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11/30/12 10:20 A

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I have similar thoughts to yours, StrongWarrior -

I don't have much of a problem when I don't have possibilities of sweets in the house. I can be happy with a cup of tea, etc... but if there are cookies on the counter, forget it!

This works fine most of the time, as neither my husband nor myself is likely to make any desserts. However, my daughter is living with us right now, and she does make desserts on occasion. Don't blame her - but it does make it harder for me!





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11/28/12 10:55 A

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I feel that when sweet things are in the house or at work, I can't stop thinking about them...but if they aren't around i don't miss them, except when its time of the month and then I could eat my own foot off!

At work (I'm a nurse) its difficult to get regular breaks or breaks at all, and so reaching for a handful of chocolates is easy. I do always feel regretful, as they rarely taste nice as most patients give cheap chocolates! But i still crave for more once I've had one, so I'll take your advice and hold off that urge for say 10 minutes and then see how I feel. Hopefully I'll have talked my self out of it by then.

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” Dr Seuss

“The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it's a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free.” Charles R. Swindoll


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11/27/12 10:09 P

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So true!

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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11/18/12 2:25 P

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Yep, I can dig the theory about brain chemicals being affected by the foods we eat. I believe a lot of it's genetic, as my father was a real sweets eater too. But conversely, eating really healthy and well also affects our brains in a satisfying way. We who like sweets do have that reward system that kicks in for us, which makes us (I truly believe) like heroin addicts. It is tough, but your words are encouraging. A lot of it is in the way we think about food, and how we frame it. Thanks for your response.

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11/18/12 9:21 A

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kmason08, well in the begining for me I listened to a tape by Joel Osteen and its simply says to say no to your feeling ..So in other words you need to control yourself cause we are living in the flesh. Living in the flesh is not in Gods favor...That helped me but I still have my days when its really hard.
But this is from a different perspective...I got this out of womens health magazine:
Another reason to measure out your dessert:
chowing down just because it feels good---which scientists have dubbed "hedonic hunger "---often leads to overeating.. Why ? Levels of certain chemicals rise when people eat their favorite foods. Indicating that the food may turn on the brains reward system, which overrides signals that you've had enough....
Interesting huh ? Either way we need to control ourselves....Its really hard sometimes but we have to do it..Easy is not good sometimes, we need to take the hard way and it will pay better than the easy way..... emoticon

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11/18/12 7:49 A

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Hi, Gammer--I believe that my downward spirals begin with one small, innocent slip that doesn't feel like a slip, and from there it's like once my brain gets a taste of sugar, or if I have a bad night sleeping and am fatigued the next day, I lose all sense of perspective. I truly believe that my sugar addiction is an entity with a mind of its own! It puts me in denial, it makes all kinds of excuses why I should eat it, it tells me I will never change. I have gone through periods where I have decided I should never eat sugar again, and while I've done that for a few weeks at a time, living in the real world that is just not possible. So I choose to try my best to eat sugar moderately, and supporting myself with a strategy and building motivation that keep me from bingeing. I know how you feel, that sometimes it doesn't seem worth all the trying and the discipline, but the fact that you're here indicates that you do want the success and physical well-being you deserve.

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11/18/12 7:22 A

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I couldn't agree with KMASONO8 more.....I, too, have had more than my share of --" Oh, I feel so good I'll never go back!" days and then for some reason I can't quite figure out, I'm back to a sugar binge and for awhile, I simply don't care anymore. I would LOVE to hear more about the motivation that keeps you successful. Quite frankly, after a lot of years of ups and downs, I'm about ready to throw in the towel.

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11/18/12 5:25 A

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Chickywanna, I'm really interested in knowing why things are getting a lot easier for you. Do you attribute it to specific tools you use to stay on the right track? Are you enjoying success in keeping to your goals so that you're seeing the rewards of eating healthy and does that keep you motivated? I find that my years-long career as a sugar binger doesn't seem to follow an upward curve of success--I'll have weeks of what I think of as recovery--"Oh, I feel so good I'll never go back!"--and then the inevitable slippery slope finds me back in bingeing mode again. Very frustrating, and I have to admit some days I think I will never change, despite my efforts...

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11/17/12 7:36 P

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I agree some days are harder then others, but the longer you wait the less likely you are to give in. emoticon

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11/17/12 4:57 P

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I totally agree with you most days are hard for me but getting alot easier...

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11/17/12 10:59 A

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Something I've noticed which is ALWAYS true for me is that if I resist the urge to binge on sweets during my day, by the time evening or even late afternoon rolls around I find I NEVER regret not bingeing. Think about it--when you binge, don't you almost always regret it? Yet if you can successfully see your way through the urge, don't you feel a great sense of relief by the end of the day? A big element of dealing with an urge or craving is simply time--my experience has been that given enough time, the urge does go away. So simple yet so very difficult to do most days.

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