my name is vicki nicole (www.vickinicole.com)
I'm a single black female living in Boston, MA
I turned 30 years old on May 30
I currently weigh 240 lbs. which is the highest I've ever weighed, my goal is to weigh around 140 - 150 or atleast be able to fit all my clothes.
I lose weight every year then gain it back whenever large changes occur in my life. Last year I was down to 190 then I moved to a new apartment, worked 2 jobs which significantly reduced the amount of exercise time I had. I used that as an excuse to get off track and start eating majorly fattening foods.
Then I quit one job and the job I have now is great, but it allows me lots of free time to lie in bed and eat pint's of Ben&Jerry's ice-cream while reading magazines.
In the past 5 months I've gained 40 pounds.
About 2 months ago I started going to group therapy and taking a Rx antidepresant (Prozac). This has helped immensely but now I find myself facing the challenge of putting the pieces of my life that I destroyed back together including my relationships and my physical and mental health.
I am extremely educated on fitness and nutrition, suprisingly considering how overweight I am and how poorly I eat.
I have read all sorts of books etc.. on diet and exercise. I subscribe to 4 fitness magazines (Shape, Fitness, Oxygen and Muscle and Fitness Women). I haven't read my fitness magazines in over a year though so I have stacks and stacks of them totalling abotu 100 magazines. I just started reading them today though which is what motivated me to look for weight loss support groups.
I have the Body FOr Life book and journal but don't haven't begun using either.
In the past I've lost weight by creating healthy menus for myself and exercising daily doing both cardio and weight training. I can't afford a gym membership anymore but I have found success in the past using workout tapes particularly the Cindy Crawford workout and Tae-Bo
I have asthma and one of my goals is to one day be able to run a mile. I curretnly have very weak lungs and have difficulty walking more than 5 blocks.
Since I've gained this much weight my breast size has gone up to a 42F and I have extreme lower back pain that I've never had before.
I am very concerned about getting diabetes because of the amount of sugar I eat. I crave sugar and when I don't eat it for awhile I get bad headaches.Today I ate:
2 bowls of choco-marshmellow cereal
2 peanut butter and honey sandwhiches
1/2 bowl of lasagna
a large bag of Cool Ranch doritos
2 large rice krispie treat
1/2 gallon of water
1 cup cranberry juice
I know this is not healthy but I find it convenient. I don't enjoy cooking and I believe my largest problem concerning fitness is laziness and lack of motivation. I look forward to recieving information on quick-low fat meals and menus. I don't eat pork and I need to limit dairy since I'm lacto-intolerant (I've been gaseous for months because of all the milk and ice-cream I've been eating)
I hope by joining several online fitness groups I will have the interaction needed and hopefully also gain motivation to get up out of bed and cook a healthy meal and exercise.
I'm glad to be here,