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My name is Jessie. I'm 24 years old. I am overweight but I am ready for a healthy change! That is why I joined Spark People.

Member Since: 2/14/2012

Fitness Minutes: 150

My Goals:
My goal is to reach a healthy weight for my height and age. I want to learn how to eat healthy. And I want to be happy and confident.

My Program:
Right now I'm just trying to stay away from foods that are fried, fatty, sugary, and salty. I have not seen a nutritionist or anything like that but I'm trying to stick with baked, broiled, or grilled foods. On the exercise side of things I've only been to the gym about three times in 2011 but I do walk with a DVD for about thirty minutes four times a week.

Personal Information:
I am from San Antonio. Born and raised! I graduated from high school in 2008. I was 18 years old and weighed about 260 pounds. After that I started going to Our Lady of The Lake University and gained way more than the freshman 15 by January 2011 I weighed 287 pounds at age 21. I hit rock bottom that year and decided I needed to make a lifestyle change for my health. I am now 22 years old and weigh 186 pounds. I still have quite a bit more weight to lose before I reach my goal but that is why I joined spark people. To stay motivated, stay on track, and never give up no matter how hard things get.

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Michael Buble is my absolute favorite singer. Whenever I'm feeling down and blue I just pop in his CD and his voice lifts my spirits instantly! I am an avid book reader and I might be 22 years old but I'm not ashamed to say the Harry Potter series are my favorite books!
I used to do no physical activity whatsoever but now I enjoy walking. My favorite place to go is the riverwalk, the scenery is so beautiful I almost always lose track of time when I'm there!

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    Well, welcome back to Spark. I hope that I can inspire you at least a little bit!
    1429 days ago
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    Yes, that is my cat! He belonged to my son, but my son is deathly allergic to him, so he came to live with "Grandmama" :) He's a Ragdoll, 2 years old, and still thinks he's a kitten!
    1430 days ago
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    Welcome to the EE team :) If you haven't already done so, be sure to stop by the team and introduce yourself. Let's get going!

    1430 days ago
    Sorry, the comment under this one I put 1000cals, meant 100 emoticon
    1430 days ago
    I am sorry to hear you are feeling regretful about the choices you made on your weekend. Been there & done that many times.
    I think you should face the scale , acknowledge it ,whatever the gain. If you are up three pounds. Then that is what happened. 3-5lbs. is not a big deal. it's a bump in the road. So you start from the moment you see the # to make your plan for the week how to combat it & get those pounds back off in the next two weeks.

    With emotional eating we comfort ourselves with food . It gives us that soothing , satisfying enjoyment that we crave . It sends seritonin to our brains. The feel good hormone . The same hormone that is sent when we feel loved & are intimate with someone.

    So when we're lost & feeling unloved it replaces that feeling for us.The key is it IS momentary. Then we wriggle in the guilt & full feeling of binges & beat ourselves up for it. which just gives us more bad feelings about ourselves .In turn making us want comfort all the more ,bringing on stress & causing us to repeat the cycle.

    The key is not repeating the cycle. Don't beat yourself up. If a friend came to you with this would you say . You are such a loser ! Why did you do that when you KNEW it would make you gain weight! I can't believe you can't control yourself ! Now your gonna look fat again !!
    Be as kind to yourself as you would a friend, because it is just a hiccup. One step back, two steps forward ! Just get moving forward again. Those few pounds will come off. I think you need a copying tool to use to get your feelings out & not bottle them up & eat them when you're upset.

    Also what we feel is ONLY a craving. If we resist it , it only feels uncomfortable. we won;t die if we don't eat. Try distracting yourself with a task. Start writing down how you are feeling at the moment. Why you feel that way . Addressing the feelings , instead.
    If you just let it be that uncomfortable feeling it will pass . The more you try the more successful you'll be at avoiding unhealthy eating.

    Also, when you go out you can enjoy yourself , eat , drink & still make better choices. feel satisfied , but not guilty you just need to plan. i scoop out my sub rolls. Still get that yummy bun taste , but save 50-1000 cals. I eat french fries when I go out if I'm craving them, but take 12-14 . Eat them last & savor them. I want more for a moment, but when I slow down my bites, taste & chew. I see I'm satisfied & don't need more. I get grilled instead of fried, dressings on the side, etc. All these things help.

    emoticon just make a plan on how to get back on track from today & stop looking at what you did . instead look at what you can do.

    I see Couturelady has been in contact with you. She is a unique , loving spirit . she too suffers from emotional eating & binges.

    As far as the boy problem. I UNDERSTAND those all too well, if you want to share , you can Spark mail me so everyone doesn't see your business. If not , I understand & am here if you need to.

    You CAN do this ! Remember the articles. There's more. Get your mindset right & the rest will follow!
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    1430 days ago
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