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Wow.. this is my first time blogging since I was 15 so almost 10 years ago? Yikes. Well this blog is different from my personal blog as a teenager and just like everyone here on Spark People, this is my weight loss journey. I've been a member here since 2006 but never did anything with my account so I'm considering myself pretty new to this community. Since first entries are normally introductions, let me tell you bit about my unhealthy lifestyle and past....

Being overweight: As I look at my early teen pictures, I thought to myself "I wasn't really that fat, I was actually normal!". I was called fat my whole life by my parents, my aunt and uncle, cousins, and boys from school. Being asian, I was given that stereo type that all asians are tiny and thin. Obviously not true. Although I was a normal size teenager, to my parent's eyes, the ideal normal size would be like a size of a runway model. Eventually in high school, my weight blew up because I love to eat. I never really found food for comfort, quite the opposite actually. I eat when I'm happy and don't eat when I'm depressed or upset. I was about 160-175 lbs by junior year which was my heaviest at the moment. Being very upset with myself, I researched for diet tips online and found that if I stopped eating after 7, I would drop my weight and boy I did. During that summer before my senior year, I went from 175 (spring) to about 150. I was so obsessed with dropping the weight that I limit to eatting once a day and eventually to really starving myself. I ended up dropping down to 135 and then down to 130 when I met my first serious boyfriend. Since dating and starting cosmetology school, I gained all my weight back and some more.

Bad habits: About 2 years ago, I created such an unhealthy lifestyle. I started smoking about a pack a day when I was 18, started to drink beer rather than mix drinks, ordering food at like 3:30 in the morning, and never exercised. I was so unhealthy no wonder I'm overweight.

Now that I'm 24 (turning 25 in September), I'm the heaviest I ever was. Being 5'2 and 215 lbs, I'm tired of being this person and I want this change so badly. I want to be able to build that confidence and I know there is that bubbly, happy person waiting to come out and I want everyone to meet her.

I know this is long but thank you for reading this. It's a relief to be able to share my story. I am happy to share my journey to others and I look forward to follow everyone's as well.

Member Since: 3/1/2006

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My Goals:
My goal in life is just to live a positive, healthier, and active lifestyle. I feel like the reason I fail so much has to do with my lack confidence and appearance. I would love to meet that fit, active, and healthy girl that I have never seen or heard of before.

My Program:
Basically start getting my heart pumping and counting those calories (which I hate!). I was given a 1200-1500 calories per day and pushing myself to work out 5-6 days a week.

Personal Information:
My name is Jennifer and I'm 24 years old weighing at 215 lbs. I live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, former hairstylist, and currently a teacher's assistant at a local daycare.

Other Information:
I'm always a open book so I love to share stories and advices and I always love to listen to them as well.

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