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My virtual model at 135 pounds where I hope to be.

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Ok so here it goes. First off my name Bridgit and I am 27, married, 2 kids, recently quit my job, and over-weight. I have always been "bigger" than I would like, but was never over-weight. My weight even while pregnent stayed from 140 to 163. My normal average weight was 152. Doc wasn't happy about that since the 163 was the day I gave birth to each of my kids. I just couldn't gain weight with either of my kids.

I was diagnosed manic depressive about 10 years ago and I take meds for that. It is a combo for anti-axiety. I really hate being around crowds. Because of my weight I really feel like everyone is staring at me when I go places and I really can't stand it.
Two years ago I had a full hysterectomy. Since then I went from my lowest of 143 to the now 194. I was also diagnoised with IBS just this past week, and according to my doctor that could be a large part of my weight issues.

My husband says he loves me no matter my weight but he just does not understand that this is something I need to do for me. I really think it would make a huge difference in my self-esteem which I have never had and my over all health and feelings about many different things in general.

No one really says anything about my weight. Only a few people (family only) have ever said anything about it. They make it off as a joke but my weight has been a issue with me for so long I can't think back that far.

I am truly determined this time I guess. It really has become a large part of my life. Kinda like it has just taken over ya know what I mean? I guess one of the biggest things recently that gave me this new jump start would be #1 I noticed those fat rolls where they never were before, #2 nothing fits right anymore, #3 my over all feeling tired and just drained all the time, couldn't keep up with my kids or anyone else for that matter, and finally #4 I was diagnoised with arthritis when I was 13 in my knees and now it has taken over my body and I can feel it in my bones. I know the arthritis spreading does not really have a lot to do with my weight but I think dropping the fat will help.

The only thing I am really worried about is because of my arthritis I have to change the way I do some of the exercise routines. Especially where my knees are concerned. I will be having knee replacement surgery in the near future and would like to get in shape before then without killing my knees and be able to workout after surgery without messing up the surgery. If any of you have any tips please pass them on to me.

I know this is kinda long thanks for taking the time to read my page.

Member Since: 8/5/2007

Fitness Minutes: 1,018

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My biggest goal I would have to say is, feeling better about myself. I have always had self-esteem issues and they are getting worse. I don't even want to leave my house anymore. Once I take care of my weight problem, I can deal with all the other stress issues in my life. I hope!

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I plan on doing as much strength training as possible . My doctor told me that would help my arthritis, just be easy on the bones that hurt the most. I am also going to mix it up with daily cardio and possibly finding a diet supplement to help me out.

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    Well hello there my friend, I see we aren't in the same groups any more...maybe that's why I hadn't heard from you lately...

    Just wanted to wish you a Very happy New Year, and I hope 2008 will be fruitfull with accomplishments and happy memories.

    As for 2007, forget about the struggles, failed promises, lonely fellings, guilty thoughts and just keep the good memories in your back pocket...of course for me that will be difficult as my "bum" takes all the room...

    Enjoy the New Year of adventures and all your New Memories to come.
    3829 days ago
    Bill loved that, I'm not a real sweet eater, but I did take a bite, and considering I make cheesecake for a living thru my catering and cakes, I must say it was good! I do hope you like the apple salad, I love carmel apples, but of course they don't love me, for weight anyway and this way I can get the taste without the calories. I think you'll really enjoy it along with the rest of your doesn't take much, although if you gave me the bowl, I could polish it off....Some people put whip creame with it, but I don't think it needs it at all. Thanks for writing.
    3960 days ago
    YES! I love ice cream so I have a few ice cream tips. :)

    I love Edy's Slow Churned 1/2 fat ice creams
    Also just BREYER's makes some good light ice creams. It's crazy, becuase they don't say light on them anywhere noticable, but their SPECIAL EDITIONS are often light ice cream varieties. Like I've had their Fried Ice Cream, Cookie Jar, and Brownie Mud Pie. All of them are like 140 cal and 4-4.5 grams of fat per 1/2 cup. I'm so used to only eating a .5 cup now. I use a little 4oz Rubbermaid TakeAlong type container to eat it from. Tiny container makes it seem better because it's full. :D Rather than a drop in a giant bowl!

    Also - Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Weight Watchers Ice Cream treats are good. I tried a Strawberry Mousse thing that I can't remember the brand of... It was Mrs. something or another and she had a bunch of 100 cal frozen dessert type items. I got a strawberry mousse and an apple crisp but haven't tried the apple crisp yet (which microwaves). But anyway.

    Breyer's has a fat free ice cream which is cappucino chocolate chunk, but I didn't like that one. I'm not a HUGE fan of the coffeee type flavors, but my husband is and he loved that one. It was only like 100-110 cal per .5 cup and 0 fat. So just look around the frozen food aisle of your store and you'll probably find something you like that is pretty easy to fit in. :D

    Good luck!
    3969 days ago