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I am here on my journey to a healthier lifestyle and weight. I believe in a positive attitude and that believing that you can is half the battle. I have given up the "all or nothing" mentality that for so long held me back. I am not following a diet plan or style, I have tried many of them and find for me I don't do well feeling that food is good or bad or that I can't have it. I am going to eat the foods I have always loved but focus on increasing the healthier choices and limiting and planning for the less healthy choices. I am lucky that my diet has always been rich in fruits and veggies, leans proteins and whole grains. I've never been an eat out of the box, fast food or sugar junkie so I have that all working for me. I have portion control issues and problems with emotional binge eating. I am going to practice my portion control and stop my binge eating. Moderation in all. No more deprivation. I love the Spark community and all the inspiration and encouragement that is found here. That is why I am here. I hope to inspire and encourage whenever I can. We are all on a journey, no two journeys will be alike. Take the steps that are right for you and believe in yourself. What works for me might not work for you and vice versa, neither way is wrong, only you know what is right for yourself. Be true to yourself and believe in yourself.

Member Since: 1/4/2012

Fitness Minutes: 36,990

My Goals:
is to reach a weight of 170lbs and then to see how I feel and to go from there.

My Program:
healthy meals and snacks limiting processed foods and excess sugars. aiming for ten servings of fruits and vegetables daily. no food is bad but some are only occasionals no more binging because I ate the 'wrong' food.

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  • v DAMAOF5

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    Thank you for your comment on my post - the question about sugar!

    I got it!!

    Thanks again!

    68 days ago
    Thanks so much for your message. I hope you're still out enjoying your walks. Your pictures the last few days on the Community Feed have been just spectacular! You really make me miss my home continent. I hope you stay well and safe and healthy and happy.
    112 days ago
  • v TMP0418
    Good morning my sweet friend thanks for thinking of me I've missed you too. Sorry i been down and out but im here again to prove to myself I can do this. Im gonna take it one day at a time. Love u my friend have a wonderful weekend
    145 days ago
  • v KOSHIE1
    You asked about my comment regarding the gut biome..... This is a fairly new understanding of it. Depending on your level of interest, I'd google JAMA and research (on that website) by searching for the terms "gut biome" "grehlin" "GI issues" "gut biome influence on hunger" or "gut biome and hormonal effects"... Or I'd just google those terms directly and see what Google brings you! Google Dr. Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen.
    Note: I low-carb. You didn't mention your diet issues in your post today so I was unaware of your bingeing. I DO know that the "bad" biome feeds on sugar/simple carbs, and they grow incredibly fast. I know that it takes about a week for the gut biome to change substantially if/when the diet changes substantially -- and during that time, the biome IS doing its darnest to influence you to go back to carbs. You'll feel cravings. You'll feel hunger. You might feel bloated and probably fart-y. I've no idea how/if bingeing affects the situation -- I don't know what you binge on!
    147 days ago
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