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MARGARIRI's Photo MARGARIRI Posts: 93
5/7/08 9:43 A

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I want to add that it's wise to keep your 'stash' out of sight. If I make eye-contact with it, it starts to call my name! High cupboards work well, if you're not going to freeze it, or on top of the fridge (unless your over 6' tall.)

Case in point: Mother in law sent an Easter Basket full of chocolate and jelly beans. It sat on the counter, and daily I'd have my one small foil-wrapped dark chocolate egg. I moved it to the top of the refridgerator and forgot it was up there. No cravings. Noticed it the other day and put it back on the counter. Back to an egg a day. Needless to say, it's back on top of the refridgerator. (Why it's not in the garbage, I don't know...I can't bring myself to throw any food away I guess.)

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5/6/08 12:49 P

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If I feel like having a small piece of dark chocolate - I eat it, and never feel guilty.

As long as I allow myself a small piece occasionally (or everyday if I have PMS), and account for it in my calories then I don't feel deprived and I don't go crazy and eat the whole bar, box, or bag.

Nothing tastes as good as being thin and fit will feel!

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The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
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Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
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1/12/08 11:56 A

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Hi Ya'll,

I'm with SOPHIABEE on chocolate emoticon

I happen to have an odd alternative: Yogi Tea has a hazelnut & coco flavoured tea that are yummy, with a little fat free creamer & it could do the trick.

Hope This Helps


"When you had your indulgent meal of {name it here} instead of going all out, WHY not turn it around right there?

Anyone who has successfully figured out that SMALL SUCCESSES make BIG SUCCESSES.

In an enormous act of love, the kindest thing you can do is walk away from this junk food.

The act of saying NO lays down a boundary of love. NO to junk food means YES to you, which after all is the point."

~~Tosca Reno~~



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1/11/08 4:33 P

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i don't see good quality chocolate as an "unclean" food. what's wrong with getting some and enjoying it in moderation? if you don't view it as a willpower issue, maybe you won't need to worry about staying strong.


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1/11/08 12:48 A

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Train yourself to enjoy darker chocolate... after a while, milk chocolate becomes overwhelmingly sweet. Dark chocolate is hard to OD on.

Laura :)


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12/30/07 11:43 A

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Chocolate, alas -- It was nice to see all the posts and advice below, very helpful. I usually devour dark chocolate at PMS, and then Im fine --

Lisa -- In particular, "Is the why strong enough" concept really hit home -- and definitely puts chocolate (and other strongholds) into perspective...

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12/30/07 8:02 A

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Ok..so we all feel this way around the holidays. The food is everywhere...so let's just pretend the last week or so didn't happen, k? :)

Now..back to "How to stay focused." Good question to ask as we embark on a new year. You've gotta GOTTA post your goal in a very visible place! I'm very goal-oriented. I need a specific goal to meet, on a specific date. Back in March, I was working toward an August Keith Urban concert date (call me crazy, but the man makes me NUTS!). So I circled that date on my calendar...prayed over it every morning. Made it happen.

As for chocolate...EAT IT!! Love it! Enjoy it! Let it melt in your mouth! But portion it out. Right now, I'm premenstrual, so chocolate helps me get through it. Usually, once a month, I'll buy 2 large bars of dark chocolate. Then, I break off 2 squares at a time and ziploc bag 'em. Put a date on 'em. Freeze 'em. Then, I grab a bag for that day, sit down with a cup of tea, and let it perform it's magic.

Just keep your goal in the fore-front of your mind...and chocolate will no longer be an enemy. It will be a close, understanding friend. ;)

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12/29/07 1:00 P

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I love my dark chocolate and don't feel quilty about it at all:) One piece goes a long way...

I also agree that when you get rid of the nasty stuff out of your system, you won't crave it anymore so stick with it... I did love baked goods but now the thought of white flour makes me gag and I have no trouble staying away from it.

Account for the calories though.... That's what really keeps me in check:)


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12/29/07 10:40 A

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Thanks for the reminders and encouragement!! Hopefully that will make the difference in being successful this time!!!! You guys are great, I love to see the wide range of were everyone is at, that's sooo awesome!! and how far everone has come!!
Michelle, I'm the same emotional eater, it's not the choc or whatever it's the condition of my day or even my head!! this is a bigger mind game than it is physical it took me to 33 to figure that out!!!

 
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12/28/07 8:04 P

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Eat dark chocolate and drink lots of water. The water helps with some of the cravings.

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12/28/07 1:39 P

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When im trying to eat better foods I usually allow myself some carob chocolate instead. I grew up with carob as my brother couldnt eat chocolate so to me the taste isnt that much different but being allowed to eat it is great (according to my plan). I also opt for dark chocolate but only about 68%... tried the 90% stuff straight off and it tasted like a mouthful of straight cocoa powder.

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12/28/07 11:43 A

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I give myself a little lee-way as far as chocolate is concerned. No, it's not clean, but it does keep me from feeling too deprived. I like the sixlets, which are like m&m's but they come in a small package of only about 8 per sleeve. They are 35 calories per sleeve and it's enough to give me the taste without too much damage. Even if I have 2 sleeves per day, it's not a major trainwreck.

Maybe someday I will be able to get away from them completely...but until then, I just try to keep it in check and plan for it ahead of time.

Angie


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12/28/07 11:19 A

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Hi Donna! Welcome to the team!

Urbanmommy gave me a great tip on keeping focused on your goals. She advised me to set a goal for myself and post it where I can see it all the time. So that way, you are constantly reminding yourself of what you are working so hard for.

Also, reading the Sparkpages and blogs of fellow team members helps me. It is like a daily dose of inspiration for me.

As for the chocolate, I have been cursed! I am ALLERGIC to it! Love love LOVE chocolate (especially Godiva, Neuhaus and Reese's Cups)but if I eat it, oh man ... emoticon

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12/28/07 11:15 A

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I'm not a big fan of chocolate, so I can resist that. As far as the other foods (salty fatty stuff mostly) that call to me, I have to step back a minute. I am an emotional eater. I have to get quiet and ask myself: "Is this really going to help me feel better?" In the moment, when I'm eating it, the answer is (unfortunately) yes. But I also know that afterword I feel like, to quote you, crap. If I can take that 30 seconds to remember that before I put it into my mouth, I can succeed. You can too.

I agree with Lisa on all points. 1.) the longer the junk is out of your system, the less you want it. 2.) remind yourself why you are doing this. For me it is looking at the health problems my mother has and knowing that I don't want to end up like that - or dead.

Stay strong, sister!!!!

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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12/28/07 11:01 A

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I agree with Lisa. If I have to have it, I eat dark chocolate also. If you really have to have it, just figure it in to your calories for the day. Good luck!

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12/28/07 10:54 A

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Just remind yourself why you are doing it! If you don't have a strong enough "why", you will keep falling off the wagon! LOL
Before eating clean I loved breads...not the crappy kind...but the bakery kind. Well now I could care less. Once you get it out of your system...you don't want it! And for me, being on a schedule keeps me full and satisfied.
As far as the chocolate...I'm a chocolate snob. I don't like the everyday stuff that is in the stores. I want the good dark chocolate...and since I have to drive out of my way to get it...I don't have it in the house. When my hubby does bring a box home...I only eat a little bit. And since I'm eating the dark...I can justify it! It's good for me!
You will prevail!

Make it a great day!
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12/28/07 10:49 A

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Hey Girls,
I Love this team I try to read all the advice and tips as much as I can.
Anyone have any advice on keeping focused??
I do good for a week or two, then I fall off the wagon for a four days. Then I'm no better off than I started!!! And I feel like crap, what is the point? I struggled with food and my weight my whole life. This is the year I am going to beat it.. I love to workout that is (THank God) not a issue.
Any one else strugle like this, and any tip to stay focused?
btw- I know it helps when your spouse is into heath and fitness - mine's not! He'll make heathier meals, but still keeps junk in the house!

Thanks,
Donna

 
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