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Posted: 25 Jun 2010, 19:25
Hi everyone! My name is Ashley and I am 24 years old. I am married and have a wonderful daughter. I never struggled with my weight growing up. I was always a thin child and a fit teenager. I never thought about my weight at all, I ate whatever I wanted and exercised moderately by walking or playing sports, but with no intention of weight control.

Then I got pregnant.

I was 114 pounds before my little one came along and on the day I gave birth I weighed 153 pounds. The first 20 pounds came off easily, without any hard work involved, so I just thought the rest would follow. Well, my baby is now four years old, and I still weigh 130 pounds.

I have just started doing FS the last couple of days, but I can already see that although I have began eating healthier, carbs still make up about 50% of my food intake! That has to stop. Also I have stopped drinking soda or sweet drinks, I only allow myself coffee in the morning (I have to have it) and water, lots and lots of water. So, I hope this will help? I really want to get back down to my desired weight and boost my self esteem in the process. My set backs? I love food and don’t really care for exercise, lol. I am really going to have to re-learn a lot of thing about eating.

Would love to start making buddies so that I could build a support system on here, I really need one!!

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Posted: 25 Jun 2010, 21:36
Hello Ashley...nice to meet you in here!...I think we are all in the same goal..Losing Weight Very Happy...Anyway, i am overweight since entering my elementary school! So, i think my most life i spent it overweight loool...The reason of being overweight is less educated about food and no exercises at all! When i started with FS website, i really changed 100% in my lifestyle...I eat healthy, i hate junk food now, i play squash most of the time and so on! Even my family started to notice my eating habit, especially having the healthy snacks looool such as low fat chocolate bars, rice crackers and so on...Happy to be one of your buddies Very Happy

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Posted: 25 Jun 2010, 23:51
You're right, getting the sodas out of your life will help, especially the ones with sugar or corn syrup. Try some easy exercise to start -- take walks. Are there any sports you like to play? Any exercise is better than sitting on the couch. As far as getting buddies, just make a buddy request. I've never had anyone turn me down.

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Posted: 04 Jul 2010, 22:13
Hi there! It's great that you are watching where your calories are coming from, but more importantly than being at 50% carb intake, it's the quality of carbs that matters. 50% calories in carbs from carbs such as vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and beans is perfectly okay - however, if all your carb calories are coming from sugar, bread, or other processed foods, that can be a problem while trying to lose weight.

Speaking from experience, (I've never had children, but I am also at the last 15-20 pounds and it gets harder) I never really "had" to exercise. I've lost 60 pounds since my highest weight, and the first 40 came off very easily, I did it all through diet. Nowadays, though, I've come to realize that my weight just simply won't budge unless I exercise.

I recently wrote a list of all the exercises I love to do, such as walking, hiking, tennis, sports, and jogging occasionally. I really try to only focus on those exercises. If I do something I actually enjoy, it's less like exercise and more like fun.

If you cut your calorie intake too low and don't exercise, your body can actually hang onto fat and make it harder to lose weight. Starving your body (for example, eating less tahn 1200 calories per day) releases cortisol (a stress hormone) that tells the body to hold onto fat. That's why it's important to eat a healthy, nutrient-rich diet and incorporate exercise that you actually enjoy.

I've only begun exercising regularly in the last month or so, and the weight is slowly starting to come off again (about a pound a month, but it's progress!) I think it's a longer process to lose those last few pounds, be patient and keep at it and you will do great!
Becky L

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