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4/30/12 5:16 P

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Uh-oh. That mental rehearsing of the binge is very dangerous, but mental rehearsing can work to your benefit, too, though it's usually easier if you actually force yourself to do the new behavior and then recall it, such as your rehearsing knitting or such.

The brain will work very hard to protect the habit, but hard work makes new habits, too. emoticon

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4/30/12 9:54 A

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I still haven't won out over this mentality. I've noticed too that bingeing is my "me time." After a long day, I come home and unwind with a cookie cake, or a pizza, or three meals worth of fast food. I plan it all day long and get excited about it. Planning my binges is like a drug for me! I crochet and knit and play computer games to try and keep myself occupied. Now if I can just replace that with exercise.... lol

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4/25/12 5:07 P

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It was very hard when I had to face that few other things had the same immediacy of reward as food. Even now, there are some hours that are hard to fill with any other activity, never mind "treats." I found that I just had to face life as it was, though sometimes just lying down for a few minutes can be a treat. In fact, I have worked many quiet activities in, such as even just rubbing my feet! I think our fast lives has sometimes ruined the simple pleasures and we have to relearn them. The good news is good habits can become the norm, but it takes longer than we'd like.

You'd actually be surprised how much even just putting a sticker on a calendar to acknowledge a binge free day can be rewarding. One of our members on the 21-day streak used to let herself pop bubble wrap as a reward! She has also just listed the behavior she wanted to exhibit, such as walking a certain number of steps, and then used a cute icon to check off her success, or burned a candle. I think it also helps just to concentrate later on how glad we are when we don't give in, and remind ourselves of that several times a day. All these can be our new treats. emoticon

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4/25/12 3:35 P

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I asked a similar question a few days ago. I think this is something we all struggle with here! Food should be Fuel not a reward and its not easy to change! I personally binge at night after the kiddos are in bed because i feel like i deserve it after a particularly frustrating or exciting day. That should be a clue to me that i dont want the kids to see and adopt unhealthy habits.

Seems as though you had an "AHA" moment! Great! Now the key is to identify when you are in the moment before the binge begins. Get online and read the inspiration on these forums is my best advice, maybe that can be your new reward? extra time online to unwind and connect with a community of people :) .
And be sure to stow this advice in a safe place for im sure i will need you to remind me of it at some point.

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4/25/12 10:14 A

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This morning it suddenly hit me... the underlying root of my binge... I've found 'happiness' in 'treating' myself to a binge after a long day of work and classes, or a difficult argument with friends/family, etc. Then I read a powerful thread in LBF saying essentially: 'How can I 'treat' myself with something so SELF-DESTRUCTIVE?' So. True. Why do I go through this self-sabotage process for pleasure? So in trying to find an alternative to look forward to after a long day I'm hoping to hear some examples...

Also, anyone else realize a similar root to their binging?

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