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From Janessa, Age 15 - 09/24/10 - IP#: 221.12.3.xxx  go to original board
I am Janessa.
I am from Albany, New York and became obese at the age of 7.
I was 4ft 4in and i weighed 103 pounds. It hurt to walk and i had to go to a special school for kids who had mental, or physical problems. Nobody talked to me because they all were different.
They were unique. In a good way. But they were either shy, or had some type of brain disorder. But i made a best friend, her name was Heathyr. We were both obese. We stayed at that school for 3 years. Then, in the 4th grade her parents got in a car accident and died. :-(
2 years later, we legally adopted her.
when we became sisters in the 6th grade, i was 5"1 and she was 4"9. she weighed 106 pounds and i weighed 121 pounds.
Then, we went to a therapist to help us with our weight problems.
He really helped us!
I am now 15, i am 5"5, and 138 pounds! a healthy weight
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From Aubriella, Age 14 - 08/19/10 - IP#: 65.185.91.xxx  go to original board
Ht. 5'5", Start: 208 lb, Today: 195.5 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 130 lb - Hey guys just wanted to say... I have lost 3 more pounds... I hit kind of a plateau but I am off now pretty much... my evening weight was 197 so I will probobly be down to 195 by tomrrow!! That is 13 pounds gonnee! WHen I hit 15 I get to dye my hair.. lol... I am deceiding to lose weight because I am going into high school soon and I want it to be the best years of my lifee! Good luck to all and advice would be great!

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!

From Zac, Age 14 - 12/08/09 - IP#: 89.168.166.xxx  go to original board
Ht. 5'3", Start: 190 lb, Today: 245 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 140 lb - Hi, it's Zac. I've tried to lose weight but keep gaining. My friends aren't bothered about me being fat, even though most of them are thin. The call be blubber boy in a joking way, and always squeeze my flab. I want to lose weight by would be embarrest because after school we always go to McDonalds and see how much each of us can eat. They'd think I'm weird if I don't eat anything. After I usually eat about 4 chocolate bars and some other stuff. I have about 6 fat rolls and aren't too bothered that I'm fat, I'm just wondering if I should try to lose weight. When we go swimming my belly hangs over my trunks, but I'm not too bothered. My friends never want me to wear my top in P.E., and I quite like it when I see my flab giggling. Should I still try to lose weight? I love junk food, and feel really good when I stuff myself. Has anyone got any comments, or should I just carry on gaining? My family doesn't care really.

Reply From nikkita, Age 11 - 08/15/09 - IP#: 69.29.195.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Write yourself little notes that you'll see everyday!!!

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

From zaza, Age 16 - 08/06/09 - IP#: 171.112.22.xxx  go to original board
Ht. 5'3", Start: 245 lb, Today: 225 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 118 lb - Hey ppls. Here's some great motivational stuff!!!
* Start VERY small! If you can't exercise for 30 minutes, or 20...start with 5, or 2 minutes.
* Break a big goal into small ones. If your goal is to lose 10 lbs, focus on losing 1 lbs every two weeks.
* Post your goal where you will see it.
* Tell someone your goal--parent, friend, and ask them to check in to make sure you're working on it.
* Visualize yourself as if you've already achieved goal: Do this at least twice a day.
* Stay away from negative people--those who think you can't achieve your goal.
* Don't give up if you lose your motivation for a day or even more. No-one is perfect, not even you! Just start again and keep going--you'll do great!

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 DancingDamsel, Age 13 - 04/26/09 - IP#: 75.138.99.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Advice? I think that since you are not getting the support you want (but don't need though it would make life a heck of a lot easier) from your parents, you need to support and encourage yourself. If you have AOL, put little reminders for yourself on the Events so that you will be encouraged a bit every day. Or, buy a bulletin board. Or, put Post-its on your desk (Nothing Tastes As Good As Thin Feels, You're Too Far Along To Take Orders From A Cookie, Keep Going, Just Do It, Go Walking, Don't Be A Couch POTATO, etc, etc.) Just encourage yourself any way you possibly can. Or, involve your friends (I'm assuming you have friends, right?). Tell them about your goals and they won't let you back down when you're not in the mood to work out, or feeling upset, or feeling unmotivated, or whatever.
BOTTOM LINE: You don't need parents to encourage you when you're losing weight: you need motivation, determination, dedication, and confidence-ation. ;) Good luck and keep us posted, Melissa!

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 :)

From twitch, Age 13 - 02/25/09 - IP#: 69.236.177.xxx  go to original board
Ht. 5'2", Start: 163 lb, Today: 143.8 lb (BMI %tile: 94), Goal: 110 lb - 143.8.... omg. im so happy. today i did decent. idk about dinner tho cuz my mom bought me spaghetti from her cafeteria, but she told me that the food was made especially for the weight watchers program so it shouldn't have that many calories in it. (her company runs a weight watchers center) but apart from that i did decent i guess today. by the way, EXERCISE BIKES RULE!!! ahaha. just my thot for the day. hows u guys doing?

Reply From Evy, Age 15 - 12/14/08 - IP#: 64.92.20.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
for me i weigh once a week. Here's why
a) if you weigh yourself everyday and look at the scale and are like WOW I GAINED A POUND.
see your weight varies from day to day. And that pound is more of less from water.
So by weighing yourself only ONCE a week then you can see you progress for the whole week and it's more of an acurate thing
b) if you do gain a 'water' pound you'll be really down. ANd you'll lose motivation. Honestly that's how i got out of control was looking everday and seeing the same or more of a gain.
Today when i saw i finally got below 145 and i haven't been below that in like a year so it's really big. I SCREAMED!
so i think that if you'll weight once a week you'll keep more motivated. And think thoughts like
'Kay so i weigh on sunday- i really should work hard and i'll see what i want'
things like that- stay positve!

Reply From Taylor, Age 15 - 11/29/08 - IP#: 75.66.64.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Honestly, I'm only saying this because I care about you and want you to lose weight.
It seems all your posts seem somewhat negative. First you say you're going to stop eating because you hate being fat. You "hate yourself" because you ate too much one day.
And being negative and trying dangerous things isn't going to help at all, I promise you. You need to get a serious mind set and talk to your parents, your doctor, and anyone else who could help you, so they can be on the same page and tell you what is okay to do and what could potentially harm you.
And being so negative won't help either. Despite popular belief, hating yourself is not a way to drive yourself to change. It will only drive you in to depression, and ruin your self-esteem. You weight doesn't define you as a person. It's not all there is too you. So you may be unhappy with your weight, but you can't let... (view more)