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Okie dokie. Sooooooooo. I gained weight after I stopped doing PE in high school, I went from 140 to 160 (that translates to 4 dress sizes). I'm relatively short (5'4"), so it made a huge difference, went from size 10 to size 14 (well, 16 since I like loose clothes).

In college, I started to exercise when a friend invited me to the gym (which were all paying for anyways). I liked the exercise classes, so I went 4-5 times a week. I didn't change my diet, just incorporated more exercise, and lost the 20 lbs, and gained a LOVE of exercising. If you told me this would happen when I was in high school, I would have quickly dismissed it.

Anyways, EVERYONE commented on my weight loss. I had to resort to wearing my mom's clothes as I started to gain weight, so it felt nice to wear clothes that I bought. (Side note: when you're losing weight, don't get attached to your clothes, you only end up with them for a few months before you lose more weight.) I'm still uncomfortable when someone mentions that I lost weight, because I don't like the idea of someone noticing in the first place.

During my last year of college, I took classes to get certified for Group Fitness Instruction (passed, whee!), but I didn't really do anything with it because I was focusing on my career. (When you're a fitness instructor, it's not YOUR workout, but the class', so I didn't have time to fit in my workout along with teaching a class. You have to do stuff at a lower intensity in order to talk, stop in the middle to correct form, etc. Yes, it's still exercise, but lower quality since I can't push myself). But I did learn a lot.

I joined SparkPeople because someone recommended it to me for my mom, and I wanted to check it out. Even though I help my mom with her exercise, I'm not a dietician, so I figured the diet/calorie counter would be a good addition for her. (BTW, folks, just because someone is certified in personal training or group fitness, it doesn't mean they know anything about nutrition. There should be a different certification for those folks.) I started logging what I ate, discovered that if I ate only Indian food, that we BARELY meet the 1200 daily caloric intake necessary to survive. If we ate American food, EASILY reach 2000 calories daily.

So, I decided to clean up my diet a bit, and I lost another 15 lbs! (whoo hoo, single digit clothing!). I'm in a pretty good place now, but being formerly chubby sticks with you, psychologically. I worry that if I don't exercise, that I'll gain the weight back. I still don't worry about food too much, though. After reading Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food", I realized that I shouldn't obsess over WHAT I eat, but HOW MUCH I eat.

I realize that blogs are supposed to document our weight loss journey, but I did do most of it prior to ever hearing about the spark. I was lucky that my college gym had a VERY good educational program, and I'm saddened by all the mis-information out there. Sparkpeople is a GREAT site, and I believe that EVERYONE will benefit from joining it, whether they have 5, 15, 50, or 200 lbs to lose. (I do have issues with tracking the calories and nutrition for Indian food, but not everything is perfect.)

Member Since: 7/24/2009

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Exercise daily, eat healthfully, and be a happy person.

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Nutrition: I eat food. Not too much. Only plants.

Fitness: Cardio, weights, stretching, a bit of yoga a pilates

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Music: www.last.fm/user/goodywitch
Movies: His Girl Friday
TV: Avatar: The Last Air Bender
TV - Cancelled: The Pretender, Full House, Alias (seasons 1-3), Scrubs (not the new season)
TV - foreign: Coffee Prince, Das Ka Dam, Hotaru no Hikari, 1 Pound Gospel

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    you're welcome for the music link :)
    congrat on your weight loss. keep up the progress. i can relate to being a couch potato. i'm not a big tv watcher but am a huge movie fan. you can do it!! emoticon
    2268 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/12/2010 7:17:33 PM