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    Sweetest T, I sooo MISS you-you-YOU and it's not only refreshing but it restores me. I'm not the *best* at friendships on a whole (due to upbringing) but I want to learn so, those who have truly touched my life are a *blessing* and everyone on our Late In Life Mommies (from our ancient days) will forever have a *special* place in my heart.
    64 days ago

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    Oh what a *special* day!! The sun has risen & the birds are singing...& yes, it is *me* your old friend Annie, my darling!! I must ask HOW ARE YOU? Clint is retiring at end of THIS Month, so we embark on several *new* adventures soon. Let us make the 'forever' a 'never again' before we touch down sweet T!! True friends are the rarest *gift* we have in this life. We are well, dear friend, and I hope you and yours are well too!!
    Love, yer' Annie emoticon
    153 days ago
    Hi Tina. So nice to see your comment. I’m looking forward to having my spark friend support system again. What group are you active in? I’d love to join.
    165 days ago
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    Hope it's okay that I let you know that in my intensive course on controlling bingeing, they say there is a strong correlation between night time eating and not eating enough during the day, especially early in the day. But it is also a matter of habit. If we've had that habit before, it can assert itself for quite awhile. I used to eat pretty binge foods solidly from midafternoon through the night even though I ate breakfast, lunch, and a morning snack. I still marvel that my nights are rarely a problem now, and when I was working, I still often got the urge to start the beginnings of the night time eating at the same time on work days because it was right after students left (I was a high school teacher from midlife to retirement) and yet I still had hours and hours of work to do before I could rest for the night. But after I made my turnaround, instead of that first bite, I would have a cup of decaf with creamer and stevia, and just hold on until a proper dinner! If I could do that, I could get through the night okay.

    But there are lots of ways to counteract these things! And I don't want you to think that I'm going to bombard you all the time. Good luck and see you on the boards.
    188 days ago
  • v OOLALA53
    Welcome to Living Binge Free, where we hold your hand to combat bingeing no matter what the scale says! Some of us think more about losing the bingeing and compulsive overeating than we focus on losing weight (even though our core members have all lost 20% or more of their weight and have maintained for a few years or even more). No one can sustain weight loss without learning to deal with the body's attachment to low nutrient foods and to wanting to get excess fat back, fat that it thinks the body needs to live, but we know better! We're here for the long term living, not lose and gain, lose and gain. Come play with us!

    I saw your comment above about finding the right plan to support your "Whys." Bingers are sometimes walking a bit finer line than those who have just been doing simple overeating at meals or snacks. What might work in the short run for the latter-some more drastic means- and yet be sustained can lead to the dread pendulum swings of short run success and tough urges to gorge that they don't overcome for bingers who have lived with that pattern before. But we can't always depend on NOT feeling those urges, so we have to find the right mix of eating and resisting triggers for us. You are completely right that it takes some experimenting to see if it's the plan or faulty thinking patterns in response to the urges or both that's the issue. And there IS evidence that it can be much better to simply maintain than it is to lose and gain. Even maintaining can mean making some real changes. Losing a lot of weight cannot be our only motivation to stop bingeing or the likelihood of sustaining will be in jeopardy when the scale doesn't move down. I've seen that be the straw that broke the camel's back in the general population on Spark over and over in my 13+ years here.

    I'd love to bandy about ideas with you individually, if you like, through mail or on the team. We do more of our food discussions on the 21-day streak thread, though some people just count days there. You don't even have to count; just use it as a daily accountability for not bingeing, even if you go off your plan a bit. Going over calories is not a binge! Being able not to binge and seeing ourselves improve the ratio of days of not-bingeing to bingeing can help us gain the discipline not to go off our plans at all, as time goes on.

    I hope I haven't been too much of a preacher. I can get carried away! If it resonates, please be in touch and if not, I sincerely wish for you to find a team that is the right match. Having the LBF team as a safe place for me to work out my thoughts and plans- and also stumbling on a very workable plan -over time- has been crucial. I wish the same for everyone!
    188 days ago

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