Hiya guys! I tend to be reeeeally verbose when writing things, but I'll try to keep it short :-)
I'm Ashleigh; I'm 25 years old and have been overweight for the last 10 years. I was a healthy and athletic kid...I loved playing softball and volleyball and basketball. Then, when I was 15, I was diagnosed with depression and put on antidepressants. What they didn't tell me was that it would cause weight gain. I was up 50 pounds in just a short 6 months!! By that time, I had quit softball (the last sport I still played), and it's all been downhill from there. I always had a terrible diet, but adding the antidepressants and a new incredibly sedentary lifestyle just made it so I had no chance.
As the years went on, I would occasionally try to lose weight. I never made it much more than 20 pounds before piling them back on. The number on the scale crept even higher each time. Last year, I was put on antidepressants for the gazillionth (and last--I will likely be on them the rest of my life) time, and gained a final 30 pounds, putting me at a solid 140 pounds overweight. I became twice the size I was 10 years ago.
But it's not all bad news! I don't know what on earth possessed me to do this (because generally my attitude towards my weight had just become: don't even think about it so it won't bother you), but on February 25th of this year, I decided to turn my life around, lose weight, and get healthy, once and for all. I came up with some ideas for baby steps I could take to steer me in the right direction, posted about my decision on facebook, and immediately two different people recommended SparkPeople to me. I joined that same day, and haven't looked back since!
7 weeks into my journey, and I am down a full 18 pounds. Since I'm getting about to that time where in attempts past I would give up, I've been kicking the motivational techniques into high gear. I've set up a reward system for successfully meeting my daily goals for 30, 180, and 365 days in a row. I joined a Biggest Loser Challenge that another SparkTeam I'm a part of is putting on, and I'm super pumped for that to start this week. I'm doing everything I can to set this up so that I WILL succeed. And you know, it really does feel different this time. Something in me just feels like this is it: THIS is the last time I'll see these pounds.
| current weight: 291.4