I started off as a relatively normal child. The weight crept on, and suddenly, at a very young age, I was obese. When I turned 12, my doctor really showed concern, and so did my father. I'd been pushing 220/230 for a while, and around 11 years old, I was there. I never saw the chart, but I remember seeing '204 lbs' a few months before I weighed myself, to find I was at a staggering 228lbs at the time of life that should be a person's most active and most enjoyable. That's when I knew I had to change something. I started to cut back on portions, and I tried exercising more. Ironically enough, though I was playing basketball for a couple of years, not a lot of weight came off. I began to read Nutrition Fact labels. Finally, by 14, I was down to 170-165 lbs. I kept at it, and at my lowest, I was 147 lbs. Since then, I've always yo-yo'd, but I've never gone past 170 lbs. I was just 158 lbs two weeks ago, but I found since the holiday season hit, I've fluffed up to 166 lbs. If I can get back down to 158, that'd be fine, but my ideal is at least 145-150. I just want to feel healthy and fit. I'm 18 years old. I want to be happy, I want to be content with my body, and most of all, I want to be able to have confidence that it'll never happen again.
On a more interesting note, I'm studying Creative Writing at UIUC, I have a black cat named Jake, I love collecting knick knacks, enjoy learning languages, and aspire to be a hobby photographer/artist of some kind (if I could only afford materials at the moment).