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After Karen lost her job, she felt like she lost her identity. She gained weight and gave up on her appearance...but through journaling she's found inspiration and lost 20 pounds. Karen says the most difficult part of her comeback has been changing her thought process.

"[I'm] starting to think a little bit more positively," she says, "making changes and stepping outside the box that [I was] so comfortable in," she says.

Karen says she still feels guilty taking time for herself when she could be spending it with her 3-year-old daughter, but she's starting to realize that neglecting herself is bad for her child. "I'm not a good person to her if I'm not the better person for myself," Karen says. "By me taking that hour exercising, she gets a much better mother."
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FROM: Have You Let Yourself Go? Part 2: The Big Question: Who Am I?
Published on April 13, 2006

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