Hi y'all! I'm a damn Yankee, that's a Northern who comes to the South and doesn't leave :) I'm a native of New Jersey but am loving the South. My weight loss struggles started when I went off to college....too much beer, pizza and wings and stopped playing sports. I put on the Freshmen 40 instead of "15". Food has been my source of comfort, the one constant in my life no matter where I live, however; food is slowly killing me. I'm a nurse with emergency & forensic nursing background. I feel like a hippocrate telling my patients to be healthier when I don't even practice what I preach. Terrible work hours and dealing with emotionally draining cases lead me into a depression and even more weight. I have finally realized that I have to say no and put myself first for the first time in my life. I changed jobs and now love going to work and I am currently 41 days free of white flour and sugars by the grace of God. I am a food addict/compulsive eater/overeater. Isolation does not help my disease, it hastens it. Through the rooms of Overeaters Anonymous I have dealth with my issues that have lead me to eat compulsively. Now, with Dr. Oz, I hope to work on my health. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and hearing your stories, as we all have something to learn from one another. We all have similar stories and working together, we can reach our goals...one day at a time!