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CHANGING-VICKI Posts: 1,940
8/21/12 10:21 A

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I've been on sparkpeople for awhile and I'm looking for a team that I can connect with and feel a big part of.
Due to breaking my right wrist 3 weeks ago and surgery 19 days ago to repair the damage, there are some things I simply can't do right now as I'm right handed. That makes simple chores and cooking a workout in itself. But I'm working to get back down to a weight where I can move more freely and hopefully get off blood pressure pills. Currently my goal is to get down to 200 lbs or less. I won't be thin by a long run but I will be a lot healthier than I am now.







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SHEILAE92 Posts: 7
5/31/11 9:32 A

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Hi! I'm Sheila. When I started with SparkPeople my weight was at my all time highest of 250. Since joining I have lost four pounds. I know I could lose more if I got motivated more. I am like you. I have no energy after doing house chores. The chores get put off and then I feel like I overdo it all at once. My husband does not help support me in exercising. He just laughs every time I say I would like to join the gym or get exercise equipment for at home. I don't have anyone to help motivate me so I procrastinate. My husband and children are very picky eaters so I don't know how to cook for them so all of us have healthy but good meals that satisfy everyone.

If you don't have good support it makes your journey very hard and long. emoticon

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5/30/11 11:11 P

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Hi I am Amy...I am hoping by joining this team that I will get some support to get back on track with my weight loss. I began my weightloss journey in 2007 at 304 pounds and I got down to 228. I have since in the last year shot back up to 270. I feel awful about myself. I don't want to get off the couch to do anything about it and all I want to do is eat. The worst part is my husband is no help. I told him that we needed to get a new scale and he said "why, we are fat, all ya gotta do is look at us to know it". All he wants to do is eat out every meal. I know what I should be doing but I have no energy to do anything. I am exhausted after just folding the laundry.

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SHEILAE92 Posts: 7
5/26/11 2:46 P

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Hello, I am Sheila. I have been married for almost 12 years and have four children. I am at my all time highest weight of 250, suffer depression, and have problems with comfort eating. I am hoping to come into this team and get some encouragement and help in trying to reach my goal.

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1/29/11 3:05 P

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Hello i'm charity, i weigh just over 200 i'm looking to lose a good bit of it! i see this team has been inactive for a while but i'm hoping to help lead it and motivate us to weight loss success! positive influence and team support!! can't wait to meet you all!

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10/24/10 12:53 A

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10/19/10 10:03 A

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I'm Melissa. Thirty year old mother of one adorable 5 year old. I have been heavy my whole life. My largest was close to 300 pounds, at that time I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, got strict with myself and lost 60 pounds to where I'm at now.

Having trouble keeping going and making myself lose the 40 more pounds I set for myself, let alone the 70 more the doctor wants gone.

Don't be offended by my frank analysis,

Think of it as personality dialysis


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9/29/10 9:26 A

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Hello Team:

I'm Donita and I'm 48 and sooooo close to 50 that it's scary. I've been single for a number of years and I use food to keep myself occupied when I don't have any activies going on and I have to make a change because like Oprah, I dont won't to go into 50 being fat.

I have a 29 yr. old son and a 10 yr. old granddaughter and I want to be around for them and with them for a long time. This is an uphill climb but I believe I'm ready to tackle it and with my SP friends for support I believe I can do it.

Nothing will work unless you do. -
Maya Angelou


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LINDSAYJOY's Photo LINDSAYJOY Posts: 15
5/31/10 11:49 P

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Hi, I'm Lindsay! I am about to turn 30! I have an amazing husband and a beautiful daughter!

Growing up everything in our family was celebrated with food. We always had a candy dish, ice cream in the freezer and pop in the fridge. If I had a bad day my Mom would make one of my favorite meals or her and I would bake a desert together and I would tell her all about it. As I got older and faced personal tragedies I turned to food to comfort me.

I have noticed that my 5 1/2 year old wants a snack anytime she is bored or asks for another helping if she is upset. I want to break the cycle of celebrating with food, eating due to boredom and eating instead of dealing with emotions!

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ALWAYSMEE's Photo ALWAYSMEE Posts: 9
5/11/10 12:09 A

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Hi, My names is Malinda, and I am an emotional eater. I am 31 and don't remember weighing less than 200 lbs. I have been down to 220, about ten years ago.

I have watched my sister treading close to anorexia to please her husband. With this in mind I have been very stubborn about not needing to lose weight to be accepted or loved.

With that said. I want to have more energy. I want to fit into seats at amusement parks and on airplanes, and in every seatbelt.

I know I do better when I have someone holing mee accountable.

Lay down your burdens and pick up your salvation.



Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Cor. 6:20


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5/10/10 1:47 A

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Hi everyone,

My name is Betty, I am 35 and I'm from Sydney Australia. I have three children and put on a lot of weight every time I was pregnant. After my last child I had had enough and took diet pills and really quickly lost 20kg. That was about five years ago and now I have put it all back on! I am 95kg today and my goal is to be 67, the heaviest I can be to have a healthy BMI. After puberty I was 65kg my whole life until I had children so I know it's a good weight for my skeleton.

I want to lose weight this time by changing my lifestyle. I am determined to lead an active life and want to be a runner. I want to be those people who love to jog and can jog for an hour without feeling like they're going to die!

I am also a recently reformed smoker. I smoked from 17 til two months ago, so more than half my life :( But I am happy to be smokefree now.

I look forward to getting to know everyone.
Betty.

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4/26/10 1:52 P

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Hi my name is Livia! I'm from South Carolina and have been battling weight issues my whole life. I played sports in high school, so I was able to keep my obesity from being a health risk, but after high school I ballooned up from 185 to 231. Last summer, I decided enough was enough and I was able to lose 30 pounds by Christmas with consistent diet and exercise. However, once Christmas came around, I lost my focus with all the WONDERFUL food, gained back 10 pounds and have been struggling to get back to where I was. I've started anew though and hopefully will be able to keep moving forward. Right now I weigh 208.2 and hope to be below 200 by the end of May!

"If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end" - Julius Erving


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RESOLARSTEPHIED's Photo RESOLARSTEPHIED Posts: 5
4/24/10 10:19 P

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Hi!
I'm Stephanie. I'm from Oklahoma, but currently live in California. I was on sparkpeople a few years ago and lost a few pounds, but didn't stick with it. I'm gonna try it again! I'm getting married in 2.5 months and I know I won't reach my goal, but I do want to lose at least 15lbs before then...
but most of all, I want to be happy with me no matter what size, and I want to be healthy

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GAILWINDS1's Photo GAILWINDS1 Posts: 234
4/23/10 10:03 A

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I am very happy to find this group and I hope I can navigate back here when I need to. I have been overweight most of my life and have tried many times to lose weight and have been, like many of us here-unsuccessful. I was at WW for 3 months and even though I followed the program faithfully for 3 months I lost only 6 pounds.
I am on medication for depression and arthritis and fibromyalgia and this has an impact on weight loss as many medications slow down metabolism or increase appetite.
I am KEEN to lose weight and willing to do what it takes-I have been tracking faithfully since I have started-have exercised for many months now-swimming 2 km twice a week and aquafit 2-3 times per week, I had a serious fall off my bike and somehow this has caused some serious problems in breathing and chest pain. I am getting a CT scan on Tuesday and when I get the all-clear i will be back doing exercise.

I get very frustrated when I am working hard at losing weight and the weight comes off very slowly. I find I eat when I am bored-if I am out and about I eat less but spend more!
i am willing to work hard to achieve my ends-I will come to the boards when things go well and when things go rotten-you are going to get the whole deal.
I am 58 live in the west coast of Canada, am retired from working as a therapist in mental health and addictions-happy to be free of work and having time to do what I want. Thanks for reading this and I hope to hear from you all in time-
Thanks Gail

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LALAWLER's Photo LALAWLER Posts: 2,523
4/8/10 10:13 A

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I'm Lillie from Texas. Been on SP since 2006. I've been over 200 (currently 216) since 2000. I've used all kinds of excuses as to why I can't drop the pounds. No more excuses--it's time to get it done.

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CURVYELVIE's Photo CURVYELVIE Posts: 180
3/31/10 2:18 A

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Hi I'm Elvie and looking to heal and lose this weight once and for all. I know fad diets or just hating myself is not going to do it. I have tried my way it didn't work so here I am. I found you all thru the Grace of God! emoticon Help I'm fat and I want to be thin!

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3/5/10 9:07 P

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Hi, I'm Li. I'm 23 and around 250lbs and want to drop down to around 180 (I feel like that's a good weight for my height -- 5'10".)
I'm looking for friends and for support. I'm hoping that this group will help me find that.

~Li

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AMOON21's Photo AMOON21 Posts: 6
2/8/10 7:44 P

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Hello I'm Ayanna I just joined. I feel like its time for a change. I have eczema and I'm way overweight.I need motivation!

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1/20/10 12:25 A

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Hi, I'm Erin, I'm 35, I live in Seattle. I've been on spark for awhile, but was absent for a few months. I'm back at my heaviest, 260 pounds, and I'm not happy about it.

I've started and stopped so many times, I'm really hoping that this year is the year I can finally commit and that both my boyfriend and I can lose weight and get healthy.

Erin


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CALBRY's Photo CALBRY Posts: 17
1/13/10 1:15 P

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Hi, my name is Julie - I've just joined SP after having moved from New Zealand to the States and hit my heaviest weight ever - 274 pounds. My previous heaviest was 242 pounds and I dropped to 158 pounds with the help of friends and a very similar diet plan. Unfortunately emotional issues have resulted in my ballooning even larger. My husband is strong, healthy and fit and I often feel embarrassed to be seen with him. I used to be able to keep up with him - I can't now.
I will be 30 this November and I want to have achieved health mentally and physically by then.

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1/5/10 1:48 P

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Hello, my name is Kimmie. I have been a member on this site off and on for a long time. But those other times I never get actively involved. This time I am changing that. I now know that I can't do it alone. I need the friends and support of other and SP is the place to get it. I don't have any friends on here yet, but I am hoping that changes!!




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12/6/09 1:37 P

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Hi!

My name is Melody and I am new to SP... my husband found the site a week or so ago and is all excited to have found the one thing that can help us... I'm not as excited as he is.

I'm 36 and have fought with my weight my entire adult life. I am currently at my highest weight (272lbs) which puts my in the ugly position of weighing 40lbs more than my husband! A place no wife wants to be... I would love to get back to about 160lbs... I felt good there... confident and even sexy sometimes. It seems like a pipe dream.

I've been on depression medication since my last child was born and she just celebrated her fifth birthday! I've tried a few times to go off but I get very anxious and somewhat unbearble for my family. I have 2 other children ages 11 and 13 and a busy husband who is my best friend but often preoccuppied.

I pray I can do this... I'm worried and scared I will fail again... like every other time.

Melody

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ADKBOUND's Photo ADKBOUND Posts: 29
11/10/09 11:52 P

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Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople. The description of this group sounds almost exactly like me. I need to find the resolve to get healthy. I enjoy hiking and mountain climbing and my weight is to the point of making it difficult. I'm out of breath and my back hurts when I hike. I need help. So thank you in advance for your help and support. I put a new battery in my scale but it still does not work right. I'll be going to buy a new one tomorrow. I am married and have 2 boys. I spend a great deal of time working with the boy scouts and my weight is of course interfering there too.

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BILLYS-GIRL's Photo BILLYS-GIRL Posts: 198
11/6/09 9:42 A

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I have been on spark people on and off for a couple yrs now, I keep restarting then falling program again. I am a working mom to three little girls, and im doing my estetics course from home when i have the time.So Stress is a big part of my life these days, and now my husband is starting his own company its even worse.I have made a promise one small step at a time and I will do it this time!

"Be yourself. Who else is better qualified?”


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SOLANDPOL Posts: 7
11/5/09 6:24 P

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Hi,
I am not new to spark people but have never really been actively involved. I keep coming back and restarting then falling off the wagon. It's time for me to be honest with myself and make some real changes. I am afraid that I am pre-diabetic or if not, at least heading in that direction. I feel like I have been riding on the good health that I had when I was a healthy weight and like all of the poor choices I have made for myself in the last 5+ years are going to catch up with me. I am having major trouble managing stress and anxiety (I am also in school and am feeling alot of pressure to keep myself on top of my course load) and I just want to RUN. But where do I run? How will that help? I see myself cycling through the same destructive patterns over and over and I feel like I am stuck. I want out, RIGHT NOW. I am going to be honest with myself, and really genuinely try this time. No more games.

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10/2/09 9:08 P

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Hi, I am new to the SparkPeople, but not new to weight issues and anxiety problems. I have always been overweight, but recently I was put on a new anxiety med, and the pounds just piled on! I had to switch meds because I just couldn't take it! So I am trying real hard to be dedicated, and shed some pounds! Nice to know others have the same problem!

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9/9/09 12:00 A

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Hi, I've been a member of sparkpeople for a while now, but am new to this group. I was searching under sparkteams when this slogan hit me:

team dedicated to women 200lbs or more that deal with anxiety, depression and emotional eating....or just cant seem to drop the pounds.

That's me!!
I was 216 when i went back to work in Oct after being on sick leave for 3 months. That's when I got to busy for me. I've decided I need to start worrying about me again, so here I am.

current weight: 227
lowest weight: 102 at 22

I'm looking forward to being here!




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LADYPANTHERRA's Photo LADYPANTHERRA Posts: 52
8/30/09 3:38 P

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Hello everyone,

My name is Kris and I joined SP several months back. I didn't do much with it when I first joined and recently returned as I am determined to get my life back on track. I have struggled with weight loss all my life and learned that I am an emotional eater which make things that much more difficult for me at times. I have many stressors going on in my life, but I know when I was most successful in losing weight was when I did portion control, exercised regularly, and found some good supports. I hope to do this here as I weigh 264.5lbs again and want to be be able to lose the weight and keep it off. I currently work in a mental health center, going to grad school, and getting ready to buy our first home with my hubby. Look forward to hopefully some good chats and great support!

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Hello Team, I have been an SP member since the end of January 2008 and have lost only 15 lbs. My starting weight was 281 and the my biggest loss was about 18 lbs., but it goes back up every other week. Health issues make it difficult for me to exercise (I'm having x-rays and an MRI tomorrow), but I'm generally eating pretty healthy foods. I was diagnosed with diabetes in March, so I don't have a lot of choice in changing my eating habits. I need to lose over 120 lbs. and at the rate I'm going, I'll die of old age before I reach my goal.

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FUN2BFIT2 Posts: 18
8/20/09 6:56 A

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Hi Everyone,

I joined sparkpeople a few months ago and hav enot really done much alot of things happened with work and family that I just had zero time to devote to myself and this journey looking for teams with support and hopefuly get myself back on track at work I have a office job so sitting all day and usualy join the girls for lunch (take out) I want to say No thanks but don't. So starting today I want t be 100% devoted to tracking and drinking water hopefully more active on this site will give me more motivation and be able to reach all my goals. Good luck to everyone

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8/16/09 8:46 P

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Hi! I'm ready to get below 200 so here I am! I've lost about 55 lbs. since having my youngest child in 2007, but have been in a plateau since last fall. I gain and lose the same 4 lbs every couple of weeks! :s

I love my exercise, I need my exercise...if I go more than a couple of days without exercise, I get really depressed. My problem is with food, and I can't seem to control cravings when they hit. I also can't seem to stop at ONE brownie, or ONE piece of chocolate, or ONE small treat. I have to keep going until the whole pan of brownies is gone, or whatever it is that's tempting me...so I've attempted to just eliminate everything and just not have it around. Except that I have 5 kids who like to have their treats, lol.

So anyway my goal is to get out of this plateau, I just moved and I'm getting ready to sign with a new gym...for the summer I've been walking and biking around my new town. And I'd like to get the food part nailed down for good.

Jennifer P.
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8/10/09 12:48 P

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Hi everyone! Excited to join everyone. I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but fell off the wagon and need to get back on.

Tried WW for a while last year when they offered it at work for 50% discount...lost 15 lbs and promptly gained it all back + an additional 7lbs for good measure...UGH.

I'm 39 years old and currently at 214 on a 5'8" frame. I would say my lowest adult weight (over 21) was 170 way back in my early 20's.

I am really struggling here because I want to lose the weight, I know it's unhealthy...I just can't seem to stay motivated. I'm hoping that getting back into tracking through Spark will help me to be more motivated.

Exercise is definitely a 4 letter word in my world..just haven't found the right fit for me yet. I am horseback riding more now and love that...hoping that will help me get motivated to get up and moving and try other things - I have the Wii Fit and was doing that regularly during my stint with WW.

Looking forward to the weight loss journey with all of you.

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7/30/09 2:59 P

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Hi all - My name is Lenore - I live in Dallas.
Highest weight 218
Current weight 218
Age 48
No Children

Had a major binge last night - at least for me - a 350 cal burrito and an entire large bag of Skittles. Yikes..

I think it was triggered by my appt to see a Medical Nutritionist tomorrow. I feel like she'll take all my food away from me. I have printed my food logs so she'll have a lot to work with. Right now I just want to get under 200.


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Name: Biddy

Age: 43

Current Weight: 328

Highest Weight: 357 (December 2008)

Lowest adult weight: 185 (at 21 years old)

Growing old I was always told I was overweight. I'm tall (5'11") and at 180 pounds I looked good! but was always told I was fat.

Now I have severe eating disorders...emotional eating, over eating, binge eating. and I've recently been diagnosed with diabetes. I've got to lose the weight. I'm depressed so I eat, I'm sad so I eat, I'm angry so I eat, I'm happy and I eat. It seems never ending.

I am in therapy and Praying this works. I need help!

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Hello,
I'm new to SP and so obviously this forum also. I am 26 years old, single and no kids. I have battled with my weight for years but it hit an all time high in the military where I became depressed and drank a LOT...Usually because of men...So sad to say but true. Having gotten out in Feb 2007 at an all time high of 220 lbs on my 5'7" frame I was determined to get right. I made it down to 187 by Thanksgiving of last year. After that life took a change pf pace from my job, to my personal life, and my location. I am back at 200 lbs and want to be to at least 185 by Sept for my cruise. I have constant back pains and spend most of my day at a computer so I tend to use those as excuses. I am seriously determined to get motivated though and hope that this forum can help as most of the women in the other forums I have seen were all less then 150 lbs :(

Cherie

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other hand, body thoroughly used up, worn out, tired, and shouting "WOO HOO what a ride!!"- Hunter S. Thompson


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Hello,
My name is Edie, and I live in Michigan. I am married, have four grown children, and 5 grandchildren. I need to lose some, no a lot of weight and seem to be lacking any kind of motivation. I love food and it shows. Today I am recommiting myself to lose weight and get healthy and get more exercise everyday. I need your prayers and support. Thanking you in advance

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Hello all my name is Jamie. I am not new to spark people just new to this team. I am 27 yrs old I have 2 kids of my own and 3 step children. They range from 7 months to 13 yrs old.
I am now the heaviest I've ever been and it sucks.

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Hi Everyone - My name is Loretta and I live in South Portland, ME with my 2 cats Anissa (female) and Patches (male) and my 2 male parakeets (Matthew and John). I named them from the Bible. I am not new to SP, but I am new to this club. Ive been over-weight most of my life with a couple of success along the way. I am hoping for one more success in my lifetime. Loretta.

Loretta (aka) PRINCESS
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4/7/09 8:03 P

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hi ladies: Im not new to sparkpeople but new to the club. Wanted to say hi and am glad to have found this club. I tried before to diet and was doing okay until flood came to Iowa where I live. Now I'm starting over but feel it will be more difficult this time around. Reason being is I'm going through some very rough changes in my life right now and noticed im handling it by eating more. So I know I need support this time around. Looking forward to a new start. Im strugling with wanting to exercise to, this was not a problem last year but this year I dont have the will power to do it. I dont believe I can lose weight without the exercise. I hope Im not wasting no ones time with my stubbornness. I will only be hurting myself.

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FORTYANDFAT's Photo FORTYANDFAT Posts: 82
4/7/09 10:49 A

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Name: Kathy

Current Weight: 293

Highest Weight: 320

Lowest Adult Weight: 170 (I think. was sooo long ago!)

Reason for wanting to lose: Health and my kids

I have been going back and forth from 290 to 300 for months. I got down to 286 earlier this year with Spark, but then life smacked me in the face and well... yeah back up to 300. GRRR.

So I'm back and trying again. I need to exercise and love to walk but I have a 2 year old boy who I love dearly but drives me nutso when I try to take him out in the stroller. If I let him out he just runs off into the woods or in the road...suppose that in itself is exercise huh?

I have another son, 7 years old. He is slightly chunky and I want desperately for him not to follow in my footsteps and be a good role model. My husband is slim-ish and does not exercise. But he does physical work in his job.

So - that's my story!

Edited by: FORTYANDFAT at: 4/7/2009 (10:49)
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3/30/09 3:34 A

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Hello, I'm Dene'. I'm about 209 lbs. It's embarrasing. I know my weight-loss ticker says 203, but I'm afraid that if I admit I've started gaining again, it will stay for good. My biggest problem is stress and boredom. I get stressed out because I let others control alot of what goes on in my life. I'm not very happy with the direction I've allowed my life to go in. Boredom is my enemy. I'm trying to find new ways to overcome it. When I was little, if I said I was bored, my parents would get onto me and say they could find something for me to do (i.e. wash the car, clean the carport, wash the dishes). So eventually, I got to where I would just eat something, basically to shut myself up. I didn't have problems with it until a few years ago. I stopped being so active when I married my husband. He always says he supports me losing weight, but I seek actions, not just words. He's gained some weight too since we first met. I want to be beautiful and sexy for him, and he could care less about how he looks to me. I'm not saying that in a shallow way. I'm saying, I feel like he doesn't care about me enough. Hopefully I'll start losing again soon. Maybe then I'll feel better.

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2/28/09 9:27 P

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Congratulations on starting again. You know that you can lose the weight since you have done it once before. I am also over 50 and know that it is harder as we age. Good luck!

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2/28/09 9:20 P

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Hi, I'm Bridget. I am 240 lbs. Twice what I weighed when I got married. I gained weight after having children, but most of my weight gain is emotional eating.
I am blessed with a loving husband, a family that gets along great, kids that love each other, and the best friends in the world. I've had very rewarding careers. Three of my children have completed a college degree, one is studying engineering, and one is still in High School. I have been active in the community and in my church for years. My oldest son is an Eagle Scout and my youngest daughter is earning her Girl Scout Gold Award. My husband has a great job and I am able to stay at home with the kids. Sounds like a perfect life, right?
Well, my life is not as perfect as it seems. I've lost my father to complications of diabetes. I've lost a baby at 14 weeks gestation, right after telling everyone that I was pregnant. I dealt with depression after losing the baby. I've dealt with ovarian cancer and chemotherapy. I've watched my mom struggle with ovarian cancer and colon cancer. I've dealt with my young son's depression, self mutilation, and suicide. I've dealt with my family's struggles after his death.
Food has been a comfort for me in times of stress, but it is like a double edged sword. As I eat to comfort myself, I gain weight and feel lower self-esteem.
I hope to add exercise to my stress relievers, but I am so out of shape that it will not be easy.


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2/9/09 11:32 P

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My name is Sue I am 242 having just lost my first 5 pounds for last month. I have been struggling get my weight off ever since I hit my teens.I think my heaviest was 250lbs. I also eat when I eat when I'm bored or stressed out. So the doctor told me I need to lose weight, because I would get diabetes.



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2/1/09 2:18 A

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My name is Wendy. I am 223, having just lost 10 pounds. I am coming down from my heaviest weight of 233. I eat when bored, stressed, anxious or happy. Pretty much whenever I can. I'm working really hard at controlling that and belong to a gym but everyone needs support. Spark people have been wonderful in helping me through this, and I hope will be able to help me further as time goes on. I have had two or three minor heart attacks, two in a doctors' office even. I get migraines and have arthritis.

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MS.LISSA's Photo MS.LISSA Posts: 61
1/17/09 12:38 P

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Hi my name is Melissa and I am 39 years old.I joined 1/12/2009. I am here because I need some help and motivation with losing weight. I am a stress eater and I also eat when I am bored. I also need help with getting started. Can someone help me PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

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1/12/09 11:55 A

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My name is Marie joined spark people on12/28/08.I have been always been unhappy with my weight even when I was 140.I now I weigh 218.I tried to lose the weight many times before but always gained it back or most of It have three kids after my last child was born that's when the pounds stayed with me.I'm emotional eater which I figured out last time I was at spark people please someone help me!I want to be healthy and live a long life.

ruthie


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10/6/08 11:35 A

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Thanks so much for the welcome


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10/6/08 11:26 A

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Hello Sandy and welcome to the Slimming Club here you will find ecouragement and support. We are all in this journey together so we will get there! Be Blessed!

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10/5/08 9:17 A

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Hello everyone!
My name is Sandy I am 44 years old and feel like 100. I have always been aware of my weight and size until I moved from my home state of NJ to SC. Once in the south my entire lifestyle changed along with my eating habits. I really did not know I had gained so much weight in 1 year until I went home and my brother took a picture of me and OMG I did not recognize myself. I think because being over weight in the south was not a big deal I just kept on eating until I reached 317 pounds OMG that's when I knew it was time to lose this weight. Its time for the slimmer Sandy to come back.


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9/29/08 11:29 A

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Hello Vicki and welcome to the group! We are here to help and support you..We are all in this journey together!

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Hi , I'm Vicki and I'm 52 years old.
I never would have believed I'd allow myself to get this large after a lifetime of struggling to keep my weight below 140 lbs. In the early 80's I weighed 249-1/2 lbs. It took me 13 months and dieting to the extreme but I lost 105 lbs and kept it off plus more until I met and married my dh in 1996. Since then it's been a constant struggle. Three years ago I was 142 lbs but then menopause hit, plus I was in a bike accident that left me unable to exercise for months. And in that length of time I've regained almost every pound I fought all these years to lose and keep off. So now I'm working to lose it once again but in a healthier manner and hopefully along the way learn I can't eat like I used to. Everything has changed. Things that didn't use to bother me does now so I'm popping rolaids all the time.
I've begun to retain fluid badly so I have to make serious changes to my eating, especially salty foods. And I'm a real carb addict but have no intention of giving them up so I have to figure out a way where I can have the foods I enjoy but make sure it's much smaller amounts.
I'm going to take it slowly so that this time around it'll stick. I can use all the support I can get.
Vicki




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8/22/08 10:03 A

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS.

LET US KNOW WHAT BRINGS YOU HERE, AND HOW YOU HEARD ABOUT US.

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