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5/16/12 10:40 A

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Bestmepossible, Thank you for your reply and for saying you can relate. And here I was thinking I was all alone. So glad there is hope and I'm actually looking forward to continuing on this journey now.

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5/16/12 10:37 A

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Mitchdy, POW! Your words are right on the money!

One of the things I have realized in this struggle is that I DO have the POWER to CHOOSE!

It's a little overwhelming so the "every step I take" part is a comfort. Little bit at a time. Whew.

Thank you for the reality check and the encouragement! :)

JEB
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5/16/12 10:31 A

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Classyladymay, I love your quotes and your positive additude! Thank you for the encouragement and advice.

JEB
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5/16/12 10:28 A

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Thank you Ardissa for the Blog reading suggestion! And the encouragement. What a great way to start my morning! You are an inspiration!

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5/16/12 10:23 A

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What a wonderful welcome you have given me! Your response makes me hopeful for the future! I feel seen and understood which is amazing! Thank you again!

JEB
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5/16/12 10:16 A

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Appearances can be deceiving. And I think you are right: I need to learn how to accept myself.

I have found that the most wonderful moments of my life were when I believed in myself and in those moments I was also able to reach out to others and care for them too! That is a wonderful place to be.

Thank you so much for writing the truth. That is not always easy to do. I very much treasure the gems of wisdom you have written and they have helped me so much!

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5/16/12 1:25 A

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Hi ! It is encouraging to have around people with the same struggle as you. The feeling of guilt gets smaller and the life more enjoyable.

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5/16/12 12:01 A

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Welcome Jessica!
So nice to have you here with us



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5/15/12 10:37 P

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Hi Jessica, Welcome to sparkpeople and the team. I can really relate to a lot of what you wrote.I found a great blog this morning that you may find helpful. It's written by The_Countess and is called "I Quit". Check it out, I found it so inspiring and so true. Good luck on your journey. I'm sure you will find a lot of great help in and around this site. emoticon

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5/15/12 6:31 P

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We are glad you found the team too! Your story sounds a lot like mine and many others on this team so this will be a great place for usefull info and support.

~Andi~

ソスDo not let your fire go out spark by irreplaceable spark... Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is realソス. It is possibleソス. Itソスs yours. ソス
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5/15/12 5:33 P

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Hi and welcome to the team! so glad your here..
so many of us are eating emotionally being bored or stressed.. the more you realize that the more you will do other things instead of just eating and not paying attention to whu or what your eating.. exercise does help..! we are here for you.. Hugs!~

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5/15/12 4:37 P

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Hi Jessica! Welcome to the team... you have found a great place to discuss, look for support, and get ideas... I think it is very important to take your power back... it is YOUR life.. what do YOU want. The fact is, you are right.. you are your own worst enemy. People are not as critical of you as you are of yourself... and you are probably assuming they are more critical than they are. What's really important is that you take care of yourself... you do what makes you feel truly better...not momentarily better. Every time you take a step in a healthier direction, you will feel a little better emotionally and physically. All the best to you!

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.

- Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights advocate

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5/15/12 4:34 P

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Welcome, Jessica! I know for me, I need to learn to *be* with the feelings. Somewhere along the line I started to believe that feeling anything but happy was almost terminal and something to be avoided at all costs--after all, so many people *appear* to be happy, so there must be something wrong with me for being upset. The basic thing I'm learning is that there is (and never was) anything wrong with me! It's slow, but it took a long time to get here.

So maybe another way to look at it is that we would do well to learn to accept ourselves first. I'm willing to bet that the craving for acceptance from others becomes a non-issue after that.

We can do this together!

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5/15/12 4:21 P

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Hey there, I知 Jessica. I struggle with eating when I知 feeling down about myself in general, when I feel others are judging me, or when I feel like I really messed up in a work or social situation. Guess you could say I知 my own worst enemy. I crave acceptance but I have come to learn that I can not expect everyone to accept me 24/7 and I can稚 expect to please everyone 24/7 either. Although I realize this fact I still often become depressed and then you can probably guess what happens: I eat because it tastes good at the time and makes me happy for a split second which makes me eat more and more to make the seconds last longer and before I know it 2 hours later I致e eaten the whole gallon or box or bag of something. Anyways, I知 hoping to get to know other people and get help with this from their advice and also share a little of what I learn along the way. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I am glad I found this website and this team!

JEB
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