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I have been dieting and gaining weight, mostly the latter, for most of my life. Then one day I just stopped caring and balooned up to 265 lbs. The day I turned 25, I looked into the mirror and saw what I had become. It wasn't all that hard to believe because I had been eating fast food almost every day and little to no veggies or fruits. Though, the sheer size of me shocked me. I didn't realize how far I let it go until I sat in a restaurant booth the next day and I didn't fit.

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I have been dieting and gaining weight, mostly the latter, for most of my life. Then one day I just stopped caring and balooned up to 265 lbs. The day I turned 25, I looked into the mirror and saw what I had become. It wasn't all that hard to believe because I had been eating fast food almost every day and little to no veggies or fruits. Though, the sheer size of me shocked me. I didn't realize how far I let it go until I sat in a restaurant booth the next day and I didn't fit.

The next day I went out and bought healthy foods and cut out red meat, refined sugars, most corn products, enriched breads, pastas, and to be honest quite a few other things. I eat a lot of salads, fish, chicken, vegetables, whole grains and probably should eat more fruit. I treat myself with low-fat frozen yogurt and I'm not going to lie, I have a little with no toppings every night or I have a one serving bag of 97% fat-free popcorn (I like the kettle corn version as it's my sweet fix).

I am on average losing 2-5 pounds a week. This time it's for real, I have been going strong for about two months and it is sticking. Being fed up and really taking a look at myself, and I mean REALLY taking a look put me on the right track to change my health, my body, and my vision of food.

I enjoy eating, I wont deny that. But now I am finding fresh flavors and exciting new ways to cook things to make them just as delicious as if I went and picked up a juicy burger from Jack in the Box(my old favorite). I still eat out, actually quite often. We have an El Pollo Loco right down the street and they serve fresh veggies and a chicken breast with no skin. Or the grilled chicken salad from jack in the box and taking the cheese/croutons off and using their balsamic vinegarette. It's good and fast and doesn't add anything to the waistline.

I read a LOT about nutrition now and have become knowledgeable about the items I am putting into my body. I joined a 24 hours fitness as well. I less populated one so I can work out in peace and without worrying if other people are looking at the "fat girl" huffing and puffing on the treadmill. I have fibromyalgia so I only work out for 30 minutes or so when I do go. I never over-exert myself. I go maybe 1-4 times a week depending on how my body is feeling on any given day.

My goal is to get to around 160-170 lbs and see how I feel and how I like my body at that weight. If it's just a little too heavy still I plan to get between 140-155. No less than 140 as I do like my body to be a little fuller. If you have any questions about exactly how I am doing it or recipes I have come across please ask. I am always happy to help and think that everyone has the right to be informed and to be healthy.

A few tips I can give are:
--Never eat anything that is fat-free.There are always extra sugars or sugar substitutes in them that are harmful on the body. This does not include NATURALLY fat-free products. Choose low-fat options or go with the full-fat versions and use sparingly.
--Put your dressings in a seperate little bowl. You can find them at walmart/target or any kitchen ware store. They come in many sizes so opt for the ones that hold 1-2 tablespoons or get many different sizes and use for anything. When you eat your salads put your dressings in those and dip your fork into the dressing instead of slathering it on your salad. You will cut a lot of calories/fat grams this way.
--Look at the labels of what you think are whole grain breads. You are most likely eating enriched wheat flour and consuming unneeded high fructose corn syrup in your breads. Check the isle for breads that you see 100% whole grains and read labels and choose breads that only say whole wheat flour, whole barley flour etc. Try to choose a bread that also has flax seed in it, it's a good way to 'mask' a seed most of us don't like to eat. My personal favorite is Alpine Valley Breads Organic Multi-grain with Omega 3 and Flax. It is soft, chewy and just delicious. You feel full for much longer than eating most other breads.
--Most pre-packaged foods contain high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, or other corn products. They try to say in commercials that the body can't tell the difference between the sugars. What they forget to say is that your body can't tell the difference between REFINED sugars. It is all bad for you. Take the 5 minutes to peel a few different fruits and toss in a bowl. I like to mix apples, grapes, and strawberries when I DO eat fruit. It gets your your sugar fix and is healthy. Don't overindulge though, anything is excess is bad for the body.
--If you are an ice cream lover like I am search your area for frozen yogurt places and pick up two small frozen yogurts. Split those into 7 small servings and eat those over the week. It will help curb your cravings for the real stuff and is absolutely delicious. Need toppings? Go for graham cracker or dark chocolate mini-chips(and only one small scoop) if they have it. If there is a Golden Spoon near you choose them. Their finished product has pro-biotics, the active cultures that aid in digestion. I find their products to be a lot more satisfying than any other place I have been to and it's only 2.5g fat 120 cals for a 4 oz serving without toppings for most of their yogurts.
--There is a new line of oatmeal out called "Better Oats". I choose Better Oats Abundance in Apples and Cinnamon. It has oats, flax,barley, spelt, etc. It is far better for you that any other pre-packaged oatmeal and while I have two packets and is 5g fat total, it keeps me full and gives me energy to start my day. I add a slice of the bread I buy with a little organic strawberry preserves on it as well. If you don't want to add the bread, just put a piece of fruit on the side. I am a carb person, so it's how I push cravings away all day long.

I have many many more tips and suggestions, but those are the main things that help me keep steady and not relapse into bad habits every single day.
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Member Since: 6/20/2007

SparkPoints: 969

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My Goals:
Diet started April 12th. Lose 95-105 lbs by September 1st 2012. If I don't reach it by then it will not hinder my success, it just means it will take me longer to get there. Please read my full introduction to know what and how I am losing weight.

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I take it day by day. I make sure that I am eating as many vegetables as I can. If I eat out I make sure where we go has fresh veggies or a fruit side. Please read my full introduction to know how I am doing it.

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Things to note about me. I have chronic Sciatica, a slipped disc and Fibromyalgia. These things limit the amount and what types of working out I can do. My results would be far greater if I could work out like most could.

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My grandma is a huge motivator. I lost her summer 10' and I told her I would lose weight and graduate college. I finally decided to lose the weight and I enrolled in college and I am starting Monday June 20 at school.

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BYEBYECELLULITE
9/5/2007 12:04:15 AM

Hey girl, hope everything is going ok. You should log on sometime and say hi and let everyone know what you've been up to! We miss ya!



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TWILIGHTNAN
8/2/2007 5:03:19 PM

Hey Brittany, we sure do miss you! Just stp by and say hi why don't ya?



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GREENPINES
7/24/2007 8:31:11 AM

hey, how are you holding up? Haven't seen you around lately..



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MARIELAWSON5
6/21/2007 7:37:40 PM

Hey Brittany,

Great to see you here. I am on this site too. Yea for us. Can you tell me how to put my pics on this site? I would love to do that so people can see my face when I post.

Let's go girls.
Marie'



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CHARITO33
6/21/2007 4:36:49 PM

Brittany :)

You are such a cutie :)
I am so excited about this new site, it makes a big difference, I can actually see everybody when i write to them and I love it. Keep you daily challenge up amiga!

XOXO

Charito.



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