Wow!! Alot of WONDERFUL newbies!!
Hellooooo all of you .. and BIG huggies and welcome to this fantabulous site!
I have only been a member on here for a few months .. not long after I started my journey actually. This is a great site to help you whatever your situation or history or story
Never be afraid that you are on your own, whenever you come here you will find others that, while they may not have every one of your "problems" to deal with, they will have some of them .. plus extras of their own lol .. so whatever happens know that others here will know exactly where you are coming from ... and even those that may not .. they will give you soooo much support and encouragement.
Dont be shy
Get to know us by letting us get to know you ... even if its a boring "nothing happened" day, drop on in to say hi ... and if you need a buddy (Im available) just ask .. its a great thing to have a buddy when you arent too sure about posting publicly when things go wrong in your day .. but you really want to talk about it
We dont just discuss our issues with food .. cos really .. when it comes down to it .. SOMETHING ELSE triggered the food issues and bottling those things up or feeling like no one would understand you just triggers more bad eating habits. So if you are having personal issues or problems dont think we dont want to know ... there is soooo much support on here ladies that really you cant help but feel like you are living with virtual hugs around you 24/7.
Okee .. some more info about this place (which I have found helpful lol) ..
If you want a ticker at the bottom of your posts .. just go up to the "USER CP" which is the first link at the top on the left on the purple line. When you are in your profile on the left are a bunch of links and at the top is "Edit Signature", go on in there and you will see the link to create a ticker (always a good idea to open this in a new window really). Go there and pick the background and the character .. and put in whatever your target is (mini goals are great things for the tickers
) .. once you get to the end you will see a bunch of code to copy (highlight the whole lot in the first box) then go back to your "edit signature" page and pop it in the text box, if you want to see what it looks like before you post it just click on the preview box at the bottom .. once you are ok with it .. SAVE it! lol .. then you wil lhave a lovely ticker to track your progress
Some of the shorthand (that I can remember off the top of my head):
NSV - Non Scale Victory - these are things that you have discovered you can now do that you couldnt before .. even if its tying your shoe laces without gettin out of breath .. or crossing your legs lol ..
FFM - Fat FairyMother .. sorta like a Fairy Godmother but the one that had control of the fat lol .. she does get a bit nasty on occasion!
OP - On Plan (or some use it as Off Plan) .. sticking to your diet/plan
There are other ones which refer to family members .. I can only understand the D (daughter) one really lol .. the others I get a general idea of who it is they are referring to by reading the whole post lol ..
Someone put one of the best phrases that I keep using as a mantra either in one of their posts or as part of their signature "I cant lose 100 pounds, but I can lose 10 pounds ten times"
Oh one last thing ... if you do cheat with eating (as I swear ALL of us do lol), please dont really waste the experience by regretting it and getting upset about it ... instead ask why you did it ... enjoy every mouthful ... learn from it .. and try to find somethig else to do when those triggers happen again (as more often than not .. it will).
Good luck .. and congratulations on your wonderful new steps to a new and healthy lifestyle .. I hope to see you on the boards and if you want a buddy .. just pm me