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In 2007, I lost 60 lbs. To get there, I'm pretty sure I ate nothing but yogurt and granola which meant that I got to the point that I hated yogurt and granola passionately. I felt deprived. I felt like a victim. Why did I have to do all this work, why did I have to deprive myself when others could eat whatever they wanted and be thin? It wasn't fair. I started eating just a few bad things and lost all control. I gained 40 lbs back.

I came back to lose it again and I've lost that 40 and I feel great but I'm not doing it the same this time at all. The first time, I got up at 5am and worked out every morning and I looked at "good food" longingly but practiced self-restraint. It worked, I lost weight but I couldn't sustain that. I'm not a morning person and darn it, I like chocolate.

This time, I'm doing what I can sustain. I eat whatever I want, but what I want to eat is different. Because I'm not depriving myself, then I go for it, I just build it into my calories for the day. I say that I am opposed to restriction diets but the list of things I won't eat is long. But I don't eat them because I don't feel well when I do. Food is fuel that can impact how I feel and act; it is not a bandaid for any emotional pain that may exist.

As far as fitness, I walk with a friend at lunch when we can. 1-3 times a week I run a mile around my neighborhood. That's about it. I'd like to add strength training in at some point, but at this time, this is the fitness regimen I can maintain, so this is what I do.

Since rejoining Spark, I've gone from Obese to Overweight and I'm happy with my progress. I feel good. If I move on the BMI scale again, I want it to be down, not up and so to do that, I need to do what's realistic for me.

9/2011 - I had great success with spark people from 2006-2008. When a natural disaster hit, I returned to what I know to cope - food. After gaining back all but 10 lbs of what I'd lost, I knew I had to make a change. I started with therapy to help me get over my food addiction and now the diet and exercise must begin again.

Member Since: 11/7/2006

Fitness Minutes: 5,247

My Goals:
I'd like the weight on my drivers license to be less of a lie.

My Program:
Diet and exercise -
good food and good walks/runs.

I cut breads and pastas and essentially went gluten free. I feel so much better and I think it's helping weight loss too!

Personal Information:
5'3 3/4" and drastically pear shaped.

Other Information:
If it is important to you, you will find a way; if it is not, you will find an excuse.

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    Thank you for your comment on my blog. I'm amazed at how many people were able to relate to it and add their own stories
    2670 days ago
  • v MOM_TO_AKI
    Thank you for remind me to post again and to notice that I have not been posting. I have been horrible busy at work (deadline next Friday so almost over). When no time to post at work I tent to forget it when home and extra tired from hard day at work.
    The good news is that I have mostly been sticking to my work out routine (not this week though) but I have not been eating right. It was a "counting work out minute" competition at work so had to work out ore my team at work suffered! The competition was over last Wednesday and no work out after that for me!!
    Posting on the team helps me to remember to eat right and it keeps my spirit up. I miss you all and will be back posting on the team soon.
    2921 days ago
  • v no profile image RDEAN16
    Thanks for the goodie, that cracked me up!
    2969 days ago
    have fun! be strong - you can do it! :)
    3030 days ago
    So far so good! down another pound - so it's working!!! How are you doing? Any fun plans for the weekend?
    3030 days ago
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