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Had a sane day yesterday. Feels so nice when it's over! One of the graduating seniors brought chips and salsa from her family's taco shop. Fortunately, they were that big, kind of tough, oily-looking kind I don't actually like. I was so glad I waited for my delicious lunch. Got the afternoon filled but not with activities I could count on every day. There are only so many days I can go to the library and take out too many books. But between that, some shopping, and walking to classrooms at work, I did get in nearly 8,000 steps, too.

Tawney, I'm assuming baking the pie went well. Hats off. I intend to do some house cleaning today, but I have a feeling it will be much more modest than yours.

Lyla, you put me to shame, though I know that's not your intent. A perfectly good bike with flat tires sits in my storage space closer than 100 feet away. When will I get it tuned up or find one I like better?

Hical, you are one brave woman playing poker with anyone remotely serious about it, IMHO. You could take me for plenty, if I were a betting woman.

Mara, nice to see you just rolling along.

Spending the night out of town with some people from my Indian philosophy class so that I can attend two sessions with our teacher, one today and one tomorrow morning. He leaves for two months of retreats on the east coast and in Europe after this. There will be nibbling in the afternoon. I offered to take my hosts out for dinner, but they haven't accepted yet. Will keep meals light until just in case. I already committed on the hour commitment thread just to get back into the groove. I was hesitating about posting but realized it was because I wanted to leave myself the out, and that didn't feel smart.

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5/27/17 1:13 A

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FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY

Had a really nice bike ride today, think I have found a happy medium between killing my knees and killing my wrists, feeling a lot more confident and comfortable, knock wood.

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Over an inch of rain has cancelled our plans to finish the cows chores today. We even had some good help lined up. So today I have to make raisin pie for a coffee house tonight. I will have to really concentrate as I have not baked for awhile. I also have to try and get some house cleaning done.


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5/25/17 11:49 P

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well, i know why i'm in a bad mood.... just lost several online poker games to a bunch of idiots that watch too much poker on tv. &#@%!!!

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5/25/17 11:47 P

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Maybe you're mad because there's mercury in tuna when it's a good price. emoticon

*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
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I am in a really bad mood for no reason. Like I think something put me in a bad mood but I can't remember what it was. I mean like I made a mistake at work or got bad news or someone said something mean to me, or some other quotidian disappointment. I'm almost sure there was a cause. I am racking my brain to remember because if I can't figure out what it was, I will have to stop being in a bad mood.

Also albacore tuna was on sale for $1/can so I bought about 10 million cans and figured I'll just live on tuna for the rest of my life but I realize I am going to get mercury poisoning, probably just from having that much tuna in my kitchen.

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Finished Day 11! Working on Day 12 Binge Free!

I'll be gone for a few days. I'll be back Tuesday!
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Day 7 (Monday) Streak 2
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Goochie - congratulations on 21 days!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Congrats Goochie on 21 days!
Yesterday I got out for my first kayaking of the year. We were lucky to see a Loon's nest with 2 eggs in it.


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Day 21 Too busy to post.

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Am coming down off my wild week. Caught a cold that already seems to be leaving, knock on wood. I keep procrastinating on grading that needs to get done, but the most important stuff for graduating seniors is finished. I'm easing myself back into my regular eating. Day 1 complete.

*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
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Finished Day 10! Working on Day 11 Binge Free!


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Yesterday we did more tagging of cows. For lunch we went into town to the drive in. Blue got to come as well and we sat outside at a picnic table. I had a mozza burger. I enjoyed it. I usually like one once or twice a year. I also finished the last of hubby's Caesar salad. He has not been strictly following his restrictive diet but has maintained 35 lbs off. Hopefully he can continue to lose by portion control.
In the evening my friend took me for a ride in her buggy. Her horse is so beautiful and well trained. We then walked and mile and played some cards over tea. I had also done Yoga in the morning. Now that I think about it - it was an active day!
The birds are finding the houses that we put up. I thought that we were a bit late but hopefully we will see some babies. The yellow finches have come back to the feeders - they are so pretty to watch.
More cow work today - I am counting down to the 30th - when they will be hauled to pasture.

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Hi all!!

Thank you so much for the support. Sunday and Monday the food has been better. Three meals, no snacking or binging. Not all the healthiest but no binges.
I am not sure when my time will be my own. The support of my dad is the priority. I assume that is why I still do not have a job
I am going to catch up on reading all of your posts tonight. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am truly lucky to have come across this team.

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I overate at a potluck luncheon yesterday but I then did not eat until supper. I felt like carrying on with food but was able to stop by posting on the hour commitment thread.
we went for a little tour on the atv yesterday. We brought home a little spruce tree for the yard also. We are lucky to be able to be in the bush within a few minutes.


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Belated welcome to this thread, Amy. Of course you can join us. It's really more like a daily chat thread, really. You might get to 21 days on your first try, or it might take circling the airport a few times. Neither way prevents nor ensures your long term success.

I have to admit that I don't feel I have to be accountable here, but you are welcome to use the thread that way, although I hope you would never feel you can't tell us of struggles. Shame is rarely helpful after the fact and we are here to help you move past slips as quickly as possible. I don't mean to underestimate triggers, but I concluded a long time ago that I probably can't avoid them all and they aren't in charge. No trigger can pick up a piece of food and put it in my mouth. It doesn't matter how much I want any food, it is always possible to want it and still not eat it, if I determine it's in my better interest to forgo the food right then. I still have plenty of reserves for my body to draw on and I can eat later.

I've had a mild cold for a couple of days now. I hope to heaven it has reached its peak, though it wouldn't be the end of the world if I missed a day of work this week.Neither partner teacher had any plan and if they aren't going to feel the pressure, neither am I, though I have a few ideas.

But tonight, it's lights out soon.

Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 5/22/2017 (00:38)
*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. SEVEN 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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Day 7 (Sun)

VGD Sorry for your woes, hope sunnier times are in the near future emoticon

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Day one of a whole new week. I have not been fallowing my good eating habits and had a few to many days of over eating on cookies. I don't want to remember how many packs, each pack was a binge to me, just starting over this week and getting on track. Today is the start of the week a good day to start a new streak emoticon

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Jol, it is quite often fun to work with the animals but as you say it is also work. They need what they need 24/7 and do not take holidays. I do love going out in the early morning, hearing the birds and finding a new baby calf - healthy and jumping around. It is so quite and still.
You mentioned about comparing your life to others and coming up short. I, too, have done that a lot. I chose the country life instead of climbing the ladder in my career, delayed travel, etc. I am much more peaceful about it all now. Naming things I am grateful for has really helped.
Dolly, I too have gone through very stressful times with a volatile family. I hope you can keep yourself in a safe emotional place. I know I have handled things a lot better when I took better care of myself but I know that did not always happen and you will heal no matter what.
Last night I talked to the butter and told it that I was putting it back in the fridge before I got into any trouble with it. This morning I am happy to say that I do not have a "hang-over"

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Day 4 (Friday) Streak 2
Day 5 (Saturday) Streak 2

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VGDolly - so sorry to hear about your Dad. As far as your "food plan", give yourself lots of leeway so you can make it through right now. Hang in there!

Well, I was sick yesterday, and today remains to be seen. I slept all day and did very little. Took zinc tabs and gargled with salt water and had lemon/honey. Today I feel much better, but we'll see.

Finished Day 7! Working on Day #8 Binge Free!

Tawney -- your work with farm animals always sounds interesting! (I'm jealous!) Well, most of my life, I've thought that others are doing their lives better than I am...But with age has come acceptance... Not so bad about it now. Now I just think it would be really fun - such as in your case with the farm - but also tempered with thinking it's a lot of work. LOL

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Stress and strain are screaming right now and I lost my whole post - feels like the status que.

I don't know how to access our team pages from my phone. :(
My days have not been mine and by the time I am home at night I am too spent to get on line.

It has been 10 insane days with my dad - hospital - discharge - hospital and now rehab. My family is so dysfunctional and they have been at a raging level. Huge fight with my husband last night. All of this has left me in a bad place and a rotten headache to boot.

My food/eating has been awful since last weekend. I am sure that is contributing to my headache today. Just not in a good place and hoping by taking the time today to get on line I will start to right the ship.

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What a difference a day makes. Yesterday we worked together with the cows. His usual helper works for a farmer and is now seeding so I was it. I have to admit that it went well, He has it set up so much easier and safer than in the past. Today we have some more to do. They all have to be tagged, etc before going to pasture. I think I may go to see the movie tonight "Going in Style" with Morgan Freeman. I have heard mixed reviews. I haven't been to a movie for a long time.

I am done leading Yoga for the summer but intend to keep it up on my own.
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What a difference a day makes. Yesterday we worked together with the cows. His usual helper works for a farmer and is now seeding so I was it. I have to admit that it went well, He has it set up so much easier and safer than in the past. Today we have some more to do. They all have to be tagged, etc before going to pasture. I think I may go to see the movie tonight - with Morgan Freeman. I have heard mixed reviews. I haven't been to a movie for a long time.

I am done leading Yoga for the summer but intend to keep it up on my own.
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Day 5 (Fri)

For reasons that are too annoying to go into (my opponents canceled on me, one for good reason and one for totally unacceptable reason imho), I didn't play tennis today or yesterday and already I feel like, OH THE HORROR! TWO WHOLE DAYS WITHOUT TENNIS. Because I guess it hasn't sunk in yet that I still have the entire summer. It's like when I'm on vacation and I have a number of activities that I absolutely have to cram into a designated day or else THIS VACATION WILL BE RUINED.

So today I went for a long bike ride and it was super nice, I rode past a pair of geese and one of them hissed at me and as I was hissing back I noticed their goslings which are something I don't see every day (occasionally Ryan Gosling, on Netflix or whatnot).

And I saw a duck mom with her babies, she was taking them out for maybe their first-ever swim, and they kept trying to sneak back to the riverbank and the mom was commanding them back out to the river, a couple of times they all clumped together and veered inland like the world's most adorable mutineers. In their defense the water seemed a bit choppy for such tiny paddlers. (Unfortunately I didn't think to bring my camera.)

This was on Randall's Island which I have never seen very crowded but today was empty aside from a few gangs of field-trippers. I really felt like a kid (I always feel like a kid for better or worse but today more than usual), flying down hills, racing through puddles, agitating waterfowl. Also parts of Randall's Island look downright rustic to me and it's only a couple miles from my house. So it was awesome even without tennis.

I did fall once though, just as I was coming back over the bridge, which is super steep and I kind of lost momentum and veered into the railing and couldn't keep myself upright, but at least I was moving pretty slow when I fell over (hence the falling over), and the only people who saw me were these (German?) tourists who didn't seem to know whether to come to my aid or run, since I am blaming my fall in part on the fact that as I lost my balance I was contemplating the tableau before me of the male tourist peeing in an empty plastic jug in a trashcan while the female stood watch.

Oola I am not quite as smitten with Viggo Mortensen but I do remember that I thought he was great in Eastern Promises (I don't think I really knew who he was at the time), and A History of Violence, and didn't realize until later he was the same guy in both, cuz I didn't watch the LOTR movies and every time I heard the name Viggo Mortensen I was like, "Huh?"

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Thank you for posting Oolala. I too have slipped again. I was not going to post until I had a few days binge free but here I am telling you all that I have binged again.
Today is going to be better. I hope to use all the tools I need to get through and be clean until tomorrow.
Positive thoughts everyone - we can do this.

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I don't look for reasons anymore, but I have to comment that it's interesting how many of us have had slips recently. I didn't know anyone else was until I finally checked in. I've basically been on the worst bender in several years for about a week, I think. The difference is I am not panicking nor hating myself over it. I'm pretty sure I'm reaching my peak. I'm considering taking a very roundabout route to leave work as I've fallen back into the pattern of going across the street to the grocery discounts, which are often baked goods. I need to break the pattern. I tell myself each day to remember how lousy I feel after the overeating and not to drive into the parking lot, but it hasn't happened this week. Oy vey. Thankfully only one day more to face it this week. If anyone thinks of it, please send me a message by Spark sometime late in the morning to tell me to post on the hour commitment thread that I will NOT stop on the way home after work and will wait for dinner. I will also put in on my calendar.

Okay, this is a total non sequitur, but I've been infatuated with Viggo Mortensen this week. I"m not a Lord of the Rings fan, but saw him in Eastern Promises and couldn't believe it was the same guy. INCREDIBLE naked fight scene. He has also starred in movies speaking Spanish, Danish, and French. And painted the pictures for the movie A Perfect Murder in which he played a supporting role as an artist. And published poetry and showed paintings before he was an actor. How can some people be so damn talented AND gorgeous? And seemingly unpretentious?

I gotta get a life.

Will have to catch up personally later.

Remember, our eating does not define nor diminish our essence, which is inviolate and worthy as is.

Just in the last couple of days, I had been reading a book on addiction treatment and on how in modern strategies, the relapse is such a common occurrence that it is accepted into the long term plan and is actually shown often to be followed by an even firmer recommitment to a better lifestyle. But I had seen that in myself already. It's part of the brain pattern to have thoughts that it means we will always be failures, but that's all that is: the brain pattern. And brain patterns can and are changed all the time.

I'm going to play a VERY small part in a drum concert this weekend. About six of us from our little African drum classes are playing 3 songs with a MUCH bigger steel drum band that is also backed by professionals on rock drums, guitar, and horns. They are performing 22 numbers! We'll be part of the finale. It's almost embarrassing how accomplished the other people are. We are playing just one rhythm that I could have played in my first six months. They have had to practice 10x harder! But we are adding to the crescendo of excitement, so I guess it's okay we get some of the glory.

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Day 4
Welcome Amy!
It is a beautiful sunny day here. I have planted a few trees, done some clean-up and then some weeding.


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Finished Day #5! Working on Day #6 Binge Free!


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Day 2 (Wednesday) Streak 2

AMY Welcome! I

JOL & TAWNEY Thank you! I wish I had kept better track of which days these past three weeks were hard for me. It's something that has never occurred to me. I'm wondering if I would find some kind of correlation to my exposure to trigger foods or trigger events.



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Day 3 (wed)

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HI all,
My name is Amy. Do you mind if I join this Team forum? It sounds like an amazing way to stay accountable, get/and receive support, and ultimately, get back on the wagon. emoticon

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Congrats Mara on 21 days - keep up the good work.
I almost gave in last night. I was circling back to the kitchen when I stopped and went to bed instead. That was a good decision and I feel so much better for it this morning.

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Finished Day #4! Working on Day #5 Binge Free!

Marelyn -- congratulations on 21 days!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

DLP - You're doing great! Those days are stacking up! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4 Day Streak 51
225 Days Binge Free

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Day 21 (Monday)
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OOLA Hope the hour commitments helped I haven't seen the movie you mentioned, but now I am curious to see the ending. I did a search on the dish and don't see it coming up but it will be in my search history now. Our son disconnected the dvd player a while back (don't remember why any more) so I can't rent it even if it was available.

GOOCHIE I find myself wondering how some people manage to stay so thin too. I do not think gluten is a problem for me, but if I was going to stay away from certain foods I think it would have to be things with sugar, salty foods, and things made with white flour rather than whole grains (unless it was one of those rare really really special days!). I do not know much about the no S diet, other than it seems to work for a lot of people; but I'm not sure it would work for me because I have been trying to eat smaller, more frequent meals, so some of the "meals" seem kind of like snacks.

DOMINO I am not familiar with the book you mentioned, I am glad it has been helpful!

LYLA It makes sense to me that just as there are trigger foods, there are trigger situations, and the exhaustion you were feeling could be one of them.

TAWNEY Good questions!

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Big Day 2!

Well done Jol1, I'm going to try to follow your example next time.

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Wow, I haven't been that close to a binge in awhile. I actually ate some dessert stuff I had around, from my husband's stash, and that put me over in calories, so I got the "WTF" feeling really hard and said I want more, more. But I said to myself I can't eat anymore of my husband's stash or he will be mad and I'll have to tell him I binged. So I said, I'll go to the store and buy everything I love. I even put on my shoes, put the dogs in our room, and was ready to go, then I said: No, I really don't want to do it. I'll feel really cruddy after. I'm a little high in calories right now, but it's not a binge - yet! So I dragged myself to the computer and committed on the hour commitment board. Streak saved, by a hair - LOL! Whewwwwwww... I know I'll be glad I didn't just completely give in. Don't quite know what's going on with me, except that I've been losing weight -- that often sets me up for binges. Go figure! Anyway, streak saved!

I hope everyone is doing ok. I'm sorry I haven't been posting quite as much. FIL issue is starting to get settled and my first priority was to get back to my exercise, French study, and piano. Seems like a lot of demands on my time lately.

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Finished Day #3! Working on Day #4 Binge Free!


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Day 2
Yesterday I canvassed for "Donor's Choice" our local fund raiser. We have 20 charities that join in one campaign. I was not looking forward to it but did enjoy talking with all the neighbors. I have to go back to one today and then done.
When our son phoned on Sunday night he sounded so much better. I hope they can work on their problems and be happier. We had company over the weekend, the big Steak and Lobster night which we had to work at, and so my eating got off track. I have been gradually feeling better yesterday and today. When will I ever learn? When will I know to stop because I will not feel well. It is hard for me to understand why I make myself not feel well when I am so lucky to feel well most of the time. I think maybe I do not need to try and figure it out I just need to make the right choices at the right times.
Kathryn, hand in there, you have done so well.

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5/16/17 1:29 A

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Day 14

At the 90th birthday party, I asked a new friend how she kept so thin? "I do not eat gluten, milk, sugar or chocolate. I have more energy, and feel better." At parties she eats anything she wants and pays the price. Interesting.

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Womp womp. Yesterday I had a race (just 4M) and then I agreed to fill in at work since everyone wanted the day off for Mother's Day. So I stayed up way too late Saturday and did the race and came directly to work and I felt so exhausted and ended up snacking all day at work which I NEVER do (which evolved into a full-on binge by the time I got home). I knew exactly what was happening, I was physically tired and in my scattered brain I thought if I ate something I would feel better, I mean that eating was the key to making me feel better, even though I knew I needed sleep, or at least a blanket and a couch and a TV. But I had no access to sleep or a blanket and plenty of access to food so it goes. I just don't really understand why, if I knew what was going on, and I did, I didn't stop and say hey dummy, you're not hungry, you're just really worn out and if you keep eating it's not going to make you feel any less tired. But I was too tired to think straight, obviously, I guess. So I dunno, I'm bummed since I had been doing so well but whatever.

I am feeling like, very committed today. I don't like to focus on my weight or whatever but I know that the lighter I am, the better I feel running (especially) and playing tennis, and I really want to feel like I am flying. That 4M race was tougher than it should have been, probably mostly due to too little sleep and too much tennis beforehand, but I can't help thinking it wouldn't be so tough on my body if I were a bit lighter. emoticon gravity emoticon

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Day 13. Did eat too much on one day, but did not binge.

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