From Alex, Age 15 - 12/02/03 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 6'1", Start: 275 lb, Today: 260 lb (BMI %tile: 98) - This looks like a great site, good to share with others who know the struggle. I've been overweight my entire life, and it sucks. I've always been the fat kid, but it wasnt that big of a deal since I always had friends and was well liked by everyone. Anyways, im in grade 10 now and have finally just had ENOUGH of it. I want a girlfriend and thats just not going to happen having me being really overweight. I always thought i would be fat forever, but i've found inside the means and motivation to lose weight, and realise that yes, it can be done but i've got to work for it. When I started my war on flab in mid november i weighed in at about 275 pounds, although I am 6'1 and have a large frame and am fairly muscular (underneath the coat of fat that is lol). Since then i've lost about 15 pounds and am down to 260 and am already feeling and looking better. I don't eat too much, usually a nutrishake in the morning, some fruit for lunch then a regular dinner. I don't count calories or anything like that, i just make sure that i dont eat too much. I also lift weights and walk about 1.5 kilometers on my treadmill (i increase the distance as time goes on) everyday. I really hope that I can keep it up and stay motivated, and I wish the same for all of you too. My secrets so far have been killer music when exercising, and keeping my eye on the prize (picture my body the way i want it).
Reply from Alex, Age 15 - 12/02/03  - IP#:
Well my target weight is about 190 pounds... thats the US Army standard for somebody my height and age.
Also, even if getting a girl friend isn't the case of my weightloss, it still is a HUGE relief off my mind. If i don't have to worry about what people think of me because im fat, that gives me a HUGE confidence boost and its one HUGE stress off my mind. Also i think if i can drop the excess fat, then i've already got the muscle for a nice six pack or some big-ol biceps lol. But a girlfriend isnt my main reason, its just one more factor that attributes to my motivation. I want to feel better physically and mentally, have more energy and endurance, and look better on a whole. Plus if I can get into shape for next football season I might have enough energy to play a game without having to be huffing and puffing all the way through it. On the subject of mostly girls being on this board, thats a big thing because there IS alot of pressure from the media and hollywood and such to look really good and be thin and such, but in the end you've got to do it for yourself.
Reply from Mandy, Age 16 - 12/02/03  - IP#:
That's great!... It sounds like you have control over you eating, and I'm glad to see another guy on the site.. It's seems that the majority of us here are girls and theres like 4 guys, so it's good to hear that us girls aren't the only ones who struggle, and it's really cool to get your perspective on things.. Just out of curiosity what is your goal weight? Cuz you said you are pretty muscular as well as tall so to me it seems you are not that far away from your goal.. but then again I don't know that much about how much guys are supposed to weigh. Cuz my brother is alittle taller than u and he is about 180 and way to skinny so to me it doesnt seem like you are that heavy but then again I have no idea.. but anyways something in your post stuck out to me.. You said you wanted a girlfriend but would never be able to get one because of your weight now.. I disagree.. It's not your weight that matters.. and I bet you could get a girlfriend.. Good luck with everything though.. keep it up I know you can do it! ~MaNdY
Reply from Emily, Age 17 - 12/02/03  - IP#:
(hint-give yourself grace) i know you can do it! just keep at it!
Reply from anne, Age 16 - 12/02/03  - IP#:
well- it sound like you're doing great. just always believe that there's a way. slow and steady wins the race and you can do it this time!