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Reply From Melissa, Age 16 - 06/24/11 - IP#: 24.2.110.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
I've tried multiple times to lose weight, and I eventually gained it all back. Why? Because I wasn't doing it for me. I felt like it's what my parents wanted me to do. Now, I'm losing the weight for me, and it's working and i feel great. Don't lose weight until you're ready, truly committed to succeeding. Don't lose weight for anyone but yourself. And don't lose weight for the "cute clothes" or whatever lame excuse us girls tend to come up with. Lose it to be healthier. Do it for you.

Reply From Michelin, Age 19 - 06/01/11 - IP#: 68.173.163.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Hey girl! Junior year of high school, my weight was 227 pounds, and I am currently at 153. I went through periods of healthy dieting and exercising and periods of time where I controlled my diet and unhealthily starved myself. I can finally say, after about 1 year of maintaining this weight, that I have developed a healthy relationship with food and myself. I want you to know that any change you want can come directly from your thoughts. I know this whole thing sounds corny BUT if you start to believe that you genuinely do have control over yourself, you will! Everyday when you wake up, take 5 minutes to support yourself and just say "everyday in every way, I am getting better and better." I promise you, your actions will follow your thoughts. We are all here for you. and everything will be better if you take it one step at a time and just HAVE SOME FAITH IN YOURSELF! Good luck, and if you'd like to correspond with me so we can go on this journey together, I'd be honored!

From Tiffani, Age 15 - 05/30/11 - IP#: 75.244.217.xxx  go to original board
Ht. 5'2", Start: 192 lb, Today: 200 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 125 lb - it is getting easier to lose weight but i am taking it slow. I love how it makes me feel. I want to help people around me be fit and healthy too but it will take some work. To help me out i have made a list of things that me and my family can do together or alone so we stay away from food. My fav one is listen to music and dance because i love music and even though i can't dance i try to have fun and make a fool of myself. LOL Life is so much better when you are more confident of your self.

Reply From Laurell, Age 15 - 04/04/11 - IP#: 92.237.20.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Hi Natasha, My name is laurell and im 15 and im from
London,England, now if i can be honest , you seriously need to stop putting your self down and if you follow easy instructions trust me you can lose weight
Tips: drink plenty of water, eat sensibly, east lots of fruit and veg, limit you calories , and exercise as much as you can and if you have a personal friend you are very close to talk to her or him or talk to a family member or talk to someone who is going through the same thing and take care X :D

Reply From Michelle, Age 16 - 12/31/10 - IP#: 67.233.129.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Hi Alex I know exactly how you feel I used to go to the gym at 5am so that no one would see me sadly a few people were always there but it was better then a crap loud seeing me, I loved to run but I never did it during the day cause I was afraid people would see me and barf but I learned not to worry about what people thought about me working out because they might think that I'm gross for being so fat and working out but next week I could be even bigger at the store buying junk and they'll judge me much worse then. Alex people are judgmental no matter how rude and wrong it is they are and you can't worry about them because if you do you'll have no time to worry about yourself, you'll always hate yourself and if you hate yourself how can you expect everyone else to love you? I had to learn the hard way I'm still not as confident as I should be or as loving to myself as I should but I'm... (view more)

Reply From Nicole, Age 18 - 11/03/10 - IP#: 98.195.142.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Diamond, I really do understand what you're saying. And maybe i'm just being stubborn or maybe i've been really lucky, BUT you and anyone can have friends who support you and you can feel beautiful and have these good things come to you if you do one thing: have confidence in yourself.
I firmly believe that without confidence, one cannot get anywhere in life. For the longest time I was shy and quiet, my clothes were frumpy and i didn't have many friends. I wasn't satisfied with my life. I always felt that if i lost the weight i'd gain the confidence i needed and i could be happy, but i was wrong. one day during summer i realized i'll get no where being sad about how i look. If i can't physically change it, i'll mentally change it. So, as lame as this sounds, i started saying mantras to myself. Every morning i'd wake up and tell myself i was beautiful, i'd tell myself that my size is... (view more)

Reply From Melissa, Age 16 - 04/30/10 - IP#: 71.35.238.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
I am a twin. To a wonderful, kind brother. He is a football player and his quite popular. I'm "Mitchell's fat twin sister." ...that's my title. His friends make perverted jokes about me because of my weight and because they like to provoke him. A couple of times they've had the nerve to make those comments to my face. It's hard, there's no doubt about it. But I think you've just got to love yourself and ignore them. A wise woman told me that I need to look at myself in the mirror and tell myself "I'm beautiful and gorgeous because I am me." It sounds cheesy but it works. I have confidence in myself that I've never had before. I think people need to learn is that it's not about being skinny and popular. It's about being healthy and comfortable with yourself. You shouldn't change for anyone but you. Those bullys can tease and judge but you shouldn't let it affect you. Because if you let it affect you, you've let them win....Yes, lose weight! Love yourself. But only do it for you :) Good luck :)

From Jomaa, Age 13 - 11/29/09 - IP#: 142.165.253.xxx  go to original board
I Joined a Weight Loss Group Called TOPS (Taking off pounds sensibly) Ok Soo Whenn I started I was 11 Years Old At 301 Pounds, Thats a Lot right?!..I had very low self esteem and had just started at a new school. I joined the group with my mom At First I had Lost 37.7 Pounds and won first place in provincal and international division 8 age group,It Was Great Got A Trip to Disney World..Oh and i was twelve when i lost that weight, as i reached age 13 i was now at 240. Iam Still Losing and not going to give up,Because i realized i would feel better if i was healthy..I now have a high self esteem and iam going to my old school aand making friends..Its Feels great,
All I really did was eat less and healthier
walked occasionally i roller skate each weekend friday and saturday for 2 hours.
So All I got To say Is Never Give Up Even If You Gain half back
dont Give up and Try 5xs Harder.
Good Luck :).

Reply From melanie, Age 13 - 08/14/09 - IP#: 71.109.115.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
just take it easy ur life doesnt suck u just think it does and if u think it sucks youre gonna make it suck

From Unknown, Age 16 - 10/29/04 - IP#: 68.58.83.xxx  go to original board
Ok, I don't know if any of you guys remember me, but I am the boy who wieghed 396 pounds i march well I am happy to say I now wiegh 250 pounds! OMG i am so happy, I look thinner than ever because I am 5'11, I lost over 100 pounds in over a half of year and I am still loosing, let me tell you guys, I was 15 years old, I almost wighed 400 pounds! and Now I wiegh 250, I feel great I got energy, and I also got be a girlfriend! OMG my self asteem is higher than ever! I will never gain wieght again, also to say, I can now go to amusment parks and fit basically in every ride! I was so happy...wow this is an expirence of a lifetime, I just wanna tell everone out there, never! ever give up and don't make food your enemy, and dont! let anyone tell you that you wont be able to do it, just eat healthy eat smaller portions drink water, and excersise for at least an hr, everyday for 5 days, I garauntee you will loose weight!Good luck guys..!!

From chelese, Age 13 - 09/01/04 - IP#: 24.240.213.xxx  go to original board
i have started school like 4 weeks ago. things r a lot better now this year and without even trying i'm loosing a little weight. i'm eating healthier because i feel better about myself, and i can run 4 miles without stopping. i feel so much better now that i have friends, and this site has helped my self-confidence alot. everyone just keep trying and try to feel better about yourself. you really don't know how much inner emotions have to do with being over weight!!! g2g! peace and hairgrease!!

From Catherine, Age 15 - 08/22/04 - IP#: 67.168.60.xxx  go to original board
Hi everyone! Today, I put on my skirt, cute shirt, jean jacket, and flip flops, and I felt so good. If you dress up a little, it helps you from eating bad. At least for me it does. But I just ended up going to blockbusters. lol. But I still am wearing it around the house. I cant wait, till I can fit into my other skirt. Which is a size smaller.

From Michelle, Age 20 - 08/02/04 - IP#: 12.158.14.xxx  go to original board
my new diet incentive plan is gonna be ot reward myself with pedicures, manicures, massages, hair hightlights or new accesories if i lose my two pounds for that week. this way i will be skinnier and prettier, not that those things will make me pretty but they boost confidence. i am not gonna reward myself with new clothes just yet cause i want to buy new clothes when i am skinnier, not when i am still fat. does anyone else have any other ideas on ways i could reward myself?

Reply From Anette, Age 14 - 05/31/04 - IP#: 68.226.104.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Drink lots of water and get more active but always remember that you are beautiful no matter what.Dont let nobody get you down because if you really listen to what other people say about you than it will only lower your self-esteem even more. Trust me I am talking to you from expieriance.

From Taylor, Age 14 - 05/01/04 - IP#: 198.81.26.xxx  go to original board
Hey you guys, i finally have the will power to lose my weight, not lose and gain it back. Also, i was reading sucess stories for about half an hour, and i feel soooo much better- read them, even if you haven' lost ur weight. Also, i want a diet buddy. Someone who lives in america, and is honest, truly honest. If you want to be my weihgtloss buddy (boy or girl) then im me at SerenityISC Put that on ur buddy list, and talk to me when i'm on. I only want you for a buddy if you are honest.