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Again With The Skittles
By Matrix
11/9/2009 12:59:14 AM
This is an older post I did but I thought I'd repost it because I feel like it may help out a few people. I hope it does.

For the sake of this, I'm going to say that eating Skittles makes me sick. I love eating them, but I know that eating even just one will make me feel not very good. The more I eat, the sicker I get. I used to keep Skittles in my pockets. Because they were there, I would be constantly snacking on them so needless to say, I felt horrible all the time. I've tried to stop eating them by just "white knuckling" it but I found I always went back. Sometimes, I'd take out most of the Skittles so that I'd stop eating them, but I'd leave a few in there just in case I was craving it. I'd end up crying most days because I wanted to stop eating them but I didn't know how. It was very frustrating.

Finally, one day it dawned on me. If I don't have any Skittles, I won't eat them. Easier said then done. That day I decided to start cleaning out my pockets. It took a long time and it was hard to get rid of them all. In a way, I didn't want to get rid of all of them but I did it anyway. I let go of it all. I threw out anything it my pockets, or drawers, or any other hiding place I had. I even got rid of the ones that were in my couch cushions that I never thought I would eat, just so I wouldn’t be tempted. I tried so hard to stop thinking about them and I avoided even getting near where they were kept when I went to the store. I avoided them as if it were the plague. So far, it's working. I no longer crave them. Sure I occasionally think about them but I quickly chase out the thought. For me now, they joy of not feeling sick is so much better then the taste of the Skittles. I feel so happy now and I feel free to live my life.

(By the way, I really do love Skittles and they don't make me sick unless I eat a whole bag by myself. I just thought it was a good analogy.)

Comments:

How can I forget about my Skittles?    
"This is a relevant analogy, and I fully agree that it's important for us to get rid of and avoid all of our triggers, but I have a lot of trouble getting rid of the memory of how good the Skittles taste, even though they make me feel so sick and so sad. I suppose I'll spend the rest of my life trying to ignore those memories, and I guess the key is to "quickly chase out the thought" before it can cause too much trouble.

Thanks for posting this again, Matrix. I love your analogies and your perspective."
posted at 16:52:50 on November 9, 2009 by ETTE
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"Ette--In my opinion it does get better. You have to learn to train your mind, tell yourself that you may like the way Skittles taste, but you don't like the way you feel after you eat them. It doesn't mean you'll automatically stop liking skittles, but maybe you'll be less likely to eat them because of the after effects.

For me, things have gotten easier. I haven't acted out in months, I credit that to the fact that I hate the way I feel after I do it, I hate the way it makes my husband feel, I hate the way how sad it makes the two of us.

It's gotten to the point where the negative out ways the positive. I'm not saying that I'm not tempted, or that things are perfect, but things are better

toes_23 (won't let me log in.. dang... it...)"
posted at 20:06:08 on November 24, 2009 by Anonymous


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