Pets: 1 cat, Samantha. She's often more dog than cat, but that's one of the many things I love about her.
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, reading (I do a LOT of it), technology, sports (love my Phoenix Suns!).
Eye/Hair Color: Blue/green & brown.
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Lose It! tells me 9/4/2010, but I think that might be a little off. We'll say 1/1/11 for now, as that's when I really started to shed old habits and replace them with new ones.
Starting Weight: 145
Present Weight: 130!
Goal Weight: 120. I'm going to see how happy I am at 125 before deciding to continue on, but getting to 130 (which was my personal holy grail for SO long) made me realize just how much more fat I still have to lose. 5 pounds might be enough, so we'll see what 10 can do.
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Commitment. I've always been sort of chubby, but I've struggled to reach within myself and find the drive I needed to stick with something for more than a couple of pounds. Plus, it was always a lot easier to ignore the numbers on the scale than to do something about the way those numbers made me feel.
Following any specific plan: A combination of balanced eating plus regular exercise is about as specific as it gets. I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian at present (& have been for over 6 years), and my recent focus has been on a better carb/protein balance. I haven't completely cut carbohydrates out, but I'm doing my best to replace them with leafy greens and proteins.
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: This time I've got a really wonderful support system (my mom!), I'm finally doing this for the right reasons, and I have realistic goals and expectations given what I am able to put into it. I used to want to lose a huge chunk of weight all at once, and I would get disappointed and discouraged when I couldn't. Previously, I was looking for more of a quick-fix than a long-term solution. Upon ringing in 2011, I pledged to myself that this would be the year that I focused on my mental and physical health. Law school had certainly taken its toll the previous semester (though I avoided the dreaded law school 20!), so that was a huge motivating factor as well. The previous few months have been about taking small steps toward a healthier life, and it's worked out thus far!
Anything else you would like to share with us: I don't really have a specific timeline for my weight loss, other than "by the end of the year if possible." Because this is a series of lifestyle changes geared towards overall health (with losing weight as a primary goal), I thought I would be more successful if I allowed myself to progress at my own pace with no deadlines staring me in the face.
Also, I've been lurking 3FC for a little while, and I finally decided to join because I love what a supportive community you guys have!
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:Finding the time to exercise when all I want to do after working all day is spend time with my daughter before bed.
Following any specific plan: Not really.... Slimfast for breakfast, healthy lunch and dinner and recording all foods using the Loseit! app.
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I want to do it this time not only for me, but for my daughter as well. I realize i'll have more energy the healthier I become.
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Geographical location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Age: 25 on Monday.
Marital Status: Single.
Occupation: Fitness Industry & Office Admin Student.
Hobbies/Interests: Trance music.
Pets: My sister has a noisy dog who doesn't let me sleep.
Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Brown.
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Jan 1, 2007.
Starting Weight: 350'ish.
Present Weight: 177.5'ish.
Goal Weight: 160.
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Gluttony & getting over not caring about mysel due to low self-worth from mom issues.
Following any specific plan: Nope.
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: More focus/prioritizing.
Anything else you would like to share with us: Dedication, determination, & drive will get you what you want & where you want to be. Set backs are inevitable. Mistakes are only natural. But consistency is key.
Jan: 350+. Dec: 160 2008:
Apr: 225. Nov: 165 2009:
Jan: 190. Oct: 175
Got my Personal Training cert & also started teaching Group Fitness classes! 2010:
Apr: 170. Sept: 210 2011:
Apr: 177.5. May: 175 2012:
Apr: 167.5. July: 160.
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Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: can't remember..been trying forever lol
Goal Weight:150 ish
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:myself
Following any specific plan:not yet
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:I don't want this to be my life
Anything else you would like to share with us:I'm really new to this site so I don't want to seem stupid lol please be patient. I want to be able to love myself...it sucks when a guy compliments me and all I can think of is all the things I don't like about myself and how I'm fat so he must be lying XD
Pets: Golden Spotted British Shorthair named Mr. Hobbs : )
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, Traveling, Shopping, Reading, Watching Movies, Yoga, Massages/Facials/Mani/Pedi, Spending time with friends and family.
Height: 5feet 3inches
Eye/Hair Color: Brown and Brown
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Lately, everyday is a new starting day, haha. Originally, I started to lose weight Jan 2003 when I joined weight watchers in high school weighing in at 190lbs...I have slowly lost 40pounds since. However, I recently made a lot of life changes which added 10pounds back on. Hopefully I can make it to 140 soon : ) YAY!
Starting Weight: 190lbs
Present Weight: 160lbs
Goal Weight: 140lbs
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Running a 5K at 32minutes : )
Following any specific plan: Calorie counting and working out.
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Being healthier.
Anything else you would like to share with us: I am excited to see what this site has to offer : )
Pets: 2 dogs, 1 cat, and many cows (live on a dairy farm)
Eye/Hair Color: Green/Light Brown
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: January 11, 2011
Starting Weight: 253
Present Weight: 215
Goal Weight: 135-140
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Avoiding those cravings for something that's not healthy while on the go
Following any specific plan: just monitoring what I'm eating closely and increasing my protein and fiber intake.
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: This is the first time I've ever given 100% of my effort into helping myself. I've never been this committed before, and successfully completing 3 months will be an accomplishment. Many more months to look forward to!
Anything else you would like to share with us: Weight loss is a long, tough journey, but in the end, it is all worth it! I've come to learn that eating out and "cheating" for a day really isn't worth it in the end, because I am not any more satisfied than if I were to have stayed on plan. It actually makes me feel worse, and guilty for cheating!
Geographical location: Middle of nowhere, Texas; a town of about 100k, which consists almost entirely of retirees and college students
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Graduate Student/Teacher
Pets: One dog, Coop
Hobbies/Interests: Reading (usually for class, sometimes for fun), music, TV
Height: 5' 7"
Eye/Hair Color: blue/light brown
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 4/6/11
Starting Weight: Not sure, but around 170 (afraid to check/no scale)
Present Weight: Not sure (no scale)
Goal Weight: 140
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Bad eating habits that I've had my entire life.
Following any specific plan: Giving up fast food, drinking a gallon of water a day, and doing some kind of low-impact strength training every day
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I couldn't tell you why, but I feel motivated! Also, I made my mother promise to give up sodas in exchange for me giving up fast food, so I know I have to keep at it (she passes kidney stones monthly because she drinks so much soda).
Anything else you would like to share with us: Well, I'm trying to find a job in Japan after I graduate in May, and would like to not look TOO huge in comparison when I get there.
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: no exact date, semi dieting for years, seriously dieting for the last 2 days
Starting Weight: 307lbs
Present Weight: 306lbs
Goal Weight: 160lbs
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: emotional eating, emotional starvation, laziness
Following any specific plan: nutrionist prescribed 1300 cal diet and exercise 6 days a week
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: this time I can feel the weight wearing me down, my knees pop when i walk and bowl, im tired all the time from little things, i get out of breath easier, my husband looks at me weird (when he thinks im not looking), my daughter asks me when im going to lose weight because right now im not healthy (shes 7), im embarassed to go out in public, (about 4,000,000 more reasons, but those are the top ones)