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My first Day 2 in a loooong time I think. I went to bed late last night cuz of working so late and canceled my gym class which I hate cuz I love love love the instructor but I figured in the balance of things it would be better to get 6 hours of sleep vs. 4 hours of sleep. I mean. So then I had to force myself to go to the gym after work but I did it and now I'm really glad I did just cuz, you know, I feel all kinds of mighty and ferocious as I sometimes do after the gym. I have to remember that feeling. I am not a subscriber to the belief that exercise is a panacea for depression, in fact I can tell you that it is definitely not, at least for me, but nevertheless it still feels way better than not doing it at all. I have probably said it one million times but it is like, the slogan that keeps me going, I have never, not ever, not once (ok to be realistic maybe 1-3x over the course of several years, although possibly maybe in fact not even one single time) regretted going to the gym. Pathetic as it may sound there are few feelings (at least unaided by chemicals or gentlemen callers or the beach :-)) better than coming home sweaty from the gym in the morning about to get ready for the job I hate emoticon


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Positive quote-This year I will make progress not excuses.

Started up my push up streak again. Doing ten wall push ups every morning and soon working up to doing them on the floor again. I had put my strength training back on the back burner. Need to take it out to the front and burn some calories off.

A nice caretaker came today, cleaned house and kept watch over hubby as he slept. She was here from 10 to 1 so made him lunch. I was able to have some free time and relive some stress.

I love going to secondhand shops too

Day 19 doing fine.


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Day 2

I'm off the site for 48 hrs and I feel like it was a week. I finished my 21st day traveling to the funeral. Smart choices at the hotel breakfast and opted for the turkey on whole grain from Starbucks over the fried chicken or burger options at the rest stop. Very happy with the choices.
This morning has been a mountain of paperwork I have procrastinated on. I feel like it is wasted time. Heading to swim soon and go to the food store. My FIL has been ill so I'm going to make soup this afternoon to take to him tomorrow.
Internally I am filled with angst. Nothing going on the job front, not a peep from any of my applications. Maybe this change in career is a pipe dream. I so don't want to go back to the hospital. I am praying for guidance. I have a unemployment conference I have to go to next week. Hopefully they can provide a direction or insight.

OAXACA - so happy for your 2 days, keep building it - 1 meal at a time.
Changin - love both of your recent quotes - thanks for sharing
Tawney - I so love your posts, they are so foreign to me, between the temperatures and the farm. It just goes to so you people all over this worlds struggle with food issues - we are not a love
Lyla - travel and a new loss - so sorry - hang in there!
Jolikey - glad you are feeling better!

As always - thank you for all the support. Getting caught up here was a much needed break.

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I completed Day Two binge free yesterday....Wow!
I talked to myself when in bed, and also, a really not damaging food was on my mind, so I had it as a night time snack, and that was that. A good decision, instead of getting out of bed and eating that and who knows what else.
Our god daughter's mother and aunt surprised us with a visit last night. Usually if they come over its on Friday. We all had dinner together, and they made healthy delicious empanadas early this morning, so I had a yummy homemade breakfast. They are really wonderful people, and having them here was a bright light in kind of a sad week. Still no change in my MIL, she is hanging on, although it realistically can't be for much longer.
Turtle, so happy you are doing well, and I, like the others, got a kick out of your quote.
Oolala, is there H&M where you live...they have great cotton cardigans in black, beige and grey. I have 2 myself.
Lyla, too much grief in too short a time...and yes, the death at your work must feel kind of creepy...but really, we are not a factor in these things....hang in.
Goochie, you got through a hard day...good for you.
Tawney, your new list sounds sensible....good planning is an art
Jol1, always great to hear from you. I once watched the eagles and their young...fascinating!
Have a healthy Thursday.....

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Oh, I just wrote this on another team, and thought I'd add it here too:

I watch a lot of animal webcams: panda, eagles, and a site in Northern California. Not really "watch", but I have them up and glance at them a lot. Right now Bei-Bei (panda) is lolly-gaggling on his back surrounded by bamboo, an eagle coupe us getting ready for their egg season, and I see the cutest owl couple in a tree hole. This owl couple make me smile so much. The little male tried and tried last year to attract a mate, but to no avail. This year a nice hearty large female is with him. They seem so happy, and the spectators are all looking forward to owlets!

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Finished Day #19! Working on Day #20 Binge Free!

Hi all, I'm finally feeling better today. Didn't hack yesterday or last night. I'm not 100% though. I have two meetings today (one for lunch and one in the evening) and then I'm supposed to meet someone downtown to attend the Women's march. Not sure how much I'll do, but I'm so sick of being sick, I'll probably dress really warmly and go. The other problem is all the rain we're finally having here. I hate driving in rain... but sometimes one just has to!

I moved my 4 day wins to another thread because I always felt it didn't really belong here.

Oaxaca - I eat more protein, but also more healthy fats to feel full longer. I wish you a binge free day too!

Kathryn - Absolutely love that quote... nope, you can't out run your fork. You're doing great!

Oolala - My problem with using a current feeling of "joy" doesn't work for me. Because I don't know how many times I see something in my closet I haven't used for quite awhile and then it becomes my favorite thing. I have to fight another problem - grew up "saving new things" so they would stay new. I still do that. I do need to look through my closet, though, too.

Lyla - So glad to see your post! Keep coming back... you can do this

Goochi - Oh... technical problems... the bane of our modern existence. LOL

Tawney - Love the sound of your "outfit". I was just at my local thrift shop, but didn't find anything this time. How wonderful to reduce the "to-do" list. Even better when get get our husbands to reduce theirs --- LOL.

Have a great day everyone!

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Day 12
Last evening I got together with 2 former workmates. They had both retired before me. We had a great visit and caught up with each other's lives. I had initiated this supper meeting and so am proud of myself for reaching out and arranging something like this. I had both corn and a baked potato with my chicken. We have not had these at home for awhile and I enjoyed eating them, although do not crave them. I felt really good in my clothes. I scored a pink open cardigan at the thrift shop for $1.00 and it worked well with my black jeans and black and white striped top.
Yesterday I reduced my daily "to-do" list.
I got interrupted and ended up going out to do the chores in the dark. It was beautiful out there. We are around the zero C mark so much nicer.
Getting back to my to do list. I realized that I was putting too much pressure on myself. I have reduced it to 3 things per day. I stopped writing down everything that I was going to do anyway. I am keeping a big list for "sometime". I feel better and will probably get more done.

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Day 5

Yesterday was tough. I said I was going to stick to my food plan, but I had all these continuous tempting thoughts of why I should go off the program. I prevailed. The scale dropped.

I spent 3 hours with AT&T, Google, and Motorola. Finally, I got my 2 blocked emails working on my cellphone. Then, I got this message from Google that I had numerous viruses on my cellphone and it was 27% corrupted. Fortunately, they directed me to 3 apps that cured the problem. One app Is spectacular, it keeps a record of all your incoming phone calls and where they originate, and if they are spam and let's you block them. Amazing!

CHANGING. Love your quote.

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Went to Florida over the weekend to attend a friend's mother's memorial service. That is neither here nor there I guess. Shared a hotel room with a friend-of-a-friend and her ~7 month old baby. I always considered myself someone who loves babies. Uh. Maybe not so much. But it was one of those trips where it was like, we gotta pick X up from the airport then get to Y's house in time for dinner then pick Z up to give her a ride to the memorial blah blah blah, I got to drive a lot (I love to drive, I cannot tell you how much I love to drive) but it was also like, not a vacation (and yeah I know, it was not meant to be a vacation or anything like that). Had a really nice day yesterday, went over to my friend's dad's place and we all went swimming, babies and widowers and motherless daughters and passed around anisette camouflaged in an Aquafina bottle, babies floating around in their floaty contraptions, pretty lovely way to spend an afternoon but then back to the airport and cold rainy NYC.

A secretary at my job died while I was away. Which is just bizarre. Cuz I've always said I would never have an escape unless someone retired or died. And then someone died. I know almost everyone at my job but I didn't know her very well at all. She was early 60s I guess and had been out with something like a cold but this was very unexpected and it's always unsettling when like, a peer dies. Like, someone so similarly situated to me. And I feel kind of spooked for having said so many times that I would be trapped forever unless another secretary died. Like, it seemed unlikely that anyone would die, just out of the blue.

I worked until 11 pm cuz I was out of the office for one whole day and now it's like I might as well have missed a month of work. It's just like, punishment. I mean it's not meant to be but it's really enough to make me dread taking a day off. And I have two weeks of vacation left from last year that I need to take by end of March.

Uggggh I have to get back on the stick, the spark stick, I need to gather some momentum here.

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For me, there is a difference between dropping a food because it really truly causes a digestive problem or other detectable issue and dropping it because "it's fattening." Then it's less of "I shouldn't" and more of "I just don't want to deal with the effect. It's not worth it." I keep looking to see if I can find any significant consequence from eating my beloved grains. Flour-based items play a smaller role than they used to, but I still have my cooked rices, farro whole wheat berries, whole rye, whole oats and such pretty often. And oatmeal and All Bran. But I cycle in potatoes and winter squashes to try to balance things out. Because I'm older, I've considered shelling out for a glucose monitor just to see what's really going on, but... naaaa. Not yet. And in my first years, I ate a fair amount of refined grain food, but they are the exception now. I don't think it's necessary to eliminate them, but since I like the alternatives so much and know how to cook them, and since so many flour foods are not really much like they were in previous times, it's worth the effort to me. When I'm out, I play it by ear. And it's not like I CAN'T have them. I can't say I'll never eat a whole box of Cheezits again. But it doesn't feel that important.

On a side note, I tried the Konmari method of thinning out my closet (holding each item and seeing if it sparks joy.) I would not have anything to wear if I had stuck to that. Maybe I don't know what she means by joy. I liked everything I kept, but joy? I have decent pile of discards to take to a clothing swap tomorrow night and a fair number of empty hangars, so I'm content for now. I'll be looking for a pair of jeans and thin black and brown cardigans. And I'm always on the lookout for white tops because I spill stuff on them so often I can always use a replacement. But I'm trying to convince myself that it would be perfectly okay to go home with nothing.


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Positive quote-Fitness is 20% exercise and 80% nutrition, you can't out run your fork.

Day 18 doing great!!!!



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Thanks for all the good vibes, and Oolala, your spell worked....I stayed in bed.(Also had to go in for lab work this morning and had to fast for 8 hours before). I am trying to eat more protein to keep me feeling full for longer. I felt so uncomfortable and tired all day yesterday after eating too much. Even though I had to get up early today, I feel so much better.
I have to pick up our car from the shop soon, and then I'm free until I see a client at 6:00.
I wish you all a wonderful binge free Wednesday, and again, thank you for all the good wishes.
Day One has passed...planning and working hard on Day Two!












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Finished Day #18! Working on Day #19 Binge Free!

Tawney - I really don't eat grains at home anymore. I think it's better for me too. I will occasionally have them when eating out. I'm a push-over for my dogs too !

Kathryn - I love that quote too. All my life people have underestimated me, especially in an all-male profession. I often had to demand my rightful positions and not let them forget about me. When I would say "How come you didn't consider me for that management position?", they would just look at me (as if they hadn't even thought about it), and I would get the position... and be great in it!

Waytogo -- Sounds like you are finding a few things to work with. Have a great day !

Everyone have a great day ! And remember it's better to be happy then to keep struggling. Life is too short.





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Day 11
Yesterday I cut back on the grains that I had been eating. After we saw the naturopath in December I had tried to follow the diet my husband was given. My digestion actually improved (I tend to constipation). I have been taking a fiber supplement each morning as well. I began eating more grains - especially flax buns (which I love) - and back to the same old problem. I think I am going to be able to manage this with amounts. After almost no grains yesterday - I feel good today. I do not want to eliminate any foods entirely so today I plan to eat some grains and see what happens. I do not want to go back to any black and white thinking so I plan to be careful.
Today I have to start working on another problem as well. I have been allowing our dog to misbehave around the cattle. When I feed the pails he barks and also when I let the cows in to eat he barks and chases. He is trying to protect me and this behaviour is spoiling him. Being assertive and strong (standing up for me) is one of my big issues. Dogs sense weakness and then decide how to act. So starting this morning I have to try and take my position as top dog. Wish me luck!

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Oaxaca, I am sending a spell to keep you in bed until morning. emoticon Promise yourself a great, huge breakfast! Optional, once the time comes.

Day 11 BF complete.

Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 1/18/2017 (06:05)
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats. Six years and counting! nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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Changing Turtle- LOVE that quote! I needed that today! emoticon

Hope your draw goes well and your sandwich is yummy! Thanks for being an inspiration... emoticon

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Day 17 binge free emoticon

Doing fasting blood work today and we had a mix up with the caretaker she is not coming until 1. I am doing okay. I have a veggie sandwich planned from Subway right after the blood draw.

Positive quote for today-Be somebody no body thought you could be.

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Oxaca: Sending GREAT vibes.... your description of being at your moms reminds me of the days when I was able to eat dairy and gluten and what a real NED event was like. I would wake up and find wrappers and such.... it was HORRIBLE for me. VERY painful.

One thing I heard last night and believe you me, I have been listening to folks that have been through this as it really helps me but I understand if reading etc does not help you. Anyway, he said to the degree you have dieted (so if it is extreme) he believes an evolutionary mechanism kicks in making you want to binge harder. This was so true for me.... He said (Livingston) shooting for one pound a week should not rear the beast so to speak. Take all of this with a grain of salt but gosh has it been helpful for me and I am hoping for you even if in some small way.

Thank you Oolala for your wisdom as always.... You are a WEALTH of information! Thank you for all of your strategies etc. I am learning SO much....

All team members: I will say this again, I believe everyone has to find what works for them .... and quite frankly, I am only sharing information that I have read or heard that was helpful to me so please- I know you have a ton more experience with all of this.... Please everyone, what I say is not gospel. I have found nuggets like you have said once before and you have to find a plan that works for you. One thing I loved about Livingston is that he said with binging you have to have a mindset of both I will never binge again and then a mindset that if a slip happens, you do not beat up on yourself, learn from it and move forward. He said that is how this is different from black and white addictions like alcohol that we can just give up. We cannot just give up food. This was a shift for me too as I think you cannot have black or white thinking here....

VG Dolly- So happy for you on the doctor's appt! You are really a powerhouse with your working out. Sorry for your loss as well and I will pray road food is good to you. It sounds like you are well prepared and exercising beforehand. Way to go!

Wow... what an incredibly supportive group. Thank you all for your support and encouragement as well as sharing your journey and wisdom. I believe we can learn so much from one another.

Sending you all a wish for a beautiful day full of choices that truly make you happy and nurture you.... Hugs!

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VGDolly - good to hear about positive doctors' appointments!

Oaxa -- Good vibes. You can do it.

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Day One.....good vibes needed.












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Finished Day #17! Working on Day #18 Binge Free!


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Day 21, No S 2

Both doctors appointments went well. Cardiologist thrilled with progress since September.
Swam for 44 minutes, was in a zone. Love my waterproof fitbit.
Heading out of town for a funeral. Road eating always a challenge. Packing lunch and healthy snack. Yoga and walking before we hit the road.

Have a great binge free day.

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Day 11
The day I found this team was a wonderful day. I learn something new every day and feel so supported.


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Hello my dear friends. My bracelet has bead for each of my dear Spark friends. When I wear it I pray for you. I am going to have to add more beads as more of you are becoming dear to me.

Positive quote for today-Eating better got easier when "I can't have that" turned into "I don't want that"

Yesterday started out rough for hubby and I when we had problems with the caretaker from the VA and the caretaker we where to interview from the state did not even show up. The VA sends out fair care takers most of the time and I really think it is a blessing when they come, so I am just going to let it slide when we get a bad one. They take good care of hubby and do not mistreat him it is just that some don't do the "light housekeeping" very well. I can do that myself alright I just need to get out of the house now and than. So will go easy on the girls., and not complain. I keep singing in my head "look on the sunny side of life...."

Day 16 binge free. Had a friend of hubby's over for dinner last night. I made cookies for desert. I had a package of ready made ones you just bake. The package made up only 9 so we each had 3. Worked out so good for me.



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Great posts from everyone....challenges, ideas, thoughts....we do go through a lot.....
I did better yesterday, but did not stay on my food plan. Looking back, I see my binges have generally brought my daily calorie intake up to around 2000 calories. Right now I'm trying to stay below 1500. I appreciated your comment Oolala, that I must be doing something right. I guess I just really try to stay aware, even in the hard times. The pain of being a "fatty" for so many years is not something I want to go back to. And yes, night eating has always been my issue. In my teens I used to get up and raid my mother's freezer, eating frozen pastry and ice cream. I need to see how far I have come. Also, it seems whenever I read anything about stopping binge eating or over eating, I end up doing it...those books seem to do the reverse on me... emoticon
In regards to my MIL, I lost my parents quite a long time ago, along with many dear relatives. This new event just brings up all of those old feelings of loss, and I just feel drained. This morning I didn't want to get out of bed.
And just to comment, my wonderful Canada is allowing more Syrians than any other country I know of, and my old city of Toronto is one of the most multi-cultural places I know! emoticon
Grace, enjoy that birthday and get better....we are all rallying for you!
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OOLALA. You are a treasure of information. Thank you for your input. Instead of thinking about what I can't have, I have to think about what I can have. I like fruits and vegetables. I think my bingeing starts with sugar and packaged food. I'll try to plan my meals at the beginning of the day.

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Grace, Iím betting youíre doing plenty right. Itís been a few days since you said you didnít know where to start for things to be simpler. I couldnít tell if that was for life in general or just for weight. That book you were reading sounds like a humorous expression against that part of us that wants to use shame to judge our not meeting all these ideals. Iím less likely to do that about eating, but sure can about my housekeeping and work. Iím sure youíve done enough self-flagellating for the week. Hope you are enjoying your DBFís birthday weekend. I gently suggest that anything you do that benefits you in any way IS for yourself. Being generous for your DBFĒs sake for his birthday benefits you, too. Now, if you were a doormat the rest of the time, it would be different. And depending on how what food has been available the rest of the weekend, and the fact that youíve got a cold, itís fine to go light on the pizza. You wonít be sorry.

Oaxaca, if I may ask, is there one overeating behavior now that seems the most problematic or the most obviously troubling? It does sound like the getting out of bed might be the one to wrestle to the ground. BTW, the fact that you are pretty much keeping weight off after having been overweight as a child means you are beating the odds and must be doing some things right. It doesnít sound as if you are eating nothing and then eating only junk. To me, thatís about the only ďthinĒ lifestyle that I would call unacceptable, not that my opinion matters. Between that and eating some perfect diet is where we all have to find our place. (Disease would up the ante.) It can be tough facing aging parents. I know it may sound weird, but the declines and losses of my parents have been two of the most poignant and rich experiences of my life. I wish I had already had my eating routine down then, though I don't remember particularly using food any more than I usually did. I know now that for me eating regular meals and sometimes even a little less is THE best medicine for difficult times.

While there are so many individual stories, there are definite patterns in eating that have kept whole populations relatively healthy and of moderate weight. for centuries. The extremes described in so many sources now have not been needed for the vast majority in the past. I suspect that is still true. Tweaking those to accommodate personal preferences is likely what most end up doing even if they donít realize it. Of course, those populations didn't have our available sources. That's why we have to be more purposeful until it's mostly a habit to choose better.

Goochie, committing to a reasonable eating plan/routine is one of the antidotes to the umpteen triggers. That and just plain refusing to give in, believing that it's not causing more problems to not give in. (The anti-diet crowd can make it seem that ANY denying of food is a problem. That just doesn't jive with what we know about humans and food availability.) It doesnít make the triggers or the impulses go away. It just means if they arenít part of the plan, you ignore them. Practice makes it easier, and reminding yourself that you are being adequately fed by your plan is crucial. I know that sounds crazy- being rather strict with an eating plan- and maybe itís like being "on a diet," but thatís where ďreasonableĒ comes in. Our culture has made it seem unreasonable to limit food unless we are on a diet, but we used to limit our food without a lot of sense of deprivation or huge struggle all the time. Previous to the 70ís, people went longer between smaller meals with not much snacking and certainly not of our dense, rather lifeless packaged snack foods and really certainly not straight out of big packages. The taste of sweet played a much smaller role. People didnít feel life was terrible or that they were deprived. (I read recently that sweet, flour-based foods have become the default for a lot of the population. I donít like being an alarmist, but this is a really a frightening development and can be very hard to reverse when those foods are so available. But no human society has thrived on such a diet. Sweet wasnít even a common possibility until the 1700ís. However, it doesnít mean it needs to be eliminated. Just eventually a lot less than we're used to, bit by bit, while we eat more of other whole foods available.) P.S. Congrats regarding the insurance issue.

I want to say that Hansen was never overweight and some of her advice I think could keep people eating a lot more than they need. It certainly would have me, but may be a bridging pattern. No one asked, but I am wary of fitness expertsí bias, too. But we can take what we need and leave the rest. Since our cultural influences are so whacky now, it can take a lot of balancing input to establish new, different, sustainable routines.

Tawney, you keep shaking up my silly stereotypes of Canada. I wouldnít have put many Chilean refugees there. Canada in the past has been very cautious about expanding immigration, hasnít it? But I guess thereís a difference between that and political asylum. I do know an Iranian boyfriend who previous to our relationship was trying to move there to marry a Swiss immigrant but had so much trouble, they finally gave up. (Good thing for me so that I can say Iíve lived with at least one man in my life.) But he wasnít fleeing war or personal harassment. And he eventually found happiness in Germany! But that music sounds lovely.

Kathryn, that bracelet looks like it was fun to make and to wear.

Grace, I recommend using 25% of the money for a treat and the rest to fund this yearís IRA. Donít know what age you are but this 63-year-old wishes sheíd maxed out yearly IRA contributions at least. Having 5x any money now that I had invested 30 years ago would sure be welcome. Iím lucky enough to be able to live below my means and plan to keep using a lot of the extra to accumulate until Iím 70. After that, Iíll be more ďfrivolous.Ē Sure, itís a gamble that I wonít get to use it all, but the odds are with me to still be here for quite awhile, by my standards. Anyone ever used this site? Itís fascinating. www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/your-li
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Any individual has no guarantees, but there are still odds. Unless someone has one of the common causes or is living to invite them, itís prudent to assume sheíll make it. (My mother lived a few years beyond expectancy, my dad a few less. Thatís from a different table. I'm pretty sure I have fewer health problems now than either of them did at 63. But I'm less attached to a long life than I am to not being infirm while I AM here. Yet I still don't exercise enough!)

Ate sweets this weekend and enjoyed them, but don't need to celebrate any more. Will be going for a few hours to one of my West African dance sites for an MLK celebration. I know there'll be food available and I like to support their efforts, but boy, is it heavy cuisine. Maybe I can split a plate with a friend I'm meeting there.

Aack! Just remembered I had intended to do some paperwork for meetings I have this Wednesday. It can save me some being frantic later.

Working on day 10.

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Finished Day #16! Working on Day #17 Binge Free!

I feel so bad about not posting much on this board lately, but since last December, I've just been sick, or I've been on the go all the time. Can't seem to shake this cough again, but I did go to my volunteer event Saturday and we celebrated my husband's birthday with the in-laws last night. So embarassing -- I had a severe coughing jag at the restaurant.

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Busy weekend. Happy with eating and choices. Not as strict as weekdays, but more in control than over the holidays. I made banana chip bread, I gave 1 loaf away but I did eat a peace Friday, Saturday, Sunday. There is food with more sugar in it but I need to be careful, it will put me on a slippery slope. I was physically active both days happy about that.
Doctors today for me and my daughter, I am going to swim after that.

OAXACA- I am so sorry about your MIL. Please take care of yourself. It is important for you to be able to be present for yourself and your family.Buried in food will not ease the pain.

Grace - feel better and after the birthday celebration youwill be much happier and proud if you keep the food clean. Good Luck!

GOOCHIE - I feel your pain, I hate technology!

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Sorry for your loss, Oaxaca,. it is tough when you are at such a distance away from family.

I am off for my runaway day today!

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Day 1!

I've got a good cold going now, too, plus a fair amount of self-flagellation for last night's binge. Not exactly super-psyched for DBF's birthday party (bowling and pizza, you'd swear he's 7!) but I have to set that aside and be fun and positive so I don't bring down his birthday. Also, there are cupcakes to make. Hopefully I can carve out a few minutes for myself.

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OAX. I am sorry for your loss. You are having a difficult time, anyway, so try to be kind to yourself.

WAYTOGO. You are a LIFESAVER. Thank you for the websites. I am going to watch all of your suggestions. I appreciate your support so much. WE CAN DO THIS.

My email remains frozen. Instead of stressing out any longer, I have made an appointment with
my grandson next weekend to fix the mess.

???? I have 4 email. accounts. The three yahoo ones have been hacked several times. I keep different organizations and people on separate emails. If I merge everything on to gmail, I think it will bug and drive me nuts. Does anyone have any input or experience or advise?

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Thanks for the pic, Kathryn. You r bracelet looks really int ere sting.

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Still going...

Oaxaca, I'm so sorry to hear about your MIL. I hope things go as well as they can.

Feeling kind of depressed this weekend, but had a good yoga class this morning which helped. I always get this way in the winter, as I'm pretty sure I'm powered by sunlight and the ocean.

My Mom has been cleaning out the house following my Dad's passing last year and found a savings bond from my birth. Its been well over the 30 years that it stops accruing interest so I'll cash it in. $25 back then, and apparently about $130 now. Wondering whether to stick in my investment account or treat myself to something.

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Love this CT! Thanks for posting and for your positive encouragement! Hoping you get to take that walk to SB!

Ox- So sorry to hear about your MIL. You all are in my prayers! Get some rest today!

Goochie- I hope things are going better... have been thinking of you!

Tawny- Glad it is warming up! Brrrr that's very cold!! Glad you get to enjoy the slopes!!

Oola-Hope your trip was great!

Keeping on, keeping on! Hugs all! emoticon

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OXACA so sorry to hear of your MIL emoticon going up

Positive quote-Turn your can'ts in to cans and your dreams in to plans.

Hello all hope your day is going good. We have a caretaker doing laundry this morning. If she comes back in time I am taking a little walk over to Starbucks.

New week, am going back to tracking what I eat, weighing and measuring as I go. Am planning my meals early in the morning and sticking to my plans. I need to stick to my plans in stead of just grabbing what sounds good and hoping to be staying in my calorie count for the day.



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Around 9:30 last night we were out for dinner with a friend and got a call telling us that my mother-in-law had had a stroke. We stayed in touch through the night, and at around 2 a.m. the doctors reported that it was likely that she had no more than 48 hours to carry on. My husband is on his way to Toronto.
I was so riled up I couldn't sleep, and I did do some eating, but considering it was already after 3:00 I am just calling it an early breakfast. I managed to stop myself from going completely crazy.But I really need to stop getting out of bed, starting tonight.
I am really exhausted....after almost no sleep I took hubby to the airport at 7:00, and slept about 1 1/2 hours when I got back home. Will definitely have a nap later.
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We attended a concert last night. The group was made up of 5 young men, most of whom were sons of Chilean refugees. It was haunting yet energizing music. Today there is another ski gathering at the trails so I think I will go. The weather has warmed up to -4 so it feels like spring.
Congrats on your progress everyone! Remember you are learning something from whatever is going on.


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Hey Goochie.... I am feeling you.... I think this is why he says it is like caging an animal. I was just listening to the three of them- Hansen, Livingston and Hendry and quite frankly, some combination approach may work best.

http://www.neverbingeagain.com/TheBlog/f
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about-the-pig-the-brat-the-lower-brain/

This interview has been very helpful to me as well as his book -- but Hansen too.... Man, I feel like I really must read her book. She gives you step by step for binges.

Many here have said you white knuckle it. I am a solver so I wish so much I could give you a straight one size fits all approach. Venting on that page that Oxaca created may help. I am sorry for your struggles.... what a pain to be locked out of your email and to have the insurance company issues to boot. Yes, the wildest ride is when I am under stress. Wendy Hendry lets you download her book Waitloss for free as well via Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/W-I-T-loss-Freedo
m-Disorder-Addictions-ebook/dp/B01E4U39DG

Keys for me 1) Nourishing food plan. If I am hungry, watch out. (had to get over lose it quick mentality) 2) Positive self talk- YES, Darn it, we can! Others have done it, we can. Understanding the lower brain setting us up and every time you override the binge desire, you are retraining your brain (POWER.... and we deserve that too-- we are NOT BROKEN!) 3) I am afraid to say that allowing myself some grace on my food plan (allowing me to have the choice foods I might eat in a NE episode - thus, I am not deprived- for me this has been key- deprivation sets the state as well), giving up the scale for awhile, and putting first things first, well, I am finally having some darn success. For some reason, listening to these folks has been VERY helpful as I think they get where we are and that has REAL value to me. Some of their solutions are working for me and I think you have to keep on trying until you win this..... And darn it, IT CAN BE WON! Sending you hug across the internet. HANG IN THERE! emoticon

Thinking of you....

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Day 2

This problem to me is not a pig, it's a monster. Livingston has given me a lot to think about, but what do you do with umpteen triggers?

The insurance company called and they have assumed responsibility.

I spent the day locked out of a yahoo email account, after spending hours spent with "chat."
I will wait 24 hours and try again.

TAWNEY. I LOVE your honesty. "Queen of Day 1" is fabulous! Thank you.

OOLALA. I look forward to your wise observations.

OAX. A slump is difficult to crawl out of, but you can do it.

CHANGING-TURTLE. GO GIRL

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Way to Go Changing Turtle... Yes, I think there is so much speak out there about what works and what doesn't it is really a matter of finding out what works for each individual! Looks like we are on the same streak! Woohoo! Sure feels good to be here!

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Day 14 binge free, a whole two weeks emoticon

OXACA you did it emoticon keep up the good work emoticon

emoticon for us all to have a binge free day emoticon

OOLALA I have lost count of all the books I have read written by so many people about how they have lost weight or how to be binge free.. Everyone seems to have their own trick of how to do it. Some days I think I should write my own book.

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You all are truly inspirational. Oxaca, I too was heavy as a kid and yes, I think it really stays with you! You said something in a post regarding it was like a brain switch that Tawny so eloquently commented on- Livingston has said something to the effect of and I imagine because he's been on this road too is why I trust his insight- anyway- that it is impossible to binge if your not yelling at yourself. I believe it has always been a sabatoge move on my part at least at times when lower brain was not in full gear. It's so hard to know all of this stuff but I have found great comfort in Livingston and Hansens writings as well as all of your experiences here- our Bing Free team! We can do this! And like Tawny says- we all do better with the brain switched to I can! Thinking of you all!

Oolala- thanks for your great insight as always- I'm with you on the solid food plan- it is key for me too as I tended to always talk myself into more. It has been rather incredible that on it- no NE awakenings at all. Definitely gives what I've read of late a lot of value in my book. Heck, I was Very doubtful I'd ever find a key after 20 plus years! Hooray... I am still cautiously optimistic as I believe it could creep back at anytime.

Happy Saturday and Bless you all!

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Day 18, No S 7

My friend has surfaced and our friend group is meeting here. We go back 40 years. Happy to be able to support her and nervous at the same time. Did yoga and meditated this morning. A lot of saying the serenity prayer, asking my HP for guidance.
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Do you what you can to have a BF day.

Tawney loved your post, very thought provoking.
OAXACA - kind and gentle is the way, remember where you have come from.

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Tawney, I threw the dice and got what I needed yesterday....right on track binge free day. It was not easy, and my eating was irregular with friends dropping by, etc. Even got out of bed, but handled it. I feel a little more confident, but I know those dice can be tricky, so will be vigilant.
I hope your nephew can hold on to his weight loss Oolala...it IS so painful when the old habits come sneaking back. I try to keep telling myself how much it hurts to go back to the old ways, but sometimes my brain won't hear or accept it. But for many many years I have not given up, and have managed not to be overweight again. Its keeping the binge monster away that has kept me busy, and kept me fighting not to go up a lot in weight. I think too, having been so overweight as a child, all the teasing and shame really tend to stick in adult life. At least for me that's been true. Its hard to shake that feeling of being a "fatso".
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Oaxaca, at one time, while journeying along this path I labeled myself "The Queen of Day 1". I was not able to string more than a few binge-free days together. I bobbed and weaved in and out of the thread always returning and posting Day 1 but at times leaving for days on end. For me, I need to have my brain switch over to thinking "I can do this" and even more important " I will fight through the binge-thinking when it arises." It reminds me of the old board game Snake and Ladders which my grandson and I played over the holidays.The old thought processes are like the snakes which you can land on and then quickly slide down to a square that you have already passed. Your next turn you roll the dice and get moving back up the board hoping to land on a ladder which lets you climb quickly and bypass some of the squares. To win you must roll the exact number on the dice. I hope today the switch will flip for you to "I can".

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Oaxaca, at one time, while journeying along this path I labeled myself "The Queen of Day 1". I was not able to string more than a few binge-free days together. I bobbed and weaved in and out of the thread always returning and posting Day 1 but at times leaving for days on end. For me, I need to have my brain switch over to thinking "I can do this" and even more important " I will fight through the binge-thinking when it arises." It reminds me of the old board game Snake and Ladders which my grandson and I played over the holidays. the old thought processes

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Still going...

Had a rough day at work yesterday, like took a break to have a good cry kind of rough day. I'm still trying to shake it off. Back into the general feeling of overwhelmedness. (Just made that word up ;) The work stuff, the living a decent life stuff and like Oolala says, the never ending list of things I should be doing to lose/keep off weight. I'm sure things can be simpler, I just don't know where to start.

(Though on the train yesterday, I did start reading "the life changing magic of not giving a f*ck" - at the very least I had some good chuckles.

This is DBFs birthday weekend, so its all about him. (More of me on the back burner, perhaps this is something else to "work on")

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I, too, lost a post. I had apologized because I know I can spout as if my thoughts are truth when they usually are only passing on the thoughts (findings) of others or my observations.

But I do know that weight loss is more complicated than even most experts will admit. Actually, some of them admit it but often seem to try to say they have the answer, and it's simpler than they just said it was. Or they have trick after trick. I just don't like the idea that there are 50 things I'm supposed to be doing just to weigh less. I am willing to try some changes for other reasons, but realize I can start getting caught up in the virtuousness of it. I feel I made a lot of progress by not being a purist, but I have allowed myself to read some about nutrition (that topic is so endless it can tie me in knots, while some people seem to have a ball with it.). So much contradictory information! But it's hard to imagine it's not a good idea to work towards eating less manufactured food, especially refined carbs. One author said the issue is not that we find them so palatable but that they are so available. But we can't change that completely, so we have to learn to live with them. I don't believe 66% of Americans would be overweight if it wasn't a challenge for most. It's NOT normal to be carefree about eating! Even in the 33%, it's only a fraction of them who never have to think about it. And they sometimes pay a price later. (Sour grapes here. )

I do believe that having a reasonable eating plan with mostly good quality food has been my best defense, not because it makes the impulses go away but because I can't fool myself into believing I really need more.

Oaxaca, slipping has absolutely gotten me at times more firmly on the path as I see how much turmoil and pain I might get to avoid. My nephew, who lost well over a hundred pounds (he wasn't overweight as a young man) nearly two years ago claims he doesn't believe he'll ever go back because it was just too hard to make the changes and he never wants to face that again. Then again, he hasn't reached the five-year mark.

Three day weekend! Will go out of town for the day tomorrow, but no big plans for the rest of it.

Love to all.

Calling day 7 BF complete.

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I am still struggling....the strange thing is, after so many years my mindset feels different. Its like for the past few days I have intentionally overeaten/binged, almost creating the need to do it. Its hard to explain, but a new one, and puzzling. Anyway, today it has hit me physically; I have a stomach ache, and am very bloated. Seems like I need those bad side effects to get more determined.
So many of you have written such kind things to me, and I want to wholeheartedly thank you. Reading your posts truly uplifted me.
I feel like I will get through ok today, and I have to admit, I will be glad when the day is over and I can wake up binge free and fresh.
Changing Turtle, I am so glad you are doing well now...you have really been through so much you deserve to be feeling good.
Tawney, I am sooo glad I am in Mexico when I read how cold it is where you are
Jol1, hope you are feeling better very soon.
VG, bravo for being so active.
Goochie, we learn from our bad choices, and the important thing is,you didn't binge.
Grace, the people who looked after our house and our dog while we were away are from Austin, and have several restaurants there. Sounds like a great city...

Thank you for being here everyone.

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Day 17, No S 6

Hi all, my day is turned around a bit. Early doctors appt and then swam. Now I'm home doing my daily tasks. Walked 1 1/2 miles yesterday and swam 1/2 mile today. Love It! I can tell you that because I received a new fit bit for Christmas. It is great, it actually shows my walk and it is waterproof so I can wear it in the pool - very cool. My calories have been in my range all week, I have been a bit hungry between meals. I am not sure it it is because of my increased exercise or what? Trying to be smart if I have a snack. One day at a time - that is all I got!

OAXACA - don't be hard on yourself, you are so honest. So many of us disappear when we fall. You are here and honest everyday - be thankful for that.
Jol - try emerganc -C the extra vitamins can nip the bug. Swear it shortened mine over the holidays - feel better.
GOOCHIE - nice to see you back.

TAWNEY,Grace and Changin - Keep up the good work!

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Finished Day #13! Working on Day #14 Binge Free!

Still sick, but I am going to load up on DayQuil and go to the art show today. I feel like I've been sick a lot lately.

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I have made it one week. Thank you all for your posts that have kept me accountable and also given me some new ideas. Yesterday I struggled again but was able to get through. Today thinking back it seems like little things that could have derailed me but yesterday they were major. My morning time is precious to me. I wake up make coffee and then come to the computer to spark and do other things. I enjoy the silence and plan for the day. Yesterday I got several interruptions which really threatened my positive mood. Hubby woke up and turned on the TV and then kept calling me to look at something. At least the show was about a cruise ship. So far he has resisted the idea of taking a cruise. That kind of pattern continued. The phone would ring when I had planned to read, Hubby would appear when I thought I had a minute or a text would ding on my phone that I could not resist. There was nothing major but it added up. Today I am very pleased that I did not binge. I was able to book the car in on Monday. That will be a runaway day for me so looking forward to that.

Goochie: I hear you about insurance. Some companies are so kind and speedy - others are awful. I agree about the carbs. When I go out I always check out the pasta dishes but a afraid of the sluggishness they seem to cause. Blue is a 3 year old male Aussie. He helps us with the cattle but is mostly a pet. He is very smart and great with the grandkids.
Oaxaca: Please do not be hard on yourself. You can do this. Make a small achievable goal today and feel good about reaching it.
VGDolly: I too, have lost so many posts. It is beyond frustrating. I do probably hit the wrong key. I am nervously typing slowly this very minute as this post is getting long. An attitude of gratitude has helped me as well.
Changing: You are amazing! Please post some of your creations with beads so we can see them.
have a great day everyone - I was going to say "stay warm" but realize that does not apply to most of you. We are still in the -30s with a wind chill in the -40s but it is supposed to warm up by Monday.

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Still going!

Catching myself trying to push through or force so much of my life. Like I don't deserve to enjoy it or something. Attempting to turn that around by experimenting with new things and seeing if I like them.

Yesterday I veered from my usual miso soup appetizer with sushi and went for the seaweed salad and loved it! Now I have a new favorite! This morning I am listening to the Avett Bros, who have been around and well loved by others forever, but new to me. I really like this band.

Getting really excited for my Austin trip - less than two weeks!

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I went out to eat with the "girls" today, ordered a high carbohydrate meal. I took home half, but I feel sluggish.

Yesterday, I returned the Chomebook. When I could not load zinio to read the books from then library, goodbye tablet.

I am in a struggle with Safeco Auto Insurance. This company has to have one of the lowest rated for customer satisfaction. I was rear ended Nov. 18th, and I think My car will rust out B4 they settle my claim.

I have read all your posts and am thankful for your suggestions. Posting here helps me keep my focus. I guess we all have to experiment, and come up with a program that works for us. I hate the feelings I get when I BINGE.

OOLA. Good luck with your new co-teacher. Thank you for your thoughts and tips.

TAWNEY. -28C OUCH! What breed is Blue? Male or female?

VGDOLLY. Keep up the good work

CHANGING TURTLE. So glad you finally have a little time to have some fun.

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Binge free day 12 emoticon am waiting today until hungry and than just eating what is healthy and planned earlier in the day. I have taken up beading again and have planned to spend some time each day planning and making my creations.

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Not doing very well, again food at night. I have many thoughts but no time....more tomorrow.
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Day 16, NoS 5

Grrr - my whole post was finished and it vanished. I am sure it was user error, still frustrating.
I was so happy to wake up having survived yesterday BF. I know I need to keep my eye on the bigger picture. I am participating in a gratitude challenge through another site and that too is helping me to remember to look for the silver lining in all of these stresses.
The warm up in the east made it easy to get out and walk yesterday. My longest and fastest walk since surgery. Starting to make strides in my stamina. Will get out there again today.

OAXACA - So happy for your good day. It is a great building block.
Changingturtle - your positivity is contagious, thank you for that.

Do want you can to have a BF day!

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Thank you all for sharing your struggles and successes. I find your posts inspirational and thought provoking. We all have such different challenges.
I am working on modifying my negativity. I am learning that negative thoughts are something like binge eating - they can be stopped.
Yesterday I attended a ski clinic. In our cold climate the trick is to feel a little chilly when you start out because with the exercise you sweat and overheat quite easily. When I got back to the second shelter I was definitely warm but felt amazing. Cardio is definitely a mood booster for me. I need to do more of it.
I curled in the evening and then came home to a nice warm bubble bath. I took a risk and read a library book in the tub. I have been known to doze off and drop the book in the water - managed not to do that last night.
I woke up feeling very positive today -
We can do this!

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Still going...

Kathryn, I'm amazed with how you are handling the caretaking. It is so hard and so stressful. I'm glad you get a chance to get out and do things. I hope that helps.

I'm trying to figure out the muscle aches (leaving the weight gain out of it, because who knows) and I had been taking magnesium as part of my vitamins for a while, with the idea that it supported muscle recovery. I realized that I've become more lax with my vitamins, and have just recently started taking them regularly again. Yesterday and today my muscles feel a little better, so I'll work with that hypothesis for a little while longer. Seems like an obvious answer.

Busy day today, but sushi plans for dinner!

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Thanks Oolala for correcting if I posted something incorrect. I am VERY new at all this but I will say I feel I am learning a ton. I sure don't want to pass on incorrect information though....

I cannot believe I am on Day 12. That seems incredible to me.

Yes, Kathryn, it sounds like you are doing terrific! I am trying to get my mind and life around a good food plan now and yes, Oolala, I have gluten, dairy and egg allergies so quite frankly, most of my dietary choices revolve around these issues. It is amazing the thing I used to get in the most trouble with -- I think it was called Moosetracks Edies light ice cream, well, I can no longer have so quite frankly, my dietary limitations really curbed my issues with compulsive eating which I believe were driven at least in part by sugar addiction. I contracted Lyme in 2008 and had to give gluten up shortly there after. I have made decision after decision for my health and I am thankful I have. Chronic Lyme is a another reason to get a handle on this..... it was just too much to be honest!

Thank you for the sage advice here.... as well as the research you have obviously done! It is very appreciated.... Kudos on all of your great changes.... You are a ROLE MODEL! Hugs!



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You sound terrific, Kathryn! I'm so glad things seem to be moving smoothly.

*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats. Six years and counting! nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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Positive quote-It's all about creating healthy habits not restrictions. I have not binged since the start of this new year, I am also making wise choices in what I eat. I eat in the way that makes me happy and works for me. Yes I am on a diet but it is not one that tells me what to eat or not eat. It is a plan that works for me. And with that in hand with not binging I am losing weight. I shared my weight loss because I was supper happy about it and wanted to share with all my Spark friends. When hubby was in the hospital and care home I binged a lot and ate high calorie comfort foods, I gained back almost 20 pounds. With all the stress that is how I was handling it, the wrong way. My life now is pretty much stress free and can get back to taking care of me. I am the main caretaker of my hubby but have caretakers coming in three times a week for 3 hours. I am able to go out and do things for me and I am having fun.

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I feel I must say that there is no evidence that ending bingeing automatically leads to weight loss. Weight loss can be much trickier than that and is rarely the need anyway. In fact, weight loss can be tough because for some people, the overaating habit is the main concern, and doing the kind of things to lose weight may be counterproductive to thwarting the habit. The more often you eat, the harder it is to eat the right amounts and combinations to trigger weight loss. But there are other reasons besides weight loss to adjust how frequently we eat and what we eat. And those may bring weight loss, but they do it by improving function.

In fact, at some point, health may become the real motivator, not just one we give lip service to. When that happens, you can make changes that previously seemed out of the question, though they may still be challenging. But you feel more that they are basically just rational choices, not panicked ones.

That said, after lunch today, though I was not a bit hungry, boy did I want to eat before and after I left work. I got a coffee on the way home so I would'n't be rattling around in the kitchen when I got here. Then I've been bingeing on Spark and my other plan site. I'm not completely pleased with this tactic, but I'm very glad I didn't eat.

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Vgdolly- Gosh, I am praying for you on both fronts. That is true stress - and the hardest kind I think. Your BF is very lucky to have you and I'll pray for your daughter's and your peace while in awaits. That is so hard. Glad to post about the blog- very helpful to me and I hope to anyone else...

I feel that I am learning so much here. You all are an inspiration. This battle can be won! I think like Oxaca said- you have to remain conscious of your choices. I am finding that as I work on my food plan- what I've allowed myself as to not be deprived(kind bars), actually they don't make me feel all that great- thus, when you really give yourself grace, allow yourself time to lose the weight and make these mental shifts- it sure seems the pieces are much easier to put together and the relief of not being burdened by NES is huge. I know all too well the want to get it off quick mentality- the cost just became to great for me. Be blessed team!!

Thinking of our Team and so grateful to have found you all!

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Dolly....hang in there for your friend...you will be of the most help to her if you are not in a binge frenzy. And hoping along with you that the biopsy results are negative.
Tawney...you have done and are doing so well...I know only too well the desire to "get it off fast!" But like you say, it always seems to backfire.
I had a totally binge free day, and stayed as conscious as possible when eating. Today I feel kind of blah, but am doing what needs to be done and trying to stay on top of negative feelings.
Bravo for those of you tallying up the days...you are an inspiration!

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Day 15, No S 4

Very emotional. My bf and her husband are separating after 30 years. I am devastated for her and helpless. I hate when I can't fix things. She knows I am here for her, I am so uncomfortable sitting in these emotions and not acting on them or eating over them. This is the sort of thing I could binge over.
My daughter had a biopsy this morning too. Too many emotions swirling around. We now wait for results. My mom had thyroid cancer so I am nervous.
We went to breakfast after the procedure. I mad healthy choices, yet as I type I feel hungry and have an awful headache.

Waytogo - thanks for the blog info going to check it out
Changingturtle - keep it up!


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I feel much better today.I had a better sleep. I did wake up but told myself that I was going back to sleep and I did. Thanks for the new thread Oacaxa, it helped to post there when I was wavering.
I believe that each of us needs to find their own path through this maze of disordered eating. Over the years I have found that my best route is structured eating (3 meals and a couple of snacks per day). I generally eat healthy foods but not always. Sometimes eating a big meal or adding dessert or snacking on junk is the right decision for me to stay binge free. The fact that I have gained some weight over the holidays puts me in a precarious position. I want to lose quickly as I was so close to my goal and maintenance but when I start making strict food plans and goals I revert back to the old feelings. I am beginning to understand why I have gotten so close to maintenance in the past and then completely blown it. Weight loss is all I have known. It seems like I need to keep developing some new thinking around my relationship with food. As you can see patience is not always one of my virtues.
I am now on day 5 and the extra pounds are coming off. I have resisted the temptation to start and "new" program and am now firmly back on what works for me. I hope you all have a great day. I am going to a Cross country ski clinic this afternoon and then have a curling game tonight. This morning I will light my candles and practice yoga with my dog Blue looking on. He usually does a stretch that looks like a down dog pose and then returns to his mat to watch.

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Yay! Changing Turtle!

Oxaca- I get it. It's no wonder this NED came as a result of severe dieting with WW when I was much too young. When I tell you I'm okay on a nourishing food plan it is because deprivation fuels a piece of the puzzle and a comment Kathryn Hansen said really stuck with me- if you eat a nourishing food plan you will end up eating less calories generally than dieting and binging and over time you will lose weight as you are eating healthier.

It's funny you mention something that struck me too today- I still like to be within parameters- like I like the percieved safety of my nourishing food plan- that has to be dieting mentality.

I'm a counselor too, though I'm more of an educator now. I think you are making great strides and so much of this is a head game. That's where I felt the authors of late helped me the most. We are not broken! This is about the body reacting to perceived famine in some cases. That interview on Never Binge Again.com with the three authors was so helpful to me. It's on the blog page-about 50 minutes. Please know that I am about finding the keys to freedom. I do feel out of control eating and the toll it takes can be a hell on earth and why I believe no one deserves to suffer with this. I believe the food industry and diet industry may well know - and that is being gracious- that Binge eating, night eating etc are a result of trying to do what we think is right for our health and bodies. Glen talks a lot about this as he used to consult in the food industry and will tell you their schemes for the almighty dollar. Sadly but who wouldn't want a part of a multi billion dollar industry-diet industry(pardon if I'm wrong on this stat but I don't think I'm far off...) something in me knew I was not broken though I felt that way a lot... but it fueled me searching for answers. I refused at some level to live like this anymore. Now I will tell you I have not been on the scale since this new plan. I will do that in a week or so. First things first. Te scale can make me crazy and I know this is the right path for my sanity and health. Thanks for sharing your journey and light! I can tell you are a very dear soul! Sending you hugs and peace... We can all do this!!!

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Binge free day 10 going to do it again emoticon

Scale down 2 pounds today!!!!! emoticon

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I did run into some trouble last night (again) but not as bad as Sunday night. I know what is bothering me, but still need to figure out how to sort out the issue...even dreamed about it. Its just a little too personal to write about here....
On the bright side, I realized yesterday marked a week back home...so in my mind the adjustment period is over and its time to get back on track. Also, I have a stomach ache to remind me I need to eat sanely. Also I have to remember to post on the new topic I created here, "Vent here instead of binge" I need to use that when food calls late at night.
I do get in kind of a dilemma when I read posts here that mention what some of you are eating, and feel okay about. I guess I haven't beat the diet thinking...it's been in my head since I was about 5 years old, so its pretty engraved in my brain....but at least I'm better at "allowing" foods that I wouldn't have dreamed of eating several years ago.
Right now I'm feeling pretty good emotionally, and hope I can hold on to that for the rest of the day....and I'm looking forward to staying binge free.












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