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LILKMJ sounds like you've got a great start.
Always remember that, emoticon and if/when you make a less than optimum choice, dust yourself off and ride that stallion once again!

Everyday is a new day and I'm quite confident that you WILL succeed!

Hang in there with those third shift hours. I had to really try to keep that "f" in the third shift, I know, I worked many of those too : )

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9/6/11 5:34 P

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Wow sounds like you have it all together. I work 24 hour shifts. Not as bad as it sounds. If I am not on a flight I just have to stay ready to fly. We can sleep at work. I have started packing my own lunch too. It sounds like you have all the tools you need. If you just need someone to talk to I am here with all the same issues! Best of luck!

One bite at a time, one step at a time! One day at a time!
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9/6/11 6:47 A

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I work third shift. I've gradually packed on the pounds as I drove thru the drive-thru 4 nights a week. Always picking up a couple of extra sandwiches for later as I also work a 10-hour shift.

I started "dieting" about 6 weeks ago with a different online program. The tools were cumbersome and ineffective. Glad to come back to SparkPeople. I've lost all of 9 pounds since I started.

Healthy living needs to be well rounded not just a drastic reduction in intake. My relationship with food is what needs to change. I eat when I'm bored; which is quite often at work. The vending machine offers candy, chips, and pastries. All things I need to avoid.

Step 1: I've bought a lunch pail. If the container doesn't fit, I divide it up into smaller ones.

Step 2: I have a housemate. He helps with keeping me not bored while at home. He also helps with portion control.

Step 3: I need to introduce activity back into my life. Degenerative arthritis is making it easy to say to myself, "I hurt; therefore, I can't." I understand exercise can help with the arthritis. I also understand that loosing the extra weight can help as well. All I need to do is just get started. Just Do It!

I have cut out the fast food. I tripped myself up and went thru the drive-thru last week. Just picked up one meal. Didn't eat all the fries. No extra sandwiches for later. I was lethargic and didn't want to do anything all night long. Lesson finally hitting home.

I do have a part time job as a manager of a fast food restaurant. That is when I eat fast food. I've reduced the amount I eat at any one time. Making sure I drink before I eat. 9 times out of 10, I'm thirsty, not hungry.

With the weight loss, I'm hoping to reduce if not eliminate my meds. I hate taking pills. My diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol can be controlled with diet and exercise.

 current weight: 191.0 
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