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I was just wandering through some of the threads, and everyone has their own reason for being here. Some want to lose weight, some want to maintain weight, a couple want to gain weight.

I had lost 45 lbs 6 years ago and it has stayed off with the exception of 10 - 12lbs which has snuck back on due to a hiatus in exercising, and quitting smoking over a year ago. I am determined to get that 10 - 12 lbs off so I can be where I was before. I look at my size 4 and 6 pants and desperatly want to get back into them (I am a size 8 at the moment down from a size 14 - 6 years ago).

So I started thinking ... why is it so important to me to get back to the size 4 / 6. I am in pretty good shape, and getting back into the swing of things, I am starting a new exercise routine, I always eat very healthy. But I am so focused on the pants size and obsessed with losing the weight rather than getting back to my peak condition.

I am obsessing about 10 lbs and one size which works out to be an optimal 130 lbs on my medium built 5'5 frame.

Is it healthy to obsess so much about those few lbs, and are there others who feel the same?

Thu. Feb 14, 10:13am

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People are different. Self esteem is everything to some. For me its all about eating healthy and feeling good. The loss of weight for me is just a nice side effect. Face it, vanity vanity, all is vanity.

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 10:36 AM

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I'm the same way, OP. Healthy weight, healthy eating, exercise - but it seems it is never enough. Is it healthy to think food/weight so much? No, I don't think so. But then, doesn't coming to this site three times a day to log every single bite that I eat during the day promote this obsession with food? Not encouraging you to think about it 24/7? It's like a neverending cycle.

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 12:22 PM

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