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Regarding your personal vice(s), what thought process tends to bring you success at overcoming a binge?

Asked by ninjacolin (14238points) March 3rd, 2015
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Maybe you used to over-eat when you’re bored.
Maybe you’ve cut way back on drinking since 20 years ago.
Maybe you have to work with your ex but you never spend time outside of work with them.
Maybe you haven’t had McDonald’s since August last year.
Maybe you allow yourself a cookie but never more than 2 per day… anymore.

Whatever your personal vice is, when the temptation is right in your face but you navigate it courageously and successfully.. do you ever notice a repeated mental pattern that seems to consistently (even if you fail here or there) bring you away from over-indulgence?

No need get into the particulars of your vice (unless you want to!) but what runs through your mind? What seems to work for you to keep you on the straight and narrow?

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filmfann's avatar

I am a diabetic, but I will have a few pieces of See’s candy if it is available. If I go nuts, I can eat half a box.
The rein in comes when my feet tingle from neuropathy, and I worry that if I am not careful and controlled, I will end up having my feet amputated.

trailsillustrated's avatar

I’m bad. After a chipped tooth, a broken finger and a black eye ( all woken up with) my dr. gave me naltrexone, it works for alcohol too.i didn’t want to be that person.

JLeslie's avatar

Disgust with myself and/or fear. It usually is food for me. I either can’t fit in my clothes, see a photo of myself, or start to get extremely worried I will have a heart attack.

Blackberry's avatar

Fear of turning into the drugged out people I’ve known and seen throughout my life.

anniereborn's avatar

My two vices are unhealthy eating and sitting on my ass. My motivation to become more healthy is to be able to do theater. Yep, health matters don’t motivate me, but my passion in life is seeming to.

hominid's avatar

@ninjacolin: “What seems to work for you to keep you on the straight and narrow?”

Paying attention. If I were to find myself sitting there with an empty pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and a stomach ache, it would be obvious that I just was not present when I started eating it. If I had been paying attention, I would not have done that – because I can look at that pint (or a plate of freshly-baked chocolate chip walnut cookies) and see indigestion, sluggishness, and weight gain.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

I just remember that Christ is right there with me, so I am exposing Him to it as well.

Stinley's avatar

I try to think about how hard it was to lose the weight in the first place. I also try to ask myself if I am hungry or is it an emotional need that I am trying to fill. I try to distract myself from the temptation, for example by having a hot drink instead or doing something else away from the kitchen.

I was reading an article about good intentions and how easy it is to have them but then give into temptations – you say you will have a healthy lunch but at lunchtime you walk past McDonalds, your stomach is rumbling and the smells are good so you end up getting a burger. The suggestion was that you have to change the decision point eg buy your lunch on the way in to work, take a pack lunch etc so that your do end up making a healthy lunch choice

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