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5/9/16 UPDATE: I haven't been on SparkPeople for about 2 years and my weight has crept back up on me. I am probably back up to 160 lbs or so. This past month I have been binge eating and can't seem to stop. I am back on SparkPeople to blog/journal my emotions and to get back down to a healthy weight. I love the support on this website.

My name is Helen and I am 42 years old. I set out on this journey to lose weight September 1st of 2009. I began at 209 lbs and I am 5'2" tall.

I have always battled my weight. In high school I hung out around 150 lbs which always had people referring to me as "chubby". I joined the Air Force after school and for 4 years maintained my weight from 135-140 lbs- the maximum for my height. I got married, had kids, and for about 13 years stayed pretty much between 175-209.

At the age of 36, I was at a point where I was living a life in constant pain from my feet, knees, and especially my back. I could only sleep 1-2 hours at a time. Every morning I was waking up barely able to move because my back was stiff and very tight. And just as soon as my feet hit the floor, I was in severe pain from plantar fasciitis. I could not climb stairs or squat down because of my knees. I had reached my breaking point as I could not fathom living like this any longer. I thought: "What will life be like for me at 46? 56?"

Beginning September 1st, 2009, I stayed consistant with eating healthy and exercising and quickly lost 67 lbs in about 9 months.

For the next 3 years I battled binge eatng with a vengence. I would get down to 135 lbs, then start binging for days and weeks and sometimes months at a time until I am back up to 155 or so. I could not seem to find a balance.

In June of 2012 my husband had the bright idea of signing us up for a family CrossFit gym membership. I was SO mad at him. We have access to two very nice FREE gyms on the military base and I could not fathom spending the money on a gym membership.

Wow.... Something happened after about 8 weeks of begrudgingly attending CrossFit off and on. I started to LIKE it.... Here I was giving a half hearted effort and I could see myself getting stronger. What would happen if I gave it 100%??? I started to absolutely LOVE it! It has become a passion.... an addicition.... an obsession.

I still battle binge eating and can't seem to get myself down to my goal weight of 125 with a maintenance range of 125-130. Since starting CrossFit, I initially got down to 127 at my lowest, but have mostly been maintaining between 135 and 140. "Those last 10 lbs".... Grrrr......

Would love to add as many SparkFriends as I can! I get so much support from this website and I would love to give some out. SparkPeople has been life changing for me. Feel free to add me as a friend and I will reciprocate and we can support each other.

Member Since: 9/7/2009

Fitness Minutes: 7,170

My Goals:
I am currently trying to lose "those last 10 lbs".

My Program:
I try to do some sort of workout in the morning. 2-3 days a week I run 4 miles and if I am feeling up to it I will use the elliptical or bicycle at the gym the other weekday mornings.

I go to CrossFit Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights. Saturday mornings I attend CrossFit and will do a long run if the morning CrossFit workout wasn't too intense.

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  • v LEEPFROG95
    emoticon emoticon hi Helen,

    I extend the warmest WELCOME to you.
    You may me a bit overwhelmed by the info that is here.
    But give it some time, and you will be an expert in no time.
    Everyone on this web site is here for the same reasons,
    maybe a little different end goals but we all want to have
    a better quality of life. Loving Spark is something you do.
    Being Spark member just becomes part of the new you.
    If you have any questions just ask, someone. That is the cool
    thing about this site there is always someone to help,
    to pick you up, to listen just to be there.

    Come visit my Spark Page check things out.
    Also, come and check out the QUICK FIRE TEAM,
    you can find the link on my page.
    The team has daily challenges something for everyone at every
    level. And We would love to have you join.....
    Enjoy the new journey.
    ~~~~~~Have a great day and enjoy SPARKING !!!~~~~~~~~
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    4339 days ago
    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!

    You are- WONDERFUL-cuz you’re you!!! BELIEVE IT!!! operationbeautiful-- END THE FAT TALK!!!

    ~~best of luck to you on all of your goals!!!
    4339 days ago
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