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2/13/07 3:09 A

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I've given it a bit more thought since posting that mail... I have realised some other things...

1) I treat myself with so many non-food treats (time/experiences/my new hobby- climbing/new pair of trainers/book/new outfit/going out to places etc) that actually it's quite unusual for me to even think of or equate food with being a treat.

2) Food is such an exciting and engaging part of my life (I love great ingredients, cooking, creating wonderful food using really powerful flavours and spices etc) that my normal daily food is so gorgeous it doesn't leave much room for identifying many things as treats.

3) my idea of a food treat is something like.... stuffed vine leaves or a jar of Peppadews or olives or Medjool dates etc ...

so I think I was looking at it in the wrong way. My idea of a treat is something I don't often have rather than maybe run-of-the-mill things we often associate with treats.

Anyway - don't know why I rambled on about that except I found it interesting to look at it that way.

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2/12/07 8:56 P

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Hi Paula, I remember several experiences like what you described...wanting a treat, but not being able to pick one. I think it is a good thing because you recognize that you have an emotional need (reward), but you also recognize that food isn't the best way to satisfy that emotional need. Avoiding emotional eating is a great habit.

There are still yummy treats out there to enjoy...maybe they are different or you don't enjoy them as much, but I think they are part of a healthy lifestyle.

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2/12/07 2:10 P

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I can read while I'm on my exercise bike (it's a recumbant bike with a full seat), so for me it's a "kill two bird with one stone" thing. I love to read - it's a huge treat for me, too! And I get my exercise in, too. So I do something healthy for me and something fun for me!

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2/12/07 11:21 A

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I've been doing this too. I started reading again after more than a decade of not reading.... and it used to be my favorite pasttime! Now I read at lunch and when I get a chance. It has been wonderful and gives me a mental break from the stress of every day.

Shani

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2/11/07 8:52 P

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I've been trying to "treat" myself differently, not w/ food, but with time, perhaps to read a book I've been putting off, because I don't have time, or just enjoying an evening off exercising when I'm feeling burned out, and not feeling guilty about it. Some people enjoy a bubble bath, I keep thinking I need to find a good masseuse, but my boyfriend has been getting better at that, thankfully!

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2/9/07 8:51 A

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Hi,

I have noticed lots of behavioural patterns but one that I've really noticed today is that I am beginning to get a bit over-neurotic about treats.

If I think to myself "I think I'll treat myself to something nice" (food) ... because I've been amazingly good and am more than entitled to have something small... more often than not I end up not having anything because I can't decide what I would like.

How daft is that? but it is what's happening. It's almost as if things I used to class as 'yummy treats' are now just empty calories and I don't know what I'd class as a treat any more.

Paula

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1/21/07 2:46 P

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I can relate to all those patterns, the exercise lag, the sugar cravings. Sleep does help, so does taking a rest day if I'm overdoing it w/ the exercise. I usually find if I'm struggling w/ a workout that was easy before, I need a rest day, or a light day. And laying off the sugar for a couple of days helps take those cravings away.

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1/20/07 8:41 P

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Scarlett, you are so right. When I have enough sleep, I feel so much better in general and feel capable of taking on a really tough workout. Too bad it isn't possible for me to get enough sleep during the week. ;)

Shani

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1/20/07 3:07 P

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I agree with everyone who has trouble resuming exercise if something gets you out of the routine. I'm in that rut right now.

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1/20/07 12:34 P

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Hmmm...Lenore, would more sleep during the week be helpful? Whenever I get a really good night's sleep, I feel energized to exercize...no matter what day of the week.

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1/19/07 9:28 A

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Yes, I find that the more I am away from exercise the easier it is to either not do it, or go easy on myself because it seems so much harder.

I also have a sugar cycle going on where if I have any sweets I have a hard time not overdoing it. If I can stay off of them for a few days, I'm fine again. I think they are pretty addictive for a lot of people though.

Shani

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1/19/07 7:16 A

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Good Morning All! I have been looking at my exercise and think I see a pattern. It seems that after my day of rest (Sunday), I seem to kick into high gear early in the week. By Wed, I have most of my extra calories burned for the whole week (just 450.) By Friday, I find myself slowing down and thinking, "Do I really have to go out and do the exercise today?" Yes, I know I could slip back out of the habit if I am not careful!! On Sat, I stay home most of the time and just do a half hour on my Total Gym in the morning.

So, I am just wondering if anyone else sees themselves in this kind of pattern, or some other!

Snow on the ground this morning here! I'll be heading to the gym! Got to keep the spark alive.

Have a good day!
Lenore

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