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8/27/10 4:17 A

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Fantastic posts and support from other Done girls. I too wish to add my support and say you are NOT a failure emoticon

Smile .... it makes people wonder what you're up to ;-)

It is far easier to MAKE time to exercise than it is to FIND time to exercise. You want results???? MAKE it happen.

Keep trying - you CAN do it - believe in yourself!

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8/24/10 9:44 A

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I, too, love white bread and pasta! Like nothing else! That grainy, seedy whole wheat stuff is just not for me. BUT...I only buy the whole grain white bread (Sara Lee Soft n' Smooth) and whole grain pasta (Barilla Plus). It has tons of protein and fiber and keeps you full longer, but still tastes good!

The other trigger foods for me (chips, candy, Pepsi, etc) just can't even be in the house.

You're NOT a failure...we're all in this battle together!

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8/24/10 9:37 A

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These ladies have some terrific advice!! You are worthy!! You can beat the cravings. There are so many items that have "hidden" sugars. Check out this video:

And here's a good article from MSN:

Go through your cupboard and get rid of the "trigger foods" - the white bread, white rice, white potatoes, chips, crackers, fruit packed in syrup, etc... (if the packages are unopened you might consider donating them to the local homeless shelter)and promise to buy only wholesome foods. Stick to the perimeter of the grocery store.

Be mindful of everything you buy, everything you eat.

"Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat
in the struggle to become what we want to be." ~Anne Byrhhe, Norwegian
family counselor (1906-1981)

Buddhist Saying: If we are facing the right direction, all we have to do
is keep on walking.

"The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can." ~ Robert Cushing

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8/23/10 10:39 P

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First off... a great Chinese proverb: “Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.” And you are getting up, which is AMAZING!!!

I haven't been on here long, but I understand the cravings... especially carbs, but I have found a few things that seem to be helping.

1. When I make dinner or lunch I leave all food in the kitchen except what is on my plate... and I eat off a desert plate. I first fill it full of veggies... go sit and eat. Then I get up and fill it with whatever else I made... but that second trip really makes you think about how much you really want all those carbs.

2. I buy whole grain bread and pasta, not only is it less processed... but it also fills you up WAY more.

Good luck!!! You know you have like 12,000 other done girls wanting you to succeed!!!! Where else are you going to get that kind of love?!!?

"A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

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8/23/10 12:02 P

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all of the books I have been reading lately talk about emotional eating and that cravings are brought on by emotions.

Figure out and address your emotions and you will conquer your cravings.

(at least that is what the books are saying)

I say...busy yourself with things you like to do!

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1 Year Weight - 243.8 (1/1/08)
2 Year Weight - 224.0 (1/1/09)
3 Year Weight - 249.6 (1/3/10)

Current Weight - 239.8
Loss to date - 22.2

Stay Committed not just Interested.

Do It Anyway! (when I don't feel like making the effort)

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8/21/10 10:17 P

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My best tools are to distract myself and to scream (in my head or out loud) that I am stronger than [fill in the blank food item]. I regularly say I am stronger than a piece of pie and I will not let it bring me down! Good luck!

Michele, a DONE girl

“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughter is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

"Happiness doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections"

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8/21/10 10:14 P

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I adore carbs. And meat. Preferably red. And, I work in a gift shop attached to a New Mexican cafe that serves... carbs and red meat. I sit for 8 hours a day smelling refried beans with lard, rice, homemade tortillas, french fries.... ALL day.

It's really, really hard. But, I think I'm worth the effort to resist. And occasionally, I'll sneak over to the kitchen and have a half a teaspoon of beans, or a taste of homemade chocolate cake. Because we're all human, and we all have cravings, and you'd have to be a saint not to ever give in.

I think the key is to allow yourself a taste, record it 'cause you ate it, and modify the rest of your day accordingly.

Best of luck! Willpower, baby, willpower!

My personal worth has nothing to do with my abdominal girth!

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8/21/10 5:45 P

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I would have to agree that small goals are the best. I try to loose 10% at a time or my cousin takes 5 pounds at a time what ever works to keep u motivated. I have all that stuff in my house for my kids and husbend and it does call to u. but I have a really hard time with one craving I put a note on it saying like do u really want this or stop u don't need me. My husbend thought I was crazy the first time but it works. I had a bad night yesterdaY and I blogged to help get through the cravings. we are all here to support u and all know how hard it is but it will come easier with time. just take one day at a time

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8/21/10 4:25 P

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You are not a failure. Don't beat yourself up. We all have cravings. One thing that helps me with craving is chewing on some sugar free gum it only had 5 calories. I also drink a glass of water. The key is also finding a healthy substitute for your craving. you can do it


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8/21/10 1:25 P

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Here's the thing MAMA- you don't have to give those things up if you really don't want to, but you can't eat them every day or if you do then you have to watch your portion size.
We ALL have cravings, some more than others, but you have to know that if you act on them every time you get one then your probably not going to lose weight. So do you want to lose weight or do you want noodles and white bread?
The choice really is yours.

Edited by: YELLOWDAHLIA at: 8/21/2010 (13:25)

Weight loss is accomplished with the mind.

A person who wants something WILL find a way....a person who doesn't will find an excuse.

Which do you prefer?
The pain of self discipline?....or...the pain of self regret?

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8/21/10 1:10 P

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This is really great advice. Just remember to keep posting when you're struggling and there are people out there ready to support you.

Being overweight is hard. Losing weight is hard. Pick your hard.

If you're not growing, you're dying.

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8/21/10 12:33 P

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Good points from the poster before me. You aren't a failure if you'e seeking help! We all have slip-ups and just have to forgive ourselves and get back on track.

I'll add that these cravings are real, because white carbs are an addiction. They raise your blood sugar level briefly, then it plunges and you crave more to raise it back up. But just like withdrawing from drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol, the longer you resist giving in and go for healthy substitutes instead, the less you will crave them. I keep the things I used to crave out of the house and really don't think about them anymore. That's not to say that I wouldn't be tempted if someone set a bag of chips or a pepperoni pizza in front of me--just like former smokers find it hard to resist when someone is smoking and offers them one. Then it takes a lot more effort to say no. But success breeds success, and if I have been losing and feeling great, saying no is easier. Remember that when those starchy carbs call your name.

Edited by: CARIOLA at: 8/21/2010 (12:34)
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8/21/10 12:30 P

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I agree, you are not a failure. You care enough to ask for help and that is huge.

Giving in to your cravings is something we all struggle with and the occasional slip-up is ALL of our stories. You will defeat yourself if you expect perfection. What are some goals you could set other than being perfect all the time? More specific than 'be healthier' or 'eat better'?

Set small goals: take a walk five out of seven days of the week; drink 4 glasses of water every day (increase as you are able); cook healthy at home four nights a will start to see changes in yourself AND your dedication to what you are doing.

As you start to feel better, the goals will change, and progress, and ultimately become what you want them to be. But it is best to start slowly and accomplish what you can as you can.

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8/21/10 11:47 A

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First and foremost, try as hard as you can not to treat yourself like a whooping post. You're not a failure. You're on spark posting asking for help and you're still trying. That is not failure.
I would recommend that you also join the team called Emotional Eaters. If I could recommend one more thing...a book titled Women Food and God by Geneen Roth. It has really helped me to learn that it's a lot more than cravings.
Not being perfect is part of the process. It didn't take you overnight to gain the weight, it will take you a while to learn the good habits to lose the weight.
Remember change comes with loving yourself, not hating yourself.
These are all things I have to remind myself of daily.

Being overweight is hard. Losing weight is hard. Pick your hard.

If you're not growing, you're dying.

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8/21/10 11:39 A

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i just cant seems to do good on eating healthy my cravings how can i avoid them i crave for white bread and noodles uggg. im gaining weigh back im so sad. how do you all defeat cravings help

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