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I spent most of my life being fairly petite. I'm 5'4 and weighed 115 up until my early 20's then I did jump up to 130 lb. which actually did catch me off guard. But I maintained that for 10 years, on occassion creeping up to 140 lbs. but easily making adjustments and coming back to 130 lbs.

But then in my late 20's I had to finally go on medicine for anxiety and depression; within it seems about 3 months I jumped up 30 lbs.! I didn't complain though because I was too busy with my mental health. After a year or so it began to weigh on me (literally) but I just figured the weight would come off with how much rock climbing I did and some of it did. Also it just didn't "seem too bad."

But I did look into my BMI, etc. and saw I was overweight. Then I got into a relationship a year ago where we hardly worked out and overate before I knew it I had jumped up to 182. I still felt like I was around 165 when I looked in the mirror. I mean really I still felt like I was 140! But my BMI, etc. now even said I was obese. I was so embarrassed. Then I tried to go into some specialty shops and was told they might not have my size. I couldn't believe it.

But I had to believe it. With the help of an amazing roommate (who actually does not even know about the extra challenge I have to face with the medication) I have lost 15 lbs. All I did was cut back on my calories drastically. For the most part my anxiety and depression are under control now. But I do think I tend to do some emotional eating sometimes. So I was eating horribly to be frank and despite working out at least 3 times a week it just wasn't enough to counteract the damage I did with my eating.

I've now hit a plateau which is frustrating. But I started a meetup group "Women focused on Health" to help me through this and another member there (who is also a member here) was really helpful encouraging me through this rough time (plateauing).

I never knew most of my life what it was to struggle with weight. Now I know how others feel and have talked to so many people who are overweight about it. So many people I think label these people as not caring, that they gave up. But I hear their struggles and now being in the same boat I feel for them. I never judged anyone, well in general I don't do that. When I was thin I didn't judge I just had no idea what these people were going through, how depressing it is!

But anyway on a positive note, I'm ready to put up a fight! But also ready to at least do my best to be patient, many people have talked to me about that.

Thanks for listening to my story and welcome to my page!

Member Since: 8/16/2012

My Goals:
I'd like to get down to at least the high end of my healthy weight range which I've read is either 140 or 145. I'd REALLY like to be 130 again which I did maintain for 10 years. I do want to be more toned than I was in my 20's and teens though which climbing should do for the most part.

My Program:
Climb 2 times a week
Trying to put some weight lifting in 2 times a week
Jog/Walk for 30-45 min. 3 times a week
EAT HEALTHY (This is a challenge for me! I enjoy healthy food but I also enjoy my junk food and my comfort food of eating in front of the t.v. with a bowl of ice cream for example)

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  • v NIXY72
    Welcome! If you need a shoulder, a friend or a virtual coffee at some point, drop by and say hello! I've just celebrated my SP eleven month anniversary and am amazed at the absolutely incredible amount of support I've received for weight loss and so much more. This is a fabulous site and you will be astounded at what you get out of it if you give it your all.

    To celebrate your arrival at SP in this late-summer season, I would like to wish you a everlasting renewal of energy and passion, for this is a time to celebrate the great potential you possess. May the sun shine upon you and fire up your heart to reach all of your goals and find joy in yourself and the world around you. Whatever battles you are fighting, whatever stresses may come your way, may you find energy, confidence, vitality and strength. This is the time to shine bright and show the world how beautiful you are. Embrace the summer-lit brilliance of each day and you will create a new life where all your wildest dreams come true. ~ Michelle


    2063 days ago
  • v HHOLT6
    Thanks for your comments on my blog. I wish you lots of luck on your journey. I think it is great to look at BMI. emoticon I am inspired by all of your climbing. Maybe I should add that to one of my goals! emoticon
    2070 days ago