From Mandy, Age 18 - 06/08/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'7", Start: 195 lb, Today: 197 lb (BMI %tile: 95), Goal: 135 lb - I was wondering why the 18+ is so dead and i came over here to see that this is where its happening, like ally said in her post! so i hope u dont mind, but i figured i would come over here to get some tips! so long story short, i started a diet a couple weeks ago and completly failed like two days later. it seems like im hungry all the time, even not too long after i eat, and it takes a lot for me to be full. so i actually lost like a pound or two cuz my diet actually lasted like 5 days, but since i stopped i put it back on and then some. i dont want to get to 200lbs., but i need to figure something out to control myself or get enough willpower/motivation because if i dont i will hit 200 by next week! ive always been bigger but my appetite is getting crazy and causing me to gain a lot! im so frustrated,what do i do?!
Reply from sabrina, Age 13 - 06/22/09  - IP#:
I think you shouldnt sweat ur weight i think im overweight im 5'3" and i weigh 145 soo i dont think u should sweat it relle andd let me know if u think im overweight
Reply from kristel, Age 12 - 06/10/09  - IP#:
well mandy look be4 you eat drink a glass of will get you full faster believe me it works. It will also work if you kut your food in part of it right now and the other half later.that's my tip 2 u.hope you will try it.
Reply from Ally, Age 21 - 06/08/09  - IP#:
Wow. Sounds like the story of my life lol. Believe me, I completely get where you're coming from. It's amazing how telling yourself you're going to lose weight can make you so ravenously hungry, isn't it? Well, it looks like you and I have almost identical stats in terms of our weight and what we want to get down to, so I'll try and speak from my own experience.
I don't know what type of eater you are, but I'm an emotional snacker (self-titled lol). I eat when I'm happy, sad, mad, etc. and I also tend to graze instead of sitting down to eat a proper meal like I should. So as you can tell, I tend to eat A LOT!! There's nothing that makes me feel better than having a good book in one hand and food in the other, but there's nothing that makes me feel worse than how terrible I feel after I've consumed that food. One thing you need to start doing, and it's tough, believe me, is to try and remember all of those times you've felt bad/ugly/fat/whatever - ie: trying on clothes in a store, feeling your jeans cut into your stomach, etc. and hold on to those when the craving hits hardest. Just doing this may help you realize that the food lasts for only a moment - those feelings will last much longer.
Another thing you should try and do is set some very specific ground rules for yourself. Don't just say, oh, I need to go on a diet and eat healthy, etc. What you need to do is say, I will not eat after a certain time of the evening, I will only drink water as a beverage to cleanse my system, I will get a certain amount of fruits and veggies into my daily diet, and so on. That way, you're holding yourself accountable to yourself. And say you don't want to do that indefinitely, try giving yourself one or two rules a week at a time. That way, you'll have an end in sight and you'll be more likely to stick with it.
Believe me, I've been on this dieting thing for 3, almost 4 years longer than you and it most certainly does not get easier with time. It's a mentality issue most people who are trying to lose weight have to overcome and it's by no means easy. Granted, I'm not a stick thin person who can say, look at me, I can do it and so can you!! In fact, I have no idea if I can do it, but I'm going to tell myself (and keep telling myself) I can until it becomes a reality and I've done it. That's all you can do - just take it one day at a time. If you ever want or need a support buddy, feel free to let me know on this board and I'll give you my e-mail address. Good luck!!