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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.
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  • MEME102
    You have been making better choices and that's what this journey is all about! You need to do this b/c YOU are so worth this journey!! We've all had our share of problems, addictions, dumpings, losses, etc....but what matters in the end is what/how we choose to react to them! We can be bitter, angry and eat (or drink) ourselves into our fatselves OR we can choose to rise above that and become the healthiest person we know! It is always a choice!!!
    Glad you have made yours.....
    Good luck and I"m cheering for you
    3623 days ago
    Linda, you will do it!
    3623 days ago
    Good for you! You are really doing great. I also have issues with moderation but this time around with SP help I've seem to have the willpower. Keep up the good work and you'll meet your goals in no time emoticon
    3623 days ago
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