Occupation: Student, although I pay to be one so it doesn't really count!
Pets: Milo, my roommate's cat, who should probably join this site
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, Baking, Design
Eye/Hair Color: Green/Blonde
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: This week I suppose!
Starting Weight: 170 as of a couple weeks ago
Present Weight: Haven't weighed in so we'll say 170
Goal Weight: 130
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weight loss: Where to begin?! I'm a student in Uni with a very tight budget, parties and after-party snacks are hurting my efforts, I love trying food and all sorts of desserts but just a taste is never enough...Oh and I very rarely get off my arse
Following any specific plan: Portion control - enjoying a bit of everything in moderation, and I tend to eat Mediterranean-ish but not following THE Medi. diet
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm living on my own! In high school it was a lot easier for me (although I never lost weight very healthily)
Anything else you would like to share with us: I want to stop my gradual weight gain before it gets out of control. At 170, I don't feel like myself, and I'm tired of shopping with the worry of not fitting into the largest main-range size!
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: emotional eating; being a college student and avoiding splurging with alcohol/take-out/dinners out with friends. I also work in a pizza restaurant where I get free food, so that is hard to pass up since I'm usually pretty low on money because I'm working my way through school.
Following any specific plan: My diet plan as of now mostly involves focusing on eating enough fruits & veggies. I find if I focus on eating enough portions of them every day, then I'm less likely to grab something else to snack on.
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm ready. I have to put on a bathing suit for the first time in years in July and I want to be able to wear a bikini and not be ashamed or self-conscious of my belly/love handles/muffin top.
Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm ready!! No shenanigans this time. I refuse to be good and excited for a week and then lose my motivation like I have in previous attempts.
Hobbies/Interests: nature, photography, kids, music
Eye/Hair Color: both dark
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Jan 2010
Starting Weight: 322
Present Weight: 247
Goal Weight: 175
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Emotional eating, eating out of boredom, and binging
Following any specific plan: low carb/low glycemic index
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I never even made any efforts in the past, I just never believed I could do it. I never had any sort of will power or motivation to even start. Finally did and showed myself I could do it and just haven't stopped.
Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm also bipolar which adds some interesting struggles to all of this sometimes. I've got a blog on tumblr where I've been keeping track of my journey as I go and I'm more than happy for anyone interested to check it out, the name over there is fatgirlrevolution. I'm also always more than happy to chat/exchange pms/email with new friends/ladies that want to talk about the issues facing us every day.
Hey erikarae - sounds like we have a similar situation and goals, glad to know there's someone else out there. Working to pay my way through school is definitely a big hurdle to eating well... Good luck!
Biggest hurdle: Reducing / Stopping drinking alcohol and partying, and Fast Food. Not giving in and sticking to it.
Specific plan: High protein, specific vegetables, some fruit, low carbs and sugar (and some small portions of restricted Vegetables).
Different than before: I am motivated and committed to it this time and can see the rewards and benefits. Want to enjoy my younger years now, live life and do things I wanted to do but doubted I ever would. Over half way there, making better progress than I could have imagined, full of energy and improving fitness, enjoying sports more, more confidence, smaller clothes fitting.
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Children/Ages:2-- Arianna who is 7 and Aden who is 4.
Occupation:crew chief/server trainer at IHOP
Pets:1 cat. tux
Hobbies/Interests:everything really. being outdoors, swimming, gardening, cooking, jumping on the trampoline with the kids, even cleaning sometimes.
Eye/Hair Color:brown for both
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: May 30, 2011. I am now on DAY 3!!
Starting Weight: first weigh in- 163 this morning
Present Weight:well 163 .. lol
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:not giving in to temptation. gosh, I mean, I work at a pancake shop!!
Following any specific plan: Ideally, 1300 cals /day. but more of changing how I eat in general.. bought sugar free lifesavers for when I just want something in my mouth ( really good btw ) little things, cooking 2 vegetables with every meal, so like 3/4 plate vegetables and the rest starch /meat.. trying to drink more water as well .
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:Last time , I was taking Adipex.. which, since I am not obese, I should never have been prescribed in the first place.. but I had drastic weight loss, very quickly and eventually gained it all back, plus. This time, I know I need to do something that will be a lifetime thing.
Anything else you would like to share with us:_I am very excited to get to know everyone here so we can help each other through our weight loss journeys. I looked around for a bit before I decided to join this support group and I have to say, everyone seems so amazing. The before and after pictures I saw were just incredible. Obviously , you guys have it going on , and I am so excited to be a part of it!!_________________
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I think I have a food addiction... seriously. I'm constantly thinking about it even when I'm not hungry. Also, I have been working out but it's painful so I hope that goes away soon...
Following any specific plan: Counting calories, working out at least once a day.
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I was always thin and a healthy weight until I started gaining about three years ago, so I've never had to do this before.
Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm glad I'm here.
Hobbies/Interests: I love reading and writing. I also love walking and just taking in scenery and I also love shopping.
Eye/Hair Color: Green/Blue and Black hair
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: May 30th 2011 (started losing weight in March but not on purpose.
Starting Weight: 295
Present Weight: 277
Goal Weight: 155
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Motivation and willpower. Action speak louder than words! You can say you will lose weight all you want but doing is another, that has always been my biggest problem.
Following any specific plan: Not really. I am just going to workout every morning and eat better and include breakfast In my diet.
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I know I can do this and I have support this time.
Anything else you would like to share with us: Nope.
Marital Status: Fantasy-married to a bevy of 60s rockstars
Occupation: I work in the music industry.
Pets: None here in NYC, but at my mom's back in Ohio, 4 awesome cats.
Hobbies/Interests: Going to concerts, traveling, writing, reading, anything to do with music.
Eye/Hair Color: Hazel/Blonde
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: May 31, 2011
Starting Weight: around 336
Present Weight: 336 (I just weighed myself tonight for the first time, haha)
Goal Weight: I would love to break into Onederland, but I'd love to make it to 200 first!
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Fried food.. my ultimate weakness!
Following any specific plan: Joined a gym and working out 4-6 times a week, trying to cut calories, drinking lots of water!
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I think I'm more dedicated to it. I'm really ready for a change. I'm sort of doing a whole "mind/body/soul" makeover on myself, so I have to be invested.
Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm excited to meet you all! If anyone else is in NYC, I'd love to hear from you! (Always glad to make new friends. )