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Thanks for the encouragement, OOLALA. Yes, I did make it through the urges. I took some really deep breaths, and that helped to calm and center me.

I had the urge to snack this morning when I wasn't feeling hungry. I won that one, too.

It's hard to break out of the habit of snacking out of boredom. It's such an easy way to fill the lulls, isn't it, OOLALA?

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Hope you made it, Stardustd!

I did nibble at some loquats off my tree out of boredom this afternoon. It's not that they amount to much, but It's not a helpful habit. At the same time, I don't want to freak out at myself for it. I need to remember that I can always add something like that to my next meal, if it's important enough for me to eat it. (They weren't that good!)

I'm avoiding things I should be doing. Ick.

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*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
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I'm currently feeling triggered as anything and am tempted to stuff my feelings. Trying to remind myself that I'm not hungry and that food isn't going to help -- probably not even temporarily, with how worked up I am right now. *Just Breathe*

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Kudos for holding out! We win every time we flex that willpower muscle, even if it's not fun.

I know in coastal SoCal we have gray Mays, but we've also had atypical wetness that sure makes it easy to not push myself much to get outside, even though it's a bogus excuse, since it wouldn't get in the way of most of what I could do. It's not like it pours! It can even make gardening easier and cooler. (Can you tell I'm trying to talk myself into this?)

Even when I'm not hungry at all, I still miss my compulsive eating foods. (I"d gone through a small relapse in the last few months, though it hasn't kept me from pretty much maintaining my 45-lb. weight loss.) In fact, I'd usually overeat them after I had already had food, so they were paired for years with being really full. They provide an experience in the body I have never been able to recreate any other way. Just have to hang on and do my best to divert and get through the time. I don't mean it to sound like torture, but the urges have been there, even with no super stressful influences. Actually, it's sometimes after periods of stress when there is a lull and I'm not very active that they seem to want to fill in the spaces. They've been coming to the surface the last couple of days. I've been able to ignore them. Thinking of you, Stardustd, will add to my resolve!

I'll do some housekeeping after lunch and possibly plan some jaunts I will take to take advantage of my new senior transit pass. I took the trolley to a commuter community for the first time Monday. (There's a free dance class for seniors, though next week is the last day until late summer.) What a smooth and fast ride, though not as fast as driving. But the price was right.

Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 5/15/2019 (15:30)
Six years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=1323


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Hi everyone. I'm re-visiting after an epic hiatus. I've been doing ok on the emotional eating front for the most part, despite being very tempted to self medicate. I've been confronting a lot of trauma issues, and it's so very tempting to try to take the pain away somehow.

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I had a weekend away at the end of April, then got sick, then did some volunteering this last weekend. After years of avoiding eliminating any certain food, I decided this month to take a few foods, the ones I tend to way overeat, off my "allowed" list. There have been a few tough moments but far less than I thought. It really simplifies things! So often when I'm out and about, I was talking myself into or out of getting them but now, they are just not an option. I guess I was ready! I felt they were becoming more of a torture than a pleasure. It's not as if I have to starve to do it!

Was feeling very irritated with my own lack of productivity today. No eating, though.

Six years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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Ramsey, welcome and if, I may say, start believing you can separate your eating from your stresses. In fact, you can get to the point at which NOT eating when you're stressed will be your default! It does take strength and pratice, though, in my experience. And some slips. It's very possible to me making progress even with failures.

May is going well, knock on wood.

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Six years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=1323


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5/6/19 12:43 A

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Just checking in. I'm new have been with Sparkpeople about a month. I haven't been able to explore all the aspects of this site but it's truly awesome. Have had difficulty staying on track. I was really stressed out this week so I turned to sugar as my comfort. My daughter fractured her lumbar in Gymnastics and then then my son returning from school in Nebraska became stranded in Utah after his car broke down. So trying to stay positive but hard.

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Have been through the predictable downs and ups since the last post, including a trip out of town and getting too full a t events and some sneak eating away from people I was visiting. Oh, well. Feeling inspired to make May a better month. I guess I've come to believe that no matter what kind of eating plan I choose, I'm going to want to eat more often and more food than I really need. Maybe not on a daily basis, but waiting for my appetite to exactly match my needs doesn't seem like a success plan. Too much luck involved, in my experience!

Good luck to all having a satisfying Sunday.

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*Get to the next meal hungry!
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Oooo, I know that feeling! My body’s feeling like that has always been a better motivator to change my eating than just being bigger was. Which doesn’t mean it was suddenly easy. It still wants me to do things sometimes that will make me feel lousy later! I try to be nice about it...🌹We’ on your side!

Had my first regular meal after this fasting round. I found myself dickering over what to eat. I feel I can get lost in compulsive thinking about eating as much as I was compulsive about my eating. I’m going to consider setting a time limit for how much time I can devote to deciding what to have for a meal in the moment, if I already haven’t planned for it I actually do have some basic routines for what kinds of foods and the amounts have been satisfying in the past for each meal of the day, but there is often this little nagging fear in the back of my mind that the meal isn’t going to be good enough and I’m going to want food later before my plan allows for it, as if I can always eat the perfect meal to save me from ever wanting to eat when it’s not in my best interest. I’ve certainly gone through periods of time where there was a little struggle, but over the course of years, and sometimes comes back. It’s been better for me to develop the discipline to say no then to depend on it being easy.

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Six years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=1323


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4/13/19 10:48 A

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I have fallen off terribly and I can feel it! My body is screaming "get back on track!" I need my happy energy back today! It's a rainy Saturday morning, but I am going to be as active as possible today! emoticon

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I do a quarterly strict 5-day eating plan for health reasons. It's so interesting to me that when the reason demands it, I can be so disciplined. I can't imagine what would induce me on day 4 to deviate from this plan. I know I can't get what I want if I do, no matter what emotional inducements there might be, and starting over would be painful. iI does involve sacrifice that I would not be willing to do indefinitely. What sacrifice WOULD I be willing to do indefinitely? I need to find some routine between intense strictness and the eating plan that stopped working for me. I know I can't promise never to eat when I'm not hungry, either. (I don't believe emotions are the only reason I get the desire to eat when not hungry.) Well, I don't have to decide right this minute.

Six years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
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*Get to the next meal hungry!
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I've been exceeding my calorie range and need to stop. Usually, this is by not being mindful and just being an eating machine or making poor food choices.

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Wow! Really fell off there, but I am back up now!!! emoticon

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Two days in a row at the high end of calorie range, ugh. emoticon emoticon

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Been struggling with snack attacks! I really need to find healthy alternatives to my cravings again. emoticon

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What I posted on the 11th seems so long ago. I got a bit sick on my weekend retreat, though mostly at night. Didn't eat much even when I was feeling better. I think my body liked the break. Have had no rebound urges, knock on wood. Howver, I know I can't depend on not feeling urges. It's what I do when I have them that counts.

Six years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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I have had a really rough week. I've been dealing with a sinus infection, which means no exercise for me. When I'm sick and can't exercise, I just lose it! It's actually the only time that I crave meat for some reason...? Anyway, I'm determined to make today better! I'm feeling better physically, so it's time to get my eating in check.

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Did not do well at all today; will weigh daily and work harder to keep focused!

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Yesterday was terrible for me too! It's a new day a new start! We got this!

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I've had a weekend plus Monday of emotional eating and I can feel it today. UGH.

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Did some antsy eating today. My goodness, the urges were strong. Most of it was home cooked food. I'm skipping some foods this month as an experiment and doing even more for a few days as recommended for a retreat this weekend, it's complicating my meal prep. I'm eating foods I do like, but it's harder to make a meal I can really look forward to and hold out for, and that has been an incentive for a long time to stay clear of my dragons. Oh, well. Some people would cut off their right arm to have the food that I take for granted.

Six years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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3/11/19 3:53 P

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This is surgery week for hubby. I will try, try hard to control my eating impulses.

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Boy this has been an issue lately. However, my awareness is better and I'm losing this battle less and less. :)

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My modest goal from today through next Monday is to not gain any weight. I have written down a plan for today and now I have to follow it!

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Mondays are usually my busiest day of the week; just sticking to the basics in order to get by. Happy Monday to you!

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Going out for our anniversary dinner. Challenge...stay in control.
Everyone have a great day!

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Hoping the surgery goes well for your husband.

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March is here; a new month and new hope.

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My husband has back surgery scheduled in 2 weeks; best way I can think of to plan to lessen stress on myself is to plan, plan, plan. Am talking with him and visualizing what things must be done- I need to prepare to sleep in his hospital room and eat in the cafeteria, and move around during the day to stay at least minimally active without leaving him too long.

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So grateful for easy days. Never can tell why they occur. That's okay, also for today.

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*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
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Wishing you a happy day!

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No emotional eating here!

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Taking a few minutes to sit quietly and breathe calmly. I am 5 pounds over the goal I worked so hard to attain and cannot use stress to keep gaining.

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Checking in before we lose power due to the wind storm. Wishing you a successful day!

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Eating healthy snacks...Peanuts on the menu today!

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Wow I better go to bed soon, it is late. Have a very good day tomorrow, everyone!

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One small case of unplanned eating, but basically a good day Talked myself out of looking for discount Valentine's Candy or for getting takeout from Souplantation. That wouldn't have been a problem for my general plan, but I'm trying to get rid of the habit of "scanning" for food whenever I'm out for other reasons. I had and have plenty of food at home, though I will have to get green veggies soon.

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@SHAY70 welcome back!


@JENNAAW it's ok to have 'selfish' days. We should all have and enjoy them without guilt.


I just finished steaming broccoli and cauliflower. Made a nice homemade tofu sauce to put on my veggies with rice and enjoying every bit of it with a smoothie of greens, mango, berries and banana. Enjoying every bite and sip. Wishing all a wonderful day and me time too..

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2/18/19 9:37 A

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Had a break from caregiving of my husband yesterday; I unplugged and had a a selfish day at home. It did me lots of good.

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Yesterday I rejoined too!

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No emotional eating here emoticon

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Been away for a while trying to get myself back on track. Had a couple of good days and hope it continues. Happy and grateful when I wake up in the morning and realize I hadn't binged or overeaten the day before. Putting some extra effort in today to stay on plan. I can do it.

Have a great day everyone. Life can be so challenging at times. Virtual hugs to everyone and extra hugs for those who need them.

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Did a fair amount of unplanned eating yesterday and today. Though I did get some bad news, I cannot link it to that. Found out that my yearly car insurance bill is going to $4,000 a year, up from $750 annually two years ago. Yes, I did have two accidents in the past couple of years. No injuries. All cars drivable. Those rates can last three years, so it seems to me that I am actually paying for all the damages, just spread out. This was not an expense I was expecting to have in my retirement. But I did have the accidents; I did not expect to get off Scott free. I just thought the costs got spread out more. Most of my nearly 50 years of driving have been accident free. Oh, well. On the way home from a friends house, tonight I saw a car completely flipped over onto the freeway barricade. I wouldn’t be surprised if that person went away in an ambulance, so I’m thanking my lucky stars.

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2/15/19 9:30 P

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Bitterly cold day today; spending time at home planning meals for tomorrow.

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emoticon emoticon Happy Valentines Day!

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Happy Valentine's Day Everybody!

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I am not stress eating so that is a plus

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Another day of challenges but I will make the rest of my day count...

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Good Morning Everyone! Loving today!

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Watching storms hit and trying to stay strong.

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Bumpy day; hope to have more self-control tomorrow!

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My day is halfway over and I'm feeling quite upbeat today. Hope to keep this up until bedtime. Good luck to all!

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6 days out of 9 snack free - am beginning to realise how helpful typing/writing about it is - it is helping me pin point things and see new things. Progress is being made. I think I am going to be spending more time getting alone and quiet and with my journal so I can write everything down that I am realising about my emotions and habits and eating and so I can decide on plans of action. Still working with James Clear's "Atomic Habits" book - very helpful.

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My Internet service has been drifting in and out these past days, not added stress I need. Anyway, after a couple of disastrous candy eating days I managed to not binge today. I hope I can maintain that tomorrow!

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Eating a little more...but it is not emotional eating emoticon

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Sending out virtual emoticon to everyone. Hope you all have a great day!
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Struggling with motivation. Stress is really high and overeating at dinner is the only thing that "makes me feel better." I know it's not really working, but my brain thinks otherwise.

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Very stressed...still no appetite emoticon

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Feeling pretty good, watching my emotions when I ate food. so I don't go overboard in eating my emotional.

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Been doing too much grazing. Will stick to decaf au lait or even lighter beverages between meals instead. Been getting bad (but not terrible) financial news. The insecurity fears can be ignited so easily. Eating is such temporary help and just reinforces the habit. I must remind myself that I can have plenty of delicious food at my meals. My body is made to draw on its reserves when needed. If I want it to use its stores, I have to give it a reason.



Six years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=1323


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Feeling emotional, but not over eating...No appetite

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