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8/24/09 1:06 P

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Good job stopping and limiting yourself! Keep up the good work.

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8/24/09 12:20 P

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THE COOKIES WERE TALKING TO ME! Man, I was doing so good. I got home from running around and wham I wolfed down 4 cookies. Chocolate coated cookies. Sigh. They tasted really good. I did however notice because I have been eating healthy for almost 2 weeks that they tasted really sweet. I have polished off way more cookies in one sitting in the past. 4 was the limit. I actually had a limit. So I guess I learned something new today. My body is also talking to me and I heard it today. Wow. When you try to look for the positives in the "fall off the wagon" moment - it can be really hard to see past the negative self abuse but its there. I saw it as I shared my temptations with you today! Yay for fellow sparks!

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8/22/09 11:57 P

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That is such helpful advice! I will definitely plan to do that next time I go out. I am entirely too social to keep myself locked in my apartment snacking on carrots and lettuce :-) Besides, I'm trying to learn a lifestyle change-one that will work whether I'm at home or out and about with my friends and family. I love that I can look at today as a new day and not feel super discouraged from messing up the previous day(thanks to everyone's encouragement).There is absolutely strength in numbers!!

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8/22/09 11:14 P

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I think it's important to vent and share on Spark. Logging your foods keeps you honest, and makes you realize what you are putting in you. Can I make a couple of suggestions? You don't have to say no to go out with friends for dinner, it the choices you make. Familiarize yourself with the menu, and pick some items you like. What ones are better choices? When you get there drink a glass of water before you eat, while you are waiting for your food. When you get your food, immediately cut your portions in half and put in a to go box right away (to keep you from just finishing it off because it's there or while you wait). I don't know if those ideas will help you, but they have helped me so much! Especially the halving bigger portions and putting in a to go box right away. I go crazy if I don't go out and enjoy sometimes, I'm just learning there are smarter ways to do it. Don't feel bad, just keep going for tomorrow.

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8/22/09 9:59 P

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TEACHERJ - You vented in the right place and your situation has happened to all of us, which is most likely why we wound up at SparkPeople.

I have been trying to lose the last 8# for about 20 years now, give or take 5#. I used to be able to get to 125#, just couldn't stay there. Now I am having trouble getting there. I have read every article, tried every trick and seem to be bull-headed in the evening when I want to undo all the good I did throughout the day.

Tonight however, I tried something new. I took a luggage tie and locked my refrigerator door so I will have to consciously untie it before I start nibbling. Let's see how long that lasts!!

Don't obsess about eating out with a friend - tomorrow is another day and your "cheat day" is behind you. Just make sure you don't turn it into a "cheat week" or a "cheat month" or a "cheat year" like I have done in the past. emoticon

Welcome to our group. emoticon

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TEACHERJ Posts: 9
8/22/09 6:55 P

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Thanks for all of the support. It's nice to find people who are striving for the same goals =)

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8/22/09 6:15 P

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I so wish there was a superglue saddle I would have been using it from the beginning unfortunately, we're not that lucky. but on a positive note though at least you were able to recognise where your mistakes were, and own up to them, that's amazing, don't lose sight of that, just keep working at it you'll get there. emoticon

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8/22/09 1:33 P

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I give you tons of credit it a very haed thing to do "confessing" I think alot of us dont confess and we fall more often because of that. I too was going along real well then hubby brought home the cheese cake ok so i have had not 1 but 3 peices grrrrr!! But today is a new day so back on track for me dont feel bad after all you confessed put it behind you and go forward. I think of it as pratice makes perfect enough practice and ill finally get it down.
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8/22/09 7:58 A

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We have ALL fallen off that horse, that is why we are here! Plan your meals and snacks. Record your foods on the nutrition counter. IT is one of the best tools. I am a teacher so I know how stressful THAT can be. Keep your snacks prepared and your water near you. Try not to feel like you had a cheat day. You are just in a process of learning some new skills and it will take you a while to get the hang of it. I have been at it since June. It's not an INSTANT gratification diet, it's a process that is on going and once I let go of feeling like I had to be perfect every moment, I felt LIGHTER emotionally. Some days I might eat over my calorie allotment. Some days I actually eat less. I am learning where I spend my calories as well. It's NOT always where I thought I used them. So, we are all learning together! Good luck...You can do it...REALLY!!! :)

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8/22/09 6:33 A

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Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail."
~ Confucius
Without failure there is no motivation to succeed. So you ate a little crazy, that's cool. You know what you did now remember how it made you feel. Next time before you make the decision to waver from your diet, your goal, your whatever it might be, think about this time. Think about if whatever you want to do is worth going against your goal? If the answer is yes then do it, if the answer is NO then don't. it really is that simple, the difficult part is being honest I mean TOTALLY honest when you make that judgement call.

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Hi there,

It is best to get it off your chest here on spark. One of the members will surely give you some advice on the saddle and the glue. LOL

Every day is a new day and another challenge, you will be victorious. Just keep on moving forward, dont give up.

God Bless You.

Heila, Cape Town South Africa.

My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19

The Lord sustains the fatherless and the widow. Psalm 146:9

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... It's about learning to dance in the rain.


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8/22/09 1:43 A

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I joined the website this week, and was so careful this morning and afternoon. And then...it happened... A friend of mine called me up and wanted to treat me to mexican (Don Pablo's) for supper. I, of course, knew that I would have a "cheat day" and decided it would be tonight. I found myself, however, doing my best to avoid entering the seemingly MILLION calories from dinner AKA "moments of weakness." I know that once you fall off the horse, you're supposed to pick yourself up and get back on again; but my question is, Is there a horse out there that possibly has a super-glue saddle so that I don't HAVE to fall off? I'm not sure why I'm pouring out my heart here on this forum, other than I'm really needing to confess :-) Maybe I should start a blog or something emoticon

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