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100 Day Challenge Bunch - Day 99: It's Not in Here!


No matter how long you stay on your diet or maintenance plan, food will still always look good! And you'll never be completely free of the temptation to eat something when you feel stressed or upset and need nurturing and solace.

On days when the world lets you down, food will always have an appeal. It's simply quick, easy, and available, giving you an instant solution to whatever's troubling you.

To safeguard yourself from struggles with emotional eating, you've learned a lot of tricks such as placing notes on your mirror or repeating certain phrases to yourself. But here's one more way to catch yourself before you dig into the food.

"It's not in here!"

Make a sign that says, "It's not in here!" Then place it at eye level on your refrigerator or your cupboard. Whenever you start to open these doors, read the sign and remind yourself that food cannot be a solution to your emotional needs.

Then pull out all your resources for emotional coping and do something else. Instead of staring into the refrigerator at the end of the day, use healthier ways to get an "instant fix." Keep some baby carrots or celery available for when you want to chew on your boss. Maintain a good supply of your favorite teas or special diet sodas within easy reach.

Seek out the perfect music to play on those days when you're troubled or exhausted. Store it in your CD player or other device so you can hit the "play" button as soon as you get in the car or walk in your front door.

Move toward joy

While eating can certainly give you pleasure, it doesn't bring real peace or joy. After a difficult day, food won't provide the true level of nurturing and satisfaction you seek. So instead of eating to feel better, look for a solution that will actually address your real needs.

Continue to discover what works for you, then use these tricks again and again to help you manage life without reaching for food. If you weaken and you're tempted to rip open the cookies or chips, remind yourself, "What I really need isn't in here!" Then look for healthy ways to address your needs and move yourself closer to the true joy of life.

  Tami Replied:

A few things I've learned on this journey:

1) Food WILL always look good.
2) As much as I wanted to....I will never find a cure to emotional eating
3) I will stumble at times and revert back to old eating habits

But the most important thing I have learned is this:

I am strong and determined and I CAN achieve my goals if I don't give up. The power to live as a thin, healthy person has been inside me all along.

  Pinkdream Replied:

What a great revelation Tami! You are showing us how not to give up! Biggest thing I have learned is never ever give up! Even if you take a years worth of pauses.

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  Anonymous Replied:

Wow, This set of Group was not organized and it was scattered all over the place, no one wanted to help, or participate, people kept saying they would do something and then no one showed up and so it was crazy 2010, I sure hope the next 8 yrs is better its crazy looking at all this stuff and watching how people are changing, how they are becoming less focused on the out come rather they are here just to give OPINIONS and Goof off you can say! Nothing serious, just in one day and out the next, so many people came and went as the light turns on and turns off. it has become this "ME" world!

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