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Me too Belinda Sue. emoticon

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with Jake, Duncan, Teddy, Muggy at the Bridge & always in my heart.

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9/28/16 2:18 P

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I am also finding it hard to reach my calorie intake for each day.

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I've been trying to lose this weight for a VERY long time and I keep going back to where I started...This time, my hubby is having the gastric sleeve surgery done so I should actually be able to follow the right eating habits and actually get this 120 lbs off me. I am happy to say that I have lost 29 lbs in the last 6 months and will continue to lose more.

I hope you all are moving right along.

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5/15/16 12:01 P

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is it just me. dont count you eat 5k calories. count you cant come up with 500??? ugh

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Jeeeennnnyyyyyy....(my hands are on my hips). LOL I pictured my mom saying my name with just this stance. haha

Good for you for picking up where you left off! That's is usually the hardest step.

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Got off of tracking my food, need to start doing that again!

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Tracking my food and my exercise seems to be helping me as well. I can see how many calories I am taking in and how many I'm burning off. It is really helping me stay on track and it lets me know that I am in control, powerful and not powerless. Good Luck to you & Happy Tracking!

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I saw that and started to read it...I have to go out but I'll read it in the morning. It sounds interesting. I'll look for the link you put in it.

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I wrote a new blog if anyone is interested
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And that's really what counts. Do we feel improvements? Because truthfully, in the beginning of a program one usually doesn't see result right off. The inside starts changing before the outside. It's great you're sticking with it. It'll definitely NOT work if you don't.

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Thanks. I track my food and end up over but that helps me know what food choices I make need to be changed, so I feel that I am making improvements in me!

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Good for you Jenny! We do what works and move on from what doesn't.

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Tracking my food has really made a difference. I thought that because I was making better choices I was doing well and was wondering why the weight was not coming off. Now I realize that I am getting calories in places I did not expect and that is what has kept me at the point where I am. Very eye-opening and although I hate to track my food, I will keep doing it!

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I have a smart phone and have Google Fit on it. Tracks steps, miles, calories and time moving.

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Hi all, I wrote a blog entry about my food addiction if you have the time to stop by my page and read it. I'll include the link.

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Hi all... I have never actually been told that I am "morbidly obese" by a medical professional but I hear it by the little voice on the Wii Fit. I am shooting for a goal of about 110 pounds but in all honesty I need to lose about 170. That is an incredibly intimidating number but I have to do this. My mom, sister and brother have all developed Diabetes and I am the only one who hasn't. It terrifies me to no end to think that if I don't get a handle on my weight now, that is exactly where I am going to end up. It's scary but I have to do this.

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I've been in that morbidly obese class ever since it became a term....or perhaps it was a term before I started seeing it/hearing it. I just know I've been big/fat/obese since I was a child. I'll be 38 in November. Is it easier to hear then because of the time line? nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnuuuurp. Never is. It's almost what I've allowed to define me. I've been on and off diets, fad and common sense diets, failed, succeeded, failed. etc etc etc. 100lbs is far less than I need to lose but it's still a feat to win and mountain to climb. I wish you good luck and support!!!

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put the spinach in a smoothie with apple pear almond milk hazel nut butter and banana pineapple if you have it you'll feel full and clean out your system

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Fit bit really helps a lot and the fit bit one on ebay is inexpensive it gives you goals and if you follow them the weight comes off. Your a JW?

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Hi, Team!! The temptation triangle is upon us (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas) and we need to prepare mentally so we can succeed nutritionally! Do you have a game plan? If so, please share.

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Morbidly obese doesn't mean fat unto death, it only means fat unto sickness... that is heavy enough to cause health problems. I know that because I was a Latin teacher. There is hope, you're not dead yet! (Dum spiro, spero." While I breathe, I have hope.) :0)

My mom died of complications of morbid obesity but she suffered a lot before. The chronic pain from her arthritis made it more difficult to move which made her more depressed and prone to eat. She had so many health problems from diabetes to high blood pressure to edema. Some doctors treated her well, some viewed her as somehow less of person because she was heavy. It was hard to blame the nurses I heard complaining when they had to go turn her in the hospital. They were short staffed. She was hard to lift and they did sometimes get hurt. But that didn't stop me from crying because I knew she could not change the immediate situation and was trapped in her own body. I cared for her at home except for her bouts in the hospital until her death when I was in my late 30s. At 318 lbs I knew I was headed in that same direction.

Being healthy has to do with making healthy choices. "We become what we want to be by continually being what we want to become each day." Richard G. Scott

My personal choice was gastric bypass. I tried numerous other approaches because the thought of altering my body permanently did not appeal to me. But I got the information from my doctor and in the end I decided it was right for me. IndyGirl lost over a hundred pounds without surgery and has a challenge out now to help others do the same.

Whatever your path, an important thing to remember is that every decision you make either makes you healthier or less healthy. You are more than a number on the scale. Losing weight makes a lot of things easier (like climbing stairs) but it doesn't equal happiness-- the decision to be happy is also up to you. Focus on making healthy choices and not only will your weight go down, but you will feel better physically, emotionally and spiritually. (Mens sana in corpore sano- A sound mind in a sound body.)

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"We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day." Richard G. Scott

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Still haven't bought that bag of spinach! But I mean too.

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I LOVE raw spinach! Maybe I'll get a bag of that and do different salad mixes like you are doing. Awesome idea! Thanks for posting it.

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Doing great, eating more salad is making me fill in my veggie goal.
I really like the spinach mixes available with baby greens!

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After unhealthy choices last week, I'm working on improving this week.

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Hi team! I should subscribe to this thread. It seems to have the most activity on it. I hope everyone is staying on track to reach their big goals!! I've had some challenges and other times I just didn't feel like making healthier food choices. Of course, the consequences aren't friendly. Happy Tuesday!!

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I agree that baby steps are the way to go. I would get overwhelmed if I focused on the amount of weight I have to lose. Instead I focus on what I can do today to move towards my goal of getting fit and healthy. I don't have any off limit foods but there are some things I know better than to keep in the house. emoticon

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I haven't been a member long, but I can say by tracking my food all day, I have become aware of what exactly I am eating. I agree about depriving yourself - that is when you crave it most. The first week went well, but I don't know if it's the exercising I'm doing, but I don't feel as if I'm losing anything - fingers are crossed that by toning up - is what has caused this. Weigh in tomorrow!

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I'm right there with you. I started sparkpeople several years ago and was 268 then, I'm at 247 now and sometimes I feel like I am never going to make my goal. I have been on this site every day for 4 days now and tracking my food, water, etc. however, the motivation is still hard for me. It takes a lot of work to do all this stuff and set up meals. I have yet to go to a gym, haven't been inside one in over 5 years. For me, I decided this time around I am not worrying about a gym workout yet. I have set a goal to walk every day, either with the dogs or by myself. So far I have kept that commitment...just not for the whole 30 minutes I wanted. But every day I walk a little longer or a little farther. I am going to take baby steps so I don't get discouraged. Maybe that will help you as well. I take my walk in the morning before I lose the motivation - its easy for me in the morning because we have a small homestead/farm so I just take the long way around from the house to the barn.

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How is it going with "the Plan"? I am looking for some help in the food department.

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For me the key is remembering that everything I put in my mouth is a choice. Sometimes my choices are better than others ... but I've quit beating myself up over the not so good choices and just do better the next time. When I have "not allowed to eat foods", I tend to crave them and then binge them.



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Hi, I have over 100 lbs to lose and it's been hard coming to terms with that.
I am hoping to find the motivation to stick with this. I really want to be able
to start hiking again this summer/fall :)

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Has anyone here tried 'The Plan' by Lyn-Genet Recitas? I am doing it and I LOVE it. Just getting started but its working for me.

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New month= time to set a new challenge for myself.

I started out well in April, then was derailed by some HUGE negativity surrounding me. I'm determined to not let that person get to me again this month.

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Good to hear everyone's stories, good and bad, since we all have a bit of each from time to time.

Things are ok here. Still pre-tracking my food (I use myfitnesspal) the day before. I have a lot more success with this, planning ahead of time forces me to play around with my choices so that I tend to eat healthier, more delicious and filling meals and snacks - got to love that.

I broke down last night and started a free 30-day trial to Daily Burn. I figured that if it was nothing special that I couldn't get on YouTube or somewhere else that I would just cancel, but I took my first class and I was really impressed. Good range of classes for all fitness levels. I did my first beginner workout and based on the workout and the information I provided them about myself, my estimated calorie burn shows up at the top of the screen periodically through the workout which is motivating.

Even after the trial it's $10 a month, which, if I use it even weekly is a good deal.

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Hello Everyone. I joined SP in February as a complement to my decision to make a dramatic lifestyle change. Started to workout in a gym and even joined to a weight loss program exercise in my gym. Found peace, getting fit, losing weight so far, almost 25% of my goal done, but the most important thing is satisfaction. Personal recognition of my efforts, doing what I want, achieving my goals, One step at the time and in the mean time, as I said... Found inner peace. (a lot of self loathing in the past) It's gone. I feel confident, focused and happy. Even though I'm far from my goal, I know I'm in the right path. Feel free to check my SP page and browse my pics. I'm making my Journey's blog. Today I posted Before and now pics.
God bless all!

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I'm right there with you and everyone else. We can do this and we will do this. We may slip up from time to time, but the most important thing is to NEVER give up. emoticon

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i have tried everything!!! (no surgeries) I have thought about gastric sleeve or lap band. I need something to get my appetite under control, willpower only gets you so much...anyone tried either of these procedures and would you be willing to share your insight?

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I've addressed some things in my life and am really tackling the food right now. If anyone is on myfitnesspal, my user name is chris2365 and I have my food diary open to my friends.

I've tried pretty much everything and have come to the realization that the most successful practice while I'm getting started is to pre-log my food. Plan out what I'm going to eat so that I'm not scrambling and make bad choices.

I also find it very interesting to read other people's food diaries - we're all very different!

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Okay, I’m not seeing many post here! I’m guilty……… not much on posting. I just wanted all of us 40 something’s with a 100 lbs. pounds hanging around to know: We can do it!!!


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So I just joined this team and been trying to get back on track this year. I need some support with others who have as much to lose. I have lost and gained back and now am at my heaviest ever. I am finding it difficult to drop even one pound. What's the game plan guys? How do I get this started? I have been logging food, been weighing in (and crying about it) Can someone tell how to get the courage to get back to the gym or even onto the treadmill ? I know what I am supposed to do but the pieces aren't coming together Why is it so difficult--- even when I feel highly motivated every morning?






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Hi Everyone! I am new and glad to be here. I am 44 and have about 125 pounds to lose. It seems like I have so far to go. With all these resources I'm sure I can be successful. I struggle with afternoons and evenings too. I get busy at work and don't eat then, bam!! I'm starving. I then want to eat everything in sight. It's a constant struggle.

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Happy Friday, everyone! Yesterday was a decent eating day. I think I'm similar to many people. I do just fine during the day, but eating becomes more uninhibited in the afternoon and then after dinner? Ugh.

So, instead of fighting my personality, I need to be kind to myself. When am I feeling the weakest? When do I want to eat? Afternoon? Yep. Evening? Yep. So I need to build in snacks during those times.

Today I'm going to plan on a protein rich snack in the mid-afternoon. And I'm going to budget my calories for a snack that lasts awhile in the evening - probably popcorn or a 190-calorie bag of sunflower seeds.

Anyone have fun plans for the weekend? I, unfortunately, need to work on tax related work for myself and for a friend's business. But weather permitting, I hope to also get some bulbs into the backyard too.

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Every day get up and say I CAN LOSE and I WILL LOSE! You gotta speak success and not defeat....I weigh more than you and I have lost 24 pounds since starting at the end January 2014. So YOU CAN DO IT too!!!! emoticon

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Hi, Chris. Welcome back. I joined Spark People in December, but then wandered away until two weeks ago. It's good to be back among supportive and compassionate people. I, too, am 49 years old and I have a lot of weight to lose. I lost over 100lbs. in the past but, as weird as it sounds, I don't remember that journey--or that destination. This time, I want to remember ALL of it. I want to remember watching the scale go down and watching my measurements decrease and watching "the fat clothes" leave my closet and watching my mood and attitude improve. I'm taking this journey one step at a time, versus one mile at a time. In my head, I know what I need to do. In my heart, it's often a different story. I, too, have had "poor habits" for a very long time. They're hard to break, but they ARE breakable. I've learned from Spark People friends that little choices and decisions make the biggest--and most lasting--difference. My suggestion is: take this journey one step at a time. Enjoy it rather than battle it.

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Hi, all. New to interacting with this group and back to SparkPeople after some time away. I've struggled with being morbidly obese (yeah, heard it most of my life, so used to it). I lost weight back in 2006/2007 but gained nearly all of it back after I lost my husband and gave up on decent self-care.

So I'm 49 years old. Weigh just over 300 pounds and am working on getting back to a healthy state. I have no excuses except 40+ years of bad habits. My environment is set up for success. I have a enough money to buy good quality food. I am a widowed mom, so I decide what food gets purchased and cooked. I have a home gym, including a treadmill, a bike with a desk for my laptop, a Bellicon rebounder, weights, etc. I work at home and have the time to exercise.

I am trying to avoid 'tricks' - temporary, short term fixes that don't work long term and will eventually cause me to rebound and regain any weight lost plus more. The only thing that ever worked was giving myself a calorie budget, figuring out go-to meals that fit in that calorie budget (so I didn't have to track carefully) and just sticking with a moderate eating and exercise plan.

And social support and accountability - so I'm here. I'm going to bookmark this page and log in daily. Glad to be on board.

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Never ever ever let another person's words or actions define who and what YOU truly are!! My favorite quote to date is by Eleanor Roosevelt and it says, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

On the other hand, I think that "morbidly obese" is more of a medical term to doctors and he probably doesn't realize how hurtful it can feel to be at the receiving end of those words.

Hugs and love to you all...from another morbidly obese newbie. :)

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I am new here as well i will be 41 this year. i would like to lose 157 pounds. i have already lose 25 before starting SP. i lost that over a 2 year period of time. i would like to lose these 157 a little quicker than that! i do not have a support system in the RW so i have come to SP to have an adopted support family. i have been on the site for about a month. i have lost just about 5 pounds. i been reading the posts and it is nice to see that i am not the only one struggling. thank you to everyone that posts. emoticon

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hi im new here ive been here awhile but couldnt get messages..but im at 338 pounds and feel like i cant loose anything but im not going to give up.

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That's the spirit!! Glad to hear it! Congrats on the 1 lb. That's actually incredible considering the health, food and family challenges you faced in such a short period of time. Good for you! You have a super duper weekend yourself.

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Thank you for your kind words. I got a good nights sleep, I am amazingly down 1 lb this morning and ready to walk 2,5 miles today...Hope you have a good weekend. emoticon

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It sounds like you have a full plate!! That's the tough part about trying to make positive changes for a better life...dealing with the negative things that are thrown at us when we are down. As soon as we utter, "What else can go wrong?!" Well, it's not long before we find out. Then the, "Why even keep trying?" question makes its round through the brain. It also sounds like you gave your son-in-law the excuse he's been waiting for to validate the path he's been wanting to take for some time now...it seems anyway. I'm no psychologist so I'm probably just sticking my nose where it doesn't belong. Sorry for that.

I'm glad to hear that you aren't giving up and that you're going to pick up the pieces in the morning and move forward. That is so encouraging for me. I truly hope that some of the stress and discouragement you've had lately lightens up a bit so you can take a breath or two.

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Attitude and health seem to go hand and hand with my progress towards a healthy lifestyle. Thursday I juiced all day, walked 2 miles and stayed under my calorie goal. 3:30 am I am rushed to hospital because my throat is swelling shut and I cannot breathe. By 8 am I am home, but at the egg mcmuffin my daughter bought me, 3 poptarts and a diet soda. I fall asleep until noon because of the medication. I am groggy all day. I have a homemade celery apple juice to cleanse my system. I then work on a family members computer for 2 hours, fix the problem and connect their router/modem...yeah...wrong...my son in law told me keep my fn hands off his things. I am tech, and people seem to forget that. I have ethics. I fix problems, I do not snoop through files. He tells my daughter he is filling out divorce papers because of me. So I eat a runza, and 2 homemade hamburgers, and chips and salsa. I did add a cup of broccoli. Now I am in bed, feeling sick again and wheezy. I will try again tomorrow, but I think I will spend the day alone.

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I agree with you on that, If my attitude stinks then it effects all of me. I push push push and now I am sticking with it and making things happen. I have always been heavy but the key word is BEEN....I am working on that not being my word any more. I am Healthy with Healthy becoming my new key word... :) Have a great one all.

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I will say this about some of the post/topics I have just read. First let’s be clear, I’m not a doctor or nutrition expert, but I have walked this earth for more than a day and in more than one capacity. Next, attitude is definitely 10% what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. Now the real issue: our weight, putting someone in a classification based on his or her body fat percentage is one thing, putting someone’s condition of health and longevity in a category is something completely different. If you are trying to lose a few pounds to fit into you high school cloths again or just want to catch that certain someone’s attention, then your reading the wrong teams posts. If you are tired of being tired because even the simplest task requires you to expend more energy then you have. If your back, knees, and ankles always hurts. If you have given up doing the things that you used to love to do, like dancing, spending a whole day going from store to store looking at what new etc… Then you really need to evaluate you current situation. I know there are medical problems which may prevent activities, but ask yourself, is that medical problem caused by being overweight, can it be corrected? The truth is “attitude”, not someone else’s opinion, or what you might think their opinion is. If you have the attitude that you are happy in your current situation, you are going to remain in it, and you have every right to do so. If your attitude compels you to think differently then here we are, a member of the spark people 40 something with 100 pounds to loose. The same attitude that drives you to eat three pieces of cake instead of one is the same attitude that could drive you to walk three blocks instead of one. What motivates a person differs the results are the same.

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I first read the term morbidly obese in a surgeons notes about me and I was shocked. That was 19 years ago. At the time I weighed 190 lbs. The surgeon went on to say that weight caused the hernias he repaired and caused the staph infection after the surgery.
As I look back at this report, I just smile and laugh. I know now I was not morbidly obese. I had just had my 4th child and had been on bed rest before her birth. The hernias were caused by my daughter kicking while in the womb and staph was contracted in the operating room. I let that doctor label me and carried that label on my shoulders for years. I felt too fat to do anything and I missed out on my children's childhood and a career as a teacher because I was depressed and embarrassed about my weight.
I weigh 260 now and I know I am morbidly obese and I know what got me here and what I need to do to take the weight off. My ideal weight is not determined by a chart. I worked with a great doctor to determine my goal weight based on my health history and my own personal opinion. I will not weigh 145 again like I did when I ran 10 miles a day in high school. I will not look like my sister that has anorexia. I will not lose the weight in 6 months, but could lose it faster if I exercised regularly. I will not let a term dictate my mental state.
I am overweight but not depressed for the first time in many years. I belong to TOPS which is a great support group and the weekly weigh ins hold me accountable for my actions. I was my chapters biggest loser in 2013 and I did not lose 100 lbs in 1 year.... It took me several years to gain it and it's okay if I take a few years to take it off.
I do not exclude myself from social activities, career advancement or public events because of my weight. I am no longer embarrassed to exercise in public either. What changed my outlook? I realized that everyone in the world is self-conscious, some just express it differently than others. Very few are judging me because they are too busy worrying about what I am thinking about them.
I will not live in the past, nor will I be my own worst enemy. I will continue to improve my nutritional intake, get more exercise and sleep, take time to relax and put myself first more often. I reinstated my part of my teaching certificate so I can substitute teach and I will reinstate my full certificate and take a full time position in the future. I will go to church on Sundays, volunteer more and socialize more often. I will live my life one day at a time and enjoy the small things. I have wasted too many years wallowing in self pity. I thank God my eyes have been opened so I can live a full life now.

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love the positive attitude!

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Hello Everyone, I was reading this thread and your topic on the title of morbidly obese got my attention. I am new to SP and on my 2nd day here. I was first told that I was morbidly obese years ago in my 20's. I was so angry with the doctors because I had just lost some weight and was beginning to feel somewhat good about myself. Unfortunately, that started the huge weight gains of 20 pounds like overnight. I really started putting myself down because feeling my best was not good enough for others.

Now I am 45 and the term does not effect me as much. It is just a title people use to categorize us. What I know is there are individuals who weight much more than I do at 252lbs and are more healthier than I am. In reverse, I also know individuals who weigh half my weight and have more health issues than colds I had my entire life.

What matters the most is how we feel, physically, mentally and emotionally. I realize that at 45 I do not carry this weight as well as I did 20 years ago. Add menopause to the mix and well i am spring getting ready to be sprung any moment.

Do not allow a title dictate who you are. We are all so much more than the term morbidly obese. We are changing lives every day, starting with our own.
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it does not look like you need to lose a full 100 lbs but I am sure you can adjust your goal when you get to where you like being.

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I think according to the bmi model we are all morbidly obese I have to say a don't like the term morbidly obese because when I think of the word obese I think of a 500 lb person that can barely walk I don't think of myself as morbidly obese but with a body fat% of 45 and being 300lb I am according to the bmi model. my goal will take me to being overweight according to bmi but if my body fat is 20% I wont worry about it

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Well, from the research I've read and watched on different medical shows, when we don't enough calories to sustain our bodies normal activities and organ functions, our body becomes a horder. Not only does it not release from prison the fat stored, but when we do eat, it converts a little of the sustenance into energy just to cover organ activity and stores the rest because it is now in emergency horde mode.

There's a doctor in the town close to where I live that gives his patients vitamin B shots and puts them on a 500 calorie a day diet. He also pushes appetite suppressant pills. So some doctors are still in the cave man days, but for the most part, I would hope that things have since improved.

All in all, that's why there are so many options out there. No one weight loss option is one-size-fits-all.

Interesting that weight gain is associated with tonselectomy and adenoidectomy.

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Thanks for your post--it meant a lot. It's true, I did kind of feel like a "guinea pig" (and yes, you spelled it right--lol) for most of my early years. When I was seven, I was part of a study at a teaching hospital in Michigan. The doctors ordered that I eat 400 calories a day, and I still gained seven pounds in a week. The hospital staff would SEARCH my mother to make sure she wasn't sneaking food in for me. I don't remember that part myself; mama told me that. All I remember is being rolled out in a big auditorium and bright lights, and having doctors ask me a lot of questions (what do you like to eat? How much do you eat? Do you like to run and play? Why don't you stop eating?) until I was so scared I cried for my mama. The results? They had no idea why I was the way I was. I have since read online that many people gained a lot of weight as children after having their tonsils and adenoids taken out. Someone should do a study on that so more children don't have to suffer.

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What an ordeal as such as early age. I firmly believe that no matter how a person loses weight, there are different challenges for different methods. So you pretty much were a geneau pig (is that how it's spelled?) for the medical field. I'm sure since then there has been a huge improvement in after care for that type of monumental surgery. Of course, that doesn't undo the damage you've suffered and I'm really happy that you have modified your attitude to a "can-do" one.

I'm looking so forward to sharing this weight loss adventure with you. I've connected to a couple of real good women on here so if you feel comfortable with the idea, I'd like to reach out and send you a SP friend request.

See you on here again. soon.

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Sadly, I've been in the "morbidly obese" category most of my life. I have been very heavy ever since I was three years old, when I had my tonsils and adenoids taken out. After that, I started packing on the pounds. By the time I was 15, I weighed over 500 lbs. I had one of the first "stomach stapelings" ever done, and I was the youngest to ever have it done at 15. Problem is, the doctors, etc. did no after-care as far as physical, mental, and emotional needs. No one told people back then that your stomach could stretch back out. I gained back some of my weight, but it's okay--I'll just have to lose it the hard way--slow and steady.

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Hello Janie!! Looking forward to hearing your story.
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I'm so excited to be here on this team. My name is Janie.

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Thank you. :)

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It was great to hear how everyone is doing! You all are doing fantastic and are such a great support for each other. We all need that encouragement to help us on this journey! It makes me smile to hear of other's accomplishments! Congratulations!

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OMGoodness!! Well, I was just shy of 10 pounds from 300. Wow! What a trooper you are GRNSEAS7. A year and 36 pounds later you find yourself on SP with some great tips your plan to lose weight in 2014. We are neck and neck almost so even though this isn't a competition, you are a great motivator for me to reach my short term and eventually long term goals. Thanks for posting!!

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A year ago I tipped the scales at 300 lbs. My doctor told me to lose weight and I would breathe easier and my immune system would improve. I am not the most motivated person, but I did manage to lose 36 lbs. My asthma and allergies have improved. I am trying to exercise 3 times a week this year and I have cut my daily carbs to help me lose. I have also started eating more vegetables in 2014. I like juicing vegetables and I love my green juice made from celery, greens, apples and ginger. Let's see what I can accomplish this year.

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Just put one step in front of the other.....you are correct baby steps. I have just turned 50 and I have a beautiful 2 1/2yr old granddaughter....I want to be here for a long time to see what she becomes. since my daughters pregnancy she has struggled with her weight so we are doing this together.

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Congratulations! That's wonderful! Thankfully, God made babies to grow slowly - so as your baby grows, you can shrink! By the time she's aware of what's going on, her mama will be a perfectly healthy woman, able to play and have a good time with her. Best of luck!

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I just turned the big 40 in December after having a beautiful little girl the year before that I was told I would never have. We tried for over 10 years and just when we gave up God gave me the most precious gift in the world, my angel Ava Grace. I never imagined I would be this age and have a 14 month old and I start to think about the future and I know that in order to have a good future I have to change how I look at food. Ava is amazing and I need to lose this weight so I can be here for her and be a role model for her. I don't want her to become obese. I have always been overweight but now it is out of control... I know it is going to be a long journey as I didn't get this way overnight but I just pray God gives me the strength everyday so I can get this under control. I am more determined then I have ever been but I know I need help with this and that's why I am here. Thank you all for being here and sharing I know it helps me immensely.

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Welcome, Naildva!! Sorry your feelings were hurt, definitely a normal reaction. On the flip side, it did get you to thinking about your future and how much of it would be impacted negatively, especially in regard to your son. There is so much more to life that one's weight, but if weight is the main thing on one's mind life doesn't mean much with the limitations we put on ourselves because of it.

I look forward to more posts from you and the others I've been following on here. The successes, hints, challenges, frustrations, ideas, encouragement helps so much!! I've only been on this site for two weeks, but that's two less weeks in the long run under my belt.!!

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MORBIDLY OBESE now that's a term I never really though myself as ..... until the last couple of years. I need to lose this weight for so many reasons just like everyone one this site. I want to do it for me and especially my son. I don't want him to have to deal with the comments from his friends that his mom sure is fat. He is only 5 but already one of his little friends came up to me and asked me why I'm so fat. It took everything I had not to cry at that comment. I want to set an example for him and my worst fear is he'll end up over weight as well. I'm so glad I have found this site and the wonderful people on it.

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Yes, that's probably it. The way the information is delivered depends on how it will be received.

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Yep, I can also relate. The term didn't come from my doctor, but from my own reading. But more importantly, I see what the excess weight has done to a family member and I can't bear the thought of going that same direction. I have a 5 year old and need to stick around to get him through school. And, I think it would be so darn cool to run a 5K when I couldn't run back in high school.

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Good point. For me I suppose it's because it's not coming at you from a place of caring or love but more of a put down and disgust.

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Good morning!! I've read the posts where participants are really putting their trust in other SP members by exposing their deepest anguish and sorrow over weight. When I would be asked, "Are you pregnant?" or "Did you just recently have a baby?", I would feel low and depressed. But now I wonder "Why?". Why did that even bother me? So what if they are ignorant, that's their bag.

Back in the day I remember going to clubs and boy did people drink like there was no tomorrow. I would have never gone up to a stranger and tell them "You drink too much, you need to slow down." Or smoking. I would never tell a stranger "That's a cancer stick and you're forcing others to the possibility of cancer with your smoke, so quit!".

However, has anyone felt concern for a family member or close friend who we saw demonstrate destructive behavior and we felt we needed to speak up because we loved or cared for that person? If they have the same view of us with our over weight issues, why do we get so sensitive when they express their concern about us? They love and care for us. Of course, this is easier to write than to feel. I've been there a number of times myself. It has hurt, degraded, mortified and crushed me before.

Just wondering what is so invasive about being told we are obese. How is it so different than being told to stop doing drugs or quit smoking or go to AAA for drinking problems?

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I have had a Doctor say that to me , and it made me feel horrible , and with that it made me depressed. I could change what I was, and that didn't help. He didn't listen to what I was trying to say and made me feel small. I switched Doctors and I and know that I am morbidly obese, but not because she told me that. She has been nothing but supportive (God Bless Her). Since seeing her I really do try to lose some weight, and since I have come back to sparks this last time I am slowly starting to see my scale go down. I am very thankful I found this site

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I don't know if anyone sees themselves as they truly are. I know I don't. At least I didn't until just recently. I haven't done anything to fix it either. I wish I could focus.

There will be an answer, let it be.


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Hello, I've been on (and off) spark people for awhile now, (trying to get recharged and re-motivated.) I WISH my doctor would say something…she never says anything. I know I'm morbidly obese but it doesn't fit the image I have of myself in my mind. I don't see myself as THAT big.

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Hi. This is my second day on SparksPeople. It wasn't until I was reading all the comments on here that I had an "aha" moment. My mother was an extremely LARGE woman. She needed three fold out chairs to sit in and her arms rested straight out to her sides on her hips. Before she died of a staph infection about four years ago, she had lost weight down to 450 pounds. She is what I always considered MORBIDLY OBESE. She told me once that her doctor said she was in relatively good health for her age and I can remember thinking, "You need to see another doctor." But my mom wasn't one who encouraged free thinking aloud.

I just realized that I never considered myself morbidly obese because I never came close to what my mother weighed at her worst, even when I topped the scale at 297 lbs. It just occured to me that because I've compared myself to my mother in that I wasn't as heavy as she was, I didn't need to be overly concerned about the state I have been in.

True, I've told myself I needed to lose weight to be able to do things I've always wanted to do without becoming exhausted every two minutes, or be able to fit in a booth at an eatery, or fit in a ride at a fun park, or fit in a smaller pair of pants, etc. However, I've never needed three fold out chairs to sit down.

This Team Discussion has relit in my heart the critical spot I've placed myself by not thinking more proactive about my health and future. Thank you, folks, you've kindled in me the desire to stay powerful in my decision to become more health conscious, drop the weight and live longer.

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I have a wonderful doctor who is sensitive to the needs of patients in the morbidly obese category. Reading this thread I am realizing how very special he is.

And he is a vegan who competes in ironman. He even runs marathons with his wife. Go figure.

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Such a terrible word, and the reality is with those charts we don't have to be all that much over the mark to be considered morbidly....crazy. I never saw myself as overweight even, I think I look like what I think I look like...lol...ok that sounds crazy. What I mean is I've always thought of myself as thin or at least thinner than I truly am...in my head that is. So when my doctor told me that (skinny female doctor) and I had been working out like a madwoman and she says under her breath "well it's really all about the food" ...and I thought WTH...it doesn't matter what I do it's always wrong!
So I quit subscribing to that philosophy of "it's not my fault" and have begun to own what I have done to my body. Now I am on a wholly different path, one that it seems we are all on here at SP, it's good to have others that are succeeding even when they stumble (like me), getting up and dusting themselves off (like me) and continuing on.
We can do this!

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I understand how you feel. I have an eliostomy an have been told it can't be reversed until I lose weight. and eliostomy is suppose to be temporary to let the intestines heal before being repaired. It shouldn't take longer than 6 months and I have had mine for almost two years now. With God and sparkpeople I know I can do this. We all can.....just keep encouraging each other. I am glad I found this site.

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So glad there are other in the same situation as me. Glad I found this team!

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It really does sound like we are going to drop dead right off but the upside is, we can lose weight, he can't stop being an... you know.

There will be an answer, let it be.


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I am new to this group and haven't been on site for long time. just had carpal tunnel surgery last Tuesday and the anesthesiologist used same term for me and flat out refused to put me under b/c of my wt, had to be awake for my surgery, luckily wasn't too bad but exp
erience was humiliating and a reality check time to make a change and lose 100 lbs

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The doctor never used that word with me, but he didn't have to. I have seen it with my age/weight/height charts. It is enough to make you want to cry.

I have discovered that once I really committed to losing the weight it became easier. After the first 3 or 4 days most of the cravings went away. I do have days where I struggle still, but that will happen forever.

If we just keep trying it will become habit and then the pounds will melt off.

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My doctor used the same term. It puts you in shock! We can do this and we will. I am tired of being tired. The day belongs to me and I will control what I do, say, and pray for guidance.

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I can relate. I had the same thing happen as the doctor didn't say a word but just checked it off so I could see it. I even denied it to myself then. What matters is that we are doing something about it and there will be new boxes to check that will make us smile along the way.

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Thanks for the encouragement! I know I can do it. I know I will do it. emoticon

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It was that term that kicked me in the butt and got me going. You can do it!!!

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I agree with you on that one. You have the power to change that, it will not be easy but worth it. Besides you have a bunch of us to support you and we can do this together.

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Went to the doctor yesterday for a follow up from an injury. She flat out told me that I am MORBIDLY OBESE...what an awful phrase. I never thought in a million years that I would be classified as such. When I think of that phrase I think of someone who is approaching death because of their weight. I feel as if I am very much alive. I work full time. I have young children. I am involved with my family and have a lot to live for...so I have got to get a handle on my weight...100 pounds to lose.

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