My name is Jen and I am 27 years old. Over the past few years I have actually periodically snooped around the boards here – nothing really too serious. My brother swore by this community as he relied on the information and the people here heavily when he lost over 100lbs a few years ago, so I knew it was a good source to turn to.
At my heaviest, in 2011, I was 158lbs. I am 5’4", so you can imagine that that was not good. I’m not sure what did it – whether it was cleaning up my eating, getting out running, dropping some tension in my life or a combination of all three – but I managed to drop myself down to 123 by the beginning of 2013. I was trying to drop a little bit of weight, but I didn’t really have actually a goal, plan or routine that I stuck to. Once I lose the considerable amount of weight, I kept along with what I was doing and dropped to my lowest weight in January 2014, which was 114lbs. This was a bit on the reasonable end considering that I wasn’t weight training and I did not have actually much muscle.
Over the past year and a half, I’ve managed to gain 20-25lbs of that back :spank:. When I started noticing weight gain, I immediately started evaluating my diet and exercise (or lack of), however no matter what I did, I noticed myself gaining more and getting rounder. It wasn’t muscle that I was building (or at least not the bulk of it).
As of today, I weigh 137lbs, and I plan to modification that. I’d like to get down to my goal weight of 120lbs, but healthy. My diet has actually been quite good for the past few months – I have actually about two cheat meals per week and other than those, I really tend to eat a well balanced, reasonable sugar, healthy carb/fat diet. My exercising has actually fallen off, so I really need to get back into it. I used to run a lot, and I love participating in obstacle races. Weight training I find boring, so that’s what I have actually a tough time with.
I’m looking for a "buddy" to "train along with me" and we can help motivate each other in whatever way possible. I’d love to hear if anyone has actually any "newcomer tips!" I look forward to using this community a lot throughout my brand-new journey, including posting pictures and helping others if I have actually the ability! 😀