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Blowing the Diet. Overcoming a Binge.

Monday, January 09, 2017

SparkCoach suggested blogging about the last time I blew my diet, and how to change the "all or nothing" mentality, where so many of us (me included!) continue to overindulge after we make a minor misstep. The correct behavior, of course, is to stop immediately and move on with our moderate, healthy behaviors.

I didn't have to look back too far to look at the last time I overate the wrong foods! I have been home for a full week with a bad cold, PLUS snowed in (roads are very icy and hazardous). I had been eating mostly healthy foods while sick, but I gave into cravings for sweets while sick. My friend H had given me wonderful mint chocolates as a part of her Christmas package to me; I had them stashed in the top cupboard, planning to take them to meeting (like many closet over-eaters, I don't binge in front of other people). I planned to eat just one mint chocolate; okay maybe two. But I kept on going. I think the final count was six when I took a good look at the little pile of candy wrappers. At that point, I took the correct action: I threw out the remaining candies.

I think factors in this binge included being sick; being tired of my restricted menu (soup, soup, and more soup); being bored being home sick; and easy temptation in the house. I don't usually buy good chocolates or keep them around. I am glad I stopped inhaling chocolates when I did!

Ways to overcome this chocolate binge (or other temptation binge): No chocolates in the home (if I really want it, I can go out and buy one piece). Eat a good variety of food. Exercise instead of eat (I didn't exercise while sick). Move away from a monotonous menu, even if I am stuck home sick. Bake a healthy treat. Sip hot tea.

Other suggestions on how to overcome a binge from you, my Sparkfriends, would be greatly appreciated!

Finally just a few photos of our epic snow accumulation:

My roof is accumulating icicles and an ice dam, which is not good. Luckily it is a metal roof and the heavy weight will slide off once the weather warms up. These icicles formed where the dryer vent comes out of the roof and melts the snow. I knocked most of the icicles down but took this photo before I knocked them off. Icicles are really beautiful but dangerous.

The snow berms are about 3 feet high; it will take a while for them to melt.

The view from my deck.

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    But Alison, you already have the answer to your question, you already did the perfect thing!!! You threw away the chocolates, and I must say when I read that I was amazed... Good for you!!! WOW! Really impressive. Like you, I try to never have any chocolates nor sweets in the house, but it is difficult when someone gives them as a gift (I have eaten some lately because of it too!). So this blog was actually an inspiration for me. Thank you!
    1373 days ago
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    Stay safe in this weather. Hope your cold is getting better, a lot of that right now. That is a really difficult time for me as well. I love fruit - sometimes eating frozen fruit with a scratchy throat is soothing and still a healthy treat.

    I am jealous. I love to snowshoe and every time we get snow this year it is followed by ice and then rain and then mud. Try to enjoy it while it lasts.
    1377 days ago
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    The views from your house are so gorgeous! I love the icicle picture! So pretty! emoticon
    1379 days ago
    Hi Alison...........
    You are emoticon !!!!! I know for sure that I have NEVER thrown away a perfectly good piece of chocolate. You have much more fortitude than I have. I CANNOT have chocolate around at all. I also find that if I do binge, it is usually when the weather is cold or I am totally stressed about something. When I do get the urge to splurge, I drink lots of water or find something else to do with my hands like a project I am currently working on or a drawer that needs cleaning.

    I know that you will turn this around. And you will replace urges with hiking or skiing as soon as the weather cooperates. emoticon
    1379 days ago
    Been there, done that. There's something about being sick...
    1379 days ago
    I seem to binge more when I am sick. I feel sorry for myself. Good thing you three the candy away.
    1379 days ago

    I think you and I need to think happy hiking thoughts. I miss my runs! I miss my trails! I've had enough of this snow!
    1379 days ago
    Makes me cold just looking at it. But so pretty.
    1379 days ago
    Oh dear Alison my friend sent me my favorite candy called " Sees " from California I ate the whole box!!! Yes I know!! I love them . I could not throw the out!!!
    Wow you sure have a lot of snow and yes those icicles are sharp also,when we lived on the farm our house had them all the way around us kids had a ball knocking them down,plus on the barn.
    Do you stock up with food before the snow storm arrives? Do you ever get an unexpected one?
    I pray you will feel better real soon, down here in Pa. we have a flu going around also.We have been passed over with it so far. We are to get an ice storm tomorrow into Wed.. That I do not drive in I had my mammogram today so will not be going out for 2 days . Went to the store earlier for some things jut in case. you take care Allison be careful going out my friend
    1379 days ago
    I think you did exactly the right thing - good job! You got rid of the offending treats, you analyzed why it happened and you made a plan to prevent future binges. Give yourself credit!
    1379 days ago
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