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I'm an "After" Story!!
Posted by Chris_D
Posted Sun, Sep-16-12
Female 5'6"
Plan: Atkins
Stats: 204/150/150
Progress: 100%
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Default I'm an "After" Story!!

I'm an "After" Story!!

After many years and several attempts of being a "Before", I am now proud to call myself an "After"!

On March 15, 2012 I reached my goal of 150 lbs. Six months later I'm not only ready to claim it but I'm pleased to announce I've lost another 14lbs!

I know six months is far from a lifetime of maintenance but in the past when I reached a goal weight, I stayed at it for all of a few weeks, maybe a month; quickly reverting to old habits and a silly sense of indestructible I've-got-this-attitude!

Reaching this goal has not been about a number on the scale; it’s been about exploring and learning about myself and my relationship with food. It’s been a journey to a healthier, stronger and more confident person. It’s been about taking care of myself and giving myself the time to get here (almost two years to get to goal).

Here are a few things I want to document so that during challenging times (I'm a constant work in progress and am no fool, I KNOW I will be faced with challenges and temptations), I can come back here and read my own two-cents-worth of "words of wisdom"..............

To develop healthier coping strategies, it's important to learn more about the connections between your brain and your food choices.

• Pay attention to your body's hunger cues. Is it hunger or thirst? What's "eating" you?

• Be mindful when eating; eat with consciousness. Don't eat in front of the television, in the car or standing up. Pay attention to your meal. Sit down in a comfortable place and enjoy it.

• Drink plenty of water.

• Give yourself encouragement. Think positively. Celebrate your success!

• Don't beat yourself up when you slip. Fight hard to regain control!

• Try not to ignore your problems and negative feelings. Facing them may be hard, but it's healthy.

• Use your support system; call a friend to talk through any problems you may be having. Remember that seeking help is a sign of strength not weakness. This site and the wonderful life long friends I have made have been and continue to be invaluable!

• Write it all down! Keep not just a food log, but a journal describing emotions that trigger overindulgence. Resolving emotional eating is a journey. The first step is awareness and the second is being ready to change. Changing negative, self-defeating thoughts into more positive constructive thoughts is key.

• Get out of the house, exercise, read a book, take a bath -- be good to yourself! Remember you are worth every effort!

Thank you for being a part of my journey. And believe me, it ain't over! I continue to be a work in "After" story!!

Keep Swimming!



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by Gypsybyrd on Sun, Sep-16-12, 19:42

Congratulations! And you look FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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