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I think stress plays a big part in the weight I've gained over the years. I looked my personal best when I graduated high school at 170 lbs. Since then, there have been three major changes that have really contributed to creating the "extra person" stuck to my body:

1. A Previous Serious Relationship: My ex-boyfriend was a fast food junkie, which meant that for nearly 5 years, so was I.

2. School/ Work: Since starting college, I never took less than 45 hours/week of class (this, of course, did not include homework time). Combining that with no less than 30 hours/week of work means that I was quite often looking for the most convenient thing to eat whenever I got the chance. I started practicing what I call "preventative eating." I would eat a big meal in the morning before school, snack during classes to ward off hunger, then eat another big meal hoping it would tide me over during my work shift. Then I would get home around ten at night and eat another medium-sized fast food meal so I wouldn't have to worry about waking up hungry. I'm a lot better about that now that I'm not so crunched for time. No more preventative eating led to waiting too long to eat. Also not good. I need to work on finding a better balance. My new teaching job allows me 15-30 minute breaks in between each teaching session (during which I often have a little snack to get me through without binging on a big meal after class is over)

3. Moving Out on My Own: I moved south during my sophomore year of college to prepare for college transfer into a state university and to be closer to my boyfriend. The freedom felt great. I could eat whatever whenever and no one could say a word about it. Unfortunately, I took that freedom too far and became a closet eater. I would steal one extra cookie from the plate or slip in a stop at a hamburger joint between work and school. Moving also meant that I didn't have someone watching me or keeping me active. If I didn't want to do anything when I got home, I didn't have to. And trust me- school and work left me plenty worn out. No working out for me.

Things have to change.

I want to be healthy for myself and my family. I want to look good someday when I get married and be ready when it comes time for child-bearing. I have also started teaching and I want the students to be able to respect me and take me seriously.

Things I Am Willing to Give Up:
-Regular Soda
-Having Dessert most nights
-Restaurant Portions

Things I Am NOT Willing to Give Up (but will limit):
-French Fries
-Diet Soda
-Hot Dogs
-Pasta (plan to use whole-wheat)
-Desserts sometimes
-Cheese (I'll try to go for lesser fat)

Things I Am Going to Try to Consume More Of:
-Berries (gotta get those antioxidants)
-Breakfast (especially low-sugar, high-fiber cereal)
-Calcium-enriched products
-Frozen Fresh Fish
-High-Fiber Snacks (to keep me full)

I also plan to eat more often in smaller amounts (Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, 2 Snacks, Dinner, Dessert) and get in more exercise (especially since I'm not doing a whole lot of moving at work).

Member Since: 1/23/2009

Fitness Minutes: 2,549

My Goals:
I'm taking things suuuuper slow because I want to do this right. Slow and steady, allowing time for plateaus and "oopsies," means I won't get disappointed.

HW: 251 lbs

SW: 229 lbs (2/26/2011)

1st Goal: 210 lbs by 7/1/2011 (best friend's birthday)

2nd Goal: 190 lbs by 10/25/2011 (my birthday)

--Allowing for Holiday "oopsies" here--

3rd Goal: 180 lbs by 2/14/2012 (Valentine's Day)

4th Goal: 160 lbs by 7/1/2012 (best friend's birthday)

Final Goal: 150 lbs by 10/25/2012

My Program:
-Choosing healthier (but flavorful) alternative foods.

-Cooking more meals at home.


-Use strength training at least one day a week.

-Walk for at least 10 minutes every day that I teach.

Personal Information:
I live in Southern California and am blessed to have such an array of beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables available nearly year-round. I also live in an area that is highly diversified and have access to many different ethnic food markets.

Other Information:
I love reading, writing, baking, and teaching. I graduated with my BA in English from Cal State Fullerton. I now work as a teacher at a language school teaching English to mostly Korean students.

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  • v BETRME100
    Welcome to the EE glad you've joined us! You can do this!

    3415 days ago
    Thanks for the welcome. My name is Carrie. I can totally relate to your story. I too did the same things when I went away to college and was living on my own. When I was done with college I came home and was dedicated to lose weight, and for the first time in my life I lost 100 lbs, then I met my boyfriend and started eating out all of the time and didn't pay much attention to what I was doing to myself and now I am back where I started. I have the tools to lose the weight I just need to keep motivated. I am hoping this site can do that for me. Keep in touch and Good Luck
    3417 days ago
  • v KOYAL53
    Thanks for the comment and congrats on your weight loss so far. I hope you stay motivated and reach your goals.
    p.s.- I love the 'my little pony' background!
    3418 days ago
  • v AL-EE-SUN
    Hey, sorry it took me so long to write back. I'm going to experiment with smoothies this weekend. If I come up with anything worth writing down, I'll let you know.

    Hope you have a great weekend and keep making progress!
    3420 days ago
  • v AL-EE-SUN
    Thanks for the berries. I just saw that berries are good for you. I want to start making smoothies for breakfast. Do you make any? Have any delicious recipes? I'll be winging it when I do make them! haha
    3422 days ago
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