Joined August 2007
Weight History

Start Weight
206.0 lb
Lost so far: 5.0 lb

Current Weight
201.0 lb
Performance: gaining 0.0 lb a week

Goal Weight
120.0 lb
Still to go: 81.0 lb
Hi my name is Maggy and I'm an overeater.

Phew glad that's over with.... anyway enough of trying to be funny. My weight problem isn't funny anymore in fact, if I'm totally honest, it's bugged me alot more than I've ever let on. I've always had a weight problem even when I was thin (size 6 - god hard to believe when you look at me now), it's fluctuated in my teens from a chubby 12 year old to a painfully thin 16 year old and then into my early 20's I struggled with size 10, then 12 then 14 and by the time I was 32 I was a hefty size 22 and nearly 15 stone. I'm now 39 and though I managed to lose weight about 5 years ago to become a lovely size 12/14 - I'm right back upto size 22 and 14 stone 8 today.

Of course I've had plenty of excuses to comfort eat from losing my parents prematurely and other traumas too tedious to mention - my lifestyle has been a rollercoaster and my weight has followed the course. My complete downfall is no specific food - it's the fact that I am an emotional eater and have eaten my way through one trauma to another.

I need to change my weight because I have worked on stabilizing my lifestyle. I have taken charge of the manic depression that has dogged my life and now it is time to take charge of my weight problem. Admitting it is a problem is a big thing for me - I've been happy to hide behind for many years but I am finally ready to make the changes necessary to reduce my weight, dramatically improve my health and energy levels and get to a point where I actually like what I see in the mirror.

So that's me - I don't know how long it's going to take - but this is the starting point and I WILL become the Maggy that I deserve to be.

ManxMags's Weight History


last weighin: losing 1.5 lb a week Down
last weighin: losing 2.6 lb a week Down
on diet Atkins
last weighin: losing 1.3 lb a week Down
last weighin: gaining 0.8 lb a week Up

ManxMags's Cookbook

cals: 547kcal | fat: 17.94g | carbs: 75.47g | prot: 24.87g
Sausage and Bean Casserole
A really tasty way to eat your sausages!
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ManxMags's Latest Posts

Hiya gang

I've suffered from long term depression (bi-polar II) and have been on and off Prozac for the last 10 years. Since being on Prozac my weight escalated from a dress size 10/12 to 20/22. I think a combination of the anti-depressants, mood swings and me being an emotional eater has determined my current obesity. Earlier this year in an attempt to regain control of my eating habits and possibly help my IBS I sought the help of a local nutritionalist who suggested a low GI diet diet along and me taking various supplements to help with my medical problems.

One of the things he suggested was a supplement called 5-HTP - having looked into this natural alternative to regular anti-depressants and talking it over with my pharmacist (my doctor is not helpful in matters like this) I decided to wean slowly off my prescribed anti-depressants and gradually introduce the 5-HTP.

I can honestly say that although the first couple of months were quite difficult with my mood swings - it has all now settled down and I the 5-HTP is definately helping to level my moods out. I do not feel as depressed and the debilitating side effects from the Prozac have now completely gone.

Since being on 5-HTP I have felt more inclined to make significant changes to my life particularly with me starting my weight loss goal. I have now found that the GI-diet is also helping significantly with my health in general. Apparently the whole thing about GI is about levelling out the blood sugar so which in turn levels out the entire body's chemistry - in particular serotonin which is one of the brain's main neurotransmitters and fluctuations in this is what causes mood swings.

Furthermore serotonin is prevalent in the gut, and as my IBS(-D) is mood related and triggered by certain foods I determined that there must be some link with the depression.

My conclusion (and I am just a long term patient, and not medically trained) is that on levelling my serotonin with the help of 5-HTP and the GI diet has made a HUGE positive difference to my wellbeing. And guess what - I'm also losing weight which feels bloody wonderful after hiding behind this spare tyre for the last 10 years.

I hope this is of interest/help to anyone who is suffering similar problems and has exhausted other avenues. Please note that you should not alter your medication without consultation with your Doctor. There is a great deal of information freely available on the internet about 5-HTP.

Mags x
posted 10 Sep 2007, 12:57
My secret
Work like you don't need the money
Love like you've never been hurt
Dance like nobody's watching
Eat like you've got to fit in Lindsay Lohan's jeans! Laughing
posted 10 Sep 2007, 10:54
Where is everyone from?
Hi everybodypeeps

I'm from the Isle of Man (hence ManxMags) but now live in Wales (UK)

It's great to see so many on here from all corners of the world - so a BIG

HELLO xSurprised

from Mags
posted 10 Sep 2007, 10:21
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06 June 2009

Back on the rollercoaster journey that is my weight story. Gonna try hard for a happy ending this time - watch this space!
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11 January 2008

I'm back on the wagon - yeah! Finally started salsa last night - BIG milestone for me about feeling good about myself again.
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