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  1. Brandy
    May 1, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    I’ve never had good luck with Target’s clothes. When in doubt, blame the clothes, not you.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      May 2, 2012 @ 12:08 am

      Thanks Brandy- their one style of jean use to do well for me, and will again.

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  2. Rhonda Hopkins
    May 1, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    I’ve so been there. Done it all. Every diet known to man. Lost weight. Gained it back. Plus. However, I’m on the right path now. Losing weight and getting healthier. Good luck to you Alica!

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    • Rhonda Hopkins
      May 1, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

      Oh…as for the jeans….I didn’t want to buy an expensive pair because of still losing weight. I went to Wal-Mart and got a pair for under $26. They actually fit very well, look great and I’ve had a ton of compliments on them. It might be because my butt is a little smaller — still it says something for the jeans, I think. Plus, I’m 6’0″ and got the long. I really expected them to shrink in the washer and dryer…but they didn’t. I’m so pleasantly surprised by my cheap jeans. 🙂

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      • alicamckennajohnson
        May 2, 2012 @ 12:10 am

        Maybe I’ll try Wla-mart. I love cheap jeans, esp when I’m not at the weight I want to be. Who wants to spend a ton of money on jeans in a size you don’t like?

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      May 2, 2012 @ 12:10 am

      Thanks Rhonda I’m really trying to focus on getting healthy and changing my patterns.

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  3. marlenedotterer
    May 1, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    Good luck. This is a struggle that never ends.

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  4. Julie Glover
    May 1, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    Best wishes. I think the fashion industry doesn’t make it easy on us either. But you’re taking things into your own hands and getting healthy. Sounds like a great idea!

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      May 2, 2012 @ 12:12 am

      Thanks Julie. The media certainly doesn’t help- that’s one of the things I love about BBC shows- they tend to have more real people in a variety of sizes, races, and attractiveness.

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  5. Bill Jones, Jr.
    May 2, 2012 @ 12:45 am

    I did defeat the yo-yo, but I didn’t have any choice. There is a direct, inverse relationship between my health and my weight. I can be fit or dead. I picked fit. The only way it worked for me was to change my priorities permanently. I had to put health ahead of all of them, and realized that was tied to diet. Having a partner go through the lifestyle change with me helped tremendously. It’s a lot easier when it feels like a family project.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      May 2, 2012 @ 2:40 am

      Yes- when I’m eating well and exercising I feel so much better. Now to just make the change at the top of my priority list.

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  6. Kilian Metcalf
    May 2, 2012 @ 5:39 am

    Good luck to you, Alica! I’m on the same journey (well, really, aren’t almost all of us?) God bless us every one!

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  7. Kim
    May 2, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

    I was thinking about this today. Would emotional eating even be possible if we didn’t have foods around that were highly palatable and easy to access? If I’m truly hungry, I usually fix myself something decent to eat. If I’m hungry for emotional reasons I look for the easy stuff, like chips or chocolate or sweets. If I don’t have that kind of stuff around, then I’m not going to be able to eat it (although I do always have chocolate around!). I’m not going to eat to fill an emotional hole with carrots or apples or eggs. It just doesn’t happen. I mean, who wants to binge on carrots?

    The same goes for take-out. If I don’t keep the menus around, I don’t think about take-out as much. The longer I go without eating that way, the easier it is to shake off the craving. Quicker too.

    I don’t keep food around that I go to when I’m feeling down or overwhelmed or even when I’m feeling bored. If it’s not in the house I can’t eat it. I sometimes look around for something to eat, but if all I have are some nuts or fruit or vegetables, I’ll either eat those (which are healthy) or I’ll bypass the eating and move on. Or if all I have is something that requires preparation I’ll pass on that too.

    I’ve also found moving around helps me to get over food cravings. I might stretch on my yoga ball or even go for a short walk. Sometimes just getting away from my computer or tv and walking into the next room helps. Getting up and straightening up the house helps too. Anything to disengage that automatic response to the craving.

    Good luck. I know it is a hard struggle.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      May 4, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

      Thanks Kim, and I agree when emotionally hungry stepping away and getting some exercise is fabulous, and if I could do that I would, but once a raging child has finally stopped and the others need me- this is when I fall. So far it’s been interesting to not numb my emotions, surprisingly I haven;t fallen apart- but I also haven’t been called a fucking Nazi bitch by a 13 yr-old who wants to punch me- yet. I’m planning on posting updates, and I am working on not only changing he food that comes into the house and that we make- but also working on my emotional eating tendencies. I’m hoping this cleanse will give me a clean break from bad patterns as long as I have new things in place.

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  8. Jennette Marie Powell
    May 3, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    It’s a battle for me, too. Add to it the fact I’m only 5’0″ and a little weight looks like a lot – ugh. What’s worked for me is baby steps – not trying to do it all at once, and reading on the treadmill so I stick with it. Good luck beating the yoyo!

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      May 4, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

      Baby steps are great- and I have added those in. I’m really hoping this cleanse will help me break my bad patterns so I can set-up new healthy ones.

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