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Beginning of my weight loss journey. 235 lbs. 5-9-18.

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My husband and I dancing at our wedding happy in bliss. Me at 234 lbs. March 2018.

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I lost the weight before, but I knew at the time I was losing it that I wouldn't be able to sustain the weight loss because I couldn't keep up with the emotional processing aspect of it. I am trying to lose it now for what I believe will be the final time now. How do I know? I have been guided spiritually to deal with the underlying issues that have lead to my initially gaining my weight, and by that I mean really delving into inner child issues of food insecurity, neglect, an eating disorder I had thought was in my past but had just laid dormant for awhile until it resurfaced in order to be heard and healed, abuse, economic insecurity,
mindless eating to stuff my emotions and anxiety, and the devastating effects of mental illness. I have gone back and healed a great deal of my past which I had soldiered through bravely at the time, and that has greatly helped with my eating and enabled me to finally start successfully losing weight and keeping it off. It has given me a great peace, and I continue to work on present day issues as well as healing past issues as they arise since healing is much like an onion in that it has layers that need to be peeled back and dealt with one at a time as you delve more deeply into deep-seated issues with increased capability as you get stronger. I encourage you all to pursue WHEN YOU ARE READY a similar approach to dealing with unhealthy eating patterns if you are having trouble losing weight because of binge eating or controlling your eating successfully. There may be some things from your past that you don't even realize that you need to heal before you can progress in your weight loss journey. It is not fun stuff, but it can bring about great peace like you have never known in your life with the added bonus of more success in your weight loss journey.

As for what else I am doing along the way...I am watching my portions, cooking at home, and trying to eat as many whole foods as possible. I saw a dietitian who examined my food log and told me that I was doing a really good job eating healthy, but I just needed to consume fewer calories--around 1500-1600 daily in order to lose 1-2 pounds a week. That takes into consideration that I am on medication that makes me gain weight and how much I should weigh approximately for my height. I need to lose 100 lbs she said, but my goal is actually 85 lbs which would put me at a weight I was stable at for years and at a weight where I felt I was healthy. I'm glad I went to see her because she gave me really good, professional advice and a fresh, unbiased opinion about my eating which I desperately needed to hear. I am learning to be okay with being hungry right now. Over time as I get used to the smaller intake of calories and smaller sized stomach, I'm sure I will adjust.

As for exercise, I am doing a mix of cardio and strength training. I like to dance, kickbox, and lift weights on the stability ball as well as do exercises on the AbDoer360.

Emergency Emotional Eating Prevention List:
Examine Logic - If you would eat healthy foods instead of your craving, you are hungry. If you only want to eat your craving, it is a craving. Distract yourself and resist it.

Slow Down and Cue All Your Senses -- Be Mindful
Throw Out Trigger Foods If You Can't Control Yourself
Go For a Walk and Talk Problems Out With God/Pray
Fill Up on Water
Sip Hot Tea
Brush Your Teeth
Pet a Cat or Two
Walk Your Dog
Read a Book
Call a Friend
Exercise -- Great Mood Booster!
Sexual Activity -- Great Mood Booster!
Shower / Take a Relaxing Hot Bath
Distract Yourself Constructively
Do Something to Keep Your Hands Busy
Knit / Crochet
Listen to Music / Sing / Dance
Watch a Good Movie. Food Not Included.
Do Reiki -- Relaxes You, Relieves Anxiety
Meditate (Breathe In, Breathe Out -- It really is that simple.)
Get a Massage
Go to Sleep

Find Your Joy!

Binge Help:
Avoid that first compulsive bite. "[The bite that is compulsive is the one you know will send you into a binge frenzy. Prevent the first compulsive bite and you prevent the binge.

Be careful with your emotional triggers that lead to you reaching for food as a comforting tool and HALT before that first compulsive bite. H.A.L.T. = Hunger. Anger. Loneliness. Tired. Just some of the many feelings that lead us to reach for food. Before you even reach for the food, ask yourself what you are feeling and distract yourself while you figure it out mentally. Once you know why you want to eat and what the root cause is, do something about it or decide to not. Make it your choice, your decision; put things in your hands again. You are now in control.

Mindless Eating Prevention List:
No eating when not hungry
No eating while watching t.v. or movies
No eating while doing anything than distracts focus away from eating
No eating while simply bored
No eating as something to do
No eating as a way to put off something you don't want to do
No eating after cruising the kitchen absent-mindedly; cruise on.

Member Since: 3/1/2010

Fitness Minutes: 54,678

My Goals:
-learn to truly manage the urges to emotionally and mindlessly eat
-really strengthen my foot and gluteus medius
-go from being morbidly obese to obese then to being just overweight then to residing within a healthy body weight range
-be able to walk 4 mph for at least an hour
-cinch my waist and boost my booty sexy (get my curves back)
-weigh 150 lbs, my normal weight, and being optimally fit

My Program:
I am currently dancing, Turbo-Jamming, and using the AbDoer360. I also occassionally do the Core Secrets DVDs to work out and am trying to incorporate resistance band training into my exercise routine.

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I live in Iowa, and my nickname is Sage.

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    “Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.”
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    I just wanted to share my morning devotions with you today

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