Challenge Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF!!!!!!!

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Joined: Jun 10
Posts: 42

Posted: 30 Jun 2013, 17:56
I write this in the midst of a heatwave: Central California should be only about 112 degrees today. Summer days indoors (no pool) are full of ennui at times. I work in education and am super single (never married), 54 yr old with no kids who watches out for her elderly parents because I'm the only daughter and the nearest. I have a cat, and a dog who's my buddy, a maltese mix, and she's the reason I get up early to walk before the real heat hits. As for weight issues: Been a yo-yo dieter all my life starting early, about age 15. Lost my weight, 60 lbs, in 2010 from a high of about 190-205 lbs. As someone else mentioned, I keep regaining/losing the same 10 lbs so I'd guess you'd call that a mini yo-yo dieter. My battle is maintenance. I'm vain as can be and like being 128 lbs and am determined to get my waist back and keep it, such as it is. It's those last 10 that make such a difference in your look, especially for short, 5'3", apple-shapes. I have back problems and chronic bursa inflammation in my hips/legs and have to be careful about how I exercise. I use low impact dvds and 5-lb weights. Like many Americans, I'm surrounded by food food food and a family that likes food food food. Thing is, as we age, we need fewer cals so every calorie needs to count for health. Lately, I've been frustrated with working hard to lose 10 lbs just to gain it back. I find thinking about the long-term consequences of overeating help me a lot. If you haven't reached your goal weight yet, I encourage you to keep at it like a determination warrior. I got and still get compliments from people I meet who remember me at 200 lbs. Some don't recognize me and they ask advice from me, which, as someone who's battled low self-esteem, is unbelievable. At my age, women think they are too old to get the weight off but as someone with physical limitations and a decade of simply giving up on dieting behind me (my 40's) I can say that it can be done. My advice to women who ask how I do it: Don't be so very nice and say no to that food you're offered. You have to do it your way. You're health is worth it and so are you. Just the ability to move more easily (getting off the floor, picking things up, etc.) is worth it.

Joined: Jan 11
Posts: 137

Posted: 30 Jun 2013, 20:59
Hi Everyone, I'm new to the group. My name is Jennifer and I currently live in Atlanta. Married to a skinny grazer and mothering two young teens keeps me constantly around food. Lucky for them I like to cook and am a great baker. Not so lucky for me because I have not yet found a balance in my life that allows me to maintain a healthy weight. I'm currently 15 pounds above a healthy BMI - a new low from nearly 200 lbs. I have been stuck for over a year.

I have about a month and a half before I begin my PhD program, so this is my way to set my thinking and habits right before I am overwhelmed with school. Biggest struggle will be eating breakfast and not snacking after dinner. I love a cappuccino every morning - but it kills the appetite until about 10, so I need to do some planning.


May I be healthy.

Joined: Mar 13
Posts: 10

Posted: 01 Jul 2013, 19:48
Hello Everyone! My name is Debbi, 46, from Massachusetts. I am the mother of two grown up children, and work in accounting, so a lot of sitting. I had never had a weight problem until my late 30's and then it just started creeping up. I always knew it would happen, use to joke with my friends when we were younger and they would eat salads and order the diet drinks that one day my metabolism would slow down and i wouldnt have the great eating habits they all had...well that day came.
I have had a lot of struggles over the past few years and i am determined that this year will not end like all the others. this will be my year, despite any struggles. Its about time I think and work on me, in any way i can.
I have been challenging myself here and there to try new things, break out of my shell, and enjoy more of life. I joined a photography group, spent more time at the beach then i have in my entire life, reconnected with old high school friends for lots of laughs, and have made more of an effort to get out and about on weekends rather than stay home and read...and i love to read. but I can honestly say i where I use to read 2 to 4 books a week, i havent made it through one book in months. thats a good sign that I am enjoying more. I am learning to say yes rather than No, and Why Not rather than No Way...
I do struggle with the motivation though, but just another thing to work on. I look forward to getting to know all of you and sharing your journeys with you...

Joined: Apr 13
Posts: 3

Posted: 02 Jul 2013, 00:04
Hello everybody,

My name is Natasha, I'm 31 and I'm a full-time mother of four. I'd like to make that change!
I've always had the weight problem, so I hope that this time the change will be once and for all. It's hard for me to keep going when, after some dieting, I find myself shedding an amount of weight. I start enjoying myself and then everything halts. I hope going till the end this time.
Good luck everybody!