I started with 70 lbs to lose and I reached my goal. Now that I'm here I want to lose another 10 and tone. I wanted to be 130 for my wedding in October 2008 and I was 136. So close! Now my new goal is to be 120 and toned by June 1, 2009. I have my bikini all picked out and waiting!
I'm 26 and I feel better than I did when I was 16. I'm happier than I think I may ever have been. I'm just sorry it took me so long to get up off the couch.
It's true, if you want something bad enough you'll work hard for it--but all the blood sweat and tears were worth it. I had a great support system to which I'm thankful. To all those starting out, here's what helped me:
* Keep track of what you put in your mouth! Food, drink, gum, everything has a caloric price. Even if you don't count calories you'll be surprised at what you eat in a day. If you have to write it down you'll think twice about eating it.
* Drink water throughout the day. And actual water, juice and soda don't count. I didn't think it would, but drinking 64 ounces of water a day was pivotal in my success.
* Go to the gym. That's it, just go. And you gotta sweat. No time? Then it's not that important to you. No money? Give up lunch for a day and buy an exercise DVD, then take up running outside which is free. No motivation? Just do it, you'll feel better if you go--I promise.
* There are always a million reasons not to do something.
* Realize that the sacrifices you make today are not going to be forever. You won't always have to turn down a slice of pizza for a salad, or a scoop of ice cream for celery sticks. Once you're at your goal you can indulge here and there like "everyone else." You'll even find that you prefer the salad and celery!
* Remember where you came from and what got you there. I would rather count calories for the rest of my life than be 70+ pounds overweight again.
* When you hit a rut, change things up. Do the elliptical instead of the treadmill, cycle your calories, lift more weights. Your body is an amazing adaptable machine so you have to keep it guessing.
* You can't be 100% good 100% of the time. You will give in to temptation from time to time but it's ok. Don't turn one cookie into "and a meatball sub, and ice cream cake, and pizza", and so forth. The day doesn't have to be perfect diet-wise for it to be a good day. (That was something that took me a long time to realize.)
* Remember that in the end you're doing this for you--it's you who has to work hard and you who will reap the rewards.