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    FRENCHIELEIGH   1,553
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Today is the first day of the rest of my life

Friday, January 22, 2010

I know, the title isnt very original, but its how I feel right now. I am a 51 year-old American living in France with my French husband and two daughters. I have always been overweight, but it got worse after yoyo dieting, forced dieting during my pregnancies, etc. So a few years ago I started with a non-dieting group to work on emotional eating issues. The principal idea of this was to forget about dieting and about concentrating on weight loss while getting in touch with my inner me; staying conscious of my feelings before, during and after eating; and getting out there in the world and moving in an enjoyable way.

I have to admit that it has worked for the most part, in that I have practically cut out emotional eating, I have learned that either I really dont like a lot of the foods that I used to snack on, or I like them but I dont feel well after eating them. I have cut portions and I have learned to make healthy food choices most of the time. I even joined a Tai Chi Chuan class for a year, just to prove that I could do it, and I loved it!!

Unfortunately, I wasnt able to continue the Tai Chi and my weight stabilized but didnt decrease. Although my self image is so much better than it was, I cant deny the fact that I really really would like to lose weight. Also, I was recently diagnosed with diabetes, so I have even more reason now to get my weight under control and get exercising. So when I came across the article about SP in my Goodhousekeeping magazine, I knew that I had to give it a try. What a great way to keep track of eating and exercise habits, and of finding ways to improve those habits. So now I feel ready to get out there and start living healthily for the rest of my life.

I am looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible!! May the Spark be with you!

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FRENCHIELEIGH 1/22/2010 5:11PM

    Thank you Bruanne! Well, my emotional eating is ALMOST under control, but that doesnt mean that I never let myself eat when there is nothing else that seems to comfort me. I just dont let myself feel guilty about it. And the funny thing is, Im not that attracted to the food over here, like French pastries, croissants, cheeses, paté, etc. My trigger foods remain those foods that I grew up with and still crave sometimes, but not like I used to. When living in the States, I would fill up on Oreos, Fritos, etc. So going home on vacation used to be filled with trips to the grocery store. We'll see this year how I manage it.
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BRUANNE 1/22/2010 2:57PM

    Leigh it must be wonderful to have your emotional eating under conrol1! Especially living in a country with such wonderful foods.
It also seems that diabetes creeps up on those of us who were approaching 50 or just after that. I'm glad that you found SparkPeopl and our team and hope that you can get the encouragement you need from our members. Welcome

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