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9/5/14 10:25 P

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Ah yes, the food addiction.....tough one to beat...tough but not impossible.

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7/21/14 8:57 A

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Wonderful resources and reminders for all of us!

Thank you for sharing all of your SUPER efforts! :-)

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7/21/14 7:07 A

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Interesting. Not sure I ever had really addictive behaviors and not sure that I don't have some now....at least my dedication to working out, tracking my food, and choosing healthy food have become very ingrained behaviors that I stick to. have made the difference in weight loss and weight loss maintenance. This is the longest I have EVER maintained a weight loss.

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MJREIMERS's Photo MJREIMERS Posts: 6,350
7/20/14 10:35 A

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Interesting! Does this mean every person has an addiction of some type?

I really don't know a soul who doesn't have some "issue" that was mentioned in the article. My husband is addicted to music. I'm addicted to exercise/eating right. My mom to helping the neighbor lady, but she doesn't do the same in her own home. My bro-in-law to cigarettes and concerts. I have friends that can't just help, they have to be the ones "in charge." etc.

I can see how everyone would have some sort of addiction or is this just humans?

Thanks, I love having to think about things!



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7/19/14 11:16 P

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7/19/14 8:58 P

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7/19/14 3:38 P

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Thanks for sharing the article and link. Interesting information. As a dyslexic I resonate with Barb's comments. Definitely had to learn different strategies to learn to read. What worked for most did not work for me.

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MRSJERRYBUSH's Photo MRSJERRYBUSH Posts: 9,480
7/19/14 1:17 P

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Thank you for this info.

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7/19/14 11:06 A

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Thank you. I really needed this m


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BARBANAL's Photo BARBANAL Posts: 4,557
7/19/14 8:26 A

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Many articles on learning how to maintain out there, we should choose one rather than several

God is good ! He is with us always, in the valleys and the mountain tops, Praise Him !


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7/19/14 6:58 A

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Wow! Does that ever turn a few things I have believed about myself and my affliction on their head. As an OA member, I intoned the words "I am a compulsive eater"... and in fact, the 12 steps, taking them seriously, and working them... works for many of us.

But is that not another form of "learning"? Learning the discipline of what we have to do to avoid engaging in the addictive behavior?

I think about my niece, who is dyslexic... she had to learn a different set of strategies to read. I am having to learn a different set of strategies to eat and be active in a healthy way that results in a "normal" weight maintenance. And as the dyslexic have to continue to use the skills they learned to read... so do those of us who have had to learn strategies for healthy life choices... have to continue to use those skills.

Very, very interesting article. Thanks for the link, Ange. And congrats on continuing to maintain! It *is* worth it.

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7/19/14 6:25 A

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www.substance.com/most-of-us-
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"The real issue is what purpose does addictive behavior serve and how can it be replaced with more productive and healthy pursuits"

Unhealthy pursuits can be replaced by the same mechanism as they were adopted in the first place. By repetition of healthy pursuits.

But that is tedious and at times difficult. There is no glamor in keeping weight off. There is tremendous pull to fall back into old familiar habits of self medication. I suspect that is why relapse is so common.

This theory may explain why the likelihood of relapse decreases over time.

With weight loss about 80-95% gain it back within the first 1-2 years (depending on the study and your definition of regain). After 2 years of maintenance about 50% keep it off. After 5 years of maintenance about 80% keep it off.

As someone invested in wanting to keep it off I choose to believe that weight maintenance depends on a set of learned behaviors and that I'm not even close to really maintaining until I've kept it off for at least 5 years.

This is why I built our maintenance anniversaries page and try to emphasize a long term view of keeping it off.
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It is also why I built the Big Page of Links to collect resources that might help us continue learning how to maintain.
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

It will be 5 years this coming January for me and although this project will probably require vigilance for the rest of my life, hopefully the patterns and habits I've been building will be familiar enough to help get me over the humps or back on the bandwagon when I slip.

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