Hey everyone! My name is Angela, I'm 5'4" and I weigh 185 lbs, and I'm 17 years old.
I actually was motivated to go on a diet last year after I came home from a vacation to Italy - all the people there are incredibly skinny, and I really felt like your stereotypical fat American. I went on Atkins for two months and lost about 25 lbs, and manged to keep it off for about 6 months. Then my junior year of high school started, and the stress of AP classes, my GPA, standardized testing, and other college woes (coupled with the then-devastation of my boyfriend dumping me), distracted me from losing/maintaing the weight, and I gained back another 15 lbs, which puts me at my current weight. The pants are getting a bit snug.
I turned 17 on Friday, and it dawned on me that within a year I would be leaving for college, some place far far away from New Jersey (hopefully), where nobody will know me at all. I've always been a bit fat, and at home that seems to overshadow all of my other accomplishments...so it means a lot to me, then, that I lose about 50 lbs before I leave for college. I should be starting Atkins tomorrow.
Naturally high school isn't the most supportive environment for someone on a diet, so I'm really really glad that I've found this place. Hopefully we can reach our goals together.