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Good morning everyone! I'm Sheila, mom of one, and I have about 160 pounds to lose. I just started working with a doctor yesterday and figured I would supplement those efforts.

I've been overweight all my life, from my earliest memory. I'm a compulsive eater, and I've been both anorexic and an overeater. Presently I'm in the overeating facet of my disease. A 12 step program helped me change many things in my life such that it was like turning completely around. Yet I still haven't been able to let go of my fat. I once lost 140 pounds and I loved my life. Unfortunately, I did it by starving, which meant that it was bound to come back. Which it did within two years. I still remember what it was like being that size and I just really want that energy and freedom back. Looking better was nice too, but mostly it was the energy and freedom that I loved. I remember being able to run after my daughter at that age and how freeing that felt. I'm looking forward to getting off some meds, riding amusement park rides, and riding my trike really far. I'm willing to journal, go to OA meetings, track my food, and ride my trike for exercise. With the support available from this community, I think it'll work out.

I've had so many failures from every diet I've ever tried. Realizing that the diets weren't working for me, that my problem ran deeper, I didn't try as many as some, but I've done my fair share. I even had a Lap Band installed in 2003. Now I am 35 with certain goals that I would like to achieve, and my weight stands in the way of those goals. So I think I'm ready to let go of the pounds and enjoy my life.

"We're all in this together" is a lot better philosophy than "You're on your own." - Bill Clinton

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