Originally Posted by iPhanner
I had had enough of my overweight issues. I WANT to DO something about it, but there's so many things that limit me, and it brings down my motivation bar.
I have no job, no money. I am a recent high school graduate so I am starting my Spring Term on Jan. 22nd. It's a plus for me to go to college since I won't be eating or indulging on 'school grubs' like they served back at the districts. There's a Subways in my college, and I'm not staying in the dorms. [Hope that Freshmen 15 doesn't count for me negatively.]
I have never lost so much weight in so little time, but I want to think BIG on the weight loss.
My main goal: 75lbs from now until 2013 May 31st. [Going to A-kon 2013 in Dallas, TX.]
Current Goal: Getting rid of 35 lbs so I'm not over the 200 range anymore.
...Please help me.
It's not only for the crossplay.
I hate looking at myself in the mirror so much, or not being able to shop for clothes that aren't size 16 jeans or a XXL shirt.
What can I do?
Thank you for reading this. >__ <; Appreciate your time.
The very, very, very, very first thing I want to say is "thank you" for not going out on the Internet and finding some crazy weight loss scheme and rolling with it. In my opinion, you're already headed in the right direction!
Firstly, from my own "freshman 15" experience at college, STAY THE F AWAY FROM THE SODA. It's hard, because it's as delicious as it is deadly. Soda is widely available on college campuses, but simply cutting just soda out of your diet is a huge step. One of the points during my diet that I lost weight to fastest was toward the beginning right after I told myself "no more soda". Also, be mindful of what you eat at Subway, and anywhere that advertises "healthy" foods for that matter. They may be cheaper than other places, but they might not be as cheap as you'd think. Just a plain, nothing-on-it 6" Spicy Italian on plain bread is still roughly 400+ calories. Just one slice of a large pepperoni pizza from Papa Johns is well over 300 calories. The hardest part of my diet was learning how many calories are really in some of the things I ate. You know those little oatmeal & creme sandwich cookies? Those little bastards are 330 calories a piece! They're not even that big! Talk about your reality checks! I highly recommend LoseIt
. It's an app several of my friends and I use to lose weight. It's essentially just like weight watchers, except FREE. Also it counts calories instead of giving you points. I think that's better for you in the long run, because then you can look at a nutrition label and know what you're reading instead of needing it to be translated into points. You also see how things add up.
I agree with the other poster about the small goals. It's good to set a long term goal, but that big goal is made way easier when you break it down into small goals. "Lose 35 pounds to get down out of the 200s" is a good first goal. Next it could be "Lose 10lbs this month". These goals are very reasonable, and yet at the same time you're succeeding with them, you're succeeding at your big goal.
But to finish up, here is the best piece of advice I can give you: love your body. Even if you don't like your weight. Even if you don't like your shape. The worst thing you can do to yourself is hate yourself. Trust me. I was overweight myself, and I know how hard it can be to see what you see in the mirror. The weight loss road is going to be long, and it's going to be hard. I won't lie to you about that. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. However, as I said at the beginning of this post, you're already on the right track because you want to do it right. Dieting the right way may take longer and it may seem harder, but it'll stick with you after you're finished. Heck, I'm drinking a soda as I write this post, and I had 2 hot dogs for dinner last night. You can still eat the foods you love, but you'll learn how to do it in moderation and compensate for the calories in other areas.
But seriously. Love your body. There are enough people in the world to hate you for stupid reasons. Don't hate yourself for a stupid reason.