Start Weight:(13 Feb 13) 216.0 lb
Current Weight:(19 Jul 14) 173.8 lb
Goal Weight:168.0 lb
following: ChristyLA's own diet
performance: gaining 2.6 lb a week

My highest weight was 270 lbs. I'm now almost what I weighed as a teenager--when I didn't have a weight problem--but I feel much healthier now: I eat healthy, I don't smoke or drink, and I exercise. I've truly earned my body and it's taken me 2 years to get here. Here's a little history about me:

I did not have a weight problem until I was 19. It was then that I went through a period of eating very little when I was homeless for a few months and I lost some weight. When I went back home, I started eating plentiful and gained back the weight I had lost plus more. I noticed the weight gain and began taking a diet pill and going to the gym (not changing my diet), but the weight kept coming on. That discouraged me, so I said, "Screw the gym. I'll just diet to lose weight." (Not a completely smart decision.)

Then I tried Slim Fast shakes (I was always hungry), then went to a nutritionist who put me on a 1500-cal diet (also hungry, because I was still eating unhealthy). Then my father's friend introduced me to the Atkins Diet. I did it strictly for 6 months and lost 50 lbs. However, I went back to college and was tempted by the campus food, putting most of the weight back on.

I tried different methods to lose weight over the years, but in the end low-carb worked best for me. I've done low-carb 3 times, gaining the weight back the first 2 times. This time, I've kept it off for 5 months so far. It's kind of easy for me to maintain my weight, because I reached a set-point weight, so I just continue what I've been doing.

Right now, my main focus is on staying under my RDI, working out 5 days a week, and eating as healthy as possible, while also enjoying life. I take things one day at a time. I feel confident I will keep this weight off. There's no going back now. This is for life.

Let me know if there is anything I can do for you to help you on your weight loss journey. Feel free to message me any time :)

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Stretch marks and cellulite
Honestly, I don't think you can brush cellulite or stretchmarks away. Stretchmarks are a scar, and cellulite is a formation of the skin. Brushing is just good for removing dead skins cells, which is good for the pores, but not to change the body's formation. I think a healing lotion of some sort, such as the aloe I use, or possibly a natural stretchmarks remedy, would get absorbed into the skin and could help lighten the color of the stretchmarks. But the scar itself won't go away, because it's stretched skin and that's permanent damage. I don't believe cellulite can be changed at all, except through weight loss. It's not something you can rub off, lol.
posted 16 Jul 2014, 06:14
Stretch marks and cellulite
Smile Love yourself regardless of how you look. Looks are superficial Wink
posted 15 Jul 2014, 06:52
Stretch marks and cellulite
I use a "body pouf" all over my skin, which is the same idea as a loofa. I haven't always used one though, just for the last 10 years (I'm 33). I wouldn't go without one now, and I never use bar soap anymore, just liquid soap and body wash. It makes me cringe to think of using bar soap with no exfoliating, because of pores being clogged with soap and dead skin cells. I may not have cellulite, but I still have a saggy butt, so it's still not pretty back there, lol. Good luck with your quest.

I agree with Gnat - not to focus on your flaws, especially ones that you can't change, and those that are minor. Cellulite and stretchmarks won't kill you Wink I choose to be grateful for the weight I've lost and continue to stay healthy so that I don't gain it back. There's no need to worry about imperfections in your body due to weight gain, because it's in the past and there's nothing you can do to change the past. All you can do is try to prevent it from continuing to happen.

So no worries about the cellulite and stretchmarks. Most people have them, so you're not alone.
posted 14 Jul 2014, 18:24
Stretch marks and cellulite
I didn't get any stretchmarks from losing weight. I had them from gaining weight, and when I lost the weight, the stretch marks faded significantly. They're no longer a purple color. They're the color of my skin, with the "mark" still there. I use aloe vera gel and sometimes natural body lotion.

I don't really have any cellulite. Didn't when I was 100 lbs heavier either. So I don't know what to do about that, other than lose weight. But even some thin women have cellulite.

Ultimately, I suggest daily use of natural lotion treatments that you would find at a health food store. I believe they have products specifically for stretchmark remedy. Good luck!
posted 14 Jul 2014, 08:44
Let's hear from those who've succeeded!
I was on the high-end of a normal weight my whole life, but never overweight and certainly not obese. So when I reached 270 lbs (twice) at 5'7", I did not feel like me. I felt very heavy and hated how I looked, I felt very self-conscious in public, and I felt ashamed. But what made me decide to lose weight the second time was body pains. My knees, feet, and back ached and had sharp pains, just from existing with the 100 lbs of excess weight. I had a hard time carrying my groceries up to the third floor. I felt horrible being so sedentary. I was suddenly inspired to get in shape. The rest is history. But what keeps me going is that I don't want to go back there. I strongly do not want to return to 270 lbs. And I know that indulging in a trigger food will put me back there. (The first time I was 270 lbs, I lost 70 lbs and had a bowl of cereal, because I thought "one won't hurt," and gained all the weight back. Cereal is a trigger food for me and when I eat a trigger food, I lose my resolve to eat healthy. And once I lose my resolve, I don't have the mental strength to resist temptation, and I just want to indulge in junk food because it tastes good. This makes me think I'm a food addict, also because I love to eat and still have to control the amount of food I eat while eating healthy food.)

My advice to those just starting on their weight loss journey: don't cheat. Not only will you reach your goal weight faster, but it'll be easier to stick to your diet. Cheating will make you lose your resolve. Not cheating will strengthen your resolve, so you'll more easily be able to stick to and stay on your diet. Weight loss is hard enough, so make it easier on yourself. Don't give in. Eventually, you won't want those unhealthy foods. They won't appeal to you anymore. Then healthy eating will become a lifestyle, and if it's a lifestyle, you won't gain the weight back. Also, you don't want to be on the weight loss part of your journey for a really long time, because you'll get tired of it (restricting calories). So make it as short as possible and you'll be more likely to reach your goal, and then your journey becomes easier once you enter maintenance. That's when you can indulge a little, but still avoid those trigger foods that will put you back where you started.

Losing the weight has changed my life by taking away most of my body pains. I say most, because my knees still sometimes ache from sitting at a desk for the majority of my day, because of previous injuries. But I don't have pain in them anymore, because they are not supporting the excess weight anymore. My back pain is nonexistent. And my feet don't hurt like they used to (I do a lot of walking, so the muscles get sore, but that's it). But what I enjoy the most is my confidence and self-love. I like myself now and I don't feel ashamed of my body. I feel good in public and I actually feel attractive again. All of these things keep me on track and motivated to continue eating healthy. I'm motivated to continue working out, because I love the positive feelings I have from exercising and how good it feels to move. Before I wasn't moving much, and it makes me sad to think of being that way.

Another thing that has changed my life is giving up caffeinated coffee. I used to sleep a lot, was not a morning person, was always tired, and had low-motivation. Now, I'm the opposite. 8 hours of sleep is plenty, I feel awake when I wake up (not groggy), I'm a morning person, and I'm very motivated. It was like I was depressed before, but it was all related to lacking energy, not sadness. So if you want to feel more energetic and alive, you should consider kicking your coffee habit.

Sorry this is so long. I'm just really passionate about the lifestyle changes I've made, and I want to pass along the info and my experiences to others in hopes that others can experience what I now have.

Thanks for giving me this opportunity to share. Good luck to you in your weight loss journey - whoever reads this.
posted 29 Jun 2014, 08:55
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