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well, I arranged my environment yesterday but not in the most productive way. I either threw out or ate any tempting things. No more cheese. No more flavored and super salty almonds (kept the healthy unsalted kind that are snack food and not binge food). I threw away all the sweets except for one box of cookies. They are special and since I've had them (2 weeks now), I only eat one or two with my coffee and track them. There is nothing left that is a typical binge trigger.

The trickier part for me is to ensure I don't bring in take out or order in. Its so easy to do that where I live and I need to keep reminding myself of my goals.

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Day 7 - I sort of have a handle on my environment, but a couple of issues I have to work on. Work is pretty easy - we only have 4 of us in the office and if anyone brings anything in, it is normally fresh fruit. We have a microwave and fridge so I am working at bringing my lunch each day. At the beginning of the week I bring in apples and carrot sticks. I also keep almonds at my desk and have a 1/2 ounce (12 - I count them) most afternoons.

At home, part of it is easy - DH and his son love store bought oreo's and choc chip cookies which don't tempt me at all - so I buy only those. DH also loves plain potato chips which I don't care for. His son loves Doritos which is a huge temptation for me, but he now keeps them up in his bedroom so I am safe. If I do buy snacks for company, I put them in the bottom of our buffet so I don't see them. Pizza is one of my temptations. I have found Dr. Oetkers Risorante Funghi (Mushroom) Pizza's thin crust are only 400 calories so they are my go to treat. I try to only make one if DH is eating the other half, or put the other half in the fridge right away. I still buy other frozen pizza's for my step son. I am really good about not cooking them myself, but if I come in and he has cooked one and left some out - I tend to take a slice. I will have to figure that one out.

I do keep fresh fruit and hard boiled eggs handy. For the most part we eat clean and healthy, but if we are having dinner guests I will make something different. I have been bad with eating leftovers, but recently started getting better at either giving the leftovers to the guests to take or sometimes throw it out. Came across a saying not too long ago - you can waste it or you can waist it. Much easier to throw out now! emoticon

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8/27/13 2:46 A

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Hi! I imagine you will catch up, because I have kinda slowed down on day 7. I am slowly throwing the junk food and switching out for the healthy stuff. I have no clue why it's so hard for me. I don't mind throwing it, but it's almost like I want it around as my safety blanket or in case of an emergency (the bingeing type). Anyway, keep me updated! Also I am headed back to teaching for the year, and grad school, in addition to my 2 kiddos, so progress is slow but it's better than no progress.


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Hi there! I wish I'd been faster on the draw and could have joined you on Day One. I'm just starting Day one today, Monday. I'll be checking your posts and comparing notes with you as I go.



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Why is this day 7 so hard for me? I was hoping to see lots of others struggling and get some ideas. I found a couple : ). I breezed through the first 6 days. I am the one with the weight problem and we are living in my dad's house, which complicate my situation, and I really don't know that I want the tempting foods to go away. It means the loss of freedom of eating whatever I want. Grrrr... I guess I will buckle down and do it. PS- giving myself credit: last night I impulsively ate seconds of my favorite spaghetti when my husband was in the bathroom and then when everyone went to go play with a toy helicopter outside, I stayed home to clean, but instead ate thirds and ate on the couch- in front of the TV. However, I did not beat myself up and today, ate breakfast at the table. Could have been slower, but I did remember midway through. Yay! to me!

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Had cheesecake for my treat 2 weeks ago but couldn't finish the whole thing. Instead of putting it in the fridge where it would be a worse temptation, put it in the freezer instead. It lasted until the next week when I had it as part of my new treat! Freezer is good out of sight, out of mind place for me.

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This chapter will be more challenging. Hubbie loves cookies and snacks that I should not have.

Here goes Well sometimes I can easily throw my junk food away. But I try not to buy any. I can not control the action other others. Hubbie likes coconut cookies and cookies in general. Trying to get him not to buy or eat them is like trying to take a babies pacifer from its mouth. emoticon emoticon . He has a bad habit of displaying them on the kitchen counter. I placed them inside of the cabinet so I do not have to look them while I pass by. Of course he will ask where they are and I tell him. where and why. The two other big kids eat their own junk they both work now and they are ouf of high school. The middle boy is health conscienous because he had restarted to lift weights. No it not an option for him to be my diet or exercise buddy. We would clash heads cause we both firey. LOL. I have suggested to hubbie that he not bring any cakes into the house...that he leave them in the car or give what he can not eat away. Now sweets given to from outside the family .............I just came up with a plan for that. I can put them in the deep freezer for whom ever want to eat at a later day. that way I will not be tempted so much. I have said that I do not want to make too many cards but I saw two that I had to have from the Book. The one that speak about throwing away food is a biggie for me and meeting my needs. Wow I'l have to paste that one every where.

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12/30/11 8:20 P

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I'm pretty much all set!

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12/12/11 11:15 A

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I'm good with this one most of the time...but every now and then something comes home from the store that should not.... but it doesn't hang around for too long.



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11/22/11 8:23 A

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This has been one of the most helpful chapters for me.

Some things I've done that are WORKING!

1.Purchasing snacks (chips, pretzels, etc...) that the kids eat in the individual bags. They are more expensive than a whole bag of chips, but I think it's worth it. It's also easier to grab a small bag of Sunchips and easily record the calories.

2.Going to buy store-brand snacks because they aren't as tempting for me to eat, lol!

3.Want to purchase a couple of cute, new dishes that are smaller than my current plates.

4. Have set up a bin in my fridge of pre-portioned snacks, like grapes, carrots and Chex Mix. It's easier to grab a bag and know what the calories are.

5.Keeping fruits and veg visible.

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11/7/11 1:43 P

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Going to place the families treats out of sight.

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This is already done. We have a snack shelf in the cupboards that has nuts, kashi bars, usually some dark chocolate but not at the moment. Ice cream in the freezer... that's about it!



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Already got the bad stuff out long ago - I'll instead arrange my kitchen a little better to make it easier to say, "Yes, I will cook tonight," rather than look at the cluttered counters, throw up my hands, and pick up the phone to order delivery.

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7/31/11 9:13 A

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My pantry and fridge are pretty bad to begin with so no problem there! Going shopping today and will bring home only healthy for ME stuff

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I had more bad stuff in my pantry than I thought! Threw out 2 garbage bags of garbage! I went to whole foods and stocked up on healthy panty basics. I am ready!

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7/21/11 2:39 P

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This was fairly straightforward at my house. I've been keeping the potato chips and raisinets in cube baskets on top of the fridge to keep the kitchen looking neater. There is cookie dough in the freezer so my hubby can make warm chocolate chip cookies when the mood strikes him. Even that's out of sight.

So when I do snack, I have something pre-portioned and then sit down to enjoy it.

Forward ho!!

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I honestly did even have to do this. We have like nothing in the kitchen right now. Trust me, I know...I just went looking for something...LOL. But, I will avoid the things at the store that I know are my weaknesses. Be blessed, Dawn

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5/20/11 10:21 A

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This is now a solid, dont' have to think about it habit...

It's actually really hard to pig out in my kitchen anymore. :-)
Treats are bought in single serving bags and "comfort" food is available in healthy forms like oatmeal and individually wrapped dark chocolates.

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3/26/11 3:42 A

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This one could take me a week to really get done. I do keep boiled eggs in the fridge and some fresh or dried fruit around, and the ingredients for for raw almond milk. Raw helps satisfy me.

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Great idea, Anne! I always struggle with overeating the goodies but this is a practical way to solve the problem.

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3/14/11 7:38 A

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Pam, good job keeping things out of sight! One thing that has been hard for me, but important, especially after holidays etc with "special" food is that I put aside what I think others will eat (even individually portioning and putting it aside for kids' lunches etc so that it's very obvious if I take any for myself) and then throw the rest out! It only hurts for a second and then you feel so good for doing that for yourself! I don't seem to have any problems nibbling cake here and there, but if I know it's someone's Monday lunch dessert I'll keep my hands off. Just a thought.
Now off to work on Day 8!
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My daughter has a birthday party today so I will eat cake and ice cream today and hopefully most of it will be gone tomorrow. If not, I will put it out of sight, out of mind. I responded to one of the team members blogs about day 7 and thought I would repost it here:

I think it is wonderful that removing the food from your sight ( and I have done this too and it usually works) doesn't tempt you to have any. My problem before I was better disciplined was that I would think about where I put the food and then go after it in wild abandon! Now that I have more self-control, especially through the help of SP, I am usually able to resist overeating the food, but sometimes not. Now, If anybody brings some goodies into the house, I usually have them hide it. Beck is reminding me of tools to be successful with self-control, especially with using my appetite as a control and tracking my nutrition. Sorry for the long post but your blog spurred me on! LOL!

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Done! I even put questionable items on a separate shelf in the refrigerator so they are not as accessible.

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This is a fairly easy one for me - I have a fridge at work and a microwave I can use so I'm all set up for lunches and snacks. I live alone, so I can set the apartment up however I like. I did clean last night - it always helps me when my surroundings are tidy.

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While I was off on vacation last week, I cleaned out my kitchen cabinets. I got rid of the snacks that trigger binges: pita chips, crackers, nuts, chips. I put my hot air corn popper on the counter where I can see it and easily use it. The last time I lost a large amount of weight air-popped corn played a major part. It's filling without containing a lot of calories.

I'm also going to take my lunch to work each day rather than get lunch at the local delis and food courts. Not only will I save calories, i'll save money.

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We do not have many foods in our house that are off limits for a healthy diet.
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This one isn't tough for me. I don't have much trouble with the home or office environments. It's more about the fast food (taking the easy route). That is behavioral...rather than environmental. Guess I can't close all the fast food chains in town. :)

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I am retired so I don’t have work to worry about. I’ve been working on this a while now (before I started SP.) Trying to get healthier. Everything gets put away and out of sight. The rule if I don’t buy it I can’t eat it applies here.
Now my biggest problem is how MUCH healthy food I eat.

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This is tough, but I'm managing. Mostly it's avoiding the stuff family brings to meals (Mom will buy doughnuts and say "But we'll eat them, and they taste good." And then complains that she can't lose weight, and she knows why. My sister and I are slowly working on her, and my father's efforts to combat his diabetes is beginning to take hold in her mind. Every bit helps! I can't wait for the next few weeks to go by - after that, I'll be working close to a two day a week farmer's market - the main grocery stores are a bit of a drive, so my plan is to eat off the market as much as I can. Woohoo!

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Phew, thankfully when I go shopping I still have good intentions. When I'm inside the grocery I realize that I shouldnt buy bags of chips and frozen pizzas just because I'm not "watching" exactly what goes into my body. If I am going to have a set-back, it's usually because I go eat out, or run to the corner market and grab some chips/soda. So my environment is still...cleanish, I just have to stick TO my plans. Also I need to get back into the habit of packing my own lunches. The cutie boys at Habeneros nextdoor to where I work allllways give me cheapcheapcheap (usually free) food. I DO get salads. I skip dressing and have then drench it in their salsa, but still. It's not good. I eat too much. Must alter my work time food time again. Batch cooking was where it was at. Cooking a bunch of chicken, and then cubing it for salads later. Such a good habit. In fact, I have 2 hours before I need to start moving towards work, I'm going to go make sure I dont make any bad decisions tonight.

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Sometimes I sabatage myself, like buying candy or cookies at the store. Then I get home and wonder what
I was thinking. Right now, I have a bag of M&M's ,
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my desk at the office. Huh???? Need to fix that.

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I've already had to do this,
i got rid of some nasty popcorn that was plaguing my health! At 500+ cals a bag I had to throw away half of the box, it was hard but i was proud. After my snacks had run out, I didn't rebuy and just try to not allow myself to have anything in the house that I will over indulge myself with! woo!

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This one isn't so hard, I suppose. I buy all my own food and it is kept separately from the other people in the house. My husband never buys sweets, so all had to do was move his doritos to another shelf that I can't reach.

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clean up your environment..I see from older post some of the things said. I know this is my journey with spark and not my families. I can not change other people. My hubbie still loves cookies and ice cream and the occasional pork skins, and at his birthday ((Christmas))cake. No I do not bake but his aunt does and so does other friends he that are in the the radio ministry. He has some health challenges. Now he has improved his eating habits but his battle is just that his battle. I can not change him. Most men are stubborn by nature. I can not waste my energy and time going in circles. Not being mean just real. He has to want to change for himself not because I rag on him about eating not so healthy food. I have noticed that my two teenagers are watching me and they always say your diet food (((that is what they call healthy food)) is nasty but I find wrappers from my breakfast bars, almonds, cottage cheese, mozzerala cheese, and even green tea being ate by them. So they are reachable more so than hubbie. He has a sweet tooth. I have told to please put the cookies where I can not find them. I am not a big fan of ice cream or cakes. Now he gets it and puts them out of my sight or I place them out of my sight. But I can be tempted. I do not buy junk but my hubbie and 18 y/o does and often offer it to me. Somtimes I refuse then are other times. This will be a progress for me continually. I am still learning and growing and to me that is what is important.

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I believe in clean eating. The food in my home environment is healthy and nutritious with planned indulgences. Lol, I'm just eating too much of the good stuff.

Edited by: MAZZYR at: 3/31/2010 (12:14)
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For me, this is and has been an easy thing. I am finding that as I leave the junk food alone, I am not seeking it when I am away from home. We went to the fair and my treat was a baked potato. LOL

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I went to the store and bought lots of fresh fruits and vegies--usually I just buy apples, bananas, oranges, carrots, and lettuce. Anyway, I found it to be such a treat to snack on clementines, fresh pineapple, pears, mangos,--even made a salad of broccoli slaw! I feel so satisfied I don't feel like eating junk!

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I had a chance to inventory my pantry and toss out a lot of junk that no one had touched. Rearranged the cabinets, everything except the junk drawers (my next project)Then I put all the "goodies" I like as far as I possibly could and the healthy stuff in front. So if I do have a craving, I have to debate whether to dig around to get to those sweets, and there are not very many of them for the month. And those goodies are small treats not big candy bars.

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I keep a healthy cupboard and fridge. I do have some snacks for the kids' lunches but they are hidden, for my sake and theirs.

When I feel like "cheating" or "bingeing" I literally go to the store and get something to binge on...and it HAS happened. Hopefully, though less and less.




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This one is key for me. I think the last six months of '09 I had things stashed in my pantry or fridge that kept me from losing. I was lucky that I only gained a few pounds, because I was pretty much grazing all afternoon and evening. It was clear to me how much the items in my home affect me. Being a stay-at-home mom, I have the luxury of being totally in control of the kitchen. I don't go to an office where there is food/cafeteria to tempt me. And I do all the shopping, so for 3 weeks the pantry and fridge have been so healthy- and guess what? I've lost WEIGHT!

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This one I did ages ago. I have DH's snacks in a cabinet in the kitchen that I do not need to get into so I don't see them. DH had a bit of a problem with high blood sugar a few years ago so sugar and products with sugar were banished then. If I am going to eat something really bad, I have to go out and buy it deliberately. I coupon and shop the sales, so we always have lots of healthy foods in the pantry and freezer as I buy on BOGO sales with coupons for almost everything other than fresh foods. I do think this helps. It is so easy to munch on something if it is around and within eyesight.

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This is one I actually try to do already. My husband gets irritated that we "never have snack foods in the house". We sort of go around and around sometimes. He brings in Little Debbies, donuts, and chips, and I usually eat them. That's why I try to keep them out of the house. He thinks I should just be able to leave them alone. Sometimes he'll just leave the treats in his car, which works for me.

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This one isn't really an issue for me. Most everything in my house works with my plan. I just need to make sure that I don't bring in certain items, like snack crackers, that I have a tendency to binge on.

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Most of the food in my house is healthy. We have been watching the quality of the food we buy for a few years now. I do have some treats for my children that are temptations for me like cookies and chocolates. I'm going to put them in one box out of sight.

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This is a constant process in my life right now. I have environments at work, home, and in between.
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Over the past three years I have been making improvements. 100%whole wheat, less junk, lower or no fat.
There is still room for improvement and I will work on this all weekend.

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This task is pretty much done...We've cleared most of the junk, including white breads, pastas, and refined starches, for the last 3 years.

I have to have some stuff for my 6 year old, but even that stuff is pretty healthy. I do not want him growing up with a weight problem like both my husband and me (he licked it way back in college, and does not have any issues now). I occasionally buy potato chips, and know that I can't even have one, or it's a free for all!

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I live in and work in the same space, so at least I'm only organizing one space. Truthfully, I unkowingly started this about a month ago. I decided I wanted to reduce the amount of food in the pantry and freezer, and what is left are things that are treats for my husband, but not triggers for me. However, I have been going out every few days and buying ice cream, which will have to stop before the diet starts.

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I have the Complete Beck Diet for Life, so I'm going to do these in the order of the tasks presented in that book.

This is task 5: Get Organized.
I'm working on this one.
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Day 7: Arrange your environment

I did this step before I started the Beck Solution from the advice of other books I had read. I stop bringing junk food into the house, and when I allow myself a treat I buy one of whatever not a whole package.

Arranging my environment is not hard for me because I live alone. I can see where it would be a challenge for those who share a home with others.



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Ah yes, I remember day 7. I dug through my cupboards reading ingredients and nutritional information. For a while my dh and I had to figure out a list of snack foods that he loves but I don't so they wouldn't be tempting. We've kept up the "clean" pantries. I can now keep dark chocolate and hard candy in the house without binging on it (this took many months to achieve) and I shop sales so there's always something healthy to eat.

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Day 7 wasn't bad because I need to shop for food. I made a spot for my BF's stuff high up so I can't see it.
At work I have some 0 point soup for snack attacks and I'm going to focus on bringing healthy snacks each day so I'll stay away from vending machine which has been easy lately.

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Today is fairly easy - I've been working at this for some time. The only "junk" food I've personally got in the house is a small bag of Hershey's Dark Chocolate - the flat squares with the fruit and nuts along with some plain 60% cocoa squares. I've determined I won't totally ban stuff like this - I tend to binge fairly easily, but I am limiting myself to 60% dark chocolate or darker - I can't eat as much. I also have a nice place setting I picked up during an away theater gig that has a smaller food space on the plate, so I can't fit as much on it. The bowl that goes with it is huge, but I use it for salads and soups (making sure I limit the cream based soups to half the bowl, so it's a normal serving size.)

I'm also starting a couple of container gardens for fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and "space saving" cucumbers. My mom grows fresh herbs of all kinds, so we'll share the fruits of our labors (so to speak). There's also a nice apple tree in my parents' backyard , and we'll make applesauce out of that. And - if that's not enough, my mom and I have made a pact to focus on eating the produce of the region this summer. We've got tons of pick-your-own type places and a nice regional market open a few times a week. Summer will be a lovely experience - going to take advantage of all the nutrient dense food they have to offer and find new fruits and veggies to enjoy.

The only junk that now remains in the house belongs to my father, who has been told to avoid regular sugar (he's got Type II diabetes), but has been told that certain artificial sweetners are ok - so he's been buying his favorite snack foods in "sugar-free" versions (cookies with aspertame, etc). I won't touch this stuff at all, so no problems for me. (We won't talk about my concerns for him... but that's another post.)

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I will admit that I did not do much with day 7, largely because we have very little food in the house right now since I plan on grocery shopping today. Hubby and I established we cannot by bulk foods from costco, sweets in large quantities, cheeses, or cured meats since we both have a tendency o binge on them. The problem for me is not having foods in the house leads to eating out and we almost got pizza last night. I pulled out the list in my head and decided we had enough tomatoes in the fridge to make bruschetta instead. Dinner was about 500 calories less than it would have been! So for me, arrange your environment includes having lots of good food in the house just as much as not having the tempting items there.

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For me, the main issue is having food out on the counter. My husband tends to buy big bags of stuff at Costco, and then leave them out because they don't fit in our drawers. I've told him that if they can't fit, he should put a reasonable amount in a bag or container that he can put away, and then put the rest in our high storage.

 
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Day 7 turned out to be pretty easy. I have been making sure I bring healthy options home from the grocery and the family has a drawer that is only for their treats. We chose a drawer that I never use so I would have no reason to be in it. I noticed when I make it a priority to eat better my family does the same.

At work I am in charge of shopping for the kitchen so I make I have a balance of healthy and not so healthy. I have always brought my own food to work to ensure I have good options to eat instead of reaching for the cookies or candy.

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My house is pretty much cleared from junk food. I live with my sister and she is dieting as well. If she does endulge, we have an arrangement that she keeps her stuff out of sight. The only thing she has that is hard to hide is the sherbert. But I don't care for sherbert much so it isn't a temptation.

At work I don't go into the teacher's lounge so I don't see any of the goodies when they appear. I don't see the vending machines either so it's not a problem. In my room I have healthy snacks if I need them. I have a small refrigerator in my room so I can keep string cheese, yogurt,etc for planned snacking.


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Hi everyone

I found this one of the easier tasks to do as it was a practical, one-time doing task (i.e. rearrange the cupboards and it's done). I've got all the kids junk food in a separate cupboard that I don't need to go in at all. I've even gone one extra step and moved the one box of goodies that does tempt me to the back so that I can't see it.

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It's pretty hard to be in control of our environments everywhere; so we need to do it the best that we can!

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Preparing and planning go into arranging my environment. Also, knowing what I need to be successful in various situations.
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It makes sense to create an environment that promotes success - I am working on this one! So used to failing at this weight loss thing that I get sucked back into the habits that got me here...




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Arrange Your Environment

My environment is healthy with a few minor exceptions that I will take care of this weekend.

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The blue bin is a great idea!

I'm like Leigh, I don't have to worry about foods coming into my environment.

I also interrupted this to mean anything else that might trigger a lot of eating or just creating a healthy environment in general.

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In this one, I am lucky because I live alone so nothing comes into the house that I can't eat. If it is there, I will eat it. So I have gotten rid of the bad food and will only bring in good food.

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I try to go through the kitchen 2x a month and clean it all out I have a 2 and almost 10 year girls and we get tempting things in sometimes but I have a blue bin I put those foods in so they can get them and I stay out.









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This one is taking an new twist for me today. Every year about this time I start trying to clear out the freezer and cupboards. I adopted this exercise years ago as a getting ready for Lent and Easter. I tend to buy lots of food that isn't used throughout the fall and holiday seasons. I hadn't thought about it until this week. I've been on some vacation days since my husband has had to be gone. And I began looking at the freezer and cupboards and realizing I needed to get started. So, my family is getting fed out of the freezer. Also, I cleaned out the refrigerator, looking at dates on bottles closer than ever before. Any excuse to throw something away. I even threw away a box of cereal that my sons have refused to eat. There was still half a box, but we need to just clean it all out without mother being the garbage disposal of things no one else wants to eat. I'm going to start on cupboards and take food to the local food pantry that hasn't been used. We are going to work at getting everything cleaned out and healthy....well as healthy as 2 teenagers will allow. Then I think I am going to return to buying food as we need it rather than over buying. At least for a while.
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My biggest temptation is bread. I love bread. I buy the groceries and I often buy too much bread. The kids junk food and sugar coated cereal is not a temptation for me. I'm not much into sweets. Since I started eating healthier, I find most processed foods too sweet or salty. I just prefer food that is simple or I make myself.

I will get a coffee drink at Borders and be disappointed with its taste. So it's better if I get ordinary tea or coffee.



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I revisited this today had no choice. holidays and all. Dh ate junk in from of me sunday apple pie, today cheese curls. I had yogurt with cool chip tonight for dessert and sunday I had chocolate pudding sugar free/low cal with cool whip sugar free of course. Back up plans work well for me. Since he will not stop eating junk. This is how I handle this. I can not always clean someones else environment but I can watch mine. I saw something helpfully in the book that I did not see before and I made a card from it. It funny how you look at something that you have read and see something else.

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