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My name is Cyndi. I am 5'7" and weigh 364.4 pounds as of about one minute ago! My weight-gain story goes something like this:

I was always an active kid, and was pretty slender until I reached my teens. I gained a tiny bit of weight at that point... maybe 10 - 15 lbs. I thought I was a cow, of course, as all teens seem to do, but I think I was just going through a "baby fat" stage. I lost the weight though, and was at a pretty darned healthy weight until I reached about 23. At that age, I started to have panic attacks. I began to gain weight when I began to have panic attacks. I quit my job and practically became a hermit. I gained 100 lbs within one year.

Over the last ten years, I have struggled with panic attacks, and steadily gained weight. A couple of years ago, I reached the 350 - 360 range, and I seem to have stuck there. (Whew! At least it's not going up, up, up any more.) I have made some attempts to lose weight in the past, most notably, when my hubby was in the desert, for the war. I was quite successful while he was gone, but regained the 40 or 50 lbs I had lost, after he came home.

About a year ago, I suddenly began to have wonderful success at dealing with my panic attacks. I am still cautious about ingesting things like caffeine, and I still take my medication daily... but for the most part I am panic free! Yay!!

Now I am ready to make a committed effort to lose weight. Of course I would like to do it faster, but I wanted to set a very reasonable goal. If I lose 5 pounds, it's like a drop of water in a bucket... it's not even noticeable! BUT, I know that, over time it WILL be noticeable. It will add up, slowly but surely. That's why I started this group. And 5 lbs is an easy goal for me, at my weight, so I know that it will guarantee me success -- which is such a great way of reinforcing life changes!

Member Since: 5/12/2008

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My hubby and I have switched to a low glycemic lifestyle. Lots of fruits and veggies, lean proteins and whole grains. It's not hard to stick to -- in fact, it's pretty satisfying! We eat 4 -5 times a day, so we never actually get the opportunity to become hungry.

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I live in central Texas, which is our home... but we go wherever the Army sends us. LOL They just happened to send us to our hometown!

Other Information:
I love watersports and I miss Hawaii for one reason -- the ocean!!!

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  • v no profile image MARGUERITEMTL
    Thank you Cindy for your kind words. It was a hell of a ride but I can tell you it is doable and the rewards are great. If you persist and don't give up it is an amazing feeling to see the results. So I do encourage you and put your heart and soul in this and you will be successful. If you need encouragement don't hesitate, it will make me happy to support you.

    Nancy from Montreal Canada
    4614 days ago
    How's Life? MS Sucks! LOL. Sparkpeople Rules! You rule for sending me here! WHOOO HOO!
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    4689 days ago
    Just stopping by to say hello! Hope you are having a lot of fun this weekend!
    4696 days ago
  • v JENN224
    Welcome, I too am a Newbie to SP. But I am finding a lot of encouragement and support. Utilize all that SP has to offer. It make the journey a little easier to navigate. And reach out to those around you when you get discouraged. Just don't give up.

    4708 days ago
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