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I weighed myself yesterday in preparation for my weekly ‘Operation Hot Friends’ catch-up.  I had lost weight, but with only a 1.3kg loss I felt a little disappointed.

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Now I appreciate that some weight loss is not to be sniffed at, but I felt like I’d had a really good week foodwise and was hoping I’d lost a bit more.

And then I remembered.  I’m still eating morning tea.  I’m still eating afternoon tea.  And after dinner I’m often found foraging in the kitchen, in search of a snack.  I have not withdrawn from sugar.

It took me about 7 weeks to withdraw properly last time, and even longer to see a noticeable difference in the amount of food I needed to eat to feel sated.  After a while, I found I no longer needed afternoon tea, snacking after dinner fell by the wayside, and my breakfast sometimes set me up until lunch.

What I have noticed this time round now I’ve been sugar-free for several weeks is that I rarely crave chocolate or cake, and I’m definitely not ravenously hungry like I was all the time before I quit.  But right now, it’s 4pm and I’m just about to make some peanut butter on toast (Ha!  Take THAT, gallbladder) because I need a snack to tide me over until dinner.

I am finding ‘Operation Hot Friends’ to be highly motivating. Another friend, A-M, has joined R and I.  We all live in different cities, and are using different approaches to improving our health, but it doesn’t matter.  Much like I do on this blog, I can tell like it is to my Soul Sisters and they understand.  They’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt.  Having them to be accountable to is spurring me on.  Last night we chatted over Google Hangout (seriously, I must live in a cave because I had no idea it existed until D showed it to me yesterday.  Basically, it lets you have a multi-person video chat for free.  Move over Skype.) and swapped stories.  If you are going solo in your journey, I highly recommend teaming up with a friend or 2 or 10.

Have you found getting healthy with other is easier than going it alone?  Can you recommend any tools on the internet?

* I do not work for Google.  Just sayin’.

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