POSTED: Mon, 08/31/2009 - 8:14am

Advice for breaking bad habit

I have a bad habit of reading while I eat. I am always eating by myself, and no one is around to have conversation with. I find myself being very bored. Can anyone give advice?
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POSTED: Mon, 08/08/2011 - 2:21pm


I totally forgot to let you all know. I have successfully stopped smoking! It was not easy by a long shot, but everything is as it should be or as it was before I started! Lol!


POSTED: Tue, 08/09/2011 - 10:54am

Wow Angela!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is n incredible accomplishment.Nicotine is highly addictive and one of the toughest to beat.Very well done.OXO


POSTED: Mon, 08/08/2011 - 4:27pm


Well done for conquering the smoking. Glad you letus know.


POSTED: Sat, 04/09/2011 - 2:33pm

Eating alone

I love putting some music on when eating alone. I can enjoy my food while humming along to my favorite tunes. Here's another tip- go to Pandora.com, and type in French cafe music for your music station. I swear that listening to French music while eating makes the whole experience that much more wonderful.


POSTED: Wed, 04/06/2011 - 8:05am


I think Plastic is a bad habit so I'm posting here...I am now working on eliminating as much plastic from my life as I can. I just bought hemp grocery small sacks for veggies...already use woven bags for groceries...am going to buy glass containers and get rid of tupperware...Has anyone else worked on this and what has helped them? Thanks Jas


POSTED: Wed, 04/06/2011 - 10:26am


Went through a recasting in that department some time ago.Certainly gives me a sense of comfort that chemicals are not leaching into my food.And I feel better about my part in helping the environment.www.reusit.com is a great website.It helped me make the transition more easily.OXO


POSTED: Thu, 04/07/2011 - 8:55am

I'm not sure

this is what I mean...I'm looking at all the plastic used in my life (I do recycle) plastic bags, plastic tupperware (2 of the biggest) Plastic is often touching food...Plastic is an endocrine disruptor, it is not part of the natural rhythm of my body or of life...so I'm looking at different food containers (glass) cloth produce bags, and noticing all the ways plastic is in my life.


POSTED: Sun, 04/10/2011 - 12:47am

Especially here in the

Especially here in the states! DH is laughing at me but we are having his family over tomorrow and I ALWAYS try to use regular plates as in not plastic or paper - I tell them I'm trying to do my part for the planet and they just laugh and go with it. I have a huge set of generic glass plates that I bought on sale and I keep them for all occasions. They are great because they are plain and you can use them for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter - whatever you want. The best part is they go into the dishwasher and viola - they are clean and all I have to do is put them away. NO more plastic. It really takes our BBQs to another level and makes everyone appreciate the planet earth! :) I also serve everyone with real glasses instead of plastic for water, wine, etc. I buy these cheap wine glasses for $3 so if they break it- no problem! Hope this helps!


POSTED: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 7:05am


Well, ladies, I'm declaring that I'll stop smoking as of tomorrow, 22nd January 2011! Wish me luck! I've already stayed away from cigarettes 3 times for 12 months each. BUT: whenever I reached the end of the 12th month I would have this hugely intense need to have one cigarette. So intense, that nobody or nothing could stop me from doing so. It was wild! Let's hope it won't happen this time...


POSTED: Mon, 01/24/2011 - 9:37am

Thank you for the support BUT...

But, I didn't make it, girls. I AM TRULLY DISAPPOINTED IN ME...I just couldn't make it...So much for my declaration on Friday...


POSTED: Mon, 01/24/2011 - 1:39pm

kookla mou(Spelling?)

not to worry.It takes many tries to conquer smoking.Are any of those treatments I mentioned available in Athens/Piraeus?They really do help.Sending you lots of healing energy.OXO Jean


POSTED: Wed, 01/26/2011 - 9:06am

Good memory...

you have there, Jean! Congratulations, koukla mou (=my doll - you know, for those who don't speak greek)! I'll try to find these products here, Nicorette chewing gums and patches do exist. I didn't know about the Inhaler, you're the first to tell me, so I'll look for it. Thanks for the tip. Are you sure there aren't any side-effects though? The other 3 times I managed to quit (even for just 12 months) I did it the "cold turkey" way...


POSTED: Wed, 01/26/2011 - 10:04am

side effects

All medication has side effects.BUT NOTHING worse than the side effects of smoking.Niorette makes the inhaler.


POSTED: Thu, 01/27/2011 - 6:30am

Thank you, Jean!

Helpful advice, indeed!


POSTED: Mon, 01/24/2011 - 11:51am

What is the saying......

If at first you don't succeed, try again. Let's face it. Quitting smoking is hard. The site I work at has become tobacco free and I know a lot of people there are having a hard time. I'm sure you are disappointed in yourself but we're not (at least I'm not). We are all human. When the time is right you will be able to do this. Hugs! Patty


POSTED: Mon, 01/24/2011 - 1:41pm


Hi.You are very right.It is a very tough habit to break.


POSTED: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 12:13pm

You have my support!

I wish you the best of luck! Quitting smoking is very difficult but once you can do it you can't even begin to imagine how much better you feel. I did it the hard way - let's just say it involved way to many alcoholic beverages, cigarettes and these horrible candy pumpkins we have here at Halloween time. Needless to say I have not touched a cigarette, had Wild Turkey or those nasty pumpkins since. Just remember you CAN do this! Patty


POSTED: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 10:55am

Brava Filia mou

Good for you!!As a Nurse and your loving internet friend,I can not say enough what an intelligent decision that is.There is now a pill on the market here that helps one stop smoking.Those who have used it found it really helpful.Also,there is a Nicorette Inhaler and our patients who are heavy smokers use it and find it helpful.Are these available in Greece?The whole cigarette smoking thing is terribly addictive.It is not simply the nicotine,which is evil enough,but the whole"ceremony"of lighting uo etc.Let's put the positive energy out to the universe and find a way to get you past the 12 month trap.YOU GO GIRL!!


POSTED: Wed, 01/12/2011 - 3:42pm

Bad Habit

Well I have now been smoke free for one week. Seven days. 168 hours.


POSTED: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 10:56am

Angela R

How are you doing ?Rooting for you over here.Jean


POSTED: Sat, 01/15/2011 - 1:23pm

Bravo AngelaR

What a wonderful way to start a new year. It is a hard habit to break but we will all be here for you. Please keep us posted! MJ


POSTED: Sat, 01/15/2011 - 9:49am

That is awesome!

Well done you. That is not an easy habit to break. I wish you all the best. Deb


POSTED: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 7:12pm


VERY well done.


POSTED: Thu, 01/13/2011 - 9:28am


That is great Angela! Just remember it's a day to day thing. If you find yourself beginning to falter, find something to do to take your mind off of it. Patty


POSTED: Wed, 01/12/2011 - 6:21pm

Well done

You can do it. Think of something nice to buy with the money you save.


POSTED: Wed, 11/11/2009 - 3:52pm

A matter of decision

Sometimes I just decide that I won't do this or that anymore, and...well...it works, and then I don't think about it! That's how I quit smoking 8 months ago. During these times I seem to find it easier to simply take a decision than try to "trick" myself into doing anything. Because these precious moments do not appear as often as I 'd like them to, I try to keep a good "contact" with myself and see when I'm about to experience a period that's friendly towards my decision making. I find that with this little "checking", the moments I can control my bad habits, or even eliminate them, appear more often in my life.


POSTED: Wed, 09/09/2009 - 9:49am

All of us

Thanks, Jean, I'm sure that we can all say the same. :) (So yes, count me in, just give me a date.) Marie


POSTED: Sun, 09/06/2009 - 7:55am

Welcome to FWDGF

I just want to say that I've found a lot of good advice here and I hope you will too. I eat alone a lot of the time, too, so to avoid falling into traps like going to watch TV while I eat (!!!) I try to make the table something nice to look at all on its own. Try adding a candle or two for ambiance and even using your best china and silverware. Even if it's just for you, the effort is worth it. Good luck! Marie


POSTED: Sun, 09/06/2009 - 11:06am

Virtual Dinner

I proposed a Virtual Dinner for those who eat alone,once a month.We did it on the old site.We set our tables beautifully,cooked a fine meal,toasted each other and then posted here on how it went and what our menu was.It was fun.I am eager to start it again.Anyone can join and people who ate with others joined us too.WE can start it any time,but I thought after marilyn's Virtual Party is celebrated.What do you think ?Jean


POSTED: Sun, 09/06/2009 - 4:34pm

Fab idea!

I think this is a fantastic idea Jean. I am looking forward to it.


POSTED: Sun, 09/06/2009 - 6:25pm

Just tell me where & when,

and I'll be there! Lorraine


POSTED: Sun, 09/06/2009 - 5:27pm

I love this crowd

You are up for anything.Jean


POSTED: Sun, 09/06/2009 - 11:37am

Virtual Dinner

Ah, you mean we spoil ourselves on our own then write about how we did it. Fabulous! And I think you're right, it would be a good idea to wait until after Marilyn's Virtual Party. I didn't really follow your conversation, so around when is this? Thanks for the explanation and great ideas, Jean. Marie


POSTED: Sun, 09/06/2009 - 1:54pm

Moveable Feast

Marilyn's party will be sometime after she returns from France on Sept.17.We have changed it a few times.

You get the Virtual Dinner, totally.Jean


POSTED: Sun, 09/06/2009 - 3:03pm

As long as

Party as long as Deborah is fit and well.

Virtual dinner sounds good. Marilyn


POSTED: Sun, 09/06/2009 - 2:44pm

le dîner qui flotte

Happy that I got it, I'll be sure to stay posted so that I won't miss it. :) Marie


POSTED: Tue, 09/01/2009 - 5:50pm

Hi and welcome

Me too,I eat alone most of the time.I do put on music and stay away from the computer.And I try to have supper with a friend once a week,if not more.Also,I set the table nicely for all meals.You must keep saying"I am worth it."On the old website,we used to plan a dinner,a virtual one,set our table,toast each other and later share our menus.Anyone who ate alone was welcome and in fact everyone joined in,to keep us company.We could do that again ,if anyone is up for it.Jean


POSTED: Tue, 09/01/2009 - 7:31pm


Jeanie, that is a wonderful idea, and prob'ly the only thing that will pull me away from the boobtube. Except that I do get together once a week with a couple of girlfriends, and of course the table is nicely set, etc (we alternate houses)


POSTED: Tue, 09/01/2009 - 8:26pm


Glad you like the idea.We are going to do that virtual party for Marilyn ,when our Hostess,Deborah,is well again.So after that let's plan a "Dinner"or even a "Dinatoire"Whatever pleases us.And shall we do it once a month?Everyone is welcome and we will send each other hugs and toasts.Chime in everyone,please. OXO Jeanie


POSTED: Tue, 09/01/2009 - 8:36pm

I need

a reason for a party! I say let's do it this weekend if everyone is up for it. We still need to set a time so no one is up at 2am trying to pull this off. I know there is 5 hours between the states and the UK. What about Canada and the states? It is fine for me to do a brunch type celebration in keeping with the UK time difference. There is 3 hours between Florida and California...give me input ladies and any gentlemen who would like to participate.


POSTED: Tue, 09/01/2009 - 9:06pm

Time zones

You and I are in the same time zone.The time diff.is the same with the UK and Ca.I am working day shift 7:15-3:15.I'll fit in whatever way I can.I am looking forward to this.Jean


POSTED: Tue, 09/01/2009 - 9:45pm

It's Labour Day

I will be at the family cottage...cooking with me mum!

Viva la Diva

POSTED: Thu, 09/03/2009 - 10:03am

Count me in...

I have been looking for a reason to partake in a Dinatoire!


POSTED: Thu, 09/03/2009 - 2:17pm

Me too

19.00 fine with me. Saturday best for me as we are at a wedding Friday night. Yet another night of wining & dining!!!


POSTED: Sat, 09/05/2009 - 6:33pm

I am so sorry

Please please forgive me. I have been in a bad way. The chest infection has returned so today...Saturday has not been at all pleasant. I have the times written down and Saturday September 12th would be great. I hope I didn't already miss the fun. Someone please let me know. Deborah


POSTED: Sat, 09/05/2009 - 7:35pm

Dear Deborah

This is awful for you.I am so sorry you are not well.Are you back on antibiotics ?

As Marilyn says don't worry.We can do it after her return from France.And you will be well then ,which will be further cause for celebration.

You have one task now,to get well.Thinking of you and sending healing energy.OXO Jean


POSTED: Sat, 09/05/2009 - 8:00pm

Jean and Marilyn

Thank you both. I am just so happy I didn't miss it. PHEW! No I am not back on the antibiotics and have the pulmonary dr. appt. on Tues. 3pm then off to the hospital for a blood draw then back to hospital Wed. 11am for biopsy. I am trying not to worry as it won't do any good but I am afraid. Plus my kids have gotten the short end of the stick here. They are a great group...a bit talky but great. I feel bad for having to be gone so much. I have to go to sleep now. Good night ladies. Sleep well.


POSTED: Sat, 09/05/2009 - 8:23pm

Good Night

Let this be a restorative ,healing sleep.

I understand that you are afraid.It is a normal response.Just know we are all pulling for you and I know you will be fine.Sending you hugs and a smile.OXO Jean


POSTED: Sun, 09/06/2009 - 8:00am

I think I missed it...

Oh dear, I think I missed your virtual dinner. That's what I get for being too lazy to do anything this weekend! (Not even check my email, I'm still recovering for my grippe. Sorry you weren't feeling well, Deborah. Mine wasn't as bad as yours sounds, so I have no right to complain!) I have to remember to check more regularly if you're planning to make it a once-a-month thing. Bisous! Marie


POSTED: Sun, 09/06/2009 - 10:11am

Hi Marie

You have not missed anything. The virtual party will now take place when Deborah is well and after I return from my break in Nice. Hopefully Deborah will have good news to celebrate then.

Deborah, I am thinking of you and will be sending virtual frenchness to you next week. I know it is difficult but keep smiling and thinking positive thoughts. We are all there for you. Marilyn

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