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When I was young, I was 5'9.5" tall and weighed 155 lbs; my BMI was 22.6 and I had an hourglass shape. Curvy women like Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren were considered the ideal, and I felt pretty. Then when I was about 20, Twiggy appeared on the scene, and suddenly everyone wanted to be SKINNY. I went on a diet and have been dieting and gaining for 45 years. I became so worried and confused about food that I developed a full-blown addiction and binged myself up to super morbidly obese (BMI ...
When I was young, I was 5'9.5" tall and weighed 155 lbs; my BMI was 22.6 and I had an hourglass shape. Curvy women like Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren were considered the ideal, and I felt pretty. Then when I was about 20, Twiggy appeared on the scene, and suddenly everyone wanted to be SKINNY. I went on a diet and have been dieting and gaining for 45 years. I became so worried and confused about food that I developed a full-blown addiction and binged myself up to super morbidly obese (BMI over 50). I've tried just about every diet and diet group out there; 90% are rip-offs and completely ineffective long term. If you are a young person reading this, it is SO important for you to believe that! Don't give your money to thieves and get caught on the Diet Roller Coaster. Sadly, SKINNY is still considered normal, and for these four-plus decades young women, even little girls, have been starving themselves, trying to force their feminine bodies to do something they were not meant to do: look like 12-year-old boys with big breasts. Please don't starve yourself to be super thin. Just eat real food in reasonable amounts, have something "bad" now and then, and allow your body some flexibility weight-wise. There is no "right" weight or shape, and a range of about ten pounds is normal. Enjoy this all-too-short life you've been given and don't waste your time obsessing about food!

Now I'm 65, retired, and live with my wonderful boyfriend, our sweet dog and two cats, all rescues. I'm most comfortable at 155-65, and I'd like to get down to 175 or less. It's nice to look good, but at this point in life my main goals are avoiding health issues, being able to do the things I enjoy without pain, and freeing myself from bingeing and food obsession.

I am very happy to have found SP and hope it will help me get control of my addiction. I thank the founders of SP for creating this free website!
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My main goals are to lose enough weight and get enough regular exercise to avoid health issues and do the things I enjoy without pain.

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Trying to free myself from bingeing and food obsession.

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NICKITOT24
8/14/2013 3:50:33 PM

Thank you so much for your advice on gardening. Most notable to me was the information you shared about brussel sprouts. (Article - The 10 easiest vegetables to grow) I love gardening and last summer I tried brussel sprouts for the first time. I was disappointed when the sprouts didn't grow into little heads. I had no idea you were supposed to cut the tops off! It's too late this year, but next year I will try them again! Thank-you! emoticon



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REBECCAMA
5/28/2013 7:40:44 AM

Hi! I just noticed you on the Massachusetts team, although I'm not sure if you are still on there. I see you are near Greenfield, MA. I am a co-leader of the Pioneer Valley team. It's a small team and not as chatty as the Mass. team, but still a good group of people. You might check it out sometime. Whereabouts in Franklin County are you? emoticon emoticon



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GIGI631
5/17/2013 1:21:15 PM

Hi there. I have just rejoined after years of absence. I took care of my mother for years and am now on the west coast to be closer to my sister. I truly identify with your story and give you a gold star for being so honest. Thanks! emoticon



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ICEDEMETER
5/17/2013 12:38:51 PM

Thank you for your comment on my response on the Diet and Nutrition message board! I have shared the recipe for the quinoa salad over on SparkRecipes.com as "Quinoa with onions, almonds, spinach, and gruyere" if you want to try it. It's one of my weekly "base" recipes, that gets used and tweaked at least once a week, depending on what veggies I have on hand. I do hope you enjoy it!

Hope you're having a wonderful day!



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OOLALA53
5/16/2013 9:20:22 AM

We are a bit of renegades on the Living Binge Free team, as most of our long term successes don't track calories or weigh (very often), since these are not recommended for those experienceing an eating disorder. We do aim at finding what balance of processed and unprocessed foods work to satisfy us, an that usually changes over time. (Cutting out any food group works for only 3% of those who try. Why keep gambling?) And we learn to be "tough" on ourselves BEFORE we take that first bite, but gentle AFTERWARDS. It doesn't work the other way around!

Welcome!

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