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I, too really like the idea of the Magic Notebook and the idea of writing down what you are craving and also that you can postpone it to having it at another time. Staying on track so far. Allowing for the wider road when a special event or holiday but not straying off the road! emoticon June


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Lot's of really useful stuff in this lesson - as usual! A notebook, such as the one the author talks about in this chapter, has been a key part of any successes I've had in the past - I realize this is VERY important to my program. Whether on my plan or "Plan B" (the wider road), the notebook should be a part of every day! Like the example she sights, "When I journal, I stay on track"! When I leave my diet path, I also leave my journal behind. It makes me accountable to myself, and sometimes, I don't WANT to face what I've done and for me, this is a red flag that I'm on dangerous ground.

I also love the idea of "Eat it another time"! What a great idea - it's like not really saying NO to yourself, but rather just saying wait 'til later. Writing down the craving in the notebook is a way of acknowledging it, but then setting it aside; learning to manage/control those cravings rather than letting them control me. It's like downloading the craving into the notebook to be dealt with later - once it's downloaded, you can get it off your mind! I intend to begin practicing this idea today!

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Fabulous Sharon. I think learning something each day just propels us toward doing better than we normally would. If we can meet the challenge - terrific. If we can at least learn from the challenge - terrific. So no matter which way, we still win.

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Day 5 already! and I am still on track!! I am using the thread on this page to record my responses each day, but am also using a journal I downloaded that is on my laptop. I have the book on Kindle on my PC as well so I do some cutting and pasting of the key points and put them in my journal.

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Wyndy you just described the way I feel about typing on my Kindle Fire! Any keyboard that is touch screen really drives me crazy! LOL!

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Hello,

I wrote almost the same thing, Wyndy. I like to type rather than write anymore. So I use the SP planner which is not found on the site anymore except through this URL listed below - if you are interested.

https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/plann
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I used to love to journal but I got out of the habit about 5 years ago when I became very ill. I occasionally go back to it but haven't really initiated the automatic impulse again. I also find that now I prefer to type so perhaps the SP journal would be a good idea for me. I bought a Galaxy pad a couple of years ago for the sole reason of using the journal/text app to keep my Avon orders on when out of the house rather than pieces of paper. I haven't even used it once for that purpose but I do use it to get on the internet outside of my computer room. LOL. I find that the little push letters are a pain when thoughts are flowing, I need a keyboard.

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Great idea about the OneNote. I don't have that so even if I scanned it, it would be a .pdf file and I couldn't access it to write in it. I believe at work I have a converter and that might still be actively working, but I just go to the planner here at SP when I go. Because you reminded me, I will make an effort to go there and write in it today.

SP has all my secrets in there!!!!! emoticon

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Bewell I like your gratitude journal!

Gil is mailing time slower to where you live? England if I'm not mistaken?

Barb I copy/paste one page of the 100 days journal at a time into my OneNote electronic notebook which is where I also keep my thoughts, checklists and all sorts of other things.

OneNote was part of my Microsoft Office Home & Student when I bought it to have Word & Excel.

You are right about the SP planner/journal. It is still supported on the site, and will continue to be, but it's no longer a link here. I read on the leader's forum something about not enough people using it to keep the link on the active pages?

You maybe could do your electronic journaling in Note or if you have Open Office (free and similar to MS Office) you could do a document there.



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Day 5: Magic Journal

Have a 8x5 inch notebook I am using for "100 days of weight loss". Am carrying it around in my purse to use as a reference and a journal. Also use my iPhone with the app "notes" that I use a lot! Do feel that it helps me.

I have a practice that I have done for a very longtime and it is a gratitude journal. Every night I pick 3 things that I am grateful for that day. # 1 is always something to do with mind/ body issues.....for example......I am grateful for my walk or maybe grateful for getting a manicure, or making a wise food choice, etc. the other 2 can be whatever I want. If for some reason I am traveling and forgot my paper journal then I can record on my note app on my phone as so I never skip a day! It has helped me realize that life is precious and no matter how bad my day I can always find something to be grateful for.

Plan on sticking with the 100 days and joining the rest of you on this journey!
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7/9/14 2:52 P

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I cannot remember...did you get your book from Amazon? It seems like a long time to wait for that book...

Anway, its actually you, Ferrnie, Iya, Susan and me and hopefully Penny will come back. She's only missed yesterday.

It's official: NOBODY CAN QUIT... emoticon
cause we all have to emoticon and get our emoticon

Please know I am jesting about nobody quitting (although I really do hope we all continue on together).
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Well done Barb! I am so looking forward to getting my copy of the book; it's helpful to have some insights - thanks for that!

It seems to be you, me and Ferrnie on this journey at the moment. Day 6 here we come!



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First of all, I want to say that this 100 Days Weight Loss book by Linda Spangle is mutually thought-provoking and easy to follow. Contradictory? No, not really. The exercises provide me a different way to think about what I am doing to achieve weight loss - unlike my customary approaches. At the same time, the chapters are short, to-the-point, and easy to follow. This relieves me of feeling overwhelmed with the overall “challenge”.

So Day 5 (Magic Notebook) is about journaling.
Sigh…what can I say…I always WANT to journal, but rarely (and I mean rarely) do. First of all, my brain wants to type it, not write it. Ever since the computer came into existence, I don’t actually like to handwrite on paper. I used to enjoy writing letters all the time and now I never do. I send emails or just call instead.

Since this challenge started, I have had the accompanying 100 Days Challenge Journal printed out. I am supposed to write on it daily and have not done so. Even when I think of doing this, I feel overcome as it feels like a chore. The first day I did journal was on the SP planner. This is not listed on the SP site even though the URL still exists. One can get to it by using this URL (if you are interested): https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/planner
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Now in her book, Spangle says, “…recording personal thoughts or actions each day provides valuable insight. It also provides an outlet for emotions and struggles around weight-loss efforts.” So, with that in mind, I will journal as it is part of the challenge. Whether I do it online or write it out, I will have to figure it out.

1) I do like the idea of “just because you think about a food doesn’t mean you have to eat it.” She states, "when a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don't have to eat it." Still, my compulsion has always won over.

2) I do like the idea of observing food cues (smells, sight, hearing about it), writing it down, letting it go, and postponing it until another day.

TV food commercials send “eat this now” signals that I respond to…lol…boy, do advertisers love me. Seriously, I will see a food commercial and literally get up and eat that food if it’s in the house. Sometimes I will try to not do this, but the thought becomes an obsession – so OVERWHELMING – that I am compelled to go get it. I feel ashamed of being so weak, but then isn’t that just what the advertisers count on?

RESPONSE: NOW, I will observe the food, think about the trigger, and manage my response by writing the food own. I will remind myself that I do not have to eat it. I wait it out and see if the obsession dissipates. Perhaps, by writing and “waiting” it out, the urge will disappear.

RESPONSE: IF THAT DOESN’T WORK, I will write about “eating it sometime in the future” (amount and how often). Better yet, maybe I can change the channel before the whole commercial displays~!

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My magic notebook is currently a legal pad. Yellow is happy emoticon

First entries: bacon
breads, especially toast
cheese/cheesy dips
flaky desserts like pie, turnovers and philo type desserts or doughnuts and
cheesecake.
homemade macaroni and cheese

Hmm, well, let's see if I microwave the bacon on paper towels, that reduces the fat, so I could allow myself to enjoy 1 piece of bacon once a week on the weekend. Usually I make a large breakfast for my family once every weekend.

Toast is something I love, I have already switched to an oatmeal bread and go light on the butter. I try to stay at 1 slice per day.

I can use salsa, low fat cottage cheese or hummus in place of the dips and always measure the cheese so I know how much I'm eating. It's easy for me to eat too much.

Homemade Mac and cheese, I just haven't been making much of anything in the oven because it's summer. When I do make it, I know I must portion it and not binge. I could also look for a healthier recipe.

The desserts, I love them all mostly because of the crustiness, with that little bit of sweet. I could let myself have 1 serving "maybe" once a week, but for sure stretch the time in between and try not to have any.

I love cheesecake too! emoticon Going to add that to the list. emoticon




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Rawcookie now we understand your screen name emoticon

I know the longer I go without eating that type of thing, the less I desire it, and if I give in Lofthouse does come in a one serving size package (of ten!). I cannot stop at one of those.



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Day 5

My magic notebook will be on my phone - it's always in my pocket and I can quickly note the food I thought of and then 'save' the message and think about it later. I can't see myself using a notebook throughout the day.

I can then look at my saved notes at the end of the day and decide if I want to plan to eat them, how much, when and where.

Foods that re-appear on my thought-list from time to time:
bread (crusty)
ice-cream (when it's hot and sunny)
chocolate (when I feel upset, or see other people eating it)
fried food (I eat it often to mark the beginning of a rest period - days off or holiday

I over-ate on cookies yesterday - this was not a thought, or a craving, it was a trigger: the cookies were there - I ate one - this led to eating more - this is a chemical trigger and to avoid it I have to (a) not start and (b) not have them physically in my environment. If I had been THINKING about them - I would have bought a 2-cookie, single-portion package and eaten them mindfully.

So for now, I shall (a) use my phone as my magic notebook (b)plan to eat it another time and (c) observe food gaps - and then extend them

OK - to my surprise two things came up today and I noted them down:

Pasties - yesterday a colleague had been talking about making 100 pasties for a party, then today I was near a place that makes pasties and I suddenly really wanted one! Then I saw two people I know actually eating them! I didn't buy one, or eat one: I realised that some of the triggers were (a) it was a day off (b) location (c) hunger (d) availability. I have planned to have a pasty for my main meal on Sunday when I get home from work. I can allow myself to eat a pasty like this about once a month.

Alcohol - I really fancied a nice, long, cold, summery drink. Again there were similar triggers (a) I felt tired and wanted to 'relax' (b) it was a day off (c) availability - wall to wall selection in the shop! and (d) location - I live in a seaside resort where people are on holiday and doing things like drinking alcohol! I have planned to buy one serving of organic, local cider and drink in on Sunday with my pasty lunch. If it's nice I shall sit in the garden to eat and drink.


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Day 5 (from June 24, 2014)

Today
• Whenever you think about a particular food you want, write it down in your
notebook. Practice this today by writing a couple of your favorite food in the
space below.

Macaroni & Cheese
Pizza
Gnocchi

• Plan that you’ll eat the food at another time. With the foods you listed above,
describe the amount you’ll have and how often you’ll fit it into your program.

I probably won't want Mac & Cheese until the Fall, at which point I can buy the ingredients to make the Veggie Shreds (soy cheese) Mac & Cheese

Pizza, is something my husband is currently "tired of" so until he wants it again, I can wait. When he does, I have no problems with 2 slices as part of a healthy meal once every week or two.

Gnocchi, no issues here other than I need to buy it and the marinara sauce to go on top.

• Stretch the times farther apart for eating this food. You may discover that after a
while, certain foods don’t seem as important to you as they once did. Add notes
below on what you learn from using your magic notebook.


The longer I go without sugary sweets, the less and less I crave them.

There *IS* a world without cheesecake LOL!


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Magic notebook
I did not have any food cross my mind today.

I have nothing to write.

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I have quit writing a novel or book with NaNoWriMo and am using the space each day to journal in. I am woefully behind in the number of words I need to write a day to reach 50,000 by November 30 but am still in there writing and working toward that goal; I am learning a lot about how long things take, how they get done a little bit at a time, how much I can push myself and how much I should relax, and am doing other good little experiments, seeing how I feel if I try to make myself do something I don't want to or try to motivate myself in different ways.

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emoticon WTG Margo! food should taste good too, eh?

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I was surprised the other evening when we had a quick, new Stouffer's thing for dinner, soup and a sandwich that looked like a good idea but when I tasted it (had DH make it for us :-) I didn't care for it at all and had no trouble not eating it! The sandwich was a mouthful of salt and the soup was allegedly "baked potato" and the potatoes were weird, as they can get when you freeze and then thaw potatoes. I just didn't like the whole thing so made myself a half-sandwich of chicken salad on toast and let it go at that. I was very proud of myself.

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It is fun to look forward to wearing something new in a smaller size. I have a pair of pants and a blue top hanging in my closet that I will be able to wear soon. emoticon
emoticon represents all the cute clothes that I will be buying.

Happiness is remembering what I really want.
Laughter is the best medicine. The best things in life are free.

Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.

Dream with no action = wishful thinking
Action with no plan = chaos
Dream + action + persistence = success

The ego tells me you can't do it. The spirit tells me I can.

Each time I say "no" to impulse eating, I will visualize fat melting off my body.


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emoticon Luv that! emoticon

when I lose a size, I've been buying a new pink something in a size smaller... It is fun to look forward to it :)

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When I "think" I want something, I ask myself which do I want more? The treat or to fit in the emoticon
The emoticon always wins and I go do something else. Each time I do this, I am reinforcing this habit.

Happiness is remembering what I really want.
Laughter is the best medicine. The best things in life are free.

Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.

Dream with no action = wishful thinking
Action with no plan = chaos
Dream + action + persistence = success

The ego tells me you can't do it. The spirit tells me I can.

Each time I say "no" to impulse eating, I will visualize fat melting off my body.


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I find that I "think" I want something...
then I "think" about it & the results if I should give in & Indulge
result...I know I do not want it (whatever it is) that badly.
or if I do then I will eat without regret having decided that the cost is worth it.
But then the craving usually resolves itself & does not visit me again...for a while..anyhow.
:-)

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cravings can be so irrational... i can feel like i'm dying for a certain chip flavor and let the other flavors go stale... somehow just getting it down/or out in words can help pop that urge! I have various places that help with that.... sometimes my personal journal, and I find talking on SP on various threads & blogging helps well too...

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I work next door to Starbucks which usually isn't too much of a challenge for me because of the cost of the drinks and foods. But today I just had that craving for hot chocolate. For hours I would tell myself, well, if you still want it an hour for now, go get it. I told me co worker that I had been craving hot chocolate all day and she said, then go get some. I told her, you know, I know it is just a craving and I can do without it. Funny after we talked about it for just a few seconds, the craving past and I didn't even think about it again until right now when I read Kitt's entry for today. It feels really good to have control over the food and not vice versa.




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Enjoyed all my meals yesterday. I caught myself mindlessly taking a slice of blueberry bread. I caught myself, asked if I was hungry. Said no, put it back and saved it for later. I thought how many times in the past have I done that. Not even being aware of eating. emoticon
Posting definitely helps keep me focused.

Posted this elsewhere but fits in with day 5.

Happiness is remembering what I really want.
Laughter is the best medicine. The best things in life are free.

Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.

Dream with no action = wishful thinking
Action with no plan = chaos
Dream + action + persistence = success

The ego tells me you can't do it. The spirit tells me I can.

Each time I say "no" to impulse eating, I will visualize fat melting off my body.


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emoticon i also enjoy reading the 100 days with breakfast, it seems to start the day off right.

and, I've noticed, evenings is usually my toughest. Sometimes journaling helps, other times things like a good laugh or good night's sleep, but I had to experiment and for a long time kind of examine the Q's when the urge to eat struck... why, when, where, how, what... patterns emerged as I tracked, so the evening tracking ended up being surprisingly helpful (lest I forget by the next day ;)

will be interested to see what you think after experimenting with these things :)

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I have been reading 100 days and doing my journal in the morning. Today I will leave it blank and write in it at the end of the day. Mornings are not difficult for me. I don't get my cravings until later in the day. I often crave sweets immediately after finishing a meal. Lately I have craved ice cream often. I will write it down today and see what happens.

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emoticon judith, I think that's a good way to look at it
I like the idea of looking up a food, and I agree, changing some of our food stuff (the parts that hurt us) is a lot like working on the other things like too much alcohol. For me it was sickerettes... getting through boiled down to 1 day at a time... I would get overwhelmed if I looked further. Tuff stuff! gr8 job :)

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Hi there,

I guess I use my blog here and my Slimming World on~line journal as my magic notebooks. Never thought of writing down what I crave though. I must use that delaying tactic that I use for alcohol on food. I am trying to give up drinking alcohol and for me I'm taking it One Day At A Time. And I tell myself every time I have a craving for it that I will allow myself a drink tomorrow. Of course tomorrow never comes but don't tell my brain that!

I sometimes go to the Food Journal on SW on~line and see how many sys what I crave for is, before buying it. I see if it is worth the syns. I do allow myself to sometimes go over the 15 syns for a day but if there are too many syns and I feel its not worth it ~ I don't get my purse out.

See you tomorrow evening!

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I think it helps to express our need for support when it's important, and respect our triggers.

Dh isn't willing to give up a lot of his favorites but he has agreed to keep them out of my path... because even though I might not like his particular food, if I am struggling with a binge mood, I will eat things I don't even like...

for me, it has taken time to understand what I was doing and workout new strategies, but it's worth it, and things do get better!

I couldn't stay out of big packages so for a long time, we bought single serving just for the day...

there are all sorts of ways to skin a cat, so to speak, and I think writing these things out can really help us realize what we're doing, understand it and adjust a new strategy to practice... ;)

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I have been keeping a "paper" magic journal, but I am gonna check out the virtual one!!!! That might be easier for me!!!!

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one thing that worked for me was I bought baked chips and for what ever reason they stopped me from craving them...I am so lucky..I talked with gary when I first started Sparkpeople and he agreed no cookies, cakes or other fatting foods in the house for at least the first 6 months...it really helped me to talk with him, and explain how much I need his support....I have to say I got his support every day and still do...he tells everyone how proud he is of me and I get to say I could not have done it woth out you and your support...

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Margo, I've been trying a new strategy. I'm getting hubby snacks that he likes but I don't care for so much myself. It doesn't take away the craving, but I'm not as apt to overeat on them. So when he says, what kind of potato chips do you want - sour cream and cheddar. I'd love to say salt and vinegar, but he doesn't like them either, so I'd be stuck with all of them. Somehow I just can't down half a bag of salt and vinegar chips - my mouth would be puckering before then. This week when I grocery shopped, I bought him Oatmeal creme pies - I like them, but not as tempting as Little Debbie Peanut Butter Crunch Bars or Swiss Cake Rolls. Then I bought him fig bars, which he likes and I loathe. Also on my list is things with raisins, or the iced oatmeal cookies. Just keep away chocolate/peanut butter or chocolate/mint combination and creamy fillings and I do better.

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Oh, Warm, I hear you with the candy and potato chips! I don't care for the flavor potato chips my DH buys himself so I can resist them but we had a Memorial Day party and he bought a huge bag of "plain" ones, and I've been attacking the leftovers like there's no tomorrow!

One trick I help myself with the candy; I use the new One-a-Day "gummi" vitamins for adults and that's like having a treat right before I go to bed (and one is supposed to have 2 a day :-)

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This is a great idea. I do journal and I do plan, but now I'll be adding my cravings on paper. And it could also be what someone else said, what I think I'm craving might not be what I really want.

I love reading everyone's thoughts and comments for each day.


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Day 5 Magic notebook

Whenever you think about a particular food you want, write it down in your
notebook. Practice this today by writing a couple of your favorite food in the
space below.

I guess I am writing some of my trigger foods here:
Chocolate/Candy
Sweets such as cookies cupcakes
potato chips

Plan that you’ll eat the food at another time. With the foods you listed above,
describe the amount you’ll have and how often you’ll fit it into your program.

Chocolate - dark chocolate - equivalent of one Hershey miniature once per day
Sweets - 80 - 100 calories worth once per day
Potato chips - 1 oz. two times per week

Stretch the times farther apart for eating this food. You may discover that after a
while, certain foods don’t seem as important to you as they once did. Add notes
below on what you learn from using your magic notebook.

Not sure if I will be using a magic notebook or not. I do have a healthy lifestyle journal for my exercise and food, and if I do this, this is likely what I will use.

I know that the sweets once per day seems excessive, but for right now, if I don't work it into my caloric intake, I will feel deprived and end up binging. So I would rather work it into my allowance.

p.s. oh, and hot fudge sundaes - a real temptation now with summer here and the ice cream stand close by. These should rarely be allowed into my intake - maybe once a month?

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Thanks Christine, I've never tried it on Dh, but that's interesting. Will have to try it with him & me too! LOL

Gini, welcome :)

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whenever you think about a particular food you want, write it down in your notebook
I have a new countdown tracker that I write my bad food choices in - I'll start adding my bad cravings too..... Maybe I'll start to see a pattern.

~ plan that you'll eat it at another time. If you wish, add the amount you'll have and how often you'll fit it into your program.
I already do this a lot. Dh will mention picking up donuts and I'll say "let's save that for next week" He rarely remembers.

~ Stretch the times further apart for eating this food. You may discover that after a while, certain foods don't seem as important to you as they once did. Soda is one of these I rarely have them anymore but I did have a root beer yesterday and I gotta say it was wonderful - I've always loved root beer and sasparilla!



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Hello everyone. I finally got here. I have been reading every day and keeping my journal. I am not going to use it as my magic journal though as it is a beautiful journal with pictures on each page. It is called A Hobbit's Travels and the Hobbit this time is me.

Telling myself that I can eat it another time like 2 days from now, seems like a great idea for me. I forget so often that I just know that by day 2 I will be way past that craving. LOL

Today I had a craving for something sweet and found yogurt, sugarfree and fat free in the fridge. I had forgotten them as a snack as I usually only have them for breakfast. I am working them into my diet more often to satisfy that sweet tooth. I have also cut up a big bowl of melon and grapes to nosh on for sweetness when needed. Like Jules, I am a sweet carver. So the trick for me is to wait, then find something sweet I CAN have.

I am starting a paper journal, Magic journal, to keep thoughts and progress in. I like Kitt's idea of listing 5 positive things there each day too.

Hope I can keep up here through the summer, as I am going away and don't know my computer situation yet.

Tata for now,


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Margo, that's true for me... the more I eat junk, I can never get enough and crave more. funny, when I eat real food, I reach a point where I feel satisfied and normal hunger. It has been eye opening to learn this.

Glenna, yes, I do that with calories. After years of very low calorie dieting, trying to follow those narrow guidelines triggers rebellion in me. I have found that a broader road (guideline) helps... I can always eat enough, just not too much. So in terms of calories that means I can eat what I burn or less... (over time like a week or a few days or even in a single day.) this also allows me to work in meals out with family/friends or holidays, birthday cake, etc without feeling guilty like I'm blowing my diet.

I use the calories eaten - calories burned formula like in this report

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emoticon I haven't been partial to a personal journal
but I realized that I am doing these kinds of things when I do my blogs and posts/comments to friends... I do ever so often look back at how things have changed and can see the progress then.

I will be curious to see if it helps with cravings.

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I will have a magic notebook and a paper jounal. I like pen and paper. Don't know why. That is just my thing.

I hope this helps me with cravings. Since I am doing weightwatchers points plus, I have 49 weekly points and try to use those for treats or if I have an off day. Does anyone else do this? It is kinda like a cushion. I don't mean to give in to every whim. I can see the purpose of the magic notebook for that.





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Jen I had those same issues with my Mom...remember we all think you are wonderful just the way you are....

I found this in another book too

FOOD SOLVES NO ISSUE EXCEPT HUNGER...


so if you think that ice cream, cake, cheeseburger or what ever will make you feel better, your wrong, it might for a few moments , but then you have to deal with the after effects...

cravings will go away if given enough time

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What helps me a little bit with cravings is the phrase I read in another book, "You can never get enough of what you don't really want". That kind of stops me dead in my tracks. I have tried substituting healthy stuff for what I crave and that doesn't work. I have tried eating what I crave and that doesn't necessarily work either (since I'm often bored or discouraged about my life), since it only gets rid of the craving, doesn't solve any real problem, just moves it elsewhere.

Another thing I try to remember is that I won't die of craving; it is very uncomfortable but so are a lot of other things. Discomfort won't hurt me! Time passing helps, like with any feelings; one can out-wait food cravings. I think writing them down and working with them that way may help as one is doing something and time is passing. That and I agree with the writer's story of the woman who got the thoughts out of her head. That helps me too.

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I think i'll keep a paper journal. I think the writing the craving down idea has it's merits. I'd never thought to do that before. But, I have craved something a LOT and then told myself I could have it a week from then. It got rid of the craving just knowing I could have it in so many days. By the time it rolled around I wasn't craving it anymore and didn't even eat it.

On another note, from yesterday...last night my leg was cramped from doing the elliptical earlier. I get leg cramps a LOT. I wanted to just lay in bed n watch tv but NOT doing the treadmill would have thrown me off track. So, I popped a tylenol and did my 30 min. on the treadmill. I was happy to have it done but also glad that I didnt' give up my goal.

I did slack on the household tasks yesterday. So, this morning I need to catch up on dishes and laundry. I'm going to do that as soon as I finish my coffee. My mother is supposed to be stopping by sometime today and she is a HUGE source of emotional stress and upset for me. Criticizes everything about me and what I'm doing, regardless of what it is. But, I used to let her petty jealousy and negativity bother me but now I'm different!

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I will be going back to my magic book, especially writing down what I crave, it really did help me get mindless eating in check.....it also helped me plan for times to have a special treat...like we are going out to dinner Wednesday so have piece of cake then and of course share it with Gary.....also I think sometime just thinking and writing can help us gain control over our actions......Writing also helps me get things in order, if I just let my mind jump from one thing to another it seems more confusing, if I get it in writing it's there to see again and again and not forgotten....I also write down positive things about myself....I am worth all this hard work, I am strong and beautiful, God loves me no matter what

so together, we can do this

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emoticon Do you journal? Has it helped you? Does it sound like a chore?
This is much about observing food, how it triggers us and an idea or two to help us manage our responses... Please share your thoughts here :)



Every night before going to sleep, Judy pulled out a spiral notebook and recorded her thoughts from the day. When she looked back over her progress during the past year, she concluded, "When I journal, I stay on track. It helps me catch the times when I'm slipping into emotional eating or getting discouraged with my efforts. Then I can make changes and correct those issues right away."


emoticon Get a "magic" notebook
For many people, recording personal thoughts or actions each day provides valuable insight. It also serves as an outlet for emotions and struggles around weight-loss efforts.

If you enjoy writing, experiment with tracking your thoughts and ideas about food and eating. Write a little or a lot. On the other hand, if you don't find it helpful, don't force yourself to do this, but think about keeping a notebook handy to jot down ideas about managing your eating patterns.


emoticon Eat it Another time!
Just because you think about a food doesn't mean you have to eat it. Whenever Jennifer got a craving for a specific food, she wrote it down. She said, By writing it down, I take it out of my head...

When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don't have to eat it. Consider writing down the name or even a description of the food and then anticipate eating it sometime in the future.



emoticon Practice the skill of observing food cues, then letting them go. When you walk into a movie theater, notice the smell of popcorn, and then forget about it. If it helps, write it down in your "magic" notebook. Tell yourself, "That popcorn smells good, but I'm not going to eat any right now. I'll simply postpone it until another day."


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~ whenever you think about a particular food you want, write it down in your notebook

~ plan that you'll eat it at another time. If you wish, add the amount you'll have and how often you'll fit it into your program.

~ Stretch the times further apart for eating this food. You may discover that after a while, certain foods don't seem as important to you as they once did.

Please share your thoughts here :)



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