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Temptations did not "break" me!

Saturday, April 02, 2011

DD is home from Wyoming. We picked her up at the airport yesterday. It's good to see her and I enjoyed her reaction to the painted and rearranged living room. Today, we have the wedding to go to in the evening. This morning everyone is sleeping in, except me. This afternoon we will probably have lunch and maybe do some shopping? Not sure...whatever she wants to do is fine with me. As far as I'm concerned, it's "her" weekend.

I've had more temptations this week than usual. I think it was due to the added stress at home with the painting and preparations for DD's homecoming and some work stress...and the continued "alone time" in the evenings. Plus, DD that lives close by had a lot of roommate drama taking place this week. I had a lot more instances of "I just want to eat"...not because I'm hungry...just because I needed that comfort that food gives.

Here's how I handled it. 1. I figured out "why" I was wanting to eat. If I was by myself, I would actually talk out loud and ask myself questions about the "whys" of my desire to eat. This really helped to pinpoint the problem. Then, when I knew what was really bugging me, I would do a problem-solving session on that issue. Then, I would use the solutions that I came up with for the problem, rather than just eating it under. 2. I gave myself a lot of self-encouragement as I tackled large tasks. The painting was a large task for me this week. I had to keep telling myself that I was doing "great" and that I'm really good at painting and that I was making a great positive difference in my surroundings and that mom would love what I was doing with the house (it used to be her home). 3. I did do some "extra" eating...but...within my calorie range. One day, I ate all the way up to the top of the range...but was still within it. Being able to eat a little bit more helped. And I didn't end up with a guilt complex because I was still in range. I even lost a 1/2 lb after the day where I ate at the top of the range! That was the only weight I lost this week. So cool.

Hope you are all having a great week! Spark on! emoticon
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    You're doing an AWESOME job Cathy! You are truly an inspiration to me! Great job of riding out those feelings...& staying in range! You're a WINNER at being a LOSER!

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    3773 days ago
    Awesome work! Way to work through those emotional eating demons!
    3774 days ago
    awesome! asking WHY is always good
    3774 days ago
    I hope you have a wonderful time with your daughter!!
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    emoticon that is emoticon !!!!!
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  • CHEVY63
    Congats on facing and defeating the call of emotional eating!

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    3774 days ago
    Sounds like you did great w/ the temptations... and ya know, sometimes when I hit a plateau, the only way I can break it is to have a high-end calorie day. (seems to mess w/ the metabolism)

    Keep up the GREAT work!!!
    3774 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5195119
    emoticon on resisitng all the temptations of the week!! Enjoy the weekend with you daughter!! ~hugs~
    3774 days ago
    Hooray for finding your inner cheerleader! I'll have to try that talking out loud to myself trick!
    3775 days ago
    These comments say it all: Good for you! emoticon

    3775 days ago
    You have a great perspective, and good reason to celebrate this weekend. You are truly creating a new you! Way to go!
    3775 days ago
    Cathy, I can sure tell you've learned a LOT over time! You sounded like you could write a Spark article! Very well done! Have a great time with your daughter!
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  • no profile photo CD8911862
    Isn't positive self-talk awesome?
    I need to practice the problem solving skills.
    Have a fabulous day!
    3775 days ago
    Enjoy the wedding Cathy and also your time with your DD. Well done for not giving in to temptation! Keep up the good work!
    3775 days ago
    Good for you! That's a very useful skill, being able to identify reasons why you want to eat besides hunger. I eat because it's "that" time of day - it's lunchtime, so I should have lunch, etc. when I honestly feel better when I don't follow that schedule and have two small meals and snacks.

    Have a great weekend! Love the Easter egg layout on your page!
    3775 days ago
    Cathy, I was admiring all of your actions and had to read your post to my DH. I was telling him -- and it occurred to me I should be telling you -- that what I admire about you is how gentle you are, how smart you are, how tenacious you are, and how hard you work. You are NOT letting the events that hang up others (myself included) stop you and that is admirable. Thank you for sharing your problem solving with us. I will use this formula too. You are awesome, my friend, and you are SOOOO doing THIS! SP.
    3775 days ago
  • PATRICIA4472
    Good for you! I always find your blogs inspiring. Right now I'm "starting again" after backsliding in March. I especially liked your phrase about emotional eating: "eating it under." You talked it out aloud and worked through it instead of "eating it under." Think I'm going to use your phrase and remember NOT to eat it under myself!
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    That is a wonderful, new skill that you have developed! Good for you in trying to pinpoint the issues. One thing I admire about you and watching your weight loss journey is your ability to equate weight loss to things around you and also your ability to find new ways and tactics to keep making this work.

    I really believe that is why you are so successful! Good for you!

    3775 days ago
    Actually you can eat too little as too much. With all the painting you may have needed a bit extra. Good for you that stayed within your range. keep it up.
    3775 days ago
    Good for you, congratulations on being able to pinpoint your trigger points and do something about it. I need to do the same type of analyzing, do have a great weekendm with the family and I'm sure that room looks just great. All the best. emoticon
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