Vacation, 32 Months Binge-Free and a Great Book

I hope everyone had a great labor day weekend!

Vacation was great. We had beautiful, sunny, beach weather, the kids had a blast looking for shells and going in the ocean (when the lifeguards said it wasn’t too rough) and it was relaxing.

I was truly unplugged, not tied to my laptop and it was really nice. I trained for this Saturday’s triathlon six days out of the eight we were away. There was a local gym I went to and used their pool, I ran on the boardwalk and biked on bicycle/family friendly streets, all according to my training schedule. So I’m still in a groove to do this triathlon this weekend and a second one the following weekend. Then I think that will be it for me as far as races go until the season starts up again late spring of 2011. Hopefully I will be a stronger, more confident swimmer by then =).

In addition, every night I enjoyed all the delicious treats that the Jersey shore has to offer. I ate in moderation, enjoyed it and didn’t give any of it a second thought.

As I mentioned prior to leaving, for the first vacation in memory, I did not bring down my calorie book to jot down every morsel I ate. Did I do some calculations in my head once in a while just to touch base to see where I was at, yes, but it was not nearly the obsession that it used to be. So freeing and empowering just to eat with no strings attached.

In fact, while we were away, I hit the 32-month mark of being binge-free! I added another bead to my bracelet. Actually, the bracelet broke a few weeks ago. I fixed it, but I have not been wearing it anymore. It is on the bulletin board at my desk, so I still see it every day. I took the breaking as a signal that I didn’t need to wear it on my wrist everyday anymore. I still look forward to hitting the 3-yr mark on January 1 and ordering my 3-year abstinence coin from OA.

Last, but certainly not least, I wanted to put out the word about a great book I’m in the middle of reading, called “Fat Boy, Thin Man” by Michael Prager. The author writes in great honesty and detail about how he overcame obesity, alcoholism and drugs. He writes about his addictions (among them gaining and losing 100 pounds over and over again) and poignantly tells how he has overcome them all to lead a healthy, productive life. I always find this type of book compelling. There is nothing like reading how someone struggled through the trenches of an addiction and made their way out. There is always something you can relate to and be inspired by. You can check his website out HERE.

Back to trying to catch up on a week’s worth of laundry, phone calls, etc….

Within the next day or so, tune in, as I will be making an announcement.

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  1. Karen
    07 September 2010, 6:22 pm

    First I need to congratulate you! On your binge-free life and your vacation eating and working out. Then I need to tell you how impressed I am that you are doing another tri so soon and then one right after that! You have been truly bit by the bug, it seems.
    Karen´s last blog post ..Twiddling My Thumbs Again

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks across the board, karen!
    lol! hopefully being bitten by the bug isn’t going to come back to bite my body with soreness doing two so close together.

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  2. Lisa
    07 September 2010, 7:48 pm

    Congratulations on being healthy and binge-free for 32 months! That’s fantastic. I think it’s okay to mentally calculate calories. We have to be accountable to ourselves. Even on vacation.
    Lisa´s last blog post ..It’s Time for Cycling Season!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, lisa! after counting/recording calories for decades, it’s kinda hard to get out of the habit when on vacation and not eating my ‘normal’ foods.

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  3. Cammy@TippyToeDiet
    07 September 2010, 9:55 pm

    I’m so glad you had such a great vacation! And congratulations on all your accomplishments!
    Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog post ..Shake It Up- Baby

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, cammy!

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  4. Julie - Big Girl Bombshell
    08 September 2010, 9:16 am

    First of All….congrats on ur great accomplishment of binge free! YOU are truly, truly an inspiration!
    Julie – Big Girl Bombshell´s last blog post ..Emotions Behind the Anger

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks so much, julie! i can’t believe it has been that much time!

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  5. MB
    08 September 2010, 2:23 pm

    Welcome Back! So happy you enjoyed your vacation and got to relax, unwind and unplug.

    Congrats on another month binge free. I can’t be positive but I think I’m around the 10 month mark and it feels great. There have been times in the past 10 months that I’ve overeaten but nothing coming close to a binge.

    I’m looking forward to your announcement ….
    MB´s last blog post ..101 Days of Summer Challenge Finale

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, mb and congrats on 10 months, that is so awesome!!!! i have overeaten as well here and there, but never a binge.

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  6. Yum Yucky
    08 September 2010, 4:29 pm

    Hello, my doll! That’s some excellent vacation-ing you did. 🙂
    Yum Yucky´s last blog post ..Open Discussion- Should Fat Cops Be Patrolling the Streets

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! thanks! it was great to get away, but always nice to come back too =). nice to have the kids back at school.

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  7. Jody - Fit at 52
    08 September 2010, 5:30 pm

    What a fantastic accomplishment for you!!! Not only the 32 month mark but all you were able to do on vacation.. the eating & enjoying & not writing things down & feeling good about it & still training!!! One amazing lady!!!!! And I do the mental accountability & works for me…

    WOW, 2 more triathlons!!! You are one wild 7 crazy woman!!!! Can’t wait to here more & see pics!

    And more excitement with an announcement!!!!
    Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog post ..Butt Glutes Lifter-Leg Toning Move

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks so much, jody! i just love the training and goals associated with doing these triathlons. i also love what the cross training is doing for my body.

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  8. Rita @ The Giggly Bits
    08 September 2010, 5:47 pm

    I am endlessly proud of you. You’re one of my many heroes 🙂
    Rita @ The Giggly Bits´s last blog post ..Be the 5

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    aw, thanks, rita! right back at ya!

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  9. Sagan
    08 September 2010, 8:20 pm

    So happyproud! Those beads are piling up 🙂

    The book sounds really good.
    Sagan´s last blog post ..HITT and the City

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, sagan!
    and yes, the book is quite compelling. it is always so great to read about how someone fought their food addiction, as well as other addictions. i think a lot of us can relate.

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  10. amanda
    09 September 2010, 7:23 am

    I love the fact you track your success. I need to do something like that so I can feel better about what I have achieved instead of dweeling on my negative actions. Also the book sounds interesting, it seems that multiple addictions can go hand and hand (like what I deal with!!).
    amanda´s last blog post ..Peanut Butter Cup Coffee

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i am definitely a tracker by nature. anal is probably a better word to use, but tracker sounds nicer =). and yes, you should do something to mark your achievements!!
    yes, i think you would enjoy that book. i think anyone with any type of addiction could identify and learn from it.

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  11. Lisa
    09 September 2010, 2:04 pm

    Congrats on 32 months!!! That is so awesome!! I’m on day 3 and this time feels different. I’m just trying to edge towards “normal” and lose the horrible obsessive diety ways. “Eating with no strings attached” is my goal 🙂

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks and congrats to you!!! keep up the great work!!

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  12. Elizabeth
    01 February 2011, 6:59 pm

    Hi! Love your blog. I\’m abstinent 8 days..It is very difficult…check out my blog and follow me!…www.countingdays.org. Thanks and Congrats! I hope I achieve what you have achieved!

    Elizabeth

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    hi elizabeth, congrats on 8 days! that’s a fantastic achievement. keep up the great work. it isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it. thanks for the link to your blog, i’ll check it out.

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  13. lorilou
    29 March 2011, 5:09 pm

    I just stumbled on this blog and just can’t NOT comment. I, too, can identify with much of your story and, too, have felt compelled to share. I recently published STOP THINKING ABOUT IT: WINNING THE EMOTIONAL BATTLE SURROUNDING FOOD AND WEIGHT LOSS. It’s so scary to share this kind on personal struggle, like you said, but overnight I decided to do it. Yes, I can relate to passionate projects. If you’d like to know more about my story and how I’ve had health AND happiness for about 6 years now, you can visit stopthinkingaboutit.com. To clarity!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks for sharing and for your shameless plug :-). i will definitely check out your site. congrats on your success!!!

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  14. alan
    13 July 2011, 2:32 am

    I have been attending Food Addicts in Recovery Anonomous and after 40 years of obesity (over 450 pounds/5’10″ Male) to my weight now of 215 pounds (lost 235 pounds).

    This recovery worked after I tried everything including OA. There is a big difference!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    congrats! thanks for the tip!

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