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I've had a practical lifetime of weight ups and downs. The downs were usually fueled by some unhealthy habit. My first major weight loss was a side effect of a prescription drug that was prescribed to me while I was away at college. I went from 160 to 144 with in a few weeks and when I came home for winter break the complements kept pouring in---"You look amazing!" was what I heard from almost everyone I encountered that hadn't seen me in a couple of months. My confidence soared. That is until ...
I've had a practical lifetime of weight ups and downs. The downs were usually fueled by some unhealthy habit. My first major weight loss was a side effect of a prescription drug that was prescribed to me while I was away at college. I went from 160 to 144 with in a few weeks and when I came home for winter break the complements kept pouring in---"You look amazing!" was what I heard from almost everyone I encountered that hadn't seen me in a couple of months. My confidence soared. That is until the drug started to have terrible effects on me--- I began abusing it and was plagued with sleepless nights, paranoia, hallucinations and an erratic heart beat. I knew I had to put my health first so I moved back in with my parents, quit school and incidentally gained back all my weight and then some.
This was a rather dark point in my life---my first serious boyfriend had broken up with me, I was no longer attending school and my future was in question and the scales were tipping in at about 165.
A couple of months later I knew that I needed to pick myself up out of the gutter. I decided to enroll back in school and find a job for the meantime.
I had heard rave reviews about the South Beach Diet and decided to give it a go. I was astounded by the results... I had slimmed down significantly with in weeks.
The only problem was that I had taken the diet too far...
I cut out fruits, bread, sugars and was basically subsisting on grilled steaks, chicken, lettuce and lowfat cheese.
So, its no surprise that I whittled down to 135 pounds.
I was skinny but I sure was not healthy. And when I decided I could not possibly stomach another piece of seared flesh, I hopped off of that bandwagon and subsequently gained about 40 pounds.
I was 175, my highest weight ever.
I was absolutely abhorrent about my appearance and felt uncomfortable in my skin.
I remember waking up each day after a night that usually involved binging on junk food feeling achy, full and sick.
The pains of looking at myself in photographs at this point (especially in photographs where I am next to a skinny friend!) was hard to deal with (I often thanked my lucky stars for the 'detag' option on facebook)
As of recent, however, I realized that the approaches of my past were all wrong. Weight loss was always my primary objective and other factors such as health and ethics came secondary.
I spent the last couple of months researching nutrition and the food industry and decided that this time I will take a more holistic approach to my diet.
I started by cutting out red meats, and a few months after that I had cut out all white meats as well. Gradually, I removed dairy products from my regime as well.
I've never felt better in my life. The headaches that used to plague me are mostly gone, my skin GLOWS, and I have more energy than ever.
So, that's my story.
As of now, the first major goal that I have set for myself is a 10% body fat loss which would take me from 160 to 144 (16 pound loss)
I'm hoping to achieve this by consuming between 1200-1500 calories per day in addition to working out every other day.
I plan to log my calories each day (reminding myself that estimates are better than not logging anything at all)
I will also try to keep my journal freshly updated with tales of my trials, tribulations and celebrations!
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Member Since: 1/11/2009
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-To eat a nutritionally balanced diet.
-To Log calories every day.
-To consume between 1200-1500 calories per day.
-To work out at the gym every other day for at least an hour.
Right now I am aiming for 1500 calories per day in addition to an hour of cardio every other day.