Start Weight:(13 Feb 13) 216.0 lb
Current Weight:(19 Apr 14) 167.6 lb
Goal Weight:160.0 lb
following: ChristyLA's own diet
performance: Steady

My highest weight was 270 lbs. I felt awful at that weight. I'm now 163 lbs. I feel much better, but I still have more I want to lose and I don't want to lose the motivation to do it.

I'm 4 lbs from what I weighed as a teen, but I'm much healthier. I feel like I have good health for the first time in my life. I did not have a weight problem until I was 19. Before then, I did not enjoy drinking water or eating fresh fruits or vegetables. I loved processed food - fast food, desserts, refined carbs.

When I began gaining weight at 19, I tried hard to keep it from happening by going to the gym, drinking slim fast shakes, and taking diet pills (at different times), but the weight kept coming on. I became a yo-yo dieter, which I did for 12 years, by trying different weight loss methods. When I wasn't dieting, I was a cereal junky and loved candy, bakery items, and ice-cream. I became addicted to carbs and struggled with staying on a diet for long.

I found that low-carb, high-protein works best for me - it keeps my appetite in check so that I can eat healthy and the right amount. I've now tailored my diet to what works best for me, so I'm not following a specific diet anymore. I just try to stay below my RDI, be as active as possible, eat mostly whole foods, and avoid my trigger foods.

I know I'm only one meal away from going back to the way I was, so I keep myself in check by logging my food and activities every day and avoiding the foods that stimulate my food addiction. By continuing to do this, I know I will be able to keep the weight off this time.

FatSecret member since: 31 May 10

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  Get Off Your Ass
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ended: 23 Jul 10
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Have Times Changed for Better or Worse?
That makes me wonder if what's considered "healthy" changes with the times...and it appears that it does!
posted 20 Apr 2014, 19:06
Before and After, anyone?
Thanks, everyone Smile *bashful smile*
posted 18 Apr 2014, 05:44
Before and After, anyone?
Great job, everyone!

Here are my pics:

Before is 270 lbs. After is 170 lbs.
posted 17 Apr 2014, 19:49
I don't believe weight loss surgery should be the first recommendation for someone who has a weight problem. The first thing the person needs to do is change their habits. If the habits don't change, the weight will come back on, whether surgery was done or not.

I've looked at your profile and it is apparent to me that you need to get off the carbs. My husband has type 2 diabetes and his blood sugar reached 600+ at one point and he was put on insulin. He is now on a low-carb diet and is no longer taking insulin or diabetes medications. He has actually increased his carbs a bit lately - eating starchy veggies and grains occasionally - but his sugar remains in an acceptable range.

Overeating, even when it's low-carb, raises blood sugar levels, so keep that in mind too. But getting off the carbs, and staying away from them like they are drugs, is what you need to do to avoid being in the grips of your food addiction, so that you can lose weight and get off insulin.

Some people can moderate their food choices, whereas some people are food addicts and need to refrain from the very things that they crave the most. I am that way. I do not allow myself the foods that I cannot eat responsibly.

To get off the carbs, you can start by slowly cutting back on the most unhealthy ones, making one change at a time, so that the changes will stick and you'll get used to your new lifestyle. If that doesn't work, you can cut out carbs "cold turkey," by cutting out all the high-carb foods and keeping your net carbs as low as possible (but make sure you eat plenty of veggies). You can do this. You have our support.
posted 03 Apr 2014, 19:13
Missing journal entry?
I see. If you remember the people who wrote bilingually, you could send them a message and ask them Smile It's too bad that that happened. I didn't know FatSecret "policed" the posts!
posted 05 Mar 2014, 08:04
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Today's workout was 26 min of cardio and core exercises. I was looking forward to it and did it fairly early in the day, but 7 minutes into it, I felt ...
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22 April 2014

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