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I was overweight most of my life, except when i was a child. In my opinion, everything started spinning out of control once i got to university.

And i slowly started gaining weight.

I was 155 lbs when i was 18. 5'4". So i went on my first diet. I lost about 15 lbs, but drinking 2 milk protein shakes a day got me nauseous and i quit. Needless to say i gained all the weight back, and some more. I told myself: ill never hit the 170 mark, because i'll feel so ashamed ill be dieting for real then !

Well the 170 came along, and i decided to join a gym. I was always so hungry after a workout that i didnt lose any weight. I was also being followed by a doctor that put me on some protein diet. He would make me blow on this machine to know if i had eaten too many carbs or not (later on i figured out it was a cetone indicator). I would then say: but doc, i ate 10 soda crackers instead of 7 as you recommended. And he would reply: Well no wonder you didnt lose any weight this week !!!

But then i told myself: when i hit 180, then its really bad...ill get my stuff on track when i get there. And 180 came along, and thats when i tried Atkins. I lost 15 lbs in 3 weeks, eating bacon and eggs every morning. That didnt feel right either. I missed my pasta, i missed my bread... i just couldnt do it. So i quit, and gained more weight.

I went to see a dietician for one year. I would lose 5 lbs, gain 5 lbs. It was an interminable yoyo. She would try to give me advice on what foods are good and which are bad. But i already knew which ones were good and bad. My problem was always portions ! One thing i learned at the dietician was to listen to my satiety signs. I never knew when to stop... only when i felt like i was gonna roll out of my chair, that's when i would stop eating.

And again, i told myself: i'll never hit the 200 mark, because thats just SO wrong. Im not that bad ! Well i not only hit 200, but continues to 210... 220...230..240.. After trying the cookie diet, after trying to eat "healthier", Ionamine, Xenical, Apple cider pills, after going back to Atkins out of desperation, I am now here, at 240 lbs and on Sparkpeople.

Most diet would make me lose 15 lbs, I'd say: Hey it works ! Im good now ! And then i'd hit a plateau and would just give up and gain more weight.

I can not continue doing and thinking the same things i was doing for the past 15 years. It didn't work then, and it wouldn't work now. I had to do something different. I know i can't live without bread or pasta, and i just love chips. I could not think of never eating those things again! I had to find the right balance.

What SP has shown me is that I do make the right healthy choices. I just never realized how many calories i was eating until i counted them on my nutrition chart on Day 1. WOW. Was i wrong !

Once i reach my goal, i will add a final paragraph to this long introduction and say: If I could do it, ANYONE and i mean, ANYONE can !!!

I hope you are able to relate to my story and may the Spark light your inner flame.

Member Since: 11/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 1,251

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242 lbs: Start weight
235 lbs: Stuck more or less here for 2 years !!! Talk about psychological issues!!
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My Program:
I am presently doing Weight Watchers.

Personal Information:
I am a from Montreal.

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Live like the thin person I'm want to be.
Give up the fat things I used to do!

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    About SparkCoach, I received an email giving me a free trial again, I don't know if they gave that to everybody, but you should look it up. They have a new program for people who already have good habits.
    1896 days ago
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    Joining SparkPeople will make a huge difference. Lots of people have come from much higher weights and achieve permanent weight loss. It's great because the trackers, as long as you consistently track activity and calories keeps you accountable. I have lost 44 pounds and seem to be keeping them off. Before, I lost and gained countless times. You have taken the first steps, you eat healthy and if you watch portion size you will be successful. emoticon
    2009 days ago
    Hi! Thanks for the website, I will look. My calorie intake is between 1700-2030 calories a day. The problem I experienced was a lack of consistency. I'm pretty sure i'm in a good range, it allows me to eat a lot actually.

    I feel better, actually, I felt better later yesterday after a good jog and ST. :) I think I needed to whine and go down the rabbit hole, to come back up stronger.
    2009 days ago
    Thanks for your comment. don't worry I do not suffer from not eating enough...
    2180 days ago
    same here... only when I set my mind to it I track EVERYTHING for let's say 3-4 days in a row. But usually I just track my breakfast... and then I don't care for the rest of the day ... which is why I'm still at the same weight after soooo many years :'( everyday I wake up with good intentions though.. ! emoticon
    2196 days ago
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