From Melissa, Age 15 - 07/09/03 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Today: 300 lb - Hey people, well first people who are wanting to lose like 5 pounds don't need this website all they need to do is change what they eat alitte and exercise more. Well I am 15 and nearly 300 pounds I'm very concerd and want to lose weight but I don't know where to start!!! I've tried the Atkins,it worked but I could not handle all the meat eating, and most other fad diets ect. Nothing has seemed to really work and keep me happy. I have lowself asteem and depression so its hard for me to do anything about my weight and my doctor doesn't seem to be a help at all!!! I feel trapped and was wondering if anyone had some sujections for me... thanks for your time
Reply from Heather, Age 17 - 07/12/03  - IP#:
I dont really think its fair for you to say people who only need to lose 5 lbs dont need this site. I only want to lose 15 and I am just looking for somewhere with support and ideas for doing it healthy, I know its probably a lot harder to lose a larger amount of weight, Ive lost 30 lbs before, but its not cool just to downplay other peoples problems.
Reply from Tricia, Age 16 - 07/10/03  - IP#:
I feel for you Melissa. Its tough to lose weight if your depressed because if your like me (225 lbs) you use food to treat your depression. But what I realised is that its a vicious circle thing because when I overeat I get more overweight and I get more depressed so I eat even more to make myself feel better and gain even more weight, get more depressed and it just gets worse. What I did to break the vicious circle was... 1) I got a dog. Hes wonderful. Hes my friend and we take walks together every day, even we jog some. That keeps me from heading for the fridge all the time and is fun exercise. 2) I been going to counseling at the mental health clinic. It doesnt cost much. My counselor talked about a antidepressent medication but I dont think I even need it now. 3) I go dancin at the community center thing every Sunday. Im shy but theres guys who are worse dancers than me... lol. 4) I went shopping with my mom and bought low-fat puddings and yummy low-fat soups. Thers lots of really great low-fat sugar-free stuff if you just look for it. ANd theres wonderful fruit I had never even tried like nectarines - I love them! 5) I been reading fiction novels, like Call of the Wild... there free at the library and I bet ur librery has them to. People on this site are really supportive and that really helps to. ANyways just find things to make you feel better that dont have to do with food. Theres lots of em. Hope I helped Melissa. - Tricia