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June 2011 - at around 140 pounds. A few weeks before I got officially diagnosed with Hypothyroidism

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Nov 28th, 2009 - around 130 pounds. (I never took a photo when I was at 125 pounds!!).

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I'm quite excited to be here and having registered an account here. First of all, I'm Bella from Malta.

So what's my story? I will keep it as short as possible.

From since I can remember, I always had an issue with weight. I was always overweight/obese. That changed when on the 2nd of February 2009 I decided I had to do something about it. I went online (naturally) and searched for a respectable place to be there and share stuff with others and hopefully lose the excess weight. I went from 190 pounds to 125 pounds in 9 months. I never in my whole life managed to lose more than 5 pounds, let alone 65 pounds. So I was on top of the world. (By the way, I'm 5 feet 2 inches tall). The great thing is that it didn't feel that difficult to do it. I lost around a pound a week on average.

The thing that helped me the most was being surrounded with like-minded people. I was very active in one particular forum which unfortunately isn't still around... The nutritionist there and the other members helped me a lot. After just 2 months there, I was one of the leaders, creating challenges, rooting others and I ended up hitting my lowest weight ever of 125 pounds in November 2009.

I kept roughly that weight for the next 2 years or so... Until June 2011... When I started experiencing a lot of fatigue, exhaustion, difficulty to concentrate, difficulty to formulate a response back when in conversation with someone, having to sleep 10 - 12 hours a day, finding it SO difficult to get out of my bed every day to go to work in the morning, started to be very very moody, crying myself to sleep every night, wanting to stay in my room with no contact with others, not even my own boyfriend, etc...

In July 2011 I got diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. I'm now on daily medication. I have to admit that my weight has been a constant struggle. I gained weight. I did try to lose weight again every now and then but staying on track for like 3 - 4 weeks and seeing a loss of JUST 100 grams isn't motivating at all, right? And that's how I ended up gaining so much of the weight back.

I challenged myself in September 2011 to go for a Zumba Instructor Training in Wales just to prove myself "I STILL CAN", sort of. I got the license but it was more of a personal challenge rather than to start giving out classes.

I hope that I will make some great friends on here... I really need to stay accountable and to challenge myself.

I want to get to 125 pounds again. I weighed myself this morning and found I'm at 76.5kgs - 168.65 pounds. (29th Dec 2012). It was quite a shock as I didn't think I gained like 6 kilos (13 pounds) in just a month? Shocking, to say the least.

I started as of today - 29th December 2012. It went pretty well for my first day - Consumed 1290 calories.

I want to keep calories around or below 1,400 calories a day for now. I will move it down gradually - I don't want to shock my body with a huge reduction in calories as I want this to be done for the long-term rather than a quick fix.

Because of my condition, I lose weight rather slow. My first mini goal is losing 4 pounds by 14th February 2013.

I am aiming to do at least one Zumba workout each week.

I hope that this place and the friends I make on here will help me to stay accountable and motivated. I know I can do this. It will just take longer than it did before, when I still didn't suffer from Hypothyroidism.

Live is NOT a dress rehearsal ... We deserve the very best...

UPDATE 1: 1st February - Lost 10.1 pounds = 4.6kgs. I'm now at 158.50 (71.9kgs). WOOHOO!

Member Since: 12/29/2012

Fitness Minutes: 170

My Goals:
I want to lose 43 pounds
(starting at 168.65 pounds as at 29th December 2012 - want to get to 125 pounds...Then we'll see if I want to lose a bit more)

My Program:
I'm counting the calories as that helped me a lot back in 2009. I know that this time it will be much slower since I now suffer from Hypothyroidism. But I'll get there. It will just take longer. I will stick to my program because I AM WORTH IT!

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24 years old from Malta.

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