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The problem started with my being thin all my life. And able to eat anything in any amount with no weight gain. It was a problem because it spoiled me for when weight started piling on. Menopause. Jobs that were all-consuming and left little time to exercise. Stress. On and on. In fact, I didn't even own a scale.

About 14 years ago I was in Las Vegas with my now dearly-departed cousin. We were in the wax museum and took a pic of me in a wedding dress next to George Clooney. When I saw that pic, I wondered who that was in the picture. And how had I not noticed this before? How can you not notice when you are buying larger size clothing? Maybe denial.

Twelve years ago, I accidentally stumbled upon SP. Upon perusing the site, I joined but was convinced that this had way too much info to read and learn about. Plus, I'm not a joiner. (smiling) And I never did blogs before this, so there was no way I would start now. And the SP points would mean nothing to me. And there's no way you can make "real" friends on a website.

Of course, I found the points to be reinforcing good habits. That I can be a joiner when I want to be. That the info can be digested a bit at a time. That blogging is a valuable tool. (not to mention tracking) And that there are real people who become real friends here.

I've not been the poster child for SP success during these 12 years. My main goal has always been to keep building up my immune system with regular exercise and better food choices. During this time, I tried many many times to work on both sugar and caffeine. Last year, I eliminated caffeine completely for the entire year. (and of course continued it into this year)

In January, I eliminated sugar. Not entirely, keeping a little amount daily that is a natural part of a diet. But I don't crave sugar anymore or even think of it. I used to be the sugar queen of the galaxy. No more.

Mid-February (2021), I started tackling night eating which wasn't just a snack like most people might have. It was a lifelong habit of a meal-size portion of food. Lifelong habits are hard to break, but I've been tracking my progress each night since then. Now I don't even think about eating at night. Occasionally I think I'm going to grab a bite of something, and then remember that I don't do that anymore.

For the past week (I'm writing this on March 24, 2021), I have really buckled down on portion control. My usual portions would satisfy a football linebacker. Another habit left over from my forever-slim days. In the past week, with portions reasonable, no night eating, and fewer carbs, I'm down 5 lbs.

I have a left hip that has been under self-care for the past 5 years, thinking it was bursitis. I recently found out it is more than that. Next week I go to an orthopedist to learn some options. (I hope) Meanwhile, I go to a holistic college to get pain-relief treatments. I'm hoping I can buy time before I have to have any type of surgery. Have to admit that I used these hips for long-distance bike riding for many years as well as a number of other activities. So it is rebelling now. Plus, maybe hereditary factor?

Contact me with any questions at all.

UPDATED on 5/4/21

Hip surgery is scheduled for June 8. Xray revealed that there were no other options. I've researched well, have a good doc and hospital, and the rest is up to forces out of my control. I've never had surgery before, so I'm finding ways to lower my anxiety level. (NOT eating yummy things)

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