Hello, all. Tech invited me to post here but since most of you don't know me well, if at all, a little background information seems in order.
The first thing you need to know is that I deal with stress by eating. Usually this isn't a problem because life cycles in and out of stressful times on a fairly regular basis and a few extra calories now and again are no big deal. However, for two and a half years I was stuck in a high-stress job and scarfed my way to nearly forty pounds of excess weight.
Given than I'm not even 5'3", it isn't too surprising that that weight had negative effects on my health. The biggest one--the one that was really the wake-up call--was that I became hypoglycemic. As y'all may already know, that means I was just on the brink of becoming diabetic.
When I was able to leave that job, loosing the weight became a priority. In order to do that, though, I needed to relearn how to eat. I'll get more into the specifics of how that happened later. The important thing is this: it worked. For two years now I've maintained a healthy weight.
I don't know whether what worked for me will work for you. Bodies are as different as our personalities and just as an introvert and an extrovert have varying needs, so too do bodies at different ages, abilities, health levels, etc. So what I will do here is present what I did as a test case. I might be a good example, but do your own research. Talk with your doctor. And let me know if you think I'm full of crap. It's entirely possible.