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Old 07-08-2012, 11:29 PM   #1  
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Hey everyone, my name is Kathleen and I'm here to get on track for not only this summer, but for the entire year (winter is often where things get bad!). Here's my long-winded explanation of my weight.

I've always struggled with weight. Not to a huge extent, but I've always been on the borderline of being overweight... until last year (my senior year of high school). I was on some medication and gained about 15 pounds. I was already overweight (at 185lbs and 5'9'') so this really tipped the scales!!

The summer after I graduated, I ended up losing a lot of weight, although I was still on the medication. I achieved this pretty unhealthily; I really restricted my calories and took up smoking. I also did some healthy things, though, such as going on hikes and swimming.

Enter college. My weight continued to fluctuate. I luckily stopped smoking (per request of my wonderful boyfriend) but I had been drinking quite heavily for the first term. I ended up gaining about 13 pounds from the beginning of the year to the end of the year, at about 183.

After the school year, I started working my *** off and decided to NOT drink or smoke at all! I also am not on medication any more. Right now I am down to 165, which is healthy for my height. I eventually want to reach 150-155 and keep my weight there, and that's why I'm joining this place so I can not only lose a few pounds (in a healthy manner), but keep them off!

All encouragement is... well encouraged! And I will definitely reciprocate.

-Kathleen
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:22 PM   #2  
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Welcome to the forum!
Do you know what food plan you are going to follow? There is a ton of information about many different food plans on this site. Pick a plan that fits in your lifestyle and you can follow long term. I chose calorie counting because it is free and flexible. It allows me to eat almost anything I wanted as long as it fits within my calorie range for the day and there are ton of free apps out there to help you track your food.
Give up the sugary drinks and drink lots and lots of water.
Incorporate some exercise into your weekly routine. You do not have to join an expensive gym try to walk more, use the stairs more, download videos off of YouTube or Hulu.com to work out to. There are a lot of things you can to do with spending a ton of money.
Lastly, if you have a bad meal, a bad day, heck, a bad food week. Do NOT let this be a reason to throw in the towel. Get back on track at the next meal. You can do this!!!
Best of luck to you!
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:58 PM   #3  
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Welcome! I'm new-ish too! Good luck!!!
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