Welcome! We have so many reasons for overeating... stress, boredom, frustration, substitution for something else that seems to be missing in our lives... And it can be really, really hard to change the pattern, but it CAN be done. One day at a time, one small change at a time, focusing on what you really want in your life, it all adds up and comes together for a new you.
There are so many great tips and tools here at SP -- from the trackers (use the nutrition tracker diligently, good or bad, preferably planning what you're going to eat in advance so you can make adjustments and keep your calorie count in the right range) to the fitness videos (something for everyone there, no matter what level you're at) and the community support.
One thing that seems to help me is to tell myself in the morning that "just for today" I will ____ (fill in the blank -- not eat junk food, plan my meals, stay within my calorie count, etc.), and tomorrow, if I really, really want that bag of chips (for instance), then I'll have it. Of course, the next morning I give myself the same pep talk... maybe I'm just extra gullible somehow, but this works a surprisingly large percentage of the time!
An excellent article here that I just "discovered" this morning is "Five Signs It's Time To Get Serious About Weight Loss." It's not just about the "signs," but also tips and suggestions for achieving success! www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_ar
Best wishes to you, I hope we'll be "seeing" you here a lot!
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