Hi My Name Is Linda
Friday, April 24, 2009
My name is Linda and I'm a (fill in the blank) addict.
Well, I've never smoked cigarettes, thank God, because by now I'm sure I'd have lung cancer. Moderation just hasn't been in my vocabulary. My drug of choice was wine, and cheese. Sounds kind of poetic, doesn't it? But not when you keep drinking and eating. I always liked wine when I partied, but I never brought it home until after my divorce in my 40s. After that, I would self-medicate whenever I was depressed (and as a single mother of 3, with no child support, I was depressed a lot). I would usually have 4 or 5 glasses of wine every night, which made me want to snack too and not think about it. I somehow managed to raise my kids and they've turned out to be well-adjusted adults that I'm very proud of. But I just kept getting fatter and fatter. Finally, one night, after drinking and eating and feeling terrible all night, I just thought, this just isn't fun anymore. I had been on Spark for a few weeks and actually managed to lose a few pounds, but I knew if I gave up the wine and cheese and salt (you wouldn't BELIEVE how much I salted everything!) I could really do something with myself. It's been six months now and I've lost 31 pounds, and I"m not stopping! And even though I just got dumped, I didn't let that sabatoge my new lifestyle either!
I have lost 31 pounds and have GAINED so much self-respect and a new confidence in myself that I can keep up this lifestyle - One Day At A Time.