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Is It Worth It?

Friday, April 11, 2014

This was the discussion topic in Weight Watchers last night.

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and ask yourself: IS IT WORTH IT?

* Is it an occasion?
* How often do you eat this food? Can you get it any time?
* Does it look delicious and amazing?
* Do you have the calories to "spend" on it?
* Can you control how much of it you eat?

I thought these were excellent points, and honestly, ones we can't hear too often. It is easy to grab something just because it "shows up" -- muffins in the break room at work, the sample lady at the grocery store, your husband brings home candy -- but really -- if we keep the questions above in mind, chances are we won't indulge.

I also like this thought: "Is this food worthy of ME?" Are we eating leftovers so they don't go to waste, or eating just because someone else is? Are we eating UN-amazing food to soothe some other emotion?

Good thoughts to ponder!

I am a lifetime member of WW and so I only have to weigh in once a month. I have lost a bit this week, about 8/10 of a pound, but I wanted to save my $12 so I didn't weigh in officially.

Now I'm off to the fitness center; Pilates and 3 miles on the treadmill are in my immediate future! Have a great weekend, Sparklers! emoticon

  
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KABMPH 4/18/2014 7:17PM

    I especially relate to the "Is this worthy of me?" question. Thanks for sharing!

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DDOORN 4/12/2014 11:11PM

    That last question is the biggie for me! This is why I maintain a zero-sugar /zero-grain approach...once I get started on foods with those ingredients all bets are off and the bottom drops out of my stomach which seems to be able to snarf endless quantities of such stuff...I won't dignify them by calling them "food!"

Great review of points we all need to hold near and dear to our lifestyles!

Don

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NANCY- 4/12/2014 8:32AM

    Those are really great questions. I especially like: "Is this food worthy of ME?" and that question should be asked at the market.
Those wonderful questions help keep us focused.
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My crystal ball sees a fit and fabulous future for you!!!
Enjoy!

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/12/2014 12:36AM

    emoticon Helps me pass up all kinds of stuff...practicing mindful eating has been the best thing I've found for sticking to my plan!

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KOHINOOR2 4/11/2014 10:44PM

    Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend. emoticon


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KRISTA987 4/11/2014 8:50PM

    So true! I completely agree! I've recently come to the conclusion that when I do decide to indulge, I make it count. Meaning, passing up on the cheap crappy junk, and only go for the good stuff. With that in mind, it's not an everyday occurrence, I save these indulgences for special occasions. I'm still paying attention to portion size and my calorie range for the day. I find I enjoy it more, and all I need is just a little to satisfy me.

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KELLIEBEAN 4/11/2014 7:43PM

    I really need to remember this at times! Thanks for the reminder!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/11/2014 5:55PM

    Those are great questions to ask yourself before indulging. Thanks for sharing!

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KRICKET4 4/11/2014 2:54PM

    I'm sure that was an interesting discussion.
Keep up the good work!

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LIVELAUFLUV 4/11/2014 2:39PM

    This week's meeting was a good one! It's always a good reminder. emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 4/11/2014 10:33AM

    Yes! This works well. Thanks for the tip. Who wants to waste calories on something that's not even worth it. You have a great weekend, too. emoticon

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KATIBUG49 4/11/2014 10:21AM

    Thanks for the tip - I'm going to try that next time I go to eat something!

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NEW_PARADIGM 4/11/2014 10:05AM

    Great points, thanks!

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BOOKAPHILE 4/11/2014 10:03AM

    Good questions. Thinking before we eat can prevent self-inflicted grief.

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MYTHMYTH 4/11/2014 10:01AM

    I so often eat left overs so that they won't go to waste (and don't really enjoy them). You blog reminds me to be selective and to make a considered choice - is it worth it?

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JILLAJ 4/11/2014 9:37AM

    I liked the questions to ponder and have copied them to add to my notes! FOOD for THOUGHT does not have calories!! emoticon

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April Plans!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

OMG, WHERE did the first quarter of the year go??

I haven't made any forward progress, BUT: I've stabilized at 137-138. I'm still exercising a lot but as usual, my eating has been inconsistent which is why I haven't lost any more.

Isn't it true that we have to keep things fresh on our journey, that we need to find ways to continually motivate ourselves? So to shake things up I rejoined Weight Watchers tonight!

Fully-dressed and after drinking all my water and eating all day I weighed in at 141. Since I became a lifetime member in 1977 (yes, really), all I have to do is get down to 137 on the WW scale and I'all be able to attend meetings for free. Yippee!

I'm kind of excited about it. I would like to lose another 10 pounds or so and think the accountability of weighing in every week will be a good motivator to be more strict with what I eat.

I'll let you know how it goes!!

  
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DDOORN 4/5/2014 4:04PM

    Cool deal on the WW shake up! Those 10# are gonna GO! :-)

Don

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NEW_PARADIGM 4/5/2014 2:13PM

    I love how you keep evolving with your changing needs -- that's where continued success will lie!

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AJDOVER1 4/5/2014 11:44AM

    My weight has stabilized around 133-134. Given my current job requirements, I'm unwilling to shake up my routine right now. I'm right in the middle of "normal" according to BMI and insurance company charts. I feel pretty fit and healthy. It's nice not to be chasing a number on the scale or particular size. It's good to have a lifestyle that allows me to maintain this. I've got plenty of plans and goals, but none of them are attached to losing weight right now.

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KANOE10 4/5/2014 9:00AM

    We all need motivators to get moving again on our health journeys. I think WW is an excellent idea and will give you a new boost!

The accountability is great! Have a great Spring reboot.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 4/4/2014 4:38PM

    Good luck with WW. You can do it.

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MYTHMYTH 4/4/2014 2:57PM

    Please let us know how it works for you. I had been thinking about it but really couldn't decide if it would be a plus or if it wouldn't make much difference.

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NANCY- 4/4/2014 7:47AM

    WTG on being stable. Shaking things up is great, too.
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WATERMELLEN 4/4/2014 6:59AM

    Sounds good to me: just adding "motivators"!

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LORILEEPAGE 4/4/2014 6:10AM

    Sounds great! Wow...I graduated high school in 77. Got married in 77. My favorite year!

I hadn't thought about it being a quarter of the year passing by already! Wow!

Have fun in WW! Without all the day's food and water plus shoes and clothes, you probably already qualify for free!

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SUGAR0814 4/4/2014 12:04AM

    You're doing great! Congrats on maintaining!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 4/3/2014 10:26PM

    It's good to shake things up from time to time. Best wishes in your new/old endeavor!

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KELLIEBEAN 4/3/2014 9:44PM

    I hover around 138-139. I have to keep challenging myself to keep maintaining.

Congratulations on your accomplishments. Good luck with WW!



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2014 Travels

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Writing a blog for the third and final day of the challenge!

Nothing weight-related though. I'm doing well with exercise; I've been averaging 18,000 steps per day and keeping up with my classes. I've been sloppy with my nutrition and I've been up and down the same 5 pounds all of February. I hope I can get some traction in March!

We are planning our trips for the year.

In March we will take our travel trailer for Tennessee for a week. We are going to do a "trail run" half marathon in one of the state parks. It's a half marathon AND a 50K so there are bound to be mostly ultra athletes there. We'll probably wear hiking shoes and take our poles and HIKE rather than run or do intervals. I'm a sloppy runner on asphalt and can't imagine jogging on dirt and rocks!

In May we will start in Michigan for 2+ weeks visiting family. We will do a half marathon with my two brothers and two weeks later do a 10K with my sister. I've inspired ALL of them to lose weight and get in shape! We'll see how they're doing. TC and I may end up doing the half marathon by ourselves. Ha!

After that we are going to head out west. We will start near Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, then proceed to Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Oklahoma, then home. We think we'll be gone about 3 months. Of course we'll be hiking in all of the national parks! There's a TON of them out there.

The last big trip will be in October-November. We are going to hike in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains in Nepal! It's a 17-day trip that includes trekking for 6 days and 5 nights on the "Annapurna circuit" which is view of 3 of the largest mountains in the world. We'll be going from mountain lodge to mountain lodge, which sounds WAY better than sleeping in tents like we did in Peru.

Then we'll fly over to Delhi, India and will spend 4 days on our own before joining another tour exploring the "golden Triangle" of India -- Agra, Jaipur, and Delhi. All told we'll be gone 30 days.

So I have lots and lots of reasons to get and keep the weight off!

  
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KABMPH 4/18/2014 7:19PM

    You have quite the active family! It's great!

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KATHIC2 3/20/2014 10:51AM

  Great adventures!!! Look forward to hearing all about them!

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1BEACHWALKER 3/13/2014 4:16PM

    Wow...sounds wonderful! You are so lucky to have the ability and means to do that!! And all that exercise sounds great!! Good for you!! You are inspiring!! emoticon
Bring back pics!! Would love to see it all! Happy travels!!!

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CINDYSDAY 3/2/2014 9:28PM

    It sounds so wonderful!

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MARYINFL2000 3/1/2014 5:35PM

  Wow! I am very envious! It all sounds fantastic and all places I would love to go, especially back home to MI. I haven't been there in so long and I 've been wanting to go to my favorite places...like Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mackinac Island, Pictured Rocks, Tacquomenon Falls, Sault St Marie, search for Petoskey stones....and so much more! ( and I'm pretty sure I've been gone so long I've forgotten how to spell some of them and even left a few out like fishing in Manistee and the Tulip Festival in Holland...Traverse City cherries....). I hope you have a fantastic time and I'm already looking forward to your pictures!

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MEADSBAY 2/28/2014 10:01PM

    Wow- some amazing travel plans-
I am so jealous!!!
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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/28/2014 3:05PM

    Wow..You've got some great trips planned!! Can't wait to read about them all.

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MYTHMYTH 2/28/2014 7:14AM

    Love, love, love your blogs! It's great to hear about your travels and also travel plans - lots of incentive to stay fit!

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NANCY- 2/28/2014 7:10AM

    Wow! You have an excellent reason to stay in shape. I'm looking forward to hearing about all your travels.
Smart move about avoiding tents. :)

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SUGAR0814 2/27/2014 11:31PM

    You have some great trips planned! I can't wait to read about them & see the pics you post! Safe travels!! emoticon emoticon

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KOHINOOR2 2/27/2014 8:43PM

    That's a wonderful travel plan. Have a great and safe trip. emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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MALAMI518 2/27/2014 8:41PM

    I love reading about your adventures! I hope that there comes a time when I can have a few of my own, but in the meantime it's so much fun reading about yours.

I hope you have wonderful trips!

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JAZZYFROG333 2/27/2014 7:36PM

    Sounds like some awesome trips! Wishing you lots of fun and Safe travels all year!!!

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WATERDIAMONDS 2/27/2014 6:11PM

    These sound wonderful, but I can see why you're so busy planning so often!

Hope every trip is all you want it to be.


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GINILEE4 2/27/2014 4:45PM

   

WOW!!!!! You really, REALLY like to travel. Have a wonderful year and keep pushing. You are doing so well and a month of messing around with your nutrition will not be your undoing. Back on track and keep moving friend.


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JLOVESDOGS 2/27/2014 3:47PM

    I am so jealous Nanette! But very happy you get to do all these things and...half marathons, 10Ks, 50Ks etc etc.!!! You go girl!!!! emoticon

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AJDOVER1 2/27/2014 10:58AM

    Wow! I'm inspired by your 18,000-step average! Your travels sound amazing. What a motivation to be fit! I'm looking forward to you sharing your travels with us.

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BOOKAPHILE 2/27/2014 10:08AM

    What an ambitious itinerary. Your fitness level makes it possible. Well done! Will you be visiting Glacier, Yellowstone or Grand Tetons National Parks? Those are on our list for this year...probably late August-September. You're right. There are many national parks in relatively close proximity there.

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TERI-RIFIC 2/27/2014 9:39AM

    Very exciting and fun!! My brother hiked an awesome slot canyon in Utah. I would love to do it. Check out slot canyons! emoticon emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 2/27/2014 9:39AM

    What a great year you have ahead - so many interesting places to travel and visit. Thanks for sharing!

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KANOE10 2/27/2014 9:23AM

    What a wonderful year of travel ahead. Your 18000 steps is impressive. I am working up to 15,000. Your emphasis on hiking and doing runs is so inspiring.

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DDOORN 2/27/2014 9:16AM

    It's always so exciting to scheme, dream and plan our travels, isn't it? :-)

Don

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WATERMELLEN 2/27/2014 8:54AM

    What a great inspiration you are to your family.

And what a great line up of travels for 2014 -- all possible because you're fit!! Virtue IS its own reward, just like momma always said: right?

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ANNETTE117 2/27/2014 8:52AM

    I love that your vacations are so active. Enjoy!

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LETHA_ 2/27/2014 8:40AM

    So many wonderful adventures to look forward to this year. Happy travels!
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Hump Day Funnies

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I have to write a blog today for a challenge, so thought I'd share a mid-week chuckle!













  
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WATERDIAMONDS 2/27/2014 5:53AM

    What a great way to start my day! Thanks for the grins.


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WATERMELLEN 2/26/2014 10:12PM

    Needed these giggles: thank you!!

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MAZACK 2/26/2014 9:22PM

    Some good laughs


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DRADDIE 2/26/2014 7:09PM

    hahahah totally was in line with a few of those myself!!!

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BOOKAPHILE 2/26/2014 7:08PM

    Lol. Sometimes I still occasionally feel like that can of "busted biscuits." Thanks for the chuckle.

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JLOVESDOGS 2/26/2014 10:57AM

    Nanette...way too funny! Thanks for the laugh today! emoticon

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MUSTANGAMORE 2/26/2014 9:30AM

    Thanks!! I needed this :)

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NANCY- 2/26/2014 9:19AM

    Thanks for the smiles. :)
I hate to admit it but I really liked that last one. :(


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Head Hunger

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I am reading through "100 days of weight loss" by Linda Sprangle with a group of Sparkfriends. We have a discussion thread on the Emotional Eating Spark team.

Today's topic is "Head Hunger".

The author contends that there are times when we crave crunchy or chewy foods when we are feeling angry, frustrated, or resentful. She says when we have the desire to eat these kinds of foods we should ask ourselves, "What do I really want to chew on?"

I'm not sure that I buy this premise -- I think I enjoy nuts, chips, and popcorn because I like salty foods! But I DO agree that when I feel hungry, but am not interested in eating an apple or baby carrots, it's not real hunger but some emotion that's sending me to the fridge.

With me, it's more likely to be boredom than anything else.

So rather than ask myself, "What do I really want to chew on?", I think I need to ask myself if a healthy snack won't appease the hunger. If it won't, then I need to just avoid eating altogether!

  
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SUGAR0814 2/26/2014 11:48PM

    emoticon I try to reach for gum when I know I'm not hunger.

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SIMONEKP 2/26/2014 11:53AM

    Good blog, it's usually not anger for me, it's usually boredom.

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WATERMELLEN 2/25/2014 8:22PM

    Very interesting!! I think that all "crunching" is not about "anger" in my case anyhow -- but there is truly no "one size fits all" when it comes to figuring out the individual motivations and compulsions driving each of us.

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JLOVESDOGS 2/25/2014 4:00PM

    emoticon blog Nanette. I think that is the key...if you don't want something healthy to eat then you aren't hungry. Unfortunately for me, by the time I ask myself that I have already unconsciously eaten something that was not healthy! So I need to work on that. emoticon

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AJDOVER1 2/25/2014 3:42PM

    I guess there's a whole anger/aggression thingy for some people, but that doesn't apply to me. I am seduced by salty things, but the crunch is not the attraction for me.

I appreciate this because it's another confirmation that there's no one-size-fits-all solution. We need to find what works for each of us. It's also nice to hear about possibilities that don't have a pharmaceutical "cure."

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SARIANEC 2/25/2014 12:03PM

    I am definitely a boredom eater. I do like that idea that if I can't find something healthy to appease me then I'm not really hungry!

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MYTHMYTH 2/25/2014 11:49AM

    I have seen others mention this book. what's your overall impression? Is it worth the cost and time to read?

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MEADSBAY 2/25/2014 11:42AM

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BOOKAPHILE 2/25/2014 11:18AM

    Sometimes I'm not hungry, my teeth just want to chew and my throat wants to swallow. Those are the times I have to distract myself with a non-food activity!

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NEW_PARADIGM 2/25/2014 11:16AM

    Well said. I read something a little along the same lines recently to the effect of if one thinks of healthy food before eating -- really imagines what it will taste and smell like -- they will tend to choose choose healthier foods. I've tried it when sweet tooth cravings hit -- imagining what my fave granny smith would taste like instead. Often just the thought of that flavor helps me realize I'm not really hungry after all. Like -Nancy, sometimes I think chew toys are in order. :)

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NELLJONES 2/25/2014 9:45AM

    This is one of the reasons I don't eat between meals. The fewer times a day I deal with eating, the better off I am.

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HOLDINGMYOWN 2/25/2014 8:51AM

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I AM SO glad that there is someone else like me! emoticon
I DO NOT buy into emotional eating ....I will however buy into boredom~ emoticon

And I suppose if you get right down to it....

BOREDOM is an emotion!! emoticon

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KANOE10 2/25/2014 8:05AM

    I agree with you. If a healthy snack does not appeal to you, try not to eat it and drink herbal tea. There is a head hunger for many reasons. Like you said boredom can be one of them. I liked that book.

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NANCY- 2/25/2014 7:24AM

    Sometimes I just need to gnaw. Maybe I just need a chew toy. LOL
Love the question you want to ask yourself.

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TERI-RIFIC 2/25/2014 6:55AM

    I find that head hunger is less of a problem if I do not let myself get too hungry (regular hunger) If I get too hungry then I really start thinking about food in the wrong way.

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WATERDIAMONDS 2/25/2014 6:31AM

    I'm as practical as you. Sometimes I just want to eat a food because I like the salt on it, and when that happens, I need to face that fact and get away from food altogether.

The best test I've heard came from WW: If you're hungry, a cup of broccoli will do. If a cup of broccoli won't do, you aren't hungry.

Great blog, Nanette.



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PALMTREEGIRL1 2/25/2014 5:52AM

    The celery works for me as well.....just have to remember to get it all prepared before the urge strikes!

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MAUREENREDUX 2/25/2014 4:47AM

    Head hunger - so true.

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IMLOCOLINDA 2/25/2014 2:41AM

    I love the salty stuff too, but I do really chomp on celery sticks when I am frustrated or stressed out. Started packing zip top bags of them to work just to test the theory and the crunch really did ease my frustration and anger without all the calories or orange fingers of Cheetos!
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