DARAELISE
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May 2013. In a changing room at a fashion store. This dress is size XS.




Me around my tiniest, in October 2002.




Me in July 2001. Not quite as large as in 1999, but still...


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I'm a 39-year-old college graduate caring for my elderly parents. I have your typically untypical family, a loving bobtailed kitty, and no organizational skills whatsoever.

Weight is something I have struggled with since I was 8 years old; I have fluctuated between "curvy", "morbidly obese", and even "thin" (the latter very, very briefly). While part of me would love to slim back down to 107, I've become a little more pragmatic as I've gotten older. I want to reach a sensible weight, one where I'm not feeling half-starved NOR am I having to exercise for hours at a time to maintain.

As of 6 July 2017, I am on the fatter end of my fluctuating body size. Again. SIGH. I spent a good two years pretending not to care that my body was thick and my clothes ill-fitting, but eventually I grew tired of that. After all, I was faced with a choice between getting fatter and not getting fatter.

Gee, let's weigh these options, yeah? Or not, because yikes. Anyway, as you might surmise since I am back, I chose "not getting fatter." I'll admit that I miss eating whatever the heck I want, but more than that, I miss running. I miss wearing bras that fit right. I miss seeing my clavicle and hipbones.

I turn 40 next year, and the best birthday gift I can think of giving to myself is learning how to live a healthy life without backsliding. I have to remember that my body likes to store fat. It doesn't matter if I have friends/relatives/acquaintances who can eat and/or drink whatever they want and only gain an ounce the next day. My body doesn't work that way. I have to respect my own body's limitations and work with it.


Member Since: 7/1/2007

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My Goals:
My ultimate size goal is to get between 120-125 pounds and maintain it for the rest of my life.

I want to re-learn how to eat everything in moderation, and not use food as an emotional crutch. (It is really easy to say, but much harder to do.)

I also want to get in a minimum of 5,000 steps every day, if possible--or, at very least, do ten minutes of exercise a day.


My Program:
I try to get in 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Eight glasses of water is no problem because water is pretty much all I drink, save for the rare glass of juice or alcohol.

For most part, I want to stay within caloric range. I have stopped under-eating. I think we can all agree that there's a massive difference between eating 1,300 calories on one day because you're just not that hungry, and eating 988 calories for several days (and starving while you're at it) because you think it'll help shift pounds quicker.

This time around, I walk, run, dance, or do low-impact aerobics, almost every day.



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I live in the Land of Bugs, have naturally curly hair, a weakness for animated films, and an unrequited lust for Brad Pitt. Writing is a therapeutic endeavor; art is my life. I'm sweet with a bit of sour, and generally of a quiet disposition.


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As so many other people who have gained and lost and gained again have realized, losing weight can be "easy", but maintaining the loss is TOUGH. Holy monkey tails, it is tough! Apparently the only real solution is remaining ever-vigilant when it comes to food and exercise.




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