From Spacemonkey, Age 15 - 11/10/14 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 161 lb, Today: 136 lb (BMI %tile: 75), Goal: 126 lb - I wrote here a few months ago, very depressed and still overweight. But now, things are much more different! Being overweight is one of the worst feelings in the world. After years of struggling with my weight, I finally reached breaking point and decided that I was going to change. I was sick of feeling ugly, I was sick of having low self esteem, and I was sick of wanting to avoid mirrors, thinking that I best not look in them. Now, I am 25lbs lighter and at a healthy weight. I learnt how to stop binge eating and instead deal with my emotional issues in a healthier, more beneficial way. I didn't go to a doctor, I didn't see a nutritionist, I didn't become super athletic. No, I began bike riding - anywhere and everywhere for an hour per day (up to 7 miles) - and walking to and from school (4 miles of walking per day in total.) I changed my eating habits and opted for the healthier alternatives (e.g brown bread instead of white bread) and I replaced the chocolate and crisps/potato chips in my lunchbox for fruit and healthy snacks. At first, it started off like I would go back to eating unhealthy stuff but in moderation when I reached my goal weight, but now, eating healthily is part of my lifestyle and to be honest, I don't miss junk food much at all. I like eating healthily - I feel good about myself and the food is healthy for my body!
My weight loss is almost complete, but I'm sticking with these new habits - exercise and healthy eating don't have to be the enemy! They are actually your best friends. Changing and allowing myself to change is the best thing that I've ever done. And there will be bad days - days you slip up, but make sure you allow yourself the OCCASIONAL treat, but not every single day. Eat smaller portions, exercise, make sure you're getting enough nutrition and that you're not just comfort eating because you're upset/bored, and learn to love yourself like I have.
Reply from Yana, Age 13 - 01/02/15  - IP#:
BRAVO!!!! Even though you cannot see me, I am applauding you. GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!