Start Weight:(13 Feb 13) 216.0 lb
Current Weight:(26 Jul 14) 174.4 lb
Goal Weight:168.0 lb
following: ChristyLA's own diet
performance: gaining 0.6 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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belly fat
I looked into Slimmer's recommendation of the "21-Day Tummy" book. There are actually many books on about getting rid of belly fat and they say that certain foods cause fat to accumulate in the belly area. I think this might be true for some people, but not for all.

For me, I did not have a big belly at my current weight before I gained 100 lbs. After losing 100 lbs, I now have a big belly, and I wonder why that is. It's something I will research further to see if other people have had this same experience and if anything helped them.

Some of the books say that dairy or gluten causes a big belly. I don't know if that's true or not, but it wouldn't hurt to eliminate those foods temporarily to see if it is the cause. I do know that people react differently to different foods, because of food allergies.
posted 27 Jul 2014, 17:26
belly fat
The above comments are right. You can't spot reduce. Losing fat through diet and exercise is the only way, and even then you can't control where the fat comes off. Since you haven't gained much weight, it should be easy enough for you to get rid of your belly fat and not have much or any sagging (depends on the person). If that's the only place that you put on fat, it should come off with a change in diet and exercise. Like Mummydee said, figuring out what you're doing different now than before you gained the weight might help. Most people need to replace one thing for another, so if you can find something else (healthy) that you can do (a hobby, exercise, etc.) to occupy the "space" in your life that was taken up with smoking, you should be able to put the food down and lose the belly fat. Regardless, you should take up exercise, if you're not already doing it, for health reasons and to stay fit (if that's your goal). Like Mummydee said as well, don't focus on losing weight. Focus on making healthy food choices and exercising and your body will take care of the rest.
posted 27 Jul 2014, 13:04
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
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