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So back in 2006 I lost about 10 pounds. I went from being a little overweight to feeling great, both physically and mentally. I just counted calories and made healthy food choices. It was my first attempt at dieting. At about 2 pounds per week, it wasn't that hard. There were definently challenging days, but in the end it was easier than I had expected. Overall I felt motivated and stuck with healthy eating everyday!

Up until about 6 months ago I kept the extra weight off by eating healthy. I could eat junk food whenever I felt like it but it never affected my weight because I overall made healthy choices. Over the summer in 2012 I put on 10 pounds. I was at a sort of "summer camp" type place where all your meals are provided (delicious but not always healthy - like homemade bread with every meal and having late night snacks with friends). During that time I also went through a lot of personal issues that left me anxious and overwhelmed. I could tell that I was eating a lot more than usual because of stress. I didn't realize how much weight I gained until I got home.

Since then I have been wanting to get back to my healthier size where I felt confident and had more energy. I know 10 pounds isn't that much but I know I would be much happier back at where I was. I am tired of being self-conscious and not being able to fit in some of my clothes. I want to take better care of myself and to feel good whenever I go out.

Over the last 6 months I have attempted to commit to losing 10 pounds through healthy diet and exercise... But I am finding it much harder than before! I think the longest I have stayed on track was 5 days. I don't just want to lose a few pounds and tone up, I want a healthy lifestyle change. The worst part of my struggle is that I find my self eating all the time, even when I am not hungry. It's almost like the more I try to change, the more I end up eating! As I work on achieving my goals, I am hoping that SparkPeople will be an encouragement along the way!

Member Since: 12/19/2012

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-Spiritual: God zones & church
-Eat healthier
-Exercise often
-Read more
-Look my best each day
-Improve morning & night routine

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I try to not overdue it by putting too many demands on myself. Instead I focus on meeting at least half my goals for the day as I work on establishing habits.

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In February 2013 I am moving to Prague, Czech Republic to teach English! I am from northern California and recently graduated with a BA in Psychology.

My greatest Passion is traveling. It is my dream to make it to Africa one day. I also LOVE coffee.

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  • v OOLALA53
    I don't mean to scare you but reading your profile made my blood run a little cold. You sound exactly like I did when I went on my first diet at age 19. What followed is 38 years of a progressively worsening binge problem over worrying over trying at first to get back to that loss.

    Please do not listen to same age peers who do not have at least two years of success at healthy eating. Those who are not succeeding at healthy eating and who are often trying this or that diet are not the ones to listen to. Their prognosis for success if not very good. Most people who go on a diet weigh more two years later.

    I beg you, stop trying to lose weight. Do aim at smart eating of mostly unprocessed foods, but don't be a fanatic. Do not fill your mind with images of very thin women at the low end of their BMI range. Don't keep reminiscing about those lost pounds. Work on healing your relationship with food. This is not done by "dieting." You should absolutely aim to develop good eating habits and to exercise moderately consistently. Being consistent is much more important than any strict thing you do for a few months.

    I'm not saying you can't get back to feeling more in control and feeling great. I'm saying that may not be associated with your losing weight. Deep down, you know when you are likely being immoderate in your habits.

    Willpower researcher Roy F. Baumeister's research team examined hundreds of studies on weight loss and he has two pieces of advice: don't go on a diet and don't swear off any food. Look for ways to cut back in the situations where your overeating is most obvious. Keep believing that you can learn to eat all foods in moderation and to direct your attention in life to other concerns while living a healthy life. It really doesn't take all day to plan reasonable, healthy meals and get some exercise. Commit to doing that to free yourself to pursue the things in life that really are the true foundation of happiness. You will not find these things in the media. Family, friendships, mating, develop of talents, productive and pleasurable pastimes, a spiritual life, if you are so inclined: these are what bring contentment.

    Gosh, I've been a real blowhard, but we haven't had many people join the Living Binge Free team before they've spent years in misery. I hope we can prevent that! And I hope you'll forgive me for preaching. I just don't want to see another person suffer as many of us have. emoticon
    1641 days ago