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From Lauren, Age 13, female - 08/11/02 - IP#: 65.80.20.xxx  
Hey everyone... when i was in 7th grade i weighed 168 pounds i knew i was overweight and i had to do something about it...but the problem was i never liked to exercise and i had trouble because i always ate and my stomach was always growling...one day i told my mom that i really had to get control over my weight so my mom called my dietion and told her that i wanted to loose weight so i went to her and she gave me a diet plan which was 1)eat 2-3 serving of fruit a day 2) drink 3+ glasses of water a day 3) ahve 2 milk products a day 4) have 1 piece of red meat a week (JUST 1!) 5) eat 2-3 servings of vegtibles a day 6) exercise 3 times a week for 15 min then after 1 month go up to 30 minutes 5) dont sleep in past 10:00 am (over sleeping makes you eta more in the day) 7)KEEP OCCUPIED! 8) have 1-2 snacks a day... ive been sticking to this diet form for about 1 month and a half and i lost 15... (view more)

From ~Leslie~, Age 14, female - 08/11/02 - IP#: 24.128.71.xxx  
wow kat (one below me) that story is really inspiring. i cannot believe what you accomplished. that gives me a lot of hope thanks so much! chow 4 now

From kat, Age 17, female - 08/11/02 - IP#: 209.209.112.xxx  
At first I realized what I was doing to myself. 273 lbs, high blood pressure, testing for diabetes, couldnt even walk around the county fair without huffing. So one day sitting before the TV, I looked down at the dog and said, let's go for a walk. Did this everyday for a week. Second week came, and when I got home the dog wouldnt leave me alone. Everytime I moved, he jumped up and ran for the door barking. I realized he wanted to go for a walk. Started feeling guilty about not taking him, so everyday I came home and went walking right away. Began to feel awesome. Pulled out my bike one day and decided to ride it around my 3mile walk route. Barely made one mile, and so sore. But it was getting to be summer and too hot to take a long haired dog out. Now a year later, I'm down 107lbs, still riding, up to 20 miles a day, takes about 1 hr 20 min to do, but I love it. And water people, lots of water. I drink about a gallon a day. Hard at first, but now never far from a bottle.

From Ali, Age 17, female - 08/09/02 - IP#: 12.231.60.xxx  
All my life I have been overweight. When I was 13 I had a really great group od friends so I never really thought about image until my step dad started making comments about how I didn't need to be eating ice-cream, or how I told him not to call my cat Chubby.. and he snorted and said "Look who's calling the kettle black" that really hurt my feelings. Then I spirled into the cycle of self image once again.
It was not fun. I would always cry when I thought to hard about my body. I tried all sorts of diets. I pretended it was "Health", but I secretly just wanted to be smaller and beautiful.
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From Ali, Age 17, female - 08/09/02 - IP#: 12.231.60.xxx  
All my life I have been overweight. When I was 13 I had a really great group od friends so I never really thought about image until my step dad started making comments about how I didn't need to be eating ice-cream, or how I told him not to call my cat Chubby.. and he snorted and said "Look who's calling the kettle black" that really hurt my feelings. Then I spirled into the cycle of self image once again.
It was not fun. I would always cry when I thought to hard about my body. I tried all sorts of diets. I pretended it was "Health", but I secretly just wanted to be smaller and beautiful.
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From manda jh, Age 14, female - 08/06/02 - IP#: 172.136.202.xxx  
9lbs in 3 weeks! 41 lbs more to go! I'm doing good.

From Rappy, Age 13, female - 08/06/02 - IP#: 65.235.141.xxx  
I have 1.5 lbs to go before I reach my goal for now! I may change it later, but this is how I did it. Eat ONLY when you are hungry and stop when you arent anymore, not stuffed. If that is hard then cut in half what you would normally eat and save one half for later. Exercise alot also. Good luck!

From Cassi, Age 11, female - 08/06/02 - IP#: 4.64.54.xxx  
Well, I have not yet reached my goal, but I am more than half-way there! I am 11 and I was 102lbs.! I had kept gaining every year until I saw some different articles and programs on discovery health, about how being overweight could cause different illnesses and could become fatal. I decided to start a small diet (just by eating only the serving size it said on the box) and exercising regularly (bike rides, hikes, riding my horses, sit-up's, push-up's, etc.) I am now down to 95lbs.(in 12days)and I hope to be down to 90 lbs. by august 15

From jessica, Age 24, female - 08/05/02 - IP#: 24.54.3.xxx  
I just kept pushng myself and my confidence telling myself anything is possible after almost 2 yrs after giving birth to a beautiful son I thought I would never loose the weight the fat but with the help of my family and my believing Im back to the size I wanted lost 15 pound GOOD LUCK AND DON'T GIVE UP!

From Marci, Age 18, female - 08/03/02 - IP#: 63.101.143.xxx  
Alright, so a about 6 months ago i moved to a different country..and being homesick made me head straight towards the fridge. Not cool. I', 5'9" and in January i was 130lbs and meas. of 34,27,36 and by June i was 34,32,40 and 145lbs. Might not sound like much, but it was a HUGE difference..most of my pants wouldn't even button anymore...urg. So I decided maybe I should do something. I started eating that Special K cereal for breakfast and dinner, and a good lunch, NOT HUGE but nice and complete. Chicken, veggies, soup. And LOTS of Jello in between :) Mostly because it gives you the feeling of being full b-c it IS like a solid food, but it's a liquid so it digests faster. CHEW YOUR FOOD A LOT, trust me you have NO idea how much a lil more saliva can help boost your metabolism, it's proven, look it up ;) And i excersice 2 hrs a day, walk for an hour and bike for another. So far, after a month, i'm down to 34,28,37 and 134lbs. Not much i know but i haven't been 100% faithful ;) what can i say..i'm only human.

From Leslie, Age 17, female - 08/03/02 - IP#: 63.162.226.xxx  
I haven't reached my goal but I have lost 7 lbs. trust me its the best feeling in th world!! Keep trying if you are having a hard time b/c at first I was hard then about after a couple weeks of excercising and dieting the weight just started coming off fast! Just keep trying. Trust me if I can you can too!!! I did it by eating healthy and swimming laps in my pool! :o)

From manda, Age 14, female - 07/30/02 - IP#: 172.157.173.xxx  
I haven't reached my goal of 118 yet. But I have only been on weight watchers diet for two weeks. I didn't want to starve myself and lose only water weight, I wanted a healthy way to make sure weight stayed off and to be skinny, which has never happened to me. I'm 5'4" and 161 1/2 lbs. I started 2 weeks ago, and lost 6lbs since then. Which is healthy. (almost...lol) And I've done beach body exercise tapes. And I've already lost an inch off of my waist. People actually have told me I look thinner. After 6lbs. Must be the toning from the tapes. ;-) You can do all the food right, but exercise is an important key. I used to dread it, but now I've made it a habit. To do in the morning, before I eat breakfast. So nothing else, "comes up" and I don't have to dread it all day. I started at 167 1/2, and I want to lose 50lbs. So 117 1/2lbs would be my goal. For my age and height, 118 is... (view more)

From Susan, Age 12, female - 07/30/02 - IP#: 172.150.126.xxx  
I lost 25 pounds on two months, by doing a weight loss video called The Firm all of you should try it, and good luck to all of you who want to lose weight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From Leslie, Age 17, female - 07/26/02 - IP#: 63.162.226.xxx  
I haven't reached my weight goal yet but I have lost 5 lbs. and I'm so proud!!! If I can do it trust me anyone can do it!!! :o) All I've done is been swimming laps in my pool 30 min. a day and eating less!!!

From Beth, Age 13, female - 07/25/02 - IP#: 62.30.192.xxx  
In 6 months i lost 4 and a half stone!! All i did was made sure i did at least half an hour to an hour of excercise a day. I would go swimming twice a week, and do areboics once a week, i also joined a gym, and went 3 times a week! and i cut down my calorie intake to 1500 a day, and drank ice cold water, or herbal tea. I asked my mom to hide the scales, so i wouldnt weigh myself every day, and become really dissapointed i hadnt lost any, and it gave me the will to carry on. Then once a month or once every 2 months i would weigh myself!! everyone can do it i no they can!

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