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In the Box Week 16

By Mary Weaver

Mary Weaver

October 08, 2013 8:14 a.m.

Week 16

I have been on my weight management program for 16 weeks. It does not seem like it has been that long and so far I have stayed on the program without cheating. I have finally learned (I think) that the first two slices of pizza cure depression and the last 14 bring it right back. During this time, I have lost a total of 46.8 pounds and feel terrific. I am still on the decision-free program, which means I am not eating regular food just yet, and I am hoping when I start doing so that someone will make vegetables out of something people want to eat.

My group has changed from when I started the program. I did a core program for 13 weeks, and now I am in what is called "on-going" and I'm with folks from other classes. With "on-going," we are all losing weight and have thought-provoking classes to give us the tools to stay on track. We also tell each other about new ways to fix our food and different challenges that we have either conquered or failed. So far, my group of 13 people have lost 508 pounds. Tonight our leader showed us some fake fat that weighed five pounds. It was quite gross and I hope to hold that visual for a long time.

I continue to shop in clothing resale shops because when I started on this journey, I was in a size 24, and this week my size 12s are getting loose. It was a nice way to make my clothes budget (Thanks Dave Ramsey) go a little farther.

As far as I am concerned, the Mattoon Y is one of the best places ever. I am finally, totally convinced that stress eaters need to get involved in some physical activity. I find that on the days I am too busy to have time dedicated to the Y or to slide in some physical activity, that I find myself wanting to snack. I don't know why it took me so long to "get it." I think some times, my lights are on, but someone is playing with the dimmer switch. My advise is if you want to eat, but you really aren't hungry, then take a 15-minute walk and drink a glass of water and you can over come the munchies.

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Categories: Weight Loss