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Hi everyone,

My name is Jenna. I'm 25 years old, and embarrassed to admit that I weigh 40 pounds more now than I did when I was 9 months pregnant with my first child. I don't know exactly what happened, but I'm guessing that the weight gain can be attributed to stress, poor diet, limited exercise, depression, and so on.

I have wanted to lose weight for years, and I've been trying—on and off, anyway. I have this annoying habit of losing 5 or 10 pounds, “rewarding” myself with a treat, falling off the wagon, and never getting on again. Last night, it hit me that I weigh almost 100 pounds more than I did in 2006 when my husband and I met, and I almost cried. How could I let this happen?!

I'm so sick of not feeling well. I'm always tired, I'm always sore, and I'm always, ALWAYS hungry. I know I'm an emotional eater, and I tend to self-medicate a bad day with junk food. I'm disgusted by my body, and my self-confidence has been a casualty of my weight gain. It's a sick cycle—I'm depressed by my weight gain, which triggers my want to eat junk food, which ads to the weight.

On top of everything else, my cousin passed away in 2007 (she was 19 years old) from complications with bulimia. She was my best friend and the closest I will ever have to a sister, and her loss has been devastating to my family. I battle the same self-critical demons that she did, so I'm trying to focus less on weight and more on health and wellness.

At my low-weight in 2006, I weighed in at 145 pounds. I wasn't healthy then, either! I lived on Diet Coke and cigarettes... no wonder I was so skinny. I'm hoping to get down to around 150 or 160, but again, I don't want to be married to the scale. I just want to look better, feel better, BE better.

The top barriers to my success? Self-sabotage, junk food, depression, enablers, and lack of motivation.

Does anyone have any advice?

Does anyone want to be support buddies?



Posted: 2012-02-09 19:06:00


Hi Jenna, my name is Tammy. I am 45 years old and have went through most of the same things that you have. I am no longer concerned about my looks but I have to now lose the weight because I let myself get to a point that its either lose it or die with hypertension. I started my weight loss journey last week using Weight Watchers and I have lost 4lbs. I am walking and using exercise dance dvds. It will be a struggle but if you dont get serious about the weight loss your health will make the decision for you at some point. I am going to lose 100lbs and I am giving myself a year to do it in. You're a mom so I know that you are tough enough to win this battle. You will feel better inside and out. I can tell a difference already in myself. I cheated one night over the weekend and had fried food. I felt like crap the rest of the night. Not just guilty but physically. It messed up my intestinal tract. You can do this Jenna! Set your mind that you are going to make better food choices. After two weeks of breaking habits you can reset your mind and eating healthier will get easier to do. I wish you all the luck in the world. We can be support buddies if you want.

Posted: 2012-02-21 16:12:00


You can do it! I am sorry to hear about your cousin, its hard to loose family like that. As a teenager I was bulimic, it was really hard to stop binging and purging but I did it. But that was years ago, I am 33 now and fat. I am short as well so I look like a beach ball with a head and legs. Its been really frustrating and I have been trying to ignore my problem. I still have eating problems but now my problem is I skip meals, usually breakfast and lunch then eat a huge dinner because I am starving. Its hard to stay motivated when you are always tired and hungry. So joining this website and joining a support group is my first step, that and I bought some dance games for my Wii which I hope will help me as well. My final stop is the nutritionist tomorrow. I am told that the lady I am seeing is really good so my fingers are crossed. I would love to be buddies with you so that we can support each other! My advice would be to go see a nutritionist, a good one I am told can really help!

Posted: 2012-02-22 18:16:00

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