Since there are so many newbies as well as oldies here on the 100 lb club, I thought it would be nice to reintroduce ourselves so everyone can get to know everyone!
I am Sandi and I am the moderator of the 100 lb club. I have been here for many years. I have never been successful at getting very much weight off, but I never lose hope that I will. Please feel free to PM me if you need anything at all.
I have been happily married for 15 years and the shining star of my life is my 7 year old son Jacob. We have 1 dog and 1 cat and live in Northwest Indiana. I work full time teaching computer software. My hobbies are making jewelry and (you guessed it!) posting here at 3FC!
What about You??
01-18-2008, 03:39 PM
Hi I'm Tracey (the Trazey rhymns with crazy get it ;) ) and I'm 41 years old. I run a mental health office, I have a DH who's so dreamy and yummy I could cry with how much I love him heheh such a girlie! It's just the two of us, we were not blessed with children.
I have a great time with my co-workers and friends, and I have to say I'm a happy sunny little bunny 99% of the time!
I've been fat for about 20 years, a steady incline, and haven't really tried to get it off before - this time has been soooo different! I've made some really sustainable changes, changes I can live with. Being fat is not who i AM as person, it just is what it is. And it's GOING!
I come to 3FC every single day. I don't always post, but I always read. It keeps me focused, on track, and "in the zone".
01-18-2008, 03:41 PM
Ooooh! I like this idea! I'm an old member, but I haven't been around much for a while. It'll be good to re-introduce myself.
I am Selena, and I've been a member for a couple of years. I initially lost quite a bit of weight, though not necessarily in a healthy way, and here I am again, starting from almost the same point from which I began last time. :o This time, I'm working the WW plan, and I'm focusing on being honest with myself about my strengths/weaknesses and also about the real amount of weight I have to lose.
I am an aerospace engineer, I'm 29, and I'm still single. I live in Colorado, and I love all things outdoors! I am heavily into Skiing, Fly-fishing, camping, etc., and within the last year, I've picked up running. You can keep up with my running related weblog here: slowgirlrunning.blogspot.com (http://slowgirlrunning.blogspot.com). :)
01-18-2008, 03:45 PM
Seems funny doing this every so often, but I forget that new people are here all the time!
I am Linda, married for 11.5 years to Rudy. I just turned 30 on Dec. 30th. We have 2 kids DS 10, and DD 6. We also have two amazingly neurotic doggies whom we love dearly. I am hoping to return to work part time very soon, as we struggle financially with a single income...but it has been very well worth it!
Twice in the past several years, I have made it halfway to my goal, and then turned around and put it all back on plus some.
Turning 30 was my major spark this time and I hope to make it all the way this time. It's hard to believe in yourself when you've failed before, but I am doing very well at the moment.
I've been a member of this board for a long time now, and consider myself an oldie!
We have struggled in our marriage at times over my body image issues. At one point my hubby told me that he was not sexually attracted to me (caused YEARS of trouble). We have also struggled with internet pornography in the past, but we are doing very well right now, and I love my hubby with all my heart.
I am an open book. Please feel free to PM me also, about anything you might need to talk about.
That's me in a VERY small nutshell.
01-18-2008, 03:53 PM
In my recent intro I mentioned that I don't like to give my name out online! I guess you can call me PC? *grin*
In a nutshell:
I'm 40, married, live in the South, own my own business, have no kids, and one cat.
I weighed the most ever in Dec 2006, when I finally got fed up. A lot of huge changes in my life over this past summer helped motivate me even more, and so far I've lost a little over 60 lbs. When I reach my goal weight, I will have lost right at 102 lbs.
Glad to be here - already it feels like home!
01-18-2008, 03:57 PM
Hey all ~
I'm 24, engaged and gettin' healthy. I've been using WW since April 2007. Joined 3FC in October 2007 and couldn't be happier with this great group of inspiration, support and advice all rolled up into one useful place.
As far as my weight is concerned, I've been overweight/obese my entire life. So, there's not too much of a story there. :) But there will be once I've lost it all!
I'm a person of many interests, but basically I'm a gaming, fantasy-loving, sci-fi dork. Also, very addicted to 3FC. :grouphug:
01-18-2008, 04:29 PM
My name is Michelle and I am 33 years old. I live in the southeast section of West Virginia. I have been here in WV for one year, we moved from Miami, Florida.
I am married to Randy for almost 16 years. He has recently lost 45 pounds and is supportive of my healthy commitment. We have two daughters ages 12 & 9. They are great kids and want to see me acheive my goals for a healthier lifestyle. I can't say that my weight has limited the things I do with them, because I go to every game and every practice, but I can say that my weight has probably cost them some humiliating times. They have never said anything to me about it but I know other kids at school can be harsh. I do feel that even though I am always at there school helping out, I could do more if I was healthier. I am very close with my brother and my mother. They are in my daily life and wanting this healthier life for me as well.
My weight was 150 until 1995 when I had my first daughter, I gained 50 lbs. (just because I didn't watch what I ate), never bother to take it off. Then in 1998 I had my youngest daughter and gained another 50 lbs. and again never bother to take it off. So I continued to keep that weight until about two years ago. Last Sunday is when I made the commitment to become healthy.
01-18-2008, 04:30 PM
I'm Cammie. I never introduced myself here, just made myself at home and started posting.
I'm a 41 year old single mom of a 3 year old girl. I'm in the last 6 months of my job here (with associated stresses), selling the house, and getting ready to go back to school for a year (my second masters). I'm changing careers and looking forward to it, but of course finding it a tad scary.
I have PCOS and it has some significant obstacles for me...I had knee surgery last Nov (re-gained 30+ lbs) and the other knee will be surgically altered on Feb 4th this year.
I have many deep beliefs. One of them is that we don't laugh enough as adults.
01-18-2008, 04:52 PM
Hi I'm Tracey (the Trazey rhymns with crazy get it ;) ) and I'm 41 years old. I run a mental health office,
Oh, that is funny!:D You forgot to mention that you have an awesome sense of humor! I love reading your posts.
Hi! I'm Rhonda. I'm 43 years young, a wife of 14 years and mother to one hormonal tween daughter and one sassy spunky little daughter. I'm also Mom to 3 lapdogs, one talkative poopy parakeet and one shy gerbil. I'm a recent transplant to Georgia from Florida (Go Bucs!) I love watching the tube...Thank God for TiVo!....reading steamy paranormal romance books and re-decorating (Hubby, get out the checkbook!) Hubby and I both work at home for a "major healthcare administrator." So, we get to sit on our butts in front of the computer for 40 hours each week. Not so great for the weight loss!
As you can see, I've been on 3FC for a while and I usually hang out here in the 100lb club. I've been on tons of diets, but I seriously began this weight loss journey as a New Year's resolution for 2007. I was successful at losing 30 pounds last year and keeping it off. I lose incredibly slowly. I think this is due to being in surgical menopause and having insulin resistance. Now, for 2008, I plan on reaching my goal of 150 pounds. I've been following Southbeach, but am looking into changing to Jillian Michaels eating and exercise plans.
My motto is 'Never Quit,' so you'll be seeing me around 3FC for a long long time! Who's with me?:carrot:
01-18-2008, 04:57 PM
My name is Lindsey, I am 28 and live in Central Pennsylvania with my boyfriend of 6 years and our 3 cats. I do data analysis for the Navy (civilian employee).
I have always had body image issues and struggled with my weight but playing softball in HS keep my weight in the 180's. When I was 20 (and had gained weight in college) I joined LA weight loss and went from 205 lbs to 142 lbs. That large weight loss caused me to have gallstones and then get my gallbladder removed. I gained some weight after that but stayed in the 170's until 4 years ago when I was transfered to Philly (not by choice). I was away from friends, family, and the hometown I grew up in. I gained weight quickly with my max weight being 269 lbs last spring. Now I am back in my hometown and I started counting calories in Oct and working out 5-6 days a week. I recently decided to go back to eating mostly vegan (may have dairy occasionally but I will wait and see). I have been posting on this site for the past few months.
01-18-2008, 05:07 PM
Hi everyone! Like Cammie, I never introduced myself. I just showed up and starting posting here and there.
I'm 26 years old, and I've been dating the same fellow for about 6 years. We live together in New Mexico and have a spoiled dog, two hamsters, two gerbils, and several fish. I work in an office, sifting through paperwork most of the day.
I can't remember a time when I didn't think of myself as fat, even as a child. In hindsight, I wasn't overweight during my early elementary school years, but by the time I was in 6th grade, I was. My family has always been filled with big eaters. My mother is obese (350+), and so are my father and brothers. So, as a kid, I ate...and ate...and ate. By the time I graduated high school, I was 220+ pounds. When I began my weight loss journey in 2006, I was 254 pounds. I managed to lose about 20 pounds in September and October of 2006. I fell off the wagon in 2007 and crawled back on at the beginning of 2008. I'm staying on the wagon now. I swear. :-)
Oh, and I'm a vegetarian, but I do partake of eggs and dairy.
Nice to meet everyone!
01-18-2008, 05:25 PM
This is fun! My name is Robyn and I'm 45 years young. I've been married more than half my to my wonderful husband. We have 2 children - my daughter is 18 and my son is 13. We live on the lake in beautiful Austin, Tx!
I started gaining weight right after high school. I have lost weight many times and even kept it off for a very short time, but didn't really change my lifestyle so I gained in all back plus more pretty quickly.
In October 2006 I decided enough was enough! I wanted to be healthy and I was going to do it once and for all. I decided to do it just for ME! I've lost 80 pounds during the last 15 months. I'm much happier with myself that I've been in years. Maintaining my weight loss is still a battle and I know it will be for the rest of my life, but it is so worth it.
I've been coming to 3FC since July and I love it! I plan to pop in everyday!
01-18-2008, 05:57 PM
heh heh so I'm in :)
Hi I'm Val (full name Valdine - there aren't many of us out there but my weight loss isnt a secret). I'm 23, I work as the tourism coordinator in my hometown (I moved back here from vancouver for health reasons). I've always been overweight.. but things got a lot worse when my health did.
The catalyst for me ending up at 3fc is the fact that I have MS and it's changed my life. When an MS flare 'takes me out' of life for a day/week/month I get to spend that time contemplating the way I live when fully mobile.
Getting and staying healthy is at the top of that list of mine :) I've been around since August. I want to take full advantage of the mobility I have right now. seize the day or something lol. My hobbies include sleeping... and I do a lot of pilates. I pretty much save my energy for work and exercise. I'm calorie counting.. because it's cheap!
01-18-2008, 06:15 PM
Hi I am Tammy I'm having a Birthday Today!!! I am 46 yrs young. I have really been slacking with this healthy eating lifestyle. I really need something to pick me back up. I was really enjoying everyones success stories. It is just like I have fell off the face of earth. What's wrong with me. I had a really good month November and .............what can I say I must want to be FAT and LAZY the rest of my life I hate it!!!! I am a single mother with a 21 year old daughter who is my life! I have a wonderful boyfriend who is crazy about me we get along great! I live in Eastern Kentucky , a little small town that I love. I love all that country cooking and exercise must have been a dirty word when I was growing!!!
01-18-2008, 06:23 PM
Hi, I'm Vek from Quebek! Actually I'm Vera. I live in a very little -burried in snow- village of French Canada, I'm a french speaker, so, I might make plenty of spelling mistakes. Please, excuse me.
I'm 33 y.o., web designer, I love drawing and taking photographs of birds. I'm a SciFi fan, I'm married, no kids, just cats. 3 cats. One white, one black and one gray. Napoleon, Josephine and Poupique.
I'm a bit shy but I would love making friends. Since I discovered this forum I'm here few times a day. Soon (I hope soon), when I will reach my goal of 180lbs I will post my first bunch of pics "before" and "after", so, you will get to know me better.
I have more things about myself on my website but I am afraid to post here the link to it cause it's a professional site and I don't want to be banned because I advertized my work.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TAMMY! :hug:
01-18-2008, 06:40 PM
I too just started showing up and posting.
My name is Vicki and I'm 41 years old. I work various federal govt contracting jobs in Washington DC as a Computer Scientist. I have a very supportive partner of 15 years and a spoiled 19 year old kitty.
Every year I set out goals for myself - this year is weight and learning to play the guitar. In years past I've done things like get my private pilot's license, get a degree (got three of them now so I need to move on LOL), am up for my black belt in karate, etc.
I have always been heavy - even when I did my time in the Marine Corps they were always on me about my weight, but working in front of the computer all day has really taken a toll. I feel like my life has passed me by in alot of ways. I've wanted to do Disneyworld for years now but my weight has held me back. I went gold panning last November and was always out of breath - even my 62 year old parents were in better shape!
Anyway - this weight has to go. I love the support here. I don't post alot but I read almost everything. It amazes me how many of us are going through the same things -- looks from subway riders that just *know* you are going to crowd them in their seat (and I do), trying to go horseback riding and they tell you you are too fat for their horses, etc. It's all added up over the years ------- and I want the rest of my years to be what I want, not what my weight lets me do.
01-18-2008, 08:05 PM
I'm Gina, a 36 year old Financial Analyst living in central North Carolina, married for 3 years. We have one rotten cat, Boots, and no children yet.
I have been overweight for as long as I can remember (at least since 4 yrs old). I woke up on June 30, 2007 and decided it was time to make some changes. I'm trying to make changes that I know I can live with forever.
I come to 3FC every single day and try to make a positive contribution to the community. 3FC has really been a "diet" (I hate using the word diet as this is really a lifestyle change, but anyway...) saver for me since I know I can come here and there is always someone that has or is going through what I am.
01-18-2008, 08:56 PM
I'm Rachel, 32. My dh and I have been married for a year and a half, and we are both teachers. We decided together that we were going to start the year off with a "diet", which has now changed into "a weight-loss journey", because I am starting to hate the word diet! ;)
We both joined our town's Biggest Loser contest, which started last Tuesday. I am also on a team on my school's Biggest Loser contest. Competition seems to really work for me. I want to walk more than the other person, to eat healthier, etc. It's crazy, because I know that's a crummy motivation, but for right now it is keeping me on target. I also know that this is not my MAIN motivation, as I really want to shed these pounds and be healthy!
Dh and I are struggling with infertility. It sucks, there's no other way to describe it. This summer, we are planning on visiting an adoption agency. As silly as it may sound, I want to be 40 pounds thinner by then.
I am really starting to like working out, as completely strange as that is to say. I have always hated any form of exercise! But when I see the pounds come off these first few weeks, it's a huge motivation.
I got some FANTASTIC advice from several ladies on here, which was the kick in the pants I needed to decide that I AM going to lose 100 pounds. Or, as I was told, I am going to lose 10 pounds 10 times!
I am thrilled that I have found this site. You guys are so inspiring to me!!
01-18-2008, 09:02 PM
Another one that just started posting without introduction. I have only done the monthly points thread and the reason I am staying on plan today and some others here and there but will try to visit more often.
I'm Shay. I'm 35 years old and live in VA. I work for parks and recreation supervising and/or implementing recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. Love it! Graduated from the University of Florida--It's great to be a Florida Gator--and I am taking my 2nd course in grad school on my way to getting a master's degree @ Indiana Univeristy (distance education).
On the 2nd time around with my bf its been about 2 years this time. Its so much better.
I've lost a ton of weight over the years and have gained it back. This time is the last time because it is all coming off and staying off!
01-18-2008, 09:19 PM
Hey everyone! I'm BornToFly ;) I'm 29 years old, single ( sigh ) and have no children...yet. I hope to one day find the man of my dreams and have at least a couple kids, as I believe I was born to be a mommy. I work in accounting and have been at the same job now for 10 years. I enjoy the ppl I work with very much. I love radio and tv, and watch way to much of it. lol
when I'm not watching tv, I am internet addict. I also love to read and wish I did more of that.
I have been heavy for as long as I can remember, prob really around middle school when I started to notice it. I balloned in high school, and even have gained about 60 lbs since HS. I am ready to get healthy and fit and really start my life! This site has been A HUGE help for me. Everyone has been very supportive and helpful.
01-18-2008, 09:44 PM
Hi! I am Tonia. I have been a member forever but recently found my way back. I have been married for 17 years (this month!) and have four children - three of which are teenagers :yikes: ! I work as a teacher of middle schoolers in an 'urban' (translate: poor) area in California.
I have never really dieted, to be honest. I mean, sure, I have had a few (3-4, really) times where I have decided to "change my lifestyle." It usually lasts about a week or two, maybe three and then life gets in the way.
I gained my weight when I was pregnant/after I had my kids. About 25 lbs with each kid...we struggled financially for quite some time while I was in school and, honestly, if it came down to 50 cents for a box of mac and cheese or three dollars for a salad we could only afford the mac and cheese. How sad is that?
But, things are different now. I have been praying/preparing myself mentally for some time now that the 'time will soon come' when it is right for me to change some things. That time is now. Financial problems (pretty much) are behind us and we are better able to purchase good-for-you foods (good news, too! I NEVER want to see another box of mac and cheese! lol) so I am counting calories and have been going to the gym regularly. I am, thus far, down 11 pounds and am still going strong!
Thanks for the thread, Sandi!
01-18-2008, 10:13 PM
I'll get in on this as well!
My name is Cassie, and I am a 24 year old mother of 2 beautiful children. I am a full-time student, and I attend classes online.
I was a member here before...lost about 60lbs and then quickly regained it back, but I'm here for good this time--I'm determined to reach my goal and STAY there. I've always been fat, but after having my daughter when I was 17, my weight became out of control and I developed PCOS. Now that I've lost 75lbs, my PSOC has improved to the point of having regular cycles, and I feel and look better than I have in my entire adult life (short as it has been, thus far..lol).
Anyways! I'm a certified MySpace-addict, and I love to read! I also love, love, love music, and...well..I'm obsessed with One Life To Live..hehe.
01-18-2008, 10:32 PM
My name is Darlene and I have been around for a while here at 3FC. I am 43 years old and would love to spend the next half of my life thinner. I have not had a whole lot of success in the past three years and I basically disappear for times and then come back because I realize once again I need to change.
I was doing ok and staying at the same weight. (I actually had a two week window of success and but then the break up with the love of my life caused me some major issues. One of the biggest ones was my rebound romance with CHEESECAKE! I was secretly meeting up with it every night for a month and eating two slices at a pop. It was a nasty affair that left me almost ten pounds heavier. I am currently 266.
An Amazon order came last night and the Superfoods RX Diet book was in it. I am very happy to see something I think will work for me. I am reading through it today and getting the house in order to start it. I love the SuperFoods books.
I just want to add......If you just recently joined there are many great success stories. A lot of them will make you want to jump up and cheer for those who have lost 100+ pounds. You have chosen a great place for support.
Best of luck to everyone!
01-18-2008, 10:44 PM
Hi, I've been a member of 3fc since July, when enough aha moments finally converged, and the weight loss commitment switch clicked ON. I have suffered from eating issues since my early teens, and have been up and down a lot over my adult life, but every time time I rebounded from the down, I went up more. I gave up on trying for about 10 years. This time feels different, thanks in part to the unbeatable support at 3fc.
I'm 46 years old, divorced with no kids, and live in the SF Bay Area. I am a personal financial consultant and a business planning consultant. I am just stepping back into the world of dating after a long hiatus. (If you know any smart, funny, kind, honest, eligible men, send them my way! I'm taking applications).
My interests include movies, music, books, walking, cooking, and 3fc. I'm a bit of an internet junkie.
01-18-2008, 10:52 PM
Glad to meet all of you. It's good to be able to put a little history with your names.
I'm Missy from PA. I'm 48 and have 7 children. I started gaining weight in graduate school and just kept putting it on with each child. I kept 10 or 15 pounds on with each child.
I've floated on and off 3FC for a few years, but I'm here to stay this time. Really. In the past I always wanted to lose weight for a reason, but this time I just want to lose it because it's the right thing to do. I'm not counting the days until I can have a treat or figuring how many months it will take me to get out of the plus sizes as I did in the past. I have peace about the fact that it might take two years, something I never had before.
01-18-2008, 11:01 PM
This IS fun!!
I've been around for what feels like forever - a few years probably. I am 28 years old, living with my boyfriend of 8 years ( as of this month), and I'm FINALLY in a job that I love and that pays me properly! (the cosmetics industry) So now it's time to work on the weight thing. I am not doing any diets, nor am I limiting myself from anything - I am simply eating more vegetables and fruits (up to 16 servings a day!!), trying to my body in balance. And the weight is coming off! I suspect I've had a big "ah-ha" moment with how I'm viewing weight loss, and what I'm doing. Also - I like to talk if you can't tell?
See you all around!
01-18-2008, 11:51 PM
HELLO LADIES.... JUST WANTED TO CHECK IN TO SAY HI TO YOU ALL AND TELL YOU THAT I HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A FEW YEARS BUT I FELL OFF THE GET SKINNY WAGON AND HERE I AM AGAIN....:dizzy:
I BEEN WALKING EVERY DAY AND WATCHING MY FOOD INTAKE AND FAT GRAMS........ DOWN 6 POUNDS THIS WEEK..... HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A NICE WEEKEND............... BIG HUGS TONYA:hug:
01-18-2008, 11:54 PM
Hi there! My name is Chris. I have been married for 9 and a half years and have a beautiful 11 month old daughter. She is quite yummy. At the beginning of the year I became a SAHM for the most part. I still work one day a week as a children's librarian in a public library. It is the best job there is!! I also have 2 dogs and 2 cats. I am not sure what we were thinking, we just kept adding one at a time. As far as weight loss, I have always been fat... forever. I have no idea what it feels like to be a normal weight. My motivation right now is my health. I kid you not my knees sounds like a bag of popcorn when I go up stairs. This is a very bad thing as I live in a cape cod, stairs are not optional. I would like to have another baby but have decided to wait until I hit at least 225. Still big to get pregnant but better than where I am now! I am in grad school renewing my teaching certificate so I have no hobbies other than 3FCs which is oddly addictive. I joined a couple of years ago but, honestly, forgot all about it until a couple of weeks ago. Nice to "meet" you all.
01-19-2008, 12:37 AM
Hi, my name is Jane. It sounds like I'm the old lady of the bunch - I am 56 years old - have two grown married sons and a great significant other of 16 years. I am a professional artist (painter), teacher, and used to be art director for the game industry. My serious weight problem began gradually with the birth of each son- since then I have gained and lost 10 times my weight! Each time I gain back MORE than I lost.
So this time I am trying to do it right, and I think that with the support of this community I have a chance. It is interesting to read people's stories!:)
01-19-2008, 12:41 AM
Wow, lots of chicks. I'll join in!
I'm 45, mother of 3, married to DH for 21 years. Oldest DD is in college and 2 youngers in elementary school. I am an engineer telecommuter.
I've had a weight issue since I was about 8, gained more with each kid, and never did anything about it until last year. I follow and love South Beach. I joined 3fc in May, and started out posting on the SBD forum, but then wandered up here to meet the 100lb club chicks too. Not everyone on SB has an enormous amount of weight to lose and it's nice to chat with folks who are traveling a similar road.
01-19-2008, 01:13 AM
Hi everyone, I love reading all the posts and getting to know everyone better.
You can call me Ginger (it's not my real name as I don't like to use my real name online), I am a 34 year old SAHM of three very busy little boys. In 2002, I met my husband online and married him 10 months later in Jamaica. In 2003 we got pregnant with our "first baby" and at my 20 week ultrasound I found out I was actually having 3 babies, not 1. So we moved in with his parents for support and help. After putting on a whopping 94 lbs!!!!!, the boys were born in 2004, so I had been married 2 years, yet I had three children already. 2005 was sleep-deprived and blurry, 2006 was a little better and 2007 was the year I could have done something about my weight but made too many excuses....so HERE'S to 2008! I am starting with trying to lose 100lbs. and then I will go from there..... I am here to stay and I am losing this weight. I am focusing on organic food, controlled portion sizes and lots of exercise and water.
I love to scrapbook & I am a reality TV junkie! I am a ex-MacDonalds JUNKIE and I have quit the habit once and for all. I won't ever eat anywhere near there again.
01-19-2008, 03:12 AM
I'm Shannon, 23 years old. I've been married nearly 6 years, no kids yet. We do have two dogs that we love to pieces.
I started my weight loss journey on 1/14/07 and lost almost 65lbs last year. I hope to finish it up this year and get to goal! I'm a calorie counter/journaler.
I wasn't overweight all or even most of my life. I got into trouble as a young teenager and moved in with a family that taught "food is comfort." I quickly gained about 30lbs (20 of them much-needed, if I'm honest.) I stuck at around 165 for a while, then got married and gained nearly 100 lbs in 5 years. DH and I ate out (literally) 2-3 meals a day, 7 days a week for almost 2 years, resulting in 40 of those lbs gained. We moved back to my hometown after that and I re-discovered the emotional eater within me. I gained another 60 lbs or so in 2 more years.
Now, I see the emotional eater and can combat her effectively (most of the time.) I'm on my way down!! :)
My motto in life: By God's Grace. It's by His grace that I do anything with success. Christ in me gives me victory! :)
01-19-2008, 04:09 AM
HI everyone. I've been hovering around 3fc for a long time but I recently (as in today) found the 100 lb board.
I'm a 24 year old wife and mother. My daughter is 2 years old and my husband and I got married in July 2007. We live in Anchorage, Alaska where I work part time as a retail associate for Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I'm also a full-time online college student for a degree in Medical Office Management. My husband works for a moving company. I have 102 lbs to go to my goal. But I'm concentrating on losing 25 lbs per year. Anything more will be gladly welcomed but I'm going for 25 lbs. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.
01-19-2008, 04:44 AM
Im Kate, originally from England but have lived here in Spain for 14 years now. I live with DH and our son Pepito.
I have been overweight all my life, I lost all my weight 15 years ago but slowly put it all back on again, plus more (sob). I joined here in Sept 07 and have lost 55 pounds so far.
Good luck to everybody :) Kate x x x
01-19-2008, 05:37 AM
Hello. I've been a member for awhile but haven't posted an introduction. Although my goal is 60-80 pounds, I feel at home on the 100 lb. Club.
I'm 54, married for 35 years, have a 22 year-old son and a 15 year-old daughter.
I was naturally skinny/underweight until my late thirties (5' 6 1/2" and 119 pounds). I ate whatever I wanted, but once I was full, I couldn't swallow another bite.
When my husband started his own business, we ate dinner out for a year (ate dinner at home 4 times). I was also eating breakfast and lunch out at work. My weight gradually slid up. Then I gained weight with each kid - fifty pounds during each pregnancy. Lost it all with each for at least a day, then started gaining again. Lost some weight with WW and Atkins several years ago, but when my husband no longer wanted to eat diet food I found it hard to continue while making non-diet meals for him. I gained some back, and maintained at the high end of overweight for quite a while.
In November 2005 my early morning (5 am) walking partner developed a sciatic nerve problem and couldn't walk at all. We’d been walking 40 minutes (2 miles) first thing in the morning for 4 years. In 18 months, I gained 24 pounds.
In April 2007 I realized that my size 18 pants were getting tight, I believed 20's were nearly impossible to come by and women's sizes just are not proportioned right for an "Apple". To get more room in the waistband, I'd be wearing pants that were 10 inches too big in the hip. :o I believed that if I gained any more weight, I would not be able to find anything I cared to wear.
Also, it hit me that in less than 7 pounds, I'd weigh 100 pounds more than I did in my late teens through my 20's. I immediately started doing Weight Watchers on my own. I gradually lost 14 pounds, then lost and regained the same pound for several months.
At my next trip to the doctor, I found my blood chemicals were slightly bad. As I followed my doctor's diet instructions, some readings got better but my cholestorol got significantly worse. My husband's doctor told him to go on South Beach in mid-December and we've been losing ever since (14 pounds April to mid-December, 12 pounds mid-December to mid-January). I look forward to my next bloodwork to see how I'm doing.
Although the maintenance phases of many diets seem extremely similar to me, SB is working because I don't have to be obsessed with the plan, I like the food, I'm not hungry, and I can indulge a little when it's important. Doing a little calorie counting, I realize I have to eat more to keep from falling below 1200 calories a day. I can see myself eating like this indefinitely.
01-19-2008, 06:49 AM
I am Jennifer. I am a 33 year old wife (13 years) to the love of my life and a mother to 5 children. Makaela-12 (my tween, Drama Queen who wears her heart on her sleeve),Gabrielle-10 (my beautiful, absent-minded professor), Alexander-5 (my loveable little-man who always knows what I need), Matthew-3 (my care-free little pig-pen) and Kristoffer-16 months (my happy little-guy with a smile that'll melt your heart). I am a registered nurse with a great career, but I am unhappy with myself. I have not been overweight all of my life. I have gained 115lbs since I got married and I can't take it anymore. Food has ruled my life. It is my shoulder to cry on and my friend to laugh with. It provides something to do when I am bored......mad.......sad......happy...... So, here I am!! This time I will succeed! I will not continue to let it rule my life. I can't wait to meet the "skinny" me this summer. It has been a long time since I have seen her. I have spent too long feeling sorry for myself and not enough time doing anything about it. So, it is time to prevail!
01-19-2008, 06:58 AM
I'm Catherine (aka Kitty) and just turned 44. I've been around for a few months now but never introduced myself. I started my LAST weightloss journey in May 2007 and have lost 65lb so I am two-thirds of the way to 100lb lost and really feel I can reach it.
I calorie count and watch my fat grams.
I live in the UK with my husband and two kids (DS 14 and DD9). I have always been overweight since being 8 year old but only became obese after my first pregnancy. I lost some, but not all before having my daughter and gained again during my second pregnancy. Its took me 5 years to get the additional 50lb off and then gained it all back again over the next 3 years. Ten years on I'm back at the pre-pregnancy weight before I had my daughter. Another 50lb then I will be at my pre-preganacy weight first time round.
Nice to meet all you guys.
01-19-2008, 10:50 AM
This was a great idea! Thank you, Sandi, for starting it. It's nice to put some personalities & backgrounds with the people who I "hear from" all the time.
I'm Beth - 39 - and married to a wonderful man. Everyday he tells me that I'm beautiful.... if only I believed him!
I'm a public accountant - halfway to my CPA certification. My real Happy New Year doesn't come till April 16!
I've struggled with my weight my WHOLE life. I actually am a Lifetime member of WW - and I even worked for them for many years!
I know my weight issues all revolve around self esteem, etc. I know all the right things to do - its just a matter of figuring out when & why the switch flips that leads me down a destructive path.
I just want to be healthy and not have all the problems (both physical & emotional) that being soooo overweight entails.
I love this web-site, because it is one of the most motivational things I've encountered. Now all I need to do is log on every day!!
Thank you all for your kind words & support. And I look forward to the day when I feel good enough to "give it all back" to my new community :)
01-19-2008, 11:32 AM
My name is Ashley and I am 22 years old. I am a stay at home mom of 2 kids, ages 5 and 4 and a wife for 5 years this year. I have been fat for most of my life and I am finally doing something about it now. I've been through diets on and off since I was 12 maybe younger and never went through with them. The most I ever lost was 20-25 pounds but always put it back on plus more. This time I will do it and nothing can stop me!
I hope to get to know ya'll more!!
01-19-2008, 11:33 AM
Hi all! I'm Michelle, I am a 31 year old SAHM/writer, I have been married almost 7 years and have 2 small children, ages 2 and 4. I have struggled with my weight my whole life, but was generally able to keep it under 200. I went through a very painful breakup 2 years before I met my husband and went over 200 for the first time in my life.
I was about 205 when I met my husband. We lived with his mother the first 6 months of our marriage. It was miserable :) I also had moved a thousand miles from my friends and family and was lonely as my husband worked 3 jobs. I gained 40 pounds. A couple years later I miscarried our first baby...gained another 20 pounds. And I kept on another 20 after each child....I was 309 when I delivered both of my kids.
I hovered around 300 for a long time. Then in Jan last year I got really sick and lost 10 pounds :) Tried to diet to lose more and just hovered again at 290 but in Sept got really motivated and am now at 259. However, my motivation is about non existent now and I am really struggling to get back on track. So far I have not regained but I haven't lost anything in 2 months. I am hoping that I can get remotivated by reading all the inspirational stories on these boards. Nice to meet everyone!!
01-19-2008, 11:48 AM
I'm Diane, 44 years old, married 21 years (next month), with a 13 year old daughter and an 11 year old son. I work for an insurance agency as the commercial marketing specialist. I live out in the country with horses, cows, chickens, turkeys, etc. I love fishing, hunting, riding horses, hiking and camping. I spend an incredible amount of time running kids to and from practices/games, and I enjoy that so much! I totally neglect housekeeping... but I hope it is for all the right reasons! (either that or I just have a lot of excuses and justifications as to why my house looks like it does!!)
I've been fat for a long time. I wasn't always this way, so I'm hoping to get back to a much healthier weight. I know that a lot of what I do would be so much easier if I wasn't packing around so much weight. I joined almost a year ago and although I could have done much better last year, I'm excited about the year to come. I've learned a lot over the past year and I believe I have a good plan for the time ahead.
Good luck to all!
01-19-2008, 12:05 PM
Hi everyone! :wave: It's very cool to get to know all the people here, even though I don't spend a lot of time in this forum anymore. 3FC and especially the 100 lb. Club were such a huge part of my weight loss success, though, and I want to encourage everyone to stick around and support each other because it's sooooo important!
I'm 36, a high school English teacher, and I've been married 14 1/2 years to my wonderful gorgeous husband. We coach cross country together and teach at the same school. I'm currently 3 months pregnant with our first child, and that would NEVER have been possible if I hadn't lost 110 pounds and gotten healthy. At one point I reached a low of losing 115 pounds, but that other 5 pounds came back fairly quickly and now I'm up to 172!! I guess I'm supposed to be gaining now, though!
More important than losing 110 pounds, though, I got really healthy and I became a runner. I love running, and though I have to take some time off from it now, I plan to get back to it and I hope to run a full marathon next year. It's kind of become my life's mission to spread the word that ANYone can become a runner if they want to, and that if I can do it, anyone can!
01-19-2008, 12:11 PM
Hi I'm Ellie 58 years old. Married for over 33 years to a wonderful man and living in North Carolina
I just joined the group a few weeks ago and I'm on the blue team of the TBL
I lost 2 pounds this week :)
I've been struggling with my weight for a very long time and I'm very happy that someone shared this group with me.
01-19-2008, 02:51 PM
I'm 41 - I lost 100 pounds back in 2004. For the most part (give or take 10 pounds) I've kept it off since then. I lost it by calories counting and walking - since then I've added biking, spinning, weight training and running. Before 2003 I had always been overweight and except for weight watchers when I was in the 6th grade I had never really made any serious attempts at taking the weight off.
I'm a business analyst, so I also spend 40 hours a week on my butt in front of a computer.
Lately I've been training to become a spin instructor....I've been contemplating becoming a personal trainer. I'm a big time fan of Jillian Michaels, the trainer from the Biggest Loser.
Married for 20 years (not of the murder attempts have been successful) with no kids, 1 doberman and a couple cats.
01-19-2008, 03:08 PM
Hi Folks....I am glad to be here at 3FatChicks! I came here last fall. I've been fighting the weight battle most of my life - gaining, losing, gaining again.
I am 55 years young, a professional storyteller & puppeteer, been married almost 30 years to my handsome hubby, have one child (he's married) and I have a grandson :) named Alex (almost one year old).
I love gardening and volunteering at various organizations.
This is an awesome website. They say "it takes a village to raise a child" - well, I think it takes a village for me to get healthy. I am trying to pull together all the tools I can.... good food, movement, classes in anything I can to help me in any way, and the most important new tool....meditation.
This was a great idea, Sandi....thanks.
01-19-2008, 03:15 PM
Hello all, I thought I would post in this thread, I am still fairly new to the site as well as this whole weight loss thing, and death is not an option.
I am a 34 year old Husband and Dad of 2, I have been heavy most of my life but have always been ok with that fact as I was as healthy as a fat dude could be. meaning at 330 lbs I was running almost 2 miles 3 times per week and had lifted weights for years, and about 7 years ago I got a back injury and that was it, I blew up. to my best guesstimate I am above 500 lbs right now and I stand just about 6'5'' tall. I was researching a WLS and scared myself when I read "death" as a side effect of the surgery and deciding that I have too much to lose with 2 young kids and a gorgeous wife, I started on a low calorie and more exercise life change.
I have a scale on the way (in the mail) that reads to 550 lbs that I cannot wait for it to get here but at the same time dreading its arrival as something in me fears that I will be too heavy for it. I joined a couple forums and try and soak up every bit of information that I can and, I keep an Excel sheet current with everything that I consume and I blog about it for accountability, the blog has been a source of encouragement to me as I have a couple of people that follow it with me and give me a ton of support, which I know that I need, thats me in a nutshell and I thank you for reading.
01-19-2008, 04:06 PM
I became serious about the whole weight loss thing on jan 2nd 2007 and found this site in may of 2007. I didn't really introduce myself; just turned up and started posting.
I'm currently 24 (will be 25 on february 1st), still living at home due to the excessive cost of living in my area, work for a local company doing basic a basic admin role which is disheartening. I graduated from uni a year and a half ago with a degree in politics and business management.
I've found that I like to work out. Sure, sometimes its more of a loathe than a like but on the whole it's a like! I started running last year for the first time ever and will continue to do so when I can get back out there (winter weather permitting). I'm currently hitting the weights and gym hard and am focusing on toning up and becoming FIT (slim would be good but fit is more important).
Not really sure what else to say. I love to read - chick lit recently along with anything weight related. I'm planning on running the race for life in may and also wish to do a parachute jump in 2009
01-19-2008, 11:39 PM
I just want to send out a special :welcome3: to Botzz :)
We do have a few guys that come here, but we haven't seen them in a while. There's the AMAZING Howie, who you may find you have something in common with. He has had a severe back injury and a mega surgery for it. He has also become half the man he used to be....Howwwiiiiiiieeeeeeee, where are youuuuu???
We've also go Si, who pops in from time to time, and Charles, and possibly a few others I'm forgetting at the moment.
Don't be intimidated by all us women. We're here to support you in all your efforts, and I'm so proud of you for checking out our wonderful board, and for giving yourself this amazing gift ;)
Stick around, you'll love it here, OK?
And PS- If your scale arrives and your fear is realized, DON'T give up, you'll be under that number in no time :yes:
01-20-2008, 05:20 AM
Hi there everyone!
It's been good to read up a bit about the "chicks" (and roosters:p), that I have come to depend on in weight loss journey, whether they know it or not;). Anyways I've only been on here like 3 months, but what a difference it has made!
But, umm, I guess I should say something more about myself. I am 40 and have been overweight basically most of my life. I am a teacher/editor/writer and have been living in Asia for the last 10 years or so. Most everyone here are skinny-minis so there isn't a lot of what you might call weight loss support, products or otherwise. (or clothes that fit me, for that matter:p) Other than that, it's a great place to work and live, I just have to rely a lot on myself.
What else? Well, I'm slightly geeky and thus like almost anything to do with books, sci-fi, or gaming (though haven't been able to do that for a LONG time). I also really enjoy cooking, though these days I'm trying to concentrate on the healthier aspects;). Living in Asia, Iíve done a fair amount of traveling, which has been great. Next travel spot will be Cambodia in FebruaryóI canít wait!:D
01-20-2008, 05:32 AM
Wow! I'm so glad this thread was started. I've been here almost 2 years and this is the first time I've actually formally introduced myself.
I'm a soon-to-be 29 year old single woman living in New York City. I have a creative streak, so I've really been exploring all of my interests, including writing short novels for pre-teens.
I've always been active, I played sports and danced for most of my life. But despite all of that, I was overweight since the 6th grade. I don't remember weighing myself or getting weighed much during those years, but I do remember taking home my height/weight chart when I left middle school and it said my weight was 178lbs. So now I weigh less than I did then. It's so weird. But I love it, and I'm getting used to my new body more and more each day.
And I'm looking forward to my first bikini summer ever!
01-20-2008, 06:27 AM
My name is Molly, though I haven't been called that in ages. I don't know how I ended up with "Lalique" as a nickname (strange, I know), but I did, alot of people just call me Lali. I live in a small town (population 4,000) in snow-country USA. And I hate it!!! I dream of someday living on a beach in Florida... *sigh* .... Anyway, I'm 21 years old, been "fat" all my life. My highest weight was 240, I'm currently at 235, my untimate goal weight is 115, but right now I'm just shooting to get under the 200 pound mark.
Right now I work full time as a CNA (Certified Nurses Aid), at an assisted living, and at our local Emergency Room (though not for long, I'm done at the ER as of Feb. 1). I've been a CNA for 5 years. I am also an Advanced Life Support EMT - Which is where my heart and soul lies. In my spare time (which isn't much, right now, but will be in a couple more weeks!) I work for our local ambulance service as such. Thats my favorite job in the world!
I was a dumb dumb and dropped out of Paramedic school 6 months before graduation. I regret it completely, but try not to dwell on it... I'm hopeing to start Nursing school this fall.
Thats about it for me. I'm constantly trying to remain focused on losing weight, and finding Mr. Right (I've never had a boyfriend, so this has become quite an obsession).
I don't have much for hobbies. Except for playing Sims 2 (once in a while), posting here, shopping, hanging out with my entourage of awesome friends, and enjoying a sappy romance novel every so often...
01-20-2008, 09:39 AM
I've been here for a few years struggling with losing and maintaining my weight loss. This site has been a great support tool for me.
I live in the Washington DC metro with my husband, 2 cats and 1 dog. I work for a large company doing information security.
I enjoy hiking, travelling, playing with my animals, reading and other stuff too. I'm hoping after I lose 20-30 more lbs that I can learn how to rock climb. Also, the next big trip on my horizon is a hiking trip in Costa Rica possibly or maybe Ireland. Although sometime in the fall, I plan to take a trip on the east coast somewhere, I've yet to decide where but it should involve plenty of hiking.
01-21-2008, 09:49 AM
My name is Lori, I'm 27, and a cancer survivor. I have a wonderful husband who I have been married to for 4 1/2 years now, and who I have been with for almost 10 years. No kids yet, but we do have 3 playful (and sometimes annoying!) cats.
This is is my second weight loss journey (the first in 2001-2002) and it will be my last. :D I started this journey in February of 2006, and was diagnosed with chronic myelegenous leukemia (CML) in May of the same year. The journey has been rough (with time taken off and maintaining because of the diagnosis and also finishing my masters let alone the the mental horror you go through thinking that you already DID this before ;)), but I reached my WW Lifetime Membership weight for the second time in my life in September of 2007. I've been maintaining since then, and last week recommitted myself to lose the rest of the weight I want to get off and reach my personal goal of fitting into a size 6 :)
I've been on 3FC since Nov. 2002 but didn't start posting in this forum until about a year or year and a half ago. :welcome2: to all the new members!
01-21-2008, 11:02 AM
I've been a member here almost three years. In that time I have lost and gained the same 20 lbs or so. BUT....that is my OLD STORY! My NEW story is.....I am eating and exercising to get the body I want! (Thanks, Nelie!)
I'm almost 43, and have been with my "significant other" for over 3 years. He's a wonderful sweet man with a great sense of humor (and not hard on the eyes!). He's English, so he's got the sexy accent as well! :)
I'm the assistant to a Vice President of a big company here in Florida. I am a transplant from Indiana (go Colts!), and I LOOOOOVE the weather!! :)
My guilty pleasure: KARAOKE. I own my own system and have a library of over 1000 songs and growing! I enjoy singing so much! I usually go out to a pub to sing once a week or so....but really enjoy singing at my own house.
The 100 lb Club has been my 3FC home since the beginning, but you will probably see me on the General Chatter thread and the Biggest Loser thread too.
Welcome all you newbies! And lots of love to the oldbies! :)
01-21-2008, 12:27 PM
Hi Everyone! I'm Nicki and I read about 3FC in Oprah magazine last spring. I joined in April and have posted off and on since then. I am a single mother of 2 (DS is 14 and almost as tall as I am, and DD is 10 and is my Drama Queen) and we live in rural NC. Our family is rounded out with 1 cat, 2 dogs, a noisy Quaker Parrot, a fluffy hamster and some fish.
I lost weight in 2006 and put every bit of it back on when I lost my support system. Thats when I realized that I couldn't do this alone. 3FC has been a wonderful place to give and receive support. I count calories because that works best for me. My exercise routine has faltered some, but I remain consistent with my water aerobics class, 3 times a week. I love to jog and am currently working on a routine to heal my shin splints.
I hit my highest weight of 271 in March of 2007. In April I saw my doctor and she was not pleased with me at all (this year will be very different!). I dropped as low as 217 last fall, but gained back to 230. I am currently at 221.5 and have some new motivation. Love found me last fall, and I have been on cloud 9 ever since. He is coming home next month for a short visit, so I am working hard to hit my Valentine's Day goal. He has quickly become my biggest cheerleader.:cheer:
Welcome to all the 'newbies'. I think this group is a wonderful collection of people. Hi to all the ladies that became so familiar to me last year, that you felt like family. I've missed you! :hug: It feels real good to be back!
01-21-2008, 12:58 PM
Very cool -- thanks Sandi!!
I'm Susan (Shelby was my absolute favorite cat I had for 10 years when I was single!!) -- 37, married to my husband for almost 11 years with two really cool boys -- 8 and 4. Unfortunately the 4 year old is smarter than the rest of us, makes me tired every day just trying to win my battles!!!
I have had a weight problem seems every time I live with other people!! I had a "5 year window of thin" when I lived on my own, before I met my husband. When we moved in together, I rapidly gained 100 lbs. Our marriage definitely suffers because of it. Along with some serious eating disorder issues, this has been a constant battle for me.
So, as of last week (a little late on the New Year's resolution thing :dizzy:) I have been working on intuitive eating -- which is such a stretch for a food freak!! but it seems to be working well. I guess you can't obsess about food when you are "allowed" to eat!! I'm hoping to end this year close to my "before I met you hubby" weight, but to be honest I would be happy to just get my butt out of the 200's! I'm reminded every day of all the things I miss out on by being overweight, uncomfortable and miserable!!
I love to read, play with my kids and read around 3FC constantly.
I live in NY, about 3 1/2 hours from all my family, so I get a little lonely for them sometimes, especially my crazy sister!!
I am a SAHM/have my own medical transcription business -- used to work in politics (with the election coverage, so glad I'm out!!).
Hope everyone has an awesome New Year and it's nice to "meet you". :)
01-21-2008, 01:01 PM
Hello all. I'm a new Oldie. I've been around a while. I just stopped coming here in the summer and am just now finding my way back. I too have been overweight all my life and pretty much morbidly obese since graduating college. The highest I weighed was 317 just before I found out I was PG with my 2nd. I did great after having him, and got down to 250. That was a mental block I wasn't ready to cross yet and gained a few pounds. Told myself I would get it back off in no time. Had a miscarriage and gained a lot more weight. I got PG again in Dec. 05. I was just getting back on track with losing weight and did fine the first month or two of my PG. Then I just used the I'm pregnant, I can eat that excuse and didn't eat very healthy or exercise much during my pregnancy. After having Nate, my doc actually took out about 2-inches of my stomach. (Free tummy tuck with my c-section). I thought it would be great motivation to lose the weight. Boy was I wrong. I struggled more and more and would binge every time I tried to lose weight. So I stopped. I started a biggest loser challenge on a parenting website in Nov. and did great the first couple of weeks. Then the holidays hit and I started not doing so well. I did manage to lose 10 pounds over the holidays which is something I have NEVER done. I signed up again for another 8-week challenge that started on Jan. 7 and I've been going strong ever since. This time I feel mentally ready to tackle this.
My name is Dawnyal, 34, I'm happily married and have 4 wonderful (well most of the time) children. A 13 YO stepson, Lilly is 5, William will be 4 next month, and Nate is almost 17 months. I work a full-time job complete with commute so finding time to fit everything in can be challenging but I've decided that it's worth it.
01-21-2008, 02:25 PM
Hey all! I am 34 and looking forward to my 15th wedding anniversery in March. I have five children: 14YO daughter, 12YO son, 10YO son, 7YO son, and 4YO daughter. I work from home on a contract basis, which means I'm either super busy or looking for another contract. But I get to work from home, and I rarely miss sporting events or school functions, and I take my 4YO daughter to the library where we can "work" side by side. It works for me right now.
I lost about 60 pounds between May and November, and have made little progress since then. BUT - I have not gained weight, and that's something too. I have just kept gaining and losing the same five pounds for the past few months, but I just finished a major contract, and am going to use my time to reo-commit and get down to 170. If I make it there, I am going to get my hair cut professionally for the first time in my life.
01-21-2008, 03:46 PM
Excellent idea starting this thread, Sandi! My name is Denise and I have been coming to 3FC off and on for a few years -- I followed the Chicks here from another weight loss site that had lots of snipy, unsupportive members. So glad that's not the case here!
Like so many others, I've been overweight all of my (47) years. I managed to spend a few years of my early 20s in the 160-170# range but medical problems and a job loss got me away from my more active lifestyle and my low point/high weight was at age 30-something, when my daughter was one year old and I stepped on a scale in the Sears ladies' room out of curiosity and was completely shocked to discover I'd gained to 290. I've been slowly chipping away at the weight since then, and other than successfully losing 190-lbs of emotionally abusive ex-husbandage, I've been stuck between 240-260 for the past 8 years. Tired of gaining & losing the same 20-pounds, last fall I re-re-re-committed myself to getting "Fit by Fifty" and the adjustments I'm making in my head & my life seem to be working. I live with my daughter (17) and my mother (75) and I need to take care of myself so that I can take care of them!
I think this site helps me keep focused, and inspired. As egocentric as it sounds, I hope that one day I, too, will be an "After" who inspires others!
01-21-2008, 06:56 PM
I am 54 1/2 years old. I have been morbidly obese for the past 25 years. I have been married for the third time to a wonderful husband, Paul, for the past 5 1/2 years. I have one adult daughter who lives in Philly. My husband and I moved to Atlanta 4 years ago for his work.
I have tried and failed more times than I care to admit but this past fall I decided to try again and it seems to be working for me this time. One thing I will say is that I have learned a lot from my mistakes. And what I have learned I am using this time to make this work. I have two diet blogs on this site "downsizing" and "pixtosee". The second is my photos as I lose this weight and my stats to accompany that weight lose.
I post a lot on this sub forum and I hope to hear from ya all as we all lose this weight together. We can do it!:carrot:
01-22-2008, 08:32 AM
Great idea! My name is Meredith, and I've been lurking around these boards for a few years, although never really commited myself to posting much, or losing much :o but with the new year, I've been dedicated to finally taking off that extra hundred that is slowing me down. I have 2 beautiful children, both under 3, and when they get older, I'm going to need all my energy to keep up with them. I'm still working on the right diet for me, but in the meantime am working out 3 times a week and hope to start bumping that up.
01-22-2008, 09:58 AM
I'm Jan from Phoenix and soon to be from Albuquerque. 47 yr. old Packer fan married to a 47 yr old Eagles fan. Mom to 3 grown stepkids and 1 English Bulldog.
I'm an electrical engineering assistant for a bunch of crazy nuts who design satellites for a living.
And-my dream is to play in the snow. LOTS OF IT.....
01-22-2008, 10:46 AM
I can't remember if I ever really introduced myself...I think I just jumped in! So here goes...
I go by mj and I have been married for just over 11 years to an incredibly supportive husband. I never thought it was possible to love another person SO much! My parents set an excellent example, but we were also raised to be strong and independent. I never thought I needed to depend on another person so it still blows my mind that I have come to rely on him so much, but in a healthy way. We have two of the cutest, most spoiled beagles you have ever seen and one way I relax every night is to have 'snuggle time' with them. No matter what went on during the day, curling up w/ a warm dog will make you feel better! We have not been blessed with children, yet, but I have not given up on that dream. It may happen, it may not but I will not give up!
I have pcos and endometriosis. I also have a knee/foot issue that aren't related to my weight, but certainly aren't helped by it! Not too long ago I had lost 100lbs and just as I dipped my toe into onederland I started going through a lot of stuff (I had a major surgery for my endometriosis, went on some hormones also for endo which totally messed w/ my body, and my dad died suddenly). Unfortunately, I slowly stopped doing all the things I knew worked and were SO important and slowly the weight started to creep back on. I didnt let it all come back, but more than I would have liked, that's for sure!!!
The good news is, I have found my 'groove' again! I don't follow a specific plan--just try to make healthy food choices and regular exercise. The good news is--it is working again!!
This time around, it just feels different...hard to explain, but it just does. One thing I am doing differently this time is that I am mixing up my exercise. I still go to the gym--I like the routine of it and it is 'my time' to unwind after work, but I am finding other things I enjoy too. Finding this site has made a big difference too! It is wonderful support!!!
I LOVE shopping...especially bargain shopping...losing weight is a great 'excuse' to shop--MUST have smaller clothes! I have also been doing a lot of cooking lately--trying to find new recipes, or ways to make some old favorites healthier.
01-22-2008, 10:55 AM
LOL. I like this. I feel like it is FAT PEOPLE ANONYMOUS!!!! HI IM DAPHNE AND IM FAT.....:lol:
Im daphne and I am 30 :yikes: I am VERY happily married to the best man in the world. and I have a 6 year old daughter and a 12 year old step daughter. They are my world and I thank GOD everyday that I was blessed with them. I have been fat since I was about 12 (d@mn puberty)... ;)
I started my journey at 255 and right now I am at 240. I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) several years ago. I have been fighting infertility due to my PCOS for about 5 years. My doctor told me that I need to lose weight if I want to have another baby. So after trying all the infertility stuff and all the emotions that go along with that, I have decided to take my doctors advice and lose weight.... :dizzy:
I have been posting on here for almost a year. I love everything about this website. There are alot of nights that I felt so alone and I was able to come here and get support. :D
So thats me.... Feel free to PM me if you wanna talk..... :hug:
01-22-2008, 11:06 AM
I'm Julie. New member here.
Married to a wonderful man who wants to re-enlist in the Army. We've been married for almost 3 years. We were pregnant, but miscarried at 10 weeks. No children in our future. He is almost 40 and I am almost 39.
I have been heavy my whole life. Been on MANY diets throughout my life, starting at age 5 or 6.
Even with losing 100 pounds, I would be considered overweight. In order for me to just break into the "healthy" column, I need to lose 120 pounds. I know I need to lose the weight. That is why I am here.
01-22-2008, 06:23 PM
I'm Molly, originally from Arkansas, but I've been living in Switzerland for nearly 8 years now. I recently turned 36 and I'm a married SAHM for my 13 year old daughter and 7 year old son. I've been a 3fc member for a while now, but mostly as a lurker.
At six feet tall I've never been small, but I've only been really fat since I had my daughter. Every year I think this will be the year I lose weight, but I never seem to follow through. And, I have really no excuse. I was fortunate enough to be enrolled in an obesity program at a local hospital that tackles the problem from various approaches-- psychological, nutrition, exercise, etc-- and after 3 years I've gained around 30lbs! So, I need to stop waiting around, stop making excuses and just lose the weight before I squander another year of my life. Expect to see me around here more often!:)
01-22-2008, 06:53 PM
Hi! I'm Lyn, and I am 38 years old. I have a husband who is TRYING to be supportive but eats so much junk! I have five wonderful children ranging from potty-training toddler to high school senior. I love my kiddos and I want to be healthy for them. I love to cook, I have severe degenerative arthritis in my knees and a torn meniscus and at the beginning of this journey (278 pounds) I could not even walk outside to get the mail. Now I am able to walk to the park 2 blocks away, and home. I ride my recumbent bike for exercise.
I was a thin kid, got about 10 pounds overweight as a 12-14 year old and then lost it and was a healthy weight (135-140 at 5'7) until I was 21 and lost a baby. Put on 20 pounds... then just kept gaining. I have been 245+ for TEN YEARS. Time to make some changes, eh?
I have a blog that has a lot more of my story in it, especially in the earlier posts. (Link below).
01-22-2008, 07:08 PM
I am very new here...and I don't know what I did before I found it! I am 28, working in accounting full-time and I am going to school full-time to get my bachelor's in accounting/finance. I have a boyfriend of almost 2 years (Feb) that I live with and a dwarf hamster named Tasha. I have been overweight since about jr high or so, except for a few years in my early 20's. To lose the weight I exercised fanatically, going to the gym before and after work for a few hours each time. I lost about 100 lbs, but still never got down below @175ish. I also barely ate. After awhile I got so burnt out that I couldn't maintain that lifestyle. Over the past 7 years or so it has slowly but surely creeped back, but now I am the heaviest I have ever been! I am couting calories and increasing my activity in hopes of regaining control of this part of my life. I have ZERO time between work and school and struggle with finding time to workout!
**It has been amazing for me to see how helpful everyone here is!**
01-22-2008, 07:43 PM
Great thread, Sandi! I haven't been here as much as I like (or should be) so it's nice to get reacquainted with everyone.
My name is Donna. I'm 30 years old, been married 5 years, and have 2 children. I went from chubby kid, to plump teenager, and finally to obese adult and that's where I've been ever since. I have been able to lose weight in the past, but not keep it off. It seems like once I enjoy success, I get off plan. I really need to break that cycle. Right now, with a baby and a toddler, I'm really struggling to get started. So I'm going to start checking in here more often to find motivation. But ultimately, I just need to do it.
01-22-2008, 07:46 PM
Hey Donna!!! :hug:
Great to see you!
01-22-2008, 11:08 PM
Hi Everyone, I'm Traci, 36 years old. Mom of 4 beautiful girls, 18, 15, 11 and 11months. I'm also a grandma to a 5 month old girl. I'm engaged to be married in August. We're not having a huge wedding or anything since this is both of our 3rd marriage (3rd times the charm right? lol) so we're just planning a trip for 2 to Las Vegas to tie the knot. I have been overweight/obese since the birth of my first daughter - 18 long years ago. I've done all the typical diets and lost significant amounts of weight only to regain it all back again. More then anything else in the world I want to look fantastic at my wedding and I want my 11 month old to never know a "fat" mommy. I want to be able to run and play with her as she grows. So this time is going to be different! I'm GOING to lose this weight and I'm GOING to keep it off! :)
01-23-2008, 01:21 AM
Hi ladies! I'm Holli, 32 yrs old, and I work in computer networking. (yes I am a female geek). Avid gamer, love to cook, read, spend time with friends and family, and my fiance too (sometimes - haahaha j/k). I have a 13 yr old son, a 7 yr old daughter, and 2 kitties who are my avatar: Mia is the gray kitty on the left and Chloe is the orange kitters on the right.
I live in Spring TX, native Houstonian, former model and Miss Houston, and I also am learning how to knit which I am very excited about. I act way younger than my age LOL, but I enjoy bringing sunshine to people's lives so everyone wins. :D So you can guess I'm very outgoing but in person I am a tad shy at first :D
I am overweight not because of food; I have been borderline ED many times, though, I admit. I had severe pg complications with both my full term pgs and both caused me to gain an avg of 90 lbs per pg. The first time I had toxemia, and I lost the weight within 6 months, and kept it off for 6 years. the second time I had other complications, and my body just stopped cooperating hahaha. All of a sudden it was so much harder. And now with not only 2 full term pgs but also 5 m/c including a 2nd trimester loss last June under my belt...well, you can imagine my hormones are direly confused!!!! LOL! So if any of you have any ideas on how to help out those hormones I'd be all ears.
So yes I hope my body can get back to normal - hormone wise and weight wise :D And btw I LOVE 3FC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D I'm here every day :D
01-23-2008, 01:31 AM
Hello, I'm Rusty. I work for the CBS station in Kansas City. I am an editor. I am an avid sports fan. Love the Cowboys and the Orioles. I also love movies and music.
I'm originally from Baltimore, MD. I've lived here a little over 2 years now.
I have been doing the Slim 4 Life program here in Shawnee, KS. I have been doing this program for just over 5 months now. I weighed in today down 105lbs. I still have a long way to go. I will probably want to lose another 100 before I feel totally comfortable with myself. But I have a goal right now of 293. I am 43lbs away from that goal. Once I hit that, I will see where I want to go from there.
I am new to this site, but I already see how most of the people here are very friendly and helpful and I really appreciate that. I know that I will be a loyal contributor and offer my assistance to anyone who has questions or needs a friendly hand. Thank you and nice meeting all of you.
01-23-2008, 02:08 AM
I don't exactly remember when I started here. I think I came for a bit during a false start over the summer and then returned for the real deal in October. Whenever it was, I am glad I found this place. The advice, support, inspirational stories are amazing.
I have lost and gained many a time before, but I have the most active, jock-like kids in the universe and, besides staying alive for them, I want to keep up with them. My 7 year old daughter thinks a perfect day includes a good 7 mile bike-ride, several hours at the beach, all of it spent running around and swimming, some serious rough housing, some time to dance, and some time to run. She never tires and I'd like to keep up.
When I am not chasing children or working out, I knit...a lot!
01-23-2008, 01:19 PM
I'll try to keep this short and sweet!
I'm Theo, soon to be 28 years old, recently moved to Northern New Jersey. I fill my time with work (I'm a bioprocessing lab technician) working out (yes, seriously!), partying with my friends and playing with my animals (1 horse, 1 dog, 1 cat). I'm a sports nut (Red Sox! Giants!), traveler, avid reader, musician and aspiring chef!
I really have no idea how long I've been posting here but it's been around 2 years maybe? I've been significantly overweight since my late high school years but in the past 2 years or so I've totally come to terms with how I need to live my life and how I want to live my life to be healthy and happy. I have always had a super positive outlook on life and that has really helped me lose this weight. Only 37 more pounds to go 'till goal!!
01-23-2008, 02:31 PM
Oohhh I love these.
I'm Linsey, I'm 27 and I'm a Boston girl. By day I work for Broadway (tours that is :cool:) I'm an avid crazy Red Sox fan, could care less about football and the Patriots and I'm not in love with Tom Brady (like what seems like every other girl I know.) I'm not married, I have no kids but I do have a newer relationship going with a lovely boy...who I'm hoping can continue to put up with me as I tend to be a handful...and a cat who is more of a pain than me.
I'm a raging workaholic with other battles as well...though I won't bother them with you here as the are all on my blog...no need to repeat.
My Journey started just over a year ago and I was on a real solid losing streak and in the past 6 months have suffered some set backs but am now doing my best to take it day by day and be back on the wagon. I've been overweight as long as I can remember but really got up there within the past few years...first by working double shifts in a restaurant and going out drinking every night....then once I got this job it was an endless line of take out and catered affairs. I was also going for my masters at night and was going out eating and drinking after class and not sleeping.
I'm at the weight now where I teter...the weight I always get down to before just putting it all back on so I'm trying to address my emotional issues that keep me from going further every time so that I can be successful.
01-23-2008, 03:15 PM
My name is Lindsey and I'm 19 years old, will be 20 next month. I don't post here much, but I read all of the time. Currently, I'm living in Salisbury, MD and am a full time student majoring in International Studies with a concentration in International Relations, but I'm planning on going to medical school afterwards and becoming some kind of doctor. I have a very lovely boyfriend that I've been with for 4 months who lives in D.C. (a couple of hours away) that I stay with on weekends and a 6 year old cat named Muffin. I wish I could have another furbaby, perhaps a small dog since I've never owned a dog, but that has to be put on hold until my boyfriend moves into a pet-friendly building.
As far as weightloss goes, I've lost over 110 lbs and am going strong and actually just celebrated my anniversary on the 21st of this month! I calorie count and meticulously weigh my foods on my trusty food scale, concentrating mostly on whole foods. Right now my biggest struggle is actually getting out to exercise. Once I'm there and am actually doing it, I love it and I LOVE the feeling afterwards, but getting there is hard for me.
Like I said earlier, I rarely post anywhere, but I do come here and read everyday because it helps me to stay on plan and motivated! So a big thank you to the ladies who do post often... thanks for keeping me with plenty of reading material!
01-23-2008, 03:36 PM
I'm Heather a sahm mom. I've just joined the website and am quite excited about it. This is my year - I hope!! It's time for me. I do have a couple of issues that don't really help with my losing weight problem. :( I have a REALLY bad back. I had to get a spinal fushion last year and this makes exercising more difficult. I'm putting into my head that motto of "NO EXCUSES!!) I'm 35 years old and 222 pounds. I love to laugh and fun could be my middle name!
In the past I've lost some weight and then I get sick of just chicken, yogurt and veggies. If anyone has some good ideas on yummo meals that are diet-friendly I would love some!!
Some of my hobbies are : coffee chat with my girlfriends, watching my kids in their activities (Sydney is 7 and Holly is 5) and having fun with my hubby Ryan. My biggest fear is one my kids won't come out of the tube-slide in the playland and me having to go in after them and then getting stuck and the jaws of life cutting the tube for me to get out!!! hmmm.... Maybe my super-uber biggest fear would be that in my small town that would make the front page of the newspaper!!!!!!
SO - here's to 2008 and all of losing weight. My start weight was 230 and I'm down to 222 so far.
I look forward to hearing back from people and hope to find a "plumpy" to be each others support (or the more the merrier -!!)
traci in training
01-23-2008, 04:40 PM
My name is Traci. Not to be confused with Tracey who eats breakie in the morning. :-) I've been coming here for quite a while, but I don't get here as much as I used to. I've been married for 20 years and have two teenage daughters.
A little over a year ago the manufacturing plant where we both had nice cushy office jobs announced the work was moving out of the country. I decided to have some pre-emptive healthcare done and discovered a big bad lump in my breast. Long story short - I'm healthy now, I'm a fulltime nursing student, my husband has lost over 100 pounds and I'm pushing 60 pounds lost. We run and bike and hardly ever watch tv anymore and pay lots of attention to what we eat. I wonder sometimes what the trigger for all of this was, but I'll probably never know. Just glad it happened.
LisaMarie - I missed your news! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!