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3/5/13 8:14 A

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I do share my tracker, but as it is mostly groupings to represent the recipes that I have made, it is hard for anyone to figure out exactly what we ate. Last night was what a cookbook I have calls Louisiana Smothered Chicken. Mainly chicken breasts and lots of slightly sweetened onions with a bit of tomato and spice over rice.

My fear is this summer. We are going on our first ever cruise and won't have internet for a week. How the heck am I not to gain a few pounds when I can't track and I have heard the stories of what wonderful food cruises have on board? Oh, well, I will try and minimize the gain and can always work it back off afterwards. May decide to loose a tad before the cruise too, to make it where gaining a tad won't bother me.

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4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)


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3/5/13 7:52 A

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I have no problem with the tracker and I'm a cook. I use a prepare food simpler to what I made and add things that I added like oil or large amounts of vegetables. If it mostly one ingredient with seasoning type vegetables and herbs, I'll use that ingredient to track it. I don't share my tracker since some of it is guess work.

I find maintenance tricky too. I don't think maintenance is easier if you lost only twenty pounds than if you lost significantly more. The body seems to want to get back to its previous weight and in some people even a higher weight. I find it hard to eat enough to stop losing since I'm so afraid of gaining. I gain a little and then I drop more than a gained and I keep bouncing lower.

I tell myself that it's okay .I've started trying to maintain at 130 and now I'm 121 four months down the road. I'm not losing a lot and my BMI is in the center of the health range. Still, it frightened me at times. I plan to go on a long hike where food will be unpredictable. Restaurant food often makes me ill. I suspect that I'll either gain all the weight back on this trip or lose even more. I could maintain my weight. I've done that too under stress. I maintain my weight during my college years, my years in the Navy and even while married. I can't let what might or might not happen worry me.

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Enjoyed this thread. I prepared a reply back when it was first posted but my computer whacked out and then later I read that you had escaped the danger zone. Good for you! Hope all is going well

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Mmmmm, cheese curds! Mmmmm, pork carnitas! emoticon

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the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr


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2/28/13 4:15 P

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Ok, I live in Texas :). South Texas. Barbecue AND tamales. And fajitas, and pork carnitas, and and and...
It's is so okay, I am the queen of the 2 ounce serving of whatever, plus a huge salad.

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2/28/13 3:12 P

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suzy: Both states have their high fat food trends. Wisconsin: Brats, cheese curds, beer
Tennessee: Southern cooking
All states I am sure have their challenges!

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SKIRNIR, that would help explain why Tennessee is on the top 12 states for percentage of the population being obese: 29.2%, tied with Virginia!

Wisconsin, where I think you came from, isn't perfect, but it's #22 on the list.

Edited by: SUZYMOBILE at: 2/28/2013 (09:17)
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"Letting go is much harder than fighting."
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"Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be."

“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” —Gilda Radner

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr


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2/28/13 7:12 A

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Since moving to Tennessee where no one has seen me with the extra weight on, I do get more people who slightly look when I say I have to be careful what I eat. They look at me like you, you are thin. My response is that I lost 50 pounds two years ago and I intend to keep it that way. They don't seem to give me any fuss after that, except they don't seem to completely remember it. IE we have the same conversation a few weeks in a row, before people seem to completely accept it. (My local church gets day old bread from Panera. The bread is given to the clients of the Food Pantry while the sweet stuff is eaten by the volunteers or saved for after church service coffee hour. They constantly tell me I can eat all I want as a volunteer. I love trying new things and as someone who always considered Panera baked goods too expensive, this is hard, as I can eat crumbs and try multiple new things to me at one time. I am hoping that now that I have tried most of the sweet stuff, I can say no a bit more often. I have had to reduce calories on Fridays quite often due to eating a bit too many crumbs. Yes, I try and track them.)

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4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6
10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes
4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)


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Leslie, I didn't think you were criticizing me at all. It was my own stinkin' thinkin' trying to talk me into loosening the controls a bit! You'd think I'd have learned by now.

And I agree with Nell that I can talk about stuff here that would convince other people that I'm over-the-edge OCD!

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"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr


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Leslie, if your sister had been heavy, then lost weight down to 90 pounds, everyone would be remarking it. People notice change and always comment on it. I have been thin now for over 40 years, and no one ever discusses my weight. It's a given. That's the only way all except those who knew me when I was a teen have ever seen me. With time, your new normal will become just that, and thus the problem of maintaining a weight when no one around me knows that I have rules, that I have to track what I eat. That's why I am so grateful for Spark. Here I can talk about stuff that my friends would never believe or understand. It's like unless they witnessed a change it never happened.

One exception: my brother had a beard for years. One day he shaved it off and went to work, and no one noticed. Go figure.

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Hey SUZI and everyone else who has a low BMI. If you are healthy and happy with your body and weight, I think you should not let anyone tell you anything about it! That is such an estimate anyway! I think those of us who were very obese may not be comfortable at a very low BMI for a raft of reasons, especially if we have not had any sort of surgery to remove excess whatever. Some of course are comfortable. I don't care to have anyone tell me that my chosen goal is not "good enough" and I really don't want anyone to suggest that yours isn't either. I did not intend to do that. My sister was petite. She was 5'3" and about 90 pounds soaking wet. She didn't look all that thin. I have been a farm girl from birth, took after my Dad's side of the family. I have a lot of muscle :).

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I cook most of my own food and the Tracker works fine for me. I use a lot of groupings rather than recipes. I also don't worry about stuff like onions, garlic, and other seasonings. If there's not enough of it to count as a freggie I don't track it.

I do want to bring my sugar intake down, but maybe in the spring. I used to eat very little (though I don't eliminate it utterly do to a history I have with orthorexia) but my consumption crept up after Halloween, when I found I could have it in controlled portions. But I think it's throwing my hormones for a loop. I can frequently cut back on a food when the reason isn't the reason you think. Cheese? Too salty. Beef? Too tough. Sugar? It makes my cycle irregular.

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I've used only the skin caliper method, Birgit, and haven't checked body fat in a while, but I've got a good bit of loose skin. Given the amount of ST I'm willing to do (a little), I can live with that. I figure as long as I look good with clothes on, that's just fine at my age! emoticon

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"Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be."

“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” —Gilda Radner

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr


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Suzy,
when you are at level of BMI near 20, percentages of fat and muscle really matter. Have you ever had those checked?
Birgit

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Suzy, my BMI is 18 and I like it here. As I age, eating the same amount will add some weight so I'm not concerned.

As far as thinking, there is a phrase used in the 12 step programs, Stinkin' Thinkin'. While the thoughts themselves will never get you fat or drunk, those thoughts will lead you down that path to that very danger we all want to avoid. In 12 step programs, you call your sponsor immediately, and a hundred other people if that is what it takes. There is no honor is "doing it alone", or "being strong". Lean on others. It is their strength that holds you up.

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Leslie, I think the most impressive thing about this whole episode is that you RECOGNIZED immediately where your head was taking you and sought to correct it. Everyone's support may have helped, but it all started with you. emoticon

Of course now I've gotta think about whether I'm one of those underweight people you're talking about who could stand to put on a few. My BMI is under 18, but I'm so used to controlling everything that goes into my mouth that I'm scared to loosen up too much. Sigh.

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"Letting go is much harder than fighting."
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"Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be."

“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” —Gilda Radner

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr


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Update ! Thanks to everyone who responded to this thread. It really got my head back into the right place. I have a very difficult time asking for help. I figure that I "ought" to know what to do after doing this for so long and having kept off at Least 150 pounds for about 20 years. My issues are not with what I eat. They are with what I THINK. When I get into that mode where weight gain from my Desired achievable and sustainable goal is LIKELY, it always starts with my head. Then spreads into my dietary choices. My diet does not push me there, my head goes, then the diet follows. :). My sanity is back. Thank you all.

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Hey thank you for the support. I did get a couple of kicks too :) I was also reminded how BAD I felt at a higher weight, and how good I feel near here. I am not going for any 140 :0 been there when I was in my 20's and I don't like it at all. I ran almost 2 miles this morning because I didn't have the extra time to do both a walk and a run. I got my groove back from all the support here. And I got a bunch of good ideas. Just the suggestion to do a vision collage reminded me of how sick I was when I started this last year. I am 5'8" tall, very muscular, and I intend to keep that muscle into old age so I don't fall. Also as a professional nurse with a lot of geriatric experience I know it is not really great to be at all underweight. That is for the youngsters :) Still. I don't plan to go up from here. And maybe 150 something is in my future. My recent problem was more my willingness to go up, as opposed to the scale being all that off.

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I have found that for me, trying to get down to my first goal weight of 135 was hard. I really had to watch everything I put in my mouth, but 138 is very manageable. I don't have to be so careful. Although it's only a few lbs., it makes a difference. I still plan on getting to 135, but that will be when the weather gets nice and I start training for races. I also have alot of loose skin on me and my Dr. thinks that it's about 10 lbs worth. He doesn't think I should go below 140, but he also knows that I don't always listen.

As for the trackers, I find them hard to work with too when I prepare my meals at home. I haven't tracked in awhile now except for the occasional times when I need to know the calories of something or it I need to know where I am calorie wise in a day. So far I'm doing fine and my weight is staying the same. Plus the obsession with calories is gone and so is the stress.



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LESLIE871948 we all go through this at times! You did the right thing and asked for support, motivation and maybe even a "kick in the butt." You have worked too hard to get where you are at to stop now! Think back to how it felt to be unhealthy and how it WILL feel when you are at the weight that you can be.

My MD told me that it would be "really difficult" to get down to 140 lbs and that I'd have to watch everything I put in my mouth. Well she was partly correct. I do watch everything I put in my mouth, but I still eat dark chocolate, an occasional serving of french fries and pizza! Moderation is the key for me. I now weigh around 135 lbs and I plan on staying between the two weights.

If I can do it ANYONE can! Am I strong? I am now! Do I like exercise? Not really, but I love how it feels when I stop. Can I maintain this lifestyle! YES I CAN! So can you!

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Just asking for help is making today manageable. I totally like my diet choices the way they are, I eat very close to the earth and local. When my head is in the right place I don't crave anything to excess. After sending this help request out to the team and to pretty much my entire mailing list the desperation I was feeling is gone, I got some great ideas from some people to go back to basics, do a vision collage and remind myself why I got back to this weight in the first place, other things too many to mention. I will NEVER cut out an entire food group, because I have maintained this weight for over four years in the past. And today, I know that when I feel like I did this morning I need to own it, and ask for someone to help me get that crazy game out of my head. I understand completely that some people have metabolic reactions to certain substances, but that is not me. My problems usually start right between my ears :).

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If it takes getting rid of all wheat and all sugar to make the cravings go away, then I don't want to have anything to do with it.

I also eat what I make at home and not processed foods. The nutrition tracker is a pain, but as I tend to use the same recipes all the time, I enter them into the groupings section and then figure out serving sizes and just put in what amount of the main dish I had. Each time I make it I have to make some minor adjustments, but that is about it. Yes, it makes trying a new recipe a pain, but doable, as I don't do that every day. Figuring out the serving size is what gets to be a pain. I just try and watch the sizes each family member gets and estimate and it at least seems to work to keep me at goal weight, but a tad higher than I would prefer lately. May have to kick it back into gear a bit soon.

3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
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4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)


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How long it takes for cravings to completely disappear may also depend both on the food and the person. For me it took one week of being off wheat and most sugar for carb cravings to go down by 90%. After one month they were completely gone, unless I made the mistake to have a significant amount of sugar again. Now I can have a few squares of dark chocolate, about up to 1 oz./30grams and it does not trigger any cravings. Salt has never been a trigger food for me, in fact, I eat a lot of it and my body needs it to avoid muscle cramps.
Having recently given up dairy (about a month with small breaks) I am surprised again how quickly I don't miss cheese any more, which used to be one of my favorite foods. I always make sure I find healthey substitutes and eat those without restrictions.
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Leslie, you're right - it's all to do with the mind and working on that has to be a priority. I find that if I eat "bad" salty things and sugars they set me off wanting more. I need a bit of salt because of low blood pressure but I find it works for me to use a bit on a salad, or to have some celery rather than potato crisps or salty crackers which come with a lot of saturated fat - and one or two is never enough! For the sugar, when I'm stressed and want more energy, I try fruit - if it's very bad I'll eat dates or nuts (which are not sweet but give me a boost). I sometimes eat too much but at least it's healthier than the processed stuff. My experience has been to establish a weight range that I can live with, and aim to hit the middle of it once I reach the top. At the moment I'm hoping that I'm on the way down! I join challenges to keep me motivated and alert to what is happening with my weight in a fun rather than punitive way.

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Birgit, what you say is true, but to get to the point where cravings diminish and disappear takes time. And you get there one day at a time. I think this thread started with someone enduring that process.

And I have found out that even though I haven't had cravings in awhile (desires, yes, cravings,no) if I have so much as one bite (count it...ONE) all the effort that went into losing the craving disappears in that one bite. My daily reminder to myself is just that: don't take the first bite of crave-able food, no matter how insignificant or innocent it may seem. It took a long time to get where I am today, and I want to stay here. Which, considering the food I make, is a darn yummy place to be.

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Nell, I respectfully disagree that it will never be any easier to maintain than it is right this very day. And I do believe in the power or prayer but when it comes to healthy eating I don't have to take it one day at a time because I don't have to deprive my body in the first place. Our bodies will self-regulate without any cravings if we eliminate addictive and unnatural foods, and, unfortunately much of the food found in today's supermarkets are unhealthy, including all processed foods, all grains, all sugars, produce that is not raised by organic standards and/or bred for increased sugar or starch content or abnormally large size (reducing % of fiber), animal products that are not from pasture-fed animals. Once I gave most of these up I had much more energy, better sleep, no cravings (and therefore no need to count calories) excellent lipid profile and excellent health overall. We are what we eat. Food cravings are a sign of either food addictions or the body craving nutrients that it is not getting (fat, vitamins, minerals). Once there is balance the cravings will go away.
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Leslie, you are right that it will never be any easier to maintain than it is right this very day. Bu it IS a result of desire. It takes a lot of desire for something more than food to say No. I have to re-stoke my desire every morning with morning prayer. I live One Day At A Time, and that includes re-establishing my reasons for the day, every day.

And I am with you on the nutrition tracker. It just doesn't work well for those of us who only eat what we cook at home. I rarely eat anything that has a brand name. I just copy meals from day to day for the points, and keep a detailed journal for myself. I used to write each recipe into the recipe converter, but even some of the ingredients are missing from their database, which is almost exclusively restaurant or prepared foods, which I don't eat. Not to mention the half hour it took to enter a recipe.

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2/26/13 1:17 P

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Leslie,
thanks, but I'm definitely no hero, LOL. I just found out that reducing sugar and grains does not work for me at all because they are addictive enough and increasing insulin enough to where I was always on that blood sugar roller coaster. For a long time I thought at least some of it was emotional/stress eating but when I stopped eating any grains and almost all sugar (under 50 grams of carbs/day) all the cravings went away. And while this is a major change I have found tasty and very satisfying alternatives for everything made with grains and sugar.
Various nut flours, coconut flour, sugar substitutes like Xylitol and Just like Sugar or Stevia. My diet is just as varied and tasty, if not more so, then before. Take a look at the low-carb or paleo teams on Spark.
I love never feeling ravenously hungry any more. emoticon emoticon

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 2/26/2013 (13:19)
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2/26/13 1:01 P

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Exactly Marilyn. No. If I gain now, it is not going to be any easier to maintain than what I have this minute. Thanks

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2/26/13 12:58 P

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Birgit yeah you made me laugh a bit. You are an angel to take the trouble to look at the entire picture. I absolutely have "considered" less sugar :). And less grain. I have even managed a few days with that plan. This sugar thing is a Johnny come lately response to the stresses I have at work. I have had months of fairly easy progress while having *some* (not as much as now) sugar. When I give it up entirely I feel as if I am in a prison camp or something, and I rebel. Most of the foods I eat are home made, which does not really translate always on the tracker because I use foods that are in the database that have similar content. Also most of my food is from the local farmers market. Yesterday I didn't need the chocolate, that is for sure. This problem I am having is more "psychosocial" than "dietary" probably, I have been down this road before. If I can get my head in the game again, the sugar will decrease to a maintenance level too. I get what you are saying, I am just too much of a brat to eliminate those foods entirely :). You are my hero if you can pull that one off.

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2/26/13 12:43 P

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I just looked at your nutrition tracker. You are eating a lot of sugar and a lot of grain. Have you considered dropping both and increasing healthy fats to see what happens? I think you would lose all food cravings and might even lose more weight. emoticon

Birgit

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2/26/13 12:30 P

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you look amazing! You are going to be that fit retiree in May!!

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2/26/13 12:29 P

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I totally understand where you are coming from!! I'm dealing with the same issues, and I believe we just need to FIGHT it!! Its hard because those around us are like "Why are you worrying about eating that? You are THIN!!"

My response is "EVERY other time in my life when I got to goal weight and began to gain I said "That's ok - you've worked hard, you DESERVE to relax a little!" And every other time I relaxed my way into a 20 to 30 pound weight gain. So this time I'm doing it differently - I'm saying no I CAN'T relax!! I did really well with not gaining over 5 pounds until the holidays when I gained 6. And they DO NOT want to come off!! But I'm being diligent and they are coming off - VERY slowly, but coming off.

So don't give in!! You've been on that slippery slope before. Yes, you could maintain at a higher weight, but WILL you? My history has told me that I won't - so I'm going to keep fighting for THIS weight goal!!

Marilyn in LaGrange, GA (EST) V_V Team BLC21,22,23,24,25,26


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2/26/13 12:19 P

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My head has started saying that this weight I am at is too hard to sustain, and frankly that is a big lie. I am right at the top of the BMI range for my height, and there is still quite a decent amount of suspiciously fat like tissue in some areas of my body. Of course a great big part of it is in the "girls" who have always been absurdly over-abundant. But there is also some still attached to the skin that used to cover all 365 pounds of me at my heaviest. I am Not too thin. I am just TIRED of the battle. And if I let myself gain a little there is NO place that has that line drawn in the sand that I have now with my weight allowing me to attend Weight Watchers free. I need that accountability. Spark is my heart, but WW is my face to face FENCE between me and regaining the weight. I eat well. I am healthy and very active. I don't know what I need to get my groove back again, but I know where I am going if I don't !! HELP!!

Edited by: LESLIE871948 at: 2/26/2013 (12:19)
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