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Hi, im chelsea and im 21 years old. i have struggled with weight ever since i hit puberty, about 13, i was always a little "thicker" than most girls, but not way over weight or fat. i have been at about 167lbs (im 5'5) for the past 5 years, but within the past 1.5 years i have unknowingly put on 33 lbs. i am now 200 lbs and when i found that out i was mortified. i couldnt believe i let myself get that bad....i hate the way i look and none of my clothes fit me anymore (jeans at least)
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Hi, im chelsea and im 21 years old. i have struggled with weight ever since i hit puberty, about 13, i was always a little "thicker" than most girls, but not way over weight or fat. i have been at about 167lbs (im 5'5) for the past 5 years, but within the past 1.5 years i have unknowingly put on 33 lbs. i am now 200 lbs and when i found that out i was mortified. i couldnt believe i let myself get that bad....i hate the way i look and none of my clothes fit me anymore (jeans at least)

im ready to change and lose the weight! im not going to settle for just being 167 again, i want to challenge myself to have the hot bangin body ive always wanted. i know i can do it.

i get frustrated sometimes and get off track, i do not want to do that this time....

i lose weight very easily, but gain it back just as easy.

if anyone has any advice that has worked for them please let me know. im new here and i dont know anyone yet and i am trying to figure out how this site works.


feel free to contact me anytime. THANKS!

---Chelsea

UPDATE 6-5-12~ I did it! i am now officially thinner than i have been since i was in the 7th grade. =] i weighed myself today and i have lost 43 pounds. wow! it was hard at first but now its just part of my life style. im so used to it i dont even think of going back to the old habbits i used to have. for anyone that wants advice, you have a to hit a breaking point and for me that was the dr saying i was going to have diabetes in the next 3-5 years if i didnt lose weight and also my heart rate was very elevated for my age. once you decide you are going to do it, dont give up and no turning back. its a lifestyle change, not a diet. i started eating and am still eating 1200 calories a day. one day a week i allow myself to go a little over to like 1500 calories but you must be very strict with yourself and know exactly what is going into your body. no junk food, fried food, watch carbs, dont drink your calories. Exercise a couple times a week. weight will still come off if you dont exercise, but just be aware the more your exercise the faster it comes off. after you lose about 20-30 pounds like i did you will start losing weight slower, that means just be more active and exercise a little more and eat healthier, not less calories just healthier calories =] its so worth it i had failed a billion times on "diets" but now i found a solution that works. i still want to lose 25-30 more pounds, i know now i can do it! learn to love yourself and your body, just do it by leading a new healthier lifestyle =]
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TURTLE69
9/16/2011 10:36:27 PM

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9/15/2011 4:19:13 PM

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Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support- it's also lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together.
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I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized here instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, but also to maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place! You're off to a great start already, just by posting here and I think you'll be at your goal before you know it!
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Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
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Some of the other teams that are good for beginners include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
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OWENSAUNT1
9/15/2011 10:35:22 AM

The best thing you have going for you girl is your age. You still have a shot at working WITH your metabolism instead of against it. You'll find that sparkpeople is a very supportive environment and it looks like you've already taken a lot of the best first steps. It is great to join teams with similar interests. I find it very motivating! Of course tracking food and fitness are the best attributes of the SP site, but I'm a huge fan of the teams and articles, too. Good luck on your journey!



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MOTIVATEDLISSY
9/15/2011 10:04:45 AM

Hi! I wanted to wish you good luck on your journey, i'm on a similar quest! It's hard sometimes, well most of the time. I just started spark people myself. I hope you have a good day and I hope you have a successful day! emoticon



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DOXIEBOX
9/15/2011 10:04:44 AM

Hi! I felt the same way you did. I looked at the scale one day and was like, "no way!" Joining SparkPeople has given me some extra motivation. I hope it does for you, too.

Good Luck!

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