This thread looks like somewhere I need to be. (: I'll give a little background~
I was overweight in middle and high school and had pretty low self esteem overall. Junior year of high school, I decided to lose weight when I heard my weight at the doctor's office. I started extremely small in my efforts but the big thing I did was to cut out soft drinks cold turkey. I started light exercise as well.
By the time I was 21/22 or something, I had lost 50 pounds! At this point, it became a real struggle because my goal weight was a mere 5-10 pounds away at all times, no matter what I did. Funny enough, the thing that got me to my first goal weight was my first trip to the dentist. I was literally so scared that I couldn't eat like normal and lost the weight. It was a year or so before I got serious about it. What inspired me this time was this show that was on for a very short time called Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. I adored that show because it showed me what kind of crap I was eating all the time and basically horrified me.
I went on a diet and cut down on desserts a lot. Late night snacking of unhealthy things is my weakness. I did a couple of workout programs, including 30 Day Shred. I dropped some more pounds to my next goal and have been there ever since.
I'd like to lose about five more pounds. I'm pretty happy with myself now but I'm here because of my eating habits. They're pretty awful. I mean, I eat good most of the day but at least one meal a day bombs completely. I have such a weakness for fast food, especially when I'm feeling depressed. When I'm at my most anxious, fast food is just about all I can get myself to eat. I'd love to cut down again and get back to where I was, diet wise.
To answer a couple of the questions in the first post:3. Tips & Tricks -
Personally, if a workout isn't fun, I won't stick to it. I hated 30 Day Shred, not because it was difficult but because I just didn't click with the teacher. My personal favorite is Hip Hop Abs or something by the Shaun T guy, because he has a way of making you laugh while you work out. So yea, it's not as challenging, but at least I look forward to it.4. Workout ideas -
I used to work out twice a day. Once after breakfast and once at the end of the day. That way, I knew I was getting one workout in if something happened later that day to where I couldn't do it. Plus I'd feel accomplished first thing, which made me happy the rest of the day.5. What motivates me? -
This may sound silly, but comic book conventions motivate me. When I know that in a few months, I'll be getting a photo op with an actor I love, it urges me to look my best for it. I mean, come on, I'll be enjoying that picture forever.
So there we are. Hello (: