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  • It was easier to lose weight when I lived alone, even though I love my boyfriend dearly and never want to lose him. I had all healthy food in my apartment and never brought in anything bad. I lost 150 lbs with no problems. When I moved in with him in February 2015 that changed. He wants pop, chips, ice cream, beef, pork, pizza, tacos, sausage, you name it. So that stuff is here now and the old cravings have returned and have been hard to fight. I've gained back 50 lbs! It's not his fault, it's MY fault. I can never blame anybody else for my setbacks and failures. I just wish he was more supportive. All I get out of him is, "Get some self control!" and he keeps buying bad foods. He doesn't understand how hard it is. I have always been overweight and I have been diagnosed with a binge eating disorder. It's very hard to not eat bad food, and my solution, which worked, was to never have it around. But now it's here. *sigh* - 8/22/2016 12:11:37 PM
  • As a struggling perfectionist, with a lot of ADHD orgranizing challenges this article has great ideas that I would probably feel never ready to begin my journey with - and it could stall me out before I got started. I tend to pick an idea from this as I am on my journey and see how I can apply it to present circumstances or goals as I keep moving forward. - 2/23/2016 3:13:59 PM
  • Great article and very well written. The good thing about each step is that each person can make it their own. I understand that the suggestions that you give are simply general suggestions because we may all be in a different place. It's all relative to where we are in the journey. I am excited about the 7 steps. For me this article is a wonderful starting place to begin again. - 12/22/2015 1:18:16 PM
  • RUBEL346
    Eat fresh fruit with breakfast is such a small thing to do, it sets a healthy tone and fruit is low in food abstinence and good for you!
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  • DUNNBV1017
    I would like to have a structured Mediterranean diet...can Sparkpeople help with this. I have diabetes and need to watch sodium & also have a heart condition. I really want to get off the insulin & be able to manage this more naturally. - 9/10/2015 8:54:28 PM
  • Thank You for the boot in the Butt I needed to refocus. I feel so much better after reading this. - 7/13/2015 12:02:17 PM
  • Yes, yes, yes!!! This is what I'm trying to do, build a plan to succeed at what I call a Healthier life, which incidentally includes losing weight. I'm also taking small steps, one day at a time, knowing that taking on too much or setting too high a goal will only lead to failure for me. Thank you for writing this. - 3/9/2015 1:51:43 PM
    What I have been doing as been working for me for 30 plus years.....I am 48, 130 lbs and mother of 5 children. I NEVER diet....I tried a couple of time, but for me, I just found I would eat more....I would be starving. I eat what I want to eat in moderation, except for potatoes chips...It really is very simple, you get back what you put put in fat and sugars, that is what you will get back. I am the type that is picking at food all the time....I always got snacks on hand for that, such as prunes, walnuts, cucumber, grapes, lite on the bananas rice cakes with hummus, I make my own hummus. Have you ever tried fried in olive oil, chick peas with salt, pepper and garlic powder......yummy snack. I use my Sunday for preparing my weekday food....such as snacks or full meals. I never eat out at a restaurant. With all the info that can begotten on the internet for food preparation and recipes ..Why would anyone want to eat out, god knows what they put into it. Getting back to the potato chips, that is a hard habit to break......I have filled my cupboard with smart popcorn and seasoning to go on it....You can get the bag sizes in 100 cal or 250 cal....I usually have the full sized one ....and finish about 3/4 of is still junk, but a lot healthier than potato chips. Eat healthy, Eat lots....and don't be afraid to try new things....I am going to be testing beet chips more thing...I do not like to my house stays very clean, Its not cleaning to me, its a workout....anytime your moving, you are burning calories . - 1/11/2015 6:43:49 PM
  • This is a great article and it works! I have actually followed a plan similiar to this and so far I'm halfway to reaching my goal. I made a commitment to succeed and this time I am more confident than ever! - 1/6/2015 10:44:56 AM
  • Good column! - 1/2/2015 6:09:42 AM
    I was able to keep my happy weight of 135 for 10 years by exercising and following a healthy food plan that I lost weight with. I just added a few extras here and there. Then I moved from CA to Fl and gained 20lb after a divorce and moved in with my mom. Now, I am older and my blood sugar and cholesterol are way up. Now I doing it for my health because I care, and there's no looking back.:) - 12/9/2014 10:00:54 AM
  • I think the key is to never give up - 9/22/2014 6:45:58 PM
  • Thanks. - 5/7/2014 5:50:47 AM
  • Great information. I've identified three things I never followed through on in previous weight loss tries and added a new motivation: the weight I gained back makes it so much harder to walk, let alone exercise. Add to that worsening osteoarthritis and I'm really ready to start. This is one thing discouraged people can do, but they may need more motivation.before they start. - 5/3/2014 8:21:33 AM
  • If I had to do all this before starting, I'd likely never have gotten started. Not that these aren't great tips but step one is just do something! - 5/3/2014 6:57:41 AM

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