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LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (82,298)
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10/20/13 9:34 P

I agree with LADYCJM...Volunteer!! There are so many different things you can be involved can give of your can learn new people who will make a difference in your life...and be someone who makes a difference in other's lives....!!

If you are an outdoor person, there are many Trail Groups and Volunteers in Parks opportunities.... If you enjoy visiting, try volunteering at a Senior Residence Center to help with small tasks like writing letters for folks with limited vision; reading out loud to them; helping put on parties and events.... If you like children, so many young folks enjoy reading programs at Libraries; help with a Girl Scout Troop, etc....

I have volunteered with Emergency Management groups; our hospital (receptionist on the locked Mother/infant unit); and in the Archeology lab at a National Park (no experience required) and on Trail work.... You meet the most fascinating folks!!!

Best of Luck!! Enjoy learning about your new community!

ASHLEY_ANNE83 Posts: 17
10/20/13 5:32 P

thanks for all the great advice! I def. am on a limited budget but I am going to try to go for more walks and try to find some activities to keep my mind off of food. emoticon

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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10/20/13 3:26 A

Getting out and meeting people will help a lot. Find a cause you believe in and volunteer. Animal rescue, children's advocate, hospital gift store, anything that trips your trigger.
With the recent disasters related to the rain, maybe help with the Red Cross. meeting people who are busy will help you in both meeting others, feeling better about yourself and the best part, if your too busy too snack..... back on track!

COPPERFIRE952 Posts: 139
10/19/13 10:27 A

I agree with the previous poster. If it's within your budget find a gym, dance or exercise class near you. When I first moved to a brand new place, it wasn't until I joined the gym and started going consistently to the same class that I really started making new friends. This is a win win all around - helping you get out, meeting people and get fitter at the same time!

If this isn't within your budget check the newspaper, internet sites (ie craigslist or local event sites) or even postings at the grocery store - there's bound to be a walking club, hiking, geocaching .. maybe even a local bowling or sport team?....etc...some kind of event or group that meets where you can get out for free or low cost exercise and meeting people!

Meanwhile - there is an amazing group of people on spark who want to help and keep you motivated - just reach you if you need a little extra support:)!

DEESHAREE SparkPoints: (60,480)
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10/19/13 7:56 A

I know just how you feel. If you can afford it, see if you have a local Y or Jazzercise. It's time for you to meet people and have some fun...

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (240,692)
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10/19/13 5:09 A

I can understand your pain.

I will share with you one thing that my Psychologist prescribed to me. Go to a Cafe for a coffee. Preferably go to the same cafe and around the same time of day. That way the staff get to know you and greet you in a different way to your having just walked in off the street. In time you will notice others who are regulars. It is a great way to interact with others AND take your mind off eating.

Do you like sports? Tennis? Swimming? Bowling? Walking? Join a group where there are like-minded people. Friendships develop from them.


RUMBLESEAT SparkPoints: (1,755)
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10/18/13 10:13 P

I can relate to your pain! I moved 800 miles from family, friends and everything I knew.
I don't have friends here and food is my comfort. I gained more that 20 pounds.

This article has helped me.

if the link doesn't work, search "Tame the Emotional Eating Beast for Good" here.

ASHLEY_ANNE83 Posts: 17
10/18/13 9:36 P

I have been gone for quite some time. I moved to Colorado and have since then put on 20 extra pounds. I Have been doing a lot of emotional eating because I am lonely and don't have any friends up here so food becomes my only comfort. I attempt to be active but its like I can't keep myself on track. I need a routine and something I can stick with but I feel so lost right now that all I find myself doing is sleeping and eating and working and that's about all. I have always had a problem with emotional eating and I just don't think I can do this alone anymore. So I am just asking for anyone that can help get me out of this downward spiral into unhealthy living.

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