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I think stress plays a big part in the weight I've gained over the years. I looked my personal best when I graduated high school at 170 lbs. Since then, there have been three major changes that have really contributed to creating the "extra person" stuck to my body:

1. A Previous Serious Relationship: My ex-boyfriend was a fast food junkie, which meant that for nearly 5 years, so was I.

2. School/ Work: Since starting college, I never took less than 45 hours/week of ...
I think stress plays a big part in the weight I've gained over the years. I looked my personal best when I graduated high school at 170 lbs. Since then, there have been three major changes that have really contributed to creating the "extra person" stuck to my body:

1. A Previous Serious Relationship: My ex-boyfriend was a fast food junkie, which meant that for nearly 5 years, so was I.

2. School/ Work: Since starting college, I never took less than 45 hours/week of class (this, of course, did not include homework time). Combining that with no less than 30 hours/week of work means that I was quite often looking for the most convenient thing to eat whenever I got the chance. I started practicing what I call "preventative eating." I would eat a big meal in the morning before school, snack during classes to ward off hunger, then eat another big meal hoping it would tide me over during my work shift. Then I would get home around ten at night and eat another medium-sized fast food meal so I wouldn't have to worry about waking up hungry. I'm a lot better about that now that I'm not so crunched for time. No more preventative eating led to waiting too long to eat. Also not good. I need to work on finding a better balance. My new teaching job allows me 15-30 minute breaks in between each teaching session (during which I often have a little snack to get me through without binging on a big meal after class is over)

3. Moving Out on My Own: I moved south during my sophomore year of college to prepare for college transfer into a state university and to be closer to my boyfriend. The freedom felt great. I could eat whatever whenever and no one could say a word about it. Unfortunately, I took that freedom too far and became a closet eater. I would steal one extra cookie from the plate or slip in a stop at a hamburger joint between work and school. Moving also meant that I didn't have someone watching me or keeping me active. If I didn't want to do anything when I got home, I didn't have to. And trust me- school and work left me plenty worn out. No working out for me.

Things have to change.

I want to be healthy for myself and my family. I want to look good someday when I get married and be ready when it comes time for child-bearing. I have also started teaching and I want the students to be able to respect me and take me seriously.


Things I Am Willing to Give Up:
-Regular Soda
-Mayonnaise
-Having Dessert most nights
-Restaurant Portions

Things I Am NOT Willing to Give Up (but will limit):
-French Fries
-Diet Soda
-Hot Dogs
-Pasta (plan to use whole-wheat)
-Bread
-Desserts sometimes
-Cheese (I'll try to go for lesser fat)

Things I Am Going to Try to Consume More Of:
-Yogurt
-Berries (gotta get those antioxidants)
-Breakfast (especially low-sugar, high-fiber cereal)
-Calcium-enriched products
-Frozen Fresh Fish
-Tea
-High-Fiber Snacks (to keep me full)

I also plan to eat more often in smaller amounts (Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, 2 Snacks, Dinner, Dessert) and get in more exercise (especially since I'm not doing a whole lot of moving at work).
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Member Since: 1/23/2009

SparkPoints: 2,624

Fitness Minutes: 2,273

My Goals:
I'm taking things suuuuper slow because I want to do this right. Slow and steady, allowing time for plateaus and "oopsies," means I won't get disappointed.

HW: 251 lbs
(1/23/2009)

SW: 229 lbs (2/26/2011)

1st Goal: 210 lbs by 7/1/2011 (best friend's birthday)

2nd Goal: 190 lbs by 10/25/2011 (my birthday)

--Allowing for Holiday "oopsies" here--

3rd Goal: 180 lbs by 2/14/2012 (Valentine's Day)

4th Goal: 160 lbs by 7/1/2012 (best friend's birthday)

Final Goal: 150 lbs by 10/25/2012

My Program:
-Choosing healthier (but flavorful) alternative foods.

-Cooking more meals at home.

-Working on PORTION CONTROL!!

-Use strength training at least one day a week.

-Walk for at least 10 minutes every day that I teach.




Personal Information:
I live in Southern California and am blessed to have such an array of beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables available nearly year-round. I also live in an area that is highly diversified and have access to many different ethnic food markets.


Other Information:
I love reading, writing, baking, and teaching. I graduated with my BA in English from Cal State Fullerton. I now work as a teacher at a language school teaching English to mostly Korean students.

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LINDA!
2/11/2009 8:14:03 PM

Double post....sorry!

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LINDA!
2/11/2009 8:10:19 PM

Welcome to the Emotional Eaters team. emoticon



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SPARKLINJEWELLS
2/11/2009 5:32:33 PM

Welcome to the EE team!!

Iíve belonged to a lot of teams here on spark-- i really do believe that the Emotional Eaters team is one of the very best, itís a great group of people- very supportive and encouraging-- and it is very refreshing to talk with people who "get" what you're going through!!

Spark has a lot of great tools, and you will learn which ones work best for you. The best tools are the people tho, always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. That has made a world of difference for me. I hope you have the same success!

~~best of luck to you on all of your goals!!!
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RTLIFESTYLE
2/11/2009 4:45:33 PM

Welcome to the emotional eaters team. You will get a lot of support, advice and encouragement here. Post us often. We will listen and help pick you up when you mess up and pat you on the back when you succeed. A valuable tool is the nutrition tracker. You will find it under the my tools tab. It will show your calories, fat, carbs and protein. Drink 8 glasses of water a day and get 30 grams of fiber with the water a day. Exercise 30 min. a day. Spark mail me if you need any help. Check out my spark page. Maybe it will inspire you.





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BUTTERFLYEMERGE
2/11/2009 3:47:52 PM

Welcome to the EE Team. It's a great place to vent and an even better place to come for support. Hope you find that this holds true for you too!

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