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Hey, trying to plug my new blog in as many places as I can. I want, want, WANT to actually accomplish a New Year's resolution this year. Why? I will be 23. Big whoop, right? I was born on December 23rd, which is also known as the Lucky Birthday and the Golden Birthday so I thought I would give myself the best b'day present ever (well, after Tvarscki of course). A thinner, healthier, happier me!

So, feel free to check it out and send me your support. 23 on the 23rd! BTW, it will be getting a 100% makeover as soon as I get the coding done.
 

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You can do it! :D

I'll keep tabs on your progress! Can't wait to see how you do.
 

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What an awesome goal! I noticed that you're going to check out Curves. Do you have a YMCA in your area? I'd recommend checking them out and comparing membership rates and facilities. Also, the Y offers financial assistance (no offense meant, I've just noticed you've mentioned financial stuff every so often). I joined the Y about a year ago and I love it. Mine has group classes, a gym, a pool, workout room, etc. So I don't get bored doing the same thing over and over. There's also personal training and fitness/body assessments to help you get started, though there is an additional cost for those things. The overall environment at the Y is more comfortable for me, too -- there are people of all shapes and sizes and abilities doing their thing.
 

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What an awesome goal! I noticed that you're going to check out Curves. Do you have a YMCA in your area? I'd recommend checking them out and comparing membership rates and facilities. Also, the Y offers financial assistance (no offense meant, I've just noticed you've mentioned financial stuff every so often). I joined the Y about a year ago and I love it. Mine has group classes, a gym, a pool, workout room, etc. So I don't get bored doing the same thing over and over. There's also personal training and fitness/body assessments to help you get started, though there is an additional cost for those things. The overall environment at the Y is more comfortable for me, too -- there are people of all shapes and sizes and abilities doing their thing.
Oh man, a YMCA would be amazing, but the closest one to me that I know of is 45 minutes away and the Curves is in "The Square" a place everyone goes to, so I can get there with my eyes closed. For an additional $3 a day, four mornings a week I can go to Zumba classes held at Curves. But, yeah, I complain about money a lot (the joys of unemployment, yay! </sarcasm>) so don't worry about offending me, financial assistance would be amazing as well...on everything I need to pay for. </complaining>

Thank you for the support, btw. I've been trying this for years and thought wth? My golden birthday is coming up why not do something for me for a change! LOL.
 

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OMG! GO GO GOOOOO~! :-D :-D :-D

I'm super excited for you, demonic - you're being really proactive about your approach to your goal!

I just want to say a few things though:

1. Do not starve yourself, please! My obese friend back in high school was trying to lose weight, and she fainted from not eating for a few days :-( If anything, do what I did to lose weight: Instead of having 3 meals a day that were large and denying myself snacks, I eat about 6-8 meals a day...and they're very small portions! :-D Keeps me from binge eating like I used to... (it actually keeps your metabolism running, too)

2. Don't step on the scale everyday! You'll give yourself anxiety D: I learned that the hard way too! In fact, ban that thing from your bathroom so you aren't tempted! :lol:

I'm rooting for you, demonic! YOU CAN DO IT!
 

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I think it's wonderful. You CAN do it. A few years back I went from 250 to 165 in about a year and a half, and this was on a 5'1" frame. I did weight watchers and just walked. The pinnacle of my journey was taking a flight to Florida to see my Mom and not having to worry over fitting in the seat. I totally cried with happiness.

My best, best, best advice is don't rush it, and don't give up. I'm back up at 193 now but I'm buckling down again. Even if you feel you're faltering, do whatever you must to convince yourself that it IS possible.

I'm so excited for you! I'll watch your blog! And if you ever need a kick in the tail, pm me! I'll totally do it.

Oh, and check out Sparkpeople dot com. It's a great free community where you can track your food and your exercise and get into supportive groups. It's 100 percent free!
 

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OMG! GO GO GOOOOO~! :-D :-D :-D

I'm super excited for you, demonic - you're being really proactive about your approach to your goal!

I just want to say a few things though:

1. Do not starve yourself, please! My obese friend back in high school was trying to lose weight, and she fainted from not eating for a few days :-( If anything, do what I did to lose weight: Instead of having 3 meals a day that were large and denying myself snacks, I eat about 6-8 meals a day...and they're very small portions! :-D Keeps me from binge eating like I used to... (it actually keeps your metabolism running, too)

2. Don't step on the scale everyday! You'll give yourself anxiety D: I learned that the hard way too! In fact, ban that thing from your bathroom so you aren't tempted! :lol:

I'm rooting for you, demonic! YOU CAN DO IT!
Do not worry about me starving myself. I like my food. Have been looking up some low cal meals online, I like that I'm getting some support from the online community I just hope the people in my everyday life here would do the same. I've always thought if I was to lose weight I would do it the right way. I lived with a recovered bulimic and I don't want to go down that path, either. My cousin pointed me in the direction of a calories calculator and will be joining me in losing weight after her 2nd baby is born.

I am currently "not speaking" to my bathroom scale atm. I have certain dates marked for when I will consult with it but until then it can stay in the bathroom. :p

Thanks! I'm rooting for me, too. :)
 

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Losing weight is such a hard thing to do! But if you put your mind to it you can do it. Let me just give you one piece of advice. Start out with small goals and work your way up. I learned in behavior modification that is why so many people do not accomplish their new years resolutions, they all start out with big goals and don't work their way up. I, myself, have been losing weight thanks to my boyfriend pushing me to mountain bike with him and to change my eating habits. Once you start dropping the pounds you will become even more motivated than you are right now :)

Good luck and you can do it!
 

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I think it's wonderful. You CAN do it. A few years back I went from 250 to 165 in about a year and a half, and this was on a 5'1" frame. I did weight watchers and just walked. The pinnacle of my journey was taking a flight to Florida to see my Mom and not having to worry over fitting in the seat. I totally cried with happiness.

My best, best, best advice is don't rush it, and don't give up. I'm back up at 193 now but I'm buckling down again. Even if you feel you're faltering, do whatever you must to convince yourself that it IS possible.

I'm so excited for you! I'll watch your blog! And if you ever need a kick in the tail, pm me! I'll totally do it.

Oh, and check out Sparkpeople dot com. It's a great free community where you can track your food and your exercise and get into supportive groups. It's 100 percent free!
Thanks for the website, I'll have to check it out now. :) I'm trying to save up some money so I can do weight watchers online since I think our chapter finally went POOF. My aunt lost a lot of weight with Weight Watchers and so did my mom before it got to be too expensive. She still has all of the things but had no one to motivate her. :(

Losing weight is such a hard thing to do! But if you put your mind to it you can do it. Let me just give you one piece of advice. Start out with small goals and work your way up. I learned in behavior modification that is why so many people do not accomplish their new years resolutions, they all start out with big goals and don't work their way up. I, myself, have been losing weight thanks to my boyfriend pushing me to mountain bike with him and to change my eating habits. Once you start dropping the pounds you will become even more motivated than you are right now :)

Good luck and you can do it!
Yeah, I'm trying to work up a "rewards system" for myself. Lose so many pounds I'll...get a tattoo or another piercing, or something. LOL. I know after a certain of amount of weight lost I'll have to buy some new clothes, and I have my eye on going back into Gordmann's where the only thing I found to fit me was in the maternity section. :shock:
 

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Reward systems are awesome. I ran into the having to buy new clothes issues a few times now. It happened at the end of the summer ... and when I went to pull out the winter clothes this year. I looked like I was swimming in the sweaters. Lucky for me, I got money at Christmas time and I was able to finally buy clothes that fit me properly. :) But keep a buddy there to help keep you on that rewards system. It is so easy to fall off that and slack on it. Having someone there to help remind you and push you along helps. That again goes back the class I took. We had to do a behavior modification project the entire semester trying to change a habit or lose weight, whatever we wanted. The people who had people as a "buddy" succeeded a lot more than the people who did it alone.
 

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Reward systems are awesome. I ran into the having to buy new clothes issues a few times now. It happened at the end of the summer ... and when I went to pull out the winter clothes this year. I looked like I was swimming in the sweaters. Lucky for me, I got money at Christmas time and I was able to finally buy clothes that fit me properly. :) But keep a buddy there to help keep you on that rewards system. It is so easy to fall off that and slack on it. Having someone there to help remind you and push you along helps. That again goes back the class I took. We had to do a behavior modification project the entire semester trying to change a habit or lose weight, whatever we wanted. The people who had people as a "buddy" succeeded a lot more than the people who did it alone.
I have a couple of cousins who want to join me but one lives in Northern Kentucky and the other who is expecting a baby...I have no idea where she is, she and her husband are wanting to move though. I have too many health risk factors being flung at me. Diabetes on both sides of the family, cause of death for some relatives to be exact, my grandfather being the most recent. Plus, my mother is obese, always has been and I keep hearing my friend from when I was five or six saying, "You're going to be big and fat like your momma." :( That's been playing in my head for awhile...
 

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I think you are set up for success then. Buddy system, reward system, the motivation because of seeing the results of what being overweight can do. You definitely seem set to lose weight :) As it's been said many times... you CAN do it!
 

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I think it's wonderful that you are trying to lose weight. I'm going to try to start my diet in a few days. I'm going with Alli. I used it a couple of years ago and I had success with it. I think it would be great if those of us trying to lose weight could support each other. Good luck to you. You can do it!!!!
 

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I think you are set up for success then. Buddy system, reward system, the motivation because of seeing the results of what being overweight can do. You definitely seem set to lose weight :) As it's been said many times... you CAN do it!
:-D Here's hoping. I start my week-free membership at Curves on Wednesday, had to reapply at the job I quit due to depression and the manager adores me so I pretty much have that locked down, and after a couple of paychecks saving a little bit out of each I'll have that one-year membership locked tight.

I think it's wonderful that you are trying to lose weight. I'm going to try to start my diet in a few days. I'm going with Alli. I used it a couple of years ago and I had success with it. I think it would be great if those of us trying to lose weight could support each other. Good luck to you. You can do it!!!!
I am seriously trying the whole counting calories thing but everything in this house is so HIGH in calories I would only be allowed to eat one thing a day. Another reason I hope to get my job back is so that I can buy foods I can actually eat. We never seem to have fruits and veggies in the house and I am just NOW realizing it. :\

I am really liking the Sparkpeople.com that vaygirl directed me to (btw, if you have a page I'm demonicangel13--I don't like to change it's who I've been in the online world since I was thirteen, lol). I like that it can set you up on a meal plan and you can print off a grocery list. I was in heaven when I found out I could have my guilty pleasure, crab rangoon in the recipe section (for only 196 calories for six of them!). Can't wait till I have money. </money talk, lol>

Good luck. Yeah, my first grade teacher talked about the lucky birthday. You can do it!
Yeah, had an argument with a friend of mine that there was nothing special about it, it was just another birthday. I told him to quit raining on my parade. It's my year and I'll do what I want. LOL.
 

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You can DO IT! Seriously, I'm at 326 right now, only because I've already lost about 15lbs. You can private message me anytime you want for moral support. We could trade healthy recipes, too. I've found lots of yummy recipes online.
 

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Yep, Sparkpeople rocks! I log my food every day. I'm trying the mini meal thing. I get hungry every three hours anyway no matter what I eat. May as well make it work for me. :)

It's tough when you don't have access to the foods you want. :/ I wish I could offer advice on that but it's just tough. You'll just have to do with smaller portions. I grew up in a house like that (probably what got me into this mess in the first place). My Grandmother had an unholy love of chocolate, full fat potato salad, chips, and devil dogs. Lol! Plus we had a restaurant that served bar food. I grew up on the stuff. All my favorite foods are no-no's.

I'm vaygirl over at Sparkpeople too. I friended you. Anyone at all interested honestly should check it out. Did I say it's free? It's completely free. They have everything you could need or want.

Another great site to check out is myrecipes dot com. They have the recipes you find in cooking light magazine and a lot of them are AMAZING. Tonight we had Proscuitto, pear, and blue cheese toasted sandwiches. Awesome! My husband even dug them. Just look under the recipes tab and recipe collections for all the cooking light stuff. Although Sparkpeople has more then enough to start out on. Hehe.
 
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