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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 (:
Hi Snowy, Welcome! You're yet another contributor here who makes me look like a featherweight in all this! You, anxiousartist and Tina have made all this focused effort and sacrifice, earning great results. Here's me coasting along at a miserable 1 to 2 lbs weight loss a week! Over 50 lbs weight loss is an admirable achievement, well done. It sounds like I could learn a thing or two from you!My weakness is late night snacking on sugary cereal. I love to make myself an extra large bowl to eat whilst in bed. That's been a real hard habit to break. And don't talk to me about fast food... we're not that far away from a few different fast food outlets, and despite managing to cut down on (but not cut out) eating there, the temptation is always there when I'm feeling stressed or depressed.That's so important that you have a motivation, Snowy. I'm determined to lose weight and am making (slow, gradual) progress, yet I have no real motivation to do so. I'm not very overweight, only mildly overweight. I think its because I look at pictures of myself when younger, and I look happier - I'm also very thin. So perhaps its an elusive quest to rediscover the (relative) happiness I felt before Anxiety Disorder began impacting adversely on my life.Regards,Gen.
Gen - If I can give you one tip, it would be to stop buying the cereal. I mean, we all have weak moments. The trouble comes when you have the things at your disposal to follow through. I don't buy donuts every week anymore. If we're celebrating or I'm staying with my grandma, we'll get a box but not constantly anymore. Easy way to keep from eating them!I understand that about fast food. I could seriously just live on pizza and nothing else forever! But at least I'm far enough out in the country that the pizza joints won't even deliver to us.I didn't know you were on the weight loss train as well. I'd call myself only mildly too. It's those last annoying five or so pounds that don't want to leave. I've read up a few times that it's the last bit of weight that is worst to get off, so you're not alone there. Don't worry, any progress is good progress! Taking it off slow is better than it falling off weirdly fast, eh? (:
Don't be so hard on yourself Gensec. You're doing great.
Ah but you see Snowy I have no control over the cereal in our house - my folks buy it! And the boxes sit there teasing me.
They had pizza last night in fact... but I was too busy writing to someone to break my diet and have a slice, haha.
Often I think that women carry off having a bit more weight better than men do... some woman actually look quite pretty with a bit of weight on them. Or perhaps that's just me!