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TOPIC: So why did it take me this long to figure it out.

 
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May 28, 2012 9:49 AM
explode Well here it is..........

My story...(*yawn*)

Currently I am 27 years old.....and most of my life up until I was about 20 I could eat whatever I wanted and I never gained a lb. I was pretty active nothing to serious though then I discovered the depo birth control shot. Sure I was told there might be some weight gain so I started concentrating on my drink and food intake. No matter how good I ate I started gaining a few lbs here and there. Well that soon turned into 30. I decided to get off that crap and still couldnt loose weight. I tried the Weight Watchers, Adkins, exercising, fruits & veggies, starving myself you name it I did it. I gave up................and then I thought to myself I'll prob always be this heavy this is what my plan was. So I started gaining even more over the years 5 here 10 there....then I'd loose 10 gain 5.....I felt like a Yo-Yo....it wasnt until last summer when I really started to notice a huge difference in my clothes and the way things started to fit. I couldnt even wear a fitted shirt anymore everything was hanging out everywhere I saw pictures and notice I could barely see my eyes I had the biggest chipmunk checks ever!! So I started wearing bigger clothing to hide it. I was depressed.....I had just gotten out of another failing relationship and realized I had let myself go and that it was time to change. I weighed in at the doctors one morning in Oct 2011 at 218. I said "WHOA" I have never weighed this much in my life........SOO then it really hit me......next day I started eating 4-5 times a day smaller portions and cleaner foods and gave up diet sodas! I figured that was a start.....I went to the gym a few times a week and did spin and occasionally I would throw in a Bikram Yoga class here and there..... I lost 10 lbs over the course of 4 months. I thought to myself....well this is alot slower process than I imagined.

My friend and I were talking one day and she told me about MFP....so I figured "hell why not a app on my phone? should be easy!" I joined MFP in Feb at 208 lbs. MFP gave me a calorie intake of 1360 so I stuck with it. I lost another 10 lbs within the first month weighing in at 198. ( Do you have any idea how great it felt to be under 200 ??!?!?!!?I nearly cried) I started measuring everything and weighing all my meats. I made alot of new friends on MFP who also encouraged me to figure out my TDEE and subtract 15% which gave me 1997 calories a day. This number figures in my exercise calories so I really don't have to worry about it unless I have a huge mega burn. I joined the group Eat more Weigh Less....which I encourage everyone to do. I found a new love for lifting weights which I do 3 times a week and some cardio here and there I have a desire to have some lovely muscles eventually :) Today I currently weigh in at 187.......and have been here for a few weeks and I am ok with it. I upped my calories when I hit a plateau and according to what everyone tells me sometimes it can take 3-6 weeks to break it. I am not going anywhere this is a life long journey. A change for the better.......it took me years to put on the weight....I don't expect it to fall off overnight....

So as of today I am about 31 lbs down....and I have about 20 more to loose.....here's some photos of my journey....

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I am on the right, this was last summer at a concert.....

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at a work function

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Softball Summer 2011

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Softball Summer 2012

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Not a huge differece but left is Feb 2012 and the right is April 2012 my stomach is a bit smaller

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Same here left is Feb 2012 and right is April 2012....looks like my butt is a bit smaller and stomach and boobs haha shucks.

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After my race in March 2012 I was around 194 ish.....

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This was just last weekend I am on the left :)
Edited by aprileigh27 On May 28, 2012 10:08 AM
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May 28, 2012 9:54 AM
you look amazing! keep it going
May 28, 2012 9:55 AM
Great job!! You are doing awesome!
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May 28, 2012 10:09 AM
thank you :)
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May 28, 2012 10:36 AM
Love it April!!! You are a total inspiration, and an awesome MFP friend!!
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May 28, 2012 10:47 AM
Keep it up girl, slow and steady wins!! You're doing fantastic!!
May 28, 2012 10:54 AM
You made some huge changes and it shows you look beautiful keep going like you said it is for life
May 28, 2012 10:58 AM
Wow you are doing amazing!! I am 27 also and reading your story felt like I was reading about my own life!! Keep up the great work!!
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May 28, 2012 11:00 AM
Congrats! I can write volumes on weightloss. I'm an expert at dieting because i've tried everything but in the end what i lack is determination and discipline. You have managed to stay on track and the results speak for itself. You deserve your success!
May 28, 2012 11:02 AM
hahah, I can relate on SO many levels! You are doing freakin' fantastic! You look amazing even in the 180s! WOW!!! Keep doing it the right way girl! Proud to have you on my team! :D
May 28, 2012 11:09 AM
You're looking lovely!! Congrats!
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May 28, 2012 11:23 AM
More witchcraft! Eating more to lose weight!
May 28, 2012 1:34 PM
thanks everyone :)
  17954480
May 28, 2012 7:56 PM
Oh and I couldn't have done it without all of you
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May 29, 2012 8:53 AM
Great to be on your team as well!!! Your very inspirational :)
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