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Day 7/One Week Food Sober...Feeling Some Relief

Friday, July 25, 2014

So, I really like all the encouragement I received on the deep fried veggies (yesterday's blog)...and we are going to the state fair tomorrow...I'm sure they'll appear there too. I don't know what I will have tomorrow...but I plan to keep things in check...and stay food sober.

Today completed a week of being food sober. My big success today was giving myself a break when I could feel the stress getting to be too much...instead of pushing myself on. If I had learned to do this when I was young and when I began, instead, to turn to food to get me through my homework, maybe I wouldn't have to be re-training my behavior today. But, it is what it is...and I'm going to keep trying until it sticks. I am hopeful this is "it." I know it could be...it's up to me.

Today I noticed the difference in how I feel...after only a week of being on track. My jeans fit better. My belt is notched further. My ribs and mid section do not feel squished under the fat. It's getting better. That all means more to me than the scale...and the scale was not kind today...so what. While I do want and expect to see the scale drop, it's not "all that." There are other aspects of my obesity that bother me more right now than the number that comes up on the scale. The way I feel and the way the fat effects me on a daily basis are more of a motivator than the scale. Those are the true effects of the fat.

Tonight, I was watching Black Box. As I watched Katherine and all the challenges she faced, I got the point. She had just gotten back on track with her disorder and her meds and all these things were happening to her...any one of which could entice her to "lose it." But she just took it all in stride... Yep, that's it. That's life. Stuff happens. We just have to take it in stride and go on. And hopefully, some good stuff will offset the bad...but either way...just keep on keepin on. Going to a drug, alcohol, behavior, or food is not the solution. Pushing through and keeping your head through it all is the way to go.

Hope you all had a great TGIF! Keep up the good work! Have a great weekend! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

  
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LOPEYP 7/31/2014 7:06AM

    Glad things are going well for you! May it continue!!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/27/2014 5:16PM

    I hope you have a wonderful week with minimal stress and lot's of accomplishments!!

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SHARON10002 7/26/2014 11:03PM

    Great NSVs for you to finish the week! emoticon emoticon Noticing your clothes fitting better and looser is always a great feeling and incentive!
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WORDLILY 7/26/2014 7:35PM

    Hope it's been another good day!

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MOBYCARP 7/26/2014 2:39PM

    Yes, Life Happens to all of us. How well we do depends in great measure on how we react when Life Happens.

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DS9KIE 7/26/2014 7:25AM

    There is nothing better that loose pants emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_RAMONA 7/25/2014 11:08PM

    You are awesome... your uncompromising stand at this point is such an encouragement to me. Your honesty inspires me to ask what could I be more honest about in my own process.

I'm with you on the whole scale thing... it really is not "all that" ...I value my NSVs so much more. The scale is much too mercurial, and is so easily affected by so many other things over which I have no control.

Keep rockin' this process! I'm rooting for you , and thanks to you I'm rooting for me once again.

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Day 6 Food Sober...Listening to Fullness Cues

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Completed Day 6 of being "food sober." I didn't track as I went through the day but did enter all my tracking this evening and was in range. I just try to set a limit for each meal or snack as I go throughout the day so that, when I do the recording, I should be okay...and it worked.

For lunch, my co-worker and I went across the street to the county fair. We shared a plate of deep fried veggies. We jokingly called them health food. They were good...and somewhat healthy...we were eating veggies...wrapped in deep fried batter. But the batter wasn't real thick and we did share the plate. I was not hungry when we got done and didn't get anything else...really didn't want anything else. I was pleased that I was listening to my stomach and not feeding any desires for the chance to have the other fair food that was available.

Work went well again today. My new girl is doing really well. There's still a lot to do and a lot to train her on...but we're getting there and I'm seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

Hope you all had a great day! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

  
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DUXGRL1 9/2/2014 6:37PM

    Catching up after a month of intense work, hope you are OK. I have to laugh at this one....I did go to a county fair a few weeks ago where I had my annual FUNNEL CAKE! But I did budget it in and now I am OK...we may go to another fair in a few weeks and do not feel the desire to have it again then. One a year will do me!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/25/2014 9:05PM

    Good job! This journey is all about learning how to handle all kinds of different situations. You did good!

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DS9KIE 7/25/2014 11:49AM

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your doing great

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WORDLILY 7/25/2014 11:19AM

    I know there's deep fried everything (at fairs especially) these days, but I think the closest I've tried was deep fried pickles (and yes, I thought they were yummy).

Good for you, staying in range even with out-of-the-ordinary food and delayed tracking! That's excellent, and good job listening to and heeding your hunger / fullness cues! Keep up the great work!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/25/2014 9:05AM

    The deep fried veggies sound delicious. I didn't know that offered things like that at fairs now.

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MILPAM3 7/25/2014 8:59AM

  Congrats on your attention to eating better. I find myself not wanting to waste food and eating what DH brings home and forgets to eat. He has a metabolism that allows him to eat whatever he wants and not gain. How I envy his genes!

Glad you have a new trainee who has a high learning curve. Isn't it great when you can be "on the same page" and the training goes easily. It says a lot for you, being able to pass on your knowledge in a way that she can assimilate. It's a gift.

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_RAMONA 7/25/2014 8:45AM

    "I was pleased that I was listening to my stomach and not feeding any desires."

What a great example you are! I am encouraged sharing this journey!

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KRISZTA11 7/25/2014 6:29AM

    Deep fried veggies are good, and in the small amount you ate I believe they count as healthy.
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Congrats to your progress!

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LOPEYP 7/25/2014 4:22AM

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Day 5 Food Sober...Stress and Weight Down

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today was Day 5 of being "food sober" and I saw 225 on the scale...nice surprise. It's going down. But lately, I've been hitting about this weight and then slacking off and gaining it all back up into the 230's, then panicking and getting back on track. So, I know I really need to buckle down at this point, not feel "safe" and push on. It's the only way to break the yo-yo'ing. I'm wary and pushing on.

It was a good day at work. My new girl is doing really well. I'm starting to feel like we are catching back up again. Ah. Nice. But, again, not getting too comfortable...just pushing on.

I went out to eat with my new girl today and we went to Sonic for National Hotdog day. I chose the dog that I thought would have a better calorie count and enjoyed it with apple slices and ended up in range for the day. I laughed a lot at lunch...she is a really funny story teller. For supper, I fixed Steph2003's Chicken Dumplings...so good. I had picked up my granddaughter from the sitters and then DD came here from work and ate supper and picked her up. It was a nice family evening. She walking now! So cute! She's so proud of herself when she takes steps on her own and doesn't fall. It's really adorable.

Hope you all had a great day! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

  
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DS9KIE 7/25/2014 12:58AM

    yippy for you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DUXGRL1 7/24/2014 7:41PM

    Sounds like another good day! Keep it up! emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 7/24/2014 6:51PM

    Dang, I knew there was a reason I wanted to go to Sonic yesterday! The special treat is their pretzel dog.

So glad you had a great day and get to spend time with the little tyke. Great job!

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LOSINIT52 7/24/2014 11:09AM

    Way to go! You are doing great . Stay strong!

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WORDLILY 7/24/2014 9:19AM

    Glad it's working for you! Stay vigilant!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/24/2014 8:54AM

    I'm trying to watch carefully for carb and calorie creep. I've lost 13 pounds recently and don't intend to regain it.

Your food sounds delicious.

So cool that your grand daughter is walking now.



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MRSKATEDUVALL 7/23/2014 11:08PM

    rooting for you

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144AUTUMN 7/23/2014 10:30PM

  You can do it!!

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_RAMONA 7/23/2014 10:14PM

    What a lovely day... laughter and love are the seasoning that makes all our efforts worth it!

Great job on your 'food sober plan, too! I'm rooting for you. I have been 'food sober' for sugar and starches for six months now, and how good I feel keep me going. you can do it!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/23/2014 10:13PM

    Good job!

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Day 4 Food Sober...Doing Well

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I had another "food sober" day...Day 4 complete. Work has been pretty stressful and the fact that I'm staying on plan is encouraging. It's not like it's a totally easy time in my life and I'm not being challenged emotionally...so there's nothing to overcome. The challenge is definitely there. But I'm taking it in stride and just trusting that things will get better.

The scale has been encouraging the past couple of days.

Tonight, I watched Extreme Weight Loss...super good episode. I am very inspired right now.

Hope you all had a great day! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

  
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DS9KIE 7/25/2014 12:51AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon your doing great

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DUXGRL1 7/23/2014 6:27PM

    Great job! I also enjoyed the EWL episode.

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LOSINIT52 7/23/2014 10:56AM

    You are doing great. Stay strong. I love your resolve. One day at a time, one step at a time. But remember this is a marathon not a sprint. Keep on sparkin!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/23/2014 10:08AM

    Sounds like you are coping well with the stress and doing well. Keep it up!

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WORDLILY 7/23/2014 9:55AM

    Yay! Glad you're doing well! Keep up the great work!

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Day 3 Food Sober...Getting Stronger

Monday, July 21, 2014

It was a better day today. I spent my work day training a new employee so that kept me pretty busy and mind occupied. Somehow, that lifted my spirits. Yay!

My DD decided (on her own without my influence) not to go for the home in the bad school district. I'm so relieved. I really didn't see that coming. So, yes, I worried, a lot, for nothing. I'm really surprised and relieved that she changed her mind and that she was upfront with her husband about her feelings on it. I do want them to find a nice home...but not at my granddaugter's expense. I do feel they are both good, caring parents. I know this house hunt has just been a real struggle for them. I'll continue to pray that a better option comes to light for them.

I remained "food sober" today. I was upfront with one of my co-workers about it. She mentioned something about having chocolate or something...I can't remember how it came up...but I told her that I had given that up...indicating I was no longer eating to make myself feel better. She knows how I struggle with my weight and my eating and she respected my decision and said, "okay, I won't tempt you then." I really appreciated that.

Training a new person, coming back from a day off on Friday, handling new supervisor responsibilities, and handling my usual load at work all add up to a pretty stressful/busy day. I feel like I handled it all really well...with no food crutches. Yay! Getting stronger...pushing on.

Hope you all had a great day! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

  
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DUXGRL1 7/23/2014 6:26PM

    Good job! And the 90 calorie Fiber One bars mentioned below are very good!

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DLYNN1113 7/22/2014 11:35PM

    WordLily had a really good suggestion. I have found I like the 90 calorie Fiber One Bars. I won't buy them unless they are the 90 calorie ones so I am not too out of control, but they can really help curb a sweet tooth. They have a chocolate pretzel one that is good and I love the cinnamon, lemon and caramel ones. Funny for being a chocoholic, I didn't care for their brownie or chocolate chip ones...shocked me. Lemon tends to be my favorite.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/22/2014 11:48AM

    That is good news about the house. She was listening to your concerns and obliviously makes good informed decisions.

I'm glad to see you have some support at work.

Great day!

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WORDLILY 7/22/2014 10:26AM

    Good for you! Have you thought of what non-food tools you can use if/when you really need something? Just stocking your toolbox, essentially. Keep up the great work!

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MILPAM3 7/22/2014 9:58AM

  emoticon Haven't you heard? Worry works. Ninety-five percent of what you worry about, never comes to pass. *hee hee*

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LOSINIT52 7/22/2014 9:28AM

    We raised wise kids and it's wonderful to see them make wise choices. Needless worry consumes too much of my time.
You are doing great! It is so helpful when those around us support our efforts.
Have a great day. You're on a roll. Keep doing whatever you're doing.

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WORLDSERIES11 7/22/2014 12:50AM

    emoticon on having a good day...and for your daughters decision:-)

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_RAMONA 7/21/2014 11:45PM

    What an awesome response from your coworker!

Glad you had a good day!

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SHARON10002 7/21/2014 10:48PM

    Another day down - one day at a time . . . You are doing it! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/21/2014 10:39PM

    That's awesome that you had a food-sober day. Congrats . . . . and proud of you!

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AUNTRENEE 7/21/2014 10:26PM

    sounds like a good day. Hope for more in the future.

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