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2/14/11 12:09 A

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Hi Paulina,

I can't say that I can relate about emotional eating, but my 10-yr old faces that and I'm wondering how to help her. For me, food is just something I need to live and my issue is probably more with past obsessions to exercise. Though, that's now under control and no longer seems to grip me like before. However, I think that my comfort has been "exercise" is just as bad as finding comfort in food.

Maybe it's to better understand why you find comfort in food. What are the things you aren't dealing with? It usually is some type of heart issue (a spiritual thing, not a physical thing) that manifests itself in the physical in going to food for comfort.

Sometimes our "junk" takes awhile to work through. Maybe also setting different expectations and not that you have this goal to reach, rather to begin to have healthier lifestyle changes that works with your personality, your life, and adjusting as your life changes.

I found that when my ex left us (ok, I kicked him out because he wanted to have affairs and wanted me to put up with it), I could no longer go to the gym for hours like I used to, or make complicated meals. I just didn't have that ability because now raising 2 small children alone was too much of an adjustment from working full-time outside the home to being at home full-time with my kids. Eventually I found a very simple, easy way to plan meals for my kids & I that was super healthy and economical at the same time, and quick to prepare.

But, this took time to do and now it's a way of life. Similar to drinking enough water daily, or exercise. You've got to figure out what works for you and do things that are meaningful to you.

Let me know how I can be more supportive of you.

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1/20/11 5:01 P

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I am with you on the comfort that food can give us, especially when we don't have friends or family to support :-(. I wanted to let you know that you are in the right place. Sparkpeople has so many amazing tools to teach us and encourage us in this process. How are things going so far?

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I am a person of faith and am convicted I need to get this weight off my 5 foot frame or major health problems will start. So far I have been lucky but I know I am gambling with my health. I am double the size I was in high school. I have been gaining steadily for the past 15 years. I went back to work at a desk job in my 40s, went through menopause and continued to baloon up. I've done every diet there is and had a trainer who got me down about 25 pounds. All of which I have gained back. I diet a week and binge a month (usually longer). I love food and am also an emotional eater. I'm embarassed in front of my family who don't offer help but a great deal of criticism. I hope I find the real support I need here.

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