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A picture of me on my wedding, taken by a good friend. Nearly 130 lbs... :( I gained a bunch in the weeks before the wedding. Now I get to lose it and then some this summer lol :)


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I'm a 23 year old college student (Biology major, Neuroscience minor). I've been chubby - not quite fat, but definitely not "right weight" either - since I entered puberty, and nothing I did ever seemed to change that significantly.

My fiance is fantastic about my weight - he's never criticized me about it or made me feel less because I'm not skinny. His family also used to eat a lot of "boxed-just-add-meat-and-butter" type meals and go out to eat frequently, and when that combined with happy social eating, I gained a good bit of weight and finally pushed into the "fat" category. My highest recorded weight was 143.6 pounds (BMI 28) in August 2008, and I decided I wanted to change. I didn't know how or what, but I did not want to remain fat for the rest of my life. Period.

I'm also really into behavior - neuroscience minor, go figure - and I've been training dogs for a long time. I started applying the behavioral principles to losing weight and realized how I was going wrong. Every time I'd tried to "get skinny" in the past, I'd drastically changed my diet and/or pushed myself to exercise hard (lumping - trying to learn lots of behaviors all at once), and my attitude had been that the discomfort and unfulfilled cravings were something I deserved as a "fat person" (punishment for those behaviors). Not exactly conducive to long-term lifestyle change, which explains why I was never able to keep it up beyond a week or two. I decided to cut the steps to weight loss into little pieces and reward myself with online games and other fun activities for each step. I started by writing down some of the foods that I ate in a day, and slowly worked up to counting calories, to limiting calories, to adding a little bit of activity, etc.

I've lost about 20 pounds and am enjoying myself more than I ever thought possible. I only have about 11 pounds left to my goal weight, and I've broken the "low weight" I've had since I was 13 years old (120 pounds). I actually look forward to exercising. Picking the right foods isn't always easy, but I've found so many healthy foods that I like that meal planning feels more like an adventure than a chore.

I joined SparkPeople for a couple days back in December 2008, and forgot about it in the holiday rush. Now I'm back to lose the last bit of weight and get really fit - something I've never been in my life. I'm also hoping to look nice for my wedding June 2010. :D The tools for nutrition make it easier to count calories and nutrients quickly, and the online support helps motivate me through the last bit of weight loss. I'm also getting my family and friends on SparkPeople - the more the merrier. :D

Member Since: 12/9/2008

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Current goals: lose the last eleven pounds or so to get down to about 110 pounds (BMI 21.5). Run a mile. Get fit and at least kind of toned.

Long-term goals: Run a marathon. Get back into sheep herding. Complete a 50-mile endurance riding race. Get a black belt. Get my PhD. Learn to dance.

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My entire program consists of counting and limiting calories, and exercising six days a week. Right now my calorie limit is 1600, and I'm requiring ten minutes a day of exercise (but shooting for more, up to an hour).

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