Ep 0032 – It was the Best of Days, It was the Worst of Days… and Happy Birthday Sandy!

Almost no sleep, but I decide to get ready and go hike as best as I can to record today's episode.
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Almost no sleep, but I decide to get ready and go hike as best as I can to record today’s episode.

Podcast Recap

Despite feeling fantastic after recording episode 31, the Space Alien Robots attack in an epic battle. Learn what happened, and how I claimed at least partial victory due to the tips, you, the brave companions, sent last time. Also, shout-outs to new listener, Steven, and a special birthday surprise for Sandy.
Tired, I contemplate the trail when I'm starting out. The Zen spot is about half-way up the range.

Tired, I contemplate the trail when I’m starting out. The Zen spot is about half-way up the range.


Last episode 31, with all of the great tips and advice for Brave Companion, Maureen

My Plan Binge, Bitch, Be episode – this one was a break through episode for my own thinking and remains one of my favorites

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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

Sandy’s Birthday Song: Beautiful Birthday by Moona Luna

Beautiful Birthday (Moona Luna) / CC BY 3.0

Resource of the day

Standing Yoga Poses for Beginners A really wonderful video with step by step excellent instruction by Andrew Wrenn of Ekhart Yoga. Not only a great intro to Yoga in under 10 minutes, Andrew has a wonderfully soothing voice that will help de-stress you. Highly recommended.
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17 thoughts on “Ep 0032 – It was the Best of Days, It was the Worst of Days… and Happy Birthday Sandy!

  1. Abby

    I was really touched by how Mark was there for you. It’s so easy to complain about spouses, so it was really nice to be reminded of why we keep them around ha!

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Abby! I was super touched by Mark’s action too. His response was better than any amount of chips, and proves to me that connection and being understood go a long way in helping us deal with some of the frantic food emotions that swirl in our compulsive brains. Thanks for connecting with me too!

      1. Abby

        We are really lucky to have good husbands. A “friend” ditched me for our hiking plans yesterday. She had ditched me last weekend too and I spent the day in bed depressed. Yesterday when she ditched me I was already dressed and had been getting the dogs gear ready. I sat on the couch and cried and said to Luke how I was really looking forward to this new friendship and hiking and my feelings were hurt, but that i Had to go somewhere and be active so It didn’t end up like the week before. Luke got dressed, loaded the dogs up, and we made the long drive to the nature preserve by HER house that I had found to be considerate and did the hike anyway. Once we got to the end of the trail which ends on this beautiful beach Luke turned to me and said “you know what? I’m glad Karen didn’t come, because it made room for me to come, and this has been really nice” It’s moments like these that really keep us going

  2. Sue

    Wow what validation from Mark when he recognised how important your work on these podcasts and associated activities is to you.

    Well done with your battle in the face disappointment and frustration. I couldn’t help but pick up on your comments about wanting to sing. From what I heard on one of your podcasts you can hold a tune. Why don’t you see if there is a choir you can join? If you don’t read music too well then a gospel choir might suit you. If you do, then you have many more choices. I hate singing solo as I am too self conscious but I love being part of a choir!

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Hi Sue, I read your comment to Mark, and he was pleased. As to the singing, yes I would love to be part of a chorus. I’ve looked into it, and most that I can find around here are either auditioned, or seem to require some music training. I have several years of drama training, but my teacher would never let me sing and made me mouth the words in musicals. This pretty much shut me up ever since. I just now texted, Sandy, the brave companion whom I met, because she is a musician, and asked if she knew of any good teacher or chorus that would let me sing to get over my terror of it. Thanks for the idea. What’s the harm in trying, eh? 🙂

      1. Sue

        It’s amazing how damaging these comments made by people who we respect, be it teachers or parents can be. If you want to try then go for it – especially if you can find something that is at a level you can enjoy without feeling too out of your depth. I am thriving under the leadership of a director of music who keeps telling me that he has more confidence in my ability than I have. It is doing me a world of good. 🙂

  3. Sandy

    Thank you so much, Laurie, for the sweet birthday song! That really makes my birthday special. And a big hello to all of my fellow Brave Companions!

  4. Jerry

    Hello Laurie –
    I enjoy listening to your podcast. Keep it up. You are doing a great job.

    You may want to consider not having any chips in the house at all. Not even organic or other chip. I like to eat and munch on snacks and the best thing for me is to have other snacks that I like available to me instead of tortilla chips which are my favorite “bad” snack. If I don’t have them in the house, I don’t eat them and they are not there to tempt me. I usually have the small baby carrots which I find to be delicious.

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Hi Jerry, Thanks so much for stopping by! Your comment gave me an idea for my next podcast topic, the difference for me, between trigger foods and binge foods. These particular chips are not trigger foods for me, but they, along with almost anything in my home, can be a binge food. I do my best, like you mention, not to have triggers in my house, at least not in my plain sight, since my hubby has his own snacks. That being said, part of my current process is feeling and dealing with the emotions under my compulsion and binge triggers. Having a small amount of this food, that I integrate into my regular menu, is helping me to avoid the whole “good food, bad food” thinking that is one of my biggest triggers. BUT I do have plenty of carrots and veggies that I eat daily, and if these chips were to become a trigger food, out they would go! (at least for now). Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and share your ideas, I appreciate it.

      1. Abby

        I’m sure you already have, but have you made kale chips before? They’re super crunchy and you can add salt.

  5. Maureen


    I really felt touched by your podcast today and I just wanted to reassure you that this is not failure by any means! Compulsive over eating is much like arthritis to me in my PT brain…..you can never truly fix it but you can learn how to manage it. You will get flare ups occasionally , but you have to know that they will decrease with time.

    I think it’s great that you tried the suggestions and noticed that you at least thought about it before doing it! Have you tried leaving yourself notes on the cupboards with positive quotes or questions like, “what if you went for.l a walk instead if eating? Do you really want to do this?”

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Hi Maureen, isn’t it cool that I got help from the suggestions that came for you?! I’m so glad you asked the question. I love your note idea. As a reminder of my goals, I used to keep a photo on my chip cupboard door of me sailing in Hawaii at my first goal weight of 191, where I look so happy. Your comment makes me think it’s time to find it again and slap it back up there. 🙂

  6. Cheryl

    That was a surprisingly wonderful birthday song! Isn’t it amazing how many gifted people there are out there who may not have the “star status” of the big names but are every bit as great? That was a real treat.

    My take-away from the show today was when you were talking about how you curtailed how much you were eating and drinking because you understood the reason you were doing that. That’s a biggie. Though you ended up using the food to calm yourself some, you were STILL in control. That’s such a huge step forward. Congrats, GF! Makes a good point about trying to understand our triggers.


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