE stubborn and sticking with my zero sugar / zero grain approach. Also sticking with my 16 hour daily fasts and limiting my eating to the hours between noon & 8-9 pm. Calories varying between 1400-1600 mostly with occasional dips to 1200.

I was impressed by Russell Brand's editorial comment about Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the lesson of addiction that he brings front and center to the world:

"Like any drug addict I know exactly how Hoffman felt when he 'went back out'. In spite of his life seeming superficially great, in spite of all the praise and accolades, in spite of all the loving friends and family, there is a predominant voice in the mind of an addict that supersedes all reason and that voice wants you dead. This voice is the unrelenting echo of an unfulfillable void."

And as so many of you know so well: addiction to unhealthy foods (sugar/salt/fat) can pose just as much a killer and snuff out lives just as much as drug addiction.

Hoffman had gone through many, many years of successful recovery and yet...?

Such a cautionary tale for so many of us!

Yes, it's a pain maintaining that eternal vigilance, but a far greater price to slip back into the "void"...! Forget about the blame-game of coulda/shoulda/woulda regarding past bad choices: Daily we truly DO face life or death choices and we have that opportunity:

Let's keep our SPARK and keep choosing LIFE!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NANCY- 2/13/2014 10:25AM

The cost of letting vigilance lapse is deadly. Replacing self-soothing with self-love is a good place to start.

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WATERMELLEN 2/10/2014 8:12PM

    A very good connection-- and I do so agree with you that addiction (including addiction to food) requires eternal vigilance.

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ROMANTILLY 2/10/2014 6:26PM

    LOVE IT DON! emoticon for posting and giving each of us that reminder that we need to love ourselves and care for ourselves and choose what is best for ourselves.

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CHANGE4FIT 2/10/2014 1:04PM

    Powerful reminder of lifestyle change and the need for vigilence in consistency-eloquent as always.

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RAINBOWFALLS 2/8/2014 9:28AM

    What a great comparison.

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L*I*T*A* 2/7/2014 6:21PM

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RECREATING_ME 2/7/2014 2:23PM

    Wise words, Don. emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 2/7/2014 9:29AM

    Food being the hardest addiction to tackle I believe as food is widely accepted as OK - comfort food , social settings , family functions we face everyday - as food is required to fuel the body - there is no way around it - where other addictions are choice - I am not making light of the difficulty of these horrific addictions but food is a necessity to live - Great blog !


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KANOE10 2/7/2014 8:31AM

    That was well said. It is a healthy life that we are fighting for! I hope these last stubborn pounds go off soon. You are doing great. That voice of addiction that remains present is all too true. It is a daily effort to make healthy choices!


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ONEKIDSMOM 2/7/2014 6:40AM

    It's such a tricky disease... and it knows our minds so well! That's why we need one another!

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    The difference between recreational drugs and "food" is that "food" is totally accepted in society.

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FERRETLOVER1 2/7/2014 6:33AM

    Unfortunately, sometimes we are just our own worst enemies. We need to treat ourselves the way we would treat a loved one - with more respect and caring.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/7/2014 12:14AM

    So true.

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