To celebrate a total of 100 days on the job (77+23), I'm going to write one of my 10-things lists...
Ten Things About 100 Days of Abstinence
- It's been much easier than I thought it would be.
- I rarely obsess or even think about what I'm going or not going to eat.
- I feel more calm than I have for a long time.
- I seem to get more done and have a tad more energy.
- I'm starting to be more aware of my feelings and to be able to name them.
- I look forward to the weekly OA meetings.
- I think I can continue doing this for another 100 days.
- However, I will still try to take it just one day at a time.
- It feels as though a more honest me is emerging.
- I started at size 18 jeans and now my 14s are starting to feel a bit baggy.
Ten MORE Things About 100 Days of Abstinence
- Dropping sizes is good, but the real reward is the return to a foundation of sanity.
- I've only felt a strong urge to have binge foods one or two times.
- I cheat a little with my food plan by having a taste or nibble now and then while preparing meals.
- I have to keep a wary eye on nibbling and tasting. Right now I'm being lenient about it, but that may need to change.
- I've started taking better care of myself in other ways, such as doing arm exercises.
- I believe the 12-step program is an important part of making this a life change. I am working on step 4 using an event writing method suggested by a member of my OA group. It takes a lot of time.
- I haven't weighed myself at all, not even on day one. My "no scale" policy is working very well for me.
- Writing this blog is very helpful in understanding and placing value on my food addiction recovery process.
- Reading other recovery blogs and exchanging comments is inspirational, instructive and motivating for me.
- I got tears in my eyes at Saturday's OA meeting. I rarely cry (once or twice a year?) and never in public.
Re-reading my two lists, I'd have to give this period of time at least 5 bright, optimistic stars!