Start Weight:(04 Mar 14) 147.6 lb
Current Weight:(25 Jul 14) 133.0 lb
Goal Weight:120.0 lb
following: ChubbyIsAChoice's own diet
performance: losing 0.4 lb a week

The picture to the left is how I looked in the summer of 2008. I weighed around 120 lbs at the time. Even though I swore it would never happen, I "let myself go" when life got too stressful. For most of the last five years, I've weighed around 150 pounds. I've tried several times to get back to my healthy weight but have never lost more than 15 pounds before giving up. Now I'm engaged, and with my wedding date set for next summer, I'm more motivated than ever to look and feel my very best.

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cardio dvd for beginners
I'm also interested in good beginner workout DVDs. I have about 10 DVDs that have been collecting dust for the past couple of years, and now that I'm working out again I've found that many of them are a little too difficult. I totally believe in "no pain, no gain," but there are some exercises that I simply cannot do at my current level of fitness. Three DVDs that I own and would recommend for you are:

- Strong Body, Ageless Body with Erin O'Brien
- I Want That Body! with Tamilee Webb (the Buns of Steel lady)
- One-on-One Training With Jackie (Warner)

These are NOT cardio-specific DVDs, but they WILL get your heart pumping for sure! I also like that all three instructors are very good about explaining and demonstrating proper form. They do require a set of light weights (or ideally two sets - 3 lbs and 5 lbs). You can read reviews for all of them on Amazon.

I would NOT recommend any of the CoreFusion series of DVDs for beginners, as a lot of the moves require extreme flexibility.

Hope that helps!

posted 01 May 2011, 20:00
Hi everyone!
Thanks everyone for the comments and encouragement! I'm already glad I joined this site - it's definitely motivating to be part of a supportive group. I have to say, though, keeping track of every little thing I eat certainly is time-consuming! Maybe that alone will get me to start eating less, ha ha. Smile
posted 25 Apr 2011, 20:53
Hi everyone!
I'm 26 years old and working on losing about 30 pounds. I'm 5'3" and currently weigh 147. This is the chubbiest and least active I've ever been in my life!

Three years ago I was 120 pounds, eating well everyday, and working out 5-6 times/week. I felt GREAT. Then I went through a major life change (moved from NYC to a small town in Ohio to follow my boyfriend's career), and I "let myself go." I dealt with the stress and anxiety by eating junk. Of course, putting on weight made me feel even worse, so it became a vicious cycle. On top of eating poorly, I stopped exercising. It didn't take long for me to jump from a size 4 to a size 10.

I didn't approach this with any sort of "plan," I just finally got fed up one day last week and decided it was time to turn my health around. I started keeping track of my calories, which was a huge wake-up call. I'm not going to follow any specific diet, I'm just going to focus on eating lots of healthy, whole foods and being more active everyday. I used an online calculator to determine that I need about 1600 calories per day to lose fat at a moderate pace, so that's what I'm going to stick with for now. My 20-week goal is to lose 27 pounds and get my body fat percentage down from 31% to about 20%.

Let's do this! Smile

posted 24 Apr 2011, 12:02
On A Mission To Kick The Crap Out Of Diabetes
Hi Doug,

Congratulations on your success so far! I'm new to this site too. I don't have diabetes, but your post caught my attention. Are you familiar with the documentary "Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days"? It follows the story of several people with diabetes who experienced dramatic turnarounds after adopting a raw vegan diet. I don't follow a vegan diet myself (and don't necessarily promote it), but I did find the film very interesting. You can check it out at

posted 24 Apr 2011, 11:15
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Haven't used this website in a while. Stopped tracking calories back in April, but have still managed to drop a few more pounds! Happy where I'm at right ...
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I can't seem to catch a break with my weigh-ins this week! I'm chalking it up to the fact that it's "that time of the month." I seem to be retaining water ...

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