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DAY #28 EATING BECAUSE IT'S THERE

WOW! I have some pretty impressive Team Mates with their awesome Resistance Muscles. I no longer work so there are no longer those temptations. And, for some reason I can't figure out, I am not tempted by the sample offerings at the grocery store. And, with upcoming Halloween, for the past couple years I have had no trouble walking right by all of the candy.

Still - This might be my biggest problem in weight loss:

* I clean my plate BECAUSE IT'S THERE
* I feel like I am the one and only person responsible for not disappointing others so I eat the food they have paid for and worked hard to make BECAUSE IT'S THERE
* At any kind of buffet style setting - party or restaurant - I eat BECAUSE IT'S THERE
* If it is in my home, I eat BECAUSE IT'S THERE so I make sure I don't have "it" in my home.

And once I start it is soooooo hard to stop!

Now if I can only REMEMBER - I DON'T EAT FOOR JUST BECAUSE IT'S THERE!


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Day 28, 100 days Eating because it's there

This is an important lesson for me that I need to keep reminding myself of and was pleased to avoid lots of food that was just tempting me, I will try my best to keep avoiding just eating food because its there! On Wednesday I avoided Gma's cake, biscuits and other people's cereal bars and crisps so for me that was a win!

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When I trip up, it's almost always due to this one - some stuff that was just put in my way!

I can turn away from it more times than not these days, but it's still a very risky situation for me.

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Day 28 - Eating because it's there


Luckily for me, I don't have workplace temptations, or too many temptations away from home. My biggest temptation is when I volunteer at the youth homeless shelter and there is plenty of tasty donated food like granola bars, cookies, croissants, breads,
snack foods that are packaged and easy for the youth to pack up and take away with them.

That is a great parry when food is there and temptation also " Don't eat food just because it is there"

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Day 28 - Eating because it is there
This is a real challenge for me if there are sweet treats or chips in my home I eat. I donot buy or bake because of lack of discipline to not eat. I am blessed hubby knows that if he does not bring home treats he is not tempted either. So no junk food or high calorie desserts are in our home.

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Day 28 — Eating because it’s there
emoticon Most likely this will be my problem until I make a true decision to put a stop to it.
“ I won’t eat food just because it shows up!”
“ I won’t eat food just because it shows up!”
“ I won’t eat food just because it shows up!”

Recently a fellow Sparker from Arkansas visited us and brought hubby a loaf of banana nut bread. I sliced it up and put it in the freezer because I didn’t want to throw it out and I didn’t want to eat it.
P.S. I had a slice while she was here, it is delicious!

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Eat because it's there... I used to be that way, but now I'm different :)

Yes, I used to grab a piece of whatever might have been sitting out from a chip bowl, candy dish, etc... but I've stopped doing that. I keep a bowl of candy on my own desk for others, and have not had a piece of that candy myself since... hmmm... can't recall, it's been that long, well over a year I'd say.

I steer clear of carbs so a bowl of chips or popcorn might look inviting as well as food samples at stores, but I don't eat even one.

Eat because it's sthere... this I've been pretty good at not doing for a long time now. :)

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I can resist samples in grocery stores. BUT if 'it's there' it's harder for me to resist it. If no one acts like they're going to finish off the pizza, cookies, whatever I do find it hard to toss it out. It's all about the cost of food. I'm working to overcome that issue.

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Day 28, 100 days Eating because it's there

Because of increased awareness, I am able to continue resisting samples but at home once I've overindulged it can be challenging to get back on track. Once this happens it is harder for me to resist this bad habit and to resist eating something "because it's there". (The rum cake is still in the fridge.) emoticon emoticon

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Day 28 - I don't eat food just because it's there.

Wow! This hit home with me. When I started my current job, the person I replaced said that part of my job was to keep candy in the candy dish on my desk. Well, that was a disaster. First I used peppermints. I just kept popping them in my mouth. I replaced them with sugar-free mints. That was no better. Finally, I just left the dish empty, and I don't think anyone has noticed.

Samples at Sam's - Not resisting - But honestly, if I eat some of each, I'm probably adding 100 calories to my day.

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Day 28 Eating because it's there! " be willing to let food opportunities pass-by!"
emoticon mindless eating when I am tired or stressed emoticon
Repeat everyday to stop eating and drink water and wait till hungry
Deep breaths...say 'no' once while shopping. No junk food, stick to list!

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Eating because it's there

Has anyone but me actually gotten out of bed and headed to the kitchen because they remembered something was in the refrigerator or cupboard and suddenly they lusted after "just a little" then went on to eat enough calories to make up a meal?

OH! It has happened so many times to me! Now I really try to bring smaller amounts of goodies home and I also try to cook smaller amounts. I plan to use my leftovers and don't allow myself to think that they are "available" outside the plan.

Also, I really can't leave lovely dishes of candy, cookies, or other sweets on the countertop like I used to. That just leads me to grab one (or a handful) every time I walk by.

I really am terrible about eating because it is there...especially when it is something that never disappoints....in those instances I am the one who disappoints me.



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Day 28, 100 days Eating because it's there

Sorry I am posting a little late but I'm here now ;-) Sadly this is sometimes a bad habit of mine! I regularly have to remind myself that just because the food is there I don't need to eat it! I often try to move it out of my line of vision!

Luckily I had read the title yesterday when after my homemade pizza tea I munched another small piece of pizza and realised i was eating 'because it was there' to put it into the microwave (out of sight!) Need to continue doing this! Focus! emoticon

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Great posts! Thanks for sharing. I can identify with you all! There are some situations where it's easy to pass on the food, other situations when it seems almost impossible!

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Day #28 Eating Because It's There - Take 2

I am guilty of doing this many times. I can't seem to identify why sometimes I can ignore food and others times I can't.

The grocery store - no problem.
The sample ladies - no problem.
The movie theater - no problem.
An appetizer table - YIKES!
A candy dish of my faves - YIKES!

I really do need to remember:

I DON'T EAT FOOD JUST BECAUSE IT'S THERE!

I EAT FOR TWO REASONS: FUEL & FLAVOR!

Linda tells us to practice this by resisting in different controlled situations so we will be prepared when the real temptations show up in our line of vision!


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I don't eat food just because it's there! Good one to remember especially this time of year!

We met some people for brunch at a Mexican restaurant today and I had to keep telling myself that while looking at the basket of chips sitting in front of me....it DID help that they were not home made, but chips from a bag.

Just home now from grocery shopping and will definitely put that carton of medjool dates on the back of a low shelf in the fridge. I will not feel I need to eat one every time I walk through the kitchen just because they are there in view. Location helps a lot.



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Day 28 — Eating because it’s there
emoticon Most likely this will be my problem until I make a true decision to put a stop to it.
“ I won’t eat food just because it shows up!”
“ I won’t eat food just because it shows up!”
“ I won’t eat food just because it shows up!”

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Thanks for kicking us off here Maribeth.
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with so much going on, and so much visual stimulus - it's hard to ignore food............

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emoticon Maria for sharing quote, "we make about 200 food decisions every day and this weakens our resolve after so many no's."

Lately...with all the food events, I've had sabotaging thoughts & actions - mindlessly eating when tired and in the car, being aware will break the habit. Water wakes me up!
Keeping peace emoticon of mind at emoticon & in my emoticon

4/1/18 post ~ During winter I was staying warm by walking in stores. At RISK for unwanted samples & impulse buys. Better to wait wait till I get home for planned meal and be happy with choices.

Green Dot Days - Repeating healthy behaviors: water, veggies, tracking, ST, walked outdoors, meditation & rejuvenating sleep.
1. stop buying C.R.A.P. ~ 2. no evening eating ~ 3. no eating in my car.
Changed habits but need *Reminding *- put notes in car and on mirror.
Stop eating 2-3 hours before bedtime.

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This afternoon I 'did' a Day 28 thing!

I found (yes, found!) an unopened, sealed Chunky KitKat that someone had dropped in the lane. I had been out with a rubbish bag, picking up litter - cans, bottles, chocolate wrappers, crisp packets etc, and came across this Kitkat and realised it hadn't been opened.

I put it in my pocket, and when I reached the top of the hill (my turn-around point after an hour of walking) I sat in the sunshine, and ate it BECAUSE IT WAS THERE! It wasn't on my plan! Whoops!

And it was nice!


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100 Days Challenge, Day 28 Don't eat because it's "there"

Today’s assignment

1. In the space below, write the phrase, I don’t eat food just because it’s THERE. Then write the same words on sticky notes and post them wherever you need reminders.

I DON’T EAT FOOD BECAUSE IT’S THERE!

2. Memorize this phrase, focus on it, and integrate it into your day. Record any times when you used this phrase today.

3. When tempting snacks show up unexpectedly, quickly remind yourself of your policy, then walk away from the food. Record these experiences below.

One thing that helps me in regard to this is not having trigger foods in my home. That way, should I plan to indulge (key word being PLAN) the supply is limited. I have learned that food that USED to be trigger foods are not any more. I'm grateful for this change and the fact that my goal is FAR more important to me.

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I feel for you, Sue. Growing up, I was always the one who would pick and pick and finish things off. I can even hear my mum's voice saying something like "if you leave it there, she'll finish it off"!!! Hard to break those chains.

These days I am most likely to refuse to be the person who finishes things off, but might then go and eat something secretly later! It's still a skeleton in my cupboard!

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Hmmmmm! This lesson went in all different directions for me.

I do not keep junk food or sweets in my house and so there is no "just because it's there" for me. However, if I have made a desert for a "Special" occasion and there is left overs - watch out! I can't seem to resist. So I try and send it all home with the family.

I seem to have lost interest in those samples given out at the grocery store. They are never for the kind of foods I would buy so it has been easy for me.

There is a bakery/coffee shop in town that I stop into for an occasional coffee or to buy bread. They frequently have a plate of small samples sitting out for tasting and I always do (there is my sweet tooth!).

I no longer work and so I do not have that temptation, but the treats co-workers bring in is a common complaint of my very good friend and I am at a loss for how to help her resist. I can only imagine how awful it is to have to walk past these treats several times a day!

I think my worst temptation is when I am done eating dinner and there is food left in the serving bowls/platters. I see how it is for me even as I write this. I can't remove them because others are not done eating. I look and look at them and I resist and resist some more until - I don't!

Linda writes "To use this concept effectively, you have to be willing to let food opportunities pass you by." Love her motto:


"I DON'T EAT FOOD JUST BECAUSE IT IS THERE!"




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OMG - the image of cookies, ice-cream and stuff going doing the chute! Awesome, SKIRUNNER!

And, yes, an open bag of chips - I'm a goner!


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"I don't eat food just because it's there." -- I'm getting better about this, but still susceptible when (for instance) I've got a sleeve of crackers on the counter with only 3 left in it...and I'm hungry -- and one would be good to munch on while I'm deciding what to eat for whatever meal, and they're whole wheat after all. emoticon

I don't have a problem with walking through the supermarket and stopping at the tables of samples. I'm good at walking right by because I don't want to get trapped into the sales pitch of buying whatever it is in a handy packet right there by the sample table.

I do have a problem with food items in my own home that I know are there, though. Like a partial bag of potato chips. It is THERE! And I know it is, and sooner or later I'm going to finish off that darn bag! Maybe this is a different lesson? Or actually, these lessons are all somewhat intertwined when you get down to it. emoticon





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I’m subject to this. I make progress when I “purge the kitchen.” It’s about time again.

....edited 35 minutes later. emoticon Chocolate, ice cream, cookies- down the trash chute! Yea, me.

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I know that feeling very well, Cat! I can be quite saintly when in company, the make up for it later! There are two Days coming up that relate to this - Day 83 - No More Deprivation (remember that one?) and Day 72 - Sneak Eating. Both of those pages have my 'favourites' stickers on them!

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We celebrated Easter yesterday with our in-state kids. I served my plate and then moved on to eating in the living room ... where it was set up to eat.

I usually don't eat "just" because food items are available. I do have issues after the fact ... ya know ... once I get home and my evil twin shows up and tells me over and over how I was good at the event so NOW I should eat the house down.

I have to slap her around sometimes.
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Today, since it’s Easter Sunday, we will have breakfast at our daughter’s and dinner at our son’s! I will need to just finish my meals, move away from the table to keep from reaching for more.
Luckily at both places there will be little ones to play with which is my intention!

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I had a great practice for this lesson at the team meeting at work yesterday!

10am to 2.30pm - four packets of biscuits on the table with people constantly reaching for them.

I had a coffee during the break. I did not go near the cookies.

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Since I’ve been retired, I still have the same struggles with eating because food is there in social situations. Now we go to a lot of gatherings - I go to play cards or games with our neighbors several times a week, and they always have all kind of snacks there, both salty and sweet. Tonight I went to play a card game at a neighbor’s house and I made sure I had a nutritious dinner before I went, so I wouldn’t be hungry. But we are there from 6 till 9 PM, and after a couple games everyone picks up a little plate and fills it up with all kinds of snacks. Now when everyone went to get their plate tonight, I stopped to think if I was really hungry, and I said no. But instead of not having anything, I chose fruit, one slice of cheese, and a little bit of nuts. I was proud of myself for not choosing the junk food, but I really wish I could have decided not to have anything. Progress, I guess!

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I usually don't eat just coz I saw food. I have evolved into eating only when I can truly sit still and enjoy eating.
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Day 28 Eating because it’s there

Found Food - bits of free food that crosses your path, it came into your line of vision. When you grab food because it’s in front of you, you’re not trying to appreciate flavors. You are eating because it's there!

Stop automatic eating use this magic line... I don't eat food just because it's there! Just because it’s there does not mean I have to eat it!

What helps me is to remember I only eat 3 meals a day and it is not meal time! I am not hungry and it is not a ‘meal’. I only eat meals! Happy hour party or any gathering - it’s not meal time DON’T EAT!

To stop this autopilot eating, tell yourself this magic line: I don’t eat food just because it’s there. Stop chasing food!

2 years ago - I stopped eating at movie theaters and I don’t miss it.
2 years ago - stopped eating samples at COSTCO

I really need to work on eating after church and at parties. I am ok half the time but still give in sometimes. Strategy - quickly remind myself of the policy, then walk away from the food. Go talk to someone who is not hovering around food.

Tastes! Bites! Licks! Because it's there! I have got better with my cooking – just tasting gravy to get it right.

Learn how to ignore food instead of chasing it. I must do the same thing at coffee after church, parties, pub snacks. I can't take a taste and then walk away, so it means eat nothing!

Around tempting food - remind myself that i eat for 2 reasons - to fuel my body or to appreciate flavors.

Skip eating food that simply shows up in front of you. I only eat at meal time!

DO NOT eat just because food is there. Walk away from the food!

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SLENDERMAMA I am a professed fitness and health junkie and this may be more than you bargained for. LoL The "lizard brain" is the amygdala that sits at the base of our brain stem and connects with the spinal cord. Scientists say it controls our most primal instincts such as fear, hunger, arousal...

Pierce believes research shows that it can be a place that blocks the hormone leptin which signals satiety. To paraphrase her, "the brain stem is NOT one of the parts of the brain that helps us reason, debate...it is in charge of basic things we CAN"T control like breathing, swallowing, blood pressure...there is NO overriding the brain stem... The most primal part of our brain is not getting the hormonal cue that we're full."

Her belief is there are many reasons for this blockage, primarily sugar and flour that science is finding lights up the brain with dopamine just like drugs and for some is as highly addictive as drugs. In other words she feels this survival part of our brain that automatically kicks in and tells our body to run from a bear can also override our thought processes and cause us to overeat.

This is very interesting because I can think back to times where I have eaten sugar and flour products and did not even know I was eating. Usually I was exhausted, eating mindlessly, and eating because it was there.

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It's easier at home because I live alone and am totally responsible for what food comes into the house. I'm really not sure how well I'd do if I had to resist food that other people had in the house.....

When I go to other people's houses I am now very good at not eating the biscuits/cookies just because they're there. I just say 'no' to myself, and 'no thank you' to the person offering them to me.

I know my weak moments are usually at work, if I'm tired and a bit hungry, and someone has left something snacky laying around (crisps, chocolate, cookies, even rice cakes!) but most of the time I can restrain myself. I wish they didn't leave them laying around though!

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GOCALGAL , that book sounds really interesting. So what does she say about the lizard part of the brain?

I never eat celery or steamed fish “just because it’s there” . Chocolate on the other hand........



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I shared my recent slip ups starting with ice cream leftover from Thanksgiving and successfully ignored until I allowed "life" to trip me up. I want to share the strategies that came into play to successfully navigate back onto the "narrow road" and to "protect my program".

Through SP and these lessons, like Phyllis I have gotten better at catching myself before and after slip ups. Like Cheri I rely on positive self talk so I don't easily fall into the "food thief" mode that Gill named so well and like Maribeth I try not to buy it or have it in the house. emoticon

When I ate the ice cream, I had a very small portion. Unfortunately I went back for more, twice. emoticon Fortunately it was a small container and half way empty.

I believe that I made it much safer in the long run by making it beautiful, and by adding the healthy protein of chopped walnuts Each time. Eating highly addictive sugar without some fat and protein can start a cycle for me where control goes out the window for much more than a day.

I am re-reading an eye opening book by .Susan Pierce Thompson, PhD called "Bright Line Eating." I got it at my local library. Page 54 is positively mind blowing as are the first several chapters concerning cravings, willpower, insatiable hunger, the lizard part of our brain.....She discusses all of this with research to back it up. This information is fascinating and helpful in my goals of weight loss/maintenance. emoticon




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Sometimes I hesitate to write all I’m thinking on the 100 Days but it does go in my journal. Yesterday it was a very busy day getting Christmas stuff down from upstairs, figuring out what to keep and what to donate, etc.
I had breakfast, I had lunch, then during the afternoon I couldn’t find an easy snack so I ate the piece of fish ( yes cold) on a slice of bread! At least I tossed on some spinach leaves. (LOL)
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BLT's are not much of an issue for me any more.

I really don't eat food just because it is there. I eat to fuel my body and give me energy, or to enjoy and savor the taste and flavor. I have ZERO guilt about throwing out leftovers if there are not enough left for another meal.



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Day 28 Eating because it's there
Yesterday the lesson on eating dessert was pretty easy for me because I’m not so fond of sweets and I very rarely bake any and don’t buy them.

Today is a whole different story. I am much better at catching myself and stopping before I’ve devoured “all” of whatever it is but I try very hard not to have leftovers unless they are for another meal because it is hard to resist them even when I know I’m not hungry.
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I have been so guilty of this. I am not hungry but I eat something anyway...because it is there. Most of the time they are not good choices either. This temptation will be around a lot through the holidays. My husband's birthday carrot cake will be around several days. I will have to leave it alone...or do the two bite rule if my calorie range will allow it.
The change to mindful eating helps with overcoming temptation. My first thought these days when I am tempted is "Remember your 10 reasons."
"I don't eat food just because it is there."....New goal.

Aura18, I like that phrase " Stop eating SEE food"

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This is still something that can catch me out. At work, I have got much better at not being a 'food thief' - mostly by making sure that my own food is tasty and satisfying.

I don't think I can say much more about this one - as I say, it's still something that can catch me out - but having this 'I don't eat food just because it's there' thought drummed into my head, is helpful!

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"Learn how to ignore food instead of chasing it.". I never noticed this sentence before, especially the image of "chasing" food? Oh, I used to! I knew who had candy bowls on their desks. It's pretty freeing to be free of that pull. There is no such thing as free food!



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Day 28, 100 days Eating because it's there

Over the years I have gotten way better at this.

Mantra when food is available but I am not hungry:

"I don't eat just because it's there!"

"I don't eat just because it's there!"

"I don't eat just because it's there!"

"I don't eat just because it's there!"

"I don't eat just because it's there!"

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I find that when I am stressed I have to make sure that I do not eat it because it is there. So what if it is there. Does my body need it? How will I feel after I eat it?

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Day 28 Eating because it's there
How nice to compare what I wrote before and see how far I've come.
On different days I wrote that I no longer bake because it's too tempting to leave sitting around.

Hubby (who's never had a weight problem) brought home a box of peaches. So the good wife that I am made him a peach concoction that he loves.
I tasted it (first two bites) and have been able to let it sit waiting for him to finish. He has some every day but frankly I'm past ready to wash that pan!
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Well, Diana, here in the states the Circus Peanut is a disgusting neon orange marshmallow candy shaped in the form of a peanut. It is about 2 inches long and 1/2 to 3/4 inches high. Quite awful actually pure sugar.. awful, that is, unless you were indoctrinated to love them at a very young age. They were also my father's favorite candy.

Maybe you are lucky that you've missed them!!

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I need to know what a 'Circus Peanut' is. I don't necessarily need to eat one but my imagination is creating all kinds of roles (and rolls?) for the little fellows. I'm sure if we had to catch them as they performed around the bowl and table, we'd eat far less!

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This past few weeks have been pretty miserable on the health front. Hip pain and restricted mobility have meant I've been mainly confined to the house as I can't drive or walk any distance. I'm going through draggy hospital tests. By nature, I'm something of an active bunny and this has hit me hard. But...

I'm controlling my eating and have other strategies to divert me from turning to carb-munching for comfort.

What I gain from 100 Days, and the shared responses on forums here, is self-awareness and the ability to make mindful choices. My body may currently be something of a pain in the hip and butt, however my mind and spirit are just peachy, thank you.


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Just read my March post! Haven't had a single Circus Peanut since then. Am I cured? Probably not. But I don't often think about what is in hubs snack drawer any more. I'm the one who keeps it stocked too....he doesn't get some of his favorites because I can't keep them in the house. He is fine with that.....that is a keeper for you!!!

What have learned over the past few years is that the less food out on my countertops or otherwise in sight, the less impulse eating I do. I really think it is true that I impulse eat more often when I have to say "NO" over and over again. I finally tend to give in to the impulse like I cannot make the decision one more time.

The same is true at the market. If, as Maribeth said, I make a decision going in that I am going to buy only healthy food, I can get in and out without impulse shopping even with all the temptations that are there. One decision and done....well, it works if I don't linger in the market too long.

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Day 28, Eating because it is there

Well! I had a great example of falling into this hole a few days ago. I like to plan a treat on weekends but I did not have a plan for last week. Then.....Aha! Skinny husband has Circus Peanuts!!! Well I've also posted on my Circus Peanut binge. I ate them just because they were there. They weren't even left out....they were just there, and I remembered them.

He is so helpful; always keeps his snacks out of sight in his snack drawer but......Oh-Oh, now I am a "food thief" too, Gill. Thanks for naming it...maybe the word "thief" will be a little aversion therapy for me!

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It's interesting, isn't it, that a few of us identify that it is, what I call 'unattended' food that where we find our will-power deserting us. I can identify 100% with this. I call myself a 'food thief' when I do this! I consider myself to be an honest and trust-worthy person, but when I comes to the cake left on the counter, or the half-eaten packet of salty snacks - I become 'dishonest'.

Yesterday I had a really, really small misdemeanour, but it was this very behaviour. I work in supported living - so I'm constantly supporting other people to shop, cook and clean up! Yesterday, it was when I was checking the fridge temperatures - I saw an open pack of a very tasty cheese. It didn't have anyone's name on it - so I guessed it might belong to another member of staff. I cracked of the tiniest crumb from the edge, to try it - then I cracked off another crumb to try it. Then I stopped! But not without a SUPREME effort!



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Under certain conditions this a difficult one for me.

If food is there and it's either sweet or fried and I am feeling bored, lonely or in need of nurturing then this is dynamite. But both conditions have to exist together.

No matter how bored I am, it's unlikely that I'll go crazy on celery sticks or grilled chicken. And you can wave fresh baked cookies under my nose but if I'm feeling really good about myself and motivated I am likely to walk away.

But if I'm bored and tired and someone leaves cake on the table..I'm going to cut myself a piece. So it's up to me to make sure the two don't happen at the same time.

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This has gotten easier and easier. Coz I plan my food in advance ... when I see stuff that is tempting ... I tell myself that I didn't plan for it so don't touch it.

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This has been and can be a huge problem. However, I'm currently working on eating more slowly. For me it's working very well. I don't eat as much. I tend to not crave other foods just because they are there. However, it's a work in progress.

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Most of the time I am okay and I don't have many foods in the house which are not good and I do have food which I can go to if I feel the craving. I generally try to have a hot drink to stave off the munchies and then get myself busy. It doesn't always work, but 99% of the time it does work for me.

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I have a few problem spots with this. Two at the office: the Candy Bowl....our boss insists we have it out for our tenants/customers. I would find myself into it mostly on weekends. Co-worker....daily.....but this is about ME. I can honestly say I am never "hungry" for candy! That's a revelation!
Then there's the donuts on sale day....I need to envision someone else doing this.....



Then there's the can of mixed nuts. I buy them maybe once a quarter or less for this reason....I will eat all the pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts and cashews....within the first 2-3 days mind you....when all that's left is the almonds....I'll pick around for another couple of days, then the can will sit on the shelf (it's there now) until they go stale and I toss them. I've never had a single "serving" of mixed nuts....so for now, that needs to stay off my list and out of my cart.

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I used to be that way, but now I eat food in portions that my body needs and count the points for them, no matter what.

My response this time around is same as before. Ditto Round Two!

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Day 28: Eating because it's there
You simply ate because the food was there.
When you grab food because it's in front of you, you're not trying to appreciate flavors. In fact, most likely, you already know how the food will taste, and often you don't even pay much attention to it.
Stop automatic eating
To stop this autopilot eating, tell yourself this magic line:
I don't eat food just because it's there.
Then catch yourself during those times when you reach for food simply because it came into your line of vision.
To use this concept effectively, you have to be willing to let food opportunities pass you by. Just because someone brings doughnuts to a staff meeting or serves cookies at a gathering doesn't mean you have to eat any.
Remind yourself that you don't have to eat these foods just because they happen to be there.
Ignore food
Even if it looks good, skip eating food that simply shows up in front of you.
Anytime you're around tempting food, remind yourself that you eat for two reasons: to fuel your body or to appreciate flavors. But you do not eat just because the food is there. You'll be amazed how much your eating patterns will improve as a result of using this simple rule.
In your journal, write the phrase, I don't eat food just because it's there. Then write the same words on sticky notes and post them any place you need reminders.
Memorize this phrase, focus on it, and integrate it into your day.
When tempting snack show up unexpectedly, quickly remind yourself of your policy, and then walk away from the food.
When I am following my plan those foods that appear no longer appear to me. but when not following you grab without thinking.
If I decide to have something It has to be portioned out. Once you put the plan in motion one step at time. You don't want things and the fridge don't call my name anymore. But it can become a habit real easy so you always have to be aware.
those bad habits always are just at bay and you always have to be enforcing the good habits daily. So I will work on no foods offered in break rooms or otherwise. no having foods in house that cant resist eating continuously. as for fried foods I rarely have them. mostly eat grilled. or with allotted fat I get daily.


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wow.....I have more trouble with " Eating because it's there"" than I thought!

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This is a tough one for me.

I am strong when my family is around, but leave the treats in the house and leave me with them.... I am hearing the desires of my "lower brain".

Leave the treats in the staff lunch room and I am alone.... I am hearing the desires of my "lower brain".

Ask me if I would like some... I am hearing the desires of my "lower brain".

I am at a restaurant and I am offered to try fried foods... I am hearing the desires of my "lower brain".

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I need to add "Don't eat it just because it is offered" too! I fight that little voice all of the time!

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Again, this is within that realm of eating with purposefulness as well as control. All of the day's lessons in the past week have dealt with one form of lack of self-control or impulsiveness. Like many others here, I have been working on my eating habits for years. I am not where I used to be (thank God!) but I also am not where I would like to be although I am closer to where I would like to be than ever. Again, thank God.

Today, my husband and I went to one of our favorite restaurants which we have eaten at almost 13 years but since I hadn't eaten there in about two months I was really surprised at how heavily salted the foods that I had. It was almost enough to spit them out. It made me really reconsider if I really want to eat there again. I certainly know that I will make different choices the next time when and if I do.

It gets back to food disappointing me (although it really was more about how the restaurant itself prepares those same foods) but also the fact that as I have progressed with these lessons my taste for certain foods have diminished a lot. There were a lot of different foods that I could have chosen 'because they were there' but I didn't.

I find the key to dealing with this day is not being too hungry nor feeling physically weak. Later that night when I had awoken from a nap (I have been dealing with an injured shoulder for nearly 2 months) I just wanted something sweet. I finished some candy corn my husband likes and it was 'because it was there' that I ate it. I was fortunate that I had the calories left for the day that it wasn't causing me to go over but that phenomena happens often for me---wanting something sweet when I awaken. I am wondering if this is more of a blood sugar issue (as in it being low) so I will take a closer look at that and see how I can deal with this from now on.

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Day 28 – Because it’s there
“I don’t eat food just because it’s there.”

My biggest challenge with this rule was sampling bits while preparing foods for other members of my family. While packing a lunch or preparing a meal for my husband (our schedules often differ as to when we eat) it’s all too easy to have a slice of cheese, a few chips or the last pickle as not to leave it in the jar.

As part of the 5% Challenge we practiced Non Random Eating and I used breaking this habit as my challenge. I have been successful, but do often find that I am mentally stopping myself from nibbling as I prepare other’s food. This is one habit I will need to be vigilant about.


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Well done, Donna! I know how hard this is for you (and me!).

I love the BLT, Susan - points are obviously working well for you as a way of controlling what you choose to eat.

I admire any of you who have other food belonging to other people in the house! I was so bad at that when my son lived at home!

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Day 28- Eating because it's there

Those BLT's (bites, licks, tastes) still have points!

For the most part I do not eat food just because it's there. I try to ask myself What do I have, What do I want, What do I need when making food decisions.



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I have gotten better and better about not eating just coz it's there.

Hubby has a small stash of his "special" things but for the most part we eat the same things. So the house is not filled with "tempting" things.

I look but don't touch when we go to people functions ... which are really food functions.

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Everyone's posts today are so true, so helpful! I now can walk past the samples ... unless it is something 'new' I haven't tried AND 'healthy' so one can imagine how rare that combo pops up - ha! I like the idea of covering the plate with a napkin till the waiter comes by to take it - I did that long ago but had forgotten. Also the idea to put things into bags for proper servings.

My dh brought home potato chips last night ... in a big bag as they were out of single serve which is what he will normally buy as we do not keep chips in the house. They were a brand/flavor I had not had before...so I asked for 'one' ... BIG MISTAKE! We all know you can't eat just one ... especially when they are GOOD! So I ended up eating 'out of the bag' and dh took it from me once saying 'save these for tomorrow' (trying to help) ... I instantly popped off "I don't want them tomorrow!" realizing what I meant was "I don't want to have to FACE these tomorrow" ... he could put them away and they would be there a week from now! NOT ME. So I was derailed last night by a big bag.

I could have NOT taken that first bite/taste. I could have asked him to take his serving and put the rest of the bag up/out of my sight. I could have, once getting derailed, stopped and put them away myself (other than IN my stomach - ha!). I could have... but did not ... BUT I have noticed my behavior and - after the fact - acknowledged steps I could have taken and will remember that and do better next time.

So, in the past I would have been bummed I got triggered and went off the deep end ...maybe been triggered to eat other non-plan, non-fuel foods the following day or so ... BUT NOW I'M DIFFERENT ... and I view it as a lesson well learned ... not a crisis ... not something to be upset about ... or lament ... but something I can learn from and get a handle on going forward!!!!!

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Right now is seems like an easy “rule” to follow. But when times are full of emotion, I will need that note. Hopefully that will be enough.

I have gotten better with this, but i often need a reminder from my husband to "Not eat it just because it is there.

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Day #28 Eating Because It's There
I'm continuing to make progress on this lesson.
I know it helps to keep certain things out of site because I will keep thinking about them until I eventually cave in.

When I really focus on this, the things that need to be out of sight are "fillers" not real food. So when I keep striving for a healthy happy life, I will continue to control the fillers or as Gill once noted "fodder"!

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Day 28, 100 days Eating because it's there

I did that with some candy in break room. Most things I can avoid but there are certain candies I do miss some of certain ones. Most snacks in break room I can avoid.

At home. If its a threat not in the house. but I do bag them up make smaller portions like the mini banana muffins. My son if he wants something buys it himself. He took the rest of candy downstairs so I don't even know it is in the house. besides I bought a kind I had no problem resisting.

In a restaurant I cover with napkin and have waitress take away. as it so easy to keep picking or eating what you really don't want esp. when talking.

at Sam's club or Costco I am real good ad avoiding the samples. If I want a sample it has to be something accountable something I am interested in really buying. Some people bring their kids there for eating a meal.

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It's still a surprise really to me that I walk by the food samples at the store! Free food used to tick an emotional response in me, like I was getting away with something.



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Cat: Having stale Cheetos in the house IS a problem here. That is the only kind my husband likes. EWWW!!! emoticon

We just don't buy them.

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I never eat samples. I can do without treats at a party. BUT the idea of throwing away healthy food that I have bought kills me. I often use my gut as a waste bin. This is my NO seconds rule that I am still working on.

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This has been a tough week ... and I didn't not over eat Cheetos. Hmmm ... why???

Coz they were stale. I don't usually have problems with seeing things and THEN wanting them.

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Day 28, 100 days Eating because it's there

Oh my! This one hit home. I am learning to keep only the fruit bowl on the cabinet. The nuts etc are stored in the pantry. How many times at a party have I just started munching because it was there?
I am adding this to the list of questions I ask before I eat! Might take some practice!!

I used to eat because it was there. Now I only eat the food I have planned to eat!

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Yay! Maria!

I never eat samples any more. My husband saw an employee at Costco rub his nose with his gloved hand.... ewwwwwwwwwwwwww. emoticon

Samples are so not worth it!


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You all are so inspiring! I actually passed up All the free food samples today at the market. emoticon

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Skirunner1: emoticon YAY! To great numbers!!!! emoticon

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Because it's there??? You bet!! Oh yes, Of all the the lessons I have learned, and relearned, and relearned...this is one of the standouts.

We keep my husband's snacks and sweets out of sight now. Sometimes he even forgets about them. Teehee!

I've learned to buy smaller amounts at the market
I've learned not to open the refrigerator between meals except for a beverage, usually water.
I've learned to keep food off my countertop, except for the fruit bowl.
I've learned that if I am craving then I need to get busy with something OUT of the kitchen.


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SKIRUNNER1 - emoticon Congrats to a job well done getting such a good report from your doctor about your numbers! May we all follow your lead!!!!!!

I'm retired so thankfully do not have to face the break room with co-workers anymore ... and I feel for you guys trying to make good choices while (most) everyone else is NOT. The last time I was working I convinced 2 other employees to eat our lunches quickly and go outside and walk the rest of the time ... only way I could do it to keep from eventually caving in to the incessant offers to 'taste' this or 'I can't finish this - you want it?', etc. etc.

Ignoring Food that is There ...

I guess for me the only time I come across this now is when I go to Costco which may be 2x a year? But boy do I like the samples ... and reading this lesson I was remembering the last couple of times I went and tasted everything ... which mostly were foods OFF my plan ... and not anything I had any intention of buying (yes, one of 'those' people - there to eat it but not buy it - ha!).

That is really wrong intentions, wrong actions going on every which way/level - ha!

I will do better ...

Otherwise, in stores I've become REALLY GOOD at NOT seeing foods on the shelves not on my plan or shopping list ... I 'stick' to my list and do not let my 'eye' start 'grazing' because my taste buds will start following and it may end up in my cart/home...if it manages to make it out of the car without my eating first - ha!

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As I continue to repeat these lessons I have less slip ups. As I have shared mine are mostly at home, at night. I've been re-reading Brian Wansink's book, Mindless Eating". He says we make about 200 food decisions everyday and this weakens our resolve after so many no's.

Yesterday I finally covered up the snacks in DH's snack drawer with coffee filters and paper bags, but it's past time to move his snacks elsewhere. "Out of sight, out of mind" as some of you have shared is the safest route. Also watching NetFlix (commercial free) stops those endless visually tempting food commercials and DH has stopped snacking in front of me. This is all helping me to have less slip ups.

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I don't eat food just because it's there OR "free." Since I'm retired, the multitudinous food days, Panara's bagels, homemade cookies and glazed doughnuts are no longer a problem for me. It hasn't been that long since I was a regular at the sample bar at Trader Joe's however. For some reason, I stopped even looking recently. Oh, maybe the reason is my health!! Just got back from my yearly Dr. check, where he went over my numbers and actually said they were the best set of numbers he'd ever seen! (He is young-LOL.). Didn't even qualify them as best set for a 72 year old!! Yeah me! Thanks, Spark!



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Day 28 Eating it because it is there

I do go back and read at least one year ago. I especially like what Huyana has had to say on some of the past couple of days. Great insights.

This has always been a huge problem for me. As I have often said my best strategy is 'out of sight out of mind'. However, unless you are a hermit and at times my life would have certainly qualified for that moniker food is something that is always going to be around me and you and us.

I have complete control within my own 'domain' but once I am out in the world that is another thing. I did 'take it on the road' last fall because we drove back to our home state (936 miles one way) and we had to eat at least two meals out per day. I packed bottles water, energy bars and fresh fruit while we were in the car. The only thing that I would do differently would be to make some better choices when we were dining out but I couldn't take leftovers so that was a plus. Overall, it went better than I thought.

I have found that if I have my back and/or not in the line of vision I can handle any kind of social situation. That has seemed to work best for me so I will continue to do that.

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Day #28 Eating Because It's There
I'm continuing to make progress on this lesson.
I know it helps to keep certain things out of site because I will keep thinking about them until I eventually cave in and have some. Nine times out of ten once I've caved I keep going back until it's gone.

Gill, I chuckled over "is it fod or food" because many of the things I keep out of site are indeed "fodder"!

As Wanda wrote, I too will be on vacation soon and some parts will be in a cabin with family so I can have input on food options. However not grazing on all the "junk" that I know will be there may be an obstacle.
For sure I will need to remember "No Snacks" and make sure to eat meals in a timely manner.

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Day 28:

I don’t eat food just because it’s there. emoticon

I am off for the summer. My two teenage daughters are pretty good at not leaving snacks around. They know I will be tempted, but there are times when something that is not a good choice needs to be on the kitchen counter. I have gotten much better at not touching those foods but every now and then the temptation is there. I try to get snacks that are less tempting but every now and then they really want something that I have to be careful of like pancakes, and fresh baked cookies. Not that I leave pancakes on the counter, but I have to not eat them when I make them.

When I was at work, tempting foods were often in the teachers’ lunchroom or in the back room of the main office. I just avoided those areas. When we had our monthly breakfasts I was very selective with the food I put on my plate (was not using “No S” at that time). So I guess I had started using this rule.

I will hang a sign on the fridge that says this.

Right now is seems like an easy “rule” to follow. But when times are full of emotion, I will need that note. Hopefully that will be enough. emoticon


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Day 28, 100 days Eating because it's there

I remembering doing that millions of times. The fridge was to blame it was calling me for that last piece of pie or a bowl of ice cream or the cupboards for some chips. Sometimes to finished up the carton even if more than a portion.

Sunday I went to Costco and you know all the samples they have. some bring their family for their meals. Well I looked at them read some labels but I did not have one.

If I decide to have something It has to be portioned out. Once you put the plan in motion one step at time. You don't want things and the fridge don't call my name anymore. But it can become a habit real easy so you aways have to be aware.

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It is great to read all the comments on this thread - it you have time, please do go back to the beginning and read what people have shared - this is a HUGE one for most of us.

This is my fourth time doing this Day's activity - and I had to laugh when I read my last post about it.

"When I know I'm going to have a testing day fodwise, I can plan something delicious to look forward to. I know I'm still using food emotionally, but with a bit more control than before!"

See the typo? 'Fod'?!?! that made me laugh. I think I have a new mantra for myself now "Is it fod or food?" and I don't eat fod (makes me think of 'fodder' which makes me think of feeding animals, like pigs or cattle!)

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Day 28....

Dont eat food just because its there
Dont eat food just because its there
Dont eat food just because its there
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JUST BECAUSE IT IS THERE DOESN'T MEAN I HAVE TO EAT IT!
Thank you, Donna, for that mantra!!

I'm getting much better about this but I can't believe you were able to pass on all that yesterday! I can get by one dessert, maybe two, but after that I'm sure I would have to call in the two bites rule at least once. You did wonderfully!

We will be traveling quite a lot next month and I'm going to have a bookmark to remind me that:

JUST BECAUSE IT IS THERE DOESN'T MEAN I HAVE TO EAT IT!!

I vow to be thinking thin emoticon on this trip! I may not be an emoticon but I will not become more emoticon !

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Food is screaming my name less and less. Yiipppppppeeeeeeee.

The further away I have been from sugar the better I have been.
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Reviewed my comment from this date last year and I feel I can deal with this.
I'm having a better week of exercise than in Jan 2015 too!
I'm so glad I kept a log last year. I'm learning a lot about areas of progress and future change.

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1/28/16 2:42 P

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I can't always follow this at home but I'm gettting better! emoticon However I did this perfectly today at work as there were carrot and walnut cake, chocolate fudge cake, Roses chocolates and a yummy sounding Sugar Glazed Custard Filled Brioche desert! I knew they were there but recognised that I ddn't have to eat any of them. Hope I can continue as strong tomorrow and also with the Ferero Rocher chocolate that we have opened at home! I AM STRONG and have to make good choices and JUST BECAUSE ITS THERE DOESN'T MEAN I HAVE TO EAT IT! Mantra for the day!

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I can pass food up in the situations she talked about today it's home in the evening I can snack and graze on food we have. I do better if I plan on what I will have at what time.

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