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I've lost and gained weight for most of my adult life. Maybe about 4 or 5 years ago I was at my (then) heaviest...318 lbs. So I lost just under 100 lbs and felt amazing! I started dating and going out and met a guy. I moved in with him and slowly began adopting my old eating habits and stopped exercising. Slowly, but surely, I regained most of that weight. And then I ended that relationship and moved back home.

I went through a period of depression after that relationship and gained more weight. Then I tried to lose it again. That's when I got on the weight and eating rollercoaster. My relationship with my body and food went from bad to worse.

My wake up moment was when I went to my doctor for an "episode" I had. I had walked from my apartment to check the mail and walked back. It was maybe a 15 minute walk. And near the end of it I almost collapsed from dizziness, exhaustion, and pain. I weighed 380 lbs at the doctor's office. I couldn't BELIEVE I was near 400 lbs!

And it all started to click. A few days later, I *really* looked at myself in the mirror and I couldn't believe I let myself go again and for so long! And it wasn't just a vanity thing. I could barely walk any distance without getting winded. I had terrible low back pain. My feet hurt all the time. I worried about breaking furniture. I worried about having a heart attack or a stroke. I had high blood pressure that was out of control. I worried I would develop diabetes. I could barely tie my shoes because I could barely reach my feet. None of my clothes fit anymore.

This is not what I want for myself. This is not how I want to feel. And I had to take control of my life, yet again.

Slowly, I started tracking what I was eating. First I needed to see what I was eating and how many calories I was taking it. I was eating WAY too much! Then I figured out how much I needed to eat to maintain my weight. Then I decreased my calories until I was starting to lose weight. After losing a few pounds, I felt I should add some exercise. And that's where I'm at right now.

I've gotta do this for me. I've gotta stick with it this time or else I'll eat myself into an early grave.

Member Since: 5/29/2012

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Lose weight and keep it off!

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Eat within my calorie range and exercise at least 3 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes each time.

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I'm from Charleston, SC. I'm 32 years old. I have an adorable beagle named Delilah. I could live off bread, hummus, cheese, and wine. Lots of it.

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