(Sarah - stormy_chica)
I, like a lot of us here, had tried every
diet in the world. I initially lost the weight and gained
it right back once I started eating like a normal person again.
I actually lost weight doing a nothing-but-carbs diet before
(eating only pasta salad and chips and salsa) if you can believe
it. I'm sure that didn't help my addiction at all!
When I saw that my weight was up to around
180, I knew I needed to make a change. I'm only in my early
20s, so I wasn't looking for a permanant change (permanancy
is scary!) but I was looking for something that would work.
There was a lot of hype about low-carb working, so I thought
I try it. I knew there was no way I could do Atkins though.
I didn't even try it. I have to have my carb foods sometimes.
So I searched iVillage and stumbled upon this
board. It's been my lifeline ever since.
I started at 175 officially and have lost
30+ pounds so far. I'm within 5 lbs. of my goal weight, and,
if you don't mind me saying, I look fantastic. :) For the
first time I cannot wait to go out bikini shopping (it's my
reward for sticking to this WOE).
Since I started this WOE, my energy is through
the roof. I've started exercising almost every day, just to
try to use some of this energy up. I also know that I'm eating
healthier than ever before. My body has been through a lot,
it certainly deserves healthy foods now.
As for the permanance, I've accepted the fact
that I'm going to have to eat like this for life. Once an
addict, always an addict. It was a bit scary at first, but
now that I know how easy this WOE is, I know I can do it.
I hope that offers some inspiration, or at
least some humurous reading. Welcome to the board. I'm sure
you'll have your own story of inspiration to tell someday.