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5/31/12 7:38 A

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You can actually sit down and plan some topics to think about when these urges come up. One of the habits that gets people eating is imagining how good foods are going to taste or smell or feel. We build them up in our minds instead of thinking about other things, some of which is how we will feel better if we wait to eat, not so much from a moral sense but just physically. However, if we never wait, we can't register that experience! That's why when we do wait, we need to check in with how good it feels and mentally or even in writing give ourselves credit.

This doesn't happen overnight. It's a skill that comes with practice. I don't suggest spending a lot of time thinking about how thin your body is going to look if you don't eat or something like that as a replacement See if you can divert to topics irrelevant to food/body stuff. Will you sing a song you love in your mind? Remember a good time or a future plan? Or just pay more attention to your surroundings?

If it turns out that food is covering a lot of things you don't want to think about, well, that can't be fixed in one post.

So many of our problems in life can't be solved at the moment they bother us. We're not necessarily going to be able to find a way to feel good right away that is as easy as food. When I accepted that, it was easier just to white knuckle it, employing every diversion strategy I could, until the next appropriate time to eat. emoticon

Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 5/31/2012 (07:46)
*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
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5/31/12 6:57 A

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It amazes me how many people go in to auto pilot. I thought I was alone in that. I have never had anyone in my life go that way. My family tries to be supportive but they really don't understand. They just think I need to practice self-control. I think it is more about figuring out the emotional side of it as I am going along. PJDARCAX, I also come up with all kinds of things that I have to have. Lately the craving seldom stops until I eat the item. It is frustrating. humiliating and just plain bad for my health.

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5/30/12 6:12 P

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There are times when I will be just fine all day up until about 3:30PM and then my mind wanders to all the bad things I can eat before I get home! Stop for french fries, a Big Mac meal, candy bars or what ever other form of garbage I can think myself into craving. Once it is my mind it seems like I have no control and auto pilot takes me to the various stops along the way. I know full well that it is a bad idea and I will feel horrible afterward. I need to be able to shut off my mind. Ignore the "bad thoughts". IT really is mind over matter. I am really working on bringing a snack food for 3:30 and not allowing myself the time to think of anything I could stop for. I do it less often now and am trying to completely stop.

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5/29/12 8:44 P

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Thank you for the support! Oolala, your post on my other thread was great! I actually wish I could just follow you around and learn all your great habits! I'll just keep following you on SP and the other site and learn as much as I can. I really have a lot of bad thinking and behaviors to change. I really shouldn't expect for it to happen so quickly since I've had them for at least 25 years of my life.

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5/29/12 7:30 P

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When I get to my no-bones food plan I tend to control my binges better. It is when I let myself drift off of a regular eating plan. I do the same as you rungirl. The worst part of it is that I don't even enjoy the food that I am cramming in my mouth. I question it all of the time. Why am I stuffing my face and not even enjoying the flavor? Why do I have this need to abuse my body? It is frustrating and I have had to deal with the behavior my entire life. As a kid, I would freak out if I got less than my sister (especially dessert). I compare my food portions to others. My mouth, mind, emotions are always on way-overkill. I am on day 1 and it seems likely that I will be successful with completion. I am looking forward to having several days. Good luck to you too!

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5/29/12 5:35 P

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You never going to get away from me now! I just left you a long post on our other site, but here I'll say, it takes most people a few runs at 21 days BF to get there. We welcome you to the thread, no matter what!

Just like it takes an aircraft carrier several miles to change direction, you will likely take time to change your behavior. Never forget that it has played an important role in your life, one that your total self will unlikely give up without a fight. Some people have fought that complete fight even before they start without even knowing it. Those are the ones who talk about it like it's easy. And when you are in the right place, it will be easy, too.

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp


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5/29/12 4:49 P

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Welcome run girl! *waving emphatically* this is a very friendly team.

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5/29/12 4:11 P

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I found this team this afternoon, after I ate lunch, but then somehow thought I could fool myself into thinking I could eat ONE Lindt chocolate ball. I ended up eating a handful more of various minature chocolates and then felt awful. Yesterday I had a huge piece of chocolate pie after lunch, then a frozen custard concrete (like a DQ blizzard) after dinner, and a Snickerdoodle right before bed as my "last" treat for the weekend/holiday. I do that every Sunday! This week it was Monday due to the holiday. I like the idea of 21 days of LBF. I don't think I'll break my sweets/dessert habit if I continue to indulge in them on the weekend. Seems like I control myself well on Saturday, but then the cravings are MUCH worse on Sunday! Monday's are really challenging after eating sugar so much the day before.

"I also realized at one point that I never binged when I was legitimately hungry. It was always when I already had eaten, yet still had urges to eat." -Oolala

That is so true! It's like I completely turn my brain off and give absolutely no thought to what or how much is going into my mouth. If I eat a meal and just stop, fight the urge to continue, I usually don't go overboard on chocolate, or whatever else is in sight.

Tomorrow I'll attempt a streak of 21 days of LBF. I have learned so many helpful things from teams on this web site, now I just have to force myself to apply them and not give in to the evil voice in my head.

"I would rather lose weight slowly and happily than fast and miserably. "
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