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11/15/12 10:07 A

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Thank you.

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11/14/12 5:15 P

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Excellent point Coach Nancy about the bingeing cycle!

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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11/12/12 12:09 P

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GREAT tips.......thank you.

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11/12/12 9:19 A

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I have two birthdays in November around Thanksgiving too. I makes it so hard to really focus
and be careful. Tracking even during the food fests is important to me.
I would throw OUT the cake or give it away after the parties. Send home with anyone at your house, any foods that are triggers for you, after the parties. Drink LOTS of Water to fill up too.
Munch on veggies as much as possible.
Enjoy celebrating, but only have a bite of cake if you can do this. I did this on Friday and I was satisfied. Yesterday I had a sliver of cake, like a butter knife size and no pie later, when they were eating this. Not easy, all the best to you on this journey. emoticon emoticon

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11/12/12 8:55 A

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Hi Sara,

Celebrations are a big time for eating for many of us. The reality is, this time of year is always going to be a challenge and will be for the rest of your life, but that does not mean with careful planning you can't enjoy the celebrations and still embrace the habits of healthy living.

A few things you may want to consider are making sure you do not skip meals in hopes of saving enough calories to enjoy your sweets. For many of us, doing so can actually trigger a binge response because we physiologically allow ourselves to get too hungry, so we lose control.

Try to make sure you are active. Activity produces those feel good hormones so that help us turn away the not so healthy foods.

Take care!

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11/12/12 8:53 A

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Thanks Cecilann! Those are great tips... I´ll try and use those...
This weekend was important for me to realise what was happening... I´m an A student during the week, but spoil everything during the weekend!
Saturday I had lunch at my mom´s to help her clean up old stuff, then had a friend baby shower, then dinner partie at my father in law for "São Martinho"... the result of that was 3505 calories...1314 above maximum! On sunday, rehersals for christmas...650 cal above maximum!
It´s insane! I´ll never be caught of gard like that again! And the weird thing is I did a bit of self control... did not indulge 100%...Imagine if I had!


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11/12/12 8:45 A

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Throw out the cake. If it's a barrier to you have a good day nutrition wise, throw them out or give it away.

Otherwise, I would create a yes and no list for treats. Decide ahead of time of 3-5 things that are your favorite and put them on the yes list. Everything else goes on the no list. That way, you aren't denying yourself everything, but you have a plan to enjoy your most favorite sweets.

Whatever you decide, plan it out first and write it down somewhere. You're more likely to follow a plan that fly by the seat of your pants.

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Hi everyone..
I´m Sara, from Madeira Island, In Portugal (Europe).
In my island, christmas is a BIg BIg thing... And everyone starts getting together around November, with lots of dinnerparties, and stuff to start reharsing christmas carols, and getting in the holiday spirit. Besides that my hole familie´s birthday is in this time... My 1 year old, in October 28th, me November 2nd, my brother in law, November 15th, my daughter November 19th, my father November 26th...

In a day-to-day basis I can stick to a controled sweets menu... however, in these days... I can´t seem to get it under control... Also the weekends are bad for me because we always eat out (at my mom´s, or mother in law) and end up overeating!

How can I get my calories in check?... Help...
Also... What to do with leftovers?.... I have 2 slices of chocolate cake in my fridge! AHAHAHAHAHA!

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