From Brittany, Age 18 - 02/05/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'5", Start: 330 lb, Today: 330 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 130 lb - Hey everyone im Brittany i just turned 18 and i weigh 330lbs..ive been overweight all my life and it really sucks...i try to avoid scales and have. Unfortunately i just decided to get on a scale and found out ive gained 40lbs in 3 months. I do a lot of emotional eating from problems at home and im having a hard time changing that. Id really like some help so if anyone could help me maybe be like a weight loss motivator id appreciate it..thanks everyone!
Reply from Ally13, Age 23 - 02/07/11  - IP#:
I agree with Marina. You've already taken the first step towards becoming a healthier you so congratulations on that =).
It's hard to break a habit, especially one as enjoyable as eating. I remember at my heaviest, I'd eat and then feel bad about myself so I'd eat some more ....and then feel worse ...and the cycle kept going on and on. It's a really tough spot to get yourself out of, but that's when you have to pull every ounce of strength you have from yourself and just do it.
I was 204 lbs. exactly 2 years ago. I hated looking in the mirror and seeing what I'd done to myself (not just physically, but mentally as well). Finally, I looked at myself and decided that I would never again feel that way about myself - disgust and hatred. I had to accept myself, as I was, rolls and all, and that's when it clicked for me to lose weight. I wasn't doing it because that's what society told me to do. I did it for my health, well-being and, frankly, because I wanted to wear any outfit I chose and look damn hot in it!
You have to learn first how to push past those insecurities and issues in your life that are causing you to overeat. Learn how to love yourself, whatever size you are, and then you can find that strength to do what you need for a healthier you.
There's a really great website that I'm a member of (in addition to this wonderful one):
Go check it out, read the forums, look at the health tools they offer and see if it's something that might help you in your journey.
We're all cheering you on and want you to succeed =). Make a serious committment to yourself and don't let anyone or anything sway you. Cheers!!
Reply from Marina, Age 23 - 02/06/11  - IP#:
Hey Brittany!
You already took the first step! You faced the truth (by weighing youself)...but you also came here! That means you're ready to start doing something about it. Good for you!
Losing weight is not an easy process at all, so the best thing to do is to start with small changes. Considering you're starting at 330lbs, even small changes are going to give you results.
So, for your first small change, I suggest you remember that EVERYTHING COUNTS! So what does that mean exactly? Well it's simple...everytime you drink water instead of juice/pop...everytime you walk somewhere instead of drive....everytime you skip dessert....everytime you swap in your fries on the side for veggies....everytime you cook for yourself instead of eating are saving calories!! The more calories you aren't consuming the more pounds you'll lose.
A lot of times, we overlook a calorie...but they add up quickly. For example...You decide you want to eat some chips which is already high in calories...but then you eat them with dip...well now you're adding even more...and then you was them down with pop and you've added way more! Whereas, if you had just had 1 serving of chips with water & no dip it wouldn't be quite as bad.
I believe this will be a good starting point for you. In the next few weeks, I suggest you start becoming aware of what you're eating...look at the nutritional information on your foods and start realizing how many EXTRA calories you're adding to things, then see what you can do without.
Good luck!