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You're never too old to start improving your health. Start with small changes, you will feel better. Go for a walk with your spouse (or dog). Eat oatmeal for breakfast. When you are comfortable with the change then add another. Life is too short and precious not to make the most of it.
I have tried lots of diets over the years because everybody always said that I needed to lose weight. But I could never stick to anything. Finally, last year (2009) I decided I was going to do something for me. I set my priority as becoming healthy for me--and it's working (so far 68 lbs. gone.)
I am an emotional eater. However, if I stop myself before I reach for food and ask, "What am I really feeling?" The answer is seldom hunger. Usually I am bored, angry, sad, lonely, helpless, or even happy. "I deserve this" is a lie I tell myself because what I really deserve is to be healthy.
Before I joined Sparkpeople, one of my friends told me that the best diet was the "plate diet" -- which would help you make the right food and portion decisions. Sparkpeople's diet suggestions seem to fall closely within this very general diet, and I have found that it is simple and effective!
Get and use a set of measuring cups and spoons as well as a food scale. These tools have been my greatest asset. When I began to weigh and measure all of my portions the weight really fell off. Know how how much you are eating. Do your research.
We all carry baggage that led us to make the bad decision to overeat. While it's harder to resolve the problems that held us down, we must forgive ourselves for using food as an emotional bandage. Forgiving yourself means accepting your past and accepting you will make mistakes in the future.