Friday, December 14, 2012

blog hiatus

Wow!!!  Has it really been almost 2 months since I've posted??  Crazy how time passes.  Unlike other times when I haven't posted, this time I'm doing very well.  This time of year my work load increases, as do family responsibilities.  Not to mention the ever expanding to do list during the holidays.

Life has been crazy, but I'm grateful to say that my eating hasn't!  I've been actively participating in my eating disorder support group, and I've gotten such wonderful help from others who struggle with the same food issues as I do.  God is good!

I'm looking forward to this weekend - I have some surprises in store for my husband.  His 40th birthday is next week.  Hard to believe.  I've known him since he was 16.  Again - crazy how time passes.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

new day, fresh start

Dear Diary,

Today I will remain binge free.  The debit card will remain at home when I go to work so that I don't have the means to by binge foods.

Dear God,

Grant me the willingness to eat healthy and make healthy choices.  Be my strength today, because your strength is much stronger than my compulsive overeating issues.  Amen

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Back to Step 1

Dear Diary,

Around mid-day the cravings began.  I'd been binge free for 10 days, and hadn't really had too many cravings to speak of.  They seemed to come out of the blue.  Maybe there was a reason, but I haven't figured it out.  I still don't know if it's important to determine a reason or if it's ultimately irrelevant.

I texted a friend from my support group, thinking that would help.  When I left work, I should have called someone, but I didn't.  I chose to stop at the grocery store and buy binge foods.  I sat in the parking lot and ate.  I ate all the way home.  Then I began to feel sick.  I made one good choice - I threw the rest of the food away, which was about 3/4 of what I'd purchased.

I'm back to step 1, but still on the path to wellness.  Still fighting.  Still aware that there are other choices when issues arise.

Monday, October 22, 2012

baby shower

Dear Diary,

I went to a baby shower yesterday, and I handled it well.  Special occasions like this are very difficult for me.  I've handled the food at such events a variety of ways, many of which are unhealthy.

Option A - Eat nothing, then feel deprived and binge later.
Option B - Eat small amounts of everything that I like.  Then the sugar causes cravings which often results in a binge later.
Option C - If everyone else is overeating, join in.
Option D - Eat small amounts of only the healthy foods. Fruit, veggies, but no dip or cheese or other fatty foods.  Feel deprived, then go to the store to purchase some of the foods that I really wanted and overeat later.

This time, I ate fruit, veggies and dip, and crackers and cheese.  No cake, cookies, chocolate or punch.  This worked well!!  I enjoyed what I ate and didn't feel deprived.  I didn't have cravings afterwards.  Great balance.

Before I went to the shower, I prayed for help and I texted a friend so that I would be accountable.  I told myself "it's easier to say no than stop"and "the sugary foods aren't there for me, I don't eat them."  Notice that I didn't say "can't" eat them.  I "don't" eat them.  Somehow this small difference can mean a lot.  It means that I'm not depriving myself, but I'm making a healthy choice.

I also made a point to enjoy the people.  At this particular event, this wasn't easy because I didn't know very many of the people there.  But my daughter went with me, so I enjoyed her company.  I treated it as a "girl's day out" because it was a 30 minute trip each way, and the countryside was absolutely beautiful.

Looking forward to putting this approach into practice during the upcoming holidays!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

positive results

Dear Diary,

I can already see some positive results after only 7 1/2 days of being binge free!  

*I have more energy and I don't tire as easily.
*I spend more time concentrating on my family and friends than food.
*I have't wasted money on binge foods.
*I've already lost some weight.
*My mood is better.
*I'm not experiencing the mood swings that tend to occur with rapidly changing blood sugar levels.  

I'm so grateful to be binge free, and I look forward to continuing on this healthy path.  The most important change that this brings is that I'm closer to God.  I'm asking for his help, strength, and accepting his love and forgiveness rather than putting food in his place.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Quote from General George Patton, revised a bit to remove profanity:

"I don't want to get any messages saying, 'I am holding my position...... we are advancing constantly and we are not interested in holding onto anything......  Our basic plan of operation is to advance and to keep on advancing regardless of whether we have to go over, under, or through the enemy"

Are you simply holding your position, or are you learning, growing and changing?  Are you advancing toward healthy goals or are you stuck?

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Dear Diary,

I went to a retreat today with some members of my support group.  I'm so very grateful that I went.  It gave me hope.  I learned so much.  It's comforting to know that there are other compulsive overeaters that can completely relate to my struggles, and that many of them have been able, with the help of God and others who have "been there", maintain sanity.

Today was the first day in a long while that I didn't binge.  I pray that this experience will be a turning point for me.