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Day 1 - I Used to Be That Way...

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Dear Friends,

I have been struggling alot with emotional eating and taking care of myself. I have not been on Spark much lately. I have reduced my Spark Other Goals list to two goals for the rest of February: track my food and each day complete a day in the 100 Days Challenge.

This Challenge is based on my reading the "100 Days of Weight Loss" by Linda Spangle, which was recommended on the Emotional Eaters team.

Day 1's challenge started with listing fears and negative behaviors that hurt my weight-loss success in the past. Then I was to work on changing my thinking and making up new endings. Here is my list:

I used to be afraid to feel, but now I will try to pay attention to what I am feeling.
I used to use food to soothe my feelings, but now I try to identify my feeling and look at options for what to do with it.
I used to not have a plan for food and not have good food ready to eat, now I plan food for the week ahead and prepare/preportion as much of it as possible.
I used to not track my food, but now I track my food.
I used to eat without thinking, now I ask myself why I want to eat. Am I bored, lonely, anxious, angry, tired or hungry? Do I want soothing or need fuel?
I used to usually put other people and things first, now I have the daily goal to do a day in this challenge and to track my food.
I used to fill my life with busywork, now I am choosing to be focused on a simple plan based on what I choose.
I used to eat mindlessly in the evenings, now I keep gum available, craftwork ready to go and refer to my index card file of What to Do in the Evenings
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    Craftwork always works for me!
    I like your list - well thought out and meaningful.
    1871 days ago
    OH Mary, I LOVE this! I will copy it and use it (with your permission)
    1872 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Thank you for sharing your list with us!
    1872 days ago
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