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I had lost 100 lbs back in the 90's and gained 150 lbs back. Back then, I had been "successful" on a liquid diet monitored by doctors, because I knew I was addicted to food and this was the only way I could go cold turkey. But I never really learned the ways to keep the weight off.

In the past year or so, three different doctors suggested gastric bypass surgery.

I knew I was obese. I knew I faced serious health issues, but to have such a drastic medical intervention suggested FINALLY got to me. I was and am frightened of surgery with its many medical side effects and complications. I knew every effort I had made to date had failed.

I read and read on the web about food addiction, nutrition, hypnotism, counseling. Then I came across SparkPeople. What I read were principles that I knew in my heart I wanted to live by: (1) it isn't a diet, it is a different lifestyle for the rest of your life; (2) it isn't a magic set of rules, it has to be customized for you; (3) don't just set goals, work towards them...

Thank you, SparkPeople. I have just begun to change my habits, thereby my lifestyle, my goals, and my mind. Food addiction is my elephant in the room, but God willing, I will turn him into my pocket mouse.

I hate classical exercise, but love gardening, so that is what I am doing for exercise.

Member Since: 7/12/2011

Fitness Minutes: 4,800

My Goals:
Long Term:
To change my habits for a lasting healthier life style
Short Term:
Goal 1: To lose 20% of my weight (48 lb)
As of Thanksgiving, 2011, I have lost 30 lb and been given one more reason to be grateful!
Goal 2: to lose 20% more of my weight (45 lb)
Goal 3: to lose 20% more of my weight (36 lb)
Goal 4: to lose last 20 lb

My Program:
Follow calorie load that is suitable for my final weight (why not start now to establish the right life-long habit?)
New Habit 1: record all food and exercise daily
New Habit 2: DO SOMETHING, preferably garden, every day

As of Thanksgiving, 2011, I have pretty well established new habit 1, that is recording all food and exercise daily and keeping to max calorie load for my ideal weight. New Habit 2 has not taken hold as of yet.

Personal Information:
Retired. A gardener. We live in the Mid-Atlantic region, for gardeners, zone 6b to 7a (who knows with global warming?)

Other Information:
I am trying to help a close friend on the other side of the beltway in her path to a healthier life, but she doesn't spend anytime on her computer, so Sparking is something I share with her via telephone. She is doing well, and making progress.

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  • v TURTLE69
    Just stop to see how you are doing. Hope you have a fantastic week.

    2282 days ago
  • v 1NANA4EVER
    Before considering a lap band, please make sure and consider all of your options. I do not know enough about this procedure to say don't do it. But from what I have read, doing this only introduces new challenges.

    We all have reasons why we over eat. I continually need to consider what is driving me to pick up food I don't need. When I keep asking myself this question, I have found it is much easier to not eat food my body does not need. Don't beat yourself up when you have a bad eating day. Self evaluate and move on.

    I have also had to come to the realization that you can't keep weight off without moving more. I am now incorporating daily exercise to keep from back sliding. I am sticking with 15 - 30 minutes of lower intensity and it does make a difference. Just parking away from a store helps.

    You can do it! Find your inner strength and take control.

    2355 days ago
  • v LINSAY

    Here's to a New Year and new ways of coping. emoticon

    I hear you talk about the lap band and it has sooo crossed my mind as well but I am too chicken. They say if you give up one addiction such as eating, another coping addiction emerges such as (booze) etc. Something to think about.
    Linda (Montreal)

    2361 days ago
  • v 1NANA4EVER
    Thank you so much for the flowers and the well wishes for my vacation.
    2388 days ago
    Stopping by to say hi and hope all is well. I am trying to stay busy to stay away from food but it is always on my mind! Our tree is almost fully decorated and I have lots of crafts and painting to do. I am supposed to participate in a craft show on December 15 so I need to get some items ready to sell!e emoticon
    2390 days ago
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