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8/20/08 11:45 A

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Hello Michelle ... emoticon to the 911 Weight Loss Losers team. I'm a dispatcher in North Dakota. Dispatching is my second career; I started dispatching after I retired from the air force in '95. My parents and brother live in So Cal ... they are in the Los Angeles area. I don't get back that way very often but hope to make it back around Christmas time. My dad turns 90 on the 26th of Dec.

I can totally relate to your not recognizing the person reflected back at you in the mirror or shop windows. Been there, done that, got the tee shirt ... fortunately the tee shirt doesn't fit anymore because it's way too big.

There is hope! You can be your slim self, but it will take time. I have been on maintenance for six weeks now, but before that I lost 93 pounds in 15 months.

It's good that they are starting a WW group at your job. Whether you join or not you will be surrounded by people who are eating well, and that makes it easier for you to do the same. I'm lucky to be on a shift of good eaters; we have been dubbed "The Salad Shift" by the officers. When we are on duty the only snacks to be found in the comm center are fruits, veggies, energy bars and the occasional Skinny Cow ice cream treat. When the other shifts are on duty the officers usually find cookies, candy, cupcakes, and the like for snacking in the comm center. Needless to say the officers don't snack much when my shift is on duty.

Eating right is half the battle, the other half is exercise. You seem to be committed to that since you have gone to the trouble of going to a personal trainer. That's a great start in the exercise department.

Good luck in meeting all your goals, Michelle.

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8/20/08 10:56 A

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Morning everyone. My name is Michelle and I have been a dispatcher in southern california for over 6 years. I work for a large sheriff department. I love my job. The only thing I don't like is the side effects. I think on the application after requirements of having to work all shifts, holidays, weekends and be subject to call. They should have a surgeon general side effect section.

Warning: This job may cause weight gain, migraines, dispatcher butt, cottage cheese legs, carpol tunnel, loss of excessive hand to mouth lifting, improper diet, starving, and holding of the bladder.

I have gained about 100 pounds since joining our department, a big portion of it the past 3 years. I do not recongize the person in the mirror anymore. It is weird to walk by a business window and see a reflection of a person of the "bigger" size and then take a second look and realize that person is you. i also saw a picture and I thought that "big" girl has a nice hair. Take a second look and the girl was me. I know I need to change and find me again.

I have seeing a personal trainer for about 2 weeks now and have been trying to watch what I eat. My work has started a weight watchers meeting at my office. I don't know if I really want to join. I have done it before with some success. But of course when I stop the weight comes back on. I think I need to eat healthier food (not the ones in the snack machine) and just watch ther portions. And maybe quit the Starbucks (in the dispatcher first aid stay awake on graveyard kit..LOL). Actually I don't drink coffee very often, but I have stopped drinking the sodas, but just haven't kicked the Monster habit yet.

Anyways, everyone have a nice day. I would love more buddies. Espcially ones that understand the job that we love to do.

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