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From Kiara, Age 21 - 01/06/13 - IP#: 75.73.1.xxx  go to original board
So, here I am, FINALLY writing my success story. After my decade-long struggle to lose weight, I can hardly believe that I have reached my goal, and am completely satisfied with my weight. I remember being afraid to weigh myself in the 5th grade, and dedicating ever summer in middle school. Each year I failed, and finally got up to my heaviest at 188. How did I lose the weight? It's simple, I followed these rules:
1. NEVER, EVER buy anything you can't resist. If you know you'll eat the whole bag in one sitting, don't buy it. It's easier to have 10 minutes of willpower in the grocery store than hours of willpower not to eat the treat when sitting home all day.
2. Consider an eating schedule: Breakfast, 2 hours later a snack, 2 hours more have lunch, 3 hours later, dinner, 2 hours later snack. It builds willpower, and then you can maybe go a bit longer... (view more)

From Whitney, Age 19 - 01/06/12 - IP#: 166.188.229.xxx  go to original board
Ht. 5'9", Start: 353 lb, Today: 353 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 170 lb - Ever tried carrying around two hundred pounds? That's my life. I live everyday wish I could live a active, healthier life. My weight keeps me from doing ALOT of things! I can't go somewhere new without thinking am I going to be able to fit? Will the chairs break? I can no longer go to the movies because I can not bear to squish my fat into the little seat. I'm so sick of the weird looks. I'm tierd of my fat getting in the way of relationships. Ive always been BIG I had my first outbreak of stretch marks in the third grade.... I need support I can't do this on my own. I just want to be a inspiration to people, & live my life to the fullest && never regret a single moment!!

From ButterflyDutchess, Age 18 - 12/29/11 - IP#: 71.225.66.xxx  go to original board
I've had difficulties with my weight since I was 7 years old and went from being very chubby to just pretty chubby throughout my childhood. I never looked horribly obese once I hit seventh grade but always had a round face and belly fat that I hated. Just before my thirteenth birthday I weighed myself, disgusted to realize I was 184 lbs. Pretty soon I'd be 200, if I kept gaining each year! I was ashamed and tired of being the third fattest girl in class, so I bought the book "The Diet for Teenagers Only." I didn't follow the tracking religiously but the information was so powerful and changed my way of life and taught me how to shop and eat smartly. I used Weight Watchers to track Points for a while, and while that worked great I don't have the money right now to continue the program, being in college; so, I've just been trying to aim for healthy food... (view more)

From Chelsea, Age 24 - 09/11/11 - IP#: 98.224.133.xxx  go to original board
Ht. 5'7", Start: 357 lb, Today: 357 lb (BMI: 56), Goal: 250 lb - Hey guys..Im looking for a buddy to do this with. Someone where I can text/message them and say hey, lets go for a walk and they will go for a walk with me, >even though not in person...but in spirit. I will know someone else is going to go at the same time. We can also discuss our diet/exercise plans and just be support for each other. Let me know if youre interested...cpushm@gmail.com

Reply From Catharine, Age 18 - 07/07/11 - IP#: 72.222.206.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
I've seen this on TV for motivation.
Take a picture of yourself when you looked your absolute best, and a picture of when you looked your worst (biggest)
Put them side-by-side on the refrigerator and decide before you snack which image you want more.
You've come such a long way! Don't get too discouraged, we all slip up. When you're tempted to have a snack at night, have a taaaaaaaaaaaaall glass of water. That can fill you up :)

Reply From Ally13, Age 23 - 04/27/11 - IP#: 74.92.246.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Welcome back Manda =). Congrats on your current weight loss! So I saw that you mentioned motivation was your biggest problem. I think most of us can relate. It's discouraging work sometimes, trying to lose weight. I've found that if you keep a visual near of what motivates you (ie: photo of you at 155, a new outfit, a list of benefits that come with being a healthy weight, etc.), it makes it that much easier to stay on course. One site I used was www.mvm.com. I created a virtual model based off of my highest, current and goal weight, printed all 3 off and stuck them on a separate piece of paper, side by side, so I could see where I came from and where I was going.
Also, you could try out www.caloriecount.about.com. It has really great tools for keeping track of calories you consume and burn in a day, plus, it has awesome forums where you can ask/answer almost any weight-related... (view more)

Reply From Marina, Age 23 - 04/17/11 - IP#: 70.54.150.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
hey Sophie!
It's okay...sometimes we get stuck in a weight loss rut sometimes...it just happens. In my oipnion, the easiest way to get out of it and start feeling motivated again is to pick a target outfit and start making SMALL changes to reach the goal of fitting into it. (& as a reward, once you fit into it, have your fiance take you for a night out to wear it! :) Don't say, "I'm going to start my diet tomorrow". Start RIGHT NOW. Start by, say...cutting out juice & pop & drinking ONLY water. That change alone can make a huge difference...then everyday make another small change (ie: walking places instead of driving whenever possible). Your motivation will slowly return & next thing you know, you'll be ready to get right back into the swing of things! Good luck! :)

Reply From Ally13, Age 23 - 02/09/11 - IP#: 74.92.246.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
There's nothing like motivation to get you to lose excess weight and it sounds like a fresh start at college is a great one to have =). First, congrats for coming to this site and seeking support, advice, etc.
We've all been/are in the same position you're now in so we get it, possibly more than the people who are around you every day.
The main thing to keep in mind is DON'T GIVE UP. Losing weight is a big undertaking and you have to realize that you didn't gain overnight so don't expect to lose overnight. It's all about the choices you make - each day you're making choices that will determine whether you lose the weight or not. Choosing water over soda, getting up 1/2 hour earlier to go for a walk, not taking that second helping ...all of these things contribute to you meeting your goal.
Believe me, there are going to be times when you want to give up or days where... (view more)

From Kayla, Age 20 - 02/09/11 - IP#: 75.42.79.xxx  go to original board
Ht. 5'4", Start: 248.5 lb, Today: 229 lb (BMI: 39), Goal: 170 lb - WHOOO-HOOO! I am down 19 1/2 pounds and I feel great! Yesterday I was able to put on a pair of jeans that I haven't fit into in about 8 months. Although I am losing weight, and choosing healthier choices, I feel like my habit of eating just because it tastes good is finding its way back into my life. So I need to really concentrate on waiting until I am hungry to eat and only eat until I am full, not full to the point of sickness. I strongly feel that watching Biggest Loser and I Used To Be Fat is a real motivation for me, well, that and the fact I feel better, look better and love better. I think I am starting to love myself more and with that I can love my boyfriend not more but better because I am not so self-conscience. My Mom told me the other day that my Dad was really proud of me and he drags about the fact I get up and exercise every morning. I am... (view more)

Reply From Amanda, Age 21 - 02/21/10 - IP#: 63.135.27.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
I know what you mean, its sooo hard to stay motivated. What i do, is i think of someone i want to impress, or an event in the near future that i want to look good for, or to piss off someone who made a rude comment about your weight or something. Use those feelings as motivation. Focus all your energy on that goal. If you want to lose 10 pounds before a party, to impress your friends or prove to them you CAN and WILL do this, use that as your motivator. Its not always easy.. actually its never easy lol but you can do it :)

Reply From Amanda, Age 20 - 01/10/10 - IP#: 63.135.9.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Do what I do, whenever you feel very unmotivated and like you will never get there and just want to give up, go online and Google search "weight loss success stories". They are so inspiring. Some people have lost over 100 pounds... it really makes you think, if they can lose over 100, surely I can lose 10, 20, etc. Some of them even have before and after pictures which are super motivating. Don't give up, you're strong. You can have whatever you want in life you just have to want it badly enough. Good luck!

Reply From SONNIE45, Age 18 - 08/14/09 - IP#: 74.70.200.xxx   show message replied to go to original board

Reply From kristi, Age 19 - 06/12/09 - IP#: 71.98.78.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
first try not to reward yourself with food...that will only hurt you in the end...although i love chinese food...ido allow myself to have it...but ill cook it and make some substitues and have a lighter portion...its still amazingly good...andwaysgood job sticking to the plan...just keep at it andyoull be at 190 beforeyou know it :D

Reply From Amanda, Age 20 - 03/30/09 - IP#: 63.135.14.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
trust me, we all go through it. what i do to motivate myself is i take a look at some old pictures of myself when i was bigger, and know that if i dont smarten up i could fall back into bad habits. i also google search some inspirational weight loss success stories (the before and after pictures really make it motivating) so try some of that. otherwise, itll come in time. i go through stages where i dont care anymore, then randomly ill be so motivated its crazy. hope i helped :)

Reply From Amanda, Age 20 - 03/26/09 - IP#: 63.135.14.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
go on youtube and look up weight loss before and afters. theyre super motivational because you get to see how amazing they look after. also, google weight loss success stories and theres a ton on there to keep your head high and keep you going. ive lost 55 pounds so far, its hard but its so worth it. just find something motivational every day and take it one day at a time, because every pound adds up, and before you know it, youve lost 10, 20, 30 etc. good luck! you can do it :)