My name's Kristina and I'm from Sydney. I've joined because I need some support from like minded people to lose a bit of weight and keep it off. I was on here in the past under the username 'workinprogress' but I've decided to rejoin under a different name because I want a fresh start.
This forum was great during my first weightloss attempt and I'm sure that it will be now as well. I believe that it is important to be around people who are going through the same issues so that you can lean on each other in times of need and share knowledge to increase your weightloss power.
I've always struggled with my weight ever since I was about 9, always being a little chubbier than the rest of the kids. My teenage years were plauged with self doubt, low self esteem and the loss of so many dreams because of it. Worst of all, through this lack of self worth I have lost precious time that I will never get back. Altough I am only 23 I feel as though this journey and struggle with food has been going on for a lot longer. I truly believe that this is an addiction and needs to be actively stopped because if left unchecked it can have terrible life long consequences. Food is the worst drug of all because we all need to eat whereas we don't require drugs and alcohol to survive, so it's the hardest to addiction to break free from.
I am currently studying nutrition at a natural health college so I am very lucky to understand food and the body from a nutritional viewpoint, but of course I have struggled to actually put all of this knowledge in practise. I truly believe that nutrition is the key to health and slowly but surely I know that I will respect food and my body. My goal is to be happy and love my life and I know that feeling self concious about my weight is a part of my problem that I can change. I know that I am not terribly overweight but I know that when I lost weight last year and got down to 60 I was happier with my life and it also kept my PCOS in check. I want that happiness back and I want to finally win the war against emotional and boredom eating. I will do it, even if it takes longer than I want it to.
My plan is to eat a clean, nutritionally balanced diet. All the macronutrients: protein, fat (focus on increasing omega 3, eliminating saturated fats) and complex carbs are included. Increased vege and water intake. Also currently taking digestive enzymes and a multivitamin supplement for added benefit. I plan on doing a minimum of 30 mins of exercise a day, be it walking, cycling, aerobics...anything that gets me moving.
I wish all of you the best of luck in your weightloss journey and I hope to be just as supportive to all of you as you will be to me.