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My mother didn't exactly spoil me with treats and snacks when I was little, nor did my grand mother but when I was in secondary school, I spent most of my money on wafers and crisps but I never really had an issue with my weight even still because I was doing PE (Physical Education) by the time I left secondary school and moved on to college, I started to comfort eat and I would comfort eat sometimes just for the sake it, I've grown into a habit of not watching a movie without eating something. So I find myself going to the shop and spending £5+ a day on two packets of biscuits, crisps, sweets and waffles, waffles and biscuits are my weakness and I do love McDonalds and Sam's Chicken.

However when you're an apprentice and you earn far less than a grand a month, there should be limitations to how much you spend on snacking.

After reading an Oprah magazine I decided I was sick of repeatedly saying, "I'm going to stop eating so much junk, I'm going to eat healthy". I thought to myself, there's no point being miserable and not doing anything to make yourself happy.

I find the hardest thing is people insult my weight and I'm only a UK size 14/16, aiming to lose a minimum of three stones, but they don't know what I used to look like before I turned to food as a all for help.

I think the hardest thing for me will be the smell of chips, pizza, hamburgers and Chinese & Caribbean food, it wouldn't be so hard if I had such a strong sense of smell, I mean it's one thing going into the shop for a pint of milk or some bread and you have to walk past your old favourite aisle, I mean a heap of temptation overtakes me every time.

I just have to learn the importancy of having will power, once I have that in the bag, I'll be on the road to success which means:

- 8 oz of water a day
- 2 pieces of freat
- 1 yoghurt a day
- Gym work out 2 days a week
- 30 minutes on a work out DVD

Then I can be on the road to feeling beautiful, if you don't think you look beautiful then you might as well feel it!

I hope you reach your goal too!

I'm 20 but I believe when it comes to support and motivation, age should not be an issue so please feel free to leave me a message and we can support each other through! :)

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    2871 days ago
    Hi! I'm Helen and I know how you feel. I have went up and down for many years. I am 66 and this is the toughest time I have had to try to loss. When younger it didn't seem as hard to get those pounds to drop, but as older the system is alot slower so it is a battle. Don't think of this as a diet but as a new way of life. Conquer now when you are younger and you won't regret it. It is a battle of the mind to think healthy and remain that way. I blog alot and that helps me put my moods down so I can read again and again to remind me that I am on the right road. I have back troubles and trying to avoid surgery by being active and getting some weight off. The battle will be won and you too can beat it. emoticon
    2871 days ago
    Howdy some more! My name is Nancy. Been on SP just over a year. 60 years old. Joined due to extreme dispair that I had been "dieting" my whole life and kept gaining back what I lost each time. Have really confronted misconceptions about "diet" and I think you need to do that as well! It is working for me, though at times I have cravings and dip into stupid eating, overall my food program has been extremely positive. Blog!!! Put your thoughts out into the Spark World every week and be sure to reply to the blogs of others. Gradual change, that's the Spark approach. Try eliminating just ONE of your trigger foods and substitute something healthy for it this week. Celebrate success with music and then try eliminating another trigger food next week! One small step. Use the trackers and exercise! Hang in there! You can do ... believe me, if you read the stories of some folks on here, you'll see: If they can do it so can you!
    2871 days ago
    Hi, Deanne! I decided I had better reply to your post. The advice from Nora_Pat is very good - reach out to others, read blogs and posts and reply with support and encouragement. Click "friend" on everyone whose posts you find the least bit interesting and watch your friend feed for their posts. Give people Spark Goodies for encouragement or praise! That's the way to add friends! Read every dang article you can on SP and soak up the basic Spark Approach: this is not a DIET, but a lifestyle. If you "heard" healthy eating is a myth, then you are getting your "information" from ignorant sources! Read all the excellent, authoritative info here on SP - the experts here really know their stuff! Do NOT listen to the bogus nonsense that gets out in the world. Join a few Teams and participate in their goals and Huddles. Try a Challenge! Get the Spark People Cook Book and start preparing real food for yourself! It sounds like you need to gradually change your lifestyle away from wasted money and empty calories! I am gonna friend you, girl!
    2871 days ago
    I went by your post I did not understand it. I suggest a change might be in order.
    You have been here a while but shows no fitness minutes and only these 2 posts. No one can find you. If you want support write on more pages and it will happen.
    Your friend is not helping and if you are determined to do this right you either get her on board to being healthy or tell her she is sabotaging your desire to get healthy.
    Do not confuse Diet with weight or size right now. The binge eating is very destructive to our bodies. I am type 2 diabetic and I have lost 50 pounds. You are young and you are wise to want to eat healthy at this time. You can very easily do your walk daily but do not walk to the vending machines. Soda and junk food make you crave. Set a goal for no more soda or artificial stuff they have way too many chemicals in there to mess with your body.
    I suggest you set up your trackers for food and exercise.
    Tell your friend no more eating junk food she will have to buy her own from now on you are not doing her any favors nor is she doing you any.

    Look for spark teams to join do not do too many till you are getting around the site well. There are teams foe anything you can imagine.
    Take the time to become a healthy eater, I do not mean vegetarian, or healthfood nut but healthy eating is the only way to stay healthy and satisfied. NO cravings. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon
    2871 days ago