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Postby Playboy_bunny » Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:02 am

SO :D I finally got into the clinic yesterday, they had a last minute cancellation. I wont go into all the details, (that would take forever :D) but he basically made me go through stuff from my childhood and my past, and realise how much I still carry that baggage around....and that I binge eat so that I dont need to deal with my emotions (boredom, lonliness etc) and that I hide behind my weight (eg, I wont do this until Ive lost weight, I cant go there until I lose weight) I use my fat as a shield, because I dislike male attention (totally true, I have a prob with compliments for some reason) anyway, he has given me lots of exercises to do...plans for my day so that I can start 'feeling' my feelings and not 'eating' them...as far as food, he wants me to do optifast, as then I have absolutely no control over the food that goes into my mouth, therefor the obsession with food is gone, and I can start dealing with things, not binge eating... he has warned me that quite possibly i will be moody/emotional/angry/ upset, but thats just normal as I can no longer use food instead of feeling these things...anyway! Today is day 2 on optifast, and i feel really good about it! Not hungry at all....looking forward to the future, and finally living my life! No more hiding! :D (and hopefully some great weight loss too ! ) When I get close to my goal he wants to do a maintenance plan with me, so that I can keep the weight off....for the first time in years, i feel positive about this! Like I can finally get my eating under control :) yaaay! :D
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Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:20 am

good for you!
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Back to the drawing board - Let's do this thing!

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Postby kate_turner2000 » Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:27 am

hey gracie you should feel really proud of the fact that you took the initiative to do this for yourself. its hard when you have another little person to worry about but sometimes you really need to take hold of your own life. connor will never miss out but he will have a better future as you will be there to share it with him. as you have said before, he doesnt have a dad and you are all he has :)

the maintenance side of it sounds great and i think with this additional support you will see great results.
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Postby Playboy_bunny » Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:49 am

:oops: awww thanks guys ;) :D
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Postby SarahC » Thu Aug 09, 2007 12:19 pm

Well done Gracie for taking that step! I am sure things are going to start improving now - you won't know yourself :D
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Postby milkyway » Thu Aug 09, 2007 12:25 pm

Hey Gracie - that's great to hear you got an earlier appointment and it went really well. Sounds like it really struck a chord with you.

When I quit smoking, I grieved for it, like a lost friend, a lost comfort. I'm sure you'll feel the same with food. But I have every confidence that you can do this! :D
Just keep moving! And don't be lazy...
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Postby grugwashere » Thu Aug 09, 2007 12:33 pm

Congratulations Gracie :) that is wonderful news! I am very glad that you are feeling so positive and motivated:) Gluck (hehe i love that word :P)
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Postby shelbel » Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:17 pm

I was thinking about you the other wondering if you had gone in yet! :D

Good for you Grace, it sounds like you got a lot out of the session.

Go Get em tiger!!! :lol:
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Postby ErinJ » Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:17 pm

I think it's a brilliant idea to combine a weight loss plan with counselling. So many people eat for emotional reasons, and a "diet" isn't going to solve that.

I'm really happy you found it beneficial.

Just out of curiosity, did he give you an idea how often & for how long he wants to see you? Also, if you don't mind - how much did it cost?

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Postby zeedeveelgirl » Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:57 pm

Well done mate!! Man, that takes guts!! Good luck on your journey, you sound like you're off to a fantastic start.. That's a good idea about the Optifast, I could never do it :P But it sounds like the way to go.

Keep us all posted on how you're doing!!!
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Postby Playboy_bunny » Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:01 am

Thanks so much guys! Im still going really well...today is day 3, and in the past I have never gone this far! I actualy feel great, really confident :D The future looks bright to me atm (which is a nice change!) I just feel like so many things are going to open up, not just because of the weightloss, but overcoming all my emotional junk that has been holding me back for far too long :D Thanks again! :D

To whoever it was, (sorry bad memory lol) he didnt say how many sessions he wanted with me...I think it is just until he feels i dont need to see him then he will refer me back to my gp. It cost $127 but I got back $112 from medicare...(not sure if this was normal or if its cos I recieve parenting payment??) So it was only $15 out of pocket...I have another appt in a month, and I think it will be monthly from then on, with a weigh in and a therapy session until I am in my healthy weight range, and then he wants to go on to healthy eating :) So, thats 40.5 kilos...he thinks that because I am using optifast, young and intend to exercise I should have lost around 30 by christmas! :shock: That sounds too good to be true....Im just hoping to be under 100 by then! Hope that helps! :D
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Postby Chelle » Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:06 pm

That's wonderful new's Gracie, Luck must be on your side with the early app. hope all goes well, sound's like it was worth the wait to see the psychologist. Good luck babe..
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Postby Playboy_bunny » Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:39 pm

thanks chelle! :D
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Postby sassi » Sat Aug 11, 2007 8:50 am

that's super news gracie :D it sounds like such a positive step and a fantastic way to work through any issues. his reasoning behind optifast makes such sense/is so logical that it must be really motivating to stick to it.
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Postby A_Corner_Of_The_Earth » Sat Aug 11, 2007 11:29 am

Hey Gracie- that's great news! At least you can tackle the reasons behind your binges and get down to the real problem without having to resolve to food in future.

Food isn't the problem, nor is it an enemy, but we tend to make it the enemy when we use food to solve the real problem at hand, and that isn't going to work. Getting into the right head space will and you'll see the weight will start disappearing before your eyes and when you get to your goal weight you'll blink and be thankful you did it.

All the best with it.
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