Losing my Thesis Thirty!

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Posted: 21 Jun 2012, 22:37
I just finished my graduate thesis! Yay! But after 2 years of grad school, I've gained a lot of weight. I kept telling myself that my schoolwork was more important than looking good, and I really stopped taking care of myself physically. Now I want to change that and be healthy.

For the past few weeks I've been doing jumping jacks and push-ups almost every morning, going for walks in the afternoon. And on Monday of this week I started keeping a "journal" of things like what I eat, what time I eat, how much exercise I do. I've been feeling really great about being able to push myself to do more push-ups, jumping jacks, aerobics, etc. I already look a tiny bit toned and have more energy!

But today I bought a scale.

I already hate it. All my good feelings about myself went away as soon as I read the number. I guess that's how I ended up here. I mean, I didn't start exercising and eating better to change a number on a circle, I did it to be healthier and look better and feel better... but ggggrrrrrrrrrrrr! That number!!!

I'm 24, I'm pretty, I'm in a great long-term relationship (with a guy who loves me and loves my body), I have lots of friends who I see on a regular basis, I'm somewhat successful (if we don't count student loans), and I have tons of hobbies that keep me busy and fulfilled. I'm a happy person! I have a great life!


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Posted: 22 Jun 2012, 07:28
I use to feel the exact same way. When I first discovered FatSecret I weighed 144 and looked great. I'm 5'6 1/2" and have a lot of lean muscle, I ate healthy and ran a LOT, as well as did other forms of cardio on a daily basis. But that number! I'd come to accept it as a comfortable weight for me, but when I started logging all my food on this site and counting calories, the numbers on the scale dropped dramatically. I was obviously consuming a lot more calories than I realized. Once I started measuring out portion sizes and became aware of the total number of calories I was consuming, the weight just melted right off. I went from 144-127 in 2 months. And I've been easily able to maintain that weight ever since. At the moment I am 1 lb above my goal to maintain at 129, but under the circumstances (aunt Flo has been missing for almost 3 months now), I cant exactly restrict my calories to 1500/day, and unfortunately havent felt much like working out, either. But I believe that if you get into the habit of logging in all your food, measuring portion sizes, keeping your calories to a minimum, and continue to challenge yourself w/ your exercising, you'll be amazed at what a difference it all makes. You are certainly on the right site!

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