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Old 08-01-2022, 06:00 PM
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I watched a Rachel Ray show today in which she featured several stories about "doing without" for an entire week.One person could not stop shopping . It got me thinking about what I would fail at if I had to do this experiment


What would be hard for you to " do without for a week" items?


meat
caffeine
sweets
shopping
makeup
texting on your phone
online browsing

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Old 08-01-2022, 06:05 PM
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I think it'd be hard for me to:
-not have coffee- I drink decaf so it's the taste and the habit
-text friends and family
-chat with friends in FB Messenger
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Old 08-01-2022, 06:06 PM
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Definitely the phone I feel like I could give up pretty much everything else for a week but the phone is pretty much attached to me.
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Old 08-01-2022, 06:06 PM
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For me:

*Caffeine (coffee/creamer)

Everything else, I could survive, provided that I had food to eat (not picky about what kind of food).
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Old 08-01-2022, 06:18 PM
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i could do without anything for a week! (especially if i knew i could have it at the end of the week--that's usually what works for me when curtailing sweets--i get a special treat on the weekend if I can make it all week...)

was just badgering DH about quitting chewing tobacco (tried to get him with "you have such self-motivation and willpower in other areas, it's interesting what kind of hold nicotine has on you that you can't quit" "i can quite any time i want" he said. HA HA HA... i told him that i could NEVER quite soda or desserts...


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Old 08-01-2022, 06:18 PM
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I’d have a really hard time giving up coffee and the internet. I would get a caffeine headache for sure.
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Old 08-01-2022, 06:24 PM
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Things (not people) it would be really hard for me to give up for a week:
*reading
*iPad
*TV
*long walks
*chocolate
*scale
*recliner
*floss
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Old 08-01-2022, 06:44 PM
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Hmmm... I think mine would be books. However, if I had my computer and tv I'd be okay. I really don't think there's anything I couldn't do without for just a week unless it was something really severe (like, a week of being in the dark or something like that ).
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Old 08-01-2022, 06:54 PM
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-iced coffee
-diet dr. pepper
-internet (unless it's a situation where tons of other "entertainment" is provided- I did go without it for a week on a cruise, but obviously I had tons of other things to do! Just being in my house, especially in the summer and given the fact that I only have streaming and no internet=also no TV, I'd go nuts).

I always have a hard time picturing how the "have nots" on Big Brother eat just the slop for a week. I guess with all of that money on the line, you dig deep and figure out how to do it. But I would be SO miserable, especially seeing other people eat real food!
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Old 08-01-2022, 07:18 PM
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Sweets
Computer
Tv or books. If I could have one of these two, I could give up the other.


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Old 08-01-2022, 08:13 PM
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Reading material
Coke
Surfing the net
Being outside
Salty snacks
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Old 08-01-2022, 08:16 PM
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I already gave up coffee due to heartburn. Not as hard for me as for many, but I sure miss the occasional latte.

For me, giving up snacking would be the hardest (I could deal with giving up certain foods as long as I could have something) and giving up the internet AND tv would be next. (I could give up one, but both at once would really hurt. If the internet is out I like to be able to at least use the antenna.)
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Old 08-01-2022, 09:08 PM
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Going outside.
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Old 08-02-2022, 02:25 AM
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The things that would be hardest for me to give up would be reading and exercise. I hardly ever watch tv but I must have my books! And exercise is as much a part of my routine as brushing my teeth. I think it would be hard not to exercise for a week.
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Old 08-02-2022, 02:41 AM
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I think I could give up just about anything for a week if it weren't extreme ( like electricity or indoor plumbing/ running water or showers if I were at home) .

Now for a month there would be lots of things I enjoy that would be hard to do without. Decaf iced coffee, books, internet, walks, my cat, streaming shows, my recliner, my front porch in nice weather.
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Old 08-02-2022, 03:06 AM
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At this time of year it would be coffee and the outdoors. In winter, it would be coffee and books. One of the joys of camping, for me, is freeing myself from technology for a while. I frequently go a week or more without shopping, wearing makeup or texting anyone. I can go months without sweets, although I rather resent having to.
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Old 08-02-2022, 03:59 AM
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I enjoy social media. I would miss checking it and responding.

I could not give up books. I read a lot, especially in retirement.

Going to the gym. I enjoy the classes and people there and go 6 times a week.
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Old 08-02-2022, 04:12 AM
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Mine would be:

internet
chocolate
coffee
outdoors
texting family
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Old 08-02-2022, 04:47 AM
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Thanks everyone for your responses.
I don't know if I could go a whole week without sweets or caffeine. Unsweetened black tea is my favorite caffeine choice and I love having a cookie, some sorbet or some peanut MandMs here and there . I sprinkle a bit of sugar on my wheat Chex too. Sugar is a biggie for me.

One lady on Rachel's show could not go a whole week without spending money and as a result has lots of credit debt. She bought coffee,makeup products and clothing constantly. The experience with Rachel's experiment opened her eyes a bit.
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Old 08-02-2022, 05:18 AM
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This thought- provoking thread. Thanks. Op - I don't watch the TV show you mention but I lose weight by using deprivation.

I have quit caffeine (coffee,) in the past. I could do it. My abrupt quittal caused all days headaches. Took over three weeks to be free of headaches. This thread has me considering the deprivation experience.

I have been in solitary confinement. So, know that I can survive being without. I enjoy my life a lot over the last 3 years in particular and don't see this trend ending. All the things mentioned above I do enjoy.

5 nights without Roger and I miss my furry pal, communicating with others, my weekday local news team, my bedroom. These are the things that I would miss.
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Old 08-02-2022, 06:11 AM
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Going to the Draper James website
Instagram
Wearing something cute
Coffee
Petting my cat
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Old 08-02-2022, 06:47 AM
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caffeine
tv
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Old 08-02-2022, 11:26 AM
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Eh, I can do without pretty much anything for a week. I’d be okay.
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Old 08-02-2022, 11:35 AM
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* coffee
* working out (the break would feel good in the moment, but the guilt would kill me plus I would feel extra jiggly by the end of the week)
* PT, FB, Internet in general

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Old 08-02-2022, 01:13 PM
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I couldn’t give up reading, especially books or at least online, and getting exercise. I would miss my daily cup of weak tea but I would survive.
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Old 08-02-2022, 01:26 PM
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Hard to do without for a week:
Not being with my kitty, not having my leather recliner to sink into, not having the Internet, no air conditioning

Could do without for a week:
Anything (except things like electricity in the dead of winter type of things)
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Old 08-02-2022, 01:46 PM
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coffee
internet
phone
computer
ice cream
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Old 08-02-2022, 02:33 PM
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-food
-reading
-internet
-exercise
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Old 08-04-2022, 11:05 AM
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Besides FaceTiming with my family, I would have a hard time giving up swimming. I love the water whether is a lake, an ocean or a pool.
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