I guess my weight gain can be started at 16 years old, however, my bad eating habits started at the age of 11 years old and so, since this has always really been my problem, I will begin here…
At 11 years old, my mother started working, I was aloud to come back home for lunches and made excuses to my mom that I didn’t have the time to make sandwiches or I’d be late and so, convinced her to buy me those really large boxes (I believe 20?) pizza pockets. I would eat those for lunch every single day until the age of 12 years old. I did not gain weight, but I ate 4 per day even if I could have been full with 2.
At the age of 13, I started high school. It started early and I had 30 minutes to walk to school everyday. I would not eat breakfast and I never felt like packing a lunch. I would get to school and be hungry all day. Finally, when I would get back home towards 3:30pm, I would eat some pizza pockets (or something quick like that) and then at 5:30pm, would eat a big supper and usually along with a lot of deserts. Later in the evening, probably some more pizza pockets or deserts.
At the age of 15, I started to have trouble walking; my feet were always hurting so much, I had trouble getting from class to class. After a medical note from my doctor, I stayed home four months while six different feet specialist tried figuring out what was wrong with my feet: to this day, no doctor ever found the problem and I got used to having pain in my feet.
As soon as I turned 16, I quit high school and still kept off my feet since they were hurting still hurting a lot by then. After almost a year never going out (even to see my friends) I was invited (nearly pushed out the door) to a friend’s birthday party. I went to buy jeans with my mom and my usual size 13 was no longer fitting at all (and 13 was usually loose on me because I didn’t like tight clothing). I also noticed all these stretch marks and green/red/yellow thin veins. I went from being 135 at 14 years old to 165 at the age of 16. My breasts had also gone up past a triple D size and I was starting to feel bad about my entire body (not to mention the acne from bad diet)
At the age of 17, I was pregnant. I gained the required 40 pounds I was supposed to but wasn’t eating much better than I used to (though I did try and eat a bit more healthy and had vitamins). After giving birth, times got very stressful and I started drinking an average of 2L of cola every day along with chips, cookies, pizza, etc.
During this time, (about age 18 - 21) I ate horribly. Eating entire boxes of Pot of Gold chocolates, ordering pizza and eating an entire medium (and more) on my own, more soda then ever, donuts, ice cappuccinos, etc. I was at my highest at 258 pounds at the age of 21. I didn’t care how I looked or how I felt my health deteriorating under me. I underwent surgery for a breast reduction because my breasts for getting so heavy that there was slight damages to my rib cage and also had my gallbladder removed because I had stones (which apparently usually only happens in your 80s but that’s how bad my health was). I was basically sitting in front of the computer for most of the day or watching TV with my child.
At 21-22, I decided to go to adult school and finish my high school. I managed to finish 2 years worth in three months. During this time, I started loosing weight because I had to walk from the bus stop to the school and went down to about 241 pounds.
I then took another year off waiting for my child to go to kindergarten and when that happened in 2011, I started university for a bachelor’s degree. During this entire year, I started watching more what I ate (but still wasn’t fantastic) and with all the walking I had to do from class to class, going up stairs, catching buses, etc. I ended up at 224 pounds.
Now, I’m in my second year of university. I work out at the gym, go swimming in the pool and I care a little more about what I wear and I like to look “nice”. I started Ideal protein 2 weeks ago and have lost 13 pounds already!!! It was hard at first because I have a very strong sweet tooth and this had no sugar so my body was going in a bit of a withdrawal but now, it’s getting better. It costs a fortune and you can imagine that on government loans and being a single mother with a full-time university cost and tuition that I come up very “tight” each month but once I get to my 130 pounds, I will keep it off and never go back on costly diets again!
And so, this is my story. You may find things in here that sound familiar and as much as throughout my life I’ve discouraged myself with “I’m never going to be able to loose weight, so I’m just going to keep eating what I like!” but it is possible! I’m going to be 25 years old in May and I want to join the police force once I am done my university degree.
It is NEVER too late to turn your life around!
Good luck to all! We can do this!