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Old 08-11-2011, 11:49 PM
 
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I just remembered another thing I do.

Instead of eating, if I feel like munching but I know I don't need to eat, I'll hold my mala (like rosary beads) and spin my beads and usually say a prayer or chant something to myself... even something silly like "nothing tastes as good as thin feels" or something like that. Or... "tomorrow a piece of cake!" so I won't eat then, but I am also telling myself the reason I'm not eating right then - because I am watching my weight or because tomorrow I'm treating myself.

There are 108 beads on a mala, 108 beads on a rosary, and according to Susan Sarandon in the movie Bill Durham 108 stitches on a baseball. So I suppose I sit there and convince myself not to eat over and over again 108 times... plus one last time for the guru bead.
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:59 PM
 
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Cool, what a great tea site! Too bad you don't live closer, you could come over for tea. I love tea, nothing more fun than an afternoon tea party with friends...

I also do crafts, especially beading and needlework, can't munch and do beading.

As for kids, I must have been a terrible Mom, I told them to fix their own food...and buy it too...and hide everything yummy from me, they kept their cookie stash in their rooms.
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:12 AM
 
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True! Keeping the hands busy really helps. I used to do a lot of knitting. Can't eat and knit, either!

OP - walking is really helpful for your spirit. I don't even think of it as exercise or anything... just put your headphones on, some comfy shoes, and walk. Breathe. I find myself smiling for no apparant reason, like a big goofball. I even walk in the rain. I started this a few years ago. At first there were times when I didn't feel like walking, so I wouldn't. But then I'd feel bad for not walking. So now... on the days I don't feel like walking, I remind myself..."Hey! Remember when you didn't want to last time? And how bad you felt? Well... get walking lady!" and I make myself go regardless, and then I always have a good time. I always come back home feeling better than when I left. Walking is great. Especially with good music or listening to NPR fresh tracks or something. Not the radio. The radio sucks. Excuse my language.

I walk every day by myself, and a few times a week I meet up with a friend and walk with them, too. That keeps a person happy. And when you're walking, you're also not eating or counting calories.
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:27 AM
 
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I think it is important to identify what area of your life is triggering the eating. What can you do to change it? I know for me it was a horrible job situation. I changed it, and feel much better.
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