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So, I'm trying to do things differently, in every aspect of my life, including my relationship with food. I am tired of gaining and loosing the same 20-40 pounds! Yet this journey is WAY more than loosing the weight. I'm tired of eating to cope with stress or boredom. I'm tired of mindless eating and then wondering how I have to dig my fat clothes out, again! I am set on a new course... One of true self discovery and one that will help me sustain a healthy relationship with food for the ...
So, I'm trying to do things differently, in every aspect of my life, including my relationship with food. I am tired of gaining and loosing the same 20-40 pounds! Yet this journey is WAY more than loosing the weight. I'm tired of eating to cope with stress or boredom. I'm tired of mindless eating and then wondering how I have to dig my fat clothes out, again! I am set on a new course... One of true self discovery and one that will help me sustain a healthy relationship with food for the remainder of my lifetime. I hope the support I find here will help me on my new journey!
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Member Since: 3/10/2012

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My Goals:
To learn how to have a healthier relationship with food. To not continue to gain and loose the same 20-40 pounds over and over, again. To not obsesss over food, worry or become anxious about indulging once in a while or denying myself anything of my favorites. To learn how to eat in moderation, to stop eating when I am satisfied (not full to the point of feeling stuffed or sick), to eat when I am physically hungry (not emotionally hungry), and to not beat myself up, mercilessly, if I fall short of my expectations.

My Program:
Maintain a healthy caloric intake, eating what my body needs to nourish it, not to feed my emotions, alleviate my bordem and break poor eating habits and coping mechanisms surrounding food.
Currently I have been keeping a detailed food journal of everything that passes my lips and the time I ate. I also work out 5-6 days a week at the gym or outside. This includes spinning, boot camp, Pilates, weight lifting, biking, hiking and trail running. I enjoy the challenge of working out and also keep an exercise journal to motivate me.

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My name is Dawn. I'm almost 43. I have struggled with my weight and body image as far as I can recall.
At my heaviest (2002-ish) I weighed 204 pounds and at my lightests adult weight I have been in the high 130's. My current goal is 143, I am 5'6.5" tall with a medium to large frame. I tend to gain the same 20-40 pounds over and over, and usually "catch" myself when I reach a weight in the high 170's. I am trying to stop this cyclical insanity by working on my unhealthy relationship with food. I am eager to maintain a healthy, reasonable goal weight (~ 143) /clothes size (8-10).

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Heaviest known weight ~ 2002 was 204 and 48% body fat!

Lowest recalled weight: (~1987) high 130's

Initial goal weight: 143 pounds. May change my goal weight to 138.7 pounds (which is the average of heaviest and latest recommended weights for my height.)

Height: 5'6"+ with medium-large bone structure.

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OOLALA53
11/11/2012 2:12:29 PM

You can't imagine how gratifying it is to hear from you. I'm so glad something I said made a difference no matter where you applied the insights. They weren't mine personally. Judith Beck is famous for recommending that people make index cards with helpful mottos. Her version is that hunger and cravings are not an emergency, but it's the same thing. The other one I picked up from various people I had read about on Spark. It's a hard one to face, but true. I couldn't keep waiting for someone else to tell me how to make it easier or to stop me from eating. I just had to be the one to keep the food out of my mouth at the wrong times. Glad you've pulled it off! One year down, four more until the change is considered likely to remain permanent. I think knowing the odds helps.



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KICKINGKILOS
5/11/2012 6:41:16 AM

thank you so much for calling me beautiful :)
I hope some day you will share your face with us too.
You have lost a lot of weight...congrats :) emoticon



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SCRAPPER1124
5/4/2012 11:02:27 PM

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving some good advice. I never really thought about it like that before, makes sense. Good luck on your journey as well emoticon

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CRAZYCATLADY40
5/4/2012 1:10:40 PM

Thanks for your comments.

Congrats on getting close to goal weight. I would focus on your muscle mass or a particlar size you want to be rather than a actual wieght.

My belly-dance instructor is quite inspriational for me. She actually gained weight (shes quite petite) yet lost a size when she started dancing. When I get closer to mine, I am going to keep the meauring tape handy and keep measuring each month so stuff does not creep up on me. I know now that I am getting same size clothes as I did when I got married 5 years ago (last time I had lost a bunch of weight) but I am ten pounds heavier than I was then. Actually alot of the clothes look better because I am starting to be shaped differently. My back muscles and my arms are more defined then they were back then.



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SCRAPPER1124
5/4/2012 12:43:03 AM

Good points on the diet mentality thread! emoticon



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