It's great to have you with us. This is a great community of people who are striving to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Thank you for sharing your personal story--that takes guts!
For me, it has really helped to consider this a lifestyle change. I've been on SparkPeople on and off since 2007 but every day is still a day when I have to choose whether to exercise or not, whether to eat healthy or not...
Many people here find it helpful to start slowly and make a couple things into good, solid habits (for example, tracking foods or exercise or drinking water). When those things are solid, then they add some more.
Explore the great tools here on SparkPeople and ask questions if you have any.
After you've gotten used to the tools, I would also encourage you to consider making a SparkPage and writing a couple of blogs. It can be a great way to share your success and your struggles, and get specific feedback and support from people who can relate.
I've been overweight my whole life. Even as a small child. I've tried everything, but could never stay consistent. I'm 22 and just graduated from a university with a degree in the medical field. I know far too much about what being overweight can mean to your health. Diabetes runs in my family, and I have noticed some signs of pre-diabetes and want to turn it around. I have also had a slight increase in my blood pressure the last few times I went to student health.
I've gained an excessive amount of weight during my last year of college. The previous years, I had kept at a steady weight (still very overweight), but with the stress of graduating, my busy schedule, and the excessive amount of partying that I had done, my weight skyrocketed.
I have been dieting and exercising for the last couple of weeks and I have already lost some weight, but I start my first job after graduation on Monday and I know it's going to be much harder when I am working everyday and studying for my certification exam at night. I am trying to stick with a low carb diet (I do eat some carbs. I know the dangers of cutting out carbs completely), but that doesn't give me many options for on-the-go food.
I have a very nice gym in my apartment complex, and I love to do outdoorsy things like swimming at the creek and walking my dog. The fact that I do stay pretty active is probably the only reason my health is still still decent for my weight. My diet of beer and late night munchies for the last year has been my downfall. I live in a college town where you can get any kind of food delivered to you at all hours of the night and drinking beer goes along with any and every activity we take part in. Problem is, unlike everyone around me, I gain weight like crazy. My roommates eat taco bell for almost every meal of the day, never go to the gym, and never gain a pound. It's hard to be around that, especially when you're eating chicken and asparagus for most meals.
Anyway, I'm posting here because I never do things like this. I don't talk about my weight to anyone. I'm extremely self conscious about it. I don't even like to mention being on a diet. Not even my closest friends. I've always just ignored the fact that I'm overweight in every conversation I have. The truth is it's holding me back from things I want to do. Everything I do do, there's always that thought in the back of my head like "what if I go and we have to walk really far up hills and I get out of breath and embarrass myself?" or "what if there's someone rude there who makes fun of me?". It's not the way I want to live anymore. I can't even go to an amusement park this summer, because I'm too afraid that I wont fit on the rides. I'm missing out on a lot of things in my life. So i'm posting here in hopes that if I talk about it, it'll keep me motivated and I'll lose the weight this time.
So if you have any advice (especially on easy low carb food ideas that can be eaten on-the-go), feel free to post!
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