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Keep on swimming, DIROB! You can only control what is in your control. I wish I could eat my meals on my front porch. Credit to you!!!

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11/30/17 11:10 A

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I wish my family (hubby & an 18 yr old & 21 yr old) would eat healthy but they really don't care to so there is all kinds of junk around my house pretty much all the time. They will go out and buy it if I don't bring it home, so I decided to quit fighting that battle. In a way, that has actually HELPED me because I had to decide that if I wanted to lose the excess weight (which I did!) I would HAVE to learn to swim upstream. Lol

However, in reading Day 7, I realized that I could rearrange my immediate environment by doing just a few things that make sitting down & paying attention to my eating (Days 3 & 5) more pleasant so I put the book down and made sitting at the table on my front porch more comfortable! Day 4: credit goes to the Beck book AND to me!

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My environment was arranged years ago. I am not much of a snacker. Yup, that's right. Snacking is not my downfall thank goodness!

There is only my DH and myself to content with. I do the shopping so what ever I bring home from the grocery store is all there is. We have one little snack shelf which is shared with a few other food items that are not snacks. DH would never consider stopping anywhere to pick up snacks and bring them home. PLUS he does not have a sweet tooth which is my downfall. So I pretty much have a win-win situation with this one.

As I prepared for this review I did consider getting rid of the few snacks I do have on that shelf. I have found myself purchasing Protein Bars to grab when I miss lunch. I also have a Trail Mix that I LOVE and discovered I could eat by the handfuls! One ounce? You gotta be kidding me! When I went on vacation last week I brought the Trail Mix with us and decided I would "eat it all in order to get rid of it" before we started our review. Geez, was that sabotaging thinking or what?! When we got home and I went grocery shopping I saw that Trail Mix and thought to myself "This is ridiculous! This food should not control me. I should control this food!". So I bought a new bag which I have not opened yet.

My biggest issue is DH who seems to need a snack every night whether he is hungry or not! This can be a difficult temptation for me. I usually can resist, but there are those days when I just can't stay strong.

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My environment has been arranged for awhile. I have three bowls of fruit on the counter. No cookies, chips, ice cream, candy, etc. in the house. All meals are made from scratch and I pack leftovers for lunch.

Read my ARC two times today.
Sat and ate all meals and snacks mindfully and gave myself credit for this healthy behavior.
My environment has been arranged.

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10/8/17 10:01 A

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after my post earlier in the day I put bright yellow "no dumping" sticky notes so I stop putting mail and bags and daily stuff all over my kitchen surfaces. We'll see if that helps me stop using my kitchen as a dumping ground so that I have a more restful and visually peaceful space to prep and eat food. :)

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Thanks everyone for your posts. I read them all, and learn a lot. It would take a lot of time to comment on them all, but I want you to know I appreciate all you share.

Beck Day 7 – Arrange your environment

I’ll make the following changes at home: I made a lot of changes on the first trek and have stuck to them. I try to cook meals from scratch and have very little processed food, got rid of the Nutella and peanut butter, power and energy bars, ice cream, crackers.

I’ll make the following changes at work: N/A thankfully, I don’t eat when I work and I don’t work indoors. I eat almost all of my meals at home.

Checklist
1- I read my Advantages Response Card at least twice today - Yes
2- I read other Response Cards as needed – N/A
3- I ate slowly, sitting down, and noticing every bite – some of the time – I prepared the Thanksgiving day meal this afternoon and I did more sampling than just for seasoning the dishes – otherwise, I ate 3 meals and no morning snacks
4- I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviours
5- I made changes at home – Done the first Beck Trek
6- I made changes at work – N/A
7- I gave myself credit of exercise, dieting skills and sticking to the plan – spontaneous exercise – 30 minutes intense housecleaning – no planned exercise today - I ate breakfast and did not skip any meals, I was tempted to skip lunch because I knew the Thanksgiving dinner meal would be a challenge to stay within plan and in fact, I did not stay within plan – I ate less than I would have in the past, but I did eat too much - I don’t beat myself up if I eat too much one day of Thanksgiving and one day during Christmas holidays. Only one day allowed though.


I concur with my coach OneKidsMom, for me susceptibility to trigger foods also comes in waves. When I am feeling strong, I am indifferent to eating off plan. But sometimes there are waves of “ I don’t care, I really want it, I would rather have a moment of intense pleasure than live in the grey of moderation, it’s not fair that menopause allows so few calories to lose/maintain ” I try to avoid triggers rather than challenge the resistance muscle. I am lucky not to have work place temptations and not to have other household members who consume my trigger foods and want to have them in the house. The kids have flown the coop. DH is very moderate, he likes some junk food sometimes but he is fine with none for long periods. He likes ice cream, once in a while we will get some and it has not been a trigger food to me lately. May that continue. My other processed trigger foods are better off not in my home, and DH doesn’t eat them thank goodness.


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Day 7: Arrange Your Environment
This one is not hard for me. I took care of my environment the first time I went through the Dr. Beck's Program. It's only my wife and I so it's easy for us to manage. Since, I retired, I don't have a work environmental to consider.

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Great!

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I took care of my environment the last time I went through the Beckniques.

Removed everything that wasn't healthy from the house.
Hubby has a stash somewhere in the house ... out of sight, out of mind.
There are a very tempting things up in the top of the pantry ... I would have to get a chair to get to them.
If I don't buy "not my food"... I don't have as many opportunities to eat "not my food".
I also included buying dishes and glasses for us that I love to eat from.
I got recipe books that had pictures of each and every recipe ... so I could chose recipes by sight.



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While reading the posts , I got up to wrap and freeze savoury leftovers (patés) that were in the fridge and that i would have found tempting. This new trek is so Precious!!!!

I live alone, so it is more a question of not bringing tempting food into the home.
And having enough staples so that i can whip up a meal if needed (for instance when i had not planned my daily menu emoticon ).

Staples:(i am limited because of my inflammation diet)
brown rice, millet, lentils, rice cakes
legumes
canned sardines, salmon, tuna
hemp protein
eggs
pre-portioned frozen chicken breasts and frozen cooked meals
almonds and walnuts are in the freezer.
oranges, apples
greens
vegetables

Also nice shallots, capers, different types of vinegar, enough almond milk, fry's cocoa. I don't particularly like peanut butter, but when it is there i mix it with cocoa and artificial sweetener for a "treat" that is not healthy and calorie laden.I also have no sugar, honey, jam at home : too dangerous. Also had to give up tahini for the same reasons :- (

When all is organized and ready, I can prepare a meal in 15 min. flat upon returning from work. When it is not , i am in danger zone.

Have a good day, Beckers!



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kriszta my pantry looks like yours - all the beans and rice and seeds and spices are at my eye level, and all of DH's chips, etc, are hidden on a lower shelf BEHIND the healthy nuts. it works for us!

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This is so tricky when you're not the only one in the house in charge of meals/food.
--I've gotten everyone to follow my lead in putting super tempters like chips in the cupboard rather than out on the counter.
--I have claimed one half shelf in the fridge for MY stuff (no one else like tomatoes, mushrooms, cottage cheese, etc.), and that keeps the riffraff - aka cheesecake - off my shelf. If it's not on my shelf, it doesn't generally go in my lunch box.
--I have not been able to break DH of the habit of having a candy bowl out at all times. However, I successfully avoided the candy corn he left out last week, so I know it can be done. I use the mantra "not my food," which also works for the goodies and snacks coworkers bring to the office.

Beyond that, I keep a water bottle beside me at my work desk and at my computer table at home. When I am tempted to go on a search for snacks, I first have a long drink of water, and sometimes that is enough to keep me away from the snacks.

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I love this chapter!
Sorting my own staff to have healthy things at eye level - junk food hidden, this made sense to me and didn't resist at all.
But the examples of this chapter helped me get the cooperation of my family members, success beyond my dreams!
Everyone left open packs of peanuts, chips and chocolate bars on the kitchen counter which was very hard to resist, and was often my downfall.
At my first reading in 2015, I asked kids to store chocolate bars in a metal cupboard, open packs of chips in their own room and husband to store peanuts in an opaque glass container at his desk. They said OK, no problem! That was 2.5 years ago and the arrangement is still working. Oh and white bread lives in a wooden bread box.

I share a photo of eye level kitchen shelf.


back row oats, bulgur, brown rice, jasmin rice, almonds, pumpkin seeds
front row: flaxseed, chia, basmati rice, nuts, sunflower seeds.
Sugars is 2 shelves up in tiny containers, and I never use it.


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The last time I went thru Beck I talked to my husband about my triggers and how seeing one sitting out could set me off So now he is keeping his sweet and salty foods out of Sight! That has helped me ttemendously!

Edited by: DAISYBELL6 at: 10/7/2017 (10:36)
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Here is my Day 7 blog.

One note. Cheers and thanks to Kriszta for leading this and keeping us going. So very grateful. It is already helping me so very much.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Day 7 - Arrange your Environment

All of the non refrigerated/ frozen food is kept in one place... the pantry. The pantry however does not have a door and all the food items can be seen everytime you walk in or through the kitchen. I have moved nuts out of the pantry and to the freezer which helps as those are easy triggers. I love nuts and see them as "healthy" so taking a nibble here or there is pretty easy to do. Nuts are calorie dense so less is more and having a few chopped nuts on salads or desserts is preferable to eating a mindless handful. In the fridge, I keep fruits in clear bins so they are easy to grab and visually appealing. I have two freezers, one at the bottom of the refrigerator and a small upright in the garage. My husband likes ice cream and baked goods so I keep those in the garage freezer so they don't stare me in the face. Certain trigger foods can call to me, so keeping them out of sight is a better safe than sorry policy.

Update - I have been going through and trying to purge the pantry of items that I really don't need or use. I see recipes I want to try, buy the ingredients and then never make it... Time to de-clutter and make more room for the stuff that I DO use!


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This is a day/skill that I have developed. I am pleased with the arrangements of my home and work spaces for healthy eating. It does make a difference.

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hiya
for me the main thing this day means for me is making my kitchen less of a dumping ground for "stuff" and having it clean and ready at all times for cooking and eating meals. have a good day!

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Hi, this is just a short post to bring this thread on top - I have to rush, will post a couple of hours later.

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Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 10/7/2017 (05:55)
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-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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9/25/17 5:47 P

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My work environment is fine. I don't keep unhealthy food around.

My co-workers rarely bring in outside food. We have a birthday cake once a month. When that happens I will ask for a very small piece. And by very small, I mean, very small.

this is a to do when I get home tonight. I believe I do not have much that would cause problems for me but I'll double check! I cleaned out during the summer and haven't brought in any junk since then.

My son and hubby eat crap (working on the husband, seriously-he is also my coach)...however I have not been tempted to touch their food lately. In fact, I bought the son a bag of Skinny Pop popcorn yesterday that I'm not tempted to open because while it's yummy, I don't like the mess on my hands so I stay away.

I struggle with praising myself. My gold star for myself today was taking out 10 minutes at work to meditate. I was getting anxious, as I often do, and kept finding excuses, but I JUST DID IT. And now I feel better and ready for the meeting I have at 3 PM.




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Arrange my environment:I live alone, so it is easy to avoid foods that are not on my plan. I need to purchase more staples like rice, beans , tuna, eggs and veggies to have always a choice of meals to prepare. Will do this tomorrow morning.

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emoticon Krista for support emoticon Starting to connect the Beck tasks into daily routine. Jessica Smith's video link was featured on a day I wanted inspiration and works for Beck's task to find opportunities for spontaneous exercise! emoticon emoticon

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Wow, great job both on food and exercise arrangements!
Michael Pollan's book is very thought provoking and helpful. One of the reasons why I don't eat white flour anymore.
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-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Day 7: Arrange Your Environment, started this with SparckCoach summer of 2014 and keep improving... veggies, spices & herbs on the counter. More veggie & soups in fridge eye level. Frozen cooked meat to use as flavoring or special occasions. Freezer for shakes green bananas & berries with 1/4 cup inside bag. Only one serving of fruit a day on plan! I set-up every room for exercise!
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I am so careful not to buy any unhealthy item to keep in the house. When I buy them, it's just enough to eat for a treat and we are done. Peanuts and bread are the closest weakness I have and I keep gaining power over them always I can do it

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Well done - out of sight, out of mind!
Since I did this day, chocolate bars of my kids and husband live in a metal box on a high shelf, and husband's peanuts / pumpkin seeds in an opaque glass container next to his desk.
No open packages lying around on kitchen counter, like before... so much easier!
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-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Moved Cookies and pastries in the cabinet and out of sight!

Moved Fruit are up front in refrigerator and out on counters!

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We buy cookies--the kind I like. So here's my secret: DH hides them (very well). So when I feel like I need a cookie, he'll ask me if I'm sure. If I say yes, I go away and the cookies magically appear, but only a couple. He knows after I have time to think about it, 1 or 2 is enough. Weird, I know, but it works for me because I tend to forget we even have them. Out of sight out of mind for me.

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Home is fine. My husband and I do not buy junk. If it is a food one of us binges on, it doesn't come in the house. Work, however, is hard. My office manager keeps a candy basket by her desk. I work closely with her. I've asked her to not bring in candy, but she still does. I am going to have to come up with something to help me manage that basket.

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I gave my DH a kitchen drawer in which to keep his snacks. Having them out of sight really helps me...

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A long time ago I knew if I wanted to maintain I needed to get the junk out of my house! That has helped me a lot! It's not the junk I am overeating on it's the healthy food I have in the house.

"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world.

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It seems like this is the easiest habit to create and control for most of us.

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Started this with SparckCoach summer of 2014 and keep improving... peppers, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers,garlic, ginger, spices & herbs are in beautiful baskets on the counter. Shredded cabbage, romaine and healthy homemade veggie soups are at eye level in fridge. Freezer is stocked full of mixed veggies and berries. I buy green bananas, peel and cut in 1/2 to freeze and put in smoothies to take a break from berries. Only one serving of fruit a day on plan!

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I don't have much junk food around. I put an effort into eating non-processed food, and that eliminates a lot of junk food at the get go. On the Winter 5% Challenge spark team, one of the specific lifestyle challenges was OSOM - we got points for Out of Sight, Out of Mind, ( putting all foods that tempt us to overeat out of sight) so that made me mindful of anything I might have around. I do have sugar and chocolate in the bakery cupboard and ice cream in the downstairs freezer. I also have chocolate powder in the cupboard for chocolate milk, my workout recovery drink. A few years ago I actively eliminated peanut butter and Nutella from even being in a cupboard, I have none in the house, because that is something I easily binge-eat by the spoonful when I have cravings. I think that is it. Looking around my kitchen, I can see apples, tomatoes, a sugar bowl that I don't use (for DH's coffee), nuts, and a glass jar of my dry mix of morning hot cereal.
DH and I work from home, so don't have an office environment of work place goodies brought in by co-workers.

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I got this one covered ... environment is pretty dang good around me.

Skinny, healthy hubby has a secret stash. No worries.

The only food out in sight ... is fruit. Everything else is in its place. I also use "special" pretty dishes to eat and drink from.

When we eat ... we only eat.

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This step is not an issue for me. For the most part we don't keep unhealthy food in the house. The only exception to this is that we do have baking ingredients in the pantry. We aren't baking very often right now as both my husband and I are committed to losing weight. What little baking is being done - usually chocolate chip cookies - is going with my husband to work so I can eat one and then they are gone.
As I am home full-time work is not an issue for me at all.

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Great solutions, thanks for sharing them!

Christina, I have never heard of Kitchen Safe before so googled it - that time lock sounds very helpful.

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My husband agreed long ago to let me decide when we have chocolate, sweets and cake and such in the house. He eats those kind of foods at work and other places, and he joins me when I buy them (I plan them in my food plan now and then). I am so glad he is okay with this!

I'm also very thankful for the Kitchen Safe that we got. I can put trigger foods in there and lock it away for a few hours, or until the next day, if I worry about overeating them.

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Day 7 - Arrange your Environment

All of the non refrigerated or frozen food is kept in one place... the pantry. It however does not have a door and all the food items can be seen everytime you walk in or through the kitchen. I have moved nuts to the freezer which helps as those are easy triggers. I love nuts and see them as "healthy" so taking a nibble here or there is pretty easy to do. Nuts however are calorie dense so less is more and having a few chopped nuts on salads or desserts is preferable to eating a handful. In the fridge, I keep fruits in clear bins so they are easy to grab and visually appealing. I have two freezers, one at the bottom of the refrigerator and a small upright in the garage. My husband likes ice cream and baked goods so I keep those in the garage freezer so they don't stare me in the face. Certain trigger foods can call to me, so keeping them out of sight is a better safe than sorry policy.


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As much at it pained me, I am giving my Girl Scout cookies to our church food pantry! Only kidding - I am so much in "the zone" of dieting right now that it is actually pretty painless.

I have it easy these days, our last child moved out and with her, all the junk food! My husband is also trying to lose some weight so we are on the same page that way. We are just approaching it from different angles. My cupboards are now filled with really, super healthy food and we are really into portion control so there is nothing off limits at this point in our home. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

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Planning to clean out the cabinets today. In the past, I would use myself as a garbage can. That's really quite sad when I think about it ... being more willing to eat something rather than throw it away.

It's not so much that I have a lot of junk food in there but I'm trying to eat very healthy, high nutrition, organic, if possible food. Time to get rid of all the things that don't meet the criteria.

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That was an easy one for me too, since i have been avoiding stocking my kitchen with tempting foods.
What was really helpful though, was the response to sabotaging thoughts, where i did find examples of assertiveness, useful in so many other situations.

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Day 7:
Since I already follow this practice, I don't need to make many changes. With the exception of a few snacks reserved for the grandkids, there are no tempting foods in my house. Eighty to 90% of our meals are made at home. Since I'm retired and work at home, the work environment is a non-issue. I still enjoy some of my favorite food, in moderation, and make adjustment as needed. I had a chocolate brownie yesterday from a batch my DW made for my two grandsons. When their mom picked them up, the leftover brownies when with them!!




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Finally, an easy one.

I did this over a year ago and have been weaning my son off the stuff I don't want in the house. He's been very good about it. He ate the last of the ice cream last Saturday and I had told him when it's gone, it's gone and I'm not buying any more. He said fine and finished the carton (there was barely a serving left.)

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I already follow this practice for the most part. I do the shopping and pantry/fridge/freezer organization - and most of the cooking. I know my downfalls and temptations - and I have worked to find places for these things. I try to do a weekly reshuffle of things to keep fresh and organized, so I will review everything as I do this today.

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I have this managed at work, as well. One advantage of being an introvert.

At home, I find it helpful to keep treats and goodies in the pantry and off the counter. I reorganized the pantry and made the lowest shelf the place where snack foods and treats are stored. The rest of the family is okay with this.

The tip about saving something for the next day has worked well for me. For the times when there is a treat food that I really enjoy, I save it for the next day, so that it can be listed on my plan. Learning to delay the enjoyment of this kind of food has been an important skill in my journey.

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Another piece of very simple but helpful advice from dr. Beck that makes dieting a lot easier.

At my first reading I was a bit reluctant to make requests to my family members on the lines of "why bother, they will not do it anyway" but tried.
Asked my husband not to leave open packs of peanuts and pumpkin seeds on the kitchen counter - gave him an opaque glass container to keep them in, and it is at his desk.
Asked my husband and kids to keep their chocolate supplies in a metal box on a high shelf in the kitchen.
I put white bread in brown paper bags or in the wooden bread box.
... and just imagine: they said OK, no problem - and 2 years later they still do it!

This was not a big deal for them, but spared me several hours of struggling with not eating their goodies, and several thousand calories in the past 2 years.

Work is not an issue for me, because I never go to the kitchen or the canteen (I'm an introvert and small talk drains my energy) but eat my packed sandwiches, vegetables and fruit at my desk.

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Omg! MTN_KITTEN! We could be twins! I'm also retired and no longer have to face the work scene! Our lives mirror one another! I have the same healthy husband that weighs the same as when we married 40+ years ago and he does most of our cooking. I am my own worst enemy! When things were going really good for me, I would be buying the bakery goods or baking. I have a fairly well cleaned out environment and have given myself no real restrictions, other than PLAN for it. I have eliminated soda and major daily sugar which means I feel better and move better. The other day my husband brought in some store bakery muffins. I did say seriously!!!! Anyway, I told myself they weren't in my plan for today, so I'll pass. I think that was on the day I was giving myself credit. I flew around the kitchen in my super hero outfit and was pretty darn proud of myself! What kind of pups do you have? A British Labrador, 1, and a Cairn terrier, 11, here. When my arthritis isn't bossing me around, I walk the dogs for exercise. Between the two dogs I can get plenty of exercise in.

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I am lucky in soooooo in many ways.

I am retired … no work place issues to deal with. Halle-freakin’-lujah!!!
I have a skinny, healthy hubby … who weighs the same as when I found him 40+ years ago.
Hubby doesn’t snack on junky foods often … he has a secret hidden stash of Oreos.
Hubby eats what I do … just more of it.
Hubby cooks most of our meals.
Hubby is very, very active … walks the pups almost daily or goes to the forest with them.

So in other words … my environment is not an issue. I AM!!!

Next time I want to sell off hubby or flush him down the toilet … someone remind me how lucky I am!!!!

I did get myself some “special” dishes … pretty tea glass, pretty small bowl and bright cheery yellow small plate. Yellow is my fav!!!!



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I did some serious pruning and re-shelving of the left-over Christmas goodies. I now have an accessible dedicated shelf and would need to make the physical effort to get a chair to climb up for the 'man-snacks'.

I was mindful when completing the grocery order today. I need to suggest to my DH that it would help if he didn't provide food 'treats'. Needs to be tactful!

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Hey Lori, I have been revising/revisiting Day 7 since April. For a while having trigger items in the cupboard was enough of a barrier, but now I have the biggest beasties under the bed in a Tupperware. It has helped me to claim a shelf of my own in the fridge. I am now used to looking only there for MY foods, and have gotten better at ignoring some of the other stuff.

It's nice that you have your sister's cooperation in keeping the most tempting items in her room. I wish we all had that kind of support from our family members. These two emoticons are for her:
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Day 7

I usually do not have trigger foods at my house. Now that it is the holidays, it is hard. My sister is going to keep the candy and other trigger foods in her room. I do have animal cookies and vanilla wafers cookies in the kitchen draw. They are reachable yet out of sight.

I have been doing day 7 for two days.

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emoticon Monica!

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Organizing my home and work environments.

1. My environment at home has fairly healthy foods in it, which is a nice starting point. We threw out the leftover Halloween candy yesterday.
2. There are not any community food areas at work. It is unusual for my coworkers to bring food or treats to work to share.

I read my list of reasons to lose weight.
I ate everything slowly and mindfully, while sitting down.
I gave myself credit for:
- Going for a coffee break with a coworker and not ordering a coffee drink. Simply enjoyed the walk to the coffee shop and the conversation.
- Tolerating evening hunger; going to bed feeling hungry.

I can see benefits already in that I am not as stressed about feeling hungry as I was a week ago. I had been giving in to my fear of going hungry for several years. I would find something to eat at just the hint of being hungry. That certainly shows in the scale and my overall physique right now.

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Wow, it is nice to read about your cooperating and supportive families!
It is not easy to deal with foods of others in the household, but much easier when they grant our request and they put their stuff away.
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-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
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-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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It's tough with other people in the house! Daisybell, I, too, have learned that I can reach the top shelf of the cupboard if there are Lays Stax up there. :-)

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I've made progress on this, but living with teen boys and a husband who loves to bake makes it tough. The current compromise is that the sweet baked goods live in one kitchen cabinet that I mostly avoid. On the evenings when my husband bakes, I go work in the upstairs office with the door closed so that I'm not inhaling cookie or cake aroma. He and the kids have been great about putting the baked goods away before they go to sleep so that I don't come downstairs in the morning tempted to eat cake for breakfast or to grab a cookie on the way out the door.

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I am getting much better about relocating my trigger foods. Ice Cream in the downstairs freezer, DH's cookies in his office and his chips on the highest shelf in the pantry but I still can go find them sometimes. emoticon

I need to work on the chapter about dealing with desires and cravings!

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Beck, Day 7 - Arrange your environment

**Make Healthy Eating Easy**

For me that means keeping healthy food choices in the house, having regular meals, knowing my daily calorie limit, having a base of healthy foods I eat every day, then just being careful with the portions of the calories to meet the calorie limit.

Planning ahead also makes healthy eating easier.



**Make Empty Calorie Eating and Overeating Complicated**

For me that means not having empty calorie foods in the house, no chips, cookies, chocolate, nutella.

Something that works for me if I have a sugar craving, is to drink a glass of kombucha. I think any sour thing would do, I bet those people who eat a tablespoon of apple cider have the same effect. The sugar craving isn't there any more.

Another way I complicate overeating is to track and measure everything. I don't do this as much as I should, but when I do, already when I am eating a forbidden food, I am thinking what it is going to do to my food tracking nutrients and calorie totals. Plus foods I usually don't eat won't be on the history and it will take me extra trouble to track it, so I might avoid it for that reason.

And then there is the magical coconut oil. I learned about it from GABY1948, and it sounds fad dietish, which I am trying to get away from.The Beck solution is attractive to me because it trains our minds to make choices that benefit us long term and gives us defenses against short term pleasure that damage health and fitness goals in the long term. But the fact is, I don't think co is harmful, and it has removed almost completely my desire and enjoyment of binging. One binge, and not an epic one, in the 15 months since I read about it by chance on GABY1948's blog when she was celebrating a year free of binging after a lifetime of trying to shake the habit.

I am lucky not to have work place temptations, as I work from home.


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I, too, am retired without children at home. It has been quite some time since I have had junk food in the house. If we are entertaining I may buy a bag of tortilla chips to serve with salsa or crackers to serve with cheese. I do all of the shopping and so I am the one that is responsible for what food (or junk) comes into our home.

As I write this and think about what is in my house I realize there are chocolate Kisses in the freezer that have been there since the first of September, there is some ice cream in the freezer that has been there from the same time. I do have some nuts, granola bars, micro popcorn in our snack cupboard, but I have not had a night time snack in I don't remember how long!

I did get a creamer out of the frig tonight for a coffee treat and saw a container of humus that is almost empty and another container for kind of cheese spread that I got some time ago for entertaining and I thought to myself "You really should just dump those".

My problems arise when I fail to plan & prepare my meals and then start to rummage for something to eat because I am hungry. When I'm engaged in a Team or Challenge such as this I tend to be much better because I am better focused.

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I cleared out temptation years ago. If we want something sweet, we have to go out for it. The worst I could do in terms of "treats" at my house is peanut butter, plain yogurt with honey, or Cheerios.

Work is much easier. The ladies who used to keep candy on their desk have moved on to other jobs at other places. They can tempt other people now. The 1st floor is more likely to have cakes and candy in the break room, but since I won't go in the break room until it is lunchtime, I can usually avoid it.

We do have monthly birthday parties with cake. I find that if I serve the cake, I am much less likely to eat cake. I'm too busy serving and others don't notice that I'm not eating it so no cake pushers!

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We're retired now and don't have kids in the house. Hubby knows to keep his crunchies (that he isn't supposed to eat anyway) in a bin away from my view. Back when the kids were young, I forbid keeping anything out and in view, I told them that when they had their own homes someday they could do whatever they wanted, but my home was to be safe. Funnily enough,now that they are married and have homes and kids of their own, they don't have stuff sitting out for the same reason. And I smile!

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This is an area where I've been surprised about the lack of support in my household. Using the "Would you be willing to" lead-in to my requests did not elicit the answer I expected. This has caused a bit of a divide in the kitchen - my cupboard, my shelf in the pantry, my shelf in the fridge. I have had to train myself not to go rummaging in other areas when I "need something," (That's code for "I want something sweet/salty/crunchy that is not a healthy food choice." ) and make a cup of tea. This is working OK for me. It creates opportunities for practicing "It's Not Fair; Oh Well" to be discussed on future days.

However, when Someone Not Me deems it necessary to keep a dish of candy corn out on the counter, I have a lot more difficulty resisting. I have to try to avoid walking through the kitchen for days until it's gone. I'm still trying to come up with a better solution to this situation, because my resistance muscle isn't strong enough yet, but I can't get the cooperation I need. Always room for improvement.

Work, on the other hand, is better. I keep single serving baggies of some satisfying cereal in a drawer under my desk for when I really need a snack to tide me over. I rarely go to the lunch room, and I immediately delete the emails announcing birthday treats (usually donuts or cupcakes) so I won't be reminded throughout the day of the availability of these items.

Still reading my ARC every day, mostly eat sitting down, almost always mindfully, enjoy giving credit. Credit to all of us for checking in with the team!!

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Day 7: My environment is good. I don't buy trigger foods and have finally learned that having them in the house just spells disaster for me

Every day I am on the verge of making slight changes that would make all the difference in my life.

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My environment is arranged pretty well these days, but a newer additional plan is to divide binge-trigger foods into smaller portions. So, if I buy a bag of Sunchips, it'll immediately get divided into single serving baggies.

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easy one here too. everything tempting is in the pantry, and pushed toward the back. again, something we went through early in this journey that has stuck.

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Great job, Jeanne and Lynn!
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This is an easy day for me, because the changes I made at home last year are holding up:
DH's peanuts in opaque glass container at his desk, chocolate bars and candy in a metal box on top shelf, rather than lying around in the kitchen. Nutella banished. At work there is only my packed lunch, I never go to the kitchen or cafeteria (on account of being an introvert and prefer to eat alone).
So for today, it was only reading ARC and other RCs, eat sitting down, slowly, mindfully, and giving myself credit.

I remember I felt uncomfortable last year when I planned to ask DH to put his peanuts and pumpkin seeds away, and all the family to keep their sweets in a box - but they just said OK.

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We used to have potato chips around. They were not an issue for me. I could take a serving and not over eat them. DH, on the other hand, could not. It's likely been years ago now that he asked me not to purchase them anymore and I have not. Neither of us need them and we don't miss them. DH has been able to exercise discipline with chocolate. He's been purchasing nice organic, dark chocolate bars and it takes him a long time to eat them. They're in the refigerator and when he has a hankering for chocolate, he has a square of dark chocolate and he's satisfied.

So, there's what I would describe as food sanity in our house. Years ago (actually, decades) I remember a sister asking, "Where's the junk? Don't you have any junk in this house?" What led to my excess weight was a lack of education and understanding of my body's needs. Learning what I need and establishing healthier habits has had positive results.

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Finally one I have down. Have been on Atkins since January and cleaned my house of anything tempting and keep it that way. Had to make 6 Cherry cobblers and bought only enough to make them, 5 for the church and one for my son. Only way to do it.

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It is very helpful to have only healthy foods in sight and within arm's reach.

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I have learned that I cannot have binge foods around the house. The only one left that is a little bit dangerous is the peanut butter, so i will put it at the back of the fridge, as i sometimes have it for breakfast or a snack, or cook with it. (tahini, that i love with salads or hummus was very tricky, since i would mix it with honey to make a sort of a cream when i was craving sweets, so after a while i knew that i was only fooling myself when I would buy it; i now don't buy it anymore....)

Other than that, i learned to not keep too tempting food at home. As another Becker wrote, it is what is outside of the house that worries me, but I am sure, I will learn to deal with this in time.


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I typically eat pretty clean, so my cupboards are well organized. My partner, on the other hand, loves chips and cheese and pizza! I try to keep his indulgances on low shelves in the cupboards and fridge. Most of the time, this works for me... most of the time!

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Good for you!

For me it was helpful too:
-open bags of peanuts lying around in kitchen -> peanuts in opaque glass container on a desk next to DH's desk
-chocolate bars ditto lying around in kitchen -> in closed metal box on tip shelf
-all trigger foods ->on high shelves or back of shelves
-fruits on windowsill
-whole grains in eye height, in transparent glass containers

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I find that I do better with tempting foods out of sight and better choices readily available. I also try to plan ahead for snacks especially if I am out on a day trip.

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Day 7. I put tempting food in snack drawer out of sight, out of mind. And a few things in the freezer.
I definitely find if I see something it triggers the desire to binge.

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The house is pretty clear of trigger foods. My bf still has his fav's and usually they aren't the kind of things that tempt me, although right now he has a couple of items that can cause me trouble. But not bad.

A bigger problem is when I go beyond the "safety" of my house and out into the big world. Treats at the check-out of the grocery store, the drug store, the Dollar Store still take HUGE amounts of responses to sabotaging thoughts. As does restaurants. So I try to avoid stores and restaurants at trouble times of day.

You can't do that all the time, though, but I guess I'm getting ahead of myself worrying about what's beyond the home front. Step 7 is keeping my home clear of foods and that's pretty good... The other issues will come in later days.

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I don't have anything In the house that I can binge on! I don't keep junk food or snacks In the house.

Oh, wait a minute, there's the new jar of peanut butter, oh and the bag of pumpkin seeds and the slab of cheese....
I say this because even though I do my best to keep the cookies, bars, chips, ice cream and such out of my house..... I'm a food addict and I can binge on anything....even things that are good for me in moderation and even foods that I don't really care for that much.

Out of sight out of mind only works for a little while with me...eventually!

Am I the only person that is here that has this sickness to this degree??

I am going to re read this chapter and do my TO DOs....this is not an easy one for me

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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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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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I'm pretty much all set!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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