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I know when it happened, but not why. I was thin my whole life. Didn't break 100 pounds until sophomore year in HS. Something happened somewhere in my 20s and I developed almost an addiction to food. Not just any food: fatty and creamy stuff. I dieted-Pritikin, Atkins, Beverly Hills, Weight Loss Clinic; fasted for 30 days; did the starve/binge thing. At one time I decided I should weigh 99 pounds. I lived on 200 calories a day for several months. Went from my all time (and one time only) high of 165 down to 101 between Christmas and Easter. At 101 I snapped. Couldn't do it anymore. Ate myself back up to 149.

As I say, I've no idea what triggered the food obsession or why it has become my emotional crutch. No one else in my family has a weight issue. I have been with SP for about a year now. I don't have the answers yet, but I'm getting closer. I know that I struggle with depression and that if I exercise consistently and eat whole foods I do well. I don't need daily meds and the urge to binge is rare. But we all know there comes that day when everything goes dead wrong, you feel sorry for yourself and the old crutch starts calling your name and oops!; how did I gain those pounds back?

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11/18/08 8:53 A

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I followed the eating habits of my mother. Satisfied means stuffed to her. Unfortunately, I am also watching her health deteriorate because of her weight and learning from that as well. She has diabetes and is obese.

7/15/05 starting weight 263

9/06 Met my goal of walking 60 miles in 3 days for Breast Cancer in a record time! YAHOO!!!

7/07 172 at my wedding

9/10 228 WHAT????

2/12 238 Something is SERIOUSLY wrong here! LAZY!!

5/15 248 WTF?!

8/16 215 That's better. Keep moving.

4/17 180 size 12 with some great looking muscles

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11/16/08 11:07 P

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Never been 'thin' as that is not my body structure.
After giving birth to 3 kids, I kinda kept the baby fat. Then I got very sick and ended up on Prednisone for about a total of two years. Need I say more? It has been a struggle ever since.

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11/15/08 11:56 P

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I was at goal (128-130) in 1976. Had my 2nd daughter that year and never lost the "baby weight"(35/40 pounds). In 1985 after holding steady around 165/170 I started doing child care and the rest is history. I ate during the day whenever a child wanted a snack or something. One day I saw a picture of myself and couldn't belive it was me. Talk about denial! Didn't take me long to go back to WW and I lost some but was then diagnosed with a thyroid condition and uterine cancer. I had a hysterectomy and radiation treatments and as much as I try to lose weight now I seem to be permanently stuck where I am. emoticon

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11/15/08 6:35 P

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AFTER MY 4 KIDS WERE BORN I WENT INTO DEEP DEPRESSION AND STRESS. I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT MYSELF ANYMORE AND I JUST MUST OF GRADUALLY STARTED GAIN AND DIDN'T STOP.

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11/14/08 10:38 P

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WELLLLLLL... I've been off of SP for about 8 months but I'M BACK!! :) I got married in October and am ready to focus for once in my life! Anyways...I've been overweight since probably about 3rd grade. I remember wearing a size 18/20 in fifth grade and then staying there. My mom and grandma would cook for an Army, even though there were very few of us. My mom also ALWAYS had cake, cookies, or a bowl of candy on the middle of the table to grab. I had pop with every meal and wasn't taught how to eat healthy at all. Even though I was very active in softball, golf, swimming, etc, i still couldn't control my eating. In the past 10 months we have moved to a new state, started new jobs, and got married! A LOT of stresses! I managed well to not gain so much and my lowest point was 3 days before my wedding when I went for my final fitting and the dress that had fit 6 weeks earlier wouldn't even come close to zipping and emergency alterations had to be done! I got home after that and immediately got my eating under control. Now i'm slowly adding in the exercize and am making a total lifestyle change! I don't want to end up diabetic and with all the issues that go with it like the rest of my family. We are also trying to get pregnant and I want to be as healthy as I can! So there you go... there's my story in a nutshell! It's good to be back!

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11/14/08 12:04 P

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Well...I guess Ill go now...
Ive always been a little on the "thick" side. I got down to 135 in high school in a very unhealthy way. Four years of binging and purging did a number on my health. I got pregnant with my oldest during Sr year and it changed my outlook on things. I still binged, but didnt purge. I gained almost 70 pounds. When we got married the next summer, I was down to about 170. When we got divorced 3 years later, I was at 250. I was in an unhappy marriage and ate away my feelings.
In the time since my divorce, I went down to around 180 and back up to 216. My weight has been constantly fluctuating due to my non-compliance to dieting and/or crash dieting.
I want to be healthy and do this the right way. I will be getting married again in 2010, and want to be "hot" again without sinking back to my old ways.
It is a constant battle, and as someone who has had an eating disorder can only understand, Ive been having a hard time.
My goal is to do this healthy. I have two boys and one big boy to take care of and I cannot afford to be unhealthy any longer or take a negative approach to get to where I want to be.
Blah Blah Blah...that is how I got "chubby"-er and then some emoticon

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11/14/08 10:36 A

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Okay Okay~~~ Sorry about my smart alec response earlier.
I was super thin really sickly looking skinny through 3rd grade. Then I started to change as my body started to develop/mature. I did not like running or exercising, just loved to eat. Grew up on a farm and had many wonderful comfort food meals.
I have struggled with my weight since I can remember. I went through an anorexic/bulemic phase in HS~ where I actually was losing my hair, no monthly cycle for 18 months, stains on the back of my teeth etc... Going through that I felt very powerful~and in control of myself. I could never lose enough~ got down to 103 pounds and looked like walking death when I look back at pictures. My parents did not seem to see it until I got really sick for a week during the summer and lost about 12 pounds. The doctor that they took me to clued them into what was going on and the dentist as well. It is good that they did. Now I struggle to find this happy medium. I am too high and probably the thought of never being good enough or low enough hinders my ability to succeed at this whole weight loss thing.
My pregnancies did not help, as after the last three I just never got back to my goal weight. Now being 40+ it is harder than ever. I love to cook, eat and exercise now. Being home all day is a catch 22 as it is better that I don't have to rush out the door and worry about packing a lunch or the break room treats etc... , but being home is also being around food all day long.
I will eventually figure it out~ Just not sure when. I have tried numerous programs and had some success. I know what I need to do and how I need to do it, just have not been able to apply the knowledge consistently.
There it is in a nutshell.
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11/14/08 9:21 A

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Oh my. I know exactly what happened. When I met and married my husband I was a size 7 and 135 pounds. It is my goal to get back to that.

2 weeks after we got married, we both lost our jobs. We were darn near evicted from our apartment and were eating canned corned beef hash, mac and cheese, and whatever else we could buy for a dollar. When I got a new job it was a very fast paced thing, working in a pharmacy that filled meds on a weekly basis for nursing homes. We ate fast food nearly every day and the weight piled on in very short order.

I have always had a massive sweet tooth, so it gets me in a lot of trouble. I had a metabolism change about the time I turned 21. In high school I would have a doughnut, coke and 3 Musketeers bar every day and never gain an ounce. Now I just look at them and gain.

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11/13/08 3:57 P

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Well let see

I was never skinny per say.

But than 8 years ago I quit smoking and Turned 40 the next thing I knew. WHOOPS overweight.

My mom passed away, and we were cleaning out her house. Went on ww and got down to 137 lowest weight in 20 years.

Went to Jamaica, and decided I LOVED TO EAT. Here I am WAY OVER 60 lbs over.

Now I am trying to MOVE MORE, and EAT LESS.

Don't want to call it a diet, just a change OH YEAH that too. That dreaded MENOPAUSE THING. YEP THAT TOO!!!!!!!!!!

YIKES,

Wendy

Edited by: WENHET at: 11/13/2008 (15:58)
My Goal is see every state in the US. Currently at 44.

I would love to lose 70 lbs. but right now 10 would be GREAT!!!!!


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11/13/08 3:30 P

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Wendy...what are you trying to do to us??? Was that your response to the question? That's a little of how I got chubby too! emoticon

Back to the topic...
I have always had this figure, and looking at the genes it came from, was not surprised at "the way I looked." It did however surprise me to discover that one day I was 130lbs and the next time I stepped on the scale I was 200+. I still looked the same!!! I still had a belly and my thighs touched, the same as they always have and I didn't look or feel any different, and didn't realize that I had gained weight. Weird, huh? What a wake up!

Edited by: CJCRAFTYMAMAOF3 at: 11/13/2008 (15:35)
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11/13/08 2:29 P

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Oh... then you should really pick up your toys, cause they made it onto the sparkpeople site!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

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They are actually those stackable rings out of my kids toy box. LOL

Wendy

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11/13/08 1:33 P

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Are those the new calorie free doughnuts Wendy??

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11/13/08 1:26 P

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Love Ya Barbie!

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DUH! emoticon

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11/13/08 8:47 A

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Man... comfort foods too,
I'm a noodle girl.

I think I'm pmsing, I can't get food off my mind today.

Edited by: BARBIET65 at: 11/13/2008 (08:47)
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11/13/08 6:31 A

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For me I turned to food for comfort but sweets hands down, got me to my highest weights. But now I eat more fruits and veggies to go along with my sweets. Now I just need to let go of that donut, candy bar, and muffin! LOL! That and not enough exercising, I don't move I don't lose!

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I've been, um, fluffy (that makes me laugh) since I was about 8. A year or two before my cycle started.
My mom was not a good cook, and most of our food was from a box or a can, or pasta. And I'm still trying to break that habit. And I never saw my family participate in "exercise" activities. They worked, did farm work, but exercise for the sake of exercising wasn't part of my growing up.
And of course I haven't done much of anything (until recently!) to change things.

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Everyone use to say I could eat what ever I wanted and never gain a pound, well that changed when I turned 30. I do daycare in my home and was eating alot, 6 to 7 times a day. When I started SP in April I figured out I was eating 3,000 calories a day and no exercise, no wonder my pants were getting tight. Sure the kids keep me busy, but my metabolism isn't the same now that I'm older. I feel so much better now and want to feel like this for the rest of my life.





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11/12/08 1:40 P

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Always have been. I grew up on canned (ICK) vegetables and lots and lots of sweets and nutritionally poor food-it was the age of prepared foods and my mom loved them!

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11/12/08 12:47 P

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I've always been a bit "plump". Probably due to not enough exercise and too much being a couch potato. I tend to eat when I'm bored or out of habit... like grabbing a cookie just because I passed the cookie jar. I also have always enjoyed sugar. Who doesn't right?!
In my teen years I did a few low cal diets and slowed my metabolism down. That didn't help.
It's hard to break old habits and teach myself to enjoy exercise. I'm just too lazy!


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11/12/08 12:43 P

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Well,
I think I've always been chubby,but when I turned 40, BAM... I put on a fast 20, that was the hardest weight I've ever had to lose, so I don't want that to come back.

Guess I'm a closet eater, shhhh no one will know, EXCEPT the scale! I was lazy when I turned 38, 39, 40, came home, plopped on the couch, munched until bedtime.
Now I plan my exercise... that comes before pajama time now. Looks like forever too!

NEXT....

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11/12/08 11:47 A

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I,ll go first
I always called myself FLUFFY, I HATE THE OTHER F WORD.
I GOT LAZY AND WAY TO UNINTERESTED IN WHAT OR WHEN I ATE.
Thought gee I don,t look that bad and boom, I was in a size 16 and knew I had to change my ways.
Working for years , as a night nurse was always one of my big excuses, as most nurses know , we all eat on the run and any junk we put in our mouths was a had to, I am always in a hurry and had to learn to slow down and think.
I am retired now and it is much easier to stay away from all that snack food.
Sparks has made a huge difference in my life, and I am grateful . emoticon

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i will!! emoticon

in typical style, i can't say it in just a few words. but i've talked about it before...read here!

www.sillygolucky.com/blog/2007/10/12
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i'm sure my story is similar to others. and i am curious to know and learn from you!!

so barbie, what is YOUR story?

emoticon to all!
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Question of the week?

I didn't want to use the "F" word, so we'll say chubby.

so... How do you think you got chubby?

Maybe we can learn from each others mistakes??

Anyone wanna go first?

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