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I hate the way I look

I hate the way I look! I recently started working at IHOP (International House of Pancakes) again and gained 10 pounds. I forgot to watch what I was eating and now I'm 5"6 And 144 lbs (65.3 kg., 10.3 stone) . I've always hated my body, but now I hate it even more. I also have depression so could my mental state be affecting the way I see myself? I know there are others who have it worse than me and that I should be grateful for what I have , but this is how I feel.

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Hi Iluvhorses and welcome to this caring forum. I am sorry to hear you feel this way about the way you look. Your depression may well be affecting the way you see yourself. It would be a good idea to make an appointment to see your doctor and talk about how you are feeling. He/She will be able to help and support you. If you are in the UK, there is support available for people who dislike the way they look. Your doctor may be able to arrange counselling. Also NHS Choices [www.nhs.uk/livewell/healthy-eating] has a lot of information about healthy eating and exercise. Your doctor/practice nurse will also be able to advise you. Things will get better. Can any forum members help and advise Iluvhorses, please? Thank you and best wishes.

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Take care of it now before it gets out of hand. 10 lbs is easy peasy. Here is the best and easiest diet I know. EAT NO SALT, SUGAR, OR FLOUR. That includes things that include those ingredients. That leaves plenty of other food. Try fresh everything. Plenty of salads, you can get quite creative. You are a smart young woman with the ability to take care of yourself. I remember some of your dilemmas from past posts. I think you are feeling alone . You've never talked about this pretty business before. Why now? I know you've had relationships so I doubt you're a dog. It probably is the depression. Well, that's all I've got for now. Pam

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I posted this just after finding out about gaining weight. This is my first time actually being overweight and it came as a surprise to me.

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I had a fitness trainer tell me I needed to lose weight. I think it's true though.

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The truth can be hard to hear but if it rankles then you know it is the truth. Hearing what we know isn't true just rolls of. You haven't gained so much , it won't take long to get rid of it. Maybe this is a good thing if it gets you back to a healthier life style. I need to take my own advice here. I bought a Fit bit which is constantly telling me to take a walk or MOVE. Pam

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I've only lost two pounds since I last posted here...

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