Beth. It sounds like you have bottomed out and are ready to make the necessary changes. You totally nailed the reasons why you gained. Women tend to gain after the age of 40 (menopause is a B****), quitting smoking, and the change in activity levels. Of course there is the other, happier reason. We tend to splurge on food when we are sharing them with people we love and a new relationship is rich ground for doing that.
You don't mention how much weight you gained but whether it is 25, 50, or 100 pounds it is making you unhappy so throw down the gauntlet and take charge! SparkPeople has all the tools. Take the time to set up your fitness and nutrition goals. Set up your own sparkpage and find your team and join in the fun of finding and giving inspiration at the Spark!
MJ From PA
"I'll have what she's having."
| current weight: 173.8