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Hi...I've been struggling with my weight and binge eating for several years. I'm always on a diet or breaking my diet--never just eating for health and hunger. I want to change things and finally be at eat for health and be at a normal weight in a fit body I can be proud of.

I have lost weight several times over my life but never have stayed at goal weight longer than a few weeks. Now I'd like to just find a healthy weight that is manageable for me and to stop using food and alcohol as a form of entertainment or solace.

Update: 01/02/2017 - Well I never did get back to my goal that I hit for a split second in 2010. In fact, I steadily gained back the 30 I lost plus another 14 pounds. I started (AGAIN) in August of 2016 and I've been slowly losing since. I'm now 8 pounds from a new goal which is higher (yet more appropriate for me) than my other goal but I'm feeling pretty happy these days. It's nice to be moving in the right direction again.......

Member Since: 9/25/2010

Fitness Minutes: 40,178

My Goals:
I would like to lose weight and be fit. More importantly, I'd like to feel comfortable in my own skin and proud of myself. (Well, I reached my goal weight and then I gained back 30 pounds...ugh). Now I've adjusted that weight and am hoping to hit my new and more realistic goal weight once again.

Run a 1/2 marathon (scheduled Nov. 7, 2010!) COMPLETED!!! :)

Obtain and maintain a healthy relationship with food. Stop yo-yo dieting....

Lol....have one size of clothes in my closet that fit from year to year instead of several different sizes I shuffle in between. Ok, let's make that one SMALL size of clothes I fit in from year to year.

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I'm basically starting over again today (Feb. 10, 2013) and my plan is to start slow but be consistent. Strength training 3 times a week and cardio 3 times a week/30 minutes each time

02/03/2017 - Going to Orangetheory Fitness 4-5 times a week and tracking my steps. I'm sticking to about 1200 calories a day except for Saturday nights where I allow myself a few drinks and some cheat-type food (i.e. pizza, thai food, or whatever sounds good). Working on being kind to myself. That's the hardest tool for me to implement......

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I'm only 5 ft 1 and 1/2.

I work and live in Southern California. I'm married and have two kids, a wonderful supportive husband and two dogs.

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    Billie, I was very touched by your comment on my blog about not quitting. It's been a rough few months. As Bette Davis famously said, "Old age ain't for sissies." It seems like when your own body starts showing signs of age, suddenly you're called to answer the needs of everyone around you, and it all piles up into one big heap o' stress! And yes, too much food and alcohol just seem to make it all worse for me. Morally, I have nothing against drinking, but alcohol, is just agreeing with me less and less as I get older. It'll be hard to reduce or give up this habit that's brought me brief relief so often before.

    I hope you're well! Last time I checked in with you, your daughter had just had a lovely wedding. Hope she's enjoying being a newlywed, and that you're still a happy mother-of-the-bride and mother-in-law!
    129 days ago
  • v MARTHA324
    Thank you for reading my blog and your kind words! If I can inspire folks that is great.
    133 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog and for your kind words. Staying connected with Spark even a little bit while traveling helped me make good choices.
    134 days ago
  • v OOLALA53
    Read your profile. In my experience here on Spark, and from examining the whole issue, IMHO it's the desire to maintain rather low weights that causes people to say maintenance is harder than losing, at least for most. It sounds like you came to a similar conclusion for yourself. I know you've had some recent trouble, but boy, mostly, you have really beat the odds! Your transformation is humbling. I'm on another site where short women really struggle, especially older ones. They usually need so much less food than our culture thinks can be satisfying. For the most part, you're pulling it off! Kudos. emoticon
    141 days ago
    I can't thank you enough for your comment on my page today....I'm working my way back down to my maintenance range, and being kind to myself as well, because let's face's a constant battle to find the balance, even when we think we have it all figured out! I reread your page and it's a reflection of what so many of us go through. BTW you look fabulous in the before and after pics from's inspiring to me! I need to get my arse moving again - just need to carve out the time - -and that is my biggest problem! Keep on Sparking!!! emoticon Don't ever stop!!!!!
    141 days ago
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