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emoticon With this month and challenge coming to an end, what types of challenges would you like to see in March??

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2/27/12 2:34 P

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Week 5 (Feb 26th-29*th):

To-do-list:

1. Read Step 9 and 10. Come back and discuss with other.

Step 9 - 6 Characteristics of Effective Goal-Setting
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_ar
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This is actually called "Pave the Way for Persistence". I liked and practice the idea of keeping things in sight that remind me to exercise and things out of sight, like chocolate, that bring me back to my old habits. I have a lot of trouble with making my weight loss goals public. I find many people are not supportive and will try to sabotage my efforts. The more I keep quiet about my weight loss, the more people relax around me and start treating me better. I guess they figure if I'm not talking about it, I've given up.

Step 10 - Learn From Your Own Experience
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I feel like this is all I've been doing since starting with SP. Reviewing the numbers, analyzing my behavior, and making modifications. Maybe they mentioned this and I missed it but what I find is that what worked well last week or last month isn't necessarily what will work now. Constant change is what I feel like I'm going through. Especially since Christmas time when I stopped losing weight for 7 weeks, reassessed my goals, and then started losing again but also found that I'm having cravings and binging. I didn't have bad cravings and I didn't binge until I changed my calorie goals the beginning of February.

2. Write and share your goals for this week
My goal for this week is simple: Reassess my numbers, again, and find a way to stick to those numbers.

3. Keep a food journal and write before, during, and after an emotional eating episode

4. Keep track of the number of days you went without emotional eating and report at the end of week 5


Edited by: TMCLEOD4 at: 2/27/2012 (14:45)
"Never take no cutoffs and hurry along as fast as you can." - Virginia Reed, Donner Party survivor


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2/27/12 8:33 A

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We have finally made it to our last week of the 10 step program! Take some time to answer the questions below. This message board will always be here so if you ever need to come back and do the program over again feel free to do so. I wish you the best.

Key


emoticon Week 5 (Feb 26th-29*th):

To-do-list:

1. Read Step 9 and 10. Come back and discuss with other.

Step 9 - 6 Characteristics of Effective Goal-Setting
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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articles.asp?id=698


Step 10 - Learn From Your Own Experience
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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articles.asp?id=699


2. Write and share your goals for this week

3. Keep a food journal and write before, during, and after an emotional eating episode

4. Keep track of the number of days you went without emotional eating and report at the end of week 5

*In week 1 we read the introduction and step 1
*In week 2 we read step 2 and 3
*In week 3 we read steps 4, 5, and 6
*In week 4 we read steps 7 and 8

emoticon QUESTIONS: Has this 10 step program helped you? How?

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2/23/12 8:49 A

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@TMCLEOD4 thanks for sharing

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2/21/12 10:06 A

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I don't know if you guys saw this article, but I thought it was worth posting here. Especially since it fits in so well with what the topic is this week.

http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=
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1. Read Step 7 and 8
Step 7: Goals- I Am Doing This For ME!
1. Work out longer 45 to 60 minutes 5 to 6 days a week
2. Do Strength training 2 times a week
3. Stay in my Calorie range
4. Stay Positive about myself and others, try to always see the good.
5. No matter if I agree with what others do or say to me or others, keep my personal opinions to myself. Less stress, less arguements and less other problems for me.

Step 8: Reality Check
I do agree loss is to an existent about the numbers. The numbers on the scales do have to go down and so do the inches I measure. This is a journey of learning new things for me like eating healthier. Working out doesn't just only help me to lose weight when I am upset or have had a rough day it helps me to de-stress and is helping my body in so many other ways.

I have a hard time not bad talking myself when I mess up. I still say things to myself that I would never in a million years say to anyone else but I am working on that.



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TMCLEOD4's Photo TMCLEOD4 Posts: 1,673
2/20/12 2:35 P

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Week 4 (Feb 19th-25th):

1. Read Step 7 and 8. Come back and discuss with other.

Step 7 - 6 Characteristics of Effective Goal-Setting
I have to set "effective" goals for work and it makes me not want to think about goal setting when I'm at home. My goals are not written down and very flexible. An overall improvement in health and fitness is my goal. I plan to attain this goal with a healthy diet and exercise.

Step 8 - Give Yourself a Reality Check-Up
Maybe I'm just cranky today. I didn't sleep well last night. I didn't agree with everything in this article. Weight loss IS all about numbers. A healthy lifestyle may not be, but weight loss by definition is about numbers. The rest of the questions I agreed with. I'm working on less negative self talk and on appreciating my body and what it can do right now

2. Write and share your goals for this week
I had a little slip up yesterday. A chocolate attack that won the battle. My goals for this week are to stay in my calorie range, exercise 6 times this week with a bit more cardio than last week, and to work on a new approach to avoid giving in to cravings.

3. Keep a food journal and write before, during, and after an emotional eating episode

This was a tough week for me. I think I figured out the problem and will blog about it later this afternoon. I had 3 days of emotional eating this week (binging, really).
4. Keep track of the number of days you went without emotional eating and report at the end of week 4

Edited by: TMCLEOD4 at: 2/27/2012 (14:29)
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2/20/12 8:20 A

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emoticon Week 4 (Feb 19th-25th):

To-do-list:

1. Read Step 7 and 8. Come back and discuss with other.

Step 7 - 6 Characteristics of Effective Goal-Setting
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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articles.asp?id=696


Step 8 - Give Yourself a Reality Check-Up
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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articles.asp?id=697


2. Write and share your goals for this week

3. Keep a food journal and write before, during, and after an emotional eating episode

4. Keep track of the number of days you went without emotional eating and report at the end of week 4

*In week 1 we read the introduction and step 1
*In week 2 we read step 2 and 3
*In week 3 we read steps 4, 5, and 6


emoticon QUESTIONS: So far is this program helping you? Have you seen any difference in your eating/thinking? How has this program helped you and what are your long term goals?

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2/15/12 12:33 A

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I have been working on mindful eating at work. i have been doing pretty well. i have been getting better at saying - i'll eat it later (or not at all), i am also watching my portions and my cravings .

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TMCLEOD4, Sorry I missed your post the first time. I too have a problem with saying no to people when they serve food I don't want or feel I shouldn't eat. If I am at a dinner where I don't want to offend the person hosting it, I do what I watch my thin friends do all the time. I take a few bites then say how good it is and leave the rest. If anything is said about me not eating much I simple say I would love to eat more but I am stuffed. It works most of the time and no hurt feelings or eye rolling.
I think your list of reasons is really GREAT and Well Thought Out!!!!! I know you will find a way to learn to be more comfortable with saying no too!!!!


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DARLOUDASHA - I still struggle with saying no more than anything else. Thanks for commenting.

I put together my reasons for changing my diet last night, here it is:

1. To decrease my cholesterol
2. To decrease my blood pressure (even though it’s not high, yet)
3. To wear clothes not from a plus-sized shop
4. To have more energy
5. To have less stress
6. To feel better and happier, less depressed
7. To make hiking easier
8. To decrease pain from old injuries, by weighing less and being stronger
9. To decrease my sodium intake for my heart health
10. To have a BMI that is not in the Obese category


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Thanks. I am off today and had the time to really go into it!!!!! As to the drama, I think it is best to just go on, it was a misunderstanding that got blown out of proportion and that can happen when you communicate in written form only. It is hard sometimes for people to realize what the other person means. LOL that is probably why I usually only respond to my SP page comments with Emoticons and well wishes. I have been on both ends of the drama before. I have said something that someone else took wrong and was insulted by it and I have been the one that mistook something someone else said. I have learned since being here on Sparks to always read and reread a comment before I post it and to read and reread a comment that hurts my feelings because 98% of the time that was not how it was meant.


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Vicious, wow!!! You really took them all down into your own application. That’s super amazing!! I am going to try to do that but it will take a bit more time than I have just this moment so I will be back on that 

TMCLEOD, that is so true!! It’s like if you don’t take the food they offer it’s like rejecting THEM. What in the world makes people think that?? I’ve gotten to the point that I take it and thank them and then discretely toss it (and if they ask I tell them it was delicious) just to not hurt anyone’s feelings!!

I haven’t read this in depth yet (skimmed it) so I’m going to go back and do it when I have time to really dig in. I DO KNOW that last week, when I was very negative… come to find out I was pms-ing. I am a week early! And wasn’t expecting it… I know I get negative and eat sometimes badly a week before my TOM, but my TOM came a week early so it threw me for a loop!!


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2/13/12 3:29 P

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emoticon Week 3 (Feb 12th-18th):

To-do-list:

1. Read Step 4, 5, and 6. Come back and discuss with other.

Step 4 - Tame the Emotional Eating Beast for Good
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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articles.asp?id=693


Step 5 - Become Your Own Best Motivator
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_
articles.asp?id=694


Step 6 - Write Your Vision Statement for Weight Loss
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_
articles.asp?id=695


2. Write and share your goals for this week

3. Keep a food journal and write before, during, and after an emotional eating episode

4. Keep track of the number of days you went without emotional eating and report at the end of week 3

*In week 1 we read the introduction and step 1
*In week 2 we read step 2 and 3


emoticon QUESTIONS: So far is this program helping you? Have you seen any difference in your eating/thinking? How has this program helped you and what are your long term goals?

Edited by: NEW_ME_FOREVER at: 2/13/2012 (15:30)
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2/13/12 2:33 P

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There is some drama going on on this thread that I don't want to get involved with. Posting right after UNIDENT's post is a little hard.

I read through the articles and had planned on some things to say. After reading the post before mine, I went through the thread trying to figure out what the issue was. I couldn't. Now I can't really remember what I was going to say.

I know that one of my biggest challenges is saying no to food offered to me by others. Especially if it's already served on a plate. I'm always concerned with hurting their feelings. Most people take a refusal to eat certain foods with one of two reactions (at least in my experience). They say "it's a special occasion, you can eat it!" or they get upset and roll their eyes, like I'm being difficult or something. I'm not sure this classifies as "emotional eating", but it seems to fit in with some of what those articles were talking about.

I'm going to go home tonight and write down why I'm trying to lose weight. Less for my benefit than for the people in my life who keep pushing food on me. Just saying no to food isn't working too well for me and I need to be able to articulate that it's about my health, my heart, and my life more than it's about the scale.

Oh yeah, goals for this week: I've been doing pretty good the past couple of weeks and would like to continue the good eating for this week. I would like to try to get in a bit more exercise, but with 2 doctors appts. after work this week, that might be tough.

Emotional eating episodes this week: 1 - I had a major chocolate attack on Sunday and was powerless to resist! I can usually take my mind off cravings by making myself busy but nothing worked on Sunday. Went over my calories by 500, all with chocolate. Oh well, here's to a brand new day!

Edited by: TMCLEOD4 at: 2/20/2012 (14:34)
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2/13/12 1:31 P

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Well, I just got a follow-up email from Key where, even though I said her complaints were a lie and asked her to read the thread and tell me if SHE felt I said anything offensive, that she really couldn't be bothered doing that.

So much for supporting your team members!

It's nice (not) to know that someone can get so far with lying about others. I've turned off the subscription now and I'm going. I won't stay where I don't feel supported by the team leader when I'm attacked by other team members.

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2/13/12 1:12 P

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Apparantly there have been "a couple" of complaints of me "being smart to people" in this thread.

Now I have no idea how the recent poster mistook my "I empathise with your story and share a similar one" post to be at all smart, but I can imagine after her insanely mean "go eat a chocolate bar" that she went and complained - but what else?

I have re-read through all of my comments in this entire thread and cannot find a single one where I feel I was at all even remotely "smart" to someone (including to missruth).

So ... do you guys still want me here or what? Because there's "a couple" of complains so I guess there's more than one person I've mysteriously upset without knowing how ... so I will leave if you guys don't want me here.

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Thoughts on:
Step 4: I use all 3 tactics to fight my beast and find it depends on the circumstances that cause me to want to emotional eat as to which one works best for me. Sometimes just telling myself if I still feel a need to eat in 15 minutes then I will eat something works. Other times I will talk to myself and tell myself that I am wanting to eat because of emotional issues or stress and that I actually feel full and am not really hungry and that will work. Other times I will eat a healthy alternative snack to what I really want. I try to eat it slowly, chewing it, savoring the flavor and texture while thinking on why I am feeling an emotional issue or stressed. Sometimes for me understanding the cause helps me to learn to deal with it better.
One thing I know for sure I can't do at a time of stress or emotional eating is to just eat 1 small serving of the food I am carving, that is a trigger for me to binge on it.

Step 5:
Question 1: I can now answer false and it use to be true. I use to lose my motivation when the numbers on the scale didn't move or even worse went up. Now I know there are going to be weeks where I may not lose weight but I am losing inches each month and occasionally I will gain 2 or 3 pounds that means it is time to look as my calories and exercises I am doing and adjust to correct the issue.
Question 2: That one is still kind of a true and false for me. I don't really feel like I am in a battle with myself, I am eating what I consider normal foods but I am learning to eat the proper portions and adding in veggies and fruits as well as Atkins bars for treat so I think I am doing better with my eating but working out is different. I want to workout and I enjoy working out but I do feel time constraints and when having to choose between doing a workout or something else I want to do I am still finding myself choosing the thing I enjoy over working out. I am working on finding a compromise with myself where I can do both. It does involve realizing I do have to make some sacrifices such as getting up earlier and just flat out telling my sweetie Brian that I can't talk now I need to do my workout first. Both are hard for me but I am learning it is very important I do those things. Otherwise I miss my workout or workouts (some days I split my workouts into some before work and some after work) for that day or only get part of a workout done.
Question 3 is also a true and false. I am learning how to deal with food temptations but still struggling with blowing off workouts for other temptations such as sleeping in, writing (which I love and live to do) and spending quality time with Brian, our work schedules are different and often the only time we do have to talk is when I come home from work. He will be all relaxed because he has been off work for several hours and he is in the mood to visit where as I am just getting off work and home and it is 7, 8 or even 9 pm. I want to do my workout, get my cloths sit out for the next day and pack my lunch for the next day plus do laundry or other house hold chores, then get on my computer and Spark. I feel rushed when I get home and he has already been home and had time to do the things he wants to do so he is all ready for visiting and eating dinner. I am slowly learning how to deal with it all and still get my workouts done but I don't always succeed.
Question 4 is true for the reasons I explained in Question 3.
Question 5 is false. I don't want to give up, I want to find a way to make this work for me because I am doing this for me. I do get discouraged sometimes but I remind myself it is not abnormal to not lose weight every week and sometimes I will show a weight gain which means I need to adjust my calorie intake or numbers of calories I burn every week. I do not feel like a failure and I am not going to give up over a small set back.
Step 6:
My Vision Statement.
I want to wear 'normal' size cloths, I am so tired of having to go to the plus size section and seeing cloths that look like something my grandmother would wear or going to places that carry a better selection of plus size cloths but having to pay more money for them than I would buying them in 'regular' sizes.
I want to have a healthy well toned physical body so I can do the things I want to do. I am feed up with getting tired and out of breath doing things that are simple for others to do. I want to run around like I am still a kid and be as healthy as I can be at 90 and carrying over 100 pounds of extra weight around is not going to let me do this.
I want to rock climb, bungee jump, maybe parachute out of a plane, go to amusement parks and not be embarrassed to ride the rides. I want to feel like I look attractive in the cloths I wear. I want people to see me for me, who I am inside, not just what I look like on the outside.
I want to feel good about how I look and what I can do.
I am doing this for me because I want to be the me on the outside that I am on the inside.

Goals for the Week:
1. Stay in my calorie range and keep on tracking my calories.
2. Be more consistent with my workouts this week than I was last week.
3. Continue to work on ways to fit in the things I need to do for me (workouts) into my daily life.



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emoticon Week 3 (Feb 12th-18th):

To-do-list:

1. Read Step 4, 5, and 6. Come back and discuss with other.

Step 4 - Tame the Emotional Eating Beast for Good
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_
articles.asp?id=693


Step 5 - Become Your Own Best Motivator
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_
articles.asp?id=694


Step 6 - Write Your Vision Statement for Weight Loss
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_
articles.asp?id=695


2. Write and share your goals for this week

3. Keep a food journal and write before, during, and after an emotional eating episode

4. Keep track of the number of days you went without emotional eating and report at the end of week 2

*In week 1 we read the introduction and step 1
*In week 2 we read step 2 and 3


emoticon QUESTIONS: So far is this program helping you? Have you seen any difference in your eating/thinking? How has this program helped you and what are your long term goals?

Edited by: NEW_ME_FOREVER at: 2/13/2012 (08:13)
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Deb, that's so true!! Everyone is of course different! :) And our reactions are different as well. I have heard of people even who SLEEP EAT!! I couldn't imagine!! LOL! I loved the little kid moderation bit :) Do you do Fly Lady? They're always talking about the inner kid and how you need to gently parent her to get your grown-up life on track ;)

Speaking of Fly Lady, MissRuth, that is one of the things that she preaches as well... we always think something is going to take forEVah and then it never happens but if we say "Okay, I will do 15 minutes on this and then stop" the 15 minutes frequently shows at least a lot of improvement and sometimes an out and out FINISHED project because it didn't take anywhere NEAR as long as our skewed thinking was thinking it would.

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Oh goodness me! What DID you read into that?

That was "ha ha" as in "Ha, that was a great story, and I have had a similar experience". It was 100% EMPATHIC AND SHARING.

Sorry you misinterpreted it. You would do well to take a few minutes to rethink any perceived slights against you in a text-only medium.

I'm hurt that you attacked me in such a way when I was sharing and caring WITH you. You're a mean person.

Deb, in New Zealand
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I do not appreciat the "ha ha" holier-than-thou attitude. I have said nothing negative about anyone else's struggles. Y'all can have this challenge to yourselves. And go reward yourself with another candy bar, why don't you.

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Ha ha. Yes, I discovered some time ago the best way to get rid of some problem or job you don't want to do ... is to do it. :)

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So far, I am doing good. After I made my list of goals, I realized that stressing over cleaning up the basement was worse than actually DOING it, so I rose up and went down there and got it done. What a waste of mental and emotional energy, putting it off was. Now I need to haul some stuff off to Goodwill and I will do that today.

For me, it has been something of a revelation to address the actual problem rather than try to stuff my feelings over whatever the problem is.

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We're all unique individuals. I don't think it does anyone any credit to say something "never" happens or "can't" happen. Perhaps the article would have done better to say that most of us really do have that voice but have learned to ignore it, and practice can help us hear it again.

It's not great to say everyone really does hear it, or that nobody ever mindlessly eats like that.

Absolutes are absolutely bad! :)

How'm I going, btw? Great! I don't think I've had an emotional eating incident this week. I did pass up free scones at work, and I love scones! That's good. I did though, have a chocolate bar that was a prize at a run I do, but hey - moderation, right? I did think about whether that chocolate bar was a really bad idea and decided to have it, but I guess it's very hard to tell the difference between really really "moderation okay", and that little "inner brat" going "yeah, go on, have it, it's "moderation" and it's okay!!"

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Stop the guilt section:

"Now, you could be sitting there right now saying to yourself, "What the heck is this guy talking about? The whole problem is that I never hear that little voice until after the fact. The minute I see those candies, or smell that cheeseburger cooking, I go on autopilot and stuff it in my mouth."

This is NOT true. The little voice is there, you just aren't hearing it because you're more accustomed to your louder toxic guilt."

Sorry but I do disagree with this at least to an extent. He says that we choose not to listen to our "little voice" but seriously maybe he hasn't ever experienced this but when I was so stressed out last night and started eating ramen I LITERALLY did not realize what I was doing until I had them IN MY MOUTH. Okay, if I had taken a bowl down and dished them up and all yes I would agree I had to have realized what I was doing, but apparently I am just now learning I do "stress eat" without realizing it - see at work or at home to do that I would have to seek out the food because I do not keep "bad for me" food around... but at my sisters the kids always have food out right where I can "grab and stuff" and no I really didn't realize what I was doing! I'm going on to read the "suggested stress reducing reading" now... :)

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I've been stressing about the scales and my "number" because according to IT I had eaten 12000 calories MORE than what it takes to live in one day... even though I'd stuck to my diet that entire week!! SOOOOO yes this article REALLY struck home. In fact, one of my coworkers this morning told me to bring her the scale so she could keep it and only weigh myself 1x a month!! I think that is a great idea... and I think it would be a great idea to measure myself too because I know I must be doing SOMETHING with all this effort, it just isn't showing up on the scale and yes that does depress me. To me, when I look at the scale I'm not saying I'm a bad person, but that I must have DONE something bad (eaten wrong, etc.) or why did it go up?? I'm DEFINETELY the person this article is talking about!!

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Okay, some goals for this week.

Continue tracking my food and exercising. Come up with some ideas for increasing my calories with healthy choices while still balancing out the carbs, fat, protein.

Re-do the goals etc on my Spark Page.

Get the basement cleaned up. Just the thought of this stresses me out.



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OKay... well here we are.

I was doing just fine today... had a good breakfast and lunch. Finished up work and went to babysit. Got there and got my binl out the door, the 8yo out the door, and the 3yo some meat. Then she wanted ramen noodles and the baby started fussing up and crying and and the dog had to go out and the baby neded a bottle and now im holding her while she scfreams at me cause nothing Ill do will quiet her down and guess who ate ramen noodles? I'm definitely identifying one of my issue.s

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Their PDF calendars are great - packed with useful tips!

The second link doesn't work. Did you mean this one?

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I am behind on this goal but i did find a calender to help me

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/cale
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I hope this will help others also. I started a thread so i can review each hint.
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1. Read step 2 and 3.
Step 2. Well I put the scale away awhile back, and only weigh once a week, same time of day, same clothes every time. I've had a few disappointing experiences with the scale and read a bunch of articles here on Spark, to get past Mr. Scale being the Be-All and End-All of my life. I don't use just the scale to measure my progress any more. I rely heavily on "trust the process"-- sticking to my calorie range and logging my Fitness. Even though I've hit my goal weight, I'm still tracking and logging and will weigh once a week. I need to find the right amount of calories and exercise to maintain.

Step 3. I enjoyed his explanation of the 2 types of guilt. I think toxic guilt is definitely not helpful at all-- I reckon the thing is, to realize that giving in all the time (or often, anyway) and making the decision to go ahead and eat things that put us over our ranges, or skipping the exercise because there's something on tv, or "I don't feel like it"-- well toxic guilt over it wouldn't be helpful but by the same token, we're not making decisions that would get us to our goals. So if we really want to reach those goals, we need to encourage that first kind of guilt, and come up with strategies to help us make those good decisions.

omg, I've got brain strain from thinking about it... I reckon I'll come up with goals for the week later.

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1. Read Step 2 and 3. Come back and discuss with other.
I'm guilty of weighing every day. But, I try to look at it more like a guide. I like to see the fluctuations and try to figure out why. Since I weigh myself "officially" once a week, I like to know that the weight I'm seeing that day isn't a dramatic change from the rest of the week. Whether it's up or down from the other days in the week, if it's a huge change, I don't record it.
I've really been working on the "toxic guilt" thing this time (I've lost significant weight 4 times before). Ironically, I was just thinking about this this morning. I walk to work every day and pass by a donut shop. The smells coming from that place this morning almost drew me in. I decided not to go, but thought about how one donut (especially in the morning) used to mean an entire day of not dieting. "Well, I blew it!! I might as well pig out!!" I'm really getting better with those kinds of thoughts. The scale is another place I'm doing better. Seeing a weight gain used to send me to the snack cupboard, but not so much anymore. I'm still working on all of this and I've by no means conquered this issue.

2. Write and share your goals for this week
I did awesome last week. I stayed in my calorie range every day and completed all my exercise goals and then some. My goals for this week are to be just as awesome!!!
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3. Keep a food journal and write before, during, and after an emotional eating episode - None this week.

4. Keep track of the number of days you went without emotional eating and report at the end of week 2 - 7 days without emotional eating.

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Deb, yes challenging me does work a lot more than "boosting" me does!! I think because I was always yelled at for NOT doing something, not being approved of FOR doing something.

YES YES YES NLP is HUGE ... in fact, I was just thinking a couple days ago I need to do some resetting because in January one of my groups had a blog challenge "things I like to do" and I got depressed because I couldn't think of anything ; and my niece said to me a few months ago that the only thing she had to look forward to was her next meal and what she got to eat ; and I transcribed a NLP presentation once and the guy was giving an example of someone he had worked with who said they were depressed. He said, why are you depressed? and the guy said cause I'm not happy. So he said what will make you happy? I don't know. Oh, you aren't depressed, you just don't have any imagination!! LOL@ that cracks me up!! But it's also TRUE!!! {{ I'm not kocking CLINICAL depression - just the "I'm bored" type depression... I have both and also chronic pain depression and when I have one of them (CD or CPD) that's different but a lot of the time I'm depressed I think more because I'm BORED and no one loves me, I'm stupid/fat/ugly/etc. and THAT's when I think we need to be doing the creativity cure! }}

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That's not at all 'simple' or 'stupid'. That's the basis of NLP - neurolinguistic programming. The way that we phrase things can have a massive effect on how we feel about those things.

Kudos to you for figuring this out about yourself and finding a more helpful way to frame your choices! I'm going to start trying that. :)

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I too tend to rebel if someone tells me I have to do something even it if is myself telling me that. I am changing how I tell myself things now. Now instead of telling myself I have to do stay in my calorie range or I can't eat that becuause it will cause me to go over my calories for the day I tell myself I want to stay in my calorie range today and I don't want to eat that because it will cause me to go over my calories for the day. I do the same thing with exercising. I no longer tell myself I have to work out today and I have to start adding 10 more minutes today now I tell myself I want to workout today, I am looking forward to it and I want to add 10 minutes to my workout everyday I like how it will make me feel when I see how many calories I have burned. It sounds simple and maybe a little stupid but simply changing how I say things like that to myself has really helped me to change my attitude.
My goals for this week is:
1. Continue to track my calories and workouts everyday
2. Continue to find ways other than binge eating to handle stress and emotional eating
3. To not binge eat or overeat due to stess and emotions.

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LOL Darl, I think you've hit it. Yes, I do rebel against being told I "must" do something. It's that inner brat, I think.

Do you find being told you can't to be a motivator? I do. If I said to you "I bet you can't even keep an accurate food journal for just one week" would you feel much more motivated to do it?

That works for me, even when I know it's just saying. I was running with a friend and finding this particular hill difficult and she said something like "Come on, I know you can do it". I said "That doesn't work for me. Tell me you think I can't." and she did, and you know what? That worked. Even though I'd literally just told her to say that, her saying "You can't do this" pushed me to go harder and faster!

I hate "you must" and I hate "you can't". Both drive me - in opposite directions! LOL

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Oh wow, the articles linked at the bottom are good too.

Here's a thing I just thought of based on one of them that I might try. Whenever I feel like I want some treat that I know isn't a healthy choice right now, I'm going to write an "agony aunt" letter from someone else requesting permission to make that same choice and putting forward all the justifications I use. Then *I* am going to be agony aunt and write a response, allowing the behaviour.

Why allowing it? Because I think that in many cases I wil find it extremely difficult to allow that choice based on those justifications. If I find it so difficult to 'allow' this hypothetical letter writer to make that choice then maybe I shouldn't make it for me. The challenge is in trying to find actual logical bases on which to approve of that choice. If they are there, and I can find them, then maybe that is okay this one time. But if I struggle to actually justify it to "someone else", then ...

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Deb, that's so funny about the journal... sometimes I'm perfectly happy doing something too but then if I'm TOLD to do it I rebel!!! LOL :)

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Hmmmm... Well I don't know so much that I age "emotionally" at all. But, yesterday I slept almost the entire day (possibly from fatigue and possibly from depression... I don't know how to determine the cause and I have both depression and issues sleeping) and barely ate. At 6:30 this morning I did a McD run and didn't totally destroy my diet, I didn't get danish or those cinnamon icing things that are so yummy, but I did eat carb... I didn't feel anything emotionally that I could tell before or during or after. It did however bring up the point that I have NO FOOD IN MY HOUSE. I guess like it's good that I don't have bad food but seriously if there was a blizzard I'd start to death. I have to think on why I've done that... I'm guessing that's from the depression and avoiding being in public.

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Step 2 article - I weigh daily and I've found it helps the most. I couldn't do it weekly. We all know that weight fluctuates for many reasons. So what if you're weighing weekly and you hit a fluctuating 'up' on that particular day? All that week you think you've failed in your weight loss goals, but in actual fact it was only a little water that one day. I think daily is much better because you can see that fluctuation for what it is, because the day before and the day after you were back down to normal. I actually think it might be better for chronic scale-results-addicted people to weigh *more* often so that they can see these patterns and not get fooled by that one-off 'up' once a week.

Step 3 article - Hmmm, I find they both speak. I hear the conscience, I stop and think "Do I really *want* this?" and I decide yes and have it anyway. Then I hear that toxic guilt. The difficulty is in getting whatever other little voice (I call it the "inner brat") that is saying "yeah, you want this, have it, one won't matter" to shut up. I also find the concept of not beating yourself up over every mistake to be rather unhelpful when you keep making what you'd call mistakes. It's not helpful to me to hear "Oh you ate that, don't worry about, just keep going" because you've just validated that as a choice. It WAS okay. It WAS fine. It's just part of a healthy lifestyle, you can't be perfect all the time. You just validated my poor choices. I think there has to be some middle ground between toxic guilt and between saying "it's okay" every single time. It's NOT okay, and it IS okay to feel that it's not okay.

Totally failed on last week's goals. I was already journalling food, but then it was like I started this challenge and BAM - ignored my book from then on. :( So goal for week 2 is just to get back to writing down everything I eat. Have opened book and written today's breakfast already.


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emoticon Week 2 (Feb 5th-11th):

To-do-list:

1. Read Step 2 and 3. Come back and discuss with other.

Step 2 (Take the Stress Out of Weighing In) www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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Step 3 (Stop Feeling Guilty about Every Mistake) www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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2. Write and share your goals for this week

3. Keep a food journal and write before, during, and after an emotional eating episode

4. Keep track of the number of days you went without emotional eating and report at the end of week 2

*In week 1 we read the introduction and step 1

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My goal this week was to do what was best for me when it came to eating and to not overeat or binge because of emotional issues and stress.
1. What I did to achieve my goals was to take an Atkins bar to work in my lunch box for a treat if I felt a need to eat because of stress.
2. Pack a lunch everyday for work that would be filling and stay in my calorie range.
3. When eating with others like dinner at home or going out to eat make good choices and if something had too many calories or would trigger my emotional eating I said no and if I still felt deprived I had an Atkins bar later as a treat.
4. I use the food tracker here on Sparks every day to monitor my eating to keep me in my calorie range.
How I did this week:
I did Great!!!!! I did what was best for me when it came to eating. I dealt well with stress at work and would happily eat my Atkins bar when I felt a need to stress eat. I said no to foods I wanted but knew I would only end up over eating on or were too high in calories and I made good healthy choices when I ate out. I did not have an emotional eating episode this week. I worked out one night when I felt the need to binge and then had an Atkins bar.

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I read the "Recognizing Eating Disorders and Getting Help" article. i rarely feel guilty after eating - generally feel full if i ever overeat. vi also don't binge and if i ever start mindless munching it tends to be nuts, fruit or sometimes chocolate. i track my food and try to make sure i get at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies along with enough. I also plan to get enough proteins and healthy fats.

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For me, it's out of sight, out of mind. Food cravings appear when I see something I like. So in my journal, I have noted when I am most likely to be tempted, and that is when food is available. Today someone left a package of cookies in the kitchen at work. What a painful experience it was for me. Thank God there are kitchens on all the floors.

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OH!! Thank you so much!! I will go read the article just now :)

I'm so irritated!!!! I've been on my food plan FAITHFULLY for most of the year and between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning I somehow managed to "gain" 4 lbs !!! emoticon I know it can't possibly be "real" weight and yes I know I should throw away the scales emoticon ... it just makes me like GRRR because I know I couldn't have eaten 12000 calories MORE than what it takes to live and I was REALLLLLY hoping to close out this week getting into the next lower '10's'. emoticon

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1. I found the article very interesting. I actually really like knowing that I have the control, I have the power, the decisions are mine to make. The food is not "making" me eat it, and chocolate does not really "talk" to me.

Darloudasha-- that's what I got out of the article, that we're supposed to try to define in writing what's going on.

2. My goals for this challenge. I want to hit my goal weight. I need to work on finding the right combination of calories, exercise, and strategies to help me maintain that weight. I've been fortunate that lately I'm not under a lot of stress (big emotional trigger for me)-- I believe knowledge is power, and being forewarned is forearmed. I am not going to wait until I'm in the midst of an emotional meltdown, to learn whatever I possibly can about curbing emotional eating.

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Good evening everyone!!

Hey, is this the part about the "food journal"? Sorry if I'm being obtuse!! I just throught a food journal was just a list of what you're eating, but that isn't what this is saying at all!!

Before the fact
Whenever you notice a persistent problem in any aspect of your weight loss program—whether it’s related to food choices, exercise, or motivation—try to define the problem in writing. What specifically are you doing (or not doing) that you need to change? Why do you think this keeps happening? What are the major triggers or causes of this problem? Do this writing without thinking or worrying about being “correct” at first. Just write down whatever comes to you when you are thinking about the problem, and don’t worry about finding solutions at this point.


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Day 2, so far so good. I do need to be more conscientious about my water intake.


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I found the information on making "I" statements very interesting. It has always frustrated me when people blame their problems on others. If I want something badly enough, I will find a way to make it work. That is why I am currently in my goal range, and am getting my Master's while teaching full time while raising 5 kids. Am I crazy busy? Well, of course, but I am making myself and my health a priority (because I choose to do so!)

Goals for this challenge:
- continue making healthy choices for myself in nutrition, exercise, and other areas despite others' lack of comfort with my way of living my life! My food intake does not have to please anyone but myself! What time I get up and whether I work out does not have to please everyone else. And I don't have to eat something just because someone made it for our family, school, etc. I can choose to say no!

3-4) I am thinking that writing in a food journal before an emotional eating episode might stop that episode all together! I don't have many of them, but they are generally related to too many demands on my time and exhaustion, combined with going too long between meals or not eating enough protein.

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It's in the "Mind over body" article. :)

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Can someone help me out on the food journal bit? is that just listing what we eat or is it something more?

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To-do-list:

emoticon 1. Read Introduction and Step 1(Put "I" into Your Vocabulary) of the 10 step program and come back here to discuss with others www.sparkpeople.com/resource/mind_over_bod
y_fat.asp

emoticon 2. Write and share your goals for this challenge
Eat my low-carb diet. Don't eat off plan at all! Imperative that it is 100% as eating starch/sugar makes me go into crave mode.
Keep my stress level down.
Do my best to keep from allowing depression to swallow me up. Especially be active on this point over weekend.
Face issues head-on to reduce procrastination and stress.

3. Keep a food journal and write before, during, and after an emotional eating episode

4. Keep track of the number of days you went without emotional eating and report at the end of week 1


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1. I will be gentle with myself as I learn the triggers that result in emotional eating.

2. I will begin an exercise program and slowly but consistently increase time and intensity.

3. I will make small, attainable monthly goals for weight loss and reward myself when I achieve them.

4. I will increase my water intake and be compliant with my meds.

5. I will faithfully participate in the other two challenges that this team is sponsoring.

Blessed and highly favored,

Glenda!!!


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I would like to get back to walking on my "off days", when I am not going to the gym or taking an aerobic class. I had a goal to walk at least two miles on my off days and take at least one day completely off on the weekends. I got away from doing this and have even been forgetting to wear my pedometer. I'm afraid that the battery is probably dead and I will need to go shopping for a new one as well as for some healthy food for our challenge!

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That "I" think can be powerful. It's kind of like ... a friend recently bought a new iPhone, but then would often say she couldn't do something or go somewhere because "I can't afford it". No honey, you just bought a thousand dollar PHONE. You can "afford" it, you "choose" not to.

Reflecting on yesterday at the office, we had scones and cupcakes for a colleague's birthday. "There were treats at my desk all day" becomes "I chose to have the treats that were available at my desk all day". Today "I" am going to choose to have the chocolate bar that was a prize at my run last night! :)

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Lose 5kg (start weight 95.0kg).
Use elliptical with intense hill work 2x per week.
Diary all food choices and triggers where less-than-healthy choices were made.

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1. That article is great! I try to do this already and get really annoyed with people who constantly blame others or their situation. That being said, I still have a long way to go with this. I'm definitely going to work on making my statements start with "I"!!

2. My goals are to start losing weight again. I've been stuck at 197 for 7 weeks. Goal 1 - Average calories for each week will be 1850. Goal 2 - I will say no to the snacks my boyfriend is always offering me at least 75% of the time. Goal 3 - I will not let work, family, or friends interfere with my weight loss during this challenge. That includes not letting them upset me and send me to the kitchen for comfort, not overeating or eating poorly to please them, and not letting them stop me from exercising.

3. I didn't have any emotional eating episodes this week. I changed up my goals in February and I'm having renewed motivation right now.

4. I don't remember which one was for a log and which one was for emotional eating. I do remember they were similar goals. I didn't have any emotional eating episodes this week. YAY!!

Edited by: TMCLEOD4 at: 2/7/2012 (10:36)
"Never take no cutoffs and hurry along as fast as you can." - Virginia Reed, Donner Party survivor


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emoticon Week 1(Feb 1st-4th):

To-do-list:

1. Read Introduction and Step 1(Put "I" into Your Vocabulary) of the 10 step program and come back here to discuss with others www.sparkpeople.com/resource/mind_ov
er
_body_fat.asp


2. Write and share your goals for this challenge

3. Keep a food journal and write before, during, and after an emotional eating episode

4. Keep track of the number of days you went without emotional eating and report at the end of week 1

~Key~

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This is going to be my big challenge i want to carry with me the rest of the year, if i can really learn mindful eating - to enjoy my food, give my body what it needs and not eating my emotions. This will not only help with weight loss but also help me control other aspects of my life also.

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I'm in!!!

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I want to join this challenge, too.

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I will join this challenge

Made it to my maintenance weight of 125 pounds.

Even though I have reached goal. I still don't know everything about weight loss.

Please read my blog

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will join the challenge here

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I read the articles and found them interesting and helpful!!!

Just can't live that negative way....make way for a positive day!
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I'd like to join this challenge.

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I'm in.

"Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, I'm possible!" Audrey Hepburn

“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”-- Kenneth Blanchard

"Let no feeling of disappointment prey upon you and in the end you are sure to succeed." Abraham Lincoln

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determ


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emoticon Announcement:

I have added a list of helpful articles in my original post at the bottom. These articles address eating disorders. You don't have to read them, but they are helpful.

~Key~

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I'm in too!

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I'm in.
Sounds like a good challenge.

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Me too!

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I am totally in

Just can't live that negative way....make way for a positive day!
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sign me up i need this challenge!

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I'm in!!

"Never take no cutoffs and hurry along as fast as you can." - Virginia Reed, Donner Party survivor


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Blessed and highly favored,

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Eat smaller portions and more vegetables!





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I'm in!

Smile, hug, encourage others

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But ourselves." unknown

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I'm in!

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“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”-- Kenneth Blanchard

"Let no feeling of disappointment prey upon you and in the end you are sure to succeed." Abraham Lincoln

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SOUNDS GOOD!

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Sounds interesting!

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Ok, I'm in.

you must FOCUS = (F)ollow (O)ne (C)ourse (U)ntil (S)uccessful! Ready set GO!


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Starting Feb 1st we will begin the 10 step program created by spark to fight emotional eating. If you are interested please sign up here. Weekly Challenge will be posted Jan 31st.

For more information about the 10 steps click here www.sparkpeople.com/resource/mind_ov
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_body_fat.asp



Reading to help you get started (not required for challenge but helpful)

Recognizing Eating Disorders and Getting Help
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
on
_articles.asp?id=812


Stop Emotional Eating Before It Starts
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_
articles.asp?id=1396


What is "Normal" Eating? - Part 1
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
nutrition
_articles.asp?id=600



What is "Normal" Eating? - Part 2
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
on
_articles.asp?id=609


What is "Normal" Eating? - Part 3
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
on
_articles.asp?id=618


10 Ways to Stop Binge Eating in Its Tracks
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
on
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Edited by: NEW_ME_FOREVER at: 2/27/2012 (08:29)
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