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LADYIRIS313's Photo LADYIRIS313 Posts: 926
1/11/09 3:59 P

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Well, the book arrived and I've read 4 chapters. Thus far, most of what I'm reading is not far beyond what I read in the free articles, but all very good. I will say I really liked with the free exercises that came with the 4 day Emotional Eating opener. They helped the cement the ideas, IMHO. I think I will go ahead and sign up.

Thus far, my life has been conducive to making changes. However, yesterday we gutted one wall of our kitchen. Next week we will gut the other. I will be living on microwave food and whatever doesn't need cooking. I'm going to have to plan carefully because if I don't, hubs will putting 4 meat pizza in the oven, or buying it to go. I'm sort of scared by this.

School is also starting up and I'll be gone 4 nights a week until 9-10pm. Generally I prefer eating when I get home. I get sleepy if I eat dinner before class. However, late nights *particularly when class has frustrated me* are triggers for me to eat too much.

Life is about to get interesting.

Thanks for all your advice! I appreciate how open everyone is with their own struggles. I think it helps a lot to know we aren't alone.

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us
are looking at the stars"

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SUSANHKS's Photo SUSANHKS Posts: 891
1/11/09 1:38 P

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I haven't seen any complaints about their billing system on their online forum. It was certainly easy for me to sign up to renew my membership and looks like all I do is uncheck a box on my account on their online program to stop the autorenewal. Since I've never tried to stop the program, obviously I can't tell you from experience about that.

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NEWCREATION2010's Photo NEWCREATION2010 Posts: 118
1/11/09 11:25 A

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Thanks so much for your insights on this, Susan. I've been on the fence about doing the online course, but your words have encouraged me to take the plunge. You are SOOOO right...I have certainly eaten a good $40 worth of binge foods in very short order. To invest it in the program makes wonderful sense.
Is it easy to commit to the first month without it being a hassle to say "no thanks" to the rest of the program after they already have your credit card?


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SUSANHKS's Photo SUSANHKS Posts: 891
1/4/09 9:16 P

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Ladyiris, I'm a therapist and a voracious reader. I can intellectually understand stuff and sometimes even easily see it other people-- and yet wasn't succeeding with my own weight management. Since finishing Shrink Yourself, I've been doing a lot of reading and trying to really incorporate everything I learned and really making changes in myself.

I started the online program before I got the book, read the book during the program, and am continuuing the program. I don't think I would have gotten nearly as much out of it had I just read the book first. Like your experience with how the things added to the free lessons helped in the process of really learning to apply it-- I think you will find the online program even more so-- with the interaction of the other online members. I like this forum and the EE forum-- but there is just not so much indepth exploration of the SY concepts, sharing the insights while we are learning them, and not all the posts that people are doing while they are trying to implement the concepts.

You can do what I did-- just sign up for a month at $40 and then see if you think it is worth continuing. For me, I can waste $40 on emotional eating soooo fast-- it was a total no brainer to continue.

I'm afraid if I read the book first I might have thought I had intellectually "gotten it all" and not really applied it as much.

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1/4/09 8:24 P

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Welcome Iris. I'm glad you found us. I have read the book and done the online program. For me, the online was beneficial because it prodded you a bit more and was able to use some logic to help lead you down paths of your emotional eating that you might not pick up as quickly on your own. The book I find more self paced (obviously) and more exploratory since you aren't rushing on to the next week. If you are a busy woman you might find the book method better, if you are good at time management and do have some free time to spare the on line program is good. For me, I spent 6 months looking into EE and just focusing on my emotions and how to react to them before I started working on eating and exercising guidelines that SP offers.

On a final note, I think your online photo is very cool!

Good luck to you in 2009.

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1/4/09 4:52 P

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IMHO, try working on the book by yourself. If you find you are procrastinating on it, then consider using the online program to prod you. And, keep up with us! emoticon

*"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.
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LADYIRIS313's Photo LADYIRIS313 Posts: 926
1/4/09 4:38 P

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Wow, thanks to everyone for the advice and the warm welcome! Sparkers are just the BEST!

I am really enthused about this process. I KNOW that doing the emotional work changes your life, but I honestly never thought of myself as a candidate for that! I'm a psychology major, and I've studied all sorts of issues, like rape trauma, alcoholism, gambling addiction etc. and I really recognize that Gould's methods would be very effective. Imagine my surprise when I recognized MYSELF in his articles!

I'm really torn now about whether to just work on the book, when it arrives, or whether to pop for the online instruction too? Any opinions?

Because I AM a student I am online a LOT, and I am a good student ... as in I enjoy the learning. I wonder if the fact that the online system is guided and paced, if it will be better to get me through it all?

In any event, I am really looking forward to this .. and I know it is preliminary to say this, but I'm noticing a diminishing in my craving just from the doing the daily work with the free lessons I've been getting in my mail. Of course, when school starts back up again and I'm not in the safe cocoon of home, and the stress rises -- that will be a test, right?

Thanks again for your support! I look forward to getting to know you all better. emoticon

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SUSANHKS's Photo SUSANHKS Posts: 891
1/4/09 3:23 P

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Welcome, Ladyiris, to the Shrink Yourself team.

I'm also on the Shrink Yourself online program and a member of the Emotional Eater's team here as well. I highly recommend both. (This Shrink Yourself team is good- but not so large or active as the EE team or the paid Shrink Yourself forum that is part of the online SY program.)

My user name is the same on Shrink Yourself online (except I think there is a space before "hks"). Make sure when you start the program there you start posting on the forum ASAP and try out the chats there. The program is so good that even though I finished the twelve weeks of guided sessions I pay the $9.95 per month "graduate" price to keep involved over with the forum/chats over there.

Shrink Yourself has helped me soooooo much!


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OOLALA53's Photo OOLALA53 Posts: 8,515
1/4/09 12:41 P

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Ladyiris, your enthusiasm is a wonderful shot in the arm for us old-timers, too.

Highlighting as you go through the book is a fabulous idea. I also recommend having a stack of index cards that you write especially moving quotes or kind admonitions to yourself on and carry with you. pull them out and read them several times a day. You'll be surprised how much more they pop into your head at appropriate times.

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*"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!
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MARIASPARKLE's Photo MARIASPARKLE Posts: 6,075
1/4/09 12:15 P

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Hiya LadyIris and welcome to our team. This is a great place, lots of good advice and very sensible ideas.

When you're reading the book, I recommend you have a highlighter pen handy. I've just started re-reading the book as a lot of the wisdom didn't sink in first time.

Best of luck with your goals for 2009!!

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LADYIRIS313's Photo LADYIRIS313 Posts: 926
1/4/09 3:08 A

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Hi everyone. I'm returning to Spark after being away for several months. I was having great success here, but I got a bit obsessed - I think I traded food for obsessing about exercise and counting calories (I got a wee bit crazy). Then two things happened, 1) My achilles tendon pain kept getting worse and I was sent to a physical therapist who prescribed painful stretches but ordered me off any weight bearing exercise, and 2) I lost heart when I worked SO hard an no one noticed my weight loss. All the weird issues came back, and voila .. I threw it all out the window. I gained back 18 of the 25 lbs I lost and felt miserable - both emotionally and physically (bad back pain returned). I decided to come back.

While watching in horror this series of shows on cable television on weight loss surgery and trials of the "super morbidly obese," I was struck at all the medical intervention on the individuals while there was a total lack of emotional & psychological assistance for the patient and more so for their enablers - spouses, children and families. I'm also a returning college student majoring in psychology, and I know from my studies how critical this component is when dealing with any sort of addiction. Of course I never considered MY loss of food control to BE an addiction.

Then .. serendipity occurred. While I was watching the show, I was also online and I ran across a mention of Dr. Gould on a blog that caught my interest. I looked up his credentials, and then looked for his website, and read feedback on his book. His message & methodology resonated. How is it that I've never heard of this before? I signed up for his free 4 day Emotional Eating set of 'lessons' and I'm done with those tomorrow and after working on each of the assignments, I KNOW this is what I need.

I've ordered the book, and once it arrives next Tuesday, I will sign up online. I am thrilled to find this team and I really believe that doing this emotional work is going to be the difference this time.
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Edited by: LADYIRIS313 at: 1/4/2009 (03:12)
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