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LADYIRIS313
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12/6/09 2:53 A

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Yay Jibbie. This program really has changed my outlook and my life and it sounds like it is doing the same for you!

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us
are looking at the stars"

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JIBBIE49
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12/6/09 1:38 A

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I'm staying with this and won't quit.


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LADYIRIS313
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1/22/09 3:06 P

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It's official.. you ROCK! Congratulations. You deserve all the kudos .... fabulous .. magnificent .. brava brava!

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RACHELRB
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1/22/09 9:50 A

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I crossed the 25 lbs. barrier today! 26 lbs. gone and less than 10 from goal. Yeah me! emoticon

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LADYIRIS313
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Wen@TBay, Congratulations on finding what works for YOU. If that isn't putting yourself first, I don't know what is. I've looked at EFT and even practiced it a bit. Thanks for the reminder. I may just dust that off and integrate it as well. Have a fabulous week! (and year)



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WEN@TBAY
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Hi All,

Just checking in! I have learned so much on SP thanks to wonderful folks like all of you! I was so desperate and unhappy when I first logged on. And for a long time I really struggled - - just couldn't get a handle on anything for very long.

But everything seems to be finally clicking into place. First I tried just gutting it up on the Living Binge Free site. I thought if I could just committ to getting 21 Binge Free days under my belt that I would unlock the secret drive behind it. Then I found Dr. Gould and felt surely all of the painful revelations that I faced would be the key for me. Then I decided that I was still stuck in a very compulsive mode, only with dieting now so I turned to the behavior modification of Paul McKenna ( I Can Make You Thin) (eat when hungry, eat slowly & mindfully, eat what I want, and stop when I'm full.) Sounds so simple but Oh how I've struggled! Let me tell you, it's been a long haul!
But the latest piece in my particular puzzle has been EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). It has helped me to release negative thoughts, ideas, beliefs, memories, etc. regarding weight loss (and other issues too). I am finally letting go of my lifelong self-hatred, self-criticism and harsh judgements. I have found a way to silence Harriet mid-sentence! In fact, I haven't even heard from her in days!!! It is beyond wonderful. I haven't given up any foods, I have to remind myself to eat and I can't stop smiling and humming! It's been nearly 10 days and I know my clothes are looser. I seem to be eating about 1/3 less effortlessly. This is even in the midst of several very stressful video projects that I am in charge of. God I hope this continues! I just had to share it! I want to encourage you all to keep reading, keep sharing, keep learning and keep trying and keep being open to new thoughts and ideas-- and never never never give up!!!

Much love to you all!

: ) Wendie

Life is a gift! Tear into it!!!

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LADYIRIS313
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1/4/09 3:22 A

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Hi all. I am brand new to this team, and brand new to the Shrink Yourself information. In fact, I am still working on the free preliminary exercises and waiting for the book to arrive. But, I have devoured every article on Dr. Gould's site and I know it is what I need. I'm already becoming more aware of my triggers, and becoming aware of emotional eating. As a psychology student, I'm finding this to be a fascinating process.

OOLALA53, you mentioned our between meal snacking and how that creates havoc for us. I recently finished an Italian language class and my professor moved here recently from Calabria, Italy. She said she was amazed when she would first go with her husband to see a film here. She said, "there is all this crunch crunch crunching .. what is this eating at the movies? We don't do that in Italy." Students were amazed and couldn't imagine going to the movies without snacks. She remarked that they love food, but go to the films to enjoy the experience, and that those snacks are dreadful (laugh). She was also amazed that so many of us are so undisciplined about the time and place we eat. She said she grew up with set meal times - lunch always at 1, dinner always at 7, and no snacks in between unless you were outside working in the garden -- then maybe a fresh fruit or vegetable. It is much harder for her to keep her weight down here, she said, because of the constant advertisements encouraging her to eat, and the habit of snacking so often. I suspect she is right, that if our eating was limited to 'meals' where we focus on the food and the company, rather than doing it in our cars, at our desks, at our computers, we would enjoy it more, and be more mindful and more sane (and less emotional) in our consumption.
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JIBBIE49
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1/4/09 3:15 A

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I was looking through old Spark articles about the three Sparkers who'd lost so much and were featured on ELLEN'S show, and in PEOPLE Magazine. I was surprised to see that since March, two of them had regained most of their weight. MRSHONECOMB is one and I left a message on her page that she should read SHRINK YOURSELF. She said she is shy and the FAT kept her from getting attention. How Dr. Gould talks about HIDING behind the fat suit.

I find Dr. Gould so helpful. I recommend the book to most people, because we all have emotional issues.


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12/30/08 4:40 P

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Hey VV - 3.1 miles is just a smidgen short of 5km! Go you!!!

Time is not infinite, time is now.


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VAVAVIOLINA
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12/30/08 4:19 P

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Okay........so I wasn't really sure how far I've been walking so I threw my son in the car and clocked the distance............3.1 miles! Couldn't believe it!Now I can work on getting the time down.......some days I do it in an hour, other days and hour and 8 minutes.....

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RACHELRB
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12/30/08 1:42 P

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vavaviolina-
Good for you! I get so depressed trying on pants at Old Navy- if the hips fit the waist is too big. If the waist fits I can't get them over my knees! Glad to hear you have the right shape. That's gotta be worth a lot to your ego emoticon

If you win 51% of the battles you have won the war.


SUSANHKS
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12/29/08 9:31 P

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Congratulations-- not having to shop in the plus sizes does feel so good. I get Catherine's Plus Size store catologues often in the mail-- I'm not sure I'm out of their range yet but I soon will be-- so I'm having fun tossing those in the trash.

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VAVAVIOLINA
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12/29/08 7:00 P

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Okay........so this week I put on 3 pounds, but I'm not going to let it get to me....that's what happens when you eat holiday food a lot and don't exercise much...BUT, I have good news........I went into Old Navy today and tried on some pants off the rack, and they fit! AND they weren't even the biggest size in the store (almost, but not quite!)...So, I guess I have reached one of my first goals...to not have to go to a specialty "plus size" store for clothes...I can't wait for the next 20 pounds to come off!

....I have NEVER fit into jeans from Old Navy before...I was jumping up and down in the dressing room for joy-the attendant thought I was nuts!

I walked today for over an hour and I feel a new drive to stay on track...maybe the 3 pounds is water weight, for I haven't been drinking enough this week...We'll just put that spin on it so I can feel back on track!

Happy New Year everyone!

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VAVAVIOLINA
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12/15/08 8:53 A

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Hello everyone.........I'm a bit more myself today. I can't believe I've been home a whole week! I hit the ground running upon my return;this is the first morning I feel pretty much myself! My blog is a little more optimistic this week.......

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I've lost 26 pounds

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RACHELRB
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12/11/08 11:17 A

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Welcome back vaviolina! Looks like you keep shrinking- great for you. I'm off to read the blog...

If you win 51% of the battles you have won the war.


VAVAVIOLINA
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12/11/08 9:49 A

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Okay.......I'm back...It's my birthday and I am in a funk....you can read about it in my blog.....Of course I met a super guy on my tour who was not into me and I am so frustrated! Argh! Let me know what you think of my blog..........

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I've lost 26 pounds

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CINDYT63
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What an exciting glamorous life you lead!


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OOLALA53
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12/3/08 7:06 P

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One of my slimmest times as an adult was the last month of a 5 1/2 month trip in and around India. I walked all over and ate only when hungry--about two good-sized meals a day and maybe a coffee. I had lived in the Middle East for a few years and was on my way home. I was so stressed out about going back to the States and facing my adult life that I put on about 15 pounds in less than two weeks in England--oh, those Cadbury bars! You sound much more centered. Enjoy yourself and keep us informed!

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four 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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RACHELRB
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Vavaviolina,
It sounds like you are living your life to the fullest- that is what it's all about! I hope your concerts go well and you continue to enjoy your wonderful opportunity. See you on the page when you return to North America.

If you win 51% of the battles you have won the war.


VAVAVIOLINA
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Hi everyone....I'm writing you from Tallinn, Estonia...Tomorrow I'm performing in an area that holds 5,000 people....Last week was a bit rough, but I wanted to see everything in the last city I was in and I want to see everything here....So, I haven't been near a scale, but my clothes are hanging off of me...I have been walking everywhere and at the hotel in this city I've been riding the stationary bike in the gym each day. My clothes are hanging off of me so I am thinking I have dropped a few more pounds without really trying. This is a triumph for me for I have enjoyed every meal but I am not over doing it.....Yeah! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I'll be home next week.

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I've lost 26 pounds

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CINDYT63
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good work!


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RACHELRB
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Vaviolina- Great for you! What a big jump! The plateau has been beat emoticon

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OOLALA53
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It is absolutely awesome that you have lost that weight, I'm assuming, without traditional dieting. This means you have been building up your cache of experiences of being hungry to eat and of your life without food for the hours between your meals. This is true sanity for those of us who have eaten our way through so much of our life. Hurray!


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*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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SUSANHKS
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11/23/08 1:22 A

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Congratulations on your 17 pound weight loss. That is so exciting!

SW 8/1/08 229.




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VAVAVIOLINA
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I didn't have time to blog today but wanted to share with everyone that I've lost 17 pounds! I still can't believe it! I'm off later today on a work adventure; I'm in Easter Europe for two weeks performing. This trip was one of the motivators to get going on a lifestyle change....Three more pounds and I meet my first goal! I won't be in touch for a few weeks, but just knowing that I will have to weigh in when I get back is a helpful nudge for me to not overeat.....I love this book, and I love this group.....I still can't believe that I'm all ready 1/4 of the way to my goal weight. Hooray! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!emoticon

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I've lost 26 pounds

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OOLALA53
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11/15/08 10:52 A

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After years of trying to respond only to stomach hunger to eat, I am working on establishing a routine of eating meals at approximately the same time each day,five days a week, and am finding that my body does respond more and more to established mealtimes. I am working on eating moderately but enough so that I tend to be getting hungry about an hour before the mealtime, which is just about right, in my book. As I experiment with it, if I find that I get hungry too early, and I've been having my water, I add a half a cup of milk or juice to start. I'm trying to get out of the habit of chewing something that often during the day. If you prefer the idea of eating more often during the day, I say if you are really hungry on a certain day, allow yourself a more substantial snack. Don't try to just get by with an apple or some carrot sticks. Add some yogurt or cottage cheese and a few walnuts or pecans. Then try to plunge into a productive activity you can get caught up in. And remember, it's just one day.

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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RACHELRB
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I think Susan is spot on. I know I sturggle those sorts of days too. I am stuck in a 'diet' mentality sometimes and think that I am 'bad' to want to eat so much. Our heads think, '3 meals a day at x time of day' but our bodies don't carry clocks emoticon

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SUSANHKS
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11/14/08 9:23 P

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I eat more protein on those hungry days. The protein will hold me longer between meals and protein promotes thermogenesis (fat burning) more. I try hard to avoid excess carbs on those days.

If it is real hunger-- I do think you should nourish yourself with healthy food.

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VAVAVIOLINA
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Got a question.......What do you all do when you have a day that you are just STARVING all day? I mean true, stomach gnawing hunger-not emotional hunger.... I'm beginning to notice that some days I am hungrier than others.......just wondering!

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I've lost 26 pounds

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5 1/4 inches off my waist

1 1/2 inch off my neck

4 1/2 inches off my bust


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RACHELRB
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Welcome Susan. I am not a leader of this team but as a member I would certainly enjoy more active discussion. However my days can get really busy so I'm not sure how much I can get involved. That said, the more information and the more interaction with folks of similar backgrounds/situations I think the better off we will all be. So as far as I am concerned- thanks for the offer emoticon

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SUSANHKS
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I just joined this team. I'm doing the Shrink Yourself online program.

I've been doing threads on the habits identified in Shrink Yourself over on the Emotional Eater's team because this team didn't appear very active when I started and I didn't think I'd get many responses. I have gotten a lot of great suggestions for help with the habits there. See for example,
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
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I would like to see an active team where online members and graduates of Shrink Yourself could be invited to, because the forums over there cost. I think a lot of the graduates do not want to continue to pay fees, but would like to continue to discuss issues related to what we learned in Shrink Yourself. I'm planning to continue to pay the $9.95, so I could invite them while they are still on the Shrink Yourself forum and regularly let people know about options for continued free discussion.

I have started threads on 7 of the 10 habits on the EE sparkteam. I thought when I have done all 10, perhaps I should post something on this forum- with links to find all the tips.

Is that something the leadership of this team would appreciate, or is that unwelcome?

Would anyone else like to see this team get more active and try to do some more discussions starters or issue some more invitations?

Since I'm just joining the team-- I don't know what the norms are here. I couldn't really find a thread to introduce myself- so I thought I'd just use this one and introduce myself and ask about what is wanted on this team.

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Vavaviolina,
All sounds great to me. First of all, I find the Old Navy stuff cut too small, so I think the XXL is really great- maybe an XL in another store. To me, if it's smaller it's good. I don't care what the number is here's the bottom line- emoticon

Good for you to not eat over that emotion. When we start to feel our emotions instead of eating them it's a little scary and unpleasant. But now there isn't all that food guilt to deal with instead- no need to beat yourself up. That's all good.

Have a WONDERFUL time on your trip to Eastern Europe. That is wonderful and exciting. I imagine that around this time of year there will be interesting souvenirs of holiday items. We look forward to your stories.

If you win 51% of the battles you have won the war.


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V V,

It is a major coup that you got that news and didn't eat over it. Keep that in focus and savor the win. (It's too bad you won't get two more weeks of exposure, but at least you are not losing the salary.) I'm getting a lot of inspiration from your posts. Thank you for sharing!
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*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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VAVAVIOLINA
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Several things I have just got to say.........

First of all, I was browsing on the Old Navy website looking at clothes....My chest has shrunk enough that I fit in an XXL in the tops, regular (not plus size)....Now I know that for some people, this would still be a travesty, but not for me! I'm still smiling!

Secondly, I raked leaves for another 40 minutes yesterday, and I almost liked it! :-) I still hate raking, but I am really beginning to crave the after exercise feeling....after I'm done writing I'm going to have some breakfast and a walk!

Lastly, if you have been reading my blog, you'll know that I am going to be taking a trip to Eastern Europe for work. I was due to leave today, but, the tour plans changed and my trip has been shortened by 2 weeks. I am still excited to go, but I just found out about the change Sunday, and I am still a little let down. The old me would have just stuffed my face in order to avoid feeling the disappointment and to help confirm those "nothing ever goes right in my life" catastrophic feelings...I have not binged and boy have I worked through some major disappointment....The change in plans is completely out of my control, and they are honoring the monetary concerns of the contract, it's just I will have 2 less weeks away. So, that is that.

On a final note, there is nothing better in the world than a great new bra that does its job. My boobs have migrated back up to where they should be and I feel like a vixen.

...as I said at the end of one of my blogs, I have quite a ways to go, but I feel like I'm headed somewhere good!

Edited by: VAVAVIOLINA at: 11/12/2008 (09:25)
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I've lost 26 pounds

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RACHELRB
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Vaviolina wow! I hope you don't have too many blisters on your hands. Next it will be snow shoveling....

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Dang, girl! I wish I had those leaves to use as mulch in my garden! Would you believe I actually go sometimes to public landscaping and gather leaves to take home? Too bad I'm not your neighbor, but congrats on having developed such stamina!


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*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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VAVAVIOLINA
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Okay, short but sweet....

Yesterday I went for a 30 minute walk AND I raked leaves for 2 hours and I'm not scraping myself off the floor today. Now THAT'S PROGRESS for me! I absolutely HATE raking, but it is a necessary thing....All of the activity I've been trying to put in my day is paying off!

Edited by: VAVAVIOLINA at: 11/11/2008 (10:39)
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I've lost 26 pounds

6 inches off my hips

5 1/4 inches off my waist

1 1/2 inch off my neck

4 1/2 inches off my bust


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OOLALA53
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Vavaviolina, I can imagine your pain. Right now, I'm just so glad not to be bingeing every day that I'm okay with the scale staying steady. I don't know what I'll be like if it stays that way after I've followed the plan for a few weeks. I keep saying it's more important to me to feel content with my food habits, but I may have my "more" tested. May the force be with us.

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10 lbs. gone so far- this is good! It sounds like you are currently in a plateau- or a dip (see my blog). You will make it through. Shake it up a bit- try some new food pairings, different exercise or do exercise at a different time. If all else fails could it be something physical? Is the thyroid out of wack?

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Talk about instant gratification! I have been working so hard the last six weeks....I feel better, have more energy than ever, feel the most in control of my eating habits than I have in a long, long time...BUT (there's the but) the number on the scale is not moving! I'm slowly losing inches, so I am hoping I am building some muscle, BUT (there it is again :-) )I just want the scale to go down!!!! I know it is not just about the number on the scale, but I have quite a bit of weight to lose and I'm feeling frustrated......Just had to tell somebody!

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So Far......

I've lost 26 pounds

6 inches off my hips

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To your point on studying Zen... we can push for instant gratification all we want. But things happen when they happen for a reason. We can try to push that all we want but they won't happen till we're ready. I didn't pick up 'Shrink Yourself' until May 2008. I studied my emotional eating issues for 6 months first. Why did it take so long for me and that book to hook up? Heck, it took 44 years before I started to understand my emotional eating was an issue. I probably wasn't ready for the book before then. So as much as we want instant gratification I don't think we could manage getting something when we aren't ready for it. Sort of why diet pills don't work.

In addition, your quote- 'Be happy with this moment- this moment is your life' rings so true when we look at the bigger picture instead of instant gratification. Too often we look beyond the moment- to when everything will be 'perfect' in our heads. There is a lot of good going on now every day- as we make the right choices and treat our bodies with more respect and care. It took our whole lives to get where we are today. If we are trying to change it won't come in an instant, and the journey there is worth watching and appreciating. There is more joy in the journay than an instant gratification change (or binge emoticon)

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Wow, I just linked through to this thread from the weekly round-up email, and that quote is reeeeeally pertinent to me today. Something for me to ponder on this week, that's for sure...

Time is not infinite, time is now.


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yea, I guess that makes sense. The neandathols ate fat as a source of food. It is innate to have that survival mode ticking away. (I no i'd survive a LONG time) I watched a programme years ago bout evolution of man.(don't believe I came from an ape, but I mean mans progress over 100s of years.)As U said, there was limited food, now it's in abundance. It really has been the last 40yrs +/-. We certainly have an epidemic here in NZ with obese children. I hear some stories from my kids about other having Mc Ds for lunch everyday!

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Oh, one more thing. I was reading recently that eating between meals accounts for almost all of the rise in the average number of calories Americans consume now-14% higher than in 1980. For a woman who ate an average of 1600 calories a day, that would mean enough extra calories to gain 23 lbs. a year. I think there's good news in this. Even if we average cutting our calories by only about 350 a day (and I'm talking about people who eat closer to 2,000 cal+/day--pre-dieters--so not much deprivation--still eat everything but a donut or a piece of cake) and burning only an extra 800 calories A WEEK ( four 30-minute brisk walks), it would add up to a 40 lb. loss in a year. Oh, man, that's got to be doable! I know some people have a lot more than that to lose, but wouldn't it be better to be 40 lbs. down while not stressing much than to be stricter but fall off the wagon all the time? I would guess it would get easier as time went on to eat even a little less, speeding things up later rather than have weight loss slow down. Anyway, that just makes it seem so much more worth it to eat good meals, snack only if hungry, and not to take that first binge bite. I just had to tell somebody!

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I think it is actually human to want quick gratification, especially when it comes to food. For eons, humans' ability to eat was limited by so many things, so when they had the chance, they ate. Now there is nothing in the way, and the foods aren't even foods. Oh, the work it would have taken a hunter gatherer to get the food that could have yielded the butter and sugar in that bowl and on those spoons! Besides, I don't think it's licking the spoons that keeps us bigger than we want to be. I know if I ate moderately 90% of the time, some icing or a few cookies wouldn't keep me out of last year's jeans. It's when I don't stop at the "reasonable" amount. I feel like I'm understanding reasonable more all the time, and I'm moving in the right direction. I think most of us are doing better than the stock market!

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Hi girls (& ? guys), I have just joined yr team. Is it in our nature as humans to want instant gratification? Was it this way in the 1950s when my mother was a teen? Or is it a sign of time times?My eldest came home yesterday with chocs 2 sell as a fundraiser. I wanted, but I wanted to fit my jeans more!BUT...2nite, I make my daughters birthday cake & licked spoons, bowls & CHOC icing!Now hows that 4 instant gratificatin. Didn't have a strong enuf desire to fit my jeans obviously! Will behave tomorrow.

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Thanks for sharing that. It's so true. I'm an instant gratification girl too. My office is just across the corridor from the staff kitchen and there is always chocolate, candy, cake, etc, lying around. It's so hard to resist.

I've suggested that we get box of fruit in future and everyone thought it was a great idea. I'll keep you posted.

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There is definitely a huge nugget of truth in that one and like Wendie, I've never thought of it that way. I am definitely an "instant gratification" person for sure - I never thought of why I might be that way. Just tonight I was writing in my journal about how "free food" (like snacks in the breakroom or samples in a store) seem to draw me like a magnet. It's another instant gratification thing. I need to think on this some more. Thanks for sharing!!

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Neat insight! I never really looked at it that way!
Thanks for sharing that!!

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Here is a place to write about any "news"-good or bad-that doesn't seem to fit into other categories.



In the online course, I got to ask a question in a section called Expert Advice and received a lengthy personal email from the clinical director there. (You are entitled to have one question answered by a staff expert as part of the online program. After that, it is $50 for each question/answer). One sentence really jumped out at me. I think I have heard it or "knew" it but it never made as much sense before.

"...we look for immediate gratification when we believe that long term happiness is not on its way or is too much to ask for."

It suddenly hit me that, though it's Soooo-o-o much better than it used to be, I often have a low-level but pervasive feeling that I will never have enough love or satisfaction in life, not in work, not in romance, and not even in friendship. I don't know if it is the chicken or the egg, but I was late to date (no close-to-serious boyfriend until the spring of my junior year of COLLEGE), have had twice as much time out of relationships than in them in my adult life, and have never felt really happy in my work because I didn't have the guts (or the preparation) to try to make it in performance arts. (Let's face it: the majoirity of people who try don't make it. I might have still had the pervasive feeling of dissatisfaction even if I had pursued that dream.) I've been a student of Zen for several years and have learned to look at so many aspects of my thinking and feeling, but I missed this twist. I'm grateful because I think I can now examine how this plays out more carefully, espcially the moments when I DON'T allow myself to assuage the feelings with food. When I read the sentence above, I suddenly saw how ridiculous it is to try to use food to replace the concept that I will be happy in the future, that everything is going to work out even better. I'm not giong to claim that this will always pop into my head when I have the desire to eat emotionally, but it will today! I pray I can build on that experience.
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*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four 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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