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6/13/16 11:11 A

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Thank you for the kind words. I really need that extra support right now. I am struggling to get back on track but keep taking 2 steps back for every one forward. I am getting tired of it and want to reverse that to 1 step back to 2 steps forward so at least I'd be moving in the right direction.

I appreciate the suggestion to pay attention to my hand whenever I am ready to reach for something. As a matter of fact, I found a downloaded file on my computer yesterday and I accidentally hit print and it printed before I realized what was going on. It was some worksheets from Eat Sanely byTerese Weinstein Katz. and there is a similar exercise to create mindfulness where you become mindful of your surroundings. When I read that last night, I thought that I need to do that. And now I read you suggesting the same thing. AH, it must be a sign that is something I need to do emoticon

I really need to get a grip and stop eating junk. My hubby is going overboard on junk food and he has some health issues and I cannot help but think how selfish it is to keep eating junk while your health deteriorates; especially since he is always telling people what they should not eat. I do not want to set a bad example.

Again, thank you for your kind words.

Nancy
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6/12/16 12:29 P

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Hi WINACHST! I was just thinking about you, really! emoticon

I love everything about what you said--it's true that we have the impulse to purchase the chips or candy in the first place. Sometimes I think that I'm lucky that I live so far back in the country that if I wanted something junky I'd have to be very committed since I'd have to drive at least 30 minutes to get it, but occasionally some sort of "forbidden fruit" makes its way home with me.

When I first started my journey almost 20 years ago, and at least 65 pounds ago, I learned one trick which helped me immeasurably and one that I use to this day. It is to notice your hand reaching for the cake, the chips, the whatever, and in that split second, you can change your mind. I swear it's like time slows down for me and I really see it! It does not matter if it's the last slice of cake, the last chip in the bag, the last mini peanut butter cup, just notice it, and stop, and even if you don't stop, at least you're more aware. And practice, practice, practice, and it will become a habit.

And by the way, I do know about that open bag of chips on the way home thing! I always have napkins in the car, and I have to just put handful on that napkin and call it a serving, and it helps to have them out of reach, because the urge to go back is always there.

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6/12/16 11:05 A

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Eating is not automatic, whatever we put in our mouth first starts with a thought.

Wow! Now there is a thought, I do not automatically stuff those chips in my mouth as if some alien creature has taken over my mind. Before I put anything in my mouth, I first think about what I am going to do.

I suffer from "open bag syndrome" and it is apparent if I am driving and there is an open bag of potato chips in the car. I will mindlessly eat and eat and eat until the bag is empty. Many times I will say, "I have to stop eating these" and tell my hubby to close the bag and toss it in the back so I cannot reach in and grab some more. But then I will say, just a few minutes later, "Will you get that bag for me, I want some more." This will go on until the bag is empty.

My eating those chips is not automatic, because I first thought to eat those chips (that is why they are in the car in the first place). Even before I get in the car, I had a thought to buy some chips for the drive home. Then I acted on that thought by buying the chips and putting them in the car next to me. I first think to open the bag and eat the chips. Hand reaches into the bag, grabs a chip or to, then put the chip in my mouth, chew, swallow and repeat and repeat and repeat.

It may seem automatic, but. each time I make that motion, I am first thinking that I will do so. I even have a dialogue going on in my head, "I should stop eating these. I know I should. but one more handful then I'll stop, But there is still some in the bag and I am craving more. I still want more. I should really stop eating these. There, now the bag is empty, so I can finally stop eating these chips."

Eating will begin with a trigger and, in my case, the trigger is the drive home. I had a thought that I'd like to munch on chips on the way home. I then made the decision to buy some chips and then I act on that thought and eat those chips.

Now that I recognize this, I need to change my thought process and tell myself that those chips are nasty and I do not need to eat chips on the way home.

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