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Hello. My name is Rebekah LaSala. I have been unemployed for over a year, a year and a half. As if that was not enough to plummet my self esteem, I got hit with two chronic illnesses and I overcame one and am currently trying to beat and go into remission on the other one. I have something that causes severe chronic pain called Interstitial Cystitis.
As I have gotten heavier, I feel my world has gotten smaller. Most of the people who have left my side are not my fault. A lot of people abandoned me. A lot of people have left my side. It has been hard for me to watch and excrutiatingly painful. I always wonder if that is why I am treated the way I am.
I am a talented poet and writer but I have also put that by the wayside, mostly b/c I was not able to claim all of that with unemployment. I have been through hell and I am VERY SERIOUS about getting my life back in every way.
I am tired of walking into a room and instead of being looked at b/c I am pretty, I am looked at b/c I am fat. I get bullied by thin people constantly and I am tired of it all.
I really do not relate to Overeaters Anonymous, because I do not gorge on food. I do not even overeat, really. I actually do not eat enough and I think I have fasted too much. I also feel that I have bad eating patterns and the wrong foods. I have never been able to get into the habit of eating small meals throughout the day.
I need a lot of support and help. I have managed to hike five summits and plan on hiking more as I can.
I have so much to share...Let's get this game on.

Member Since: 1/23/2010

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My Goals:
1. I want to lose 120 pds this year.

2. I want to challenge myself in every way: My food patterns, my relationship with food and challenge myself physically,. spiritually and emotionally.

3. I want to work out, even when I do not feel like it and really push myself.

4. I do not want to accept anything less and want to see myself as beautiful now, not later when I lose 100 pounds.

5. I want to challenge people's preconceived, painful and horrible judgments of fat people about who we are, what we love, how much sex we do or do not have. I can tell you that anything those people think is probably not true.

My Program:
1. I am a member of Weight Watchers as well as this program.
2. Despite being in chronic pain from Interstitial Cystitis and suffering from chronic pain since March, every day, without answers or hope for a cure, I have fought. I have had to often fight the doctors for myself.
3. So, I am somewhat limited in what I can do but I push that as much as i can. I want to work out every other day. I had only been going to the gym twice a week.
4. I hiked five summits with Greg in November and plan on continuing that trend. December was an off month, but that is going to change. January has not been so hit, but that is going to change too.

Personal Information:
I am from Washington D.C. I live in Seattle, Washington and still getting used to it.

Other Information:
1. I am a fighter, a non conformist, an activist for Native American people and I am very politically minded and very liberal and open minded. I believe in live and let live and freedom of religion. I am a Christian. I started marching for peace over 20 years ago and hae been ever since. When I was 17, I started protesting from across the White House and I walked across the country for Native American rights in 1992.
I do not take no for an answer, and do not like being told that I cannot do something. I have had a lot of people abandon me, so called friends and family who have left me because I am fat and in chronic pain. It has been a horrible feeling of emptiness, loneliness and rage. I am looking to direct that in the right place.

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  • v IAMJUSTME001
    Pssst. also, I understand all your comments as I have had I.C. for 20 years, Dawn is a wonderful person..she will be a great help if you have any questions. I have put on alot of weight over the years and am around your weight. I am now eating lots of fish and trying to eat salad..I take omega 3, 6 and 9... Omega 3 is found in salmon fish oil and is very beneficial I believe for optimum health. I have just found out I have a fatty liver, which slows down your metabolism and the liver processes fat so I am taking milk thistle. Dawn suggested that. A day at a time sweetie, that is how we all live. I will pray for you....hugs
    3717 days ago
  • v IAMJUSTME001
    Welcome to the Sparks I.C. team. What a lovely picture you have. Such a beautiful smile. Well, I know you are having health problems as alot of us do. Interstitial Cystitis is very painful and sometimes it might mean a little meds and you
    will feel alot better. I pray that you feel better soon, so I am sending lots of hugs.

    your friend

    3717 days ago
    Here is a plate full of antioxidants! Hopefully we can chat soon.

    I hope that you can find help soon and start feeling better.
    3718 days ago
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    ¸.•♥´ .•´¨¨ ¸´¸.•´¨Welcome to the EE team!!
    I’ve belonged to a lot of teams here on spark-- i really do believe that the Emotional Eaters team is one of the very best, it’s a great group of people- very supportive and encouraging-- and it is very refreshing to talk with people who "get" what you're going through!! ¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.*¸.•´¸.•*¨¸.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
    Check out the main page of the EE team- there are “stickied” topics you may be interested in to get involved- a buddy thread, a place to introduce yourself, weigh-in challenge, a birthday post. ¸.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*¨(¸.•´ (¸.•´ (¸.•´¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥. ¸.•♥´ .•´¨¨ ¸´¸.•´¸.•*¨)¸¸.•´ ..•-~'¸.•*¨)
    Spark has a lot of great tools, and you will learn which ones work best for you. The best tools are the people tho, always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. I’ve been here for over a year now, and I still am overwhelmed, every day, by the kindness and goodness of others on this team!! That has made a world of difference for me. I hope you have the same success! ¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.*.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*
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    You are- WONDERFUL-cuz you’re you!!! BELIEVE IT!!! operationbeautiful-- END THE FAT TALK!!! ¸.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*¨(¸.•´ (¸.•´(¸.•´¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.
    (¸.¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥. ~~best of luck to you on all of your goals!!! (¸.¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥. emoticon
    3719 days ago
  • v LINDA!
    Welcome to the Emotional Eaters team. Best wishes on your journey.

    3720 days ago
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