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I'm not really sure how I got to this point in my life. It seems that one stressor after another piled on until one day I looked up and didn't recognize the life I've been living.

It's not just my weight. It's the overall chaos around me. I don't recognize the piles of laundry, the feelings of hopelessness, the overall dissatisfaction with everything. I don't recognize myself and my kids staying in our pjs all day whenever we can just because it seems to be too much work to get dressed.

This ends now.

Today I will start keeping the promises I make to myself. I hope you will hold me accountable and remind me why I want this so badly.

I am a happily married 33 year old mom of 5. I've been a midwestern girl my entire life currently living on the banks of the Mississippi River in small town Iowa. I have the pleasure of raising 4 of the cutest and smartest kids I've ever met. I believe my life started going off track about 5 years ago when my youngest daughter (then 9 months old) died in an accident. I buried myself in survival after her death and sheer will an determination brought me this far. But my will can only carry me so far.

I knew things were not on the right path in April 2007. I re-entered therapy and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. As much as I hated that diagnosis, I believe it is true. It's took me nearly 8 months to decide that medication was not fixing anything and I needed to get things in order again. It has taken nearly a year for me to find the resolve and strength necessary to actually DO IT!

This is my journey....

Member Since: 1/15/2006

Fitness Minutes: 0

My Goals:
For December 2008:

Exercise a minimum of 3 days a week for 10 minutes (starting small)

Have Quiet Time each day.

Journal my food - focus on more protein and less sugar and carbs.

Be kinder to myself.

Work toward establishing a regular sleep schedule.

My Program:
Journal my food intake, stay below 2000 calories 6 days per week.

Ease back into more activity by incorporating formal exercise into my lifestyle and just moving more! Park further, take the dog for short walks, run upstairs after whatever I need instead of sending the kids! LOL

Personal Information:
I'm from small town Iowa and loving it. I never thought I'd feel that way! I'm the stay at home mom of 4 great kids and a part time student earning my degree in psychology. I should complete the AA in May 2009 barring anything unexpected.

Other Information:
I've been struggling with PTSD for nearly two years after the loss of my infant daughter in an accident. My weight is a symptom of deeper problems and this is my journey of resolving those problems.

Weightloss will not solve all my problems. Being a health and whole person is about more than just the number on the scale.

HYPER OBESE - 60.1 -384

SUPER OBESE - 50.1 - 320

MORBIDLY OBESE - 45.9 - 293

SEVERELY OBESE - 44.9 - 287

OBESE CLASS II - 39.9 - 255

OBESE CLASS I - 34.9 - 223

OVERWEIGHT - 29.0 - 191

NORMAL - 24.9 - 159

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    I’ve belonged to a lot of teams here on spark-- i really do believe that the Emotional Eaters team is one of the very best, it’s a great group of people- very supportive and encouraging-- and it is very refreshing to talk with people who "get" what you're going through!! ¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.*¸.•´¸.•*¨¸.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
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    . emoticon to the EE team :) If you haven't already done so, be sure to stop by the team and introduce yourself. Good luck on your healthy journey!

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    3699 days ago
    "Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." Henry Ford

    Teamwork is such a BLESSING! Thank you for your LOVING contribution to THE VENTING AND CRYING TEAM, and YOUR FELLOW MEMBERS!!

    That makes YOU a WINNER!!!!!!!!!
    GOD BLESS YOU... Julie
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    "Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!"
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    Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? Answer: **5**
    Why? Because there's a difference between deciding & doing.

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    Lullabies, dreams, and love ever after.
    Poems and songs with pipes and drums
    A thousand welcomes when anyone comes.
    That's the Irish for you!

    Hope you have a wonderful day, SparkiFriend!
    4162 days ago
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