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You will love all the farmers markets and fresh produce this time of year. I have been on spark People four years and just started playing with their recipes. Best wishes on your successful journey back to good health.
Hi!! You can do it!!! Spark People is such a great place to be--- I've gotten so much help, encouragement, and inspiration!!!
Welcome friend. I wish you only the best on your journey.
Debbie in Oregon City, Oregon
My name is Sara. I am 28, 5' 5', and I weight 240 pounds (that was hard to type). I currently wear a size 18W. My goal is to be comfortable in a regular woman's (not plus size) size 14.
I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. White rice was a staple of our diet, and we pretty much ate it every single day. My dad is a fisherman, but although fresh fish is usually a great healthy thing to eat, we tended to fry it and eat it with tartar sauce. We lived 2 hours away from the nearest large grocery store and lived on food stamps. Fresh veggies and local produce were all but non-existent in our household. The closest thing to healthy we got was a bag of frozen peas.
I have always been big. I don't feel like it was a noticeable slow slide into obesity. It is all I have ever known. I was actually a very happy and active child. My weight never bothered me much, even when I was teased. When I hit puberty, everything changed. All of my friends began to date and suddenly the teasing depressed me. I had a falling out with my closest friend because, unlike me, she was able to lose the weight and left me behind (this is how I saw it anyway). Suddenly I would spend nights eating and crying myself to sleep and I finally figured out that I was in real trouble here, trapped in this ugly body.
Throughout high school I made a few failed attempts to lose weight. I hated myself, and never was able to enter the dating scene. Everyone kept telling me that things would change when I went to college. They didn't. After college, I moved to Oregon. I was at my highest weight, 265 pounds.
A few years after moving here, I started to have some alarming symptoms of blurry vision and headaches. I went to the doctor and she told me I had extreme high blood pressure. This was FINALLY the wake-up call that I needed. I had always hated being big, but for the first time in my life I was afraid to die. I broke down and poured my heart out to the doctor, who quickly put me on a low cal and exercise regiment. In one year I lost 50 pounds and was at a normal blood pressure range. I also met a wonderful man *tee-hee* and moved in with him.
Normally, this is where the story would end, all happy and shiny. Life, however, is no fairy tale. Over the last year and a half I have gained back 30 of the 50 pounds lost.
I am here on SparksPeople to regain control of my weight loss journey. I tried a low-carb diet for 70 days, and was able to lose 10 pounds, however I decided that it was not going to work for a long term life change. I am going to switch to a low-cal diet (1500-1600 calories a day), and commit to working out at least 4 days a week for 1 hour.
Wish me luck. emoticon