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On Turning 21 Years Old

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Feels great to finally be of legal drinking age! ;)

Shout out to Starbucks – a few days ago, I received an e-mail about a card registered to me that had an unused balance over $5 that had not been used since 2011. So I logged into my account, but there was no such card registered to me. I contacted customer service to find out if I had unregistered the card accidentally at some point, and they responded today by shifting the balance ($30!) to a card I do still have registered to me. What a cool move!

Other than that, the days leading up to my birthday haven’t been so great, binge-wise. Not that there’s been any emotional triggers – each one of the last four days has felt pretty even and fairly low stress, and I have even written posts believing I was ending the day binge free – only to fall off the wagon shortly before bed time. What gives?

My first rule on Wheat Free eating for carb addicts is to not even bring the stuff into the house ( wp.me/p1N36Q-fu ). But I haven’t been able to follow this repeatedly just yet. Plus, my husband hasn’t bought in 100% (he promised me he’d read Wheat Belly soon).

Last night, my husband and I decided to implement a new strategy:

This is our basement refrigerator. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

That’s a pattern combination lock that only my husband knows the combo for. In an “emergency,” he can share the pattern with me if needed and can then change the combo. Seems a bit drastic, I’m aware, but this is where anything I’m addicted to will live until I can maintain 21 days binge free (Is that the amount of time it takes to form new habits? 66 days? Potentially longer: www.psychologytoday.com/

I’m another year older and hopefully that much “wiser.” A great opportunity to start fresh, right? At this time next year, perhaps I will be checking off 365 days Binge Free – and living my life instead of obsessing over food. A birthday e-card from Spark People reminded me of the importance of making each day count for something:

“What matters most in life is often viewed as peripheral to the things that we focus on. Passion takes a backseat to production, wellness to working, and balance to busyness. The old adage that ‘life is not a dress rehearsal’ is so true, and yet we act to the contrary by putting off what is truly important or indulging in things that are not…”

Maybe it’s time to start figuring out how my life can be better starting today – and implementing those strategies so that being wheat free and binge free comes naturally without having to worry about locking up food!
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  • OOLALA53
    Since the National Weight Loss Registry has found that relapse is likely anywhere from 2-5 years after weight loss, I figured when I started my regime that that's how long it takes to have new eating habits really take hold- to get past the honeymoon, the slip ups, and the fine tuning. I'm 43 months in and it's about right. I had some rocky times in year two especially, even after some months of smooth sailing. I'm not wheat or sugar free, but I think I've binged on my old binge foods only a few times in over a year. But I'm still giving myself to year five to let it become second nature. Not sure after 60 years that will happen, but I'm content.
    1705 days ago
    I hate to admit it but I think I need to have a lock on my fridge too...actually mine is more the cupboards. I need someone to ride my butt and yell at me when I try to put anything fatty in my trap. I am an adult though and don't need a babysitter...or do I? I wish I didn't feel the need to ask for a lock on the basement fridge...but I am considering moving all the food to the basement fridge because then I'd have to walk down those stairs to get GOOD food...healthy food. Lock the upstairs fridge, that's what I'm going to do.
    1706 days ago
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