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Hi name is Rinda and I live in Charlotte, NC. I am 36 years old. I was born 8lbs and some; not bad because when I started walking I lost my chunkiness. I was mostly overweight my teenage years. I slimmed down a little around 21 years old. Then I started working third shift and it has been down hill since then. During my night shift job I picked up some very bad eating habits and they have been a part of my everyday life. I never had a problem being heavy, big, overweight, fat, thick, chunky, etc...because I am an African American female and being big is accepted in my culture. No matter if it is not healthy. I been told on many occassions a man wants meat on his bones or if you loose weight you will blow away. I have know for years that I needed to loose weight but never feltt like I needed too or had too. Every doctor's appt I went to not a health concern other than weight. The docotor would mention if I lost a pound or two I would feel better...Duh, I felt fine. Why mess up a good thing! Anyway all blood work was great. So why did I need to loose weight? Hell just buy bigger clothes was the way I felt. My culture is big on food, food, and more food. Every gathering no matter if it was for good or bad, happy or sad food is involved. Hell I could not attend a Mary Kay party with out a lay out of food. I am talking about chicken, meat balls, array of fruits, veggies, and dips just to name a few. Around 30 years old, I did get just a little concern because I was getting close to 300lbs. I tried several of the weight loss programs & I joined a gym. I was doing my thing dropping some inches and buffing up but that was short lived. I hit a stand still at 25 pounds. I felt I was doing way to much for 25 pounds So I got back on the bad eating binge & no exercise. Then August 2009 came around and I had a back injury. I have no idea what happened or why my back gave out but it just did. The doctor's really don't have a solid explaination on my back injury but they did say my weight played a roll in the injury. Damn....I was sad & mad because I could have done something about the weight but I did not because of myself & cultural acceptance. My back injury was the most excruciating (sp) pain I had ever felt. I can not explain the pain. After several visits, MRI's, other tests, and several shots, and rehab I am better but my back still hurts. I did not have to have surgery but I will if I don't get some of this weight off. I finally accepted that I am not healthy no matter what my culture thinks and I need some help making some changes and here I am. I have taken the first step and attended a weight loss seminar at one of the hospitals. I am in the process of reading over the information I have received!