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6/6/10 2:32 P

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Hello all, I'm 23 and from Oregon. I moved here from California when I was in the fourth grade.

I started gaining weight when I was fourteen. The highest weight I've ever been was 330-335. I've never weighed under 200 pounds as an adult.
In the summer of 2006, I had a fairly successful diet/exercise plan and got to about 270 or so pounds. I kinda let that go, and then let myself go.

I joined Spark People in January of 2008. It's been an on and off ride. Last year, I started to take it seriously again. I lost about 15 or so pounds, then in around July 2009, there was a series of stressful events that resulted in me once again putting myself on hold and hovering around 300-318 lbs. I once again picked it up again in April of this year-weighing 307.8 lbs. It's definitely been a journey. and it's definitely not over yet.


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6/6/10 10:47 A

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Hello. I am from central Ohio. I am married and have a 14 month old. I have always been heavy. Even as a little kid. I struggled with my weight in high school and lost some down to my lowest around 220 lbs. During college, I gained some weight and some more shortly after I was married.

I joined SparkPeople in 2008 and lost 25 lbs over 4 months. Then I got pregnant. I watched my weight while I was pregnant and didn't gain too much. I struggled a lot with under supply during breastfeeding because of trying to diet. I also had complications after my c-section which made me not able to exercise for a long time. It was pretty bad. I had a hard time getting back into exercising because I was put on bedrest during my pregnancy and my incision didn't heal for almost a year. I am starting to feel good exercising which is great. I have taken up swimming which I think has helped a lot.

After I weaned from breastfeeding, I came back (Feb 2010). The first couple months I did great, but then I moved. My weightloss stood at a standstill while I readjusted, but I'm back and I've even started going to a gym for the first time since high school. I am very uncomfortable in the way I look. I want to be able to buy cute clothes and I have trouble finding flattering things in my size. My daughter is growing up and I want to be able to ride the kiddie rides with her. I want to be able to do active things with her and keep up. I want to set a good example for her and I want to be around to watch her grow up.

I have PCOS which causes insulin resistance. I am currently on Metformin. We would like to have another child and I have been having trouble getting pregnant. I really hope that losing weight will help me get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy.

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6/4/10 12:56 P

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Hi everyone my name is Ashley and Im from Kansas City have lived here all my life. When I was younger I was athletic but I was always the one of the heavier kids always trying to fit in. Sports were something that came natural to me. But because of my weight I was not the best at running long distances. So I slowly let all that go. And now I just dont do much activity at all. This is also my second time back to sparks people. My first time I was here was in January and now since I went on a plane and was very ambarrased I have to do something about my weight now. I can not let my weight become something that really holds me back from doing everything that I want to do in life. I do not want the glares and stares I just want to be able to go into normal stores and wear anything that I want. Im going to do it this time.

I am a single mother of two and want to be able to want to do everything with them. When they get older I do not want them to be ashamed to have me around and I just want to be there to see them grow up. If I continue through my life as I have been I will not be able to watch them grow.

So what Im trying to say is that I want to loose this weight so bad I just have to be able to take the dive and start back slow. Cut back a little at atime and my story will then be different at the end.

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6/3/10 10:55 P

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I too am a re-sparker. I'm not sure which round i'm on, but I suppose i'm still trying....

25, married 1 year, no kids, two dogs. Heaviest I am/was is my current weight at 259, lowest i've ever been was 175. I've been on a roller coaster my whole life and I'm not diagnosed as eating disordered but I believe I have some sort of abnormal eating issues. At my lowest weight ever, I dropped 60 pounds in 2 months (which in my unproffesional opinion was way too fast, and without going into too much crazy detail was not done healthily) Then when I met my husband (still was at my lowest point and was still losing weight)I went from one extreme to the next and reversed my role with food and gained it all back and then some. So instead of being unhealthy one way, I started to be unhealthy another way. So here I am again, trying to get back on track but this time with a hopefully healthier attitude about it

*My mother is a registered nutritionist so that made my life growing up and currently a living (hot place) because I always feel like I'm being judged by the one person who shouldn't judge me*

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6/3/10 4:16 P

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Thanks everyone for taking the time to share your stories. We can all accomplish our goals as long as we make go decisions and work at it. Remember the only way to be a quitter is to quit :)

Cheers,
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6/3/10 1:47 P

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I'm 27 years old. 2nd oldest of 8 kids and I was the only fat one. I was skinny until around age 14, when my Dad left. After that, I began to emotionally eat; I remember sometimes when the family was gone doing something, I'd be scavenging through the cabinets to find things to eat. I was 180 pounds when I was 16, 240 pounds at 23 and 315 in August 2009. The turning point was a bunch of insults my in-laws made about my and my husbands weight, and I was so pissed off, it just clicked something in my head. And I was finally ready. I've lost 35 pounds since October 2009, and have 123 to go. I hope to get to 150 pounds by the end of next year, definitely before my 30th birthday!

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MNHUGHES22 Posts: 40
6/2/10 8:01 A

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I'm 24 and I'm the oldest of 7 kids. My weight at my highest was 305 lbs. That was in Oct 2009 when I started on sparkpeople.

I guess the initial motivation actually came from work. I always kept telling myself that I wanted to loose weight. When we started a Biggest Looser competition in our division, I decided it was worth the risk of trying and that it was as good a place as any to start. After getting some positive results, I realized loosing the weight was something I could actually do.

I want to be a role model for my younger siblings, so that they try to be healthier and don't end up in a leaky boat like I was. I've had some minor health issues which I'm working out now, and things are looking good on the horizon.

I fell off the bandwagon a bit around the holidays, but I'm ready to get back up and try it again, and amp up my attempt.

I've lost a total of 25 lbs so far. Which may not seem like much, but I think it's a good start. I still have about 130 lbs on my overall goal. It may be slow going, but I'll get there.

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5/29/10 1:27 A

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Well you asked for it. I'm 24 and recently moved to North Carolina this past year. I was slim and skinny until about 6th or 7th grade. I was the youngest child my brother is 11 years older and my sister is 10 years older than me. So my brother and I had a good friendship he was the best big brother anywho could ask for until he became addicted to heroin. I lost that amazing brother and friendship because I was no longer a priority like before. I believe that's when I began to just eat because I was emotional. That was my big snap. My brother is no longer addicted to heroin *Thank God* but still has his demons however we have started to have a friendship again. But anywho so since then I've just gradually gone up in size. My highest was 256lbs and that I've been maintain at for a while now. A friend from church told me about spark I had signed up looked around a little bit and just didn't bother with it after that. Then I decided to check it out again a month or two ago and that's when I realized it was way more!! I love the support and encouragement everyone gives. I've only been doing this weight loss journey a big whopping month but I've lost 10lbs. It's not a lot but to me it's huge. I've NEVER stuck with a diet or trying to lose weight this long or even got results. I've now got this fire in me to keep going. My main goal is to just get down to a nice healthy weight and for me to be comfortable. Once I get down to about 150-160lbs I'm going off birth control and let nature take its course. That's also my biggest motivation. I want a baby badly however I don't want to put myself nor the baby at risk because I want to stuff my face. Not happening so I'm going to lose weight then once I get pregnant only gain the right amount because I'll be eating healthy and exercising lightly.That's me in a nut shell.

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5/28/10 12:45 P

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Ok, here goes. I was born obese. No joke, I was 10lbs when I was born. I remember being like 5 or so and even seeing the pictures now, I can't believe I was ever a normal weight. We moved a few times while I was growing up and I switched schools every few years. We celebrated everything with food. When I was in high school I hung out with other people who were like me (overweight). Then I took a foods program at the Vo-tech, I even went to college for Pastry Arts. I had joined spark people before and just quit. I gave up on myself. At my heaviest was 326, that was when I was the day before my youngest was born.

I've been on diets since High school. The scan diet, low fat, adkins, and even during the last year thought heavily on lap-band and gastric surgery. I made a deal with my fiance that I would try losing weight on my own first and if that didn't work that I would talk to my doctor about more drastic options.

I had my gall bladder removed in 06, and the doctor told me it was because I was obese. In 08 we went on vacation and that's when it really sank in that I need to take care of this, NOW! I went to get on a new ride and I didn't fit. That crushed me inside. I was so angry with myself.

This time around at least I know I'm doing this right. I eat better, smarter. I stop and walk away from the cupboard. I analyze my feelings before I make my food now. I used to eat when I was emotional or because we were celebrating, now I eat because I'm hungry. I feel so much freer now.

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5/27/10 11:52 A

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I was very thin all through high school. I weighed about 110- I'm 5'3 and have a very slender build, I looked healthy but not scrawny. about a year after I graduated, I gained about fifty pounds. Now I'm 26 and I weigh around 220.

I want to lose 100 lbs. I've joined sparkpeople before, but I always found it hard to stick to. I decided to give it another try b/c my husband and I have been trying to have a baby for a year now and haven't been able to. Dr thinks it's our weight. Hopefully this time I can stick with it.

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5/14/10 1:15 P

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I started gaining weight in '92 when I was 10 and my family moved to NC. The doctors said I'd just eventually lose it but I only just kept gaining. I guess I'm just really sensitive but my self esteem got lower as my weight got higher and I'm just really tired of hearing songs on the radio and thinking, they'd never sing that about me...or every time I'm out in public thinking people are laughing at me or thinking I'm alone or whatever because I'm fat.

I've tried soooo many times over the years to lose weight and I always just get a boost of self esteem and think, I should be happy with myself how I am and then I lose interest, or I get all emotional over not being able to eat my favorite things thinking why should I give up what I love.

A 9 mile hike with a good friend got me the motivation I have now. I'd like to say this time is different but I'm scared because of all the times I've failed in the past. I have to keep telling myself out loud that I will weigh 130lbs next year and I will finally get to wear the clothes I want to wear and finally feel good about myself.

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5/4/10 6:49 P

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I am 23. I have been over weight all my life... I remember weighing myself at the age of 7 and being 100 pounds, and then that was the last time I've ever seen 100. I never weighed myself again before adulthood... at least not that I can remember.

When I was 18, I moved to Europe to be with my boyfriend (now husband), and lost around 80 pounds just by eating their non processed food, and walking everywhere. I weighed in at 210 (at 13 weeks pregnant, I am sure I weighed less before but thats the first time I stepped on a scale).

After I gave birth to my son I was 228, and I maintained that weight for a year. But then my husband lost his job, and I just went all the way back up... and more so to 308. That was in the process of 7 months! It was insane, I didn't even realize how big I had gotten, my husband didn't say a word.

I have tried so many times to lose weight, I usually lose interest. But this time I have been sticking to it. I am in Canada right now studying to be a History Teacher. And my son is almost 4, my husband is currently an IT Project Manager.

I have recently started to have death anxiety, right before I started dieting. And I think that is was is motivating me this time around. I am perfectly happy in my life, I have a wonderful family, friends, my husband loves me. No one cares about what I weigh. And I think thats why I never stuck to it before. But this is to help me get healthier. And its kind of empowering to just do it for myself, and not for how others view me.



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5/4/10 5:26 P

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I joined sparkspeople last year in april. I am 27 years old and i live in memphis,tn. I am getting marrried november of this year. I got a kidney stone a few years back. Before this trip to the hospital I haven't been weighed in years. I've always been scared. The scale said 353! I was shocked. I didn't even know that I weighed over 300 much less over 350! i cried and cried. I was scared I was going to die. shortly after I joined weight watchers. I lost a total of 43 lbs. I am now at 307 and i have 7lbs left till i weigh 300 lbs.I can't wait to be completely healthy and 100% happy with myself. I feel alot better even had lost 40 lbs. my knees felt better..i didnt run out of breathe so fast...everything was much better. I lost 6 pants sizes along with my 40 lbs...sometimes i slip..i have my lazy days..I struggle..but I'm gonna beat this!

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5/4/10 4:05 P

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@ProudMom0507 - I'm lucky to have them in my life and to support me. I need to post some updated pics

@SOADROXMYSOX - I fully agree. It takes alot of heart and determination to lose 100+ lbs. Keeping it off is even tougher, as we seem to fall back into our old way of living. Getting 100+ lbs overweight normally means the root of the problem is more than food, its our mental states. Something ticks different for us. I'm still trying to dianogse mine.

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5/4/10 3:29 P

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I joined spark a couple years ago, became serious last year april 1rst (I thought it would be a humorous joke on myself). I lost 80 lbs last year. I became sick and due to a lot of things I completely lost my mind for a while.
I am now back in full force again I feel that same energy that I had last year, and my damage wasn't too bad,about 15 lb weight gain. I have an eating disorder, that makes it impossible to follow the sparks plan, but I do my best, and make sure I am doing it right this time. Long term weight loss is what I am trying to wrap my head around. Anybody can loss 150 lbs, but to keep it off.....there are 95 percent of us who can't. So let us change those statistics people!!!

Please be mindful of the fact I have asperger's. I do NOT communicate the same as everyone else, if you have a question or a concern with how I worded something, please ask.

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5/4/10 2:31 P

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I joined Sparkpeople sometime in '09 but never actually checked it out until I got serious about losing the weight end of last year (still didn't get really serious until this year). --- I did lose little over 100 lbs once before years ago but I did it jumping from one diet to the next. I would just get bored with one and go to the next, even did the stacker pills ..and cabbage soup diet.. I pretty much did it all. For exercise I only did aerobics, no strength training at all hah .. So of course when I married into a controlling/abusive relationship and went through 2 pregnancies I gained it all back plus another 20 lbs. I am so thankful that I now have Sparkpeople and have learned how to have a healthy lifestyle instead of being on a "diet" which is always temporary. ----- I'm 28, going through a divorce and I have 2 beautiful kids. Highest weight 340(where I started this time around), lowest from when I lost weight once before was 218, currently 297... and that's me :)

Mick - Your wife and son are beautiful - checked out your page. :)

Edited by: PROUDMOM0507 at: 5/4/2010 (14:31)
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5/4/10 1:06 P

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I have been a SP'er since back in 08. I lasted about 9 months, was a team leader of this team, stepped down from that and then tampered off totally. I have started up and quit at least twice since then. I knew I would be back just keep putting it off. Well Im back, with the intensity I had day 1... This time I mean it :). I pledged to take calories, something I never did before.

My story:
29, wife (who is an areobics instructor) and a son who is now 2. Hopefully we will have another one next year. Live in VA and work in the IT field. Highest weight was 330, losest 250 (july 08). Stayed around 265 still june of last year and ballooned up to 285. Now about 275, but will officially weigh in again on monday. I hope to get to a healthy weight of about 200 before next summer.

So what is your story?

Cheers,
Mick



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