Hello, I introduced myself in the 20-Somethings forum, so I'll cut and paste here (and edit):
Hello all my fellow fat chicks! (I only use the word fat because it's in the site's name. )
My name is Jamie and I'm 27 years, 154 pounds. I get on the scale at the clinic today, and I had lost five pounds since I was weighed there last month. Last month it said 159 and today it was 154.
I've never struggled with weight until recent years. I'm bipolar and a medication caused me to put on weight in 2007. I worked hard, and got all the weight off and more, and by early 2008 I was 105 pounds.
Then in 2009 I gained back to my high school weight, which was about 120 pounds. I was content with that. Then in 2010 I went up to 135 pounds. Well I felt fat. I tried the Weigh Down diet and lost ten pounds and kept that off for six months.
In early 2011, I started gaining weight back. Only since then, I've gone up to 150 pounds. I think part of it was that I started sleeping more, since I quit my job. That will put weight on you, I read.
Durning the last year, I had tried artifical sweeteners. Well, they caused me to crave more food. I quit them about a month or so ago, and my cravings went way down. I've been eating less.
I found some exercise programs that are fun. Richard Simmons and Leslie Sansone. I've been doing Leslie's workouts pretty consistantly lately.
So, do any of you have any advice for me? What has worked for you? Those of you who made it to the 130s, what things did you do to get there?
I'm not interested in counting calories. I eat out quite a bit, but I usually get something healthy that's on the menu, and often they don't put a calorie count on there. I like the grilled chicken at McDonald's (and their Fruit and Walnut Salad) and the wheat pancakes from Denny's, just to name a couple. I know McDonald's has a nutrition chart, but they don't break it down (like the calorie count of the bread alone, the mayo alone, etc.)
Thanks, and I look forward to fellowshipping with you all!