Ep 0025 – The Tale of Two Listeners and a Virtual Sunny Stroll for Winter-bound Maddy

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Podcast Recap

I give winter-bound, listener, Maddy a taste of sunny California by podcasting as I walk around part of Descanso Gardens. I’m also inspired by the story of Maddy and Sandy and read a poignant comment of Maddy’s from a past episode. Learn how to sign up for the podcast email list to get your own Alien Robot graphic to print and hang on your fridge.


See my Garden Walk photo album on Facebook at https://facebook.com/compulsiveovereatingdiary

The pathetic Episode 4

When things don’t go as expected Episode 11

Maddy’s comment in full

Sandy’s Comment

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Descanso Gardens

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Host: Laurie Weaver

Main Theme: I’m Letting Go by Josh Woodward from The Simple Life Part 1

I’m Letting Go (Josh Woodward) / CC BY 3.0

Resource of the day

How to Make Aromatherapy Bath Salts a cool Wiki How article edited by Maluniu, Tabicat. I love to make my own bath salts and soak in them regularly. Take a look, maybe this fun project would appeal to you as well!
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6 thoughts on “Ep 0025 – The Tale of Two Listeners and a Virtual Sunny Stroll for Winter-bound Maddy

  1. Michelle

    Hello Laurie, I justed wanted to let you know that I am still here and wanted to congratulate you on 13 pounds lost ! I should tell you that I listen to your podcast on the Tune-In radio App, when I am not waiting in anticipation for your next podcast, you are in my thoughts.
    You were bang -on in your podcast today when you talkied about maybe people were not posting due to having struggles with their own eating issues and feeling shame about it. Weeeell, that would be me, and I am feeling shame, last I posted I had binged for a day and had listened to your podcasts over a few times and was confident I had it under control, not so, I have been binging ever since then, I have lost tract but I know it has been over a week. Then just today , I am starting to feel I can get it under control again, but the damage is done, any weight I hads lost previously will be right back on. Shame, and vulnerbility are big issues for me.
    I just wanted you to know I am still with you, and I wish all other brave companions the best as well.

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Ah, my dearest brave Michelle, how easy it is to communicate when things are going well, and how difficult when we have to admit, that life isn’t going exactly as we would wish. I’m so very touched and proud of you! I know so well that crazy, mixed up hatred, hope, and sad welling over that bingeing brings. I wish I had the power to erase it from your life, my life and the lives of all that suffer from it. Sadly, none of us can do that. But, what we can do, is as you have done. Come out of secret shame and say, “I am human, and I need support”. It is probably true that weight loss will take a hit from your latest binge episode, but all is not lost. I started this podcast 8 weeks ago after I realized I’d compulsively eaten back on 23 pounds in 6 months. And that is on top of the 40 pounds I needed to lose to get back to my best weight. I hate that I’m over 200 pounds. Again. But look what a miracle this has been for me. Just talking about it has helped me. I still struggle. I still feel the Robot Aliens trying to beam into my body and control it. BUT then I think about all of you brave companions and how you all support me, no matter what I admit to you about food and foolishness and neediness and being a boob and I cry at the wonder of it. All of these 50 years I’ve been hiding. All of this time I’ve felt alone. The food going in the only comfort in the dark. I’m trying now to give you a piece of the gift you’ve given me. You are not alone, and no matter how many times you stumble, I care about you. Next time the Robot Aliens come for you, remember that and maybe it will help ward off some of that shame and give you back the dignity you deserve as a brave, brave woman.

      1. Michelle

        Thank you Laurie for your support, you always know the right things to say. I chuckled at the robot alien thing again, it is as if something alien takes over and you have no control.

        1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

          See, it’s not the end of the world when we can laugh, eh? I just found out from Maddy I made a screw-up in this episode, which will make a fun “darn-it” story for next time. So laugh on, sister, and we will muddle through all of this together. 🙂

    2. Maddy


      Good for you for sharing your struggles in writing even when you are unhappy with your slip into old eating patterns. To me, your actions of visiting Laurie’s blog and listening to the podcast indicate that you want to change and are willing to put yourself out there in order to get there. Sounds like progress to me! Keep moving in a positive direction and remember to concentrate on today because that is the only thing we can really go by


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