Hi! I am a relative newbie and I am going to be 58 soon. I have been yo-yo dieting since my early twenties and I went on my first diet at fifteen. I am also an occasional binge eater, but once I realized that I did that I was able to control it. My main problem is, as I guessed, poor food choices and a messed up metabolism caused by years of erratic food/exercise behavior. I verified this PLUS learned some more things when I took a nutrition course last year.
My last derailment came after I was laid off twice in eighteen months and I've been very stressed out again.
Four days ago I started in with issues that I know are yeast related, so I cut back drastically on the sweet/starch stuff because my diet had deteriorated due to my depression and being stuck inside. Well, that worked great, I was better within 48 hours! however, planning to shop last night didn't work: on the way to the grocer's my daughter and I had to turn back as her car's alternator was failing, so we have more drama there now!
I had determined to go shopping last nightand planned to pick up lots of veggies and a new notebook to journal calories in. The last loss was major for me, over 40 pounds and I realized later that I was on a self-designed DASH diet. Of course, I need to lose about 150 lbs now. My problem always seems to be that at some point, 6 months, 8 months, or a year, I totally give up over a slow period of time and start eating my "treats" often. I will try to post every day so that I am not tempted to do it again. I used to walk 9 months out of the year, some cardio type and some long-distance, plus weight training. I just can NEVER seem to get below a very muscular 225-235 and right now the scale says I weigh the most ever: 287 (it fluctuates by 7-8 lbs.).
I actually attended a weight-loss surgery seminar 18 months ago but my insurance will not cover that, so I am on my own. I have been packing 100-plus pounds for at least 10 years so this won't be very easy!