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I'm 37 and I have been overweight my whole life. First diet when I was 8 years old, and dieting on and off since then. While trying to figure out some medical issues I learned that I have food sensitivities. Several of them! My body can no longer handle certain foods without causing all sorts of problems. After eliminating these foods I finally have hope that I will be successful at getting to a healthy weight. I have always been so hard on myself, thinking that I am too lazy or don't have any willpower. Turns out my body was working against me due to the types of food I was eating. Today I have control, have no cravings, have energy and finally feel "normal" when it comes to food. I still want to turn to eating for emotional reasons, but I can actually redirect now. So my focus is on learning to love myself. I have been beating myself up in my head for years, and being overweight wasn't really my fault. It was in the sense that I was ignorant to what was really going on in my body, but I can forgive myself now. I eat a low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet. I cannot eat many grains, and choose not to eat any at all. I also (sigh) can't eat dairy. I tried raw cow and goat milk products, and in small quantities seem to do fine. However, I have learned that things can be going wrong internally without outward symptoms, and in larger quantities I still have issues. I also pay close attention to getting more fiber and greens in my diet. For exercise I am trying something new this time. I am just working out to feel good. Before I would set time or mile goals for each work out. This really hurts my motivation to get up and workout, or workout after a full day. Now I workout until I don't want to. I have a minimum of 15 mins on cardio machines, but after that I stay on as much as I want. Then I "treat" myself to the sauna. This seems to work, because I am at the gym most days. I don't need motivation for weights, walks in the park or hiking. I love all of that! I am 5'4" and started out this year at 184.6 lbs, though I have weighed up to 195 lbs in the past. I seem to yo-yo between 175-185 for the past 10 years or so. I set a weight loss goal of 50 pounds, but I have no idea if that will be what is right. I have never been a normal weight, so 40-60 pounds could work.

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