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4th of July 2008 -- me (on R) with my mom

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Update = 11/11/19 I’m 231 lbs, attending OA & have been going to meetings for 13 months. At the end of this month, god willing, I will have 12 consecutive months of being purge free. I haven’t been able to say this since age 15. I’m almost 45 years old. That’s almost 3 decades. Update = 3/26/2017 I've been battling several medical issues with my most recent being blood issues. No cardiac exercise until my Dr signs off. I'm at 247 lbs. If this weight is coming off it's only going to be managed by what I'm eating. I'm back to tracking my food and have been for 6 days. UPDATE = 9-15-2011 Trying to get myself back into a routine and to hold myself accountable again. My current weight is at 256 lbs. I hate how I feel, how tight my clothes are on me and my fat body parts sticking to me in the summer. :( Getting older and raising my family has been a concern. I have noticed that I am not always happy with who stares back at me in the mirror. My active children and my not-so-active lifestyle has really bothered me. I have been in other support groups before and have found them to be very effective in helping me succeed and reaching major milestones in my life, which are life changing. I am searching for support on here and am giving this a try. UPDATE = 12-04-10 I took a break from my lifestyle change (I don't like to say diet....) and from July thru the end of November, I have put on about 10 lbs that I had lost. My challenge was to get rid of my clothes that were too big for me, which I did. Someone on here had told me to let go of them would help me not fall back into them when I gained weight back. Well, I don't have those clothes to fall back on! This is definately a first. I am an emotional eater. Knowing this, when I was up against the last few months of my ex's life this summer, I went on an emotional binge. I am beginning to accept that I can't just take a break and think that I can face tough issues in my life without binging. So, back to counting my food, watching what I am putting into my life, and keeping myself busy when the tough times are getting me down. (3-14-10): I am happy to say that this program has WORKED!!! I am 1.5 lbs away from losing a total of 30 lbs since starting SparkPeople. I am so happy on so many levels! I've proved to myself that I can try and that implementing new habits and lifestyles is scary but possible. I'm being able to shop in smaller sizes in the store and am on the border of being out of the plus size department. I remember being able to, in the past, to find great buys at second hand stores. Now, I'm finding that I can't fit into those buys. It's almost surreal. I'm also getting a better idea of what portions are, how many calories are in things as well as how much something is. This is something that I've never done before. I'd scoop food onto my plate without having any idea how many ounces or calories it contained. Now, I can tell better how much an ounce of bread is or how many calories something is. I'm also beginning to trust myself enough to budget my calories so that if I want to treat myself to a slice of pizza I can without exceeding my calories for the day. I am so grateful to this program and to the path that I'm traveling.

Member Since: 5/14/2009

Fitness Minutes: 2,820

My Goals:
1- hold myself accountable for what I put into my mouth & body
2- become more honest with myself
3- lose my first lb this week

My Program:
Trying to get back into being accountable.

Right now, I am doing the following:
* keeping my calories to 1800/day whenever possible
* switching over to fat free condiments & other foods
* not keeping certain temptation food in my cupboards, fridge & freezer (This is a HUGE help!)
* addressing my emotionally driven eating issues
* increasing my veggies and fruit intake
* meeting 8 glasses of water intake a day
* abstaining from fast food
* logging my food on SparkPeople
* being honest about what I am putting into my body

I'm not able to do much excercising due to soft tissue tears to my ankle but I haven't let that stop me! It's putting even more importance on what I am putting into my body and how what I eat (and don't eat) can affect my weight & weight loss.

Personal Information:
I consider myself to be a Washingtonian..I have lived here since 1986 so I figure I've done the time I am one!! lol I am the oldest daughter of 6 kids. I have been in a relationship with my husband for 7 yrs. We have three children between the two of us.

Other Information:
“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort."
--Micheal Jackson

"It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission" -- Grace Hopper

"Never hate a man enough to give him back his diamonds" from Zsa Zsa Gabor.

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    emoticon so much for reading and commenting on my 100 days blogs... I really appreciate it. Hope you've had a wonderful week so far and wishing you a fantastic weekend! Also, wishing you a fabulous Valentine's Day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    342 days ago
    TY TY TY !!! You read my blog about the 5% Challenge and YES We'd LOVE to have traveling from land to land with your team !! I guarantee you this IS DOABLE even with severe exercise limits. I'd ask my Dr about using something like resistant bands, BUT !! MAKE SURAH (LOL Maine and we DO NOT use our "R"s. If you've heard of someone talk from around Boston,,, well we are a little further up ,,, and it's clearly noticable for a native from our lovely state. Snow coming tonight into Sat,, HOPE we MISS most of it. I have friends traveling to outside of Boston SCARY !) get permission from your Dr and see if he's (she) is agreeable to NON Treasonous movements. Speak the CL (Challenge Leader of your team,,,, hmmm I call our CL a "Crazy Leader" because the other 3 leaders are sooo FULL of it (Hmmm I am the ML which I INSIST means "Most Loved" instead of Motivational Leader) and let your CL know of your limitations, but just because one either can't move around or exercise does NOT mean one can't lose weight.

    I've been here to there,, and you will find as you have with Sparks there are those on the 5% Challenge who have some very serious illnesses, injuries. We all know though (with help,,, encouragement) by dropping our calories to what our Dr's have said (sometimes it's SOOO TEMPTING to JUMP the gun (hey IS THAT exercise??? :) to go with LOWER than the Dr has said. If we foolishly do this,,, our bodies go into as you know,,, starvation mode ad we WILL overeat at some point and very likely we will again even more.

    I hope you have signed up for the 5%. I can see your page,,, you are SERIOUS in doing this. WOOHOOOO Which team do you wish to be on? Once on PLEASE do write at once to your CL about not being able to do any exercise,,,, there are exceptions to almost all situations so s/he can work on that for you.

    1393 days ago
    Hi there, thanks for commenting on my spark page! Feel free to drop me a spark mail if you want to chat, about anything :)
    1477 days ago
    "The dreams I only thought about, the ones I took no action on, well they are still dreams. But the ones that I took action on, they are now a reality."-Catherine Pulsifer

    Have a Sparktacular Saturday & Spark on!

    (((sending Skinny Vibes))) I'm so DONE! Injoy:) Carolyn
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    3408 days ago
    Stopping by to say HELLO!! I hope you are having a great day today!!!

    3531 days ago
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