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4/28/19 4:47 P

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Hi emoticon 8ERCIE and emoticon to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

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4/24/19 11:57 P

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Hi Emily - welcome to SP and welcome to our Team.

I found SP when I was looking for Nutritional Information. The tracker was exactly what I wanted. Once I joined I used to get lost in the site (metaphorically, now literally) because I would get soooo engrossed in the various articles on Nutrition and Motivation, that I often forgot about food altogether LOL!

I will tell you what a Psychologist told me - go to a cafe once a week (couldn't afford to go more) and get a cup of coffee. Sit and observe what goes on around. Try to make it the same cafe and as much as possible the same time of day. I was soon being greeted in a more familial way by the staff because I was a regular, and I also started to notice that there were other regulars. Before long a little interaction between them and me started. It was really good, and a great way to overcome social anxieties.

Of course, you could also go to a park with your daughter instead of a cafe and get the same results, and even better if you include running around after her. OR you could do the both and it would be a you and your daughter treat/bonding time.

This is the link that CAROLJEAN has given, but in a clickable format:

Therapy might also be a very good option for you. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy would be particularly beneficial for this type of anxiety, but the Therapist needs to be properly qualified to practice it. Talk with your Dr about it and if appropriate, get a referral.

Good luck,

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 4/24/2019 (23:58)
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Welcome to a team of caring, courageous, compassionate people. Below is a link to one of several good articles on emotional eating. Anxiety can be a serious problem keeping you from living life to the fullest. Consider finding a therapist to help..

Lost 65 lbs and maintained since 2006.

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Hello Emily and welcome to the team. We're glad you joined us. Wishing you the best as you return to school in the fall.

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4/23/19 5:58 P

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emoticon Welcome to the DWD team. We are a supportive group and non judgemental.

I, too, tend to isolate. This is especially true when I am going through a difficult time, like now. Although I have reached my goal, and have maintained since 12/28/12, lately I have put on between 10 & 15 pounds. I need to get back on track, lose the gained weight, and continue maintaining. I know how to do it, I have done it, and I will again. I just need time for a pity party for myself.

Posting how you feel, and responding to other team mates posts, is a good way to get support, motivate yourself and stay on track. I hope you take advantage of the message boards.

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Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

I am responsible for my own happiness.

My name is Bonnie I live in CT DST

I went from 258 to 126 pounds and have maintained it since 12/28/12.

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4/23/19 2:30 P

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My name is Emily, and I'm a 36 year old mother (she is 4 years old) living in New England.

After watching a horrible review for Noom, and deciding to find an alternative way to keep track/motivate me to eat healthy... I did a little research, and I found an article about SparkPeople, and thought a free option would be a great place to start.

I have some problems with depression and anxiety (mostly social anxiety) which makes me spend way too much time in doors, and then I get bored/anxious and eat. I use to have other unhealthy habits, but since having my daughter I have quit smoking and cut down my drinking.. so food has become the thing I turn to the most.

I will be going back to college again in the fall, and would like to feel more comfortable in my skin... and hope that will help with my social anxiety, so I can focus on learning instead of feeling self conscious.

I know this was a bit long, but thanks for sticking with it ;)


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