Why did I eat so much candy???

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   Posted 10/27/2008 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
We all have triggers. Some of them we know and others remain a mystery. Some may bother us today and tomorrow they don't affect us at all.
I know a few of my triggers. The weather is a BIGGIE for sure. Our temps currently have been dropping and getting colder. Add in a little rain as well as a few snow flakes and it is a sure fire bet to say that I will be in more severe pain.
Another trigger for me is drinking diet soda out of a can. I just CAN'T do it. If I do tomorrow will come a flare.
CANDY. Why oh why do they sell such yummy goodness and at this time of year it is EVERYWHERE!!!
Cold weather+Diet Pepsi in a can+ tiny little Butterfingers......=
P. A. I. N. nono nono
It's my own fault. I knew as I was doing it (eating and drinking) that I would feel just dreadful today yet my defenses were down. I was hungry and the dang cravings (chocoholic) were getting to me. Only had canned soda to drink so I did.
Now my normal pain level of 6 (which I manage) is swaying back and forth between an 8 and 9.
Add in the stress of having a dog undergoing cancer therapy...attempting to sleep on the couch (but really NOT) to monitor her....neighbors motion light on the fritz and staying on ALL NIGHT LONG shining directly in my face and what do I do??? EAT MORE CANDY. It's like perfect tasting PAIN.
Good God I am a glutton for punishment. I can't wait till the stores have sold out of those tiny little candy bars. The more I eat the more I want and the more pain it creates. Where is the OFF button???
The more time I spend with people, the more I like my dog.

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   Posted 10/27/2008 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Susi,

First of all I am sorry about your dog. How is he/she doing?

I know what you mean, I bought the second batch of halloween candy today. I tried to get things that I didn't like, but did get some hersheys bars. MYbad? The others I got were skittles and candy bracelets. But I just had to get more chocolate, the first ones that I ate were kitkat and twix bars. I love dark chocolate the most, but I didn't get that. Almost did.

Good luck with not eating chocolate. I got chocolate fudge brownie mixes today too. Was looking at the dove dark chocolate. Okay, I will stop talking about it.

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   Posted 10/28/2008 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   


One thing to keep reminding yourself.  Chocolate (especially dark & semisweet) can be poisonous to dogs.  So, by you eating all the chocolate, you are actually helping your dog! smilewinkgrin

Seriously, I'm the exact same way with Twix bars.  When I was living in CA, I could go through a bag of those minis in one day. shocked    The more I had, the more I wanted.  BTW-when I was quitting smoking, my candy intake nearly sent me into a sugar coma.  Just like smoking, I do think that there is such a thing as a chocolate addiction.  There is a drug in chocolate that is very similar to caffeine (dogs & cats can't metabolize it like we can).  So, maybe the chocolate plus the diet Pepsi is making you jittery.  You're already stressed out (and I really hope your dog is doing better), so all these things and the cold could be throwing you into a flare.  That's just my unwarranted, unproffessional, dx. wink

BTW-um, maybe I'm being stupid here (wouldn't be the first time), but do you mean that you can't drink diet Pepsi out of a can-even if you pour it into a glass?  LOL-if not, stop drinking it out of the can and pour it into a glass!  Oh, BTW-I don't like eating ice cream with a metal spoon.  Maybe we all have some weird metal deterrant/toxicity/anxiety. skull

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   Posted 10/28/2008 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I waited until Sunday while grocery shopping to buy the Halloween candy thinking that it was close enough to beggars night (Fri) to be safe! I ate 5 of the small candy bars on Sunday night! I ate another two yesterday. I AM DONE!!! I always buy what we like since we get such a small amount of kids. I want to have enough so as not to run out but then of course it's here to devour! :)
I am just mad at myself to already have a trigger in place to deal with (weather) yet I added in two others making a triple whammy. I know better. It's now down to 30 degrees outside, high winds and very damp. I walk outside in this stuff every day.
My girl is fighting the dreaded cancer beast and has been for nearly 4 years now. It just gets overwhelming at times especially when I feel so bad physically and my energy levels are so drained due to my constant lack of sleep. I wish I could talk with my neighbor about her motion light so that it wasn't ON all night long. Last night I nearly called her at 3am. If I was awake due to her lack of consideration (I have mentioned it in the past months ago and she was SO SORRY and would "correct" the problem), I wanted her to be awake as well. mad

If it starts out in a can and then poured into a glass it makes no difference. It does throw me into a flare. I don't know what it is about the aluminum. Drinking out of a plastic bottle (which I usually do) doesn't have the same affect. Consuming too much sugar also throws me into a flare. The chemical in the chocolate toxic to dogs is theobromine. Fortunately my dog doesn't bother with eating any chocolate!! MORE for me....
The more time I spend with people, the more I like my dog.

Post Edited (luvmyboxer) : 10/28/2008 7:37:52 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/28/2008 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Susi-

I wish the best for your dog, 4 yrs now? That has to be hard on both of you.

The temperature here this morning was 24 degrees- Sherrine has no idea how many people are coming to stay with her in Florida this winter!! smilewinkgrin   It was cold yesterday too and I had a few errands to run and my pain was 8 and 9. This will be my first winter with fibro and if this is any inkling of what it's going to be like- no thanks!!

On Halloween night when the trick or treaters come, I'm going to give candy out in handfuls so I don't have any left here to tempt me!


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   Posted 10/28/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Awe Susi, you have my prayers for your dog, pets can get very attached to us
and us to them. After 17 years this past January I lost my Maximillion (cat). He's
had stopped eating and drinking and would walk and walk and when you looked into
his eye's , well he just wasn't there, the vet told us he had bad thyroid and heart and
medicine for one or the other would kill him, so we did the humane thing and he was put to sleep
on 9 January 2008. It was so very hard and it will be for you too and you'll know when it's time,
you have my prayers and well wishes till then and I do hope your dog gets better.
I now have two lil cats as they are getting almost to the adult stage and it's good to have
them, of course I still have my moments of missing lil Max, but we had so many good times...
As for the neighbors light, go and try to talk to her about it again.
Take care and lots of soft hugz..........
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   Posted 10/28/2008 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Susi I hope the best for your baby. It is so hard on us when they are sick. We only went through a week with Brandy this summer and it was horrible and so painful to watch her go down hill so fast.
I think the lack of sunshine also makes us eat chocolate trying to get more serotonin. I'm seriously thinking of getting a light box for when the days get gloomy. It was 27 this morning but the sun is shinning. Yesterday it was in the 40s but getting out made my hands hurt so bad. It's time for coats and gloves and I don't even have summer clothes put away yet and winter ones out.
I drink diet Pepsi in the can all the time and have noticed no extra pain. Nor does sweets seem to make me hurt worse. Maybe if they did I wouldn't eat so much of them.
I'm not buying any candy this year. Grandkids won't be here and we have had so few since living here I'm not going to do it.
I would talk to your neighbor about the light and explain about your dog and hopefully they will fix it. If not can you put something on the window to block out the light??? I don't know why but sometimes our motion lights on the back of the house stay on, but they are not shining in someone's window. The sensors do go out.
Good luck
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   Posted 10/28/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Susi, I hope your dog is doing fine and will be in great shape again soon.  This is stressful for you so you are more likely to eat what you shouldn't.  That being said, I can make up all sorts of excuses and promises so I can eat what I shouldn't.  I'm diabetic and those little Baby Ruth's keep calling my name.  I figured if I put them in the freezer, they won't be so handy and that does work but  you do break a few teeth when trying to eat them!  ~pfft...Sherrine spitting out little chunks or her crowns~  smhair
Just think....Soon as the Halloween candy goes, the Christmas candy comes in, along with the cookies, fudge, etc.  shocked    It's a never-ending battle.
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