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6/2/11 8:18 P

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Welcome to the team!

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"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort." Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
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"God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference." ?


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6/2/11 11:39 A

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Hello & welcome! :)

"Forgiveness is the fragrance a violet sheds, after a heel has crushed it." ~Mark Twain.



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6/1/11 4:06 P

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Welcome!

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Don't get discouraged. Look at today only. We can't change yesterday.

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. SP quote


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6/1/11 4:13 A

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6/1/11 12:38 A

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5/31/11 11:33 P

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Welcome to EE! Glad you joined us!

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5/31/11 9:21 P

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emoticon to Emotional Eaters Team and Good Luck on your Spark Journey.

"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. "
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5/31/11 7:50 P

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emoticon You've picked the right team. You will be encouraged and supported on this journey.

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There are two options regarding committment - your either IN or your OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.

A person who wants something will find a way..
A person who doesn't will find an excuse...



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5/31/11 7:12 P

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GREG32572's Photo GREG32572 Posts: 16,449
5/31/11 7:03 P

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Perhaps thats the root of your problem, well I guess I should say our problem not YOUR problem. But we tend to get embarrassed and we don't allow anyone in for fear of them judging us on what we consider our own personal "dark secret" that no one else will understand.

I am classic for not telling people s*** about myself, I mean i share on here but I don't share 100% and I sure don't do it with people in my life. I learned at a young age to keep things to myself and to deal with it on my own...course look where it got me *chuckles*

These days I just don't give a f*** when it comes to obesity and eating disorders any time it comes up in topic i spew out my speech and alot of the time people I never would have imagined as suffering with food issues can relate. I was very surprised when anorexics and bulimics related to me, well more so the anorexics, even though our diseases differed there was some common ground and sharing that ground seems to help.

Now I am not going to tell you that you HAVE to start opening up to people because it IS scary as hell and people probably WILL reject you or tell you that its not that bad or you just arent trying hard enough and all the other bull*** that people spew out (even loved ones and family) But i can tell you this the longer you keep it inside the more it eats you alive. Trust me coming from a 39 year veteran its not doing any of us any good :)

You will find your path though

Greg

" Taking ACTION is the ultimate power of Motivation. Nothing beats it, period."
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Do not stop enjoying the wonders of life despite the inevitable hurting that impairs our soul. Hence, it does not make you less of a person when you weep in tears and are in distress. Nonetheless, learn to withstand the stings of time; rise on your feet for no one can ever bring back the soul in you and the beauty of life except you, and you and you."


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5/31/11 7:00 P

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It is wonderful having Debbie's around wouldn't you say?

Welcome Deb!

You have a child in the home and that makes it ahrd. You can ban all junk food if your family is supportive but all of you on a diet or healthy eating plan. the key is to ahve meals with healthy foods you enjoy. foods you can be excited about. go for long walks with your husband.

SP has great tooks to help you such as Nutrition tracking and fitness minut tracking.



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GREG32572's Photo GREG32572 Posts: 16,449
5/31/11 6:57 P

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Welcome :)

" Taking ACTION is the ultimate power of Motivation. Nothing beats it, period."
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Do not stop enjoying the wonders of life despite the inevitable hurting that impairs our soul. Hence, it does not make you less of a person when you weep in tears and are in distress. Nonetheless, learn to withstand the stings of time; rise on your feet for no one can ever bring back the soul in you and the beauty of life except you, and you and you."


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5/31/11 6:50 P

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hello and welcome to the team

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5/31/11 6:48 P

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Thanks for sharing so much, I know it takes courage to do that. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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5/31/11 6:29 P

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Hello all! I joined the team last night and thought I'd give you an intro into my world. I just read it through and it's kind of long, but you'll at least know where I'm coming from... if you make it to the bottom :)

I'm Debbie - as you can see. I'm 26, married for 5.5 years with a 12 y/o stepson and no bio-kids. I work full-time at a substance abuse center, where I am the office manager and as-needed counselor. I have Bachelor's degrees in psychology and linguistics and am in a Master's program for clinical psychology. So, I understand the "why"s and the "how"s behind emotional eating, compulsive overeating, binge eating disorders, and the biochemistry behind addiction.

Nonetheless, I am an emotional eater. I come from a family riddled with addiction and obesity and I have a past of yo-yo dieting and unhealthy weight-loss attempts. I've tried not eating, diet pills, meal supplement bars and shakes, and compulsive exercising. Yes, I've managed to take weight off, but always unhealthily. I was an athlete from a young age up until an injury in high school forced me out. My habit of eating emotionally had made me the slow girl on the team (on every team, I should say - I played sports year-round, usually 2 at a time), but I was always in playing shape. Once I was injured, though, my exercise reduced to almost nothing and my eating increased. That's when the weight-loss attempts turned more dangerous and I began to be more depressed with myself because I couldn't seem to stop the eating.

Last year I hit my all-time highest weight and one of my all-time lows in life. I graduated college and had a couple of short stories published over the summer, but I also lost my dad, got the swine flu (twice), and was rounding out my 2nd year of unemployment, which resulted in a foreclosed house, repossessed car, and endless calls from credit collectors. Our financial woes (hubby lost his job the same month I lost mine) meant an end for the present and forseeable future to the fertility treatments I was undergoing, and when my husband finally got a job after 16 months of dual unemployment, it was working 12 hour night shifts on a rotating schedule that left him exhausted. Our relationship suffered, I was going through a very stressful situation with a family member, and while I was not suicidal, I was extremely depressed. My wake-up call came one night after a "treat" of cake frosting straight from the container (my fav) and a whole 4000 calorie pizza left me trying to purge for the first time - believe me, I'd thought about it before but always considered myself "not THAT bad" in my eating problems. I walked around in a daze for a week or so, not really believing where I had gotten myself.

It took me a couple of months and a major event for me to decide to make a concentrated effort to address my issues. I've been a Spark member since 2008 but it has only been since January 2011 that I become really involved in it. In that time, I have managed to drastically change my eating and activity habits, to the point where most days I'm really doing OK. However, I still have plenty of days where I get so ticked off, stressed, sad, frustrated, or just lonely that the first thing I reach for is the cabinet. In January I stopped keeping a few of my staples in the house - cake frosting, garlic bread, and various "quick fixes" like Cheez-Its of fruit snacks. This doesn't mean I don't crave them (right now I can practically taste milk chocolate walnut fudge!) but I have done very well with not giving in, especially recently.

However, I am learning that doing well right now is still not the answer. Just like the instant-slim diets I have tried in the past, I am still only fixing the symptoms of my problem, not the disorder itself. This time, I am making healthy choices. I am eating what I want but strictly counting my calories and not allowing myself to binge - but not punishing myself for the few mini-binges I have had. I just pick up and start fresh with my next healthy meal and activity. I am working out but moderating myself so I don't overdo it compulsively like I have in the past. I am happier and healthier and down 43 pounds and 3 sizes! But... my brain knows that until I actually work on the addiction and compulsion I feel towards food, I will never be really healthy. At any given time, I am a couple of bad choices from being in that same place I was in last December.

I am very scared to really work on this part of myself, and at the same time extremely embarrassed. I have shared more in this one post than I have with any "real" person in my life, which must be why it is so long. It feels good to be open and honest from the get-go. I look forward to meeting some of you and helping each other through our struggles.

Thanks for listening,

Debbie

Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
-- G.K. Chesterton

You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.
-- C.S. Lewis

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
-- Ghandi

The trouble is, you think you have time.
-Buddha


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