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HAPPYMENOW58 Posts: 2,264
4/9/13 7:43 A

Fantastic responses.....This is such a great lesson on stress, and how it can lead to a full blown binge if not caught and nipped in the bud! We can all learn from this.....I, too, have had a VERY stressful week....came home to water damage in my home...and still waiting for the insurance adjuster to show up!! Spent hours soaping up water,etc.....I have had extra calories but proud that I haven't gone off the deep end!!!!! Haven't even been able to attend my exercise classes due to clean up efforts, waiting for people to come to the house,etc....Today, I think I'll be able to attend a Zumba class excited! I have continued tracking and sparking throughout this crisis...and feel like it has really helped me!!! Hang in there everyone...WE CAN DO IT!!!!

SMARVYGAL SparkPoints: (1,461)
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4/9/13 12:21 A

Good for you! Yes you indulged, but you got right back on track and went for a walk. I have a bad habit that if I eat one bad thing then I will eat two bad things and then three etc. I used to eat like three fudge rounds before I even tasted the first bite. I am doing much better now, but you have inspired me to think about what I eat and what causes me to eat. I find myself just a little hungry but then I realize -- I am thirsty.

Anyway, you have inspired me! Keep up the good work and do not beat yourself up about one poor choice. Being healthy does not mean never eating a candy bar in your life again, but balancing out your choices and eating fewer candy bars.

JXFINK SparkPoints: (64,123)
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4/8/13 6:31 P

It sounds like you did great. We all have these moments. Congrats on being aware of yours! We should all be so lucky to stop and think before we indulge. Great work. Tomorrow is another day. Dust yourself off and move on. emoticon

Strive for progress, not perfection! emoticon

COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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4/7/13 9:00 P

If I were you, I'd put this under the WOO-HOO category!

You stopped and thought about what you were doing! That is HUGE~ it's what has kept so many of us in the dungeon of turning to food for comfort.

You are on the high road now, Sister!


BETHIETHEGREAT SparkPoints: (6,504)
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4/6/13 3:53 P


Feeling a lot less emotional. And I am proud for not letting one decision snowball. I also feel more open to finding options that will help w the non-diet issues I'm facing. Thanks for the support and kind words. They really made a difference!!!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,705)
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4/6/13 6:43 A



I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

We've all had overwhelming times when we turned to food for comfort. that doesn't make you a bad person or an unhealthy one. What it makes you is a perfectly normal person. Make good choices when you can, but don't beat yourself up if you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

You're doing just fine !

EMMACORY Posts: 21,823
4/5/13 10:08 P

You are moving in the right directon! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (250,607)
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4/5/13 9:59 P

It sounds like you are beginning to analyze the whys and wherefores, and that is great - it gives us much better insite to potential problem areas. Altho' you ate the snickers, you also did some positive things - and I can think of tons of worse things than a snickers to go for!

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HOW'S THAT for smiley faces :-)

4/5/13 9:43 P

We all have bad days and bad decisions but, it is GREAT that you didn't let this spin you out of control. One Snicker would have easily turned into a Snicker, pizza and ice cream for me. You caught yourself and indulged but, STOPPED before you did too much "damage".

So, tomorrow is a new day. Do an extra 20 minutes of cardio and move on.

SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 42,369
4/5/13 9:42 P

I think that you did awesome! While you still chose to eat it, you stopped and actually thought about what you were doing AND you ate sensibly the rest of the day AND you are heading out for a walk. You should be proud of yourself for doing those things, even though you ate something for comfort. The thought process there, which is helpful and you didn't allow yourself to let it get out of control, which is even better! emoticon

Sorry to hear about the overwhelming events, but it sounds like you know what you are doing and are being very mindful about keeping up with your healthy habits. Way to go!

Coach Denise

BETHIETHEGREAT SparkPoints: (6,504)
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4/5/13 9:12 P

I've been struggling with a lot lately (medical issues, car issues, phone, issues, $$$) but have been doing well with my eating habits since I started back w Spark a few weeks ago.

Today everything hit me at once. Both the car and phone broke down today. Within an hour of each other! I reached for a snickers, and for the first time recognized myself choosing food for comfort. I hadn't really though about it before.

I thought about it....thought about the calories and the type of food it was and what it meant to eat for comfort. But I still chose to eat the snickers.

However I didn't let that part of the day ruin my eating. I've had a sensible dinner and am about to take a walk. But the events that led to that choice are still overwhelming. :-/

I could use some smiley faces. Please!!

I did go on that walk. Enjoying nature and a little prayer helped a lot ;-)

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