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SWEET_CAROLYN is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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I'm a yo-yo dieter, sweet-lover, fat child, fat teen, fat adult and emotional eater. My highest weight was nearly 270 pounds; my lowest adult weight was around 150 pounds. I once did the math and determined I have spent over 90% of my adult life as overweight/obese. I have done calorie counting, Weight Watchers, exercise, and MediFast (keto-lite before keto got popular), all of which succeed as long as I am on the program and fail as soon as I slip up and fall off - which happened often.

On May 2, 2018, a friend of mine made a Facebook group to give those of us interested healthy accountability, and that was Day 1 of my saying "I am done with the unhealthy life I am living". I was 235 pounds.

Over the next couple of months, my weight loss was minor (roughly 8 - 10 pounds in 2 months), even though I was trying to lose weight before a doctor's appointment in September and on a work weight loss challenge. I preferred to up my exercise than to watch what I was eating too much. Then my roommate/sibling who happens to be a fantastic chef joined me, and suddenly the weight was falling off.

I am now resting in the 180's; I'd love to lose more weight, but right now, my biggest goal is to keep this weight OFF for GOOD. After spending so much of my life fat:

+ I am done with hovering in the 200+.
+ I am done living my life uncomfortable in my own body.
+ I am done with getting winded after the slightest physical movement.
+ I am done being scared of dying from a heart attack.
+ I am done being scared of dying from sleep apnea.
+ I am done having trouble finding clothes that fit my body.
+ I am done with feeling ugly and disgusting in my body.
+ I am done feeling like a stranger in my body.
+ I am done being unable to do the things I love (such as spin class and running).
+ I am done with food controlling me.
+ I am done with worrying if the heart attacks and strokes that have taken my other family members will do the same to me.

I believe Kate Moss made the saying "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" popular in the 90's; today my motto is "Nothing tastes as good as being alive feels". There is no food that is worth sacrificing my heart health - If I never get a chance to eat another donut, as long as I'm running and living my life, it's a well-worth sacrifice!

Member Since: 3/12/2009

Fitness Minutes: 20,506

My Goals:
+ Lower blood pressure
+ Gain energy
+ Fix my relationship with food
+ Be more confident in my appearance

My Program:
+ Calorie tracking
+ Less than 25g of added sugars
+ Common sense eating
+ Hydration
+ Exercise 4 times a week
+ Remember we all make mistakes

Personal Information:
+ Green eyes
+ Dark(ish) hair
+ 5'6"

Other Information:
Things I like:
+ My cat
+ Knitting & Crocheting
+ Reading
+ Movies (Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Hot Fuzz, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings)
+ TV (GLOW, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Xena, Red Dwarf, Sherlock)
+ Music (Kygo, Seven Lions, In This Moment, Halestorm, P!nk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)

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    HI! I saw in your EE huddle that you're making progress, that's great! Keep up the good work, we're all rooting for you emoticon
    3837 days ago
  • v LINDA!
    Welcome to the Emotional Eaters team. Best wishes on your journey.

    3839 days ago
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    ¸.•♥´ .•´¨¨ ¸´¸.•´¨Welcome to the EE team!!
    I’ve belonged to a lot of teams here on spark-- i really do believe that the Emotional Eaters team is one of the very best, it’s a great group of people- very supportive and encouraging-- and it is very refreshing to talk with people who "get" what you're going through!! ¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.*¸.•´¸.•*¨¸.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
    Check out the main page of the EE team- there are “stickied” topics you may be interested in to get involved- a buddy thread, a place to introduce yourself, weigh-in challenge, a birthday post. ¸.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*¨(¸.•´ (¸.•´ (¸.•´¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥. ¸.•♥´ .•´¨¨ ¸´¸.•´¸.•*¨)¸¸.•´ ..•-~'¸.•*¨)
    Spark has a lot of great tools, and you will learn which ones work best for you. The best tools are the people tho, always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. I’ve been here for over a year now, and I still am overwhelmed, every day, by the kindness and goodness of others on this team!! That has made a world of difference for me. I hope you have the same success! ¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.*.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*
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    You are- WONDERFUL-cuz you’re you!!! BELIEVE IT!!! operationbeautiful-- END THE FAT TALK!!! ¸.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*¨(¸.•´ (¸.•´(¸.•´¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.
    (¸.¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥. ~~best of luck to you on all of your goals!!! (¸.¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥. emoticon
    3840 days ago
  • v WILLOW49
    Welcome to the EE team :) So glad you have joined us. Be sure to stop by the team and introduce yourself!

    Team Co-Leader
    3840 days ago
    Come on, Carolyn!! You can do it!!!!
    4001 days ago
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