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What Does GOD Have To Do With My FitBit?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Singing "All I want for Christmas is a Fitbit Charge" They have a new one coming out! It has a heart rate monitor! I need to save up! I have hope... You see, long before I ever get my heart rate up into a calorie burning zone, the pain form my disabilities kick in and crush me. I hold hope that that won't always be the case as I lose weight. The doctors seemed to think I would never get this far and would have had me having all manner of surgeries, but I never did. I owe it all to GOD that I was able to lose over 200 pounds and do what I do without anything radical... or actually at all. A person who went to GOD as broken as I, would have never dreamed of ever owning a Fitbit in the first place because it would be of no use. Now, I may be in the slow lane compared to my walker and runner friends, but I'm much happier.

My prayer was that I gave up trying and that if HE wanted, HE could just have at it because I was done. Yes, I was mad. I had asked for healing over and over. In giving up, I found release. I found I no longer expected HIM to make me perfect and accepted the progress HE gave me. Miraculous. Progress, not perfection.

  
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  Congrats and thank you

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SHERYLP461 12/18/2014 8:15AM

    You are an amazing person! I hope you get your fitbit! Happy Christmas

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ILUV2FSH 12/18/2014 7:48AM

    Thank you!, You put down in words what I have been struggling with. I actually just received the Surge. It is not out yet but if you go to the fit bit web site and click on notify me when available they sent me an email allowing me to get the surge before it is made available to the public!

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CAROL3SAN 12/18/2014 7:30AM

    Thank you for your inspiration...and have a wonderful Christmas. emoticon

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IDLETYME 12/18/2014 7:30AM

    Thank you for sharing. All best wishes! emoticon

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TENNISJIM 12/18/2014 7:28AM

    Good luck

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 12/18/2014 7:07AM

  I'll keep my fingers, toes, and shoelaces crossed in hopes that uyou get one!

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    Surrendering to God is a miracle in itself, then we are open to seeing His miracles in our lives. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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LIVELYGIRL2 12/18/2014 1:54AM

  The more credit, and surrender we give Him, the more He does, maybe not the manner we thought of, but He also heals our soul and spirit, and that is also useful besides our bods. In fact, I think often this comes first.

I hope your doing better. Try and check in with me between now and January.

I've been working 4 days a week lately.

Ready for bed...

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DGRIFFITH51 12/18/2014 1:07AM

    "Until God opens the next door, praise Him in the hallway."
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LINDERVEE 12/17/2014 11:36PM

    As always, your words are an inspiration and a blessing. I thank God for YOU.

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CRYSALLIS1 12/17/2014 11:25PM

    you have done amazing. Yes owning a Fitbit & putting it to use are phenomenal !

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LALALOVELY76 12/17/2014 9:46PM

    Amen!!!

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    Awesome!

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SDEHNKE 12/17/2014 8:49PM

    emoticon I might be slow but I'm getting there. Great blog!

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BOREDA 12/17/2014 8:01PM

  God is only involved if you choose to view things that way. If that works for you, fine. If not, you can regard it as being simply your own determination, strength, courage and willpower.

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NONNAOF2 12/17/2014 7:44PM

  You've always been my inspiration and giving your concerns over to God was a very good choice for you! One day I will get a FitBit, too! :-)

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WOOFERCOALBOY 12/17/2014 7:19PM

    He expects us to use the resources we've got, and then supports us in that use. Note to self: Do It, as my first grade teacher said.

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SUSIEMT 12/17/2014 6:28PM

    Thank you Beth. You just brought tears to my eyes. Bless you! emoticon

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LCRUMLEY81 12/17/2014 6:25PM

  very good blog

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DINAOREILLY 12/17/2014 5:47PM

    Amazing inspiration and faith!! If you are up for a good read, then the book YOU ARE THE PLACEBO, by Dr. Joe Dispenza is for you. It is the most amazing book about healing, faith and consistency. It is, I believe, the right book for you to read. My prayer is that money is forthcoming to buy yourself the new SURGE by Fitbit which is a watch that measures just about everything.....I am a Fitbit devotee and love my FitbitONE which I wear daily and inspires me to get in those last few steps to meet my goal...Slow lane or fast lane doesn't matter....what matters is you do something and you are CLEARLY doing something right every day.....Hugs

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GODSCHILD2_2011 12/17/2014 5:38PM

    Great Job and very good blog. Thanks!

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HAKAPES 12/17/2014 5:31PM

    Great that you go for progress and not for perfection, life is much easier this way !

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COOP9002 12/17/2014 5:05PM

    thanks for sharing your story. So glad to see how far the Father has brought you.

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FITTEREVERYDAY 12/17/2014 4:55PM

    I really am aiming to get one too. I think it will help my motivation issues..

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JSEATTLE 12/17/2014 4:51PM

  With God, All things are Possible!!

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JP6262AMY 12/17/2014 4:50PM

    Praise the Lord God Almighty!


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TINY67 12/17/2014 4:46PM

    Thanks

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MAKAMBO 12/17/2014 4:42PM

    Thank you so much... Now I know what to ask for... PROGRESS!

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1DAY-ATA-TIME 12/17/2014 4:42PM

    God has blessed you with wisdom!

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BONIFIANT 12/17/2014 4:37PM

    Isn't His transforming power awesome? Have a blessed and joyful Christmas!

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PEGGYO 12/17/2014 4:00PM

    keep on keeping on!!

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TOPUNDERDOG 12/17/2014 3:52PM

    God bless you. God is working in you right now to bring you the healing you desire. What some fail to realize is that sometimes healing is instantaneous and other of times it happens slowly. Continue to stay faithful to God and His Word. Also remember that God works through people, whether they are doctors, fitness trainers, spark people, and through you as well. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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TLONSBE 12/17/2014 3:49PM

    Thank you for sharing. ...you are an inspiration!!!!

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15LOVEHARRY 12/17/2014 3:35PM

  You are perfect just the way God made you. Keep up the good work.

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JMARIES51 12/17/2014 3:35PM

    Beautiful blog. Thanks for sharing - we all gain from your inspiration.

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MARTILTON40 12/17/2014 2:38PM

    Thank you for sharing that Beth!! I really needed to hear that for my motivation. I am recovering from months of chemo and trying to get motivated. My husband bought me a fit bit for Christmas and January 5th is my date to start my new life!!

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The Robe and Progress for 2015

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Well, I always wanted something from Victoria's Secret. I found a robe in size large and it was close to fitting but not quite, very motivating. If I would get off my duff and kick things up a notch, I could wear the pretty robe in a size I literally have not worn since I was 13.

I'll be posting progress pics of the robe in January, hopefully fitting the front more closely together.

  
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MYAKAYAH 12/17/2014 4:51AM

    Beth I missed this one apparently! Good job with the robe and I am sure you are progressing :)~

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  thank you for sharing!!!

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    You loo amazing and you're almost there..

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 12/6/2014 10:41AM

    Great job so far! You can totally do this!

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MZANGELFACE 12/4/2014 9:43PM

    I can relate. I was recently in the "Pink" side of the VS side of the store and was upset there was nothing in there I could fit :-( Even my boobs didn't fit any bras or sport bras. I'm hoping to go back in my birthday (April) and try it again. :-)
Way to go! You can do it!!

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PRETTYPITHY 12/4/2014 8:16PM

    You are going to be unstoppable! Shucks -- you already are!

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SUPERSYLPH 12/4/2014 7:54PM

    WooHoo! You can do it! I believe in you!

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MASTERPIECE8 12/4/2014 2:53PM

    Beautiful! I look forward to January updates. I'm sure you'll do it.

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ACHIEVECHI 12/4/2014 9:32AM

    Great motivation. BUT! Keep in mind that with the "right" undergarment, that robe doesn't need to be closed to look really hot. (Obviously, something that will not be posted on SP.)
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PATTISTAMPS 12/3/2014 1:12PM

    That is so beautiful, and you are going to look fabulous when you have it closed! I know you can do it! You have come so far, and you look amazing, but know that shopping in the misses department and wearing something from VS is HUGE! Keep that spark burning, and keep your faith in yourself!

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BTRFLYDOG 12/3/2014 12:00PM

    Great way to get motivated! emoticon

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ISABELLE31 12/3/2014 10:42AM

    Awesome!

(Side note: I love your snowflake background!)

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ALICIA363 12/2/2014 8:54PM

    Beautiful! And the robe's pretty nice, too.

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JILLY814 12/2/2014 4:39PM

    great motivation! Good luck.

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DIANAOR1 12/2/2014 1:23PM

    You are certainly an inspiration to us all and you can definitely look beautiful in that robe in the days to come. emoticon

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KARENO5 12/2/2014 12:14PM

    You will get there. You have come so far I know you will succeed in this.

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HOLLYY1985 12/2/2014 12:11PM

    You got this and a very fancy robe!

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BOPPY_ 12/2/2014 11:07AM

    You've accomplished a lot. You deserve not only a VS robe, but also an Obi Wan Kenobi robe.

You'll be there soon.

Lee

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DONNA_VT 12/2/2014 10:57AM

    Pretty robe and you will be able to see your progress. You can do it!

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DIANNEMT 12/2/2014 10:01AM

    Fantastic!! First the robe--later, other things!

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TERRI518 12/2/2014 9:55AM

    You doing fantastic! Can't wait to see your January pic! emoticon

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MRS_PALMER 12/2/2014 7:05AM

    Your doing great Beth, I'm proud to call you my friend

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SCOOBYMARE59 12/1/2014 8:30PM

    WOW what a great visual to work for. And such a pretty one too, you are definately on the right track emoticon

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WOOFERCOALBOY 12/1/2014 6:40PM

    You are inspirational!

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MDILLMAN3333 12/1/2014 6:39PM

    You can do this!!!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/1/2014 2:57PM

    Pretty lady !! (and robe!) you WILL get there... you've come so very far and you're deteremined. Great job!


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Beth, you are such an inspiration and I know you WILL be able to close this gap in Jan.
You go girl!!!!!

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BBLUNDON 12/1/2014 12:29PM

    wow .. good motivation!

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TIGGER2908 12/1/2014 12:22PM

    At almost 300 pounds, I never expect to be able to fit into anything at Victoria's Secret. After seeing this picture, I think I may just make it one day. Thanks, Beth, for being the motivator for so many of us.

Karen

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    Way to Go! emoticon

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MOMMY445 12/1/2014 11:44AM

    you look amazing! have a wonderful day!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/1/2014 11:37AM

    Way to go!!

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DIETER27 12/1/2014 11:31AM

  Very motivating and a flattering color. emoticon you look beautiful ...

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CHUBERASER 12/1/2014 10:53AM

    I have a beautiful hot pink robe that the kids got me several years ago from Victoria's Secret. It did not meet in the middle, either, and it is patiently waiting in the closet for me to lose more weight so it can be enjoyed. I am working on it!!! Hopefully, we can both enjoy our beautiful robes soon!!!

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ALIHIKES 12/1/2014 12:20AM

    You look beautiful! Love the robe, it's very flattering color and style.

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    emoticon emoticon Just believe you can! I know I will be seeing you in that robe come January! emoticon

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    You can do it!

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    Congrats!! You've got this!!

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Don't Tell Me What I Can't Do!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My mother said to me that I shouldn't wear red because I would look like a fire truck... that I shouldn't have a wedding ceremony because I would look like the Pillsbury Doughboy going down the aisle, that nobody would ever want to listen to my advice about losing weight. The doctors thought I would need weight loss surgery and other surgeries or I wouldn't walk again. My husband had no belief that I could make this journey on my own after all my failings... neither did I to tell you the truth.

So, bottom line is, even you can't tell yourself what you can't do unless you try every option available. If you've tried every diet out there, STOP DIETING. Seriously. Work on adding things like fruits, vegetables and water into your plan first. Less room for junk and a good place to start. Add more movement. Can't use your legs, use your arms and get an arm bike. Cost restraints, walk or get bands. ADD healthy choices to your life and never take away and see what a difference it makes. The unhealthy stuff stuff just falls away.

  
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    I think you are right, concentrating on being positive and less on the negative is a huge step toward getting into the plan with hope and care that changes will occur~

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TERRIJ7 12/12/2014 3:23PM

    That's a much better way to think about things!

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JENDEVO 12/5/2014 5:35PM

    Great post and advice. I took have heard the negativity, but I can't stop believing in me just because others have no belief in me. It starts with me and will end with me.....Congrats to you!!

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PRETTYPITHY 12/4/2014 8:18PM

    i also heard those messages of negativity -- it's time to kiss those goodbye!

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OKGOATGAL 12/3/2014 5:46PM

  WOW! I cannot fathom that type of negativity coming from my own parent. My parents are so inspiring (to my face anyway) and they really help me stay strong. Good for you for staying strong in spite of negativity from so many angles.

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PROPMAN1 12/3/2014 3:26PM

  emoticon Keep up the good work. You do look good in red!

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2BDYNAMIC 12/3/2014 12:10PM

    emoticon as always ............. GOOD words to take heed to! emoticon

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BTRFLYDOG 12/3/2014 12:04PM

    emoticon and I think you look good in red!

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LADYVALK 12/3/2014 11:03AM

    it is so nice to hear that you have been so successful with so many others around you not being supportive! I too had a mother that would say mean things to me about my weight and she continued until I finally put her in her place..

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SONTA1 12/3/2014 7:31AM

    Great advice. Psi time attitude I know I could benefit from! You are very lovely. I hope someone has told you that lately!!

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MOONGLOWSNANA 12/3/2014 1:13AM

  I like red too. It looks great on you! I'm adding more movement and water and vegetables and feeling better about myself since I joined SP. It's taken awhile, but I think it's beginning to pay off. My husband is still skeptical, but I tell him not to be the food police and that I am doing fine, working on my goals and accomplishing something as opposed to nothing! emoticon Thanks for being an inspiration to so many of us!

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SUNGIRL822 12/2/2014 9:06PM

  Everyone can wear red!!

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WOOFERCOALBOY 12/2/2014 2:42PM

    They're WRONG - we don't look like fire trucks. Red is one of my most becoming colors!

Good advice, as usual.

You are looking -so- fine!

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2015TODAY 12/1/2014 4:27PM

    That was your MOTHER who said those things??? My goodness.

Congratulations for proving them all wrong and finding your own way. You're an inspiration.

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ACHIEVECHI 12/1/2014 3:37PM

    I could just cry for the negativity that came your way. How horrible! Glad you overcame their words...and your own thoughts at one point.
Couldn't agree more that a "diet" isn't the way to go...just healthy eating.

I learned a while ago that we all have the power to do more than anticipated. My grandmother was in her 70's when she shattered her ankle. Pins and plates held it together. Her doctors said she would never walk again. It took MONTHS past the offered physical therapy and she was on her feet with a very happy shuffle. She liked to prove people wrong. emoticon

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ELLIEJOSIE 12/1/2014 3:13PM

    We cannot believe the negatives we were told. I've heard a lot of them too (were our mothers sisters?), but thankfully they motivated me to believe more in myself over time. Your message about how to approach healthy living makes sense.

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HIPPICHICK1 12/1/2014 1:12PM

    Great advice!!

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NIKKIG3 12/1/2014 12:49PM

    Well said. Thank you!

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FOXFIRENDTS 11/30/2014 10:58PM

    Tell it!

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TATTOOREADERII 11/30/2014 3:52PM

    Excellent. Truer words were never spoken!

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LADYGWEN25 11/30/2014 12:44PM

    Wonderful blog. Thank you!

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HOLLYY1985 11/30/2014 11:09AM

    You are truly an inspiration!!!

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PAULAAUTUMN 11/30/2014 8:32AM

    emoticon I am making changes to my exercise as I can no longer do the exercise I was doing due to back problems. I have been told by family not to bother and accept my weight. No way. I will make the changes I need and your blog has spurred me on.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 11/29/2014 6:02PM

    I'm still working on giving permission not to listen to mother.

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GERRYH2 11/29/2014 5:34PM

    Very nice! You have a great attitude!

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MULTIMOM 11/29/2014 12:55PM

    So true!!!! Filling up on the good healthy choices leaves little room for the bad! Keep filling your soul with those positive thoughts!!!!

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MFLEESAK 11/29/2014 12:39PM

  You overcame A LOT!!!! There is nothing you can't do. emoticon

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CARSU77 11/29/2014 10:12AM

    I came from a very abusive mother and stepfather. My mother always said I was useless and a waste of space. I am 65 years old and just now realizing that I can do things but I don't think I will ever get past the beatings and deprivation I suffered

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DONNA_W 11/28/2014 10:56PM

    good advise

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 11/28/2014 9:19PM

  thank you for the inspirational post! I always look forward to reading them!

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CICELY360 11/28/2014 8:19PM

  Good blog.

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2BEEFIT 11/28/2014 6:25PM

    The unhealthy stuff just falls away! I love that.


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BAMAJAM2 11/28/2014 3:37PM

  You have turned negativity into something very positive---HOORAY FOR YOU!
I am so sorry that your mother said those words to you, Beth-- I know how that feels.
Keep on wearing the vibrant red-- because you are Vibrant and wonderful-----
HUGS!

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STORMIE62 11/28/2014 3:36PM

    You are an inspiration to me, may I have the courage to remember that to live you have to start living and the spirit of heart like you when I start feeling sorry for myself... Thank you

Hugs Stormie

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JUNEAU2010 11/28/2014 1:03PM

    I LOVE the fact that your blog is prefaced with a picture of you in red. I'd love to see the whole dress! Totally fantastic blog, as usual!

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AMARILYNH 11/28/2014 12:04PM

    I'm so glad you didn't listen to ANYONE (including your own doubts.) Because you inspire others EVERY DAY here on SparkPeople - I think you are amazing!

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ARAZA30 11/28/2014 9:24AM

    Well said! Goodluck on your health & fitness journey!

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I want a Cookie... Bargaining or Not- The Food Demon

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Holidays have foods galore sparking around like ornaments on trees glowing to get our attention. What's worse is these are EMOTIONAL FOODS! They bring back memories of childhood or better times, nostalgia.

So we see, we want. Ask yourself a few questions about EMOTIONAL FOODS:

1) Ask yourself WHAT you are wanting to FEEL. Warm, safe and comforted is usually my answer. During the holidays, nostalgic comes to mind. So how can I come by those same feelings without food? Warm luxury soft blankets, funny favorite movies, scented candles, old photos...

2) IF doing something makes you sad or really uncomfortable, don't do it. Looking through old photos brings back good memories to me, but then I get sad missing people and want to kill the pain with food. It used to be that when I was younger, people would bring up how I needed to lose weight at family dinners. Now, I would shut them down by saying "If you really cared, you would bring this up in private and not at a family dinner." If that didn't work, I would start a new tradition and avoid the negative nellies all together. There is no reason to put yourself in painful situations that make you want to overeat or binge later. Love yourself and protect yourself like you would your child.

3) I want a cookie... Well, if I have one, and I going to eat the whole box? PROBABLY! So here is the trick! Do not under any circumstances allow the whole box into your house if they are cookies you like or unhealthy cookies. Get a single cookie or two from a bakery. Leave the bakery and enjoy. Same with ice cream- don't buy it at the store unless it's single serve. Get it out, where you can only have a little.

4) Don't bargain with yourself. It just ends up badly. Have a plan in mind. Make plans ahead of time when you find pitfalls. For example, I found that I get into the box of cookies if they are in the house. I can't bargain myself down to two cookies. SO I wound up making a RULE that I have to get cookies at the bakery and no more than two. NO bargaining.

The food demon is very tricky and seducing. He lies and tells you you are in control. Then he loads high fructose corn syrup and additives into the foods to make us crave like insane people. Don't be fooled. The more natural a product is, the less processed... the better your body will respond and not crave.

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2DAWN4 12/10/2014 8:02PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Beth, this is such a common-sense approach! Love it!

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DMS1946 11/25/2014 12:03PM

  I couldn't have said it better. I especially relate to not getting much encouragement from my spouse initially. He has come around though, after seeing my results.

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JIMA64 11/24/2014 10:51AM

    Funny that I too refer to my food impulses late at night as demons.

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CICELY360 11/23/2014 8:58PM

  Good blog.

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ANNABELLISABEL 11/23/2014 9:47AM

    So true! Well said. :)

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WRITERWANNAB 11/22/2014 7:56PM

    Christmas cookies are beginning to appear but I am not touching them. We must stay in control!

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HAWAII1107 11/21/2014 10:34AM

    Thank you for the great blog. I can relate, only my demon is chips. I do not buy them so cannot have them. But the other night at the Mexican restaurant, they set that basket right in front of me and, although I did hold back, I ate more than I had planned. Also, craving pumpkin bread because of the time of the year. I've looked at dozens of "healthy" recipes that still have extra calories. Trying to hold off and hope a piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving will do it for me.

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SUPERSYLPH 11/20/2014 7:41PM

    Thank you! The biggest problem I have is with sugary foods!

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  You have a great perspective on this subject. Thank you for sharing. I'll keep this in mind as I navigate the holidays.

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BLONDEDOG 11/20/2014 9:00AM

    Well said! I find I really have to avoid my Grandfather at all costs because he will inevitably make some sort of snide comment about how I look like I've gained some weight since last year. Nice. I love you too. Urgh. Why? I've got a plan and I'm ready to rock Thanksgiving. I am always so proud of myself when I can managed to plate a healthy meal out of all the unhealthy food available. It's an accomplishment! lol

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123ELAINE456 11/20/2014 3:20AM

  Great Advice and Tips. Well Said. Thank You. I'm Safe.

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MAYBER 11/18/2014 4:44PM

    What great advice have gone many times to the cupboard and wanted a cookie then said to myself have to write it down if I eat it that has been enough to stop me
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GARDENCHRIS 11/18/2014 7:21AM

    wise advice!

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DANERUBY 11/18/2014 7:02AM

    Thanks for sharing about your portion control practices. Good stuff! I also got something out of avoiding things that I think will bring me joy but ultimately only bring me sadness and discomfort at the end of their cycle. These things include phone calls and visits with my siblings, great expectations and multitasking.

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TENNISJIM 11/18/2014 6:32AM

    Well said

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LACOOK2014 11/17/2014 10:27PM

    Good tips on single servings thanks!

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TECHNICALLYDEB 11/17/2014 2:26AM

    "The food demon is very tricky and seducing. He lies and tells you you are in control." TRUTH! Thank you, great post.

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POCKETFULOFSUN 11/16/2014 6:59PM

    Thanks, these are really great tips!

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ENJOY the holidays!!!

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BELLACUDDLES 11/16/2014 4:14PM

    Way to go!!! YOU ROCK!!!

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    emoticon blog! You are right about if you allow a whole box of cookies in the house or a whole pint of ice cream then you will be tempted to eat it!! That is why if I do eat ice-cream then it's one time through the drive thru at Dairy Queen and that is it! There are so many temptations out there, but I am trying to eat as healthy as I can! It sounds like you are doing a wonderful job! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JHOPPER 11/16/2014 9:45AM

    Really good points there! Hope your holiday season is successful and you are able to enjoy sensibly. Sounds like you have it well in hand!

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    Words of wisdom.

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CALGIRL80 11/15/2014 6:11PM

  We said. I use the single serving rule for ice cream in our house. THankfully I am picky about what ice cream I will eat and make DH get flavors I don't like or we share a pint. (I take my serving and he can have the rest.

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M2HEALTH 11/15/2014 2:05PM

    The battle is won at the grocery store. Another idea: get the box, and immediately put the cookies into single serve baggies. It makes snacking and making brown bag lunches easy for all ages.

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JEANADOLL77 11/15/2014 12:41PM

    You got this.

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JAB2010 11/15/2014 12:12PM

    Thanks for sharing.......great advise!

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CARSU77 11/15/2014 10:52AM

    My husband has this whole house full of candy, chips and cookies. 98% of the time, I am not tempted, when I am, I make sure I can afford the calories on my tracking.

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TRIM180 11/15/2014 10:26AM

    " Love yourself and protect yourself like you would your child" nice !

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WENDYANNE61 11/15/2014 9:45AM

    You are so right, Beth! When people bring gifts of dangerous food to my house, I say "thank you" and then take them into work where about 25 colleagues can enjoy one each at most. Otherwise I will eventually have a weak moment, think I can have just one for the taste, and then end up eating far too many and feel pole-axed! No thank you!

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KLMEIRING 11/15/2014 9:33AM

    Really enjoyed this post and reading all of the wonderful feedback and comments. I am not quite there yet, but I hope to get there.

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JIMA64 11/15/2014 8:47AM

    I have the same problem you do and have to limit thevfoods I allow in the house.

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ARTSYDONNA 11/15/2014 8:33AM

    I would like to bring up in front of everyone what an amazing fighter you are! Thanks for bringing your positive energy to this party!

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PI-DROSHI 11/15/2014 8:22AM

    Love this post and encouragement. I try to reduce my sugar every day. When I have a craving, I now go to 'bites' a little cafe that sells coffee drinks and bite-sized portions of cupcakes, cookies and other desserts in a tiny shooter glass. It works!

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/15/2014 12:53AM

  probably the holidays are the hardest. Many people bring specialty treats, that are often only around this time of year, and it's a tradition, right...?

Anyhow, it had been raining and getting more chilly. I had hot chocolate from 3 TBS. cocoa and stevia. I put it in the blender to get it to mix. I even made it less sweet, and I can taste the chocolate more. I think stevia is a herb and has no calories. When you put vanilla in it, it tastes rich.

Sometimes I have some dark sugarless Trader Joes Chocolate, just a square or two. But I know some have to even avoid that. But is healthier and quality.

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I'm a terrible night time eater. I wake up through the night and hit the kitchen like a ravenous zombie. I don't know how to stop myself because I'm half asleep. Evenings? Well, I graze. How did I lose so much weight and how am I losing weight with these issues? Let me tell you...

I planned my night attack snacks and set them in obvious reach, so when I hit the kitchen, there are low cal foods, like a can of fruit and a piece of cheese right in the front of the fridge waiting for me with a spoon.

I eat every few hours of the day, but lightly, so I stay full. I make sure to get protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. ALL of them are needed to stay full. Fiber helps a great deal!
I try to stay around 300 calories to 400 calories for a meal and 100-150 for a snack.

I do graze, but I have tried to incorporate fruits, veggies, and lean protein into my grazing. Low cal drinks like tea and water with fruit in it keep me busy drinking instead of eating. Thirst and hunger are controlled by the same part of the brain. Try brothy soups or low cal drinks for snacks.

Avoid high fructose corn syrup- it causes cravings like mad! The stuff makes you want sugar like a crazy person. Choose pure cane sugar over it if you have to have sweet.

Cinnamon helps curb sweet cravings and lower your blood sugar, A GREAT snack at night is a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon or warm milk with cinnamon and nutmeg- tastes like a fancy drink without the cost.



Hope that helps somebody.

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TERRIJ7 12/7/2014 10:37AM

    This is good information to have. I find myself grazing in the evening, too.

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JERICHO1991 11/28/2014 4:17PM

    Thanks for the suggestion: cinnamon, oatmeal, warm milk at night.

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KMRJPR 11/23/2014 10:38PM

    Ugh--night time is the worst for me. My husband and I have alternate schedules, he's awake at night. Sometimes I find myself (often) eating snacks with him later at night. Recently I've started noting whether I'm actually hungry or not as I'm trying to end this terrible habit.

Thanks for sharing! wonderful blog!

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CHEBBA 11/19/2014 6:08PM

    I suffered TERRIBLY with night eating, cravings, grazing, secret eating - you name it. Then, by chance, I discovered that I had Leptin Resistance, It was compelling and utterly fascinating - it was like reading about me! The more 'legal' snacks I had, with eating even something tiny in between meals, nothing would satisfy me - I wouldn't want less, I would want more and more. And so it was that too many 'legal' snacks resulted in my not losing weight, even putting ON weight - and constantly having my mind concentrating on food and what was behind the fridge door, the pantry, at the garage when paying for petrol (gas, in the US!)etc. So, I decided to try the Leptin regime - and BOY! It was like hitting the jackpot! Within 3 or 4 days, my cravings stopped dead! It was astonishing. Now, I ONLY eat three meals a day, I have 5 hours between meals and at least 3 hours before bedtime. I don't follow Dr Byron Richards regime to the absolute letter, but OMG. has this sorted me out. I can now queue to pay at the garage by groaning racks of sweets (candy) and not even glance at them! The same at the supermarket - and who would EVER have believed it?!

I accept that no two people are the same. There will be people reading this who may not identify with this at all. All I can say is that this has been a true light-switch moment for me. On the rare occasions I wake at night and come downstairs, the most I have is a hot drink - which doesn't fit in with the regime, really, but it most definitely is NOT grazing or snacking. If you are reading this and haven't tried it, the science behind it makes such a lot of sense - it may not be for you, but it really has changed MY life. I recently wobbled a bit and fell into a lack of vigilance, thanks to what was going on in my life at the time. After a couple or three weeks I could feel myself reverting and I hated it. I knew what was happening, but it was starting to take hold again and I could feel myself losing the power to stop it. I woke up one day, determined to not spoil the 40lbs I've lost so far. I didn't want to go THERE again! I've managed to get back onto my leptin regime and WOOHOO, the cravings have gone again. Life is good!

Tonight, I bumped into someone I haven't seen for exactly a year, to the day. She didn't recognise me at first, was astonished at the transformation. For me, I put it down to the leptin regime, plus a year of gym work, logging in for the full 342 days since returning to SP and tracking faithfully. Fab! I am now embarking on losing the last 28lbs - and I KNOW I'm going to do it. Timescale is unimportant, I'm eating for my health and longevity - and I now know how to do it in a way which works for me.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 11/19/2014 1:18PM

    thanks! I've been struggling with evening eating. Will try some of these, esp. the cinnamon and oatmeal. XOO

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ESSENCE24 11/19/2014 9:44AM

    thanks for sharing

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MISSYGEEN 11/19/2014 12:35AM

    Good info.

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I am a night-binger myself. I have been in therapy again recently and am learning that I have to make some attempts to retrain my brain. I turned to food because it was easy and filled the hole. I am learning better ways today. I am committed now to feeding my body better with organic items and no high fructose corn syrup crap. I do not eat gluten as I suffer from celiac issues. I am learning to supplement my body, spirit, and mind with vitamins and minerals and proper nutrition, I meditate, I drink a lovely spot of tea, I take bubblebaths...slowly I am learning to feel my feelings however scary they appear to be and care for myself. The only way out is through...and after we face our fears it turns out they are not as frightening as once thought. Love and blessings to all.

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TECHNICALLYDEB 11/18/2014 3:44PM

    Seriously, this is very helpful. Thank you!

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RICKSJ 11/17/2014 10:51AM

  emoticon Thank you. This is well worth a try. I know it's boredom I'm fighting and I ask myself why before putting it in my mouth but I do it anyway.

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APRILRUSSELL3 11/16/2014 9:58PM

    I have to take a medicine nightly that causes me to sleep walk and look for anything sweet to eat. I have found Pop Majic Rice puff cake things that are super low calorie and satisfy the need to munch and I keep them where I will find them. It really helps me so I can continue to lose weight. If I really need something more I will occasionally grab a banana. But that is rare now. I didn't know anyone else had to face this! I am so glad you blogged about it. Thank you!

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    emoticon emoticon I'll give your idea a try!

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TRELLAPASCUAL 11/15/2014 2:37PM

    this is a great help for me I want to eat at night after 8 pm

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SHARONCAPPS 11/15/2014 8:30AM

  Thank you for sharing.

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BLUEJAY1969 11/15/2014 4:25AM

    Thank you! This came just in time for me! I am taking a medication right now at night that has me up with the munchies! I am slowly adjusting my calories to accommodate this little quirk but having something planned is a terrific idea! I have been reaching for lo cal snacks like fruit and popcorn but once in a while I slip and have something like graham crackers which are not nearly as filling as fruit!
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CHRISTINEBWD 11/14/2014 8:20PM

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GRLTAZ 11/14/2014 2:56PM

    Glad you have what works for you in place and thank you for sharing it.

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CAROLJ35 11/14/2014 11:56AM

    Thank goodness I've never had hunger through the night, but have a sister with a serious problem of eating about 3 AM. Sometimes she'll grab a banana, but too often it is a candy bar.
I rarely feel hungry, but often have a desire for sweets and that is why I joined the 100 Days Team and am now on my second round of 100 days with NO Sweets. It's great to have a buddy!

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FERNCREST 11/14/2014 8:00AM

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JENNIFER1616 11/13/2014 10:00PM

    I totally believe that sometimes when I'm craving it's because I'm thirsty, and yet it feels like I'm starving. Thanks for the reminder, today is the least I've drank (7cups) and I've been craving all night.

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BONNIE626 11/13/2014 9:53PM

    Thank you for the tip. I will definately put it to use.

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MRSRIGS1 11/13/2014 8:32PM

    You shared some very good ideas! Thank you!

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HIMELISSA2007 11/13/2014 7:26PM

    I do get nighttime cravings on occassion. I am not as mindful when I am tired. Hence, not as aware of what I need to be eating. Planning meals and snacks ahead of time helps. I have found that not only the corn syrup makes me hungry but any foods with white flour or white rice!!!

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NAN2000 11/13/2014 7:13PM

  Thanks!

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    nice

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PCASEY7 11/13/2014 6:35PM

    Some great ideas, thanks!

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FRABBIT 11/13/2014 6:04PM

  Thanks for the good tips!

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POETANDMORE 11/13/2014 5:57PM

    GREAT TIP! SINCE I AM ONE TOO, THIS HELPS!

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GOLDENRODFARM 11/13/2014 4:24PM

    I am not a night grazer at all, mostly because I am on the go until bed time, but I do wake up sometimes hungry. I have been doing the same as you, snacks are portion sized and easy to grab in the fridge, sometimes it is a light soup or a tasty veggie, or some nuts all in 1 oz snack bags. I also put blue corn chips in 1 oz packages and use a Jardine's salsa and it is low in calories. Sometimes popcorn is my snack of choice, air popped with only 2 tsp of butter, I think planning is the key to most of this, so when you need something to eat you get to choose a healthy snack.
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LEANIE64 11/13/2014 3:57PM

    Some really great ideas ...thanks so much. I am going to have oatmeal at night before bed..with cinnamon..per your suggestion.

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MM11113 11/13/2014 3:34PM

    Yes, it does help, my blog yesterday was about wanting something to eat, and being frustrated about it! Thanks.

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SUMMERDAYS2014 11/13/2014 1:46PM

  These are great suggestions!

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THEBLONDEGENIUS 11/13/2014 1:37PM

    Great suggestions! Having healthy choices easy to grab is crucial for me, too.

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-LISS- 11/13/2014 1:01PM

    Fantastic tips!! Much more practical than a lot of articles I read.

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MUNOZ2806 11/13/2014 12:19PM

    This is an awesome article. I know exactly what you are talking about. I know if I could get a handle on the "midnight madness" I would surely drop a few pounds and feel better. I've had two nights in a row that I haven't gotten up to eat and that is a huge success for me emoticon
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VIOLETCREATION 11/13/2014 12:16PM

    Im a salt/carb junkie, not really a big sweet tooth and I have no idea how to help my cravings!

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PLAINJANEDOE 11/13/2014 11:31AM

    nice suggestions! ;)

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CHARMIN944 11/13/2014 10:35AM

    You are right on time for me! I was just beating myself up for ruining my hard efforts by gorging on Fritos and cookies. I have a plan of attack now. Thanks for sharing.

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