It's great to read similar stories of feeling fat when in our teens and 20's only to look back and see that we were really pretty thin. I was so hard on myself through the years and it seemed that the more I tried to lose the weight, the more weight I gained. The low-fat craze of the 90's was the worst because the food was loaded with processed carbs and even sugar. It may not be easier to lose the weight now than when I was in my 20's, but I'm definitely smarter about it.
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Well when I was young, I thought I was chubby and I was, at 12 I weighed 168, and now I would be thrilled to be that weight again, but I would still need to lose another 35 -40 pounds at that point. So here I am getting back to Sparks and getting back to work. I used Sparks to lose 80 pounds, then many life changes and here I am back at 249. Which means that I am keeping off 30 pounds because my top weight was 280, Holy Crap, that is more than a whole bunch of NFL football players, there is a reality check for you, and I am only 5 foot 2!!
I would love to build a network of support here on Sparks, I am a great cheerleader and have truly been there done that, lets do this thing together.
Congratulations to both of you for your first set of posts. Well done! Coming to the message boards is a great step to staying active in the SparkPeople community as well as receiving the benefits of giving to other SparkPeople members while you help yourself.
I wish all a great day, and success with your goals.
I remember clearing out some clothes from my 20s when I was in my early 30s and shaking my head ruefully. Those were size 6 pencil skirts that I was giving away and I had felt that I was a bit plump then. In my 30s, as I was boxing up those clothes, I was all of about a size 7-9.
It was a real lesson in appreciating what we have when we have it - and not letting other images distort my own perceptions.
Had to laugh (wryly of course) I always thought I was chubby when I was young.. Just worked it out 119lbs. Can not get my head around it.. I must have been skinny.. But I just cannot believe it.
Now I am working on losing all the acquiired weight and getting fitter. Was 184lb, now 147 so am feeling great.... Tho I still feel fat, crazy huh..
Have high hopes for SP helping at keeping me on track when I am down where I want to be.
Humans are strange creatures. Thanks for your thoughts it is good to see we are not the only ones in this place.
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I never had a weight problem, everyone used to keep saying I should put some meat on my bones! I was married at age 24 and weighed 95 lbs. My mother in law used to make me milkshakes with lots of ice cream to encourage some lbs. to be added to my 'slender' frame!
Well, once I was married, things changed even though the milkshakes eventually stopped.
Up until this year, I went up to 226 lbs. !!! Holy S**t, bad stuff. Since the end of January I have gone down to 168 lbs., so it's coming off, actually much quicker than it went on ..... Boy would I love to reach 140 so I could once again enjoy my mother in law's milkshakes!!
How silly we were back then. I recently came across a picture of my husband and I when we were dating. I weighed 134 pounds and ...... you guessed it, I thought I was fat. I don't think I will ever see 134 pounds again. I don't think I really need to, but 145 might be nice. I'll guess I won't really know what my ideal weight is until I get there. And I WILL get there this time.
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No, not easier. I have a similar story. Wish I weighed 135 when I thought I was fat! Slow and steady wins the race.
Sparkpeople is great. Track your food. It's free. If you mess up, track that also. Keep trying. NO MATTER WHAT.
Thinking about getting healthier today. It isn't any easier than I thought it was when I was 20. I thought I was fat, but weighed only 125. It was the Twiggy days & I truly thought I was fat! Imagine.
It isn't any easier than I thought it was when I was 30, the hardest birthday I have ever experienced. I realized that more than half the world was younger than me! I had 3 boys and I thought I was fat, having retained 10 lbs from each baby. I felt obese at 155 lbs! The boys & I spent many hours at the Y swimming, walking, and running. And the weight slowly came off - again.
It isn't any easier than I thought it was when I was 40 or 50. Now here I am, holding tight to the lifeline called SparkPeople - taking the time to relearn about things I should have taken to heart long ago.
It's one thing to know something, completely another to put it into daily life practice. Never before have I been so connected with my food and the nutrition it provides. Never before have I monitored my intake so consistently, viewing food as fuel and wanting only the best fuel for this ol' body. Never before have I tried to incorporate physical activity in such a consistent way.
So here is hoping for success for health and hoping that ANYONE younger who reads this, gets themselves in gear for better health at an earlier age. Do not let your busy life get in the way. :) It is well worth it!
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