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The danger of the slippery slope

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

When we are full-on into a binge, how many times can we remember what the trigger was? It was probably around the time of "whatever-it-was!" etc,etc,etc. I'm NOT into a binge right now, THANK GOD, and haven't done that in many months, or even years, now. But something in another Spark member's blog about choices spurred me into thinking: "We never know ahead of time which step on the slippery slope will send us careening down the mountainside and into the valley of despair."
It hit me because I have spent several evenings recently, over-snacking on things like granola bars, Cheerios with almond milk and raisins, and low fat little cracker chips that seem innocent enough, in my mind, at the time. We can rationalize anything!! But taken as a whole,eaten together, for several nights in a row, you find yourself back into the throes of uncontrollable night time eating. I had plenty of weight watcher points left for the day, so I could let these somewhat healthy foods slip by. Slippery slope.
The opportunity for a good choice comes in when you grab a breath, and make the choice to absolutely forbid yourself to go back into the kitchen again. Instead, you FORCE YOURSELF to lie down under the blankets, count your blessings, watch the TV, or go to sleep. What you have done is save yourself from emotional pain, mental anguish, and even physical disease. It should be so easy, but slippery slopes are where we LIE to ourselves that this one little bite doesn't matter! As soon as we even think that, we should stop and think OMG the Tsunami is on the way. Run for your life!!
I hope this blog will help someone today as much as the Choices blog, and now, these words have helped me. Hugs and prayers to you all. emoticon emoticon
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    After reading your blog from Jan. 1, I went to your main page and read some of your other entries. This one really hit home, because I've over-eaten most of the past month. Various reasons, but you're absolutely right, it's a slippery slope. Thank you for the reminders, and for the very practical suggestions such as forcing myself to stay in bed when I want to get up to eat, and not allowing myself to go into the kitchen when I have the munchies. I've added you as a friend, because I think you have lots of good ideas. All the best for 2012,
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    3112 days ago
    I have been guilty of adding a little here a little there and before i knew it about 7 lbs have crept up on me. I have got 1 lb off and got 6 to go . Walking in that territory will get you in trouble ! THANK YOU FOR THE REMINDER 1 thank GOD I AM BACK ON TRACK ! emoticon emoticon
    3137 days ago
    Very true!
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    Oh, the term "slippery slope" is just excellent. Last night I thought i would have just one ounce of a fruit cake (I even weighed it, how is that for fooling myself?) Well, that ounce was so small and the cake so delicious, I had another and another, justifying it by saying it was health, fruit and nuts, right???? emoticon
    3138 days ago
    So true! Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    3138 days ago
    I was doing well for two years but recently have had a problem with some binges. I think I am back in control now but it took some effort to get out of the habit of large mid afternoon snacks which were getting out of control.
    3138 days ago
    Patty, what a emoticon blog. emoticon

    I'm so glad my "It's all about Choices" inspired you to examine some slippery slope behavior.

    I especially was inspired by this: "We never know ahead of time which step on the slippery slope will send us careening down the mountainside and into the valley of despair."

    I REALLY appreciate your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your insights.

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    Comment edited on: 12/6/2011 9:08:49 PM
    Good points! I've slid down the slope for sure.
    3138 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder. Slippery slopes are dangerous places to be. Hopefully your comments helped someone else as much as they did me.
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    3138 days ago
    Thank you for this blog!! It is amazing how reading your blog helped me realize that I am sliding down that "evening snacking slope" real quickly and need to emoticon now!!
    3138 days ago
    You hit the nail on the head.
    I was going to write a similar blog about the slippery slope I have found myself on lately.
    Getting a little lax in watching what I nibbled on. Not as focused as I was last year when I was trying to get under 200 lbs.
    I have found I have to keep the same rules, nothing after 9:00. Don't even allow myself to go in the kitchen.
    Keep counting out my snacks. It all adds up.
    I have been playing with the same 3 or 4 lbs for weeks. By rights I should have reached my intended goal by now. The new goal I set in Sept. I think.
    So I am back on track, very focused.
    I don't want to get caught in an avalanche on that slippery slope.
    The only slippery slope I want to be on is the snow covered one when I go skiing.
    Thanks for posting a good blog of reminding us what can happen.
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    Comment edited on: 12/6/2011 4:12:06 PM
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    I've been slipping and sliding down that slope for months now! I'm digging in my heels and holding tight! My sliding days are over!
    3138 days ago
    Patty, you are so right. Over the years I've had a horrible problem with evening eating/snacking. I could get up from dinner, full and satisfied, and start rummaging around for something to chew or snack on. No more!! I just can't let myself do that because one bite leads to another and then another! Even if I start out in my calorie range, I don't end up there. So, I've learned to remove myself from the kitchen, find something else to do as far away as I can get, and channel my thoughts elsewhere. I am successful almost all the time, but it has taken me a good while to learn. I, too, hope your comments might help someone in thie journey! Hugs, Jeannie
    3138 days ago
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