KJT -- It does feel overwelming. I plan on using the nutrition tracker for a little while to get a snap shot of what my eating habits are like and where I can improve it. I may continue to use it to track my progress as I start eating healthier - IDK.
Someone on another page wrote: "Diets will make you look good in your clothes, but exercise will make you look good naked."
I'm a little more focused on the exercise part. Also someone else posted that body measurements are a better way of keeping track because 140 can look very different on the same person.
Finally, the thing I'm look forward to getting out of this website is support and friendship. It will help me be accountable, it can encourage me when I want to throw in the towel and its motivated me to get started today.
I have a similiar story. I started gaining weight when I was 13. I was a victim of incest and weight was a form of protection/security and a way to de-sexualize myself.
When I was 18 I moved to another state and dropped the weight without trying.
Understanding my need for extra weight has helped me tremendously.
Good luck to you!
"God is the Love that allows me to be fit and healthy."
KJT - I salute you for dealing with this now! I,too, am tall and was always skinny until a few years ago. When I started this exercise/diet last month, I weighed almost 60 pounds more than I did when I was in high school. I don't know how that happened! Now, I'm working to loose about 30 of those pounds, get to a healthy weight, hike Longs Peak and not need 02. It would have been a lot easier when I was younger. So, stay with it. Work the program and it will work for you, I'm sure of it!
" I'd never forget you -- never. Look, I've written your names on the backs of my hands." Isaiah 49:15 (from the Message)
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Hello everyone. I'm new to this sparkpeople thing and to be honest, all of it kinda overwhelms me. Just the idea of keeping track of every single bit of the food that goes in my mouth and every minutes of exercise that I do. Ok, enough of the pessimism. I'm currently 22 years old, about 5' 6'', and weighed in at 148 this morning. I've been running 20+ minutes almost every day for the past month and have seen only a two pound weight loss. I'm looking for encouragement and ideas on how I can do better. I started gaining weight about the time I was 10. When I was 16 I probably weighed 190lbs then about the time I turned 17, I mysteriously lost 40 lbs. I used to be a size 16 and am now a 10. I didn't try to lose this weight so it's not like I know what i'm doing! I have a wonderful boyfriend who is very supportive and loving. I want to lose weight so that I can wear a bikini for the first time in my life, look stunning in a wedding dress, and am one of those hot pregnant women i'm always so jealous of. Anyway, just some more encouragement would be awesome.
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