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You are preaching to the choir! I bet most of us have similar stories about avoiding pictures and all. Glad you found us and hope you allow us to support and help you.
Count your blessings!
Welcome to the team. I know how you feel about seeing it in pics. That was my "ah ha" moment to get me going. And it still took me eight months to make the commitment to myself.
Good luck with your goals.
~the perfect picture of impatience
"Think highly of yourself because the world takes you at your own estimate.”
"To live longer, laugh often and lie about your age."
"Sometimes we need a gracious warning we have veered off the high road."
I knew I had to do something about my weight for years. Just recently, though, I developed high cholesterol (to go along with my high blood pressure of a few years). I went to a heart doctor who said, "this is it. you must lose weight". So he actually had a nutritionist call me and, after visiting her, she told me about SparkPeople. My son had told me about another site, but I found it too complicated and as easy as this site is, I want to mention that I am not completely sure how to get around the site so if I do not answer or go to the message boards yet or post a picture, please blame it on my un-pclike behavior and not any intentional rudeness. Also, I want to mention that I only have access during the day because I do not have a computer at home; however, I hope to get one.
Well, I really want to lose weight. I am so tired of being this heavy. In December, from the parties, and thus pictures, I finally got a real look at how big I have become. It was such a shocker. That probably sounds ridiculous because I knew I was big, but avoiding the mirror and pictures, I didn't have to face how big or how fast I put on all this weight. Recently, in just two-three weeks, I put on 15 pounds! . The first half of my life, I was skinny and the second half, well...so, in short, I am very glad to find people in my age bracket who really understand. That's about it for now. B