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    Here I go Again
    cms32 posted:
    Hello all,
    I'm new to this discussion and thought I would introduce myself. I'm 32 and in need of help. I've been overweight ever since I quit smoking about 8 years ago to have my daughters. I was at my biggest 3 years ago at 289 pounds. I saw my doctor and took prescription weight loss pills and exercised. It actually worked, and I lost 80 pounds. The problem is I stopped taking the pills because of the anxiety it caused and slowly put the weight back on. I really lack the motivation to do this again. I felt like such a failure when I stepped on the scale and realized what I let myself do. I agree with another posting I read, I have a very supportive husband but trying to explain to him why I need the extra motivation is impossible. He's always been thin and doesn't understand. I tell him that I'm addicted to food, I love it and can't control myself. I'm sooo ready to get off this way of thinking, I need to make some serious changes in my life.

    davidica responded:
    Welcome! Weightloss is a difficult journey and no one said its easy because, quite frankly, its not. The best thing you can do is start making the simplist changes in your life. "Ya know, I think I'll have water with my dinner tonight instead of soda" or "This parking lot sure is crowded! I think I'll park towards the back and walk in." Small changes! That's what I've been told ;o)

    You can do this! And you'll have a ton of support here! I don't like the "D" word (diet ::shudders::) and I try to make a good effort everyday to make those simply changes come true. Like today, I chose to take the three flights of stairs to my office instead of the elevator and I praised myself for it! "Good job, girl! And you didn't die :oD" lol! You can do this!
    SW 216 / GW 155 / CW 214 If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud. Emile Zola ...
    Marci320 replied to davidica's response:
    Welcome, CMS! If you read some of the posts here, you'll find out quickly that not many here have supportive husbands. But we are here to support you, and you can do this! I have found so much inspiration, encouragement, tips, and friendship here., and I know you will too. You are in the right place.
    blondie454u responded:
    Welcome! Yes take small steps. You didn't gain the weight over night and you're not going to lose it over night. It should be a slow process anyway. This way you don't get overwhelmed and give up.
    Amber CW 129-132 maintaining, SW 250. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
    jean4vr replied to blondie454u's response:
    Hey CMS,

    Glad YOU found us! Congrats on quitting smoking. It took me 3 times to quit. I was terrified I would gain wt. and did, but not getting emphysema is better than puttin wt on. You can work on gettin rid of wt but you can't rebuild all the damage smoking does. I have seen so many people suffer from the effects of smoking.

    My dh is skinny and would buy chips buy the case, I mean were talking kettle chips. I was a chip junkie. I think it took me 3 mos to break that habit. I would eat a big bag every nite.
    NO MORE! If I need a fix, I eat baked snacks and/or air popped popcorn.

    So, like all the board buddies tell you, we ARE here for you.
    annie27831 responded:
    I have found that its not about the weight and how big we are. We are all here because we Want / Need to make a change in the life we are living. I have never watched what i ate before and have slowly gained to a 225 cw my highest was when i was pregnant 245, I was so upset when i saw the scale and it was almost to 250 i have always been around 200-220. I have no motivation to do anything and with limiting and tracking what i eat its hard but i dont like the me i am and i am changing me, for me!! You need to think of it not as what you are stopping yourself from having but what this will lead to. I dont keep any snacks in the house, and chips are my down fall too. i just think of how nice it will be to go clothes shoping and the things i like are in my size, of just that my new size will be in every store and not have to shop in specialty stores. hope this helps
    ANNIE SW/225 GW/150
    Jis4Judy replied to annie27831's response:
    well written annie
    I couldn;t have said it any better changeing our lives to live heaklthier is our main goal not a size or perfect body just healthier
    Hugs Judy:)
    SW 247 CW 153ish maintaining Remember the Gold is not in the prize it's in the Journey
    justmejust replied to Jis4Judy's response:
    That's what I am trying too, Judy! I am down 5 ponds since joining! Now just 75 to loose. Hope I don't jinx it!
    My story is I need to loose 80 pounds. SW 225 / GW 145 / CW 220 Laura
    Jis4Judy replied to justmejust's response:
    Hi you will do fine just never give up thats the key
    Hugs Judy:)
    SW 247 CW 153ish maintaining Remember the Gold is not in the prize it's in the Journey
    blondie454u replied to justmejust's response:
    Don't give up! Keep going! It will be worth it. Good job on the 5lbs loss.
    Amber CW 129-132 maintaining, SW 250. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
    didi_buttonsley responded:
    Hi there. I am new to this discussion myself.
    I too am addicted to food, and I gained lots of weight by doing lots of emotional eating. An exercise routine and a healthful diet are important, but I think lasting weight loss can only be achieved by getting to the emotional root of the problem. Otherwise we just end up stuck in cycles of weight loss and weight gain... the curse of the yo-yo dieter!
    I've been reading some awesome books that have been keeping me motivated, and maybe they would help you out too.
    When Food is Love- Geneen Roth
    When You Eat At The Refrigerator Pull Up a Chair- Geneen Roth
    Why Weight- Geneen Roth (This is a workbook, and I have found it to be very helpful and beneficial. I complete different parts of it sporadically, and return to it while I am reading other books.)
    Also, for a little added inspiration you may want to check these weight loss memoirs out-
    Half-Assed a weight-loss memoir- Jennette Fulda (she lost over two hundred pounds, and has a good sense of humor about it)
    Secrets of a Former Fat Girl- Lisa Delaney
    I hope this helps you!
    blondie454u replied to didi_buttonsley's response:
    Welcome aboard! Thanks for posting all the info. Sounds like something I need to check out.
    Amber CW 129-132 maintaining, SW 250. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
    justmejust responded:
    Hi! Welcome, glad you're here! Just heard a guest exercise specialist on Oprah say that women need to work out 5 times a week to see weight results where men can work out 3 x a week and not as hard as women for the same results. No wonder men often do not understand.
    SW 225 / GW 145 / CW 218 Laura - Getting healthy is about progress, not perfection -Dr. Oz 7/10
    jean4vr replied to justmejust's response:
    HEY. Justmejust,

    Thank U for your post. Story of my life!

    Again BIG thanks! !

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