Hi everyone. I joined the forum in the very early hours of the morning and thought I'd wait until I slept a bit to introduce myself. When I was younger I was really skinny and could eat anything, but as soon as I became a teenager things changed and I started gaining weight. By the time I finished high school I wasn't what I'd consider "fat", but I wasn't small either.
In university I continued putting on weight. It's hard not to with all the pizza and going out to eat, and have steadily gained throughout adulthood. In 2004 I was in the hospital for 8 months after a spinal cord injury and I lost a lot of weight at the beginning. I actually felt good about my size again, but as soon as I went to rehab and was allowed out I packed on all the weight I had lost plus a lot more! Instead of eating the same hospital food over and over every week I would go to the McDonalds or Dairy Queen that was just down the street. I kept thinking I could work it off when I left, but didn't realize then that it's extremely hard to lose weight when the only muscles you can control are your shoulders, neck and biceps! I've tried swimming thinking it was something that would work, but before my heart rate goes up I am too exhausted and my muscles just wont move for me anymore.
It's been almost six years now and it's time to change and loose the extra weight. It's not helping my shoulders and I am determined to compete as a professional wheelchair racer. My racing wheelchair is waiting for me in the UK and I have until the new year to loose the excess weight before I go back there. I don't want to be super skinny, but fit. My goal somewhere between 130 to 140 pounds. I'm just over 180 now. I have the goal I set because I'm not entirely sure of my height. (I'm exactly 5" sitting down lol!) I thought I would see how things were when I gained 140 and if I felt like I needed to loose a bit more weight I would.
Anyway, sorry about the long, rambling introduction! I guess I got a bit carried away. I wasn't quite sure what to write when I logged in. I thought this was a really good place to get support. I am staying with my mom, sister and step dad right now until I find a place to rent and I realized quickly just after my step-dad picked me up at the airport that he still makes mean comments about my size/weight. I know if I set out to lose weight alone while I'm here it just wouldn't go as planned!