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9/8/11 8:19 P

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Thank you all for making me feel so welcome on the team. Your welcome for the book stuff - I've read so many books on food/sugar/carb/junk food addiction but because of who Kessler is that book makes even the skeptics take notice if this under studied problem.
Thanks Boo. emoticon back atcha. A big congrats & lots of back pats on getting through the worse of the lure of drive thrus (Everyone siren calls to my inner banshee) I'll try the tiger visual next time out. emoticon that emoticon is just too cute tho' LOL gotta be big & fierce. But not more fierce than we are!
I hope everyone is having a great week. I can't believe it's already Thursday.
Els


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9/7/11 9:56 A

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someone on another team recently mentioned that same book. I'm going to have to add it to my nook wishlist! Thanks for the information.

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9/6/11 10:54 P

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What a nice welcome home! I've been away for a week, and I really enjoyed reading your message, LSBETH.

I read the "End of Overeating" book and didn't know there was a web site for it. Thanks for the info. It's really an excellent book, very useful.

Planning ahead allows us to enjoy reasonable amounts of the higher calorie food and drink that we enjoy. Eating "as a result of the crazy screaming banshee inside" is the habit that we do not enjoy. We can still fall victim to it from time to time, and you are certainly right that it's counter-productive to call it a "cheat" or a "treat". I tend to think of it in my mind as "unplanned eating" or "emotional extras".

I've made great progress with the lure of the drive-thru by thinking of fast food joints as "preying tigers". A Sparkie friend gave me that image and it really works for me, gives me the power to grin and whiz past the temptation, with no regrets. And the more I do it, the easier it gets.
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We are developing skills to help us stay at a lower weight permanently, without having to give up everything. We just have to be patient and keep learning how to keep it all in balance, like you said..
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Here's your "welcome smooch".

Glad to hear the cast is coming off.

Boo, Barb, BSue, Queen Legarathien of Nargothrond

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9/6/11 5:42 P

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I've been here reading for quite some time and have found a lot of inspiration and wisdom.
Here's a quote from Boo regarding wine but it applies to where I am right now in life, "In the old days when we didn't make a game plan because we thought we couldn't have fun at certain events ,unless we had no discipline at all, are gone. It's not all or nothing anymore. We can make room for special food and drink in moderation without letting it break down our resolve and lead us to brush aside our reasons! We just have to plan and make those plans important, like JOL made her marathon goal important."


I am seeking balance. I'm done with 'all or nothing' beliefs. My biggest issue today is junk food - namely fast food. Do I still think that junk food is addictive? yes, it has the psychoactive effect that qualify it to be an addictive substances. www.theendofovereatingbook.com/ But for me (only speaking for myself) unlike other addictions, never having, say a fast food burger or a candy bar, ever again is just not realistic and I'm done tearing myself down or thinking less of myself when I do have one.

My plan is to achieve a maintainable balance with all food & to be healthier: So...I will only eat processed foods in a way that I feel in control of them. I can and will plan for these foods and will not eat them as a result of the crazy screaming banshee inside of me (cravings) because then they control me.

As of today I refuse to call them 'cheats' or 'treat's anymore but I'm not sure what to call them - not that they need a name. Okay they do in my mind. But I think that since I'm eating clean that I'll call them processed food and include the other stuff, not really triggers or cravings or addictive foods for me but all processed food is not good for me and I'm limiting those too.

Thanks to all of you for your honesty and wonderfully insightful posts here. I'm off to get my cast off - Els

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9/6/11 5:13 P

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whew

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9/6/11 4:14 P

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Welcome . . . we promise no bible verse quotes.

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9/6/11 4:13 P

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Hi I'm Els. I am into positive thinking and need to tap into my inner power & the collective energy/power of us here at SP to make life changes. I'm spiritual but not religious and I respect everyone's right to choose their own path. I'm relieved to find a group where I won't be preached at while finding positive support. I hope that we inspire each other to be the best that we can be as we honor each others journey.

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