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Jenniffer
04-18-2000, 12:53 AM
The 100 lb club can be a very busy place. We post bios so that we can learn more about each other, so please add your Bio, so we can get to know you better. Simply copy the text below and paste it into a reply and add your information

**This thread can get really long with 100's of bios to go through. To keep this thread useful, periodically I will go through and delete the bios of members who have not posted in the 100 lb club in the last few months. My goal is that this is a list of bios for active members. If you left for a while and I deleted your bio while you were gone - please just add it back!! We're glad to have you!**

First name:

Geographical location:

Age:

Marital Status:

Children/Ages:

Occupation:

Pets:

Hobbies/Interests:

Height:

Eye/Hair Color:

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:

Starting Weight:

Present Weight:

Goal Weight:

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:

Following any specific plan:

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:

Anything else you would like to share with us:


jiffypop
04-24-2002, 09:27 PM
Real name: jane

Geographical location: northern new jersey

Age: 49

Marital Status: never married

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: medical writer and editor; currently Editorial Director of a company that does continuing medical education for MDs

Pets: a spoiled black cat

Hobbies/Interests: music, needlework, reading, swimming, hiking, birding

Height: 5'9"

Eye/Hair Color: brown/dark brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: high school!!!!

Starting Weight: highest weight ever recorded: 506 in august, 2001

Present Weight: 256 [down 250 since aug/sept 2001]

Goal Weight: 180 or so

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: currently having trouble maintaining exercise and stamina

Following any specific plan: high protein, small portions. exercise. lots of water

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: gastric bypass surgery. it's not an easy road

Anything else you would like to share with us:

i had the surgery not only because i was near death [really... a 5 week hospital stay plus 3 weeks in a nursing home learning how to walk again. it was awful!!], but also because i don't want to regain the weight!!

Goddess Jessica
08-20-2002, 07:44 PM
Updated from original - anything in green is from 03-28-2005.
Updated from edit - anything in purple is from 12-7-2008!
Updated from edit - anything in blue is from 8-7-2012

Real name: Jessica Goddess is more of a title. (Here's my 2008 update... was I always on the first page?) Was I always #3?

Geographical Location: Beautiful Southern California (transplanted from the Midwest)

Age: 26 Now, I'm 28 And now I am 32. And now I am 36.

Marital Status: I have a wonderful significant other whom I share my abode with. You may call him CB (the Cute Boyfriend) Still together and going strong.

Children/Ages: ZERO! woo hoo! Still zero! One! (And planned, even!)

Occupation: My banausic occupation is a graphic designer/assistant but I'm going to film school. Still in film school but now I train political campaigns on database software. Now I am the VP of that software company and finishing up my creative writing degree at UCSD I write fiction and work in technical outreach for a university.

Pets: One fabulous 7 year old Husky Shepard Mix and I am fostering one 3 year old male husky.... my house has lots of hair. I adopted the male husky- his name is Keiko and he's a handful. My oldest husky is 14 now and Keiko is 8 -- and yes, still a handful. Emo passed away in 2010 and Keiko is now 14 and HATES the baby.

Hobbies/Interests: Dancing. Art. Books. And of course, movies.

Height: 5'9" (or there abouts)

Eye/Hair Color: I have beautiful bright blue eyes... my hair color changes with my mood. Right now it's a glossy black. And then it went to a bright crayola orange, then a strawberry blonde and now it's reddish. Red but very short. Still red. Still short.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: August 2002 Wow, it's been 6 years. It's been ten years!

Starting weight: 274.5 (this is the last time I was on a scale, I don't own a scale so I'm not sure what it actually is) And then I went down to 249 and now I'm back up to 270

Present weight: Unknown 270 This year (2008), I am at 225. I am 214, today.

Goal weight: My first goal is 180. Still not there in 2008 but only 45 pounds away. Still not there. Will I ever be there?! Yes, of course.

Biggest Hurdle to Overcome in Weightloss: Binging and eating due to boredom. I think my biggest hurdle is understanding that no matter how active I am, the thing that matters most is what I put in my mouth. I have yet to even comprehend my biggest hurdle... but I am getting better at whatever it is! Time management is my biggest hurdle. Finding time to exercise, plan meals, baby, boyfriend, friends, and me!

Following any specific plan: I'm trying to be very healthy and getting enough fruit and veggies while eliminating red meat and over-processed food. I'm "eye-balling" under 1800 calories. This did not work for me. I joined weightwatchers and that has helped immensely! Hodgepodge. I go to weightwatchers for the support and I love it. I have always exercised but now I make sure to fit it in more often.

What is different this time around: I have SUCH a different mindset. I've had some sort of bizarre awakening that this is what I want and how much better I would feel without this weight. I always knew I was stunning and beautiful and I resent words like, "such a pretty face," but now I want to lose weight. I think before, I wanted to lose weight but I didn't want to try. I also am the happiest I've ever been which helps lead to positive behavior. I am still amazingly happy but I have realized that this isn't an overnight process for me (duh!) and it still shocks me! Still happy. I have long realized that I am on my own timeframe and this helps me when I want to give up.


nelie
05-31-2004, 02:38 PM
First name: Angelina

Geographical location: MD - DC Metro Area

Age: 30

Marital Status: Single (in serious relationship)

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Information Security Analyst

Pets: None (puppy planned in a few years)

Hobbies/Interests: Don't really have a lot of these, Travelling, Reading and working at making exercising my hobby.

Height: 5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel/Brunette

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: May 2004, this time

Starting Weight: around 350 (5 years ago was at 364)

Present Weight: 345

Goal Weight: 200 (my lowest remembered weight was in high school at 260 wearing a size 20, I am not sure what a reasonable goal weight would be so I have chosen 200)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Being discouraged by plateaus and losing motivation. Having PCOS doesn't help either.

Following any specific plan: I find I do better on my own plan. I am watching my carbs, specifically sugars and refined starches. I am also watching my fat and calorie intake as well and trying to avoid processed foods. South Beach diet is a big influence on my current diet.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Generally, I've jumped right in changing eerything at once. This time, I started slowly, changing my diet slightly, then adding in exercise in, then changing my diet a bit more. I have also adjusted my attitude and I have a positive outlook.

Anything else you would like to share with us: We can do this!

kaplods
06-01-2005, 12:48 AM
Real name: Colleen

Geographical location: North Central Wisconsin

Age: 39

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Unemployed (due to health problems)

Pets: None

Hobbies/Interests: Doll making, doll repaints, reading, writing.

Height: 5', 7"

Eye/Hair Color: blue/muddy blondish brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 1971, most current installment November 1, 2005

Starting Weight: 394 lbs.

Present Weight: 368 lbs.

Goal Weight: 145 lbs.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Binging, compulsive and impulsive eating.

Following any specific plan: Lower carb (not as extreme as Atkins). Insulin resistant, so I'm following a modified diabetic diet. Cutting out white flour and sugar.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Staying home is allowing me to concentrate on my health as my full time job. Health has deteriorated to the point of "hitting rock bottom" to put it in addiction terms.

Anything else you would like to share with us: My husband is diabetic, so he should be following the same WOE as I am. He is doing alot better than before he was diagnosed, but he's not as committed to making major changes. It makes it difficult to eliminate some of my worst trigger foods because he is bringing them home for himself.

Heather
09-06-2005, 01:40 AM
I have been lurking on the 3FC boards for a few weeks now and have been so impressed by the knowledge of the members and inspired by so many of your stories! I usually prefer to lurk, but I think that this time around I should seek some more active support.

First name: Heather

Geographical location: near Chicago

Age: 39

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: College Professor (school starts next week and I am concerned that the new habits I am trying to lose will fall away in the chaos of the term).

Pets: 2 pugs! Othello (5 years) and Hamlet (5 months). They are like our children.

Hobbies/Interests: these days it is surfing the internet on groups like this! Used to be reading. I love to cook and am trying to learn new approaches. Maybe someday I can say something more active.

Height: 5'5"

Eye/Hair Color: brown or hazel, depending...

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: July 15 or so.

Starting Weight: 295 by my scale, but probably over 300 by my doctors. :(

Present Weight: 275 (by my scale. Let's use those numbers for now!)

Goal Weight: 250 (mini goal. I haven't set a long term weight goal)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: eating from boredom, eating from stress, not planning what to eat, not maintaining exercise!

Following any specific plan: counting calories and basically trying to balance fat/carb/protein and get enough veggies and fruits. For now I am tracking everything in nutridiary.com -- I really love it right now, but may someday feel a slave to it. Can't worry about that yet. I've also started to exercise (walking) and hope to add some weights at some point soon. (one thing at a time)

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: As I see 40 looming on the horizon, I realize that my weight has a huge negative impact on so many things in my life. I've been able to get by to some extent riding on youth, but that's not gonna last. I want to be able to sleep comfortably, and just... stand... without having to push myself up. I want to have the energy that I hear the maintainers talk about. I want to enjoy my life, and I have decided that it's worth the sacrifice of eating whatever I want and just lazing around to have these other things. In short, I think my attitude is different this time: it's about being healthy for life. That's made losing 20 pounds less difficult than it has been in the past -- I really feel like I know WHY I'm passing up the doughnuts and the popcorn, etc. But I also know that I need to be able to keep going past the plateaus and the dips in motivation. That's why I'm here.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Wow. I think I just wrote a book, so probably not!

GirlyGirlSebas
12-12-2006, 08:55 PM
First name: Rhonda

Geographical location: Georgia

Age:44

Marital Status: Married 15 years

Children/Ages: 2 daughters, 12 and 9

Occupation: Quality auditor for major medical insurance administrator

Pets: 3 dogs, 1 parakeet, 2 gerbils, 2 mice and 12 fish.

Hobbies/Interests: TV watching, home renovation and re-decorating and reading.

Height:5'8"

Eye/Hair Color: Dark Brown for both

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: December 12, 2006

Starting Weight:262

Present Weight: 262

Goal Weight:150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Learning how to relax without food and very very slow metabolism

Following any specific plan: Southbeach

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm realistic. There are no miracle diets. I will have to follow the eating plan closely, exercise daily and expect the scales to move slowly.

Trazey34
12-28-2006, 11:59 AM
First name: Tracey

Geographical location: Ontario, Canada

Age: turned 40 *GULP*

Marital Status: Happily Married

Children/Ages: Never blessed

Occupation: Secretary

Pets: None

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Movies (should be walking, hiking, the gym LOL)

Height: 5'7

Eye/Hair Color: Green eyes, dark brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:

Starting Weight: 317

Present Weight: 311

Goal Weight: I'd like to say 150, but I'll be happy with 180. ****, I'd be happy with 280 at this point!

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: FEAR!!!!! That FIRST step. I get so weirdly overcome with FEAR, fear of failing, feat of succeeding, fear of no longer being 'invisible' which is pretty hard for a 300lb woman, fear of having to commit to this forever, fear of never having 'fun' again, fear of having it consume my life. I've just come to realize that there isn't always a "shoe dropping" moment, something things just don't become clearly focused and easy! sometimes you just have to DO IT and get thru it, and KNOW you're worth it and deserve life!

Following any specific plan: Common sense - no fast food cheeseburgers, cut out the diet coke, eat some veggies, get off your bum and exercise, smaller portions.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: As I mentioned before, sometimes you have to "fake it til you make it". I'm trying to look at it as a task that needs doing -- no one LIKES to scrub the toilet, but there ya go you DO it many times a week! it NEEDS to be done so you DO IT.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I've NEVER, if i'm completely HONEST, given weight lost my EVERYTHING. I've always had it in the back of my mind "Adrian loves me... i have tons of friends...so what if I fail? nothing will change!" Except that now i'm 40, my grandfather died of heart disease, i'm SO inactive it's embarassing, and my knees sound like Rice Krispies when I do move! So I'd rather not be DEAD in 5 years, I'd rather have a lot less to carry around :)

Kae
02-19-2007, 04:59 PM
Hello all-- I have been posting on the forum for about a week now but I thought I would do the formal intro since I originally skipped that part and just jumped right into the postings... so here is Me:

First name: Kae

Geographical location: Minnesota

Age: 23

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Administrative / Customer Service Manager / Artist / Nanny

Pets: My sister has 2 dogs. I am a Cat person living w/ a dog person.
My 6 yr old sister now owns my cat and I see her when I visit.

Hobbies/Interests: Art/ crafts/ gardening / Camping...

Height: 5'3"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown and brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Forever ;-)

Starting Weight: 250

Present Weight: 241

Goal Weight: 135

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Emotional eating

Following any specific plan: Reducing my food intake and exercising

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am the most unhealthy I have ever been. I do care about how I look but this time my actual health is becoming an issue. I want to set a good example for my little sister.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'll keep you posted...

Slashnl
02-26-2007, 05:23 PM
First Name: Diane

Geographical Location: Western Colorado

Age: 43

Marital Status: Married, 20 years

Children/Ages: My girl Taylor, 12 years old; my boy Andy, 10 years old

Occupation: Insurance marketing specialist

Pets: 5 cats, 3 dogs, 4 horses, 2 cows, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, fish, birds

Hobbies/Interests: horse riding, camping, fishing, hunting, watching kids sports activities

Height: 5' 6"

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel eyes, brownish/reddish hair (actually somewhat gray, but you'd never know! Only my hair stylist knows for sure!)

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 2/21/07

Starting Weight: 281

Present Weight: 280

Goal Weight: 180

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightless: Making time for myself. I am very busy and any exercise has been put on the back burner for way too long.

Following any specific plan: Trying to eat right, smaller portions. No specific diet right now. Increased exercise and drinking more water.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: My knees started hurting recently and I know it is from the weight. I am not getting any younger and I don't want to start having a bunch of health problems. I want to be able to be there for my kids. I want to feel good about myself again.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I volunteer as a referee for a local volleyball club. That means I have to be up on a stand, by the net as I referee. Talk about motivation. It would be nicer to be up there without thinking about how fat I look!

mj5
06-10-2007, 06:04 PM
First name: Mary

Geographical location: New York

Age: 36

Marital Status: happily

Children/Ages: not yet

Occupation: human services

Pets: 2 dogs

Hobbies/Interests: reading, shopping (I LOVE clothes and shoes)

Height: 5'4''

Eye/Hair Color: brown/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 6/5/07--this time around, anyway

Starting Weight: 245

Present Weight: 243

Goal Weight: 140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: sticking w/ making healthy food choices and working out....once one part starts to slide, the other part does as well.

Following any specific plan: no--making healthy food choices, drinking lots of water

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: 2 years ago I lost almost 100 lbs. I felt fantastic! I looked fantastic! Then life happened (I had surgery and my dad died) and I stopped trying. I know I can do this. I will do it and keep the weight off this time! I am also reaching out for more support this time around.

MJ

WildThings
07-07-2007, 04:02 PM
Hi, I'm new here...just joined yesterday and started my diet yesterday also. This site is actually the reason I finally convinced myself to get back on track.


First name: Amanda

Geographical location: Ohio

Age: 25

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: No children, just a lot of pets

Occupation: Student (until July 30 when I graduate)

Pets: my chow Tess, my collie Tacia, and four cats

Hobbies/Interests: Music, photography, traveling, animal rescue, shopping

Height: 5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: Grey/Blonde hair (real color unknown at this point)

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: This time, July 6, 2007

Starting Weight: 256

Present Weight: 254.5

Goal Weight: 135

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I am a complete junk food junkie! I struggle with binge eating, and have many food related health problems

Following any specific plan: Whole food eating, calorie counting, exercise

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have recently hit my highest weight ever, my health problems are mounting, and I am just tired of being overweight and unhealthy...plus I found this site which seems like it will help a lot to boost the willpower.

Dumplin
11-01-2007, 02:42 PM
name: Tammy

Geographical location: Kentucky

Age: 45

Marital Status: Single (in serious relationship)

Children/Ages: Daughter/age 21

Occupation: Self-employed Construction Co.

Pets: 1 toy teacup poodle named...Jackson

Hobbies/Interests: music, movies,camping and cooking

Height: 5'4"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown eyes - dark brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Oct.9,2007

Starting Weight: 281

Present Weight: 276

Goal Weight: 199

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Control my emotional eatting!!!

Following any specific plan: Counting Calories,Exercising Daily,Drink 64oz. water daily

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have people doing this with me here at 3fc's.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Thanks for everyone's support

pamatga
11-06-2007, 02:50 PM
First name:Pam

Geographical location:Atlanta, GA

Age:54(although I have been told I look ten years younger! I'll take that!)

Marital Status:Married to Paul

Children/Ages: adult child who lives in Philadelphia

Occupation:Full time remote worker (I work at home! Love it!)

Pets:Have in the past but not now

Hobbies/Interests: decorating, shopping for clothes, furniture, shoes, etc., watching old movies on TCM and traveling (when I can afford it!)

Height:5'6

Eye/Hair Color: hazel and long light blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: September 1, 2007

Starting Weight:259

Present Weight:245

Goal Weight: 125

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Eating a lot less! Even of food that is good for you!

Following any specific plan: WW Flex Points, investigating Sonoma Diet, et al.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I won't quick---no matter what! This is the LAST diet I plan on being on!

Anything else you would like to share with us: Hope to get to know some of you since we'all have a "weighs" to go.

Rosinante
08-16-2008, 06:09 AM
First name: Ailidh

Geographical location: UK

Age: 53

Marital Status:Single. Never expected to be, thought I'd do the 'normal' husband+kids thing but it just never happened. Now too fond of my own company!

Children/Ages:

Occupation: Priest (pastor)

Pets:5 dogs. All nearly 13 and going strong! Lost the first one, a black lab. at age 11 at Christmas 2006. Still miss her.

Hobbies/Interests:travel in Europe; opera; mild detective novels

Height:5'2"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:Weight on ticker dates from Oct 2002. Re-started this time at 217 on 07/31/08

Starting Weight:242

Present Weight:207 02/09 update 211

Goal Weight:135. Face gets haggard any lower.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:Maintenance. I've twice in my life lost significant amounts - in the 1980s down to 114, in the 2002-2004 campaign down to 136 from 242 - but I always bounce right back up like a fast-serve tennis ball.

Following any specific plan: Calorie Counting

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Nothing much, it's not the losing it's the staying lost that I have failed at. This time trying to record even weightgains in my online tracker; trying not to be afraid to have slightly off days (just by a few hundred calories, perhaps) to practise getting right back on again. I'm kind of practising maintenance techniques as I go.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have a job interview in early September, and if I could manage 4lbs more off (a UK stone), I'd feel more confident. This could be my last move before I retire, so it's a biggy! I want to head into that getting fitter. Didn't lose the weight. DID get the job. Gained 18lbs. Lost 12

time2lose
11-14-2008, 05:24 PM
Hi everyone,

I was really glad to find this forum. I need to lose 100+ pounds. Having and giving support will be a big help. I have been lurking a few days and I have already been encouraged.

First name: Cheryl

Geographical location: South Carolina

Age: 53

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: 4 grown children

Occupation: Web administrator

Pets: 1 cat

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Internet, non-active things!

Height: 5 ft. 2 in

Eye/Hair Color: Brown

Starting Date of Weight loss Journey: August 18, 2008 (This time!)

Starting Weight: 282

Present Weight: 260

Goal Weight: I do not want to set a goal weight at this time. It is too overwhelming to think of how much weight I need to lose. I am looking at 5 pounds at a time as I hope to lose 5 pounds a month.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weight loss: Being around tempting food in many places.

Following any specific plan: I am using exchanges given me by a nutritionist but also counting the calories. I will lose a pound a week if I consume 3500 calories a week less than I use so that is what I plan to do. I many turn lose of the calories someday and just use the exchanges but not today.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:
There are two things that are different for me this time.
1- My mobility was affected and that really scared me. I have already lost enough weight to help that.
2 Ė I have a son in college. He was feeling a bit overwhelmed when considering the number of courses he would need and the length of time that it will take him. I reminded him that when he was a freshman in high school, he did not stop to think about the number of courses he would need to graduate. Neither did he stop to think ďIt is going to take me FOUR years to graduate high school.Ē Going to school was his life and before he knew it, he was graduating. I told him to do the same thing with college. Just do what he needs to do today and graduation day would be here in no time.
Then a light bulb went off in my head. The same is true for me with losing weight and getting healthy. There is no quick fix. I just have to do whatever is needed TODAY. If I do that everyday, one day I will realize that it is graduation day because I will be at a healthy weight.

cfmama
12-08-2008, 03:02 AM
I just realized that I never put a profile up!

First name: Tammy

Geographical location: BC Canada

Age: 32

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages:3 Madeline is 7, Olivia is 5, Phoenix is 2

Occupation: daycare provider to two darling baby girls

Pets: 1 dog Loki, a pembroke welsh corgi, 2 cats: Casper a maine coon and Frodo a blue and white persian

Hobbies/Interests: reading, walking, sewing

Height: 5'4"

Eye/Hair Color: brown eyes and brownish black hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: My starting date was September 27

Starting Weight: 376

Present Weight: 330.6

Goal Weight: 140 to start... probably lower

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weight loss: my emotional and boredom eating. And the fact that I would not eat all day and then gorge at night

Following any specific plan: calorie counting at 1800 a day. Eating mostly clean. Organic. Traditional eating.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm eating a wide variety of foods. I've stayed on plan for twice as long as I've EVER stuck to a diet. I woke up one day, went shopping, bought healthy foods and ran with it. There was not working up to it, researching, nothing. I just did it. And that's what I do. I just do it. Because it's not an option.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I am so happy to be losing weight. I am so happy that I feel better, and look better and sleep better and do everything better. I am so relieved that in the next two years I will out of the obese danger zone and fit and healthy.

Jen415
12-11-2008, 12:49 PM
I just discovered that, even though I have been on the 100 lb Club for almost 4 years, I've never filled out a profile. So.........what you've all been waiting for! LOL

First name: Jeanette

Geographical location: Space & Treasure Coast, FL

Age: 43 (birthdate 4/15/65

Marital Status: in a long term relationship

Children/Ages: "stepson", age 21

Occupation: administrative assistant/college student

Pets: five cats (three indoor and two outdoor) and an evil bird

Hobbies/Interests: karaoke, TV, sports, ballroom dance

Height: 5' 6"

Eye/Hair Color: Green eyes, auburn hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: I start every single day...today happens to be 12/11/08

Starting Weight: 340 lbs

Present Weight: 338.8 lbs 12/11/08

Goal Weight: 170 lbs

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Making a total lifestyle change and NOT a temporary reduction plan

Following any specific plan: not at the moment--I've got Diet ADD! I've tried just about everything.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm ready.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Thanks for all the love and support over the last four years!!

girlonfire
12-29-2008, 01:27 PM
First name:Chloe

Geographical location:College in Indiana, Oregon on vacation times

Age:19

Marital Status:single

Children/Ages:none!yay!

Occupation:student

Pets:we have four dogs, three cats, and two rats. my dad's a vet so we've always had a lot of animals

Hobbies/Interests:music, rugby, reading, painting nails

Height:5'4"

Eye/Hair Color: both dark brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:12-29-2008

Starting Weight:246

Present Weight:246

Goal Weight:140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:Bingeing, recovery from bulimia, making healthful choices

Following any specific plan:trying to stay between 1200 and 1400 calories

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:Less restricting, eating disorder treatment

Anything else you would like to share with us:Definitely ready to make a change!

TraceyElaine
01-06-2009, 12:54 PM
First name: Tracey

Geographical location: Nova Scotia, Canada

Age:27

Marital Status:married

Children/Ages:9,6,4,2

Occupation: student

Pets:a chihuahua and a cat (Echo and Punk)

Hobbies/Interests: I play an MMORPG with my hubby, I love to read, movies, taking pics, anything to do with my kids

Height:5ft6in

Eye/Hair Color:brown and brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:um...for official sake lets say jan 1st, 2009

Starting Weight:255lbs

Present Weight:255lbs

Goal Weight:130lbs

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: constantly wanting to eat and not making time for myself to exercise

Following any specific plan:nope

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have spent the last 9 years overweight. I dont want it to be a decade. I dont want to look back on my twenties as the fat years.

lottie63
01-18-2009, 07:38 PM
First name: lottie (sn)

Geographical location: Pittsburgh

Age: 29

Marital Status: against marriage but have been with bf for 14 yrs this march

Children/Ages: n/a

Occupation: student

Pets: one kitty furbaby! :)

Hobbies/Interests: reading, writing

Height: 5'6

Eye/Hair Color: green/auburn

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: September 15th

Starting Weight: 299

Present Weight: 275

Goal Weight: 190, then 175

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: nibbling

Following any specific plan: low glycemic index 1500 calorie diet

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: my real dad (who I didn't know) recently died. He had diabetes and lost both legs, went blind and then died of kidney failure. MAJOR MOTIVATION!

Anything else you would like to share with us: Just that I LOVE this site. :)

hpnodat
01-22-2009, 01:25 AM
First name: Glenda

Geographical location: Pinehurst, NC

Age: 30

Marital Status: Married ~ Mostly Happily but with a slight chance of irritation

Children/Ages: Daughter 8 yrs

Occupation: Domestic Engineer

Pets: 1 Miniature Dachshund/Black & Tan named Taffy ~ 5 Jack Dempsey Cichlids in a 55 gallon tank ~ 4 glow light tetras & 2 cory cats in a 20 gallon tank ~ 1 yellow bellied slider named Tuck and 10 of his goldfish pals.

Hobbies/Interests: Throwing parties, cooking, tailgating, crafts...

Height: 5' 0"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown eyes ~ Dark blond/light brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Everyday

Starting Weight:255

Present Weight:255

Goal Weight: under 200 for now

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Staying motivated, staying on plan, getting bored with food, carbs.

Following any specific plan: Non-Specific Low Carb (Dr Recommended due to health condition)

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:

Sick and tired of being sick and tired.


Anything else you would like to share with us:

I'm really frustrated with every aspect of my life right now. I'm not sure what to do about it. The main thing that is bothering me is my weight because I think everything that bothers me, all leads back to how heavy I am. My weight is preventing me from doing the everyday things that need to be done, what ever those things may be. I needed somewhere to turn so I decided to Google ~ I'm feeling lucky, "Weight Loss Message boards" and this one popped up. I came and lurked for a little bit and I like what I have seen so far. I'm looking for support without criticism as I have encountered criticism on other forums. It is one of the things that has prevented me from continuing on with other sites. I hope this Message Board will be different.

purplecrush
02-10-2009, 05:10 PM
First name: Randee

Geographical location: Oregon

Age:32

Marital Status:In a relationship

Children/Ages:Son is 12, Daughter is 10

Occupation:Instructional Assistant

Pets:none

Hobbies/Interests:scrapbooking, playing games with the kiddos

Height:5'4

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Jan 1, 08...slacked a bit but started again Jan 1, 09

Starting Weight:283

Present Weight:237

Goal Weight:150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: PIZZA and Starbucks!! I just gotta say NO!

Following any specific plan: Weight Watchers

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: IM DOING IT FOR ME THIS TIME!! Before I was doing it for selfish reasons..its MY time now!

Anything else you would like to share with us: I just want to say thanks for all the support this board offers everyone!

Jo Kittibuck
03-10-2009, 03:51 PM
First name: Jo

Geographical location: Georgia

Age: 25

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: College student / parttime transcriber

Pets: 3 cats, Reynolds, Kaylee, and Auggy

Hobbies/Interests: All things Geekdom.

Height: 5'7"

Eye/Hair Color: Blue gray/strawberry blond

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: March 7th, 2009

Starting Weight: 280 lbs

Present Weight: 190 lbs (As of Apr 29, 2011)

Goal Weight: 150 lbs

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: My own subconscious. If I'm not constantly vigilant, I reach for junk food without even thinking.

Following any specific plan: Counting my calories and exercising at the gym.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I've found the patience and awareness that I need to get this done. The further into this plan I get, the more I discover about myself. It's truly becoming a journey of a lifetime.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Who'da thunk lazy ol' me would get addicted to exercise?

alsten02
03-13-2009, 06:15 PM
First name: Kit

Geographical location: Ontario

Age: 24

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: a son, almost 2

Occupation: stay at home mom

Pets: some fish

Hobbies/Interests: reading, dancing.. huge movie fan, travel , scrapbooking, internet

Height: 5'5

Eye/Hair Color: brown & brown

Starting Date of Weight loss Journey: for the millionth time, but more committed than ever this time.. started march 5th 09

Starting Weight: 260

Present Weight: 249

Goal Weight: 125

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: accepting that I wont be doing this perfectly .. I always tend to give up after I did something I felt I shouldnt, or missed out on a workout etc , & I have pcos, just seem to feel more discouraged about it coming off not quick enough.. I have almost no patience! lol

Following any specific plan: no not really , just lowering my carbs & sugar intake .. and no more pop

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: finally woke up, finally committed.. other times yes i really wanted to lose but I wasn't really to fully commit to a lifestyle change .. and im agoraphobic, so im just really sick of not being able to get out.. and I really want to be be doing more with my son.. especially this summer.. so I have the extra motivation now & Im doing some things differently that's been a big help in curbing my hunger/cravings

Anything else you would like to share with us: ive lost weight twice in bigger amounts before.. I never really was over weight until i was 17 I think .. I was 170 & got down to 134 .. then I ballooned to 220 & got down to 159 .. I actually gained little during pregnancy , but gained about 30 lbs afterwords having to deal with post postpartum depression & a lot of stress/anxiety in home life

caryesings
06-17-2009, 06:33 PM
First name: Cary

Geographical location: North Carolina (originally a Michigander but got tired of the winters)

Age: 49

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Telecomm programmer

Pets: none

Hobbies/Interests: singing, reading, and now working out

Height: 5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: Blue eyes, long brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: April 20, 2009

Starting Weight: 265?

Present Weight: don't know

Goal Weight: 210

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: actually starting so I've already overcome that hurdle!

Following any specific plan: Tracking energy balance via mypyramidtracker.gov

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I can't "win" when I use scale to measure progress. If doing better than expected, then I ease off on efforts and if worse than expected, I give up. So absolutely no scale this time until I calculate I've lost 50 lbs (which is why I don't know my starting weight)

Anything else you would like to share with us: Why yes, I am a geek to come up with such a mathmatically based plan!

diyana
06-26-2009, 10:39 AM
First name: Michelle (even though username is "diyana" - you can call me either or both.

Geographical location: Wisconsin

Age: 46

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: IT professional

Pets: 3 dogs - 2 males, 1 female

Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, fishing, exercising, listening to music, watching TV, creating websites, surfing the web, crafts

Height: 5'2"

Eye/Hair Color: Green, blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: This time....June 10, 2009

Starting Weight: 240

Present Weight: 234

Goal Weight: 150ish

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Staying committed no matter what!

Following any specific plan: Weight Watchers

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am going to stick with it, working around the obstacles that life and my body (illness/injury) may throw at me.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I've been on 3FC for awhile and really appreciate the opportunity to give and receive support!

ANewCreation
07-06-2009, 01:59 AM
First name: Cindy

Geographical location: Colorado

Age: 48

Marital Status: Happily Married

Children/Ages: 3 sons, ages 19-21

Occupation: SAHW

Pets: 2 elderly Basenjis

Hobbies/Interests: I love to read, go to the theatre, garden and spend time with the Hubby.

Height: 5'3

Eye/Hair Color: Blue/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: July1, 2009

Starting Weight: 253

Present Weight: Haven't weighed myself yet.

Goal Weight: 153

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: a mind set that says 'I'll fail this time--again.'

Following any specific plan: Bistro MD. Treadmill every day.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Annual check up did not give me the best news--and my knees hurt all the time.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I find this completely overwhelming. I'm just at the point where I want to start SOMEWHERE and figure out what works for me. DH and sons are very supportive--that counts for alot!

Elladorine
07-09-2009, 07:20 AM
First name: Karen

Geographical location: Nevada

Age: 33

Marital Status: in a relationship

Children/Ages: n/a

Occupation: part-time artist

Pets: a tuxedo cat

Hobbies/Interests: drawing/digital coloring

Height: 5' 8"

Eye/Hair Color: blue eyes, brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: starting over today (7/9/09), my last "journey" was in '04 when I lost around 70 pounds and have somehow managed to keep it off since

Starting Weight: 360+(?)

Present Weight: 285

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: staying motivated to cook and exercise as opposed to eating out and staying in, plus avoiding any soft drinks (can't have diet as I have bad reactions to artificial sweeteners but of course I shouldn't have regular either).

Following any specific plan: undecided

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: cooking for two and not just for myself

Anything else you would like to share with us: I dropped nearly everything I knew and moved to another state to start my life all over with someone I met online. My boyfriend has been very supportive of me, but I've battled with depression and have had a hard time adjusting to all the changes I've been through. I've actually been diagnosed with depression in the past and sometimes wonder if I'm manic-depressive or have a touch of OCD. I haven't had a chance to make any friends since I've moved except for online ones, and since my boyfriend works a lot I tend to get lonely. I also have a history with asthma, which got pretty bad when my weight was higher. I'm hoping I'll have even better control of it if I can drop some more pounds; it certainly can't hurt, right?

ubergirl
07-09-2009, 02:58 PM
First name: Ubergirl

Geographical location: Pennsylvania

Age: 48

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: 18,14,12,4

Occupation: writer

Pets: puppy

Hobbies/Interests: reading, swimming

Height: 5.8"

Eye/Hair Color:blue, blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:6/19.2009

Starting Weight: 295

Present Weight:284

Goal Weight: 175

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: a history of failure

Following any specific plan: counting calories

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have just achieved a life-long professional dream. But I realize I need the professional appearance to go with it. I work in a profession where getting out to meet and greet is important, and I have a tendency to hide because I'm embarrassed about my weight. Now, someone has really taken a chance on me, and I feel like I need to take advantage of it, because this is my shot!

salsa chip
07-27-2009, 07:15 AM
First name: Liz

Geographical location: West Coast

Age: 29

Marital Status: single

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: teacher

Pets: none

Hobbies/Interests: travelling, internetting (!), learning languages, making things

Height: 5'10"

Eye/Hair Color: brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: TODAY! :)

Starting Weight: 248 :o

Present Weight: 248 (ahem)

Goal Weight: 148 (kind of plucked out of nowhere, supposedly vaguely based on my height)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Eating when I'm feeling down, or have nothing particular to do.

Following any specific plan: Eating LESS! And getting better foods inside my body. And going running again.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I think the realisation of what being this overweight does to my health and energy levels.

Anything else you would like to share with us:

CanadianCutie
08-18-2009, 04:16 PM
First name: Sarah

Geographical location: London, Ontario, Canada

Age: 35

Marital Status: Married to the love of my life.

Children/Ages: None

Occupation:

Pets: 2 furry felines

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Writing, Movies, Gaming

Height: 5'3"

Eye/Hair Color: Grey/Brown (usually keep it dyed red though)

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: It's been a lifelong struggle. Most recent attempt, August 2009.

Starting Weight: 331 (was heavier before but I don't by the exact amount)

Present Weight: 268

Goal Weight: 180 (for now will readjust later)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Staying motivated, exercising

Following any specific plan: No, just lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Salad and lean meats, and whole grains

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I feel I am really motivated this time. I am at a place in my life where I am ready to be the best me I can be.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I think you are all great.

Essa415
08-21-2009, 01:51 PM
First name:Jessica

Geographical location:Central Illinois

Age:24

Marital Status:Happily Single

Children/Ages: One Day, but not currently

Occupation:Structural Engineer

Pets:A couple of Houseflys I haven't named yet :p

Hobbies/Interests:I am a baker, I love making food in general. I also love shopping (what girl doesn't).

Height:5'8"

Eye/Hair Color: Blue Eyes, Medium brown Hair (I used to be blonde)

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:June 2009

Starting Weight:265

Present Weight:248

Goal Weight:165

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:My love for food and I also live by myself so there is noone but myself to push me and i am too easy to give in to the couch.

Following any specific plan: I used to be into running (was down to 185 in college, office work has not been good to me) I am going to start that up again and just start eating less calories and more good for me foods.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:I am at the point where I feel like I look, I usually have high self esteem but there comes a point when at 250+ lbs you can't see past it anymore. Plus I have a big trip planned for christmas and I want to look hot on the beaches of Hawaii.

Anything else you would like to share with us:I decided that after consistantly being in a one relationship after another for the past 6 years that I am going on a no men stint til January 2010, I think it will help me focus on more on doing this for me and not to look good for some guy...

Butterfly50
08-27-2009, 11:34 AM
First name: Bonnie

Geographical location:South Carolina

Age:39

Marital Status:Married

Children/Ages:B19-G14-G11

Occupation:Housewife

Pets:2 Pure white Cats

Hobbies/Interests:Sewing, Embrodering, Almost anything

Height:IDK 5.1

Eye/Hair Color:Blue- Medium Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:Aug 27,2009

Starting Weight:315

Present Weight:315

Goal Weight:160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:The Will to turn away food

Following any specific plan:No

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:I cant motivated myself to get going ( Please help me out)

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have been on the diet roller coaster for many years it has come now that I have to take tricor and am being watched to check sugar levels. I need the inspiration to get started again and someone to help me keep myself in check.

Jessica88
09-11-2009, 01:42 AM
First name: Jessica

Geographical location: Arizona

Age:21

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Student

Pets: dogs, cats, horses, goat

Hobbies/Interests: traveling, shopping, the beach, working out

Height: 5'9"

Eye/Hair Color:brown/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: June 2009

Starting Weight: 285

Present Weight: 256

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Giving in to eating unhealthy food at restaurants

Following any specific plan: Exercise and counting calories

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:
I have done it on my own this time, not because other people wanted me to. I want it for myself.

Anything else you would like to share with us: The reason I am trying to lose weight right now is because I hope to join the Navy after I graduate college in about a year.

Lyn2007
10-17-2009, 02:42 PM
You know, I've been posting here for over 2 years, and I just realized that I never posted a bio. So here goes.

First name: Lyn

Geographical location: Pacific NW

Age: 40

Marital Status: That's a good question. Married/living apart

Children/Ages: five kids ages 4 through 19

Occupation: Mommy for now! Have degrees tho :)

Pets: minidog and cat

Hobbies/Interests: blogging, writing, taking pictures, reading scientific studies, getting outdoors, camping, cooking, music

Height: 5'6 (I shrank)

Eye/Hair Color: blue/brown (auburnish in summer)

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Aug 2007

Starting Weight: 278

Present Weight: see ticker (236 as of this posting)

Goal Weight: 168/142

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: binge eating disorder

Following any specific plan: counting calories

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I care

Anything else you would like to share with us: If you'd like to know more about me or see progress pictures, check my blog :)

gloo
11-29-2009, 05:16 PM
First name: gloo works for now :)

Geographical location: northern california by way of new england

Age: 42

Marital Status: living in sin

Children/Ages: 15 year old stepdaughter

Occupation: executive admin

Pets: two hilarious rescued border collies

Hobbies/Interests: absolutely anything having to do with music. pop culture. writing. crocheting. animal rescue. laughing painfully hard.

Height: 5' 3 1/2"

Eye/Hair Color: dark brown/my natural hair color? brown. but haven't seen that in YEARS. currently red.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: recommitting 11/29/09

Starting Weight: 289

Present Weight: same

Goal Weight: my ultimate goal is somewhere in the 145 range, but interim goal is to take off the 15 lbs i gained back after losing 25 back in the spring

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: my own insecurities, doubts, and laziness

Following any specific plan: weight watchers-esque/calorie counting/exercising

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: i'm tired and done with making excuses and living my life for everyone else. i'm the difference this time.

Anything else you would like to share with us: i think i came to the gripping conclusion recently that i'm not a superhero. or maybe i am. but i can't single handedly save the world before i save myself.

Eliana
11-29-2009, 10:34 PM
First name: "Eliana"- though not really ;) "Eliana" is my Hebrew name.

Geographical location: Ohio

Age:35

Marital Status: married ~ 1/11/11 getting divorced

Children/Ages: Two boys, 9 and 8

Occupation: work in the schools

Pets: One little 6.5 lb Beesha-Poo

Hobbies/Interests: writing and playing/teaching flute

Height: 5'4" and a half

Eye/Hair Color: Eyes:hazel; hair brown and very curly

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 11/9/2009

Starting Weight: 235ish

Present Weight: 221~11/29/09; 207~1/5/10; 153~1/11/11

Goal Weight: 135

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Not giving up

Following any specific plan: 1200 calories a day

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I've never counted calories before. I've done South Beach, I've tried "eating right" (whatever that means), cutting out pop and chips, but I've never actually counted calories. I thought I knew about calories, but boy was I wrong.

Anything else you would like to share with us:

BeachBreeze2010
12-28-2009, 12:28 PM
First name: Anne

Geographical location: Ohio

Age: 30

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: 2 girls, 8 and 9

Occupation: Insurance Analyst

Pets: 4 cats

Hobbies/Interests: Travel, Home Decorating, Activities with My Girls, Art

Height: 5'2"

Eye/Hair Color: Green Eyes, Brown hair - now anyway.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: New Journey Starts Today! 12/28/2009

Starting Weight: 225lbs

Present Weight: 225lbs

Goal Weight: 120lbs

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Changing the whole family's habits and incorporating fitness into my lifestyle.

Following any specific plan: Counting calories, watching portions

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have reached the highest weight I have ever been and turned 30 all in the same year. I had health problems this year related to my weight that I am anxious to leave behind. I am ready for a new decade focused on keeping myself and my family healthy. The weight has robbed me of enough!

I am looking forward to this journey with all of you. I will pledge my support and am thankful for yours in return. Let's do this!

ShylahEQ
02-23-2010, 02:18 PM
First name: Roxie

Geographical location: Michigan

Age: 30

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: 16 month son

Occupation: Webmaster

Pets: none

Hobbies/Interests: reading, knitting, World of Warcraft, cooking

Height: 5' 3"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Brown (dyed Red atm)

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 12/9/2009, renewed vigor 2/23/2010

Starting Weight: 292

Present Weight: 270

Goal Weight: 175

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: EXERCISING...Making myself do it..

Following any specific plan: nothing specific. 1500 calories + working out

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I just turned 30. I want another child. I want to be old and see my great grandchildren!

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm looking forward to being a part of this site. I can't wait to look back at a year from now and see how far I've come!

MamaP
03-05-2010, 10:24 PM
First name: Kris

Geographical location: Kansas City, MO

Age: 45

Marital Status: Divorced for almost 16 years

Children/Ages: Son - almost 25, daughter - 22. One granddaughter almost 3, 15 month old grandson and a new grandson due July 4.

Occupation: Legal Assistant; crafter; Avon; and own a (struggling) cleaning business - I'm the only employee and I only have one small account.

Pets: 3 1/2 year old yorkie (but she's moving to NC to live with my daughter and her family the end of this month)

Hobbies/Interests: Crafts, photography, scrapbooking, I paint primitive signs, sewing, GRANDCHILDREN

Height: 5'7"

Eye/Hair Color: Blue/green eyes, white hair (not gray, but white - since my early 20's)

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: February 25, 2010

Starting Weight: 256.5

Present Weight: 249.8

Goal Weight: 155

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Chocolate!

Following any specific plan: No. I am really trying to watch my portions and my carbohydrate intake. I am also not eating anything after dinner.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: 3FC!!! This is the first time I haven't "planned" to go on a diet, I just made a decision on that date that it was time to change, and I started immediately - no last hoorah. :carrot: This is not a diet that I will get to go off of when I'm "done" because this needs to become my lifestyle forever. I do not want to develop all the diabetic complications that my mom has developed, and I also have a brother-in-law who is suffering from many severe diabetic complications.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I live across the street from my mother (who will be 80 in August). If I weren't living here she wouldn't be able to stay in her home. I check on her daily, cook dinner for her several nights a week, take out her trash, do her laundry, clean her house, run her errands, do her grocery shopping, etc. In addition to taking care of my mom I work a full-time job, am a new Avon rep, have a cleaning business and a craft business. Unfortunately none of my "businesses" are successful at this point. :)

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Kris
Dancing away the pounds
One :dancer: for every 5 lbs lost.
:dancer:

Coondocks
04-10-2010, 08:03 PM
First name: Erin

Geographical location: Winnipeg Manitoba

Age: 3o

Marital Status: Not married . . . complicated is the best way to sum it up

Children/Ages: 1yr old boy

Occupation: Office Admin

Pets: 1 Min Pin

Hobbies/Interests: Right now my interests are improving my education and getting things started to get EMR training done . . . and re-teaching myself to love exercising

Eye/Hair Color: Blue/Green Naturally light brown, currently its red

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Taking it seriously was last summer

Starting Weight: 248

Present Weight: 204

Goal Weight: 145

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I have very little support around me where I am. Letting my emotions get the better of me and defeating myself. Im also a chronic under eater, when I get stressed over emotionally overwhelmed I lose my appetite and end up not eating which Im starting to realize is a bigger problem in the weight loss battle.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Im trying my best to educate myself in terms of nutrition. And Im not doing it just for me - I have a little guy that is dependant on me for the next 17 years at least and I need to be here, be the healthiest teacher, role model and provider I can be

Anything else you would like to share with us: I am too stubborn to let this get the better of me again . . . and I love meeting new people so please feel free to chat, I'll talk about anything (its a disease I think lol)

KatMarie
05-02-2010, 10:57 AM
First name: Kat

Geographical location: Texas

Age: 40

Marital Status: married 16 years

Children/Ages: n/a

Occupation: dog rescue, housewife, caregiver to grandmother

Pets: 10 dogs, 4 parrots, 2 miniature donkeys

Hobbies/Interests: dogs, reading, gadgets

Height: 5'7

Eye/Hair Color: green/red

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 4/26/10

Starting Weight: 325

Present Weight: 314

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: staying away from junk food

Following any specific plan: atkins, calorie counting

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: more determined, health problems

Anything else you would like to share with us: I had weight loss surgery 12 years ago and lost 200 pounds in 11 months, but have gained it all back in the last 6 years. Had to have surgery reversed as it caused blockage from band growing into wall of opening of stomach and it almost killed me.

guamvixen
05-03-2010, 11:25 AM
First name: sam

Geographical location: Texas

Age: 29

Marital Status: Engaged

Children/Ages: 1 daughter-9 years old

Occupation: E&P

Pets: 0

Hobbies/Interests: Running, reading, watching movies

Height:5'4''

Eye/Hair Color: brown/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 12/2008

Starting Weight:250+

Present Weight:129

Goal Weight:135

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Believing what I saw in the mirror.

Following any specific plan: Calorie Counting IT WORKS! AND...It's free! ;)

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: It never happens until you and your body are really ready for it to happen!

Anything else you would like to share with us: The support here is great! It was great motivation, and knowing that we aren't alone is a wonderful experience.

Vladadog
05-31-2010, 02:56 PM
First name: jan

Geographical location:Vermont

Age: 52

Marital Status: single

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: social work

Pets: 2 cats: Scipio and Nellie Bly plus 9 dogs: Qiunn, Toasty, Cally, Bonnie, Cadillac, Annie, Marty, Tristan, and Keeper

Hobbies/Interests: knitting and dog rescue (hence the 9 dogs...)

Height: 5' 6"

Eye/Hair Color: brown/green (depends on what I'm wearing) and my hair was dark brown but it now pretty much salt and pepper.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 2/17/2010

Starting Weight: 270

Present Weight: 239

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: the easiness of mindless eating plus the hardness of routine exercise

Following any specific plan: calorie counting and recording every meal every day.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: commitment to recording my food every day so I have to be mindful about what I'm eating

Anything else you would like to share with us: if i can do this anyone can!

kylonaa
06-25-2010, 03:26 AM
First name: Barbara

Geographical location: Near Seattle WA

Age:25

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Speech Therapist

Pets: Would have cats if my roomies weren't so allergic...

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Random Crafts, Hanging out with friends, learning new things, volunteering

Height: 5'4"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: April 2010

Starting Weight: 278

Present Weight: 262

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Keeping up my enthusiams and willpower after the first few weeks pass

Following any specific plan: HMR meal replacements and shakes plus general healthy eating habits like eating fruits and veggies. Exercise at least 4 times a week.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I feel like I'm finally in a good place and ready to do this seriously. I'm using meal repalcements which I never though I would but I need to feel some success and learn the right habits before I can go back to doing it on my own.

TXMary2
07-28-2010, 11:33 AM
I just realized I have never done one of these. Fun!

First name: Mary

Geographical location: Central Texas

Age: 38

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: 19, 14, 6

Occupation: Sales - WAHM and homeschooling mom (FT job!)

Pets: 2 dogs and 1 cat

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, education, home decor

Height: 5'5 1/4"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: April 21, 2010

Starting Weight: 258

Present Weight: 225

Goal Weight: 140-150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: My mind

Following any specific plan: Counting calories and exercising

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: My mind is right, I snapped and was really ready to do something instead of just talking about it all the time.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I love this place and can't imagine my weight loss journey without it.

Angie
08-17-2010, 12:10 AM
DATE: August 16, 2010

REAL NAME: Angie

AGE: 39

BIRTHDAY: October 8, 1970

MARITAL STATUS: Separated

FAMILY INFO: It's me and my 5 year old son, and my mother who moved in with us 2 yrs ago.
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Love cooking (go figure!), outdoor stuff like camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing (riding more than paddling :) )

PETS: We have a dog, a cat, a bird and a fish :dizzy:


TOP WEIGHT: 271

CURRENT WEIGHT: 252

GOAL WEIGHT: 160

HEIGHT: 5'6"

EYE COLOR: Green

HAIR COLOR: Dark Brown

OCCUPATION: Manager

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: Southern Ontario (Toronto area)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM IN WEIGHT LOSS: Will power and determination, I'm too easy on myself.

FOLLOWING ANY SPECIFIC PLAN: Dr. Poon's Metabolic Diet

WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS TIME THAT WILL MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL: I've just made a major life change and feel motivated to make more big changes in my life; I'm recently separated, now I want to be fit and healthy and change my life even further. I'm turning 40 this October and hope to be a lot healthier by then. In December we are going to Disney and I want to make sure I can fit on the rides!!

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I'm fairly liberal and have lots of enthusiasm - it can be a bit much actually; be sure to let me know when it hits the annoying point :p

WHAT EXPERIENCES CAN YOU SHARE: I do best when I lose a good deal of weight quickly in the beginning; that seems to get me in the right frame of mind to commit to a food plan and exercise.

julz05
09-09-2010, 04:16 PM
First name: Julianne

Geographical location: California

Age: 26

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Graphic Designer

Pets: None

Hobbies/Interests: I love to experiment with cooking and baking.

Height: 5'4"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown eyes, Black hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: July 2010

Starting Weight: 245

Present Weight: 229

Goal Weight: 140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I find it more fun to go out with friends than to exercise by myself. So my biggest hurdle will be setting time aside for exercising.

Following any specific plan: Counting calorie and working out (Curves and cardio)

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm tired of being unhealthy and overweight. I want to lead a more active life and also be able to shop at non-plus sized stores.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm looking forward to meeting new people on 3FC.

BlueEyes83
09-15-2010, 11:26 AM
First name:Regina (I like to be called Gina)

Geographical location: Quincy, MA

Age:27

Marital Status:Single (have been for a very long time :()

Children/Ages:0

Occupation:Supervisor for a printing/mail room/ fulfillment company.

Pets:1 Cat names Tessie and a Hamster named Pepper

Hobbies/Interests:I love photography, art and animals. I also like cooking and roller-coasters!

Height:5'7"

Eye/Hair Color:blue eyes/ dirty blond hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:9/15/10 (I had lost almost 50lbs in 2008 but gained some back, I feel I need to start fresh so my start date is today)

Starting Weight:304

Present Weight:264.8

Goal Weight:150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:My binge eating at night and exercise.

Following any specific plan:Calorie Counting (1200-1300 a day)

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:My knees are getting worse and my health could be better, I just know this weight is not healthy for me.

Anything else you would like to share with us:I'm thankful I found this forum, I really need some help to keep me on track.

TooManyDimples
10-12-2010, 12:31 AM
First name: Kimberly

Geographical location: Frederick, Maryland

Age: 27

Marital Status: To Curtis

Children/Ages: Gwendolyn Ann is 4

Occupation: Stay at home mom

Pets: Gracie the dog, Binx the cat, and Rory the puppy

Hobbies/Interests: Reading. Being creative/decorating. Poker. Pool.

Height: 5'4

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Since highest weight ~ Jan 07

Starting Weight: 275

Present Weight: 253.8

Goal Weight: 150 (I think)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Cravings and emotional eating.

Following any specific plan: My husband and I are really going to start working on a lifestyle change.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm not dieting, I'm changing the way I think about food and what I allow into my body on a regular basis.

thaisccs
10-24-2010, 06:17 PM
First name: Thais

Geographical location: Brazil

Age: 25

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Civil Engineer

Pets: No

Hobbies/Interests: Music, movies, books, any exercise involving a swimming pool

Height: 5'2"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/ dark brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Oct 2009 (sort of)

Starting Weight: 236 lb (107 kg)

Present Weight: 201 lb (91,5 kg)

Goal Weight: 125 lb (57 kg)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: So many. Lack of confidence and faith in myself, losing weight slowly (way to slow for my taste), lack of motivation at times, not knowing a lot of people in the same situation as me (until I found this forum!)

Following any specific plan: Just eating smaller portions and exercising regularly (but not as much as I want to or as much as I could)

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I mean it. I need this phisically and mentally. I need to know that I can change.

EvilGidget
10-28-2010, 09:41 PM
First name: Stephanie

Geographical location: North Carolina

Age: 35

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: Daugher 13

Occupation: Property Manager

Pets: 2 dogs

Hobbies/Interests: Watching TV, Internet, Movies, spending time with family

Height: 5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown Eyes/Black/Brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 101910 this time

Starting Weight: 296

Present Weight: 288

Goal Weight: 135

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Binging, boredom, hunger, laziness

Following any specific plan: Decrease calories, increase water and exercise

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Tired of the bad self image I have, tired of feeling bad physically, tired of being tired all the time, want to be able to do all the things normal people do.

Anything else you would like to share with us:

goal4agirl
11-20-2010, 03:57 AM
First name: Denise

Geographical location: Alabama

Age: 49

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: Son 25

Occupation: Homemaker

Pets: 1 cat Bamm Bamm, 1 duck Mickey

Hobbies/Interests: Homemaking, sewing, reading, watching movies, cooking for my family

Height: 5' 4"

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel, Dark brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: June 2010

Starting Weight: 255

Present Weight: 200

Goal Weight: 140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: staying on course, pushing onward, hanging in there and not giving up!

Following any specific plan: calorie counting/ calorie cycling

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I realize this is something I will have to work at the rest of my life. If I want to live and live healthy this has to become a way of life for me. I want this so bad...I want to be there for my family. I want to have lots of fun with my grandchildren.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Thank you all for the encouragement and wonderful motivation!!
Yay University of Alabama! Roll Tide!!!!

Lizz
12-23-2010, 07:28 AM
First name: Lizz

Geographical location: Europe

Age: 27

Marital Status: single

Children/Ages: N/A

Occupation: project manager

Pets: N/A

Hobbies/Interests: reading, music, discussions, swimming, movies, family time :)

Height: 5' 7''

Eye/Hair Color: brown/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 5 Dec 2010

Starting Weight: 260 lbs

Present Weight: 247 lbs

Goal Weight: 159 lbs

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: staying motivated and being consequent.

Following any specific plan: counting calories and trying to get in some light exercise regularly and gradually starting with weight training.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have made a commitment this time.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I think these boards are great and I am excited about getting to know the wonderful people who support and motivate each other on here. :)

theox
12-30-2010, 03:22 PM
First name: Theox

Geographical location: The southeastern US.

Age: mid-20s

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: No.

Occupation: Graduate student.

Pets: No.

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, photography, walking, drawing, and music, among other things.

Height: 5'4"

Eye/Hair Color: No.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 12/21/10

Starting Weight: 275.2

Present Weight: 271.4

Goal Weight: 125

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Staying motivated and dealing with stress and set-backs effectively.

Following any specific plan: No.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Older and hopefully wiser.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I really like the dancing carrot. :carrot:

BunnyD
12-30-2010, 07:49 PM
First name: Kelly

Geographical location: Pennsylvania

Age: 36

Marital Status: happily married

Children/Ages: three lovely adult stepdaughters (21, 20, 18)

Occupation: office manager at local university

Pets: Westie pup, Zoey

Hobbies/Interests: cooking, canning, reading, one of my resolutions for the new year is to learn to knit and give yoga a try

Height: 5' 4"

Eye/Hair Color: hazel eyes, brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: December 30, 2010

Starting Weight: 247.1

Present Weight: 247.1

Goal Weight: 145

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: making the time to plan in advance and sticking to it

Following any specific plan: picking up Weight Watchers Momentum plan - have all the materials and don't plan to attend meetings. Looking forward to using these boards as a strong support system.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm starting to gain weight again after staying steady for a while. My body is suffering for all the additional pounds. My husband and I are motivated to make this important change in our life.

LeslieWendy
01-07-2011, 02:50 PM
First name: Leslie

Geographical location: N. California

Age: 28

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Massage Therapist/Office Manager

Pets: 3 cats, 2 dogs, chickens

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, making lotions

Height: 5' 9"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown for it all

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Been overweight my whole life. I finally started doing something about it in September 2010

Starting Weight: 315

Present Weight: 285

Goal Weight: 155

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Making myself do the exercise in the morning.

Following any specific plan: I got the BodyMedia arm band in November. I really like it it makes me enter what I eat and I get to see how many calories and am burning.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am sticking with it and I have a set goal and a reason for that goal.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I am going to Hawaii in June and am trying to be down to 240 by that time.

OhMyDogs
01-07-2011, 04:56 PM
First name: Christine
Geographical location: Saskatchewan Canada

Age: 36
Marital Status: Common Law (for 8 years)

Children/Ages: London 6 years
Faith 5 years
Occupation: stay at home mom

Pets: 3 cats (Sprite, Cricket and Mouzer), 3 dogs (Hunny, Trixie and Spice)

Height: 5'7

Eye/Hair Color: Grey eyes, red hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Jan 7 2011

Starting Weight: 285 lbs

Goal Weight: 160 lbs

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: the habit of snacking

Following any specific plan: moderate carbs, lower sugar

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I was diagnosed with insulin resistance in December, a week later my husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes so lifestyle changes are a MUST. As well I am on Metformin.

Larry H
01-23-2011, 08:45 PM
First name: Larry

Geographical location: Brooksville Florida, (on the West Coast and one hour North of Tampa)

Age: 66

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: two boys 22 and 17

Occupation: Retired from US Navy and MCI Telecommunication

Pets: Presently none unless you count the squirrels in my yard

Hobbies/Interests: I am very active with the Shriners and Shriners Hospitals for Children

Height: 5' 6"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown / Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: This time January 6th 2011

Starting Weight: 317

Present Weight: 293

Goal Weight: 143

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Sticking with it for the long haul

Following any specific plan: Balanced 1500 calorie diet plus walking 1 to 2 miles a day

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I feel a sense of impending doom if I am not succesful. I realize something has to change. I can't continue doing the same thing and expect a different outcome.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Tried almost every kind of diet with great success but I am a YO YO dieter and I have historically put the weight back on plus some additional each time.

opheliaphoenix
01-28-2011, 10:03 AM
First name: Casey.

Location: Currently in OK where my husband is stationed, but I am originally from Northern California.

Age: 26.

Marital Status: Married.

Children/Ages: I have no children of my own yet, but I now have two stepkids from DH's previous relationship: a girl (9) and a boy (5).

Occupation: I currently work at Old Navy/Returning Student.

Pets: Two cats; Ophelia and Mirrai.

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, writing, art, surprise road trips, making lists, being outside, psychology, vegetarianism, spending time with loved ones, etc.

Height: 5'8.

Eye/Hair Color: Green/Auburn.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: I am actually starting fresh today...01/28/2011.

Starting Weight: 265.

Present Weight: 265.

Goal Weight: My dream goal is 135, but wherever I feel happy in the 130-150 range is also possible, so TBD.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Carbs, most definitely. I'm a vegetarian, and that has backfired on me in that I consume way too many carbs now due the fact that it's cheap, more accessible than good produce and I've been lazy. If I'm going to lose any weight at all, that will be the main thing that has to change for me.

Following any specific plan: This week will be my first official week, so that is still debatable. Will edit when/if I choose one in particular. My main plan right now is to first cut back on the aformentioned carbs, move my body & be more active, as well as drink more water instead of artificial drinks like soda, diet or otherwise.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have a person in my life that supports my goals (my DH) which I've never really had in any motivating or permanent way. I've had gym buddies come and go, and family & friends that I keep having to move away from because we move a lot being associated with the military...so, it's been hard to find any stability in that way. Which, as awesome as my DH is, is another reason I'm glad there are places like this that supplement inconsistent support in day-to-day life. I am not and have never been good in the self-motivation department, so I'm hoping having access to communities like this will make a difference. Also, I would like to have a child sometime in the near future, and my weight is preventing that possibility. That's been the biggest catalyst of this fresh attempt more than anything, I think.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I think that's enough for this post at the moment. Anything else I'm sure will be covered or discussed in forum topics at some point...can't wait to start getting to know and losing weight with you all!

Riesz
01-31-2011, 02:22 PM
First name: Melissa

Geographical location: Florida panhandle

Age: 25

Marital Status: I have a very buff boyfriend! :o

Children/Ages: None!

Occupation: College student studying computer programming

Pets: 2 adorable kitties :)

Hobbies/Interests: Building computers, coding, video games, tennis, cooking

Height: 5' 8"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Nov 2010

Starting Weight: 300ish

Present Weight: 247!

Goal Weight: 160ish

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Getting motivated to exercise! I don't have many problems avoiding salty/fatty/sugary foods but getting away from the computer and exercising is really hard.

Following any specific plan: Just DIY diet and exercise tapes. I admit to liking 80s Richard Simmons tapes! Bust out those legwarmers!

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I've never been serious about losing weight in a healthy way. I was a heavy child and around age 12-13 I would starve myself to lose weight. I've steadily been gaining weight since age 16 or so, until my highest weight of 300 in fall 2010. I'm committed to making these changes for life, especially with exercise, since I'll always have a desk job. I want to live a long, healthy life! I've already wasted too much of it unhappy because of my weight.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm a big fan of the TV show "What Not to Wear" and once I'm at goal weight I plan to give myself a makeover similar to what they do on the show. I'm saving up for a new wardrobe of clothes that I love and look good on me, new shoes and accessories, new hairstyle, new makeup! 2011 is the year for a new me! :D

time2loseit
02-15-2011, 09:11 AM
I don't think I've posted here yet.
I'm Kathy, 44 years old and I have over 100 lbs to lose. I've already lost some since starting (again) on Jan 25th of this year. This time I'm not turning back! If I find myself back in old habits I will just get back on track and move on. No more going back!

konfyoozed
03-24-2011, 07:55 PM
First name: Mandy

Geographical location: Virginia Beach, VA - until august, then Columbia, SC

Age: 27

Marital Status: Getting married May 21st, 2011!

Children/Ages: no kids yet :(

Occupation: Retail Minion

Pets: None

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Blogging, Singing like I know how, Playin on the Wii

Height: 5'9"

Eye/Hair Color: eyes are blue, hair changes regularly. right now - reddish brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 3/15/2011

Starting Weight: 300lbs

Present Weight: 293lbs

Goal Weight: 175lbs

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I eat whenever I'm bored. Or sad. Or happy. Or Stressed... I need to stop emotion-eating, and find another outlet. I've decided to start blogging.

Following any specific plan: I take Alli, and calorie counting.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm getting married, and I want children. I would like to be below 200lbs before I get pregnant.

juliana77
03-31-2011, 01:35 AM
First name: Juliana

Geographical location: Southern California

Age: 33

Marital Status: divorced

Children/Ages: 7 year old son

Occupation: IT

Pets: none

Hobbies/Interests: love to read

Height: 5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: blue/light brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 2/24/2011

Starting Weight: 274.4 (all-time high was a few years ago, about 285)

Present Weight: 261.2

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Getting up the motivation is #1 and then sticking to it is #2

Following any specific plan: Calorie counting using My Fitness Pal iPhone app, plus 90 mins of cardio and 60 mins of weights a week.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: This is the longest that I have stuck with any plan since my mom put me on Jenny Craig at age 11. I am so excited because it's easy, it's WORKING, I do not feel stuck or bored or deprived, and I am in it for the long haul.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have been divorced for about 4-5 years now and have been trying to date, but at my current weight the pool of applicants is pretty small. I like being single, but don't want to be forever, so I am looking forward to dating as a smaller person once I get closer to my goal!

Slimjem
03-31-2011, 11:26 PM
First name: Jen

Geographical location: Columbus, OH

Age: 37

Marital Status: Married but separated

Children/Ages: Katie 9, Chris 8

Occupation: Insurance

Pets: Cats - Holly & Mistleto; Dog - Allie

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, TV, camping, Kid's activities

Height: 5' 7"

Eye/Hair Color: Blue / Red

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 1st time when I was 12 and off and on since 2008

Starting Weight: HW 260

Present Weight: 234

Goal Weight: 140-150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Telling myself it's OK to pass on food.

Following any specific plan: WW @ Work

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Doing my best to make the right choices and moving more.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Dropped 30-35lbs when my husband first left me. But was making every effort to eat right and was doing Treadmill 1hr a night. Never knew what real energy felt like before and it scared me. Wish I had kept it up.

jitterfish
04-05-2011, 06:58 AM
First name: Brydget

Geographical location: New Zealand

Age: 32 (next Wednesday)

Marital Status: Married very happily

Children/Ages: Willow, 2 and Oakley 5mon

Occupation: University tutor (biology)

Pets: 2 kitties, Wazz and Ninja

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, science, movies, squash, swimming

Height: 163cm (5'3")

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Hazel

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: This time around 24 Jan

Starting Weight: 116kg (256lbs)

Present Weight: 100kg (220lbs)

Goal Weight: 60kg (132lbs)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Binge eating, mindless eating, having a baby

Following any specific plan: "The King Julian Plan" (from Madagascar)... I like to move it move it :carrot: Seriously though, I'm just eating better and exercising

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Motivation - having kids, my Mum had a heart attack, I want to see my kids grow up

Anything else you would like to share with us: Probably but I can't think of anything ;)

SugarRomeoTango4852
04-15-2011, 10:32 AM
First name: Sarah

Geographical location: Northeastern, PA

Age:23

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Secretary

Pets: NA

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Music, Bowling, WoW, Being Silly

Height: 5í7

Eye/Hair Color: Blue and Dirty Blond

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: April 1, 2011 (Yea, April Foolís Day on Me.)

Starting Weight: 275

Present Weight: 266

Goal Weight: 150-170

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weight loss: There are defiantly several I need to face and over come. The biggest of which is fear of failure. The second is emotional eating. The third is just sticking with it for long enough to make it to my target. I need to learn portion control, like WOAH.

Following any specific plan: Nope. Just being active and eating healthy. Maybe I should follow a plan but I donít really have the money or time to join WW or any of the others. A lot of others require cooking, which I am never home to do.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I donít just want to lose weight, I want to create a new life for myself. One in which I am comfortable in my own skin and not ashamed of being overweight.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I am not sure how to motivate myself. Currently, trying to lose weight doesnít feel real to me. I am exercising and watching what I eat butÖitís still new. I think once I hit 250, I will start to believe it is happening.

Rainbowgirl
04-18-2011, 12:33 AM
First name: Laura

Geographical location: Vancouver, Canada

Age: 25

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None!

Occupation: Medical transcriptionist

Pets: 10-1/2 month old Labrador retriever (chocolate) named Nilla.

Hobbies/Interests: Photography, video games, camping, baking, cooking, crafting.

Height: 5'7

Eye/Hair Color: Green eyes, Brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Recurring - but CURRENTLY it's April 17, 2011

Starting Weight: 255 lbs.

Present Weight: 255 lbs.

Goal Weight: as close to 150 as possible.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Motivation and energy!

Following any specific plan: Calorie counting and exercise.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I can't think that anything's really different other than I realize I'm getting older and it's not going to get any easier. I've gained 100 pounds in 10 years, if I keep that rate up, I'll probably die very young and I'm terrified of death sooo.. yea.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm kind of shy, but once I open up I'm outgoing. I can talk a lot too - and I get excited easily. I'm friendly and I'm totally looking forward to supporting others here :) :carrot:

FutureThoughts
04-24-2011, 10:13 PM
For me, the drive to hit the 100lbs lost mark is more motivating than reaching a particular weight number on the scale, so that's why my overall goal is 100 lost from my high weight.


First name: Future

Geographical location: Mid-Atlantic

Age: 28 (for a few more months)

Marital Status: Married ~ 3.5 years

Children/Ages: 0

Occupation: law student (finishing second year)

Pets: 0

Hobbies/Interests: i'm in law school --- i don't really have hobbies :/ I love dancing -- dance class will be one of my mini-goal rewards! Also, I've finally admitted to myself at 28 years old that I want to be a movie star. :D

Height: 5'6

Eye/Hair Color: Blue / various shades of red-from-a-box

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: off and on for a while, Been restarting every few weeks seriously since Dec '10. I've managed to stay down about 6pounds during that time.... I'm putting that behind me and making today the start of my real journey. April 24, 2011

Starting Weight: High weight (that I saw) was 227; Weight today ~219

Present Weight: 219

Goal Weight: 126

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: the oh-so-easy-and-lazy dinner out. Getting myself out of bed early enough to work out in th emroning.

Following any specific plan: no, just healthy --> edit: I'm counting calories with myfitnesspal.com and generally healthy stuff.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I've tried WW, SB, and other weight loss things in the past. I bought Power90 in Dec but haven't gotten past 2 straight weeks. This time, I really just have to do it. I am doing it for me. My husband and I are very lucky to be back in school together and extremely lucky to be studying for the fall semester in Ireland. I don't want to feel this size, this self-conscious, this yucky in Ireland. I want our pictures to be nice. I want to fit more clothes into my suitcase :p Mostly, I want to be happy with myself and feel strong again. This time, it really is for me. I'm strong enough again to do it for me, and I will feel good about my physical self again. I feel better and more comfortable with what makes me than I ever have in my life, and I want to return to a physique where I feel that way about my appearance. And I'm finally strong enough to take control of me.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I tend to babble...in case you didn't notice :o I've lurked about silently for a few days, and I"m already inspired a lot by everyone here. Start date 4.24.11

TamTam
06-07-2011, 01:41 PM
First name: Delia

Geographical location: South Texzas

Age:51 1/2

Marital Status: single

Children/Ages: none/1 4 year old shih tzu

Occupation: Junior High ELA/R teacher

Pets: 4 year old shih tzu


Hobbies/Interests: yard work, walking my dog, music, watching movies

Height:5' 1"

Eye/Hair Color: dark brown with natural white highlights...hehe...

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: today, June 7, 2011

Starting Weight:214.5

Present Weight:214.5

Goal Weight: to lose as much as I can....

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: sustaining my food addiction recovery....

Following any specific plan: small portions....

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: will focus on God as my higher power and not food....

Welcome to the forums! Hope we can be of help to you. You may want to look in the IE forum we all eat according to hunger and fullness and portion control. Have a blessed day.

1049jess
06-12-2011, 12:40 PM
First name: Jess

Geographical location: Arizona

Age: 36

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: no kids

Occupation: teacher

Pets: three cats and two dogs

Hobbies/Interests: reading, shopping, eating, studying/learning new things

Height: 5' 6"

Eye/Hair Color: hazel/dark brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: this time? May 23

Starting Weight: 289

Present Weight: 273.8

Goal Weight: First goal: 235, then 199, then 160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: portion control and resisting sweets

Following any specific plan: no plan, just trying to consciously make good choices

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have been uncomfortable with my size for awhile now. I'm finally ready to make a change, and I'm doing this on my own without following a plan. I've successfully tried Atkins in the past, only to gain the weight back. This time I am not denying myself anything; rather, I'm trying to make better choices and eat MUCH less sugar. I'm also trying to cut white flour from my diet.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm excited to be here!
I do have a blogger I've been updating, but I don't know that this forum will let me post the link? I'm sure I can share it as soon as I'm able to update my signature, which I saw would be in about 20 days.

MablesGirl
06-14-2011, 10:25 AM
First name: Kristy

Geographical location: Southwest Indiana

Age: 38

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: None 1 niece and 2 nephews I try to best the best aunt I can to.

Occupation: accountant

Pets: Three cats. Lady and Gena are about 13 and Peyton is 11.

Hobbies/Interests: reading, scrapbooking, Leverage TV show

Height: 5'3.5"

Eye/Hair Color: Currently brownish red/Blue

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: June 7, 2011

Starting Weight: 249.2

Present Weight: 248.4

Goal Weight: dream weight - 140. But I really want to get to 199 and never go over 200 again, in my whole life.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: My mind. Stopping the "I'll eat it all today because tomorrow (Monday, next week, whatever) I'm starting a very strict diet and loosing 20 pounds in a month" thinking. All that gets me is up to 249.2 from 219 a year ago.

Following any specific plan: Moderation.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: This is it, this is my life, and I'm responsible for it, and I am realizing this now. This journey is going to be mental as much as food oriented.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I admire you all.

devnet
06-26-2011, 11:08 AM
First name: Karen

Geographical location: small town in northeastern BC

Age: 23

Marital Status: not married, but seeing someone

Children/Ages: N/A

Occupation: Taxi dispatcher

Pets: a cat named Ginny and a lovebird named Merlina (used to be Merlin til we found out he was a she, lol)

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, leatherworking, video games, board games, being a crazy person

Height: 5'1"

Eye/Hair Color: brown/black, but currently dyed deep auburn

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: The current one or the first one? lol. Current one: June 17th, 2011

Starting Weight: 276

Present Weight: Won't know til my weigh in tomorrow, but hoping like crazy it's 274, lol.

Goal Weight: 130

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Bingeing, over-eating in general.

Following any specific plan: No, unless you count some calorie shifting, but I'm not being obsessive about it.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Something just...changed in how I think. Hard to explain, but I just don't care anymore. I don't care about how hard this is going to be, I don't care about how long it will take, and I don't care that there are people out there who think I can't do it. I've had it with feeling like I'm 60 years old at 23. I've had it with hating myself for what I eat. I've had it with EVERYTHING to do with being overweight. 23 wasted years is bloody long enough, lol.

Anything else you would like to share with us: My ultimate goal is to become fit enough to do basic to moderate level Parkour.

diyana
06-27-2011, 04:20 PM
First name: Michelle

Geographical location: Near Milwaukee, WI

Age: 48

Marital Status: Married to a wonderful man

Children/Ages: None, unless you count the 4-legged variety

Occupation: Computer Programmer

Pets: 3 Miniature Schnauzers and 1 bearded dragon lizard

Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, rock collecting, craft fairs, spending time with hubby and the dogs

Height: 5'2"

Eye/Hair Color: blonde/blue-green

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Can't remember that far back...but I'm going to call it as 6/01/2011 as the date I got serious (again).

Starting Weight: 245

Present Weight: 235.6

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: My love for pizza and sweets. But mostly, I am currently rehabbing an injured back which limits the amount and type of exercise I can do. I have a tendency to push myself too far and re-injure myself. So now I'm following the physical therapists' instructions and doing what I can and modifying what I need to.

Following any specific plan: Calorie Counting

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I realize that if I don't lose weight and strengthen my core, my back will continue to cause me problems. And I don't like being mobility challenged.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I've been on here for years, made some wonderful friends and am so grateful for the love, support and friendship I've found here!

Lindy87
06-28-2011, 09:04 PM
First name: Wendy

Geographical location: Long Island, NY

Age: 42

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: Daughter 14, son 9

Occupation: copy editor, currently unemployed due to outsourcing

Pets: love my tropical fish

Hobbies/Interests: Facebook games, watching tv

Height: 5' 2"

Eye/Hair Color: brown eyes, dirty blonde hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: it's been a lifelong quest, restarted on 5/31/11

Starting Weight: 266

Present Weight: 259

Goal Weight: 160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: to stop eating junk food which I love and to not snack endlessly while watching tv

Following any specific plan: South Beach

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: diagnosed with diabetes last year and need to stay on plan for health

Anything else you would like to share with us: also trying to get my cluttered house clean with the help of Flylady while I am unemployed.

chel3fsea
07-09-2011, 05:40 PM
First name: Chelsea

Geographical location: Louisiana is my home, I'm in Houston right now and in less than a month I'll be in Colorado

Age: 21

Marital Status: Single, but my boyfriend and I have been together for over six years [total]

Children/Ages: Not for a while I hope! like eight years!!

Occupation: Student

Pets: Lola is my red merle Australian Shepherd. My boyfriend has our border collie mix, Dylan, who I will hopefully be living with in a couple of months!

Hobbies/Interests:I love art and architecture and love the **** out of WATCHING sports...if only I could get back into playing them!

Height: 5'8

Eye/Hair Color: green/dirty blonde. Dyed red/strawberry blonde right now

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: July 4th, 2011.

Starting Weight: ~232

Present Weight: 225

Goal Weight: 160-180, depending on how my body looks at 180. The last time I was ~180 I had a tiny waist and no extra fat anywhere, just curvy and muscular. So if my body fat amount is down enough at 180, I'd be happy there...if not, maybe off a bit more!

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but I also deal with knee issues. I broke my right knee off (yes, off) when I was 5, and still have some weakness there.

Following any specific plan: Planning on starting Weight Watchers here soon and increasing my exercise. In Colorado I will be hiking as often as possible, as well as visiting the gym on any bad weather days. I've also enjoyed Zumba when I've done it before, so might add that in there to spice up the exercise sometimes! So far I've simply cut out my sodas and essentially everything else completely, just water and unsweetened tea, and also have limited my portion size.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Honestly this is only the second or third time I've seriously started an effort. When I was going into the 8th grade I did Atkins and lost a ton of weight (and kept it off until Hurricane Katrina force-fed me lasagna for 6 weeks!) and in 11th grade I did elliptical for 45-60 minutes a day, with about 20 minutes of weights...but I didn't lose any weight until 6 months after I gave up on working out (but I lost 30 pounds then, no diet, no exercise. Go figure)
So in short, haha, this is different because I am truly committed to doing this the RIGHT way, and it is not going to be a diet -- this is a lifestyle change.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm just so happy to be in a community of people who want to be healthy and aren't afraid to share their highs as well as their lows. All of the stories in the Goals forum I've read, as well as the NSGs are so helpful to motivating me!

biancasimone
07-11-2011, 02:40 AM
First name: Simone

Geographical location: Indiana

Age: 27

Marital Status: Living with my boo

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: Student/engineer

Pets: Maxine, craziest cat ever

Hobbies/Interests: Singing, piano, crochet, math, sudoku, haiku, pretending to know how to draw

Height: 5'9"

Eye/Hair Color: Why do you need to know such personal information!

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: right now, 7/11/2011

Starting Weight: not sure, I will guess 330

Present Weight: 330

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weight loss: Not being able to stick to doing anything, knee dislocation injury, low back pain, perfectionism

Following any specific plan: First, low carb diet. Second, daily exercise

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I don't really know. I just have to do it.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm tired of buying bigger clothes every year.

InsideMe
07-14-2011, 10:59 AM
First name: Rena

Geographical location: Toronto Canada

Age: 34

Marital Status: In a serious relationship (I'm gay just so you know)

Children/Ages: 2 boys 5 and 3

Occupation: IT Business Analyst

Pets: A cat and my girlfriend has a dog I see on the weekends

Hobbies/Interests: Energy, spirituality, reading, dancing and working on me on all levels (mental, spiritually, physically, and emotionally)

Height: 5 Ft 3

Eye/Hair Color: Brown eyes, black hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: June 2 2011

Starting Weight:229lbs

Present Weight: 215lbs

Goal Weight: 140lbs

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: To get to place in my heart and mind that I WANT THIS and I feel good enough about myself to be the best I can be inside and out!

Following any specific plan: High protein, moderate carbs and low fat plan with cardio and strength trianing alternate days 4 times a week. Everything in moderation, I still go out to eat on the weekends but making healther choices (like sushi instead of macdonalds) being consciously aware of my hunger pains, why I'm hungry and how my body reacts to feeling satisified instead of feeling stuffed where I can't breathe etc

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I love me on the inside this time and believe I deserve to be happy with ALL of me!

Anything else you would like to share with us: Weight loss isn't just about your physical transformation it's about self love and acceptance on all levels, spiritually, physically, mentally and emtionally

sevencallmemom
07-16-2011, 10:16 PM
First name: Trish

Geographical location: O-k-l-a-h-o-m-a....OKLAHOMA!

Age: 33

Marital Status: married to my high school sweetie for almost 15 years

Children/Ages: 13 yob, 11, 10, 7, and 5 yog's and 3 yo id twin boys.

Occupation: see above. :) We are an unschooling family and 3 of my children have special needs ranging from chronic lung disease to Aspergers to cerebral palsy with lots of alphabet soup dx's thrown in for fun. We're taking a short break from therapies right now, but we've been doing/will get back to doing 9 appts a week...and that's not counting dr appts. That's a full time job in itself...you know, except there's no check. ;)

Pets: cat and dog

Hobbies/Interests: fauxtography, children's ministry

Height: 5'6

Eye/Hair Color: ever changing/blue

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: This one? Feb 2011

Starting Weight: 323

Present Weight: 263

Goal Weight: 167

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: stress eating

Following any specific plan: mostly low carb with some vegetarian/vegan weeks thrown in when I can't stand meat anymore...that and kicking my own butt working out like a crazy person.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I've stuck to it even when it's hard and even when the scale won't budge.

Anything else you would like to share with us: avocados=bliss. Just thought you should know.

Skinny in Oz
07-17-2011, 04:22 PM
First name: Dianne

Geographical location: Denver

Age: 53

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: 1 Son, 17 years

Occupation: Mom

Pets: 1 cat

Hobbies/Interests: reading

Height: 5' 7"

Eye/Hair Color: dark brown hair and eyes

Starting Date of Weight loss Journey: July 17, 2011

Starting Weight: 255

Present Weight: 255

Goal Weight: 135

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weight loss: me

Following any specific plan: not yet

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have a definite goal and a definite time frame

Anything else you would like to share with us:

kwigg619
07-22-2011, 11:04 AM
First name: Katie

Geographical location: Florida

Age: 26

Marital Status: Married for just over a year

Children/Ages: None yet

Occupation: ESE Teacher

Pets: None yet

Hobbies/Interests: Crafting, sewing, blogging

Height: 5'3

Eye/Hair Color: Blue/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Officially we'll call it July 18, 2011. However, I've been on the weight loss journey since about 8th grade.

Starting Weight: 270

Present Weight: 267

Goal Weight:170

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: MYSELF. I make excuses for my hurdles and let myself believe them... I have PCOS but it's winning because I let it. I sabotage myself constantly.

Following any specific plan: Eating 1200-1400 calories daily, quit soda, limit caffeine to morning coffee, and choose whole grains.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: SUPPORT and accountability. I have never been so proactive about my weight loss. I'm surrounded by people who love me just the way I am and the only person who ever calls me out about my weight is my mother (but I have done a good job ignoring her). So, now, I can look at all the people who have been in my boat and found success. I want to succeed! And, I want to have a baby some day soon and be a cute pregnant woman... not a hot mess.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I am thankful for everyone's honesty here. I see a little of myself in every single post I've read and it's inspiring.

kwigg619
07-22-2011, 11:15 AM
[QUOTE=sevencallmemom;3940370]First name: Trish

Occupation: see above. :) We are an unschooling family and 3 of my children have special needs ranging from chronic lung disease to Aspergers to cerebral palsy with lots of alphabet soup dx's thrown in for fun.

Trish, I am an ESE teacher and spend my life loving on kids like yours. I am constantly amazed by the parents of children with special needs. I have them just a part of each day and am exhausted at the end... you parents have them 24/7. It's just amazing! Keep up the good work!

shea5
08-07-2011, 02:09 PM
First name: Meredith

Geographical location: Houston, TX

Age:37

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: JR - 6, Maeve - 5

Occupation: Part time office manager/stay at home mom

Pets: 2, lab and australian shepherd

Hobbies/Interests: swimming/rafting/scrapbooking/reading

Height: 5'8"

Eye/Hair Color:blue/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:3/1/07 (restarting 8/7/11)

Starting Weight:262

Present Weight:247

Goal Weight: 160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: laziness, lack of willpower

Following any specific plan: Low-carb to start, moving on to calorie counting

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I will put the time into planning my efforts; I'm no longer working full time so have a little more time on my hands

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm looking for lots of support/motivation, and think this is the perfect place to get that. So many of you have done so well, and I know I can follow your example.:carrot:

Madame Souza
08-08-2011, 04:56 PM
First name: Anne

Geographical location: California

Age:34

Marital Status: committed relationship

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Activities Assistant

Pets: guinea pig

Hobbies/Interests: sewing & needlework

Height:5' 9''

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: June 1, 2011

Starting Weight:286

Present Weight:255

Goal Weight:160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:Snacking

Following any specific plan: Counting calories and exercise

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am tracking my calories and my exercise. It is helping me to see the choices I am making

omgzitsmiranda
08-14-2011, 10:34 AM
First name: Miranda

Geographical location: South Carolina

Age: 22

Marital Status: Married :)

Children/Ages: We have 2 furry children :)

Occupation: self employeed.

Pets: 1 puppy - Pepper & 1 cat - Summer.

Hobbies/Interests: Photography & cleaning [yes cleaning lol] & making crafts. Along with COUPONING :D

Height: 5'5"

Eye/Hair Color: dark brown/dark brown.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: I'm restarting 08/15.

Starting Weight: 285 was my highest :(

Present Weight: 274!

Goal Weight: STG: 250.
LTG: 130.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Just getting my butt out there and doing it!

Following any specific plan: A "heart" healthy diet that my doctor gave me. So we shall see. But basically just watching calories and upping exercise :p

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I NEED to do it. I want to be healthy & live a long time. My grandma is a big reason I need to do it, I do NOT want to end up like her.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm looking for new friends & diet buddies if anyone is interested :]

Nice to meet you all!

Thinsole
09-18-2011, 02:25 PM
The 100 lb club can be a very busy place. We post bios so that we can learn more about each other, so please add your Bio, so we can get to know you better. Simply copy the text below and paste it into a reply and add your information

**This thread can get really long with 100's of bios to go through. To keep this thread useful, periodically I will go through and delete the bios of members who have not posted in the 100 lb club in the last few months. My goal is that this is a list of bios for active members. If you left for a while and I deleted your bio while you were gone - please just add it back!! We're glad to have you!**

First name: Liz

Geographical location: Southeast Michigan

Age: 29

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: 0

Occupation: Maintenance

Pets: Kitty named B-Ba

Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, walking, reading, hunting

Height: 5'3"

Eye/Hair Color: Blue, Blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Feb 7, 2011

Starting Weight: 265.4

Present Weight: 222.8

Goal Weight: 145

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Sticking to it.

Following any specific plan: C25K, general nutrition and good choices.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I usually peter out around the 230s and then gain it all back. This is the longest I've stayed at it. I've dealt with some failure and routine fatigue already. Onderland here I come.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Total to lose: 120.4 Lost: 42.6 Left to lose: 77.8. I will lose 20 pounds 4 more times.

butterflymama
09-19-2011, 04:24 PM
First name: Scarlett

Geographical location: Toronto, On Canada

Age:37

Marital Status: Married for 12, together for 15

Children/Ages: Sonja Natalia (died at birth 2006) Julian Dale (3.5 yrs)

Occupation: Mother, Caregiver and Early Childhood Assistant

Pets:Dog (Daisy)

Hobbies/Interests: Internet, reading, attachment theory, knitting

Height: 5'5"

Eye/Hair Color: Green/Black

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Officially Mar 31, 2011

Starting Weight:249.2 (but my highest weight was 260 around Dec 2010)

Present Weight:222.6

Goal Weight:166 for now

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Emotional eating

Following any specific plan: Healthy whole foods most of the time. Macro nutrients of 30-40% fat 30-40% carbs 30-40% protein

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: In the past I was concerned with my appearance and thought I was not worthy as a fat person. Now I want to be healthy and feel that how fat you are dose not determine your worth. I also have come to the realization that "temporary diets" do not work the only think that will get me and keep me at a healthy weight is a total overhaul to my relationship with food and health.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I am developing self love and self acceptance and want to stop hurting myself with crappy unhealthy food. I also am insulin resistance and do not want to develop diabetes. I want to be healthy and live a long life so that I can participate in my sons life 100%

fyreflie24
10-16-2011, 09:39 PM
First name: Donamari

Geographical location: Charlotte NC

Age: 42

Marital Status: Married for 17 years

Children/Ages: 14 & 7 year old sons

Occupation: Children's Photographer

Pets: 2 dogs, Shelby and Party

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, playing the harp, theater/dance

Height: 5 feet, 4.5 inches

Eye/Hair Color: Brown eyes, brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: August 23rd, 2011

Starting Weight: 235

Present Weight: 207

Goal Weight: 125

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Emotional eating, eating out, staying with it, staying to a consistent exercise plan

Following any specific plan: Not currently

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I think I'm just plain old ready. I have a beach trip planned with my family in June and I'm really looking forward to wearing a bathing suit for the first time in over 20 years and enjoying the entire experience without being self conscience or embarrassed (or feeling like I'm embarrassing my family).

Anything else you would like to share with us: I tragically, and suddenly, lost a family member 5 years ago. Even though I've struggled with my weight (due to emotional eating), this was the thing that sent me 100 lbs over the edge.

Steph7409
10-23-2011, 04:45 PM
First name: Steph

Geographical location: Albany NY

Age: 53

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Tax accountant

Pets: 3 cats

Hobbies/Interests: Grdening, history, crime novels/TV shows

Height: 5'4"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown on brown (well, some gray)

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 7/5/11

Starting Weight: 225

Present Weight: 186

Goal Weight: 125

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Emotional eating

Following any specific plan: Calorie counting

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: As I'm getting older, I'm more concerned about my health.

Anything else you would like to share with us:

GymRat18
11-22-2011, 09:23 AM
First name: Lauren

Geographical location: Central Florida

Age: 18

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: College student

Pets:None

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Computer

Height: 5'2

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Black

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Spring/Summer of 2011

Starting Weight:230 lbs

Present Weight: 199.6 lbs:carrot:

Goal Weight: 110 lbs

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Grazing aka mindless eating

Following any specific plan: Medifast (diabetes)

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: The excess weight has put a strain on my health and something had to be done. I gained before but mostly ignored it.:(

Anything else you would like to share with us:

Salley
12-03-2011, 11:12 PM
First name: Salley

Geographical location: Colorado

Age: 52

Marital Status: Divorced

Children/Ages: 1 son, 23 yo

Occupation: Unemployed

Pets: 2 cats

Hobbies/Interests: Music and arts

Height: 5' 7"

Eye/Hair Color: Green/Auburn

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Winter 2007

Starting Weight: 248

Present Weight: 203

Goal Weight: 135

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Still figuring that out...

Following any specific plan: Nope.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm able to make my health my *first* priority. Up until now, something else always took precedence.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Recently graduated with my first college degree, @ 52 yo.

Lyla
12-18-2011, 08:56 PM
First name:
Ly

Geographical location:
Mťxico

Age:
29

Marital Status:
Married

Children/Ages:
No childrens

Occupation:
Web site admin work from home

Pets:
none

Hobbies/Interests:
karoke, read, write, music

Height:
5'5

Eye/Hair Color:
brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:
October 1st 2010!

Starting Weight:
264

Present Weight:
222.6

Goal Weight:
Not sure on weight, i want to be 15% bf

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:
Taking the time to do things

Following any specific plan:
Low carb + weight lift + count calories + cardio

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:
I never tried to lose weight before. I gained weight when i move to Mťxico due to changes in my regular native diet, but i gained A LOT!.

sluggerbean
01-01-2012, 05:22 PM
First name: Peggy

Geographical location: South Texas

Age: 45

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: one son, Richard (21)

Occupation: teacher, but going back to school to become a nurse

Pets: 2 dogs, 3 cows, 1 donkey

Hobbies/Interests: reading, singing, acting

Height: 5' 4"

Eye/Hair Color: hazel/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: July 21, 2011

Starting Weight: 319

Present Weight: 291

Goal Weight: 140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: myself

Following any specific plan: combination of Blood Type Diet and P.I.N.K. method

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have to get healthy, bottom line. I have sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and was diagnosed in November 2011 with gout and type 2 diabetes.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have always been the fat girl. I want that to change. I know it is not going to be easy, but I am determined.

qtapostolic
01-11-2012, 10:47 PM
First name:Kelly

Geographical location:Northern Michigan

Age:35

Marital Status:married to Eddie

Children/Ages:Haley 16, Valerie 14, Josiah 11, Robbie 9 months old

Occupation:homemaker

Pets:dog-Sasha, cat-Terra

Hobbies/Interests:Singing

Height:5'3

Eye/Hair Color:eyes hazel , hair brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:Jan. 6, 2012

Starting Weight:231.6 lbs.

Present Weight:226.6 lbs.

Goal Weight:130 lbs.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:just the longing to have scrumptious things in my mouth

Following any specific plan:counting cals 1200-1400 a day and home exercise videos

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:I'm desperate because I've never been so big and I always lost weight in the past to impress someone, this time it's because I want to feel better for me!

Anything else you would like to share with us:
I have never been lower than 142 lbs in my adult life and I weighed that before having my first baby. Most of my adult life I've bounced between 175 and 185. I'm scared of how big I've become and I'm scared to set such a huge goal.

facingfacts12
01-17-2012, 11:50 AM
First name: Jean

Geographical location: TX

Age: 36

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: two - 4 and 2 :)

Occupation: graphic designer

Pets: n/a

Hobbies/Interests: children, art and design, reading

Height: 5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: hazel, Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 1/16/12

Starting Weight: 234.5

Present Weight: 233.5 (last update 1/17/12)

Goal Weight: 150s initially. Would LOVE to one day weigh 136 like I did on my wedding day.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Fear of failure, distractions and stresses in life that can get me off track, late night eating.

Following any specific plan: my initial thought is to loosely follow some principles from body for life since I saw the biggest change with that in the past

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am facing the facts and realizing this is not going to happen in the background and needs focus and dedication and a lot of support

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have battled weight as long as I can remember because I never seemed to look quite like the skinny girls around me. But in hindsight, while I was never a ballerina, there were certainly times in my life when I was fit and healthy and good-looking. Not anymore as of this writing, but I hope to get back there again and need to believe in myself that I can do this, because honestly part of me has feared that I will never be able to. I hope to write a more detailed story/background in a blog post or something and be able to link to it from here.

ASaladandaDream
01-17-2012, 11:46 PM
First name: Jay!

Geographical location: Georgia

Age: 19

Marital Status: never married

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: student :)

Pets: none

Hobbies/Interests: reading, movies

Height: 5'9

Eye/Hair Color: hazel/ brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 1/01/2012

Starting Weight: 286

Present Weight: 274

Goal Weight: 160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: falling off the wagon :(

Following any specific plan: nope! regular exercise & eating right!

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: this is long overdue! I can't take it! Ive made some progress & I'm going to keep it up!

Anything else you would like to share with us:

I've been a "bigger" girl for all of my life. The unnecessary weight it literally & figuratively a burden. I want to feel healthy, BE healthy, & not have to live my life within the restraints that obesity creates. I know that losing weight won't solve all of my problems, but it will solve some! I'm not perfect, no one is, but that's no reason to not strive for improvement! I've got on this path before & stayed on for a while but I always seem to "fall off the wagon." I always tell myself "I have a good excuse!" No more excuses! If this is what I want it has to come first! Before everything else it has to be my number one priority. This inspirational speaker once said " you only achieve your goals when you want it more than you want to breathe!" and I think that's a great point! I'm a busy girl, but if I put weight loss as #5 on my to do list everyday, it will never get done! It has been #5 on my to do list my entire life and that is why I am here. The last time I lost a significant amount of weight I had a buddy, but I moved away and can't work with her anymore. Hopefully this forum will serve as the "buddy" to help keep me going when my famous excuses show up! (sorry this got soo long lol)

Anya
01-18-2012, 07:11 PM
First name: Anya

Geographical location: Michigan, USA

Age: 47

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Graphic designer

Pets: 3 cats

Hobbies/Interests: Music composition, Writing

Height: 5'7"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Brown&Grey

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: late 1990's

Starting Weight: 240's

Present Weight: 168

Goal Weight: 140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I do everything obsessively, including eat!

Following any specific plan: This time around I'm reducing refined carbs to near zero.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm motivated this time by health reasons.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I was down to the 130's five years ago. Must be something in the water that I gained 40 of it back...right? ;)

HealthyMeWannabe
01-22-2012, 10:53 AM
First name: Courtney

Geographical location: Georgia

Age: 33

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: 2 girls (ages 3 and 8)

Occupation: Credit Analyst

Pets: 2 cats, 1 dog, 3 fish

Hobbies/Interests: sewing, crafts, reading, surfing the web

Height: 5'4"

Eye/Hair Color: red hair, blue eyes

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 1/20/2012

Starting Weight: 280.4

Present Weight: 280.4

Goal Weight: 135

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: My addiction to sugar has GOT to go!

Following any specific plan: Nope, just making healthier choices, exercising, and will get there eventually!

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: My health is declining because I am fat and I don't like that!

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm ready to make this happen! Healthy me here I come!

Kitcherella
01-23-2012, 03:20 AM
First name:Maria

Geographical location: Greece

Age: 33

Marital Status: married (to a skinny man I might add)

Children/Ages: nop

Occupation: teacher

Pets: nop

Hobbies/Interests: reading, art
Height: 5'4

Eye/Hair Color: browb eyes, brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 9th January 12

Starting Weight: 240

Present Weight: 234

Goal Weight: 145

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: resisting temptation not failing to plan

Following any specific plan: not really just making good choices, fruit, veggies no fried food for now

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have (finally :) ) realised that it requires a lifelong process to be healthy and fit - and I am in no hurry - I spent so many years being obese so I can stick it out for another year before I reach my goal


Anything else you would like to share with us: As I saw in someone's signature willpower dust would be a good thing to share!!!

Vex
01-26-2012, 04:19 PM
First name: Cheryl

Geographical location: Nebraska.

Age: 42

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: 10 year old son

Occupation: software developer

Pets: sheltie, 2 siamese cats

Hobbies/Interests: computer games, art, music, wine, yelling at the cats

Height: 5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: green/blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 10/24/11

Starting Weight: 281

Present Weight: 238 at the time of this post

Goal Weight: 140?

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: going out, wine, pepperoni pizza!

Following any specific plan: calorie counting

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am DONE this time. This is the only aspect of my life I am unhappy with, so therefore I am done with it.

Anything else you would like to share with us: One glass of wine is about 200 calories.


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smashley52683
01-26-2012, 04:52 PM
First name: Ashley

Geographical location: Maryand

Age: 28

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: 4 yr old Son, 14 month old Daughter

Occupation: work p/t as a Veterinary Technician

Pets: 1 Dog, 1 cat, 2 frogs and some fish

Hobbies/Interests: spending time with my kids and hubby, making hair bows, cooking

Height:5'5"

Eye/Hair Color: blonde/green

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:1/18/12

Starting Weight: 256

Present Weight: 248

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: getting rid of old habits, learning to like exercise.

Following any specific plan: calorie counting

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: This time I am not looking for a short cut, magic pill or latest and greatest fad. I am starting to feel the effects of all this extra weight and I want to set a good example for my kids.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Not really, other than I am excited to be here and share my journey with you:)

nharden84
01-29-2012, 08:47 AM
First name:Nicole

Geographical location:Michigan

Age:27

Marital Status:Recently divorced (Jan.18th.2012

Children/Ages:2 girls... Ages 5 and 21 month old

Occupation:Full-time mother and student

Pets:NONE

Hobbies/Interests:Reading, movies, sporting events, beading and making jewelry

Height:5'5 (I think)

Eye/Hair Color:Brown and dark brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:01.25.2012

Starting Weight:232lbs

Present Weight:225lbs

Goal Weight:125lb maybe

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:Overeating and sticking to it

Following any specific plan:No specific plan, just doing what i think might be best at the time

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:I think I've gotten to the point of being disgusted with my weight and the way i look. This is the biggest I've ever been (not including me being pregnant). I'm ready to start enjoying life to the fullest.

shepherdgirl
01-31-2012, 05:23 PM
First name: Anna

Geographical location: Southeast US, Appalachia

Age: 22

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: full-time student, currently working on a Veterinary Technician degree (it's like a nurse for animals)

Pets: My family lives on a farm and we have 2 dogs, 2 cats, a rabbit, sheep and cattle. Pretty much everything except the cattle you could call pets.

Hobbies/Interests: animals (& livestock), reading, literature, science, photography, spending time outdoors--such as walking, hiking & camping, baking, movies, plays, music

Height: 5'2"

Eye/Hair Color: dark brunette/I'm not sure--my mom says they are blue, but other people have said grey and green. I like my eye color, whatever it is.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: January 6, 2012

Starting Weight: 242 lbs. (my highest ever was 252.2 lbs)

Present Weight: 235.2 lbs.

Goal Weight: 126 lbs. (will have lost half of my highest weight)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: perseverance :) I've attempted to lose weight seriously on at least half a dozen times, and started out motivated, but it never lasted (and I always gained it back, plus some). I'm trying to make this the time that I stick with it!

Following any specific plan: Calorie-counting (avg. 1600 cals a day) with some mild exercise (mainly walking). I'll increase the exercise once I get some of this bulk off. I keep a daily food journal by using a free website called nutrimirror (google it) and it is great for tracking calories and nutritional info (such as fat, sodium, etc.). Anyone doing calorie counting should check it out.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Simple: I'm not going to quit. I'm also trying to focus just on 10 lbs. at a time, which is a lot more achievable than 100 lbs!

Anything else you would like to share with us: I just thought I'd introduce myself and I hope to post on here occasionally--I don't know how much, with the demands of school and everything. This looks to be a great resource that will help keep me motivated. :)

oneshortday
02-06-2012, 04:29 AM
First name: Katie

Geographical location: Midwest - Indianapolis!

Age: 23

Marital Status: Engaged to a wonderful woman.

Children/Ages: N/A

Occupation: Agent at a Call Center

Pets: Green-cheeked conure named Phoenix. :)

Hobbies/Interests: Music, reading, video games, mostly dorky stuff.

Height: 5'5"

Eye/Hair Color: Blonde hair, blue eyes.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 02/01/2012

Starting Weight: 255

Present Weight: 252

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: My addiction to fast food and general lethargy caused by low self-esteem.

Following any specific plan: Mostly I've made my own diet plans with the help of my lovely lady, but overall just working out every day that I can and counting my calories is the name of the game.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: This time I actually feel confident that I can do something and I'm taking steps to cementing that decision. I've always been really self-conscious about my weight to the point that I couldn't talk about it without crying or otherwise becoming emotional. I just wasn't happy! I'm hoping with support I can finally get to a place where I can look into a mirror and smile at what I see.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have hypothyroidism as well and I think that contributes to my slow metabolism, but I'm taking medicine for that now in addition to everything else. Here's hoping this time is the time it all goes well!

reena lee
02-06-2012, 07:58 PM
First name:Reena

Geographical location: Upstate NY

Age: 24 (with 7 years experience haha)

Marital Status:it's complicated

Children/Ages:4 children, 3 with special needs - 11 yr old son, 5year old twins (girl and boy), 1 yr old son

Occupation: full time cook, cleaner, doctor, nurse, butler, mom, dad, best friend, care taker, driver,... in short - im a mom

Pets: 3 - optimus prime (pom), maggie bigglesworth (shih tzu mix) and Lady Vidia (pom)

Hobbies/Interests: crafts, computers, kids

Height:5'7"

Eye/Hair Color: brown eyes, hair color changes OFTEN

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Im female - i think we start trying to loose as soon as we join this world

Starting Weight: 272lbs

Present Weight:272lbs

Goal Weight: 202 mini goal...

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: sticking to it, i start and i loose then i forget the whole idea behind it.. I lost over 70lbs 306 to 230 and then gave birth to my twins. never really had the time or effort to put in to losing it again

Following any specific plan: watching calories, carbs, sugar ect just eating right and doing something out of the norm for activity each day. im very active anyway (you have to be with 4 kids) but its the doing soomething you dont normally do that works stuff you dont normally work that i believe makes the difference. and also makes it slightly more exciting!

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: no more babies on the way, my ex husband is a waste as far as my kids go and i need to make sure im around as long as possible for them, this means being healthy and making good choices

Anything else you would like to share with us:i come from a huge family of all over weight people. i have 6 sisters and i am actually the smallest of them all. my mother is over 350lbs and sadly can barely walk! i see her and think to myself, at 59 yrs old? i dont want to be that!

Goosemuffin
02-08-2012, 12:37 AM
First name: April

Geographical location: Southern USA

Age:35

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: 4 of my own-18, 8, 5 & 3 and 3 steps 21, 17, 13

Occupation: Stay at home mom the past 4 years.

Pets: chihuahua Lizzy Borden, Yorkie Spike

Hobbies/Interests:Starting to sew. Enjoying the family, bbq's, swimming, biking.

Height: 5'7

Eye/Hair Color: Br-black

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 2/6/12

Starting Weight: 294.4

Present Weight: 292.8

Goal Weight:175

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Committing myself to an exercise program. I tend to lose interest very quickly, but I'm at a breaking point-now or never.

Following any specific plan: Cut out all soda, regular and diet. Low fat, calorie sensible diet.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm at the highest I've ever been. Somethings changed within me, I refuse to fail. I've never had this will to do so before.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Just ready for this. I can see this is going to be my support and accountability (3cod).

SmallSteps
02-08-2012, 02:27 PM
First name: Belinda

Geographical location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Age: 05/09/1967

Marital Status: Married to DH Bruce

Children/Ages: Jennifer 25 years old

Occupation: Telecommunications

Pets: I have a min pin named Kody and four spoiled kitty cats, Sassy, Prissy, Jack and Jill.

Hobbies/Interests: Photography, Needlepoint, Genealogy and Graveyard Rabbit

Height: 5 foot 6

Eye/Hair Color: Blue and Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Started again 10/31/2011

Starting Weight: 298.6

Present Weight: 256.8

Goal Weight: 170 (Then I will re-examine my goals)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Myself

Following any specific plan: Calorie counting and exercise

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am more determined, I am doing it the right way, and I have added exercise and am doing it religously.

Anything else you would like to share with us:

suzukigurl
02-08-2012, 02:50 PM
First name: Julie

Geographical location: Chicago Burbs

Age:33

Marital Status:Married

Children/Ages:1 Boy 2years old

Occupation: RN

Pets: 2 Dogs

Hobbies/Interests: Scrapbooking, paper crafting & reading (mostly about vampires, YES I AM A TWI-MOM)

Height: 5' 7"

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel / Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Jan 18th 2012

Starting Weight:285LBS

Present Weight:267LBS

Goal Weight:175LBS

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I love to eat, I eat when I'm Happy, I eat when I'm Sad, & I eat just to eat!

Following any specific plan:No specific marketed plan, just doing what I feel I need to do for me.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Not only do I need to do this for myself & my health, but I need to do this for my SON!

Anything else you would like to share with us: I typed this earlier for another forum and really think it represents who I am and my journey this time around so I wanted to add it here!

Hi, my name is Julie and I have a long journey ahead of me as well, but I NEED to do this! I have a total of 110 lbs to lose to put me at a place I feel I will be comfortable and be able to maintain.

A little about me: I have been a Registered Nurse for over 5 years but about a year ago decided I needed to focus on my son who had just turned 2. I am now a stay at home Mommy, which has brought it's own challenges with it but I really LOVE being able to be with my little man.

About 3 weeks ago I decided to dust off my scale and just about cried when I saw what I weighted 285lbs OMG!!! I weighed 295 when I had my son and couldn't believe I weighed that much (even thought deep down I knew the # wasn't going to be good) I told myself I needed to do something, for Me, My Son, & my overall health. I simply been trying to make better choices when choosing what I put into my mouth. Just today I decided to start keeping a food journal and that is how I came upon this site.

So here is how things have gone so far: Right around Jan 18th I was at 285lbs as of today I am at 267lbs! Not to bad for not having followed any specific diet! I have not incorporated any exercise routine yet (besides chasing around my son LOL), but I have decided to start some type of exercise routine after I have lost 25lbs (I have named this program BABY STEPS since thats what I tell myself every day. Baby step to my goal one pound at a time. My mini goals are set at 25lbs, after I reach each mini goal I will do something special just for me, and my overall goal is losing the 110lbs which will put me at 175lbs. Once I reach that ( and I WILL GET THERE) I will decide where I need to got from there.

I am very happy to have found this site, it just might be that little extra I need to get me to where I need to be! I would love to make some new friends who I can take this journey with!

GemIAm
02-08-2012, 08:58 PM
First name: Amy

Geographical location: Middle of Washington State (God's Country)

Age: 41

Marital Status: Married for 16 awesome years

Children/Ages: 2..."Trauma" is a 17 yr old male, "Drama" is a 12 yr old female

Occupation: Data Geek (Research Analyst)

Pets: Many....all rescues! Currently 2 horses, a dog & 4 cats

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Horses/horseback riding, traveling, dancing (when I'm smaller)

Height: 5'3"

Eye/Hair Color: Green/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: THIS TIME: Jan 14, 2012

Starting Weight: 278 lbs (heaviest ever)

Present Weight: 263

Goal Weight: 175

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Finding something i can stick to and maintaining after loss! Changing my relationship to my body and expressing my emotions instead of sedating myself with fat and carbs.

Following any specific plan: Fourth week on the Ideal Protein diet through my doctor's office.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have a coach through Ideal Protein, my kids are old enough to be supportive and understanding when I flee the room while they eat pizza/nachos etc. I also think being a part of this supportive online community will help.

Anything else you would like to share with us: In January I hit my "rock bottom"...tying my shoes and breathing at the same time was hard. My size 22 pants were tight. I had gotten too big to want to go out an work with my horses - and that was not acceptable.
***Huge, horrible awakening that I have gotten so big that I now need to lose over 100 lbs...that is like losing my whole 12 year old off of my body!***

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HappyNurse2005
02-08-2012, 10:02 PM
First name: Rose

Geographical location: Virginia

Age: 30

Marital Status: divorced :( looking for my husband upgrade!

Children/Ages: four kids, ranging from 4-11 years old

Occupation: labor and delivery nurse, graduate student---going for masters degree in nursing to become a certified nurse midwife

Pets: one cat
Hobbies/Interests: not much time for hobbies outside of kids, school, and work! reading, facebook, friends, photography

Height: 5'2

Eye/Hair Color:

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: this time? February 3rd, 2012
Starting Weight: 207.7 on feb 3rd (BMI 37.9)

Present Weight: 202.6 this morning! lost 5.1 pounds in five days! i know its hte initial weight loss, my body's "wheres the food???" reaction, but its nice getting started motivation! (BMI 37.0)

Goal Weight: 105 (BMI 19.2)---though this is the goal, i'd settle for 105-115. i feel like i am short enough that 105 is an attainable, not skeletal weight

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: being too busy to cook healthy, i dont know how to cook much at all, the fact that i love good food, maintaining when it gets hard

Following any specific plan: calorie counting. 1200-1400 or so a day. cardio when i can. i'm a member of a gym, but just too busy many of the time!

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: many reasons, although some are superficial they are my reasons. first of all, i am single and afraid i wont get a new husband ever if im fat! im going to be moving from being a nurse to a more professional practitioner role, and want to be a healthy example for my patients. im embarrassed by how i look.

Anything else you would like to share with us: i am afraid of failure

Jinxy
02-09-2012, 09:48 PM
First name: Sherry

Geographical location: Florida

Age: 31

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: 2 kids, Stepson (18) and a son (8 almost 9)

Occupation: College student/homemaker/mom

Pets: A cat named Reecee

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, family tree, computer games(sometimes), tv. I'm hoping to change this or find more hobbies to add to the list.

Height: 5'4

Eye/Hair Color: Blue and light brown (blondish highlights)

Starting Date of Weight loss Journey: Feb. 16th 2012 (or sooner)

Starting Weight: 278

Present Weight: 278

Goal Weight: 145

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weight loss: Overeating, night grazing (cravings get me a lot a night),and I'm hoping to add new foods to my list.

Following any specific plan: Counting calories (I have an app on my tablet), adding more exercise to my schedule, walking more, drinking more water, and adding healthier foods to my eating list.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have a very long lists of why: I'm tired of being tired, I'm tired of not being able to fit clothes, I'm tired of only having a few clothes to wear because of this, I'm tired of people looking at me and me thinking they are putting me down because of my weight, I want to be able to fit comfortably in a roller coaster again (haven't been on one in 2 to 3 years now because of almost not fitting into a seat once, embarrassing! :o ), I want to be able to get my wedding ring reduced instead of extended, because of my health, I am hoping that this might help with my PCOS so that I can get pregnant again, and most of all I want my kids to be proud of me for this.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Like the poster before me I too am afraid of failure and I don't like to disappoint anyone including myself.

Auty
02-15-2012, 07:23 AM
First name: Auty

Geographical location: Alaska

Age: 27

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: 0

Occupation: stay at home wife

Pets: dogs and a cat

Hobbies/Interests: Photography

Height:5'2


Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Today

Starting Weight: Around 300

Goal Weight: 170

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I lack motivation to exercise and eat right

Following any specific plan: Really new to all of this so I am just gonna try cutting back calories and exercising more.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am only 27 years old and to be frank and honest, I dont want to die in my 30's because I was to lazy to change in my 20's.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have always been heavy, but I have gained a large amount of weight since moving to Alaska. Its been almost 5 years and I just can't keep going down this road because I know what the end looks like. I need a support group to be accountable and to know people that are going through the same struggles that I am.

tessendicott
02-16-2012, 12:08 PM
First name: Tess

Geographical location: Sunny Augusta, GA.

Age: 24

Marital Status: Living with the love of my life and my best friend Mack.

Children/Ages: ZERO, thank goodness. (No offense to everyone who has, they just aren't right for me now.)

Occupation: Professional Photographer.

Pets: Dr. John Watson, our wonderful Syrian hamster.

Hobbies/Interests: Reading (I am a MAJOR bookworm. Usually reading 3-4 books at a time.), scrap-booking, photographing (it's my profession, but when not shooting engagements and weddings I'm out shooting anything and everything), bicycling on my vintage Schwinn and of course, 3FC!

Height: 5'8"

Eye/Hair Color: Green/White blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: September of 2010. I went until February on WW and had to stop for personal reasons and started back a week ago.

Starting Weight: 275

Present Weight: 239

Goal Weight: 165

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Getting in the exercise groove.

Following any specific plan: Weight Watchers. <3

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am MUCH more motivated. I WILL get to goal this time. I am so tired of feeling bad about myself.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I love dinosaurs and roller skates.

Coffeelover64
02-16-2012, 02:08 PM
First name: Louise

Geographical location: Michigan

Age: 47

Marital Status: Married for 20 years

Children/Ages: 3 kids, DD 18, DS 17 & DS 14

Occupation: SAHM, Homeschooler to DS14, Interior Decorator in prior life

Pets: 2 dogs, Toby a Maltese and Jessie a Toy Poodle

Hobbies/Interests: Hanging with friends and family, the internet, TV, reading, beauty products, decorating

Height: 5'4"

Eye/Hair Color: Light brown hair, teal blue eyes

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 2/15/2012

Starting Weight: 228

Present Weight: 228

Goal Weight: 125

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: not being organized, putting weight loss "on hold" because something more urgent came up

Following any specific plan: Body Type Diet

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: chose a more livable plan

Anything else you would like to share with us: I've been overweight since having the kids but prior to that I was fit and average/slim. I miss that feeling so badly!

PinkLotus
02-17-2012, 01:25 PM
First name: T

Geographical location: Alberta, Canada

Age: 31

Marital Status: Married for 2 years.

Children/Ages: 1 daughter, 16 months old.

Occupation: Government.

Pets: 1 dog

Hobbies/Interests: Music, writing.

Height: 5'7"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: This is not my first time around the block, but technically this journey started after the birth of my daughter.

Starting Weight: 257.2

Present Weight: 245.6

Goal Weight: 160 ideally, but I'd be totally happy at anything under 170.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I'm a stress eater, emotional eater, a food addict, and I frequently lose my motivation for months at a time (resulting in re-gain). Sometimes I feel like a lost cause.

Following any specific plan: Weight Watchers.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: This time I'm doing it for my daughter. I want to be a positive role model in her life and I do NOT want her to end up like me.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have lost and regained, lost and regained, lost and regained, and I finally want to end this cycle. But I live in fear of the "falling off the wagon" thing I seem to do often. I'm hoping this site will help me stay motivated, or help me find my motivation if I lose it.

pixeldust
02-19-2012, 12:24 AM
First name: Mina
Geographical location: San Francisco Bay Area
Age: 29
Marital Status: Thereís a boy I likeÖ and he likes me too. ( :
Children/Ages: I donít want to have children.
Occupation: Iím an office worker in the social services field.
Pets: I donít want to have pets either.
Hobbies/Interests: reading, writing, and illustrating
Height: 5í3Ē
Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Black
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 01/01/12
Starting Weight: 230
Present Weight: 215 as of 02/18/12 (refer to general 3FC profile and upcoming weight loss ticker in signature for updates)
Goal Weight: 125
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Taming my monstrously huge sweet tooth.
Following any specific plan? I was on SugarBusters (consuming mostly green smoothies) for the first month, but jumped ship to Atkins. Iím finding the first phase of Atkins to be tough considering I would like to cut meat from my diet and I really miss fruit. Now, Iím considering doing a Raw Food Boot Camp program until goal weight. Either way, once I reach goal weight, I see myself becoming a vegetarian with a low sugar/carb WOE that consists mostly of whole foods.
Anything else you would like to share with us: Iím a very private person. So, opening up on a touchy issue like my health, even on a relatively anonymous internet forum, is new to me. But I have been lurking here from time to time and realize that joining this supportive community would be a good thing for me.

FitMomEB
02-19-2012, 08:39 AM
First name: Elisa

Geographical location: currently in Zurich, Switzerland (been around a bit, I'm a serial expat)

Age: 35

Marital Status: happily married

Children/Ages: 2 girls, 12 and 5

Occupation: currently SAHM, formerly translator; wannabe writer

Pets: none

Hobbies/Interests: reading, writing, travel, fashion, natural medicine

Height: 5'6'' (165 cm)

Eye/Hair Color: dark brown, both

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: gah - forever, on and off. Most recent re-start: February 11, 2012

Starting Weight: 246

Present Weight: 232.5

Goal Weight: anywhere between 143 and 154

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: self-discipline.

Following any specific plan: currently on a low-fat, low carb (low-GI veggies and lean protein, some fruit) regimen to get over my sugar/carb cravings and stabilize my blood sugar.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: the fact that I can no longer kid myself that I am "just a little chubby". I am obese. I cannot shop in normal stores. Airplanes seat belts barely fit. I look absolutely awful in a bathing suit, no matter how "flattering". The jig is up.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I am a former yo-yo dieter. I have a hard time with moderation, so I am usually better off on a completely cheat-free regimen.

KRinOttawa
02-20-2012, 12:59 PM
First name: Kirstie
Geographical location: Ottawa, Canada
Age: 38
Marital Status: Happily married
Children/Ages: None (and happy!)
Occupation: School librarian
Pets: 2 cats
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, live music, writing, politics
Height: 5' 2" (and a half!)
Eye/Hair Color: Red-ish blonde/Blue
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: February 15, 2012 (this time!)
Starting Weight: 240 lbs
Present Weight: 236 lbs
Goal Weight: ~135 lbs
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Emotional eating: I eat to celebrate, I eat to cheer myself up, I eat when I'm bored. I also have very little sense of proper portion sizes.
Following any specific plan: Ideal Protein
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'll be 40 in a year and a half and I don't want to enter my 40s feeling like I do now: constantly tired, sore and achy, unhappy. My weight is keeping me from doing things I desperately want to do and I won't let it do that to me any longer.
Anything else you would like to share with us: Like lots of people here, I've been dieting off and on most of my adult life with little (sustained!) success -- I'm really hoping the being active here will help keep me motivated and on track!

ChouKoe
02-20-2012, 07:04 PM
First name: Javante

Geographical location: Texas

Age: 20

Marital Status: Single :(

Children/Ages: 0

Occupation: Student?

Pets: 0

Hobbies/Interests: Drawing, playing the piano, reading :D

Height: 5'9

Eye/Hair Color: brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Juneish

Starting Weight: 340+

Present Weight: 304.8

Goal Weight: 160-165

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: My mindset, I give up way to easily.

Following any specific plan: Calorie Counter here!

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I don't know...I just woke up and said I can't take this anymore. Ever since, I been sticking to this journey.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I like anime and M&M's. I been dieting since I was 12(maybe less) and obviously out of those times I failed. Hopefully, I'll stick to my OWN plan and melt this fat off.

Espressowhip
02-21-2012, 07:33 AM
First name: Karen

Geographical location: Northern Germany

Age: 45

Marital Status: single

Children/Ages: I forgot to have them.

Occupation: web developer

Pets: 2 lazy house cats

Hobbies/Interests: sports, reading, traveling

Height: 5'7" /170cm

Eye/Hair Color: green, Espresso :coffee2:

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 2/01/11

Starting Weight: 320 lbs / 142 kgs

Present Weight: 266 lbs / 122 kgs (as of 2/2012)

Goal Weight: 130 lbs/ 59 kgs, or a US Size 9, whatever weight that is for me now.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Changing my relationship to food.

Following any specific plan: 1200-1300 calories a day, with lots of fitness related goals.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm being painfully honest with calorie counting, and paying attention to macro nutrients. I've stopped making excuses and saying "I can't". I've made fitness a priority. I took a 6 month nutrition course. I'm ready to be the woman I know I am, rather than just dream about being her. I practice positive thinking.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm glad to be here.

Muggles
02-21-2012, 06:15 PM
Age: 44

Height: 5'9"

Starting Weight: 275 lbs

Present Weight: 275 lbs

Goal Weight: 160-170 lbs

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: food obsession, depression

Following any specific plan: trying to eat all natural vegan

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:
Maybe nothing but I hope that this time I can stay focused long enough to see real progress. I was an athlete until I had severe health issues in my early 30s. I hope to get below 200 so I can get back into sports.

Anything else you would like to share with us: My weight issues are tied to hating my body after infertility issues. Logically, I know this but it still drags me down.

__________________

Bigbeautifulmama2012
02-24-2012, 03:40 PM
First name: Sandra

Geographical location:Northern Cali

Age:35 will be 36 in July

Marital Status:rockily married for 5 years in July

Children/Ages: Reese 6,girl, & Austin 1, boy oh boy.

Occupation:Homemaker, currently in LPN program

Pets:Buddie, 6 yro border collie

Hobbies/Interests:movies,a select TV programs, reading, writing, photography, quilting, crochet, sewing.

Height:5' 7"

Eye/Hair Color:Hzl blue's

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:When I was 16.

Starting Weight:now 284lbs, when I was sixteen 175lbs I'd like to get back there.

Present Weight:284

Goal Weight:230

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:candy, heart issues that limit amount and intensity of exercise.

Following any specific plan:getting info on Food Lovers Diet. Though I am up for anything.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:my heart. I want to lose so I can show my daughter that healthy is better.

Anything else you would like to share with us:not right now. I am still browsing I may add a few more groups.

tainted1972
02-25-2012, 09:53 PM
First name: Talitha

Geographical location: Ohio

Age:39

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: 3 daughters aged: 18,17, and 6

Occupation: Licensed Practical Nurse and Full time student

Pets: cat

Hobbies/Interests: crafts, decorating, sewing

Height: 5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 1/30/2012

Starting Weight: 304

Present Weight: 291

Goal Weight: 199 ( for right now)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: staying motivated

Following any specific plan: I use weight watchers points plus as a guideline.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I mean it! For the first time in my life I am fearful of what I have done to myself. I am tired of just being.. I want to live!

Anything else you would like to share with us:

fatfriendnomore
02-27-2012, 01:14 AM
First name: Iesha

Geographical location: Indiana

Age: 21

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: Childcare Aid

Pets: none

Height: 5'3"

Eye/Hair Color: dark brown/Brown/black

Present Weight: 244

Goal Weight: 200

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: EXERCISE!

Following any specific plan: Just trying to eat better overall and get myself to the gym.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I really want to lose weight for me this time, so that I can feel better about MYSELF!

HeavyonFashion
02-28-2012, 12:37 AM
First name: Malan

Geographical location:NJ

Age:27

Marital Status: happily married

Children/Ages: no kids but hopefully some one day

Occupation: Blogger/Writer

Pets: None

Hobbies/Interests: Fashion, reading, writing, music

Height: 5'7"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: I am starting off fresh today

Starting Weight: 265

Present Weight: 265

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weight loss: Being Motivated to exercise and watching what I eat consistently.

Following any specific plan: Well I am counting my calories on the Lose it app on my ipod. I am also going gluten free starting in April. I am

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am determine to finally lose the weight for me and not for everyone else.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Before I start a family with my husband I want to be healthier and happier me. I am starting to practice yoga.

charzhazha
03-04-2012, 09:22 PM
First name: Charlotte

Geographical location:Seattle

Age:21

Marital Status: single

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: student

Pets: Cutie, 9 year old Latin American Street Dog (not a real breed)

Hobbies/Interests: TV, knitting

Height:5' 6"

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel, brown curly

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: nowish

Starting Weight: 270?

Present Weight:270?

Goal Weight: I would be okay with 170, but in high school I fluctuated between 140 and 180, and I would like to get to the lower end of that range.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: developing strategies. I used to stay at a healthy weight by necessity, because I didn't really have an opportunity to buy crap food and walking home through the country was something I actually enjoyed. Now I live in the city, and I hate walking around because it is all gray. I also live within a block of 3 convenience stores.

Following any specific plan: trying to follow a weekly meal plan & calorie count

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I feel responsible for my little sister, who is 18 and 360 lbs. I love her and want to set a good example so she doesn't develop serious health issues in her 20's.

I am looking for success stories and a supporting community!

findingfawn
03-10-2012, 11:06 PM
First name: Sommer

Geographical location: Pennsylvania

Age: 35

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: Boy 14, Girl 8, Boy 7 (my Irish Twins they are a year and a day apart), and another sweet Boy 4

Occupation: Homeschooling Mommy and Housewife Extrodinare

Pets: 1 turtle, 2 hamsters, 1 fluffy kitty, 1 pitbull, and 1 labrabull

Hobbies/Interests: Homeschooling, Books, Knitting, Crocheting, Sewing, and Camping

Height: 5'3"

Eye/Hair Color: Blue/Blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: This time, 8/21/13

Starting Weight: 276, but my highest ever known was 284.6 in Sept of 2013

Present Weight: 270

Goal Weight: 140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Not eating all the munchies that the rest of the family is eating. I'm trying to move them into eating better... the little kids are pretty good at choosing veggies and fruit over candy and sweets, but oldest and hubby, not so much.

Following any specific plan: Calorie Counting

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:

Anything else you would like to share with us: If I vanish from the boards, please someone come find me and get me back here!!! I need this place and all of you!!!

Penguin
03-23-2012, 08:58 PM
First name: Zoe

Geographical location: England!

Age: 16

Marital Status: 2 years into a relationship :)

Children/Ages: nope!

Occupation: Volunteer charity shop worker, student

Pets: 2 Rats (Kupo, Pringle) One Roborovski Hamster (Snufkin)

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Tv shows, Movies, Textiles, Art, Boyfriend, Harry potter!

Height: 5ft 5''

Eye/Hair Color: Brown eyes! And... soon to be my old natural light brown (but currently black)

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 10/03/2012

Starting Weight: 220 Pounds

Present Weight: 213 Pounds

Goal Weight: 150 Pounds

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Probably patience... I'm not very patient, I'll probably be weighing myself every day thinking 'Why am I not thin yet?!'

Following any specific plan: Yup! It's kind of my own one, I think. I have banana milk smoothie in the morning for my breakfast which keeps me full till lunch. Then for lunch I have my fruits, and then finally for dinner I have my vegetables and meat (Chicken or Fish).

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Well the other diet I did was reeeally bad, I would only eat like 400 calories a day... and then the next day I felt I needed to go lower.. then the next day I'd try and get lower than that. Basically after a week I got really bad side effects, the 10 pound week loss really wasn't worth it. So I'm just going to try my hardest to do this the long but more healthy way.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Uhm, to help me keep on track I've promised myself I can buy one expensive item of clothing when I reach my target weight, which is Hermione's Yule Ball dress from Harry Potter that I know would be wasted in my current size! I think it would help a lot for others too if they have trouble keeping on track like me!

misswilliams
03-30-2012, 02:58 AM
First name
Beth

Geographical location
Cymru ;)

Age
20

Marital Status
Single

Children/Ages
Nope.

Occupation
Student

Pets
I have an imaginary white ferret called Drako.

Hobbies/Interests
Reading, watching films and telly, spending too much time on tumblr and twitter, procrastinating.

Height
5 foot 4

Eye/Hair Color
Dark brown eyes and I've dyed my hair too much so I don't know what colour it is anymore, omg.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey
Early 2012.

Starting Weight
273 lbs.

Present Weight
269 lbs.

Goal Weight
126 - 140 lbs.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss
Crisps, I need to stop eating crisps instead of everything else, omg.

Following any specific plan
Not really, just eating less and exercising more, I suppose.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past
I think I'm more determined this time. And I'm fed up of being too fat to wear decent clothes.

Anything else you would like to share with us
I'm pretty mental. Good mental though.

Kikidaphathousewifey
03-31-2012, 05:27 AM
First name: Kiki

Geographical location: The Idaho Wilderness

Age:26

Marital Status: Happily Married

Children/Ages: My boo is 2yrs old

Occupation: Full time student and homemaker

Pets: My Husband, HA!

Hobbies/Interests: My family, being outdoors, gardening, philosophy

Height: 4'11''

Eye/Hair Color: Green/Light Brown-Blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: everyday since i was 12, but seriously TODAY 3/30/12

Starting Weight: ugh 217

Present Weight: 217

Goal Weight:117

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: having a case of the "**** its" like every other day. being my own worst enemy. self sabotage....

Following any specific plan: Atkins!

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: It's weird being in a healthy constructive relationship with a man who loves all of me not just the "pretty" parts. I'm going all in with my husband who also has some weight to shed but not as much as me. However, it is still cray cray that I told a boy how much I weigh!!!

Anything else you would like to share with us: "I'm not Josie Grossie anymore!"-Never Been Kissed

thc
04-01-2012, 01:06 AM
First name: Trenae

Geographical location: Tennessee

Age:25

Marital Status: married for three years

Children/Ages:#3 .......7,4,&3

Occupation: full time student

Pets: none

Hobbies/Interests: singing and being a full time mom

Height:5'6

Eye/Hair Color: hair:brown eye:dark brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: April 1st

Starting Weight:265

Present Weight:265

Goal Weight:165

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: binge eating

Following any specific plan: stay on the diet

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: more determined

Anything else you would like to share with us:

korij
04-03-2012, 07:18 AM
First name: Kori

Geographical location: Georgia, USA

Age: 21

Marital Status: Happily married, 3 years in May, getting in shape together

Children/Ages: No children yet. I want to be healthier before I have kids.

Occupation: Unemployed, future Culinary student

Pets: Spitz/Border Collie Mix named Roxxanne

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, video games, walking, chatting with friends and roommates

Height: 5'5"

Eye/Hair Color: Green eyes, naturally dark blonde hair that is currently white-orange

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 04/01/12

Starting Weight: 280+

Present Weight: 280

Goal Weight: 140/130

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Portion control, binging, and soda

Following any specific plan: Eat less and better and exercise more

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I WON'T give up, absolutely won't!

Anything else you would like to share with us: :D

junebug44
04-03-2012, 08:46 PM
First name: Brandi

Geographical location: Oregon

Age:28

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: none yet

Occupation: Work at University

Pets: 2 dogs and 2 cats

Hobbies/Interests: TV, walking the dog, spending time at the beach

Height: 6'

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel, brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Jan 1st, 2012

Starting Weight: 292

Present Weight:259

Goal Weight: 180

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Beer & pizza :)

Following any specific plan: Went vegetarian and trying to each as plant-based as possible.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Honestly, going vegetarian has really changed the way I approach weight loss. I try my best to eat as plant-based and wholesome as possible but you know what sometimes I eat french fries and I don't think "oh well, I already cheated...I guess I'll just really go for it." I feel in control and strong. I don't feel like I'm about to fall off the wagon at any moment...this is the new way that I live my life.

Crazy Dog Lady
04-03-2012, 11:01 PM
First name: Carly

Geographical location: New Brunswick, Canada

Age: 27

Marital Status: Five years married-- and happily so. :)

Children/Ages: My husband and I are child free and intend to stay that way. Forever.

Occupation: Funemployed until September when I go back to school.

Furkids: A five year old Golden Retriever boy, a two year old Westie/Bichon boy, and a year old American Bulldog girl.

Hobbies/Interests: Knitting, reading, bible studies, church, training my dogs.

Height: 5'8"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 04/01/2012

Starting Weight: 255

Present Weight: 255

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Fast Food, Pepsi and inactivity.

Following any specific plan: Calorie counting, drinking more water, getting active.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm sick of being fat. And my husband is gone away for four months so I really have no excuses. Oh, and I am going to get a breast reduction next month. ^_^

Anything else you would like to share with us: I gained 100lbs since being married to my husband. I used to go to the gym twice a day, I used to be able to run a kilometre in 4 1/2 minutes. Now I get winded going for a walk around the block. That sh:carrot:t is not acceptable.

llladynasti
04-03-2012, 11:24 PM
I am seeing a lot of common themes, especially relate to the stuff about emotional eating and the desperation.
I am doing this via my phone, so I may have to do it in parts .

Name: Anna

Age: 30

Location: canada

Marital status: single and dating

Children: one girl, 9

Occupation: I work in a busy office

Pets: windowsill herbs, sometimes my moms choc lab (dog)

Hobbies/interests: dancing, reading, writing, massage and the body, camping and hiking

Height: five foot one

Hair and eye colour: brunette, sea-changing

Starting date of weight loss journey: every morning.

Starting weight and present weight: 226

Goal weight: 140-145

Biggest hurdle to overcome: the need to avoid feelings, fear of failure, self-Reliance to the point of isolation and nervous breakdown, control and fear of control

More to come. ..

threenorns
04-03-2012, 11:51 PM
First name: three (seriously: only my family and my boss use the name on my birth certificate any more)

Geographical location: minden, ontario

Age: 45

Marital Status: complicated with issues

Children/Ages: nikkita - 26 (in 3wks); caiti - 23; saari - 5

Occupation: assistant manager at a small-town bookshop

Pets: dandelion ("dandy"), border collie mix, 3-1/2yrs; rufus - orange tabby; she-who-must-not-be-named, tricolour, who knows how old.

Hobbies/Interests: powerlifting/bodybuilding; internet; books; dog training; alternative healing; anything else that strikes my autodidactical fancy.

Height: five-two and a bit

Eye/Hair Color: dishwater/grey

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: [just so you know: i HATE that term - "journey"; on my list right up there with the words "poignant", "bittersweet", and "moist". bonus points if you know what that last one referred to] this time around, march 1st.

Starting Weight: 230

Present Weight: 215

Goal Weight: 125... 135... somewhere around there. i'll know it when i see it.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: ... money. it's bloody expensive to keep up with the shakes but it would be even more expensive trying to do it on whole foods alone.

Following any specific plan: medically-supervised VLCD (750cal/day)

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: nothing, really. both times i did this before succeeded - i deliberately chose to gain it all back.

Anything else you would like to share with us: i have asperger's so i'm socially dysfunctional. i also tend to use words as if they were sledgehammers - lack of delicacy and tact, is what i mean. if i post something and you think you're offended, then it really wasn't meant to be so. i don't beat around the bush if i'm out to offend someone.

llladynasti
04-04-2012, 12:56 AM
Continued. .. (Anna)
any specific food plan: yes, and it may evolve over time into what exactly I don't know but currently its this: fooddiary in Calorie Counter app , try to fill up on more than half my calories in the first half of the day while my brains still working and I can choose high protein low glycemic foods, preferably organic whole foods and good quality meat but let's face it I take what I can get. No added sugar, and preferably gluten free.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past? : THIS. I'be been in OA and trying to sidestep the food plan part. I've never admitted I might actually have a goal weight. I've never dared admit I want it. In fact I've rebelled against anything and everything that might resemble dieting. So being here and facing the physical stuff is different for me!

Luceia
04-05-2012, 11:32 AM
First name: Jamie

Geographical location: Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

Age: 31

Marital Status: In a domestic partnership with a large ginger man :)

Children/Ages: Daughter - 14, Son - 10

Occupation: Research Scientist

Pets: My cat - 14 (awesome), his cat - 6 mo (jerk cat).

Hobbies/Interests: reading, camping, travel, sex. :devil:

Height: 5'10.5"

Eye/Hair Color: Blonde/Grey

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 03/05/12

Starting Weight: 298

Present Weight: 262

Goal Weight: 170 (for now)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Anemia (=fatigue) and knowing when I am full (ie full does not equal stuffed to the point of wanting to vomit)

Following any specific plan: Less food IN, more workOUT. :)

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm in my 30s now, and was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea. TERRIFYING wake-up call.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm so grateful this place exists!!!

TAPisREADY23
04-08-2012, 09:46 PM
First name: Tonya

Geographical location: North Georgia

Age: 23


Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: 1/4years

Occupation: Staff Accountant

Pets: None


Hobbies/Interests: Photography, writing, and spending time with my family

Height: 5'6

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel/Blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 3/27/2012

Starting Weight: 269.9 pounds

Present Weight: 262.8 pounds

Goal Weight: 145 pounds (ultimate)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Social/Emotional Eating & the Mental Game.

Following any specific plan: Yes, kind of like calorie counting.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: It's working lol

Anything else you would like to share with us: I am tired of giving up and I am tired of my husband saying I told you that you couldn't do it. :/

kristinrenee86
04-09-2012, 12:36 AM
First name: Kristin

Geographical location: Western Kentucky

Age: 25

Marital Status: Looking for my ring any day now :D

Children/Ages: None yet

Occupation: Pharmacy Technician & Student

Pets: 1 Pomeranian and 2 German Shepard puppies

Hobbies/Interests: Reading...baking...crafty projects...Watching University of Kentucky basketball and Alabama football

Height: 5'3

Eye/Hair Color: Green eyes and the hair color changes quite often, but it's dark now

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 04/09/2012

Starting Weight: 230 lb :(

Present Weight: 215

Goal Weight: For now, I'm saying 115. I have a small frame but I'm not sure just how low will be healthy for me.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: My mama's cooking! :)

Following any specific plan: I plan on giving the Fast 5 a shot!

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: It gets harder to lose the weight every time I let it slide. I would like to start having children in the next few years and I want to be healthy.

Anything else you would like to share with us: This is my first post here but I've been lurking for a while. I've never been part of an online community like this, but I hope it will be a good source of encouragement and a learning tool. :)

Yana2B
04-18-2012, 01:19 PM
First name: Yana

Geographical location: North Carolina

Age: 33

Marital Status: In a relationship

Children/Ages: None yet

Occupation: HR Generalist

Pets: Cat - Katrina

Hobbies/Interests: Sewing, reading, cooking.

Height: 5'4" and some change

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 04/15/2012

Starting Weight: 298

Present Weight: No idea. I'm weighing once a month. Since the scale drives me mad I'm trying to find other ways to measure my progress.

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: 3 words... CHICK-FIL-A :o lol But seriously, portion control and exercise are my weaknesses.

Following any specific plan: Not really, just lowering my carb intake and exercising.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm in my 30's, ready to start having children, and I want to be healthy & fit before Motherhood.

Anything else you would like to share with us:

meditateinmydirectio
04-18-2012, 04:59 PM
First name: Dee

Geographical location: California

Age: 30

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: Gardener

Pets: 1 cat, Cap'n Jack (after Cap'n Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean)

Hobbies/Interests: Salsa Dancing, Yoga, Gardening, Home maintenance, Reading, Walking, Fitness, Healthy/organic cooking, stumbleupon, pylometric workouts, relaxation, health & balance, tai chi, smoothies

Height: 5'5"

Eye/Hair Color: Blue/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: birth? haha... age 10/11

Starting Weight: highest weight = 260

Present Weight: 152

Goal Weight: 149 at dr's office (first of all just 149 at home though)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: dealing with medication stuff & bipolar disorder challenges... also staying motivated & inspired. and minimizing stress!

Following any specific plan: trying to take inspiration from lots of ideas but don't believe in restrictions ---that said---but no refined carbs, only whole grains... no refined sugars... no desserts... no chocolate (I don't eat caffeine)... but once in a while i make an exception. lots of fruits, lots of vegetables. (as much fruits and veggies as possible. try to minimize animal fat and replace it with vegetable fat eg nuts or avocado.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am staying focused, not giving up, keeping a food journal, and paying attention to it every day. letting go of self criticism and just keep trying.

Anything else you would like to share with us: the mantra my friend gave me is "losing weight is easy"... that's my weight loss mantra.

:)

missphalange
04-23-2012, 05:05 PM
First name: Regina

Geographical location: The southwest, y'all.

Age: late 20's

Marital Status: newlywed

Children/Ages: 1, 1.5, 8, 9...or thereabouts

Occupation: accountant

Pets: See: "Children/Ages". :D

Hobbies/Interests: Generally speaking, I enjoy exercise (Zumba, biking, walking/running, yoga, pilates), but have been in a funk for a while now. Otherwise, I love reading, bargain hunting, watching movies (and good tv shows), pinning (as in Pinterest), and cooking. I have just started trying my hand at growing some veggies & herbs, too!

Height: 5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: hair: daaaaaaark brown, eyes: amber

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: This time around: 04/16/2012

Starting Weight: 269.4

Present Weight: 263.6

Goal Weight: 155.0-ish

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: binging

Following any specific plan: McDougall Maximum Weight Loss Plan

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:
I believe that it has finally sunk in that I am slowly killing myself from my horrid eating habits. I now realize that there is a direct correlation between my health (and longevity) and what I consume each day.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I've been a vegetarian for nearly 12 years and began transitioning to a vegan way of life earlier this year.

jeninco
04-23-2012, 08:52 PM
First name: Jen

Geographical location: Colorado

Age: late 39

Marital Status: Happily divorced

Children/Ages: Boy age 5

Occupation: Equine Vet and horse trainer

Pets: Many, I train horses, also have two basset hounds and raise bucking bulls.

Hobbies/Interests: Showing horses, snowboarding, hiking, cooking, reading.

Height: 5'5'9

Eye/Hair Color: Blue and depends on my mood, lol. Dark Blonde naturally but right now it's Auburn.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: TODAY

Starting Weight: Not sure no scale 245 ish

Present Weight: see above

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: over-eating

Following any specific plan: none

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:
I want to be able to do things with my son and for myself and my health.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I am scared to commit to this weight loss journey, I am addicted to food, but for myself and my son, I will do this, one pound at a time.

Rocky Horror
04-25-2012, 05:54 PM
First name: Elizabeth

Geographical location: Canada

Age: 24

Marital Status: Legally single, romantically taken

Children/Ages: Just pups

Occupation: Student/Teacher-to-be

Pets: 3 doggies

Hobbies/Interests: Belly dancing, reading, history, music, theatre, fitness

Height: 5'4"

Eye/Hair Color: Green/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 235 (just starting- highest I have ever been)

Starting Weight: 235

Present Weight: 235

Goal Weight: 140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I have a sweet tooth and retain water like CRAZY.

Following any specific plan: Low carbohydrate

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am sick of living in this skin and it is getting to the point where I do not want to leave the house.

Anything else you would like to share with us: >.>

0ojoyo0
04-26-2012, 10:00 AM
First name: Susanne

Geographical location: Central VA

Age: 27

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: See pets

Occupation: GIS Specialist for an Army contractor

Pets: Delilah- 2 year old Chihuahua/rat terrier mix & the love of my life. Two cats, Luna (2 years) & Stormy (1 year), each were found in my yard when they were kittens.

Hobbies/Interests: Reading. I donít really have too much time for anything else since Iím a full time student.

Height: 5í4Ē

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: April, 2012

Starting Weight: 283

Present Weight: 277.4

Goal Weight: 140 realistically, 120 in a perfect world!

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Wow, too many to count. I think fear is number one. Iím so afraid that Iíll quit when the going gets tough and all my hard work will go down the drain. Also, I have a very hard time limiting my caloric intake. I hate being hungry, and I have been known to binge. I need to train my body into being okay with being hungry.

Following any specific plan: Calorie counting and trying to get 30 minutes of intense cardio at least 4 times a week.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: In the past five years, Iíve gained over 100 lbs. This was largely due to depression and everything that goes along with that. I didnít own a scale for the longest time; I guess I thought that if I didnít weigh myself, I wasnít really gaining weight, even though I kept having to buy bigger clothes. Being weighed in at doctorís appointments and being faced with reality always put me in a funk, but I would just go home and eat. Two years ago, at the age of 25 and 256 lbs, I was put on blood pressure meds, but nothing stopped me from eating.

In February, I went to the doctorís and weighed in at 283. Thatís my highest weight ever. So, when I went home after that appointment, I did what I always did and ate. For 2 months. Finally, I came to the realization that if I were to continue at this pace, whatís to stop me from getting up to 500 lbs? So I started eating healthier and exercising at the beginning of April, and just bought a scale last week. Iím starting to count my calories, rather than just eyeballing portion sizes, and considering going on a specific diet, like Weight Watchers or Medifast.

I feel like I can do it this time, since I found this great forum ;)

Anything else you would like to share with us: I feel like I just shared my life story, lol. I think thatís it. Good luck to everyone! Keep your eye on the prize!

reallystruggling
04-30-2012, 04:24 AM
First name: Annie

Geographical location: Toronto, Canada

Age: 17

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: going to college in fall, 2012

Pets: Delilah- none

Hobbies/Interests: hanging out with my friends, partying- haha

Height: 5’9”

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/black

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: April 30, 2012 (TODAY!!!)

Starting Weight: 230

Present Weight: 230

Goal Weight: 130

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:
-I've failed so many times before, and I'm just so scared i'll fail again
-Commitment issues... i absolutely can't commit to ANYTHING!!!
-Binge eating
-Emotional eating
-Being around skinny people all the time!!

Following any specific plan:
-A variation of the C25K plan, except running 20-30 mins EVERY weekday
-Strength training (various exercises on various muscle groups) EVERY weekday
-Giving myself a treat/reward on the weekend for every week that i stick with this plan

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:
-I'm only 17 and i've already been on more diets than I could count/remember so this is really coming out of desperation. I don't want to spend my years in college being fat and ruining something that could potentially be the best years of my life.. I've suffered enough from my weight (mostly internal conflicts) and I would just love for all of that to end before I begin to pursue my career.. btw, i want to be a psychologist!

A month ago... I started to see back fat and HORRIFYING STRETCH MARKS on my stomach and thighs. They freaked the **** out of me and I know I could never live like this anymore. Being fat is terrible and I want to change my life before I have the chance to look back and regret not losing weight. There's no reason for me to look like this and there's certainly no way I could ever be happy looking like this.

Anything else you would like to share with us:
Before I even press 'post' I can already imagine all the people on this forum judging me and thinking that I'm just another teenager looking to lose weight to look hot for college and get a hot boyfriend. I wont deny that. However, what you have to know is that I'm in no way looking for a 'quick fix.' I've given myself 13 months (until June, 2013) to lose 100 pounds, and I will not stop until I reach that goal.

p.s. I'm REALLY looking for a buddy (or buddies) that support me in this weight loss journey, because from experience, I know that it's practically impossible to do i on our own.

Please feel free to message me if you're at all interested!!

fatklr
05-03-2012, 12:57 PM
First name: Katrina

Geographical location: Virginia

Age: 39

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: 0

Occupation: Advertising

Pets: 1 Dog

Hobbies/Interests: Art

Height: 6'0

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: This FINAL one...4/30/12

Starting Weight: 328.5

Present Weight: 325

Goal Weight: 170

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Thinking it's okay to have cheat meals, and then going crazy with it.

Following any specific plan: Counting calories and exercising

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm consuming 1,200 calories of "healthy" foods instead of low-carbing it.

Anything else you would like to share with us: A year from now my goal is to look back at this post and say "that was the starting point of my happier, healthy life."

Josephineky
05-07-2012, 12:57 AM
First name: Joe

Geographical location: Kentucky

Age: 27

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Banker

Pets: 2 cats (Sheeba) (Baby Kitty)

Hobbies/Interests: Baseball, Basketball, Traveling

Height: 5'1"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 10/2011

Starting Weight: 340

Present Weight: 284

Goal Weight: 140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Changing bad eating habits, and quit drinking cokes.

Following any specific plan: Calorie Reduction and increase exercise.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I can't overlook this problem anymore, it's starting to effect my health.

fatbookworm
05-15-2012, 11:13 PM
First name: Jacqueline

Geographical location: Dallas-Fort Worth Texas

Age: 27 (about to be 28 in two weeks!)

Marital Status: Long-term Relationship w/a fabulous red-haired guy

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Student (college senior): English/Secondary Education

Pets: None (although I really, REALLY want a dog!)

Hobbies/Interests: Computer games (Diablo III), reading, hiking, animals, retro clothing/design

Height: 5'8"

Eye/Hair Color: blue eyes/red hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 05/14/12

Starting Weight: 302.1

Present Weight: 301.8

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: [I have been fat so long (over 15 years or so) that it is hard to imagine ever being anything but fat. I tend to psych myself out with negativity and pessimism.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm trying to focus on overall health more than a particular number.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm a one-year ovarian cancer survivor. When I got diagnosed with Type IIIC granulosa cell ovarian cancer in the fall of 2010, it rocked my world. After surgery and finishing chemo at the end of March 2011, thankfully I am still here and grateful for every day!

aasshhlleeyy
05-18-2012, 01:53 AM
First name: Ashley

Geographical location: California

Age: 23

Marital status: married

Children/ ages: Angelina 4 year & Lilyana 7 months

Occupation: stay at home mommy & new college grad

Pets: none

Hobbies/interests: crafts, reading, spending time with kids, hubby & friends.

Eye/hair color: green/ light brown (blonde at the moment)

Starting date of weight loss journey: this time... 5/14/12 (this is it!)

Starting weight: 305 lbs

Present weight: 291 lbs

Goal weight: 180 lbs

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weight loss: not putting myself last... Realizing I deserve this.

Following any specific plan: just calorie counting. I was at 1200 but increased to 1350, because at 1200 when I plateau, I will have nowhere to go.

What is different in your weight loss efforts this time than in the past: honestly I can't really give that a definitive answer. I have just had enough... I'm unhappy with me and my body, Im uncomfortable, have no self confidence, I want to be healthy for my kids and hubby. This is it I will do this!!!

thaimon
05-20-2012, 03:01 AM
First name: Monica

Geographical location: I currently live in Northern Thailand. I grew up in Texas and we own a home in Colorado where we plan to return in 4 years.

Age: 41

Marital Status: Married - 20 years this year

Children/Ages: 3 - 18yr old boy, 15 yr old girl, 12yr old boy

Occupation: tag along spouse and mom. I've also recently become a trainer at my gym - which has been incredibly helpful in keeping me on track. :)

Pets: two dogs - a Thai street dog named หวาน (Waan, sounds like a lot like Juan. It means sweet.) and a shih tzu named S'mores

Hobbies/Interests: knitting, crossfit, excercise, nutrition, reading, attempting to learn Thai

Height: 5'9" (175.25 cm)

Eye/Hair Color: green/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Jan 2011

Starting Weight: 247

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weight loss: keeping the weight off

Following any specific plan: paleo

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm truly focusing on something I can do for the rest of my life. Not just to lose weight, but to be healthy and fit.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I actually joined 3 Fat Chicks as I started my weight loss, but didn't take advantage of it as a support group. Now that I've actually lost the weight, I've discovered that I really need some support and understanding to keep it off. Hoping to find that here.

Cemommster
05-20-2012, 12:42 PM
First name: Jenny, Jen

Geographical location: Grand Blanc, MI

Age:38

Marital Status: Happily Married

Children/Ages: CJ will be 13 very soon, and Emily is 5

Occupation: Health Education Specialist and Exercise Physiologist

Pets: Orange and white cat, Ozzie

Hobbies/Interests: Scrapbooking, exercise, reading, doing things with my kids.

Height:5'4

Eye/Hair Color: blue and blond

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: well it's an all the time thing.
Starting Weight: 275

Present Weight: 263

Goal Weight:160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: emotions and immense stress

Following any specific plan:low carb

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:I want to do this, for my back and me.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I was in a car accident last sept 2011. i have had 3 major surgeries, with the last to repair two ruptured discs.

joyfulgirl
05-23-2012, 03:20 PM
First name: Tricia

Geographical location: Central Texas

Age: 45

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: 24 daughter, 19 daughter, 17 son

Occupation: I work in Human Resources for a school district

Pets: We have 2 doodles...one is a labradoodle and one is a muttdoodle....sweetest boys you ever saw!

Hobbies/Interests: I like reading, going to the movies, we used to love to go out to eat....now we love to try new recipes and go grocery shopping together

Height: 5'7

Eye/Hair Color: green / light brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: January 14, 2012

Starting Weight: 319.2

Present Weight: 267.2 (update 7-30-12, now 246)

Goal Weight: 190 (first goal, will probaly re-evaluate when I get there)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: self sabotage and exercise

Following any specific plan: P.I.N.K. Method

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have never fully committed to a life change before, this time I am going in it as a life change, not a diet. I have changed my behaviors.

Anything else you would like to share with us: My husband had a heart scare in September, 2011...so he is doing this with me. He has lost 87lbs. I have lost 52lbs (men suck, lol...they can lose it so much faster) I am doing PINK, but a modified version of it, I am not following their exercise....I go to a gym (but not often enough). I wish I could get more committed to the exercise....for me, the food part is easy.

mamabird78
05-26-2012, 12:49 PM
First name: Amanda

Geographical location:Western New York

Age: 33

Marital Status: cohabitated for a billion years and FINALLY getting married in October.

Children/Ages: Daughter, just turned 1!

Occupation: clinical certified pharmacy technician

Pets: big dog, fat cat

Hobbies/Interests: photography and painting (finishing up my BFA, finally..), local history (huuuge history nerd!), hangin' out with the fam

Height: 5'7"

Eye/Hair Color: green/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: uh.. 1989! but really.. i've always struggled, but i've finally decided that being a poor example for my daughter in regards to physical health and emotional health is NOT acceptable. time to change.

Starting Weight: 270something

Present Weight: 268

Goal Weight: 180.. so far away.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: self-sabotage, for sure. and the fact that any time i feel ANY emotion, i stuff my face full of garbagey food.

Following any specific plan: i just joined a gym (oh, famous last words..) and am working with a personal trainer for 6 weeks. also, i'm using myfitnesspal to track my nutrition.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: my kid! now it's not just about looking better or fitting into clothes that i want to wear, it's about showing my daughter how to love herself.

Anything else you would like to share with us: i joined a forum (not 3fc) when i was pregnant with babybird - and was pleasantly surprised at how much support, advice, guidance, and useful information i got.. so i'm hoping to recreate the magic a little with my de-fatting adventure.

a2012kim
05-27-2012, 12:58 AM
First name: Kim

Geographical location: Houston

Age: 28

Marital Status: single :cry: (recently broke up with my gf)

Children/Ages: 0!

Occupation: social worker

Pets: none - but I would love a kitty

Hobbies/Interests: I like to read and watch TV on Hulu!

Height: 5'4"

Eye/Hair Color: blue eyes, short curly brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 3/17/2012

Starting Weight: 274

Present Weight: 261

Goal Weight: 147

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I have fibromyalgia and it makes it really hard to do a lot of intense cardio. Some days, I'm just really tired and in pain and it's hard to get up and go.

Following any specific plan: Weight Watchers, low-fat, low-carb. I do a spin class twice a week and take two different dance/movement classes.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am holding myself accountable by being a volunteer at the dance classes - so I HAVE TO go, and I introduced myself to my spin instructor, so she keeps tabs on me. I have more motivation now, too - my doc recently diagnosed me with prediabetes & high cholesterol, and I'm on medications for both. I'm too young for that!! So I'm trying to regain control of my life. :D

Anything else you would like to share with us: Hmmm.... I would love to have a sense of community, because since I moved to Houston, I've felt very alone on this journey. Other than that, I'm excited to be a part of the 3FC community!

Chellson
05-27-2012, 08:34 AM
First name: Michelle
Geographical Location: Olympia Washington
Age: 20
Marital Status: single
Children: none
Occupation: unemployed, but trying to change that
Pets: a 2 year old black lab, a 5 year old shelter mutt (size XL) , a 4 year old black cat, two horses and more fish then I care to count (90 gal female Betta tank, 90gal with albino tiger Oscar, 20 gal tropical community tank and 4 male bettas in separate 5 gal tanks)
Hobbies/Interests: horses (minis, AQHA/APHA and ApHA) soccer, dog training, fish keeping, researching raw diets for my dogs/cat, keeping my dogs in top shape both mentally and physically
Height: 5'5
Eye/Hair Color: brown
Starting Date: today
Starting weight: 260
Current: same
Goal: under 150
Biggest hurdle to overcome: I'm an emotional eater, lazy and a procrastinator. I also very recently overcame depression and am so afraid that I'll go back to that place mentally.
Following any specific plan: I will be following a Paleo diet. Currently weaning myself off processed foods.
What is different this time: Everything. I'm no longer depressed and most importantly I am committed and ready for a drastic change. I am sick of not being able to do things I used to (I used to play soccer for a select team. I could run for 90 minutes, play the whole game, with no substitutions. I can't even jog a quarter mile anymore). Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend about how if we put as much research and control over our diets as I do with my animals we would be incredibly fit and healthy. Well, I plan on doing exactly that.

scarletlily23
05-28-2012, 10:08 AM
First name: Megan

Geographical location: Maryland

Age: 30

Marital Status: forever alone

Children/Ages: n/a

Occupation: teacher

Pets: cat

Hobbies/Interests: writing, reading, travelling, movies

Height: 5'3

Eye/Hair Color: blue/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 3-31-12

Starting Weight: 259.4

Present Weight: 227.0

Goal Weight: 145

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Maintenance. I successfully lost 80 pounds, then managed to gain it all back, plus some.

Following any specific plan: Medifast

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I want this to be the last time I have to lose weight.

Anything else you would like to share with us:

acdamron
05-28-2012, 10:10 AM
First name: Amanda

Geographical location: Southwest Virginia

Age: 32

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: Christian 12, Haleigh 11, Noah 10.5months

Occupation: stay at home mom

Pets: 2 hermit crabs and a spoiled rotten pit bull named Jessie

Hobbies/Interests: crocheting, reading, fishing, gardening, Not that I actually have time to devote to any of these things lately, lol

Height: 5ft 5in

Eye/Hair Color: brown/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 5/28/2012

Starting Weight: 259.2lbs

Present Weight: 259.2lbs

Goal Weight: 150 lbs

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: stress eating and soda addiction

Following any specific plan: counting calories and moving more

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: my health is being greatly affected. I am only 32 but feel much older due to joint pain etc.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have gained 20 pounds in the last year since my oldest son was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. I have stuffed my anxiety and fear and sadness about his condition with food. I also had a baby last July, and between taking care of the baby, and keeping up with my oldest's medical needs while also trying to keep my daughter from feeling neglected, I have had very little time left to take care of me. My weight is now affecting my knees and feet and I have heart palpitations and get out of breath so easily, I HAVE to take the time for myself to get in better health. The baby will be walking soon and I need to be able to keep up with him. I also need to be in better shape and be an example of healthy living for my kids.

FrecklesTX
05-28-2012, 03:11 PM
First name: Elena

Geographical location: Houston, Tx

Age: 36

Marital Status: Never married

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Healthcare

Pets: 2 very energetic doggies

Hobbies/Interests: TV, movies, books and with my recent weightloss - travel!! :)

Height: 5'6" (used to be 5'7")

Eye/Hair Color: brown/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 9/8/11

Starting Weight: 386

Present Weight: 298.3

Goal Weight: 154

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: fear of the unknown, using food as a drug to self-medicate

Following any specific plan: calorie counting

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: The switch flipped in my brain. Not doing it this time because I know I'm suppose to but because I want to. Being kind to myself and acknowledging that this is a journey and there will be ups and downs. The most important thing is to just keep going no matter what.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have been morbidly obese for most of my life. The unknown still scares me, but I've reached a point in my life where the benefits largely knock out the fear. I've dreamed of being a healthy weight my whole life. I just know deep down in my heart that I am finally ready and I will do this. :)

spinderella
05-31-2012, 05:53 PM
First name: Mandi

Geographical location: Canada

Age: 33

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: Nada

Occupation: Teacher

Pets: Sadly don't have time for a pet right now.

Hobbies/Interests: Sewing, Sports, Cooking!

Height: 5'6

Eye/Hair Color: Dark Brown Eyes / Currently a brunette, but I change my hair with the seasons.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Start of May 2012 I believe.

Starting Weight: I know I say 290 on my 3FC profile, but I might have even been a few pounds heavier. :(

Present Weight: 284

Goal Weight: 199 (I want to break the 200 curse!!)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Carbs! Fast Food! Staying active no matter what.

Following any specific plan: Nothing too specific, more fresh foods and less processed foods and drinks.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I had always been in the 270s for the longest time. I was shocked to see my scale tip over past 290 last month. I don't want to be in the 300 club this time. Realizing that my ultimate weightloss goal is going to take some time. I use to be under some magical illusion that if I worked out that somehow I would be magically supermodel sized in no time.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I had a heavy pop (Pepsi.. ) addiction for pretty much forever. I was drinking 2L of that nasty stuff pretty much a day a few years ago. It stopped being a treat every so often to being a daily part of my life. I slowly had to wean myself off of it. Caffeine withdrawals were the worst! I had splitting headaches for almost an entire week after I quit the stuff. I swore never again and surprizingly (for me) have kept with it. Despite the fact that there is pop everywhere I go (parties/dinners/work functions) I haven't touched the stuff in almost a year now. A big accomplishment I think. I am a water machine now, and feeling great because of it. I figure it was the start to my healthier me.

Ladyhawke
06-05-2012, 03:07 PM
I stumbled on this website, lurked around a bit... Read a thread somewhere about how you know you need to lose weight, and a lightbulb came on. Or actually it was more like a 2X4 to the head... So my first act as "non-lurker" is to make a bio. Then I'll feel more connected, I think. Here goes...


First name: Kellie

Geographical location: Calgary, Alberta

Age: 27

Marital Status: married to my thesis.

Children/Ages: nope!

Occupation: writer (which doesn't pay, so really I'm a part-time freelance editor and full-time graduate student)

Pets: none, but there's a cat in my apartment building who thinks he lives with me...

Hobbies/Interests: biking, reading, drawing, movies, yoga, writing, blogging, cooking (for other people), putting together model airplanes, anything related to history, and being with friends.

Height: 5'3"

Eye/Hair Color: grey / brownish with some reddish. But it changes on a very regular basis.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 20 May 2012 (this time...)

Starting Weight: 261 (but I don't actually own a scale, so I go to a department store and stand on different models until I find a number that seems right)

Present Weight: 249. Or around that.

Goal Weight: 140.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: HA! FEAR!! MYSELF!! In 2004, I went from 230 lbs to 175 lbs, but I wasn't psychologically ready to handle that. My whole life, I've been invisible (by choice), so suddenly being visible was just too much to handle at 19 years old. Now, I'm older and marginally wiser, and I think I'm ready to become "human" again. It's just the fear that's going to be a huge hurdle for me - I'm terrified of failing, or even of succeeding; I'm afraid of getting fatter, but I'm afraid of getting thinner and not being able to hide. I am my own saboteur, which is something I'm working on changing as I go about losing weight.

Following any specific plan: nope, just cutting down on carbs (& calories overall), not eating to cover emotions or out of guilt or shame, and getting more exercise.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm different. Really, that's all it comes down to. Last time, I was 19 and hadn't dealt with ANY of my emotional problems (I somehow thought skinny = emotionally stable). Now I'm 27 and I've been dealing with the emotional side for 7 years, so I think I'm ready for my body to match my confidence level.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Just that I'm so glad I found a place for support, because losing weight on your own is a whole lot lonelier than it should be.

karmich
06-06-2012, 07:10 PM
First name: Karen

Geographical location: Maryland

Age: 45

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: Daughter/12, 2 Sons/9

Occupation: IT Project Manager

Pets: 0

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Crafts, Rollercoasters

Height: 5'5"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Black

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 4/16/12 (this time)

Starting Weight: 250

Present Weight: 225

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Staying motivated, patient and determined

Following any specific plan: Medifast

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Medical problems which continue to pile-up which mostly point back to being overweight and the brain surgery which I will need to address on problem. I simply need to be in the best shape I can be in to tackle recuperation.

Anything else you would like to share with us: This time around I went into this not trying to lose weight but absolutely knowing I will lose weight and keeping that mindset firmly fixed has helped me so far. I hope that you guys will help me do that when it starts to slip like when I don't see any lbs lost in a week I get a little frustrated and I have remind myself that it is coming off (at it's own pace). BTW my last moment of frustration led me here and I'm feeling better again.

kiwi30
06-09-2012, 02:56 PM
First name: Kristy

Geographical location: WV

Age: 30 years old

Marital Status: single

Children/Ages: No living children. I have an Angel Baby in Heaven <3

Occupation: ABA Therapist working with children with autism spectrum disorders

Pets: A cat

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, movies, music, shopping, decorating, dancing

Height: 5'4"

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel eyes, light brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 6/9/12

Starting Weight: 268

Present Weight: 268

Goal Weight: short-term: 250 long-term: 170

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: inconsistency and lack of motivation

Following any specific plan: Calorie counting and exercise

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm not sure, but I HAVE to lose this weight. I want to be healthier and I want to look better and feel better.

Anything else you would like to share with us:

trf0ster
06-21-2012, 01:07 AM
First name: Trina

Geographical location: Thornton, CO

Age: 35

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: 2 steps 18 & 16

Occupation: XOC Dispatcher II

Pets: 4 dogs and 5 hermit crabs

Hobbies/Interests: none, I don't have time for them

Height: 5' 6"

Eye/Hair Color: Green and Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: This time? 6/11/2012

Starting Weight: 311

Present Weight: 301

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: My self. I give up too easy.

Following any specific plan: Calorie Counting

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: My doctor is finally realizing that I need help.

healthyginger
06-25-2012, 11:17 PM
First name: Ginger

Geographical location:Louisiana

Age: 61

Marital Status:Happily married 40 yrs

Children/Ages: 2 sons in 30's; twin daughters 27, 4GK: Alex 6, Gwyn4, Kier 16mo, Micheal 4 mo.

Occupation:Retired

Pets: Einstien 11 mixed, Penny 6 mini dachsund

Hobbies/Interests:Gardening, Reading, Feng Shui, Spiritual, Alternative health, Reiki

Height: 5'1

Eye/Hair Color: blue, brown turned grey

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:Summer Soltice june 21'12

Starting Weight:279

Present Weight:270.6

Goal Weight:140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:: Not being able to walk, have access to swimming or Gym, do cycling motion with knees. Knee, hip, and often overall joint problems. Getting under 200,

Following any specific plan:A personalized plan constantly tweaked as I learn more, Bottom line cut calories, move more.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:: This is the 1st time I had grandkids as motive, 1st time pain as a motive, 1st time being over 60,1st time I'm trying a healthy approach.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I had a major medical set back 3 yrs ago that resulted in being bedbound over a year ;wheel chair-walker now and regaining 72 pds +adding 7Iíd just lost a year before.

JessicaB84
06-27-2012, 04:04 PM
First name: Jessica

Geographical location: South Carolina

Age: 27

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: 1 child 4 years old

Occupation: student

Pets: none

Hobbies/Interests: vegan living, health food, reading, cooking

Height: 5'6''

Eye/Hair Color: Brown, Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 6/20/2011

Starting Weight: 300

Present Weight: 292

Goal Weight: 125

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: my tendency to overeat and binge

Following any specific plan: low calorie, whole foods,

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:

I am trying to focus on whole vegan foods that I like instead of eating foods recommened by others. I really like avoding dairy and meat and making my own food from scratch
Anything else you would like to share with us: Nothing really, I hope to meet my goal in 2-3 years, I am eating 1800 to 1600 calories a day,

AudreyL
06-28-2012, 12:30 PM
First name: Audrey

Geographical location: near Cleveland, Ohio

Age: 28

Marital Status:

Married to an amazing and supportive man, Jesse, who I have been with for nine years.

Children/Ages: Noah (2 years) and Liam (just over 2 months)

Occupation: Stay At Home Mom

Pets: none

Hobbies/Interests:

I love thinking up new ways to redecorate and renovate my house, I am a self taught cake decorator, and spending time with my family.

Height: 5'8"

Eye/Hair Color: Brunette with Brown Eyes

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: restart April 29, 2012

Starting Weight: 266

Present Weight: 246

Goal Weight: 170

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:

Being a stay at home mom and finding time to focus on myself and still take care of two small children.

Following any specific plan:

I am following the South Beach Diet guidelines and keeping track of my food/calories using Sparkpeople

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:

My husband and I both are eating the same foods. Part of the reason why I chose SB. Also, I changed up my medications so that they will help me also with weight loss. I also have PCOS, and I am currently working with my doctor to try and make sure that my body is working the way it needs to so that I can succeed. I have felt the "I am sick of myself and my body" for a very long time. I guess this time I am just over it all. Something just clicked in my head one day, and it has just been easy this time. There was a day I was eating with my cousins (who are also obese), and one of them told me "You can't completely restrict yourself. You have to indulge occasionally." I really thought about that, and realized it was that frame of mind that had always kept me from losing weight. I would let myself indulge every once in a while, and then it would become more and more often.

Anything else you would like to share with us:

So far I have lost 20 lbs and am 7 lbs away from hitting my first mini-goal. I am so excited about that! I also made myself a sticker chart to hang on the fridge to keep a visual of what I have accomplished so far. I am happy and feel good for the first time in a very long time. I am staying focused and using some of these quotes to keep my head in check-

"Exercise to be fit, not "skinny," eat to nourish your body, and always ignore the haters, doubters, & unhealthy examples that were once feeding you. You are worth more than you realize." :carrot:

"I never regret what I DIDN'T eat" :)

"Do not reward yourself with food, you're not a dog" :D

"Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" :)

xirene
06-30-2012, 04:50 PM
First name: Sue

Geographical location: Longmont, CO (moving back to NJ in October, can't wait!)

Age:44

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: Registered Nurse, Author, Artist

Pets: Black cat Mischief (who really works at living up to her name!), Dilute tortie cat Max

Hobbies/Interests: Writing- has become more than a hobby, first novel to be published this year :D

Height:5'4

Eye/Hair Color: grey/red

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Got serious about it 2/25/12

Starting Weight: 252 on 2/25/12

Present Weight: 210.3

Goal Weight:135

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: the smell of my neighbors' barbecue

Following any specific plan: Medifast

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I had a scare with my blood pressure in December that put the fear of mortality into me. My mom's had heart attacks and TIA's and I did not want to repeat that.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I've made some huge changes in my life starting last fall. I ended a 12 yr long codependent, unhealthy relationship, got serious about getting my body back where I wanted it, decided to move back to where my family and friends are, started writing again (and finished a novel, in what has turned into a series), and have had three pieces of my art used as book covers! It has been a whirlwind ride and I am having the time of my life. After a lifetime of taking care of other people and their problems, I am finally taking care of ME! :D

d0lcevita
06-30-2012, 06:27 PM
First name: Olga

Geographical location: NYC

Age:22

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: Case Manager at an EI agency

Pets: none (had the most beautiful, loyal, best friend of a dog for 15 years)

Hobbies/Interests: Writing, reading, swimming, dancing, being with my friends, traveling, getting pampered, shopping

Height:5'5

Eye/Hair Color: Strawberry blonde with blue eyes

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: been battling with my weight for years, taking it seriously again since June 2012

Starting Weight: 284 (6/7/12)

Present Weight: 268

Goal Weight:150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: sticking to the plan, watching everyone enjoy all the yummy things I used to, and seeing all the beach bods during summer season lol

Following any specific plan: Portion control, sticking to more of a vegetarian diet and watching my calorie intake

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I had successfully lost weight a few years ago and reached a goal weight and then certain situations in my life lead me to give up on myself and gain double what I had lost. I have been miserable since. I am tired of hating myself, not being comfortable in my own skin, and being lonely. I have finally gotten on track and stayed on track longer than a week in the past 3 years. I am suprised of myself even. I seem to be more focused and actually determined and see my success in front of me.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I've made some horrible mistakes when it comes to weightloss. I got emotionally hurt and that played an unfortuante role in my weight. Instead of moving on positively, I moved on by eating and using that as therapy as opposed to owning up to my real problem. I have been unhappy for a long time, trying to cover that up by always going out and trying to forget about my lonliness and sadness. Now, I am taking responsibility for what I have gotten myself to and will succeed in getting my 'groove' back! :cool:

Jamez
07-04-2012, 08:44 AM
First name: Jamie

Geographical location:Montana

Age:26

Marital Status:Married

Children/Ages:2 girls/4and6

Occupation:Dispatcher

Pets:Many Horses mines named Clever, 2 dogs Dawg and Thumbalina

Hobbies/Interests:Art and Law Enforcement

Height:5'6

Eye/Hair Color:bro/bro

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:2008 after I had my 2nd child

Starting Weight:289ish

Present Weight:280

Goal Weight:180

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:Not being motivated enough. Being a dispatcher we sit for hours not being able to move and snack all night so that didnt help either.

Following any specific plan:Will be trying lipozene, also trying my own diet of using one cup. Lost 2 pounds using only that. So its working for now.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:I want to be able to chase my daughters, they love to run and I cant keep up. I also want to become a deputy, cant try that if I'm over weight.

Puffyamiyumifan
07-09-2012, 01:29 AM
First name: Sonja

Geographical location: midwest USA

Age: 38

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: 10 yr old son, 7 yr old daughter, 28 month old son and twin 17 month old sons

Occupation: mama

Pets:

Hobbies/Interests: polymer clay, sewing, photography,

Height: 5'7"

Eye/Hair Color: brown/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: may 1, 2012

Starting Weight: 257.8

Present Weight:251.8

Goal Weight: 155

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: ankle injury that has left me with little cartalige and chronic pain.

Following any specific plan:WW

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I joined WW this time.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I need to lose at least 60 lbs to be considered for a new ankle, and that's what I want!

eternalflame30
07-10-2012, 09:56 PM
First name:Lisa

Geographical location:Arizona

Age:30

Marital Status:Engaged

Children/Ages:0

Occupation:N/A

Pets:two cats, and an adorable lab puppy

Hobbies/Interests:Movies, reading, writing, surfing the net, dancing to Zumba and blogging and hanging with my love.

Height:5'7

Eye/Hair Color:Hazel/Dark-brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:7/10/12

Starting Weight:281

Present Weight:281

Goal Weight:230

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:Overcoming an eating addiction

Following any specific plan:Weight Watchers

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:This time I mean it

Anything else you would like to share with us:nope

babystepsto127
07-15-2012, 06:03 AM
Helloo i'm newbie here..
i read the forums and find out ppl in here is very supportive. loosing weight is a war for me and i'm glad i found this site. hopefully i can inspire you like you guys did. here are some information about me.


First name: Niyen Lie

Geographical location: Jakarta, Indonesia

Age: 26

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: nope

Occupation: PA-Staff

Pets: nope

Hobbies/Interests: listening to music, reading and watching movie

Height:5.5ft

Eye/Hair Color: black

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 1 July 2012

Starting Weight: 212

Present Weight: 202.6

Goal Weight: 127

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: i'm emotional dan binge eating. Love junk food soo much

Following any specific plan:

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: i'm fed up being unhealthy and ugly! well, i consult to nutritionist and have support group, suppose that will help.

Anything else you would like to share with us:

gailr42
07-19-2012, 12:37 PM
First name: Gail

Geographical location: Mojave Desert, California

Age: 70

Marital Status: M

Children/Ages: Two sons, ages 44 and 42

Occupation: Telephone Operator

Pets: Two cats, two dogs, chickens

Hobbies/Interests: Genealogy/Family History, reading, pets

Height: 5ft 2in

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/
silver

Starting Date of Weight loss Journey: 21July2012

Starting Weight: 202

Present Weight: 186

Goal Weight: 130

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weight loss: Getting bored/tired of all the work involved in preparing food; feeling deprived

Following any specific plan: Eating more nutritional food and (much) less of it.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Same old, same old. I get disgusted with my appearance...

Anything else you would like to share with us: I really don't want to loose quite 100 lbs, although if I were to get to my lowest adult weight, I would need to loose 100. It just seems to me that I fit better here because I am a regainer - over and over.

sept2012
07-19-2012, 02:52 PM
First name: JO

Geographical location:GA

Age:40

Marital Status:N/A

Children/Ages:N/A

Occupation:Management

Pets:1 Dog

Hobbies/Interests:

Height:5'9"

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 7-4-2012

Starting Weight:289

Present Weight: 280

Goal Weight: 160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: controlling emotional eating

Following any specific plan: Medifast

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am 40 and done making excuses

Anything else you would like to share with us:

dervilfal
07-27-2012, 04:33 PM
First name: Holly

Geographical location: Arlington, VA (Washington, DC area)

Age:38

Marital Status: In a Relationship

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: IT Manager

Pets: Pandora, a Great Dane with a heart of gold, and Keva, a tortie kitty that channels both good and evil at will.

Hobbies/Interests: I like road biking but I'm not doing it enough, and I love to read and play video games.

Height:5"6'

Eye/Hair Color: blue/auburn (or whatever color I feel like at the time)

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Started making changes June 6th

Starting Weight: 269 on6/6/2012

Present Weight: 253

Goal Weight:165

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weight loss: portion sizes and keeping my resolve when my fiance is done losing his weight and not actively trying to lose anymore.

Following any specific plan: no

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm tired of looking in the mirror and seeing someone I don't recognize looking back. I don't feel as big as I look when I see myself.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I love to bake and cook and I'm learning to give away more than I keep :)

Lishar
07-29-2012, 04:23 PM
First name: Elisha or Lisha

Geographical location: North of Seattle wa

Age: 43

Marital Status: Married for 18 years and counting

Children/Ages: 2 girls 8 and 5 and one boy in heaven who would be 10 this year.

Occupation: Full time stay mom and part time ICU nurse

Pets: Daisy dog and 2 Torties Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Hobbies/Interests: Sewing, Reading and craft (I love Pintrest)

Height: 5'8

Eye/Hair Color: Grey blue eyes and dark auburn hair.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: July 27th 2012

Starting Weight: 265

Present Weight: 265

Goal Weight: 160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: exercise. I am so out of shape excerise is very very hard. I am going to try walking to start.

Following any specific plan: To limit my calories to less than 1500/day. Increase my exercise levels to burn more calories and hopefully improve my weight loss. We are planning a trip in April and I want to be in shape for that.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am sick of looking fat. I am sick of getting winded easily.

Anything else you would like to share with us: This is the heaviest I have ever been. I need to do something and stay on track.

ikesgirl80
08-01-2012, 10:54 PM
First name: Chris (female)

Geographical location: Houston, Texas

Age: 30

Marital Status: In a serious relationship

Children/Ages: NONE!!!

Occupation: Special Education Teacher (Autism/Behavior Problems)

Pets: 2 kitties, D.S. (3yrs) and Zeus (4 months)

Hobbies/Interests: Video games, running, talking about losing weight, NetFlix

Height: 5'8.5"

Eye/Hair Color: Blue/depends on my mood, currently reddish

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: December 31, 2010

Starting Weight: 338, highest weight about 350, maybe more?

Present Weight: 219.8 :)

Goal Weight: under 160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: food addiction

Following any specific plan: modified version of The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Baby steps that are turning into lifestyle changes

LebenAlles
08-03-2012, 05:34 PM
First name: Ashley

Geographical location: Good ole Alabama

Age: 29

Marital Status: In a committed, wonderful relationship of 4 years with a compassionate, generous and very supportive woman

Children/Ages: Cats that behave like children

Occupation: Financial Quality Assurance Analyst

Pets: Somehow we have 3 kids...I mean, cats...Zoe, Cricket, and Solly

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, cooking, gaming, music, traveling, concerts and festivals, word tattoos (have two currently, have two more in the works

Height: 5' 5"

Eye/Hair Color: Green/Currently Dark Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: November 27th, 2011

Starting Weight: 305.5

Present Weight: 272.4

Goal Weight: 175-195...I'd be happy just to make onderland

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Not getting discouraged by how slow it goes sometimes. By those weeks when you feel like you've done everything you can but don't lose...or even worse, GAIN.

Following any specific plan: WW online

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Something in me just clicked. I have to make this happen. I cannot give up.

Anything else you would like to share with us:

"Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."

Harriet Stowe

MrsLaura
08-05-2012, 12:40 AM
First name: Laura

Geographical location: Ohio

Age: 35

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: Two/13 and 14

Occupation: Housewife

Pets: 4 dogs, 1 cat

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, shopping

Height: 5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 1/1/2012

Starting Weight: 250

Present Weight: 227

Goal Weight: 130-150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Pepsi =/

Following any specific plan: No

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I want to be able to stick with it rather than to almost get to my goal and fall back into old habits and gain all of the weight back and then some.

devnet
08-07-2012, 04:55 PM
First name: Karen

Geographical location: Huntsville, Al

Age: 24 (25 in September)

Marital Status: married to my best friend and hero

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: Housewife, currently. I'm Canadian, living in the US with hubby, working on getting my green card. Can't work til I'm approved.

Pets: My cat, Ginny (she's a little monster, but so awesome). Hubby's two cats, Chocolate and Peanut

Hobbies/Interests: Bowling, unique music, reading, board games (especially backgammon), swimming (the goofing off kind, not the doing laps kind)

Height: 5'1"

Eye/Hair Color: brown eyes, reddish brown hair (dyed)

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: August 1st, 2012

Starting Weight: 302

Present Weight: 295.8

Goal Weight: 120-130

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: PCOS (most of my fat is in my stomach area and it is SO hard to get rid of it there), exercise limitations due to a semi-weak heart, bad back, bad hips, bad foot.

Following any specific plan: General low carb eating. Current limit is 80g of carbs a day, will lower that as needed later on.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I don't know. I just woke up one day and realized that life is way too short to be in constant pain and worse, hate yourself. I love my life, but I hate how I look and feel. The only thing keeping my life from being absolutely amazing is my weight and how I see myself. I will not allow that to be the case anymore. I am no longer willing to hate myself when I know I deserve better. I am no longer willing to be unhealthy and in pain when I know it is not necessary. I just...woke up one day and realized (for the first time in my life, emotionally as well as logically) that I deserve to be happy.

Anything else you would like to share with us: As of today the first 5 pounds are gone! Woohoo!

Ladystringer
08-08-2012, 06:53 PM
First name: Mary

Geographical location:South, Columbus, Georgia

Age:56

Marital Status:married

Children/Ages. 3 sons, 33, 28, 25

Occupation: homemaker

Pets: 2 Havanese doggies

Hobbies/Interests: make mission rosaries, reading

Height: 5' 4"

Eye/Hair Color:

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 8/8/2012

Starting Weight:308

Present Weight:308

Goal Weight:160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: exercise motivation

Following any specific plan: calorie counting, fresh veggies

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am determined to feel better.

Anything else you would like to share with us:

Troutman
08-08-2012, 10:19 PM
First name: Chip

Geographical location: Lancaster, Ca.

Age: 54

Marital Status: Married, 34 Years

Children 2 Ages: 25 & 30

Occupation: Realtor

Pets: Dog, Named MeMe

Hobbies/Interests: Wife, Fishing, Movies, Ipod, Pod Cast, Bike, getting my daugher or son married so I can have GRAND CHILDREN.

Height: 5 Ft. 11 In.

Eye Brown Hair Color: Used to be Brown now Gray

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Monday 08/04/2012

Starting Weight: 282.75 Monday 08/04/2012

Present Weight: 282.75 Monday 08/04/2012

Goal Weight: 160 - 200

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weight loss: To keep going. I have been in the 230’s a few times the last few years. Then I fall apart. I feal really good in the 230’S.

Following any specific plan: None

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I don’t think anything.

Anything else you would like to share with us: No.

basquegirl
08-12-2012, 11:51 PM
First name Jeanette

Geographical location: Washington State

Age:28

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: None yet

Occupation: Teacher

Pets: None

Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family. Swimming (don't get to do this as much as I would like... my gym does not have a swimming pool)

Height:5'7"

Eye/Hair Color: green with brown dots/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Aug 6, 2012

Starting Weight: 260.2

Present Weight:254.8

Goal Weight:160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: being prepared (if I don't have a quick and easy meal to cook then I will just stop and get something instead of cooking). Also, going to family outings (it is very hard for me to eat healthy with all the birthdays and other celebrations we have in my family and a lot of times I let this get me off track)

Following any specific plan: using myfitnesspal

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: This support group. I am starting at a time where there will not be a lot of family get togethers after the second week which will help me to stay on track for longer.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm really excited to be here and I feel very ready to do this :)

dewittmba
08-13-2012, 04:01 PM
First name: Whendi

Geographical location: Wisconsin

Age: 34

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: DD1 5yo, DD2 4yo, DD3 1yo

Occupation: Operations Manager

Pets: None

Hobbies/Interests: spending time with family

Height: 5' 4"

Eye/Hair Color: Blue/Red

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: August 13, 2012

Starting Weight: 232.7

Present Weight: 232.7

Goal Weight: 130-140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: trying to find time to take for myself.

Following any specific plan: Low carb and exercise

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: brush with possible death that opened my eyes

Anything else you would like to share with us:

baileyboo9
08-15-2012, 03:45 PM
First name: Hayley

Geographical location: Derbyshire , England

Age: 32

Marital Status:married

Children/Ages: 8 and 13

Occupation: stay at home mum

Pets:2 cats (Winnie and Mcgee) and 2 fish ( Rey and Wolowitz)

Hobbies/Interests: reading , music , time with family (there's more but my brain has decided to not work this evening)

Height:5ft 6"

Eye/Hair Color:blue

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 9th july 2012

Starting Weight:299

Present Weight:278

Goal Weight:165

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: snacking , not believing i can do it !!!
Following any specific plan:calorie counting and exercise

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:Haven't dieted for about 7 years , this time is different after having being hooked up to and ECG (mortifying) and being sent to a heart specialist at the age of 32. I'm supposed to be a responsible mum who would run through fire for her children and Ive risked them being without me just because of my love of food !! Also would just love to walk into a room feeling awesome :)

Anything else you would like to share with us:
Have been stalking this site for a couple of weeks and thought I should get my big behind on here. Any extra support you can get while doing something like this is something you shouldn't shy away from so here I am ...eeeeek .

Litchidodo
08-16-2012, 02:27 PM
First name: Stťphany (call me Litchi! :smug: )

Geographical location: Quťbec, QC, Canada

Age: 23

Marital Status: Not married, living with my boyfriend

Children/Ages: No children (someday!)

Occupation: Writing

Pets: My lovely 2 years old cat, Miro, and a fishtank full of colourful fishes!

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, writing, cooking

Height: 5'6

Eye/Hair Color: Hazelnut / dark brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: August 11, 2012

Starting Weight: 250

Present Weight: I don't own a scale so I don't know! I'll see when I buy one...

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: eating when bored, CHEESE, beer.

Following any specific plan: eating 1200-1500 calories a day, exercising more

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I try not to be too ambitious. I give myself TIME to get to my goal!

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm new here but I already LOVE this forum!

Strawberry Blond
08-21-2012, 02:07 PM
First name: Katey

Geographical location: upstate NY

Age: 40

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: lost a child (stillbirth)

Occupation: graphic design

Pets: dog and cat

Hobbies/Interests: gardening, sewing, art, reading

Height: 5' 7"

Eye/Hair Color: greyish-blue/strawberry blond

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Summer 2012

Starting Weight: 263

Present Weight: 228.5

Goal Weight: around 160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Snacking and overeating when I am stressed or sad. Not getting enough excercise in the winter months (it gets dark and cold here!). Developing new recipes, especially baking....and eating too much of the results!

Following any specific plan: Exercise, generally keeping track of calories, trying to keep a journal.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I was so surprised to see how high my weight had gotten. I began to notice I was tired, and not getting things done as quickly or effortlessly as I had done in the past. I got tired of only having a few outfits, and having a dresser of clothes I was not wearing. Most importantly, I don't want to go into my 40s so heavy and face health risks.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Thank you to 3FC members! You are helping me stay on track!

gigibeans
08-21-2012, 02:56 PM
First name: Gina

Geographical location: Hamilton, NJ

Age: 30

Marital Status: single and loving it

Children/Ages: no kids, but a very dedicated Aunt

Occupation: Merrill Lynch Web Based Services-Hopewell Campus

Pets: none

Hobbies/Interests: sports (all types), cooking, dancing, zumba, reading, heading to the shore on the weekends, crafts

Height: 5'2

Eye/Hair Color: Blue/Blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Saturday August 18, 2012

Starting Weight: 264.8

Present Weight: 264.8

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: being consistent with eating and working out

Following any specific plan: as right now, cardio 5 times a week, and basically trying to eat a low card, clean foods

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: being in a different mind frame this time and hate the feeling of feeling like crap all of the time.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I am very excited to start this journey and to talk to everyone here!

Tande784
08-24-2012, 11:18 AM
Here it goes . . . :cool:

First name: Just call me Tande

Geographical location: Kentucky

Age: 32

Marital Status: Somewhat happily married

Children/Ages: 2 boys (6 and 3)

Occupation: Education

Pets: Two dogs (a teacup yorkie and an unidentifiable canine)

Hobbies/Interests: reading, swimming, learning, writing, my kids

Height: 5' 4.75"

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel/ Dark Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: August 9, 2012

Starting Weight: 274

Present Weight: 262.8

Goal Weight: I don't know since I've never been a suggested weight for my size. Right now I'm focusing on 199 since that doesn't seem doable. Overall, I'm thinking 140, but it really depends on how I look and feel as I lose weight.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: My head!

Following any specific plan: Portion control, healthier, more nutritious whole foods, lower calories, and plain ol' exercise.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: This is the last time I will lose weight. It just is, I've made that decision.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm glad to be here.

geminiswede
09-10-2012, 11:08 PM
First name: Tammy

Geographical location: Currently...Virginia

Age: 25

Marital Status: In a little over 1 month will be married. :)

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: I work in a call center, but mainly I process orders right now.

Pets: 1 cat named Zeus.

Hobbies/Interests: Music, Dance, Theater, Gaming

Height: 5'11

Eye/Hair Color: Dark Brown/Blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Most recently, 9/10/12 - though I had several attempts in college, and a short one during a 'competition' at work earlier this year.

Starting Weight: 317

Present Weight: 310

Goal Weight: 160...though that seems low to me despite medical recommendations, so it may be upped to 175-180

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: the fact that I HATE cooking/preparing food. It's part of why I was so much better at the weight loss in college.

Following any specific plan: Calorie restriction for now, may change after the wedding when I have more time/finances.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm getting married and possibly might have children in the future. Even though I want to be healthy for me, I want to be around for my loved ones too.

missaprylj
09-12-2012, 01:33 AM
First Name: Apryl

Geographical Location: Raleigh, NC

Age: 24

Marital Status: Not married, but I have a phenomenal boyfriend.

Children/Ages: Not yet.

Occupation: Why? Are you hiring!?!

Pets: Figaro, my very dapper black cat

Hobbies/Interests: Travel, local events, writing, TV, wine, words, feminism.

Height: 5' 7"

Eye/Hair Color: Blue/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Believe it or not, I started at 3FC over 10 years ago. I had some success, but I took a long, long break to grow up, finish high school and college, get engaged, call off a wedding, fall in love for reals and move to Raleigh. Now, I mean business!

Starting Weight: 293

Present Weight: 293

Goal Weight: 160

Biggest Hurdle: Making small changes and sticking with them until they become routine. Oh! And, I am a total foodie.

Plan: Using the LoseIt! app to stay accountable, joined Curves. I don't plan on being too militant about anything, though.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts?: I have always wanted to be a mother and now it's just around the corner. My (future!) kids deserve a healthy, active mom. I know I have to start now.

Anything else you would like to share with us?: I'm so, so happy to be here and I look forward to getting to know everyone.

MissMaris
09-12-2012, 02:25 AM
First name:Marissa

Geographical location:California

Age:19

Marital Status: not yet. Waiting till i graduate from college

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: Med Student

Pets:2 dogs. One small, one medium

Hobbies/Interests: I love volleyball. I am a reading addict!!!

Height:5'7"

Eye/Hair Color:Brown eyed brunette

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Today!!! September 11, 2012 (THough i have had many others where i was "going to get into shape"

Starting Weight: 240

Present Weight:240

Goal Weight:140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Myself. I lose my motivation very quickly. I have always been bigger than my friends so I have a very low self-esteem...

Following any specific plan:Plan to push myself to start out walking twice a day and eating healthier

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:I have a boyfriend that is a lot smaller than me, which i tend to get embarrassed about=/ And at my age, i should not be this size. i'm determined to change my lifestyle

Anything else you would like to share with us:I am also worried about how my body will look after the fact (loose skin and stuff)

celticrae19
09-16-2012, 05:23 PM
First name:Rachel

Geographical location: Indianapolis

Age:23

Marital Status:single

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: Student: Communications broadcasting/sound engineering

Pets:none

Hobbies/Interests: write music, loves scifi conventions, horse back riding

Height:5'4

Eye/Hair Color: greenish blue

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Feb 13 2012

Starting Weight: 242 lbs

Present Weight: 188 lbs

Goal Weight:140ish

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weight loss: eating healthy things, I love sweets way too much. I also find it hard to run with such a large chest.

Following any specific plan: Purely: exercise an hour almost everyday. Monitoring portion sizes. Moderation

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I never really tried in the past. This time I was serious.

kmstacy
09-17-2012, 10:27 AM
First name: Marti

Geographical location: Northern IL

Age:36

Marital Status:Married

Children/Ages:4 ..3 biological ages 18, 13, 5 and guardianship of husbands disabled cousin who is 23 makes 4 awesome kiddos

Occupation:CNA

Pets:3 dogs all from different rescue groups..Lab,coon hound and chihuahua

Hobbies/Interests:I spend most of my free time at the kiddos school activities like volleyball and what ever they are doing at the moment:) but I do like to read, go camping, and I love to ride the motorcycle

Height:5.3

Eye/Hair Color:brown eyes and brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:May 16 2012

Starting Weight:278

Present Weight:235

Goal Weight:178 which is a 100 lb loss ..when i make it that far i will reevaluate at that time

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:Dr.Pepper and Mt. Dew addiction

Following any specific plan:low carb, low calorie, low fat

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:It has really clicked for me this time and when I do "cheat" or mess up I get right back on track with the next meal instead of giving up and binge eating.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I am really excited to have found this group:)

1spunkygal
09-17-2012, 10:44 AM
First name: Lee Anne

Geographical location: Virginia ( born & raised in Illinois my heart is there)

Age:55

Marital Status: Married

Children : 30 yo

Occupation:CNA - NICU-Mother Baby - Peds

Pets: Cats Buddy (thinks he's a dog) Piper Anne (thinks she's a princess)

Hobbies/Interests: Internet, anything outside, Beach, knittter in the winter months

Height: 5' 2"

Eye/Hair : blue, brown gray

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Friday 7-6-2012 (LAST TIME)

Starting Weight: 225

Present Weight: 201

Goal Weight: 125 (Dr says about 140)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: cake, candy,ff,fried chicken, cheese steaks

Following any specific plan: was IP now modified Atkins

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I hit total rock bottom this time I never did that before.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Love this site

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Brandnewday
09-19-2012, 12:38 AM
First name: Laura

Geographical location: Midwest

Age: 47

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: my daughter is 23; my son is 22

Occupation: retail

Pets: 3 kitterbugs

Hobbies/Interests: reading, embroidery, surfing the web

Height: 5'6''

Eye/Hair Color: Green eyes, brown (and gray!) hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: September 13

Starting Weight: 271

Present Weight: 264.1 (can you say bloated?)

Goal Weight: I would dance a jig if I could get under 200lbs, ultimately, 160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: everything I like to do involves sitting on my big ol' butt

Following any specific plan: Weight watchers (I bought the materials last year, am trying it on my own)

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I feel ready to make the changes I need to make

Pink Hurricane
09-19-2012, 01:14 PM
First name: Courtney!

Geographical location: Grand ol' state of Georgia

Age: 24

Marital Status: Just recently married!!! :val2:

Children/Ages: No children yet, will be a parent in the future.

Occupation: Nanny and student

Pets: No pets since I moved, looking to get a cat soon.

Hobbies/Interests: Anything dealing with science especially Atmospheric science and astrophysics, watching good shows and movies, being outside, watching football, cooking, writing, singing, running, kickboxing, canning, NASCAR, live music, and much more.

Height: 5'5"

Eye/Hair Color: Blue eyes and Dark Brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: January of 2011

Starting Weight: 275 (I may have been a few pounds heavier because I wasn't weighed in until I went to the hospital after having been sick for a week)

Present Weight: 224

Goal Weight: 175

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: The amount, and to get out of the 200s and stay out! I had reached almost 90 pounds of weight loss and just relaxed for a while, life happened and before I knew it I had put back on 45 of it. It was very upsetting to gain back half of what I had lost, but I am here today, staying on track and making this a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix.

Following any specific plan: No just using My Fitness Pal to track my intake (which is calculated based on weight and weight loss goals) and doing a variety of exercises. Currently in Week 1 of P90X and it's kicking my butt!

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am sticking with this through thick and thin and learning that even when life happens I still have to take care of myself. I refuse to let myself go again, because I am worth so much more than I used to treat myself.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Just wanted to add that I am very excited about being in a larger community of very supportive people who know exactly what we are dealing with, and trying to overcome to be healthier and happier people! So let's do this! :kickbutt:

Kat117
09-19-2012, 05:07 PM
First name: Kate

Geographical location: Florida

Age: 44


Occupation: Self Employed. Master Blender, Spa Products

Pets: 2 furbabies of the feline variety


Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: July 1, 2012

Starting Weight: 280

Present Weight: 255.2

Goal Weight: 120 / size 4 which ever comes first

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Frustration with slow progress, borderline diebetes

Following any specific plan: Ideal Protein

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: If I dont change my weight and how I eat drastically, I will have to go on insulin in a few months, and I dont want that.

Im A Little Teacup
09-20-2012, 03:03 PM
First name: Sarah

Geographical location: Central NJ

Age: 27

Marital Status: Single (Dating)

Children/Ages: Not Yet...

Occupation: Full Time Pre-Med Student/ Full Time Account Rep for Ins. Co.

Pets: 2 Hermit Crabs (I don't have time for more dependent pets :^:)

Hobbies/Interests: Photography, Pathology, Fashion, Gossip

Height:5'3

Eye/Hair Color: Blue-Gray Eyes, Light Brown Hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 8/19/12

Starting Weight: 253

Present Weight: 233

Goal Weight: 125

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Every Pound is a hurdle due to PCOS

Following any specific plan: South Beach Diet (works well for PCOS) - it's working so far! :carrot: -20lbs/1st month isn't too bad - I extended Phase 1 for a month as per my Dr. :broc:

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm sticking to it. I'm more serious about my health now. I quit smoking 3 months ago, and weight loss was next in line for my Re-Invention checklist.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm excited to share my journey with others who are on the same path as me ;) :dust:

olleharr
09-24-2012, 10:51 PM
First name: Lisa

Geographical location: Illinois

Age: 47

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: 2 daughters ages 26 and 20. Also raised my little sis age 36

Occupation: Self employed/property management

Pets: none at the moment

Hobbies/Interests: scrapbooking, card making, cake decorating

Height: 5'5" but my daughter insists I am now 5'4"

Eye/Hair Color: blue/blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: May 1, 2012

Starting Weight: 238

Present Weight: 202

Goal Weight: 138

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: EXERCISE

Following any specific plan: DASH low sodium diet for high blood pressure

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: My focus has been diverted from the numbers on the scale to the numbers on the blood pressure machine and cholesterol test. Focusing more on getting healthy than getting thin.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm very proud to say that after 4 months on the DASH diet plan, 35 pounds lost, a year cholesterol meds and 9 years of being on bp meds I am officially medication free. I've tried so many different approaches to dieting over the years but this is the only one that actually lowered my blood pressure. I feel better than I have in years!

FutureThoughts
09-26-2012, 12:17 AM
I decided to re-introduce myself and update my bio since I've been away from the site for over a year now...there were a few unsuccessful attempts to get back, but they never lasted more than a few days. I've now checked in at least once a week over the last 3 weeks, so I'm feeling good about getting into full swing :) Bio from 4/2011 is pasted below - updates are in red.
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For me, the drive to hit the 100lbs lost mark is more motivating than reaching a particular weight number on the scale, so that's why my overall goal is 100 lost from my high weight. I'm using 30 as a motivator not to let myself turn 31 in the same condition i'm in now.


First name: Future

Geographical location: [Mid-Atlantic] New England

Age: [28 (for a few more months)] 30

Marital Status: Married [~ 3.5 years] almost 5 yrs

Children/Ages: 0

Occupation: [law student (finishing second year)] still don't have one. and i hate that.

Pets: 0

Hobbies/Interests: i'm in law school --- i don't really have hobbies :/ I love dancing -- dance class will be one of my mini-goal rewards! Also, I've finally admitted to myself at 28 years old that I want to be a movie star.

Height: 5'6

Eye/Hair Color: Blue / various shades of red-from-a-box

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: off and on for a while, Been restarting every few weeks seriously since Dec '10. I've managed to stay down about 6pounds during that time.... I'm putting that behind me and making today the start of my real journey. April 24, 2011. 3 weeks ago.

Starting Weight: High weight (that I saw) was [227] 236; Weight today [~219] ~230

Present Weight: [219] 230.4

Goal Weight: [126] 129

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: the oh-so-easy-and-lazy dinner out. Getting myself out of bed early enough to work out in the morning. Overcoming my depression and probably my husband too.

Following any specific plan: no, just healthy --> edit: I'm counting calories with myfitnesspal.com and generally healthy stuff.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I've tried WW, SB, and other weight loss things in the past. I bought Power90 in Dec but haven't gotten past 2 straight weeks. This time, I really just have to do it. I am doing it for me. My husband and I are very lucky to be back in school together and extremely lucky to be studying for the fall semester in Ireland. I don't want to feel this size, this self-conscious, this yucky in Ireland. I want our pictures to be nice. I want to fit more clothes into my suitcase Mostly, I want to be happy with myself and feel strong again. This time, it really is for me. I'm strong enough again to do it for me, and I will feel good about my physical self again. I feel better and more comfortable with what makes me than I ever have in my life, and I want to return to a physique where I feel that way about my appearance. And I'm finally strong enough to take control of me. Siigh. I recognize I'm battling a lot of personal demons and that there are a couple of major, MAJOR, life-altering decisions that have been weighing me down for quite some time. I don't know if I'm in the right place to let go of that particular weight yet (though I can't help but think when I do, my physical weight will follow suit), but I'm going to work hard to push through and not let that dictate MY physical being anymore.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I tend to babble...in case you didn't notice I've lurked about silently for a few days, and I"m already inspired a lot by everyone here. Start date 4.24.11

BreezyBrie
09-26-2012, 10:44 PM
First name: Breann

Geographical location:southwestern VA
Age:21

Marital Status:single

Children/Ages:none

Occupation:college student/ barn worker

Pets:My babies!! two dogs, Tai and Tinker, and a cat Chloe

Hobbies/Interests: Animals, reading, horseback riding, outdoors- currently studying as biology major, my dream is to go to veterinary school

Height:5'4

Eye/Hair Color:Green eyes, brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: January 4th 2012

Starting Weight: 282

Present Weight:203.8(as of a few min ago)

Goal Weight:180/ hopefully 150 one day

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: new college lifestyle, hitting about 10 months on diet and its getting old

Following any specific plan: Weight Watchers

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: This is the first time I have ever really honestly tried to lose the weight.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have been overweight my entire life. I happen to also come from a family of people who all struggle with weight and addictions. My mother had a gastric bypass surgery about 10 years ago and her sister, my aunt also underwent Bariatric surgery around 5 years ago. Both have had tremendous success and have kept the weight off (about 130lbs each!)- Because of my family history its reallllyyyyy important to me to do this right and only do it once! Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated!! I'm excited to be a part of this.

elimeny
09-27-2012, 01:36 PM
First name: Jessica

Geographical location: Ohio, USA

Age: 29

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: GIS/Crime Analyst

Pets: one cat, she hates me and everyone else

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, blogging, computer games

Height: 5'10

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel, Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: May 1st, 2012

Starting Weight: 290

Present Weight: 270

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: How self-conscious I am about other people seeing me all sweaty and gross, and feeling that I can't do that fun physical activity, because I'm too fat and I'll look silly!

Following any specific plan: Eat less, eat better, work out. Trying gluten free due to suspicions I might be gluten intolerant to some degree.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Personal issues are a major motivation.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I fall down a lot.

sistah phat
09-27-2012, 03:50 PM
First name: cyn

Geographical location: left coast, usa

Age: 60

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: 3 beautiful, brilliant stepdaughters: 47, 48, & 50

Occupation: web developer/graphic designer

Pets: 2 rescue dogs, 2 rescue cat, 1 goose

Hobbies/Interests: painting

Height: 5' 5"

Eye/Hair Color: blue/dk. blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 5/2012

Starting Weight: ~400

Present Weight: 359.5 (see ticker for current in kg.)

Goal Weight: 160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: plateaus

Following any specific plan: calorie counting

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm now 60!

Anything else you would like to share with us: i survived a "fatal" accident in 1999 and have a spinal cord injury w/ chronic pain. had to start from 0 mobility to walking with a cane & present exercise regime (90 min. aerobic + 1 hr. pool per week)

allieballiebee
09-28-2012, 06:09 PM
First name: Allie

Geographical location: Chicago suburbs

Age: 33

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: One amazing daughter – 4 months old

Occupation: Corporate grunt

Pets: 2 dogs (5 yrs and 2 yrs, both 70+ lb lab mixes), 2 cats (10 yrs and 3 yrs)

Hobbies/Interests: Playing with my little girl, singing, crafting, reading, cooking, hanging out with friends, shopping (although I expect I’ll like to even more when I get out of plus sizes), learning new tidbits of random/useless information.

Height: 5’4”

Eye/Hair Color: Blue/Blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Um, forever? I’ve struggled with my weight pretty much my entire life, but I’m going to say that this time around began in September of 2011, when I found out I was pregnant.

Starting Weight: I weighed 264 at my first prenatal appointment, but had been 277 (my highest recorded weight) earlier in the year. I’d somehow managed to lose 13 lbs over a few months.

Present Weight: 229.2

Goal Weight: My ultimate dream goal is 135 – comfortably in the “normal” BMI range (and it would be cool to say that I lost a “me” of fat off of myself). However, I am pretty flexible about it. Since I honestly have no idea what my body type really is under all the flab, it’s hard to tell what weight will look and feel best on me.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Just sticking to it. I’ve got a LONG way to go, and I need to have the strength to stick with it for the long haul. I lost a significant amount of weight (60 lbs) about 7 years ago, but got lazy and complacent and gained it all back (and then some). I’m so afraid that my determination is going to wane at some point, and I CANNOT let that happen. I also have an underactive thyroid (Hashimoto's), PCOS, borderline high blood pressure, and pre-diabetes. I need to get things in check NOW!

Following any specific plan: Right now, I’m using the My Fitness Pal app to track calories consumed and burned. I’m also trying to pay attention to the types of foods I’m eating (i.e. more veggies and lean protein, less carbs). Carbs tend to be my enemy more than anything else, so I need to watch that like a hawk.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Having a baby has made all the difference in the world. I made some pretty awesome changes while pregnant (only gained 5 lbs, and those only in my 39th week) and have continued to lose since my daughter was born at the end of May. Now I’ve kicked my weight loss into high gear. When I was pregnant, my determination came from knowing that I was directly responsible for the well-being of someone other than myself. And not just anyone, but a beloved child. Now that she’s here, I’ve realized that this still rings true. I can feed her the best foods and encourage her to be active until I’m blue in the face, but if I’m not practicing what I preach, it’s like I’m setting her up for failure. For who else is she going to look up to as a role model? How else is she going to learn healthy habits? My husband also has a significant amount of weight to lose, and we’re both doing it for her and for ourselves.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Nothing at the moment!

Garnet2727
09-28-2012, 06:23 PM
First name: Kristi

Geographical location: Lansing, Michigan

Age: 49

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: IT Business Analyst

Pets: None

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Internet Forums :dizzy:

Height: 5í7Ē

Eye/Hair Color: Dark Hazel/Brunette lightly sprinkled with silver

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: January 18, 2012

Starting Weight: My doctor's scale said 302 in the late afternoon. But since I weigh naked, first thing in the morning, I subtracted 4 pounds and said my starting weight was 298.

Present Weight: 237.5

Goal Weight: I don't know yet. I arbitrarily picked 155 but I shan't make an actual decision until I dip under 200 pounds and consult with my medical practioner.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Exercise. I am a VERY physically lazy person.

Following any specific plan: Weight Watchers Online and My Fitness Pal.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm succeeding! This is the most weight I've ever lost in my life.

dangerouscurvesahead
09-28-2012, 07:20 PM
First name: JOY

Geographical location: NNK, VA

Age: 45

Marital Status: MARRIED SINCE '85

Children/Ages: 3~ B,26: B,19: G,13

Occupation: STAY @ HOME WIFE, MAMA, CAREGIVER TO ALL.

Pets: GSD~JACKSON, MUTT~HARLEY

Hobbies/Interests: HIKING, CAMPING, FISHING, HUNTING, BEACHING, YARD WORK, READING.

Height: 5' 3.5"

Eye/Hair Color: GREEN~BLUE, BROWN~SILVER

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:

JUNE, 2012
Starting Weight: 232

Present Weight: 213

Goal Weight: 130-150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: CARBS, PORTIONS

Following any specific plan: CALORIE/MACRO COUNTING, WHOLE FOODS

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:

MY HEALTH/AGE
Anything else you would like to share with us: BORN N RAISED IN CITY BUT PURE COUNTRY GIRL

WindyCityChik
09-28-2012, 09:35 PM
First name:

Geographical location: Chicago Metro Area

Age: 56

Marital Status: Divorced - Dating the same guy for the last 26 years.

Occupation: Computer Programmer / Systems Analyst

Hobbies/Interests: Paper crafts (scrapbooking & card making), watercolor, gardening

Height:5'8''

Eye/Hair Color: Brown / Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: May, 2012

Starting Weight: 301

Present Weight: 286

Goal Weight: 145

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Getting my brain wrapped around the fact that this isn't a diet this time. It's a lifestyle change. I need to maintain a healthy diet and a regular excercise program from now until I finally check out.

Following any specific plan: Weight Watchers

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I quit smoking in January. It's been a tough, but rewarding 8 months since I quit. If I can quit cigarettes, I can have success in any personal project. It was time to deal with my weight.

Anything else you would like to share with us: My motto is: If you can't say anything nice about someone, come sit next to me! ;)

Rocky Horror
10-03-2012, 09:08 PM
First name: Elizabeth

Geographical location: Canada

Age: 25

Marital Status: In a relationship

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Substitute teacher

Pets: 3 dogs

Hobbies/Interests: Belly dancing, music, singing, acting, musica theatre, history, reading, writing, exercising

Height: 5'3 1/2

Eye/Hair Color: Dark green/dark brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: October 3, 2012 (we'll say because I am have some rough few months)

Starting Weight: 250

Present Weight: 247

Goal Weight: 140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Making a lifestyle change and not just following a diet

Following any specific plan: Reccommended nutrition for hyperglycemics without diabetes (lots of vegetables, low-glycemic fruits, whole grains, lean meats, low fat dairy)

MizMelis
10-15-2012, 12:21 PM
First name: Melissa

Geographical location: Canada

Age:25

Marital Status: single

Children/Ages: Boy/3 1/2

Occupation: mum/artist

Pets: Betta Fish called Bubbles

Hobbies/Interests: Piano,camping..etc

Height:5'5

Eye/Hair Color:green eyes/dark brown/almost black hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: April 1st 2012

Starting Weight:270

Present Weight: 225

Goal Weight: 140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Learning what my food addiction was and staying on track

Following any specific plan: Eating Paleo for the most part and exercising when i can

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm more focused and i've stuck with it instead of giving up.

kymb92
10-16-2012, 12:01 PM
First name: Kym

Geographical location: London

Age: 20

Marital Status: Engaged

Children/Ages: None yet

Occupation: Secretary

Pets: None

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, history, socialising, shopping, clubbing

Height: 5'5

Eye/Hair Color: Blue eyes/Ginger hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 11th October 2012

Starting Weight: 185

Present Weight: 183

Goal Weight: 140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Eating 'bad foods' proportionately. My problem is I can't stop myself eating too much of it!

Following any specific plan: Less calories and more exercise

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Determined not to continued to put on weight and ruin the 60lb loss I made 3 years ago

MrsTryingAgain
10-18-2012, 03:48 AM
First name:Gail Lynn

Geographical location:Northern CA


Age:48 on Nov 8, 2012 :-O


Marital Status:Married since April 1, 1989!!!


Children/Ages:None.


Occupation:Customer service but looking for different work.


Pets:1 neurotic cat, Agatha Noel.


Hobbies/Interests::Reading, walking, photography, camping, needlepoint, rock music (classic & metal), sci-fi...more


Height:5' 6"


Eye/Hair Color:Drk blonde, blue


Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:Oct. 5, 2012


Starting Weight:285 lbs. :-(


Present Weight:???

Goal Weight:175?


Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:Keeping myself in check. No emotional or boredom eating.


Following any specific plan:No. Just healthy eating, plenty H2O & exercise (cardio & strength)


What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:I'm older. Have a few more health issues. But I know what to expect on this journey.


Anything else you would like to share with us:
:Youngest of 7 kids. Grew up on a ranch. Still live near the ranch I grew up on. Don't really have a relationship with anyone in my family but my elderly mom...and of course my hubby. Family fell apart when Dad died 12 years ago.

cormandy62442
10-18-2012, 01:29 PM
First name: Courtney

Geographical location: Texas

Age: 27

Marital Status: single

Children/Ages: 1 furbaby - she's 2! :D

Occupation: Merch Manager

Hobbies/Interests: reading, photography, movies

Height: 5"6

Eye/Hair Color: blue/blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Did this 3 years ago, back to do it again 10.15.12

Starting Weight:244

Present Weight:240.2

Goal Weight: My goal has always been 154:normal BMI for me (which is 90lbs, but I know I'll want to lose more when I get there which is why I'm here!)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: my work schedule - retail hours are horrible for the consistency I need to lose weight.

Following any specific plan: just counting calories

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: While I'm not at my heaviest weight ever(252), I feel like my weight has shifted to make my belly fatter than ever. This is so unhealthy and I'm ready to make a change forever!

Anything else you would like to share with us: :carrot:

stargazer222001
10-20-2012, 12:04 AM
First name: Jessica

Geographical location: Pennsylvania

Age:23 (24 in about 2 weeks)

Marital Status: Committed long term, live in relationship

Children/Ages:none yet

Occupation: Pt Telecommunications Rep, full time student

Pets:2 cats, Tigger and Dinner, and one betta fish, Splat

Hobbies/Interests: Quilting, hiking (not well with all this fat), traveling, and reading

Height: 6ft

Eye/Hair Color: blonde and blue eyed

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 10/12/12

Starting Weight:286

Present Weight:286

Goal Weight:190

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Losing it! Also eating out so much, being a busy couple we tend to eat out way too much, anywhere from 2-5 times a week! Horrible I know.

Following any specific plan: I am meeting with my weight loss doctor on Tuesday to go over options and see what would work best. For now I've started walking more and watching what I eat and not eating more than 3 grams of sugar a day.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: This time I am hoping with posting here that I can form a bond with some of you all and feel like someone is cheering me on and I don't want to disappoint them.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I am a traveler and its time to slim down before I have to pay for two plane tickets!

GroovyCat
10-22-2012, 10:13 AM
First name: Laurel

Geographical location:Bermuda

Age:43

Marital Status:Married since Sep 1998

Children/Ages: None

Occupation:Primary school teacher

Pets:Two black cats - Dark and Stormy

Hobbies/Interests:Oh so many! Reading, painting, aquafit, singing, snorkelling

Height:5'2"

Eye/Hair Color:Green/reddish brunette

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:Sep 24, 2012

Starting Weight:373

Present Weight:351

Goal Weight:195

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:Hmm... Probably just taking care of myself, eating on schedule, being too 'busy', and of course my temptations like potato chips

Following any specific plan:Ideal Protein

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:The weight is coming off so fast that it's fairly easy to stay motivated and stick to the plan. Plus I sort of understand the science behind this diet and know what it will mean if I stray. Also, finally ready to do this for me and I have the best support group.

Anything else you would like to share with us:I lost both my parents over the past year and a half and that has totally changed my world. Nothing prepares you to lose a parent. My sister gave birth to my nephew the day after mom's funeral and now I'm auntie, godparent and substitute grandma all in one. I want to be around for him and my brothers kids and who knows maybe have one of my own - (I've heard IP can do that for women who haven't been able to conceive or carry to term.) I don't want to just keep going through the motions, I want to make every day count. So here I am.

I'm happy to be here and be a support for others as well as receiving support from y'all. :)

jodygirl
10-23-2012, 11:24 AM
First name: Jody

Geographical location: Long Island, Levittown, NY

Age: 43

Marital Status: single

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: accounts payable clerk

Pets: dog..a little Yorkie

Hobbies/Interests: I like music, reading watching /tv & movies

Height: 5'7

Eye/Hair Color: hazel/green brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 7/23

Starting Weight: 291

Present Weight: 265

Goal Weight: 160

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: getting off my butt and exercising

Following any specific plan: Low carb high protein diet with no sugar

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: In the past I bought phentermine off the internet..It worked great and I lost alot of weight. But this time around I'm older and I really don't want to get a heart attack.

Anything else you would like to share with us: The way I am now I feel invisible to the world and I hate it!!! I want my self esteem back. I never tried a support group before. I started this diet 7/23 @ 291 by 9/25 I was 265..It felt great to lose the weight..But after that I fell off the wagon and hate myself for it..I want to get back on track and move forward.. Hopefully with some new perspectives and support from people who are in the same boat that I'm in or from people who have accomplished their goals..

thingirltrapped
10-24-2012, 11:36 PM
First name:Kim

Geographical location:Chapel Hill, TN

Age:44

Marital Status:divorced(the ink is still wet)

Children/Ages:3 ages 23,22 and 21

Occupation:in between jobs

Pets: 3 dogs, my hearts!!

Hobbies/Interests:pinterest, crafting, wedding planning

Height:5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: hazel/brown and gray

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:which one???lol! October 24th, 2012

Starting Weight:312 lbs.

Present Weight:312 lbs.

Goal Weight:180 lbs.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: pasta potatos meal planning

Following any specific plan:WW

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:I am honestly scared for my health and I have to do this for me

Anything else you would like to share with us: recently kicked my husband out for cheating after 13 years and he has filed divorce papers(just signed them yesterday) quit my job after 8 yrs three weeks ago because I had just had enough and I need to start putting myself first!

mistyj
10-28-2012, 12:55 PM
First name: Misty

Geographical location: OHIO

Age: 41

Marital Status: Divorced

Children/Ages: 2 girls 18 and 14

Occupation: Medical Assistant for Pain Management and Spine Rehab Center

Pets: they keep running away :dizzy:

Hobbies/Interests: love to read, and just be with my family/friends

Height: 5"11

Eye/Hair Color: green

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Today 10/27/2012 who am I kidding? Everyday!

Starting Weight:308

Present Weight:285

Goal Weight:200

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I am bored and very emotional, which leads to eating anything in sight--when I am alone.

Following any specific plan: still looking

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I had a very big wake up call yesterday--MORTIFIED--at an amusement park.:mad:

Anything else you would like to share with us: I joined this site like 8 years ago--was with a group called "10 pounds at a time" just trying to find where I fit in now!

Natlyne
10-29-2012, 06:04 PM
Geographical location: Canada

Age: 31

Marital Status: Divorced / Long Distance Relationship for 3 Years

Occupation: Planner / Manufacturing

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, movies, cooking/baking

Height:5'7"

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel / Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: August, 2012

Starting Weight: 241

Present Weight: 227

Goal Weight: 140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Realizing this isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle change. This isn't eat healthy and exercise to lose weight. This is eat healthy and exercise for life.

Following any specific plan: Counting Calories

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm actually sticking with it. I have lots of positive support, and am going through this with some friends so it helps not being the only one.

GatorDeb
11-07-2012, 03:45 AM
First name: Debbie

Geographical location: Las Vegas, NV

Age: 34

Marital Status: Looking.

Children/Ages: None.

Occupation: Customer service representative.

Pets: None.

Hobbies/Interests: Anything active. Triathlons, weightlifting, hiking, gym group classes, reading, writing, movies, TV, crocheting, dancing.

Height: 5'4".

Eye/Hair Color: Blue / Light brown.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 7/3/09.

Starting Weight: 215 lbs (heaviest 230 lbs, 2004 when scale said that weight).

Present Weight: 117 lbs.

Goal Weight: 107.5 lbs.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Emotional/boredom/anything that doesn't have to do with hunger or fueling eating.

Following any specific plan: Nope. Eat as decent as I can, work out. I work out because it's fun, though. The weight loss is a bonus.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: 6/3/09. Dad fell down the stairs, hit his head, died. 69, in great mental and physical shape. Went to Venezuela to bury him. Signed up to 24 Hour Fitness from his computer over there (why, to this day I have no idea). Came back 7/2/09 after 11p. 7/3/09 went into a 24HF and never came back out.

Started with 15 minutes on the elliptical. Walked in, worked out 15 minutes, walked out. Went back the next day. And the day after. And the day after. 30 minutes. 45 minutes. An hour. Added some weights. 9/1/09 went to my first group class, TurboKick, fell in love with it. Lost most of the weight with TurboKick, Zumba, and Spin. 1/2/12 (Monday) started triathlon training, dropped everything else. Now that's all I do, 10-18 hours a week (I'm on a four week build plan, every fourth week is "easy" at around 8-10 hours). Just did my first Half Ironman on 10/20/12 (1.2 mi swim, 56 mi bike ride, 13.1 mi run) and doing my first Ironman on 6/23/13 (2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike ride, 26.2 mi run). After that plan to branch out into endurance events in each discipline, i.e. 10K swim, 100 mi run, 200 mi bike ride. Also do and love weightlifting.

I've done a variety of stuff, outdoors boot camp, hiking, etc. Love it all.



Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm a Gemini and love long walks on the beach.

Freeb1rdy
11-07-2012, 01:41 PM
First name: Christa

Geographical location: Panhandle of Texas

Age: 25

Marital Status: common law

Children/Ages: 0

Occupation: student

Pets: dog

Hobbies/Interests: camping, guitar, fishing, hunting, outdoors, motorcycles

Height: 5'

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel / Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:over 2 years ago

Starting Weight:about 237

Present Weight:231

Goal Weight:130

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: staying motivated to work out

Following any specific plan: I work out about an hour a day, I do a mile on the eliptical, 200 sit ups with a 4lb ball and then kinda pick and choose for the rest of my work out.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I went to have a physical and the doctor looked at me point blank and said for a pretty girl, you have death wish. If you don't take care of you, your body and your weight you will be lucky to make it past 40 with out a heart attack. It pretty much scared the crap out of me.

Anything else you would like to share with us: For me my weight gained after high school is what really kinda made me start feeling bad, I was chunky even over weight most my life. In High school I was a wrestler, had a decent body and had good self esteem, I was also a swimmer up until high school. Being athletic has alway been big in my life even as an overweight child. Looking at pictures over the last 4-5 years has really been hard, I hate being photographed, I feel akward around my girlfriends who are all slender and pretty. I want my old body back, I want my boyfriend who tells me I am beautiful to be in awe of me. I want to be healthy and I want my self-esteem back!:stress:

Nostalgia
11-11-2012, 01:31 PM
First name: Janet

Geographical location: Ridgeland, Mississippi

Age: 57

Marital Status: Married almost 34 years

Children/Ages: son 30 and a daughter 24

Occupation: Federal Employee

Pets: 2 cats (Opie and Trouble) and my bad dog Leo.

Hobbies/Interests: I love to paint and draw. Reading comes a close second.

Height: 5 ft 4 1/2 in

Eye/Hair Color: Brown eyes and Brown Hair (but it wants to turn gray... I just won't let it)

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: November 9,

Starting Weight: 257 lbs

Present Weight: 257 lbs.... I just started 3 days ago.

Goal Weight: 145 lbs I think.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: My husband is a great cook and cooks all the time and it's tastey but unhealthy. The sight and smell is so difficult to ignore.

Following any specific plan: I am on the Ideal Protein Plan

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have been having knee problems that keep me from doing all things I love to do. It is the motivating factor behind me starting this diet and sticking to it.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I don't have any local support in this diet so I'm looking at the boards to help me stay motivated and encourage me along.

klbrown
11-11-2012, 01:57 PM
First name:Kelly

Geographical location:Vancouver BC, Canada

Age:33

Marital Status:Happily married

Children/Ages:6 months, 18 months and 3.5 years old

Occupation:medical office assistant

Pets:none

Hobbies/Interests: my kids, baking, camping

Height: 6 feet

Eye/Hair Color:brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: many many moons ago

Starting Weight: 310

Present Weight: 242

Goal Weight:180

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: falling of the wagon , taking weeks to get back on. In those weeks I am off I can eat like the dickens and gain copious amounts of weight I worked so hard to get off

Following any specific plan: watching calorie in take and excercise

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I really want to do it for me this time

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have been fat almost my whole life and this is a battle I will have forever I realize I have to make a lifestyle change and in the back of my head I dont want to do it but I know I have to for my kids.

jdennis84
11-16-2012, 10:58 AM
First name: JEN

Geographical location: NORTHERN VERMONT

Age: 28

Marital Status: INVOLVED

Children/Ages: KIANNA, AGE 9MONTHS.

Occupation: STAY AT HOME MOM... FOR NOW.

Pets: NONE. THE CAT WE HAD RAN AWAY WHEN THE BABY WAS BORN.

Hobbies/Interests: COOKING, BAKING, MOVIES, PHOTOGRAPHY

Height: 5' 8

Eye/Hair Color: HAZEL/ BROWN

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 11/09/2012

Starting Weight: 273

Present Weight: 268

Goal Weight: 180

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: MYSELF!

Following any specificplan: MAKING SMARTER CALORIE CHOICES.. STAYING AT 1500 FOR NOW. WORKING OUT 4X A WEEK.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I NEVER TRULY TRIED TO LOSE WEIGHT BEFORE...

Anything else you would liketo sharewith us:

CaptainAmburrrica
11-25-2012, 11:49 AM
First name: Amber

Geographical location: Chicago

Age: 29 (30 in 2 weeks)

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: Son Matthew 7

Occupation: General Manager of and Ice Cream Parlor and Dairy Store

Pets: 2 cats, 2 russian tortoises, a tangerine lobster, a albino clawfoot frog, and many many fish

Hobbies/Interests: Art, photography, graphic design, reading non fiction, lifting weights

Height: 5' 10''

Eye/Hair Color: green/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: september something

Starting Weight: 320 (possibly more)

Present Weight: 286

Goal Weight: 150 (though I am not really sure. The bmi calculator says I should be at 150 to not be overweight anymore. However, I have a personal trainer who did a million and a half tests on me. They said that if I had 0% body fat I would still weigh 156 because I have so much muscle. So their goal for me is 186. So well get there and see.)

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I have to pick one? Possibly my family. They mean well. I'll do really well all day, and come home to find a poor boy, or giordanos stuffed pizza waiting for me. I dont want to be rude, so I'll eat it. But I am trying to eat really small portions of it now instead of scarfing down the whole thing and fries and coke etc.

Following any specific plan: Calorie counting with my fitness pal. Eating lots of fruits and veggies. Protein and good carbs in every meal. My trainer wants me to eat every two hours. I have been doing this and it's working so far. I never really feel hungry. The biggest problem for me here is making time to eat. A lot of times at work I dont get to take a break (I dont get any sort of scheduled breaks either.) Anything I eat has to be quick and easy to make. Also I have been trying to cut out a lot of the processed stuff etc.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Well, for starters I am not half a**ing it this time around. In the past diets I have tried were quick fixes and not life style changes. You name it, the lemonade diet, the soup diet, multiple smoothie diets, and pills etc etc etc. I have never really tried to do anything that made sense and could be maintained. Not to mention that I have incorporated exercise in this time.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have been over weight my whole life. I couldn't figure out why my stomach gathered fat like it did. I found out at 15 that I had a medical condition called a bilateral hydrosalpinx. Basically my fallopian tubes were under developed and closed at one end and gathering fluid like water balloons. In turn, my body though I was pregnant, and "padded" my lower body as though I was. I had surgery to have them drained, one was 21 centimeters around and the other 24. After that I lost a ton of weight without even really trying. Then when I got pregnant with my son I had a whole host of problems and was on bed rest the whole time. I put all of the weight back on, then started working in the food industry, and put on more weight. The smallest I ever remember being as an adult was around 220. I wasn't tiny by any means then, still around a 14/16 but a lot better off than I am now.

mrs01987
11-25-2012, 12:38 PM
Name: Michele

Location: Ohio

Age:44

Marital status: Divorced

Children: 18 year old son, 12 year old daughter

Occupation: work at home data entry

Pets: 2 dogs, 2 cats

Hobbies: reading, writing, spending time with family, walking

Height: 5'9"

Hair color: brown

Starting weight:363

Starting date:October, 2011

Goal weight: 160-170

Present weight: 304

Biggest hurdle:Myself. I am a food addict and I lose my will power and resistance to food every day!

Plan being followed: I had the RNY bypass surgery on August 14, 2012

What is different this time: I lost 30 pounds between 10/11 and 8/12 in prep for the surgery. I have lost about 30 since the surgery. This is my last chance.

Anything else: I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I am an only child with two older parents and I have two teen children. I have no choice, I NEED to lose weight. I have had limited success with the surgery because of my self-sabotage. I have pushed the limits and I fear that it is not working for me because I won't let it. The good news is that I am off all of my medication since the surgery. My blood sugars and blood pressures have remained stable. I need to allow myself to separate from my addiction to food in order to allow myself to become healthy and happy.I would appreciate any and all ideas and support.

Mara
11-30-2012, 02:30 PM
First name: Tamara

Geographical location: Tennessee USA

Age: 29

Marital Status:Single

Children/Ages:None

Occupation:Worforce Coordinator (I handle pre-employment paperwork)

Pets: Inside Cat and an Outside Cat (was a stray, that I have adopted) Both very spoiled. :)

Hobbies/Interests:Reading, cooking, learning random facts

Height:5' 7.5"

Eye/Hair Color:brown eyes and brown/black hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 10/01/2012

Starting Weight:297

Present Weight:286

Goal Weight:160 to 175

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss:making time for exercise and eating healthy

Following any specific plan: eat better and exercise more ;)

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:I had to start taking blood pressure pills in Oct., so I want to lower my bp and better my health.

Anything else you would like to share with us:

avalonmoon
12-01-2012, 12:34 AM
hi everryone. i'm on my second leg of my journey. I will be 43 early next year. I have a hubby and 2 grown kids. i was at 314/316 honestly forgot, back in '01. I slowly took off the weight and got here once b4 and relapsed to 248 and now i'm here at 210.:) itis rough w/ diabetes/bad habits/bad back/and little real world support. Oh yeah pcos. i wish to be off my meds and be thin., I might be dreams ng but i want to be 135 maybe by the timei reach 44(or before). i am happy to be part of 3fatchicks. pls excuse my typos, iuse an android. if only my fingers were much smaller.:dizzy:

Renlane5
12-09-2012, 04:00 AM
First name: Lauren

Geographical location: Central Illinois

Age: 25

Marital Status: Engaged

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Law Student

Pets: Jack Russel Mix- Bella & Chihuahua- Troy

Hobbies/Interests: Played college sports, still like to play intramural leagues when I find time, I am obsessed with makeup, and I love my little doggies.

Height: 5'6

Eye/Hair Color: Grey/Dirty Blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: I am actually planning on starting December 17th because I will be finished with my last law school final and moved back in at home.

Starting Weight: 240

Present Weight: 240

Goal Weight: 140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Staying motivated

Following any specific plan: Low carbs has always worked best for me and diverse forms of exercise

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am getting married in September and want to start out my new life (being a recent law school graduate and new wife) healthy and feeling better about myself.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Through college I never had to worry about weight gain because I played basketball and softball and would work off all the extra calories I was eating in our 2 hour daily practices, but since graduating I no longer have the steady exercise, and have continued to eat the junk that I used to eat plus I have so much added stress with law school. Those factors are what have contributed to my 60 pound weight gain in the last two years. I am tired of not being able to wear the clothes that I want to and ashamed when I look in the mirror. I have a long road ahead of me but I really have to do it this time. So I am hoping by joining a forum like this it will help me to stay motivated.

the shiv
12-10-2012, 08:26 PM
First name: Siobhan

Geographical location: Glasgow, Scotland

Age: 31

Marital Status: In a relationship

Children/Ages: No.

Occupation: Self-employed

Pets: None

Hobbies/Interests: Gaming, Photography, Blogging, Graphic design, Drawing, Films, Writing, Drawing, Fashion, Hair colouring, Coffee...

Height: 5'4"

Eye/Hair Colour: Blue / Brown-Blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 9 Dec 2012

Starting Weight: 212

Present Weight: 212

Goal Weight: 112

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Understanding that i'm not meant to be overweight, that i'm still just a fit, healthy thin person who just happened to put on 100lbs, and that this is only temporary, not my whole identity.

Following any specific plan: Not really... Intuitive eating and permanent, slow, healthy lifestyle changes.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm not "dieting". I refuse to feel guilty about eating. Changing my habits to benefit how I feel, instead of just how I look.

Anything else you would like to share with us: That's it! :-)

Gezebelle
12-11-2012, 11:25 PM
First name: Amanda

Geographical location: Orlando, FL

Age: 29

Marital Status: Divorced

Children/Ages: Two stepdaughters, 13 and 15. One niece, 13 months.

Occupation: Publix Deli Clerk

Pets: A cat named Tinkerbell, and a nameless hermit crab.

Hobbies/Interests: Still trying to figure this part out, lol.

Height: 5'7

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: This time? Oct. 1st, 2012

Starting Weight: 306

Present Weight: 295

Goal Weight: 175

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Getting past that blockage in my own head that causes me to get depressed and binge.

Following any specific plan: Trying out some low-carb stuff. I'd really like to try the paleo diet.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: My Dr tested my cholesterol and I am too afraid to make an appointment to get the results, and she has been hounding me for weeks about wanting to put me on meds.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I've been more of a lurker than an active participant in the forums.

MegaMegan2012
12-12-2012, 09:08 AM
First name: Megan

Geographical location: Indiana

Age: 22

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None of my own- I nanny 13 & 8 yr. old boys.

Occupation: Live-in Nanny

Pets: None of my own-3 dogs in the house.

Hobbies/Interests: Singing, Cooking, Sewing, Volleyball

Height: 5'11"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Since the day I was born.....Officially August 2011

Starting Weight: 325

Present Weight: 280

Goal Weight: 180

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Consistency

Following any specific plan: Count Calories and Exercise

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm not gonna quit until I reach my goal!!

Anything else you would like to share with us:

agirlnamedgina
12-12-2012, 09:54 PM
First name: Gina

Geographical location: Indiana, USA

Age: 23

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: I work in a print shop

Pets: None

Hobbies/Interests: Clogdancing, Reading, Writing, Making Youtube Videos, Blogging, and Playing Board Games

Height: 5 ft 4 in

Eye/Hair Color: Blue eyes, Black hair (I dye it black, it's naturally brown)

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: August 2012

Starting Weight: 283 pounds

Present Weight: 260 pounds

Goal Weight: 180 pounds at first, then according to my doctor I should weigh between 120 and 130 pounds

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Motivation to work out, Time to work out, and avoiding fast food and excessive snacking

Following any specific plan: No, just eliminating soda, fast food, and sweets while fitting in at least an hour work out a day.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I've been battling depression for the bulk of this year and I just can't stand to be this sad all the time. I feel that if I am able to meet a weight loss goal I can prove to myself that being on this planet isn't something that I'm enduring, it's something I can smile about and enjoy.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I really need support. I feel like I'm all alone and I keep letting myself down which keeps sending me down these dark spirals of self-defeat and self-hatred. I hope that I have found a place that can give me a swift and supportive "kick in the pants" to get me back on track. I managed to lose 50 pounds last year, but have gained over half of it back... I don't want to fail again!

caligirl98
12-15-2012, 02:17 AM
First name: Trina

Geographical location: Cali

Age: 29

Marital Status: single

Children/Ages: none

Occupation: manager

Pets:none

Hobbies/Interests: reading, writing, sleeping, reading, reading, writing, sleeping,

Height: 5'0

Eye/Hair Color: dark brown/dark brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: which one? I start one every year.

Starting Weight:286

Present Weight:222

Goal Weight: 170 by next summer. 130 for next year. But I'll focus on just next summer

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: binge eating

Following any specific plan: nope

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: well, this started in January and I managed to actually lose 60 some odd pounds this year

Anything else you would like to share with us: Brownies?

samanthahwrd91
12-25-2012, 06:54 AM
First name: Samantha

Geographical location: GA, USA

Age: 21

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: NONE

Occupation: Student, History major

Pets: None

Hobbies/Interests: Reading

Height: 5'2"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:12/26/12

Starting Weight:~350 give or take

Present Weight: ~350 give or a take

Goal Weight:125-145

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Staying away from junk food

Following any specific plan: Exercise nd calorie counting

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I recently found out that my inertility may be caused by my weight. I want children more than anything. So if I have to work my butt off to have them then I will

Anything else you would like to share with us: I WILL GET THIS WEIGHT OFF!!!

merilung
12-27-2012, 11:56 PM
First name: Ariel

Geographical location: Saint Louis, MO, USA

Age: 25

Marital Status: married bliss!

Children/Ages: no kids yet - currently researching adoption after 5 years of infertility.

Occupation: doula/nanny

Pets: 3 year old rescue dog, Watson!

Hobbies/Interests: midwifery, adoption, herbalism, paleo/primal lifestyle, yoga, meditation, anarcho-communism, attachment parenting, atheism, role playing games, public health, feminism, anti-racism...on and on.

Height: 5'10"

Eye/Hair Color: green eyes, brown hair.

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: ha, it depends on what leg of the journey you're talking about! THIS trip to the rodeo kicked off Christmas Day 2012.

Starting Weight: 276

Present Weight: 272

Goal Weight: 135

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weight loss: keeping with it when life gets too busy/hard - deaths in the family, bad diagnoses, car accidents, etc. throw me off the wagon for months or even years at a time.

Following any specific plan: exercise, paleo whole foods diet - keeping a food journal and anything else that I figure out helps me along the way!

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Husband and I are hoping to apply to adopt at the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014, so I really want to work out my problems with my weight to free myself up to be the best, least inhibited mother and wife I can be.

Anything else you would like to share with us: soon, I'm sure! :)

oceansjewel
12-28-2012, 03:36 AM
First name: Cori

Geographical location: North Western States

Age: 36 although i have been told i look 26 and i occasionly get carded getting into casinos and clubs

Marital Status: married

Children/Ages: not blessed with children yet

Occupation: teachers aid

Pets: two dogs: yorkie and a shihtzu who were raised together and think they are bro n sis

Hobbies/Interests: i enjoy doing art, taking photographs and sewing

Height:5'4"

Eye/Hair Color: brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 11/30/2012

Starting Weight:245

Present Weight:240

Goal Weight:145

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: my sweet tooth, i'd rather eat sweets and drink cokes than eat regular healthy meals.

Following any specific plan:i plan to start slowly by making life choices first. i've been walking more and cutting down on sweets and slowly exchanging cokes for water.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: iam determined and i have no car. iam glad iam forced to walk to and from work.

i know i can be at a healthy weight...i was 155lbs just 5yrs back. September 2007. i had maintained that weight most of my life. then i allowed myself to get depressed and start relying on sugary foods to give me a rush and b4 you knew it i ballooned up to 245lbs. i know i can get back down to my goal weight and be even lighter than i was b4.

melfitstar
12-28-2012, 10:07 AM
First name: Melissa

Geographical location: Seattle, WA

Age:32

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: N/A

Occupation: Research Coordinator

Pets: cats, of course

Hobbies/Interests: honestly? tv and sleeping. I also enjoy but rarely go hiking, camping, bowling, to the movies, traveling, adventuring, etc... House work and or cooking is fun with a partner, alas I have none.

Height: 5'8''

Eye/Hair Color: blue/ blonde and pink

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 1999 and 12/26/12

Starting Weight: heaviest: 323 (13yrs ago), current 318

Present Weight: 318

Goal Weight: 250 to start, then 180, then reevaluate

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: food, it's delicious and I like to eat it until I have to roll off the couch in pain

Following any specific plan: tracking on daily burn, trying to eat low carb (really just no bread, chips, tortillas, etc) and high protein. Going to focus on strength training over cardio, since I seem to hate it and Dr. Said no weight bearing exercise :(. This fat chick has a runner inside which can be very depressing, actually.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm older and it's starting to effect me in different ways. My joints hurt, I'm tired all the time, I don't want to become diabetic, I lose circulation in my hands and feet nearly constantly which is horrifying.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I need a lot of help from people who understand, I want a sponsor like AA has. Someone who won't tolerate my excuses or self pity. I'm defiant though, so this could be tricky...

GirlieJayhawk
12-30-2012, 10:49 PM
First name: Lora

Geographical location: Denver

Age: 29

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: Nope, just fur kids!

Occupation: Insurance Agent

Pets: Toy Poodle Louie and Italian Greyhound Sophie

Hobbies/Interests: Shopping, Baking (and I wonder why I'm fat!), College Basketball, Reading, Sewing, Travel

Height: 5'9"

Eye/Hair Color: Green Eyes, Brown Hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: May of 2012

Starting Weight: 278

Present Weight: 258

Goal Weight: 150-ish

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: ME! I am 100% my own worst enemy! Also, my hubby can eat whatever he wants and not gain an ounce so I always feel bad making him eat "diet" food!

Following any specific plan: Just trying to eat smart, less junk and move more. I've done well with weight watchers before so I may try that again.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: We moved to Denver in May and I'm not sure why but I've lost about 20 pounds since we've moved and I feel so much better! I just want to keep the ball rolling.

rebeccatea
01-01-2013, 04:34 PM
First name:Rebecca

Geographical location: UK

Age: 22

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: No spawn

Occupation: One of those semi-unemployed graduates you read about

Pets: None with me at the moment

Hobbies/Interests: Crafty things...knitting and the likes

Height: 5'5"

Eye/Hair Color: Grey eyes and brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 252lbs (yikes)

Starting Weight:252lbs

Present Weight:252lbs

Goal Weight:130lbs

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Binge eating past the point of pain. Fleeting motivation.

Following any specific plan: The getting off my butt plan. I guess I should look into the specifics but so many times I just don't stick to my thought out plans and weight charts...

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I AM ACTUALLY GOING TO DO IT THIS TIME.

erricah
01-02-2013, 11:53 AM
First name: Errica

Geographical location: Trenton, NJ

Age:41

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: Boy and Girl/ 20 and 13

Occupation: Travel Assistant

Pets: None

Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, Baking, Reading

Height: 5'7"


Eye/Hair Color: Dark Brown/Dark Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Most of my life. This time 1/2/2013

Starting Weight: 265

Present Weight: 265
Goal Weight:

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Being consistent

Following any specific plan: None. I did alot of research because of my health issues. I decide to eat more healthier foods.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I have a new husband who has committed himself to be my support partner.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I don't have any right now. I will share with you some of the lessons that I learned after I slim down.

lunarsongbird
01-03-2013, 06:26 PM
First name: Deanna

Geographical location: Colorado Springs

Age: 29

Marital Status: Newlywed

Children/Ages: None Yet

Occupation: Career Counselor

Pets: Bo (Australian Shepard), Eshezo (Black kitty that thinks he's a dog), Rose (the kitty who lives under the bed)

Hobbies/Interests: The Real Food Movement, Weston Price Foundation, Reading, Watching TV, Trying to maintain an organized household, Birth (I've thought about becoming a doula someday)

Height: 5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: Hazel/Dark Blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 1/2/2013

Starting Weight: 242

Present Weight: 242

Goal Weight: 140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Doubt, Guilt, Candy, Girl Scout Cookies, Pizza, Depression, Headaches

Following any specific plan: Metabolic Research Center

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Funny- My husband just asked me the same thing yesterday. We got married in October 2012 and in 2014 we want to start a family. This is the year for me to prepare for a baby. I've read some terrifying statistics on overweight mothers and how it affects their children. I want my future children to have the best start possible.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I love online communities! I hope to find a place to settle in!

ChristyMarie
01-04-2013, 04:29 PM
First name: Christy

Geographical location: Dayton, Ohio

Age:30

Marital Status: Married to a wonderful man named Ben (4 yrs, 10 months)

Children/Ages: 1 - three year old daughter

Occupation: stay at home mom, but also babysit, work online, and board horses here on our farm, as well as give lessons.

Pets: 7 horses, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 16 chickens, 4 rabbits, 1 rat, 1 mouse

Hobbies/Interests: horseback riding and horses in general. Reading and writing, also.

Height: 5'0''

Eye/Hair Color: hazel eyes, brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 01/01/2013

Starting Weight: heaviest: 305.6 :(

Present Weight: 305

Goal Weight: 150 eventually, but right now I'm aiming to be 110 lbs lighter by Dec. 31, 2013. Short term, I'm looking to lose 40 lbs by Easter...

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Myself! I need to keep myself in line and stay motivated. I am my own worst enemy. I KNOW I don't need that cake, or those seconds, and I think that...while going ahead and doing it anyway!

Following any specific plan: Weight Watchers

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I had gestational diabetes with my pregnancy in 2008, which makes me at even higher risk of developing type II diabetes. Recently, I've noticed my asthma, which rarely turns up, has been constant. This past summer...I couldn't go on a couple of the kiddie rides with my daughter...the ones that parents HAVE to ride, too? Yeah, she couldn't go on because I didn't fit. on top of that, for the first time EVER...I had to get off a roller coaster that I've ridden millions of times because I simply couldn't fit. Talk about wake up call!

Anything else you would like to share with us: My husband is also taking this journey with me. He only has about 90 lbs to lose. And it upsets me (even though it shouldn't) when he can just lose weight without really trying. I get grumpy when he reminds me that I shouldn't be eating something (although I've specifically asked him to!)...I just need some compassion and understanding from people who AREN'T my husband...less for myself...than for HIM...so I quit blowing up at him. :hug:

jawsgw
01-04-2013, 06:29 PM
First name: Jen

Geographical location: VA

Age:40

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: Boy and Girl

Occupation: Student

Pets: 2 but soon 0

Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, Baking, Reading

Height: 6'1'


Eye/Hair Color: Grey/Dark Brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: All of my life. Restart 1/2/13.

Starting Weight: Heaviest 346 about a year ago.

Present Weight: 332

Goal Weight:180

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Afternoon hunger. I stay feeling hungry even with a small meal or snack. :?: Also the losing for good the 10 to 15 pounds I have lost and gained back over and over in the last year.

Following any specific plan: Counting calories and eating real food, less processed.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: My husband has gained weight as well and now he is my get fit buddy. :hug:

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm determined to only think about 10 pounds at a time. If I think of 100+ pounds to lose I will never make it. So My first goal is 10lbs by February. :D

AlmostMe
01-09-2013, 01:20 PM
First name: AlmostMe

Geographical location: London

Age: 42

Marital Status: Unhappily married, super stressed at home.

Children/Ages: One boy, age 5

Occupation: freelance/ under-employed

Pets: two cats

Hobbies/Interests:varies! Getting into rugby (watching, supporting my son's age group, and trying my best to play women's rugby) Do a bit of yoga. Politics and such like.

Height: 5'5"

Eye/Hair Color:green/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 9 January

Starting Weight: 253

Present Weight:246

Goal Weight: To lose 25 lbs from pre-Christmas starting weight by 15 April. It's a bet I have with my brother. A bit of cheat as I know the 253 was partly water retention. Overall goal - 170, then re-evaluate. Perhaps 150. I'd love to be in the 'normal range', but honestly I've always been a bit heavy for my size, if that makes sense.

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Portion size. Comfort eating. I'm very depressed (though better than I was)

Following any specific plan: Lots of exercise. Eating better, eating less.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm going to weigh myself more regularly to keep myself honest. I don't know. I'm sick of being unfit. I want to run fast and hit hard. I want to feel hot.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I can't believe that I actually need to lose 100 pounds to be in the normal range. It's outrageous. I want to be healthy.

duckimint
01-09-2013, 01:38 PM
First name: Dana...just call me ducky :3

Geographical location: USA!

Age:21

Marital Status: single

Children/Ages: none unless a puppy counts

Occupation: I am a cook at an old folks home!

Pets: 2 a lil shi apso named Fawn and a pit bull named cinnamon

Hobbies/Interests:sewing, bellydancing and dancing in generall, comic books, anime, sewing, reading, lauging...ohh a whole bunch more

Height: five foot six

Eye/Hair Color: hazel green

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 1/9/13

Starting Weight:313

Present Weight:310

Goal Weight:200

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: getting a hold on my food control

Following any specific plan: try and stay under 1900 calories

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: icant be this big any more and need to be healthyer

Anything else you would like to share with us: i am hoping to find someone to share my journey with on here for mutual support

ladyfyre
01-10-2013, 12:52 AM
First name: Stacie

Geographical location:Ontario, Canada

Age:39

Marital Status:happily married 13 years

Children/Ages: fur children

Occupation: government slave

Pets:3 beagles and 1 fat cat

Hobbies/Interests:writing, playing banjo, reading

Height:5' 3"

Eye/Hair Color: green/ dirty blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey:Jan 1,2013

Starting Weight:232

Present Weight:230

Goal Weight:130

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: exercise, giving up

Following any specific plan: unknown yet, but I gotta do something different

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I am turning 40 in June, so that has lit a fire under my butt.