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Yesterday's Struggle

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

I'm not going to lie, yesterday was a BIG struggle for me. I had a stressful family situation going on and I had sweets/chocolate cravings for all of the afternoon and evening.

In spite of joining the Taming Your Sweet Tooth Challenge a few days ago and journaling about the cravings, I was ready last night to throw in the towel and binge. If not for blogging, "Breaking Up With Sweets" and getting Incredible Support from fellow Sparkers and Spark friends, alike, I would have succumbed to temptation. I truly appreciate each and every word of encouragement!!!

Instead of eating food (sweets) I didn't need, I washed the dinner dishes. I had been so depressed yesterday afternoon and evening that I was going to leave the dishes for today, but doing them got my mind off my cravings and I woke up to a clean kitchen this morning. Win-Win!!! I also brushed my teeth, which is my signal that I'm done eating for the day.

Today, the situation hasn't changed, but things seem more manageable, and I am reconciled to accepting the situation, however it turns out. I have walked, done my physical therapy, tracked my nutrition, am drinking lots of water, and have interacted with Spark friends and Spark Teammates and have tried to stay positive.

One day at a time, I'm going to try HARD to stay strong. Thanks to fellow Sparkers, I continue to believe I can do it. And, please, if anyone reading this ever needs support, please reach out to me and I will be there for you, too. Thanks again, everyone, from the bottom of my heart!!!!
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    Stress leads to
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    You can defeat them
    207 days ago
    It's so hard to resist sweets even in good times, so you deserve a pat on the back. emoticon
    210 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon What a wonderful blog! I'm very sorry there are family issues you are dealing with, but you are doing a emoticon job of managing your cravings. Doing the dishes and brushing your teeth were perfect actions to keep you from getting into binge-eating.

    You're a great inspiration! emoticon
    211 days ago
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    211 days ago
    Way to go on not giving in to temptation, Miller!!
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    I'm so sorry that you are experiencing these struggles! That is the most dangerous time - it's when the unhealthy habits from our past rear their ugly heads LOL. You did so good with the choices you made, and actions you took to avoid falling prey to the cravings. Be very proud of yourself on sticking with it!
    Thank you so much for all of the support and friendship that you have shown to me. I am here for you also! With the support of friends and people who love us, we are able to conquer so much!!
    Hugs to you, my friend!!
    212 days ago
    I've had a lifelong battle with sugar. Sometimes I win, but not for long. I want to make this my final time battling and not look back.
    212 days ago
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    Stay strong. Like you said, the cravings are fleeting. You did fantastic despite all the stuff going on in your life. emoticon
    212 days ago
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    I am struggling this year and must get back on track. Thank you for being a great inspiration and example for me!
    212 days ago
    Sorry things are stressful for you and your family right now. You did the right thing! Glad you liked my nap suggestion from the other blog comment. I find just like you did getting up and doing a chore or something else keeps my mind off the food-wanting to have it for whatever reason and I don't need it!
    I know all about family and problems-mine was a constant battle for years and it still rears up once in awhile. I blame that for my gaining 150 pounds in the first place-always turned to food to drown my sorrows. So, don't do it! You keep losing that weight and keep it going down. Don't let anyone or anything get in your way of a healthy life! If you aren't too stressed - taking that nap can refresh you and get your mind off things-it works like a charm.
    I am glad you are having success with the blogging and support from friends and team members-I am here for you. While on vacation next week- I am going to do my best to stay off the junk food and not overeat. Your blogs and some others will help me keep me accountable. So thank you for your support too-I have appreciated your messages and glad we are spf's!
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    212 days ago
    emoticon you did it. It's like rolling one stone at a time, and you did the first one. Give your self a big pat on the back, you deserve it. I will have to remember the trick brushing your teeth, is a sign you are done eating for the day. I like that idea. emoticon Miller emoticon
    213 days ago
    I am sorry to hear about the stress in your family. I'm glad you rose about it, not compounding the problem with another. You're making wise choices, to stay on course!! emoticon

    213 days ago
    emoticon finding distractions.
    213 days ago
    Everyone needs support, when I get sweet craving, I try and eat some honey or sugar free hard candy
    213 days ago
    Yes you got this! One step & day at a time!
    213 days ago
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