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Postby kate_turner2000 » Wed Aug 16, 2006 12:22 pm

Hi there everyone :)
my name is Kate and i am 21 years old and i live on the central coast NSW. I have been to this forum a couple of times as a guest and just browsed the messages and was so happy to find people who are just like me in that we have a shared goal of improving our lives.

i have always been a biggish girl, and i found out two years ago that it was mostly due to PCOS. last year i gave birth to my first child- a girl, and as many of you mums would know that when you are at home all the time running after a little one, you tend to grab rubbish to eat as it is convenient and quick.

when its heidi's bedtime, my fiance and i usually sat down to munch on chocolate and coke and bikkies etc. so ive put on more weight in 8 months than i did when i was pregnant. i looked better when i was pregnant!

i recently found that i was struggling to make clothes look good and when i would see myself naked i would shudder! lets just say my censored life went downhill due to lack of confidence and when you are a new mum you are so tired. most of it was probably due to my diet. ive never actually been on a weightloss diet. i thought about it and at times ive 'watched what ive eaten' but just figured 'ah well what can a few slices of pizza do?'

since a week a go after looking in the mirror for the upteenth time that morning i put my foot down and made a vow to change my lifestyle for the better. i needed to change my mindset before i could make any improvements. so i popped heidi in her pram and went for a walk. in that hour long walk i thought about what i could change to help me.

so since last wednesday, i have cut out softdrink, sweets, breads, cereals. ive been drinking a bit more than 2 litres of water a day- it means more toilet trips and ive never had to wee this much since i was 40 weeks pregnant! ive been having smaller portions and eating salads and fruit. its pretty sad that i havent touched fruit since before last christmas. but then again, when you want a snack and there is a chocolate bar there you tend to have that instead of fruit. i have walked for an hour every morning and i do half an hour of aerobics in the afternoon when heidi has her nap.

i needed to do this first and foremost for myself. at the age of 21 i dont want to have to go to 1626 buy my clothes or millers. i dont think id ever fit into supre clothes but i want to be an ideal weight so i can fit into nice clothes. also, being a child care worker (im on maternity leave at the moment) i need to run and play with children and in the state that im in at the moment, i wouldnt be able to comfortably do that.

in just a week i have noticed a difference in that im not as bloated as i was before, my skin is clearer (PCOS affects my skin too) and i feel more energised. if i change my lifestyle it could help my PCOS too. i havent weighed myself or measured myself because im too scared to. but i know i was 81kilos about 4 weeks ago.

anyway guys, thanks for reading my intro, and i am really looking forward to being a part of the group. i know ill need the support and to be motivated to do this.

take care :)
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Postby Hayley » Wed Aug 16, 2006 12:52 pm

Welcome to the forum, Kate. It's great - we've had so mnay new members join us lately - the more the better I think!!!

Your introduction was very detailed - I enjoyed reading about you and your experience.

I totally understand what you are saying about grabbing junbk food as it's convenient and quick. I'm 26 and have a son who turn 3 this weekend, and I've experienced the same thing, as far as food goes.

I think your attitude is so positive and you've already started your change of lifestyle, with your hour-long walks and aerobics in the afternoon while Heidi sleeps.

Your weight and body image can certainly affect your personal life - I too, experienced a negative affect on my censored life as I was feeling really down in myself andabsolutely hated the way I felt and looked. Luckily, my husband is suportive and has never made me feel bad about how I look.

I look forward to reading more of your posts and getting to know you a little better.

Take care and enjoy reading through the 100's of posts in this fantastic support forum.

Hayley :D
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Postby KimE » Wed Aug 16, 2006 1:15 pm

Hello Kate and welcome to the forum.

Thank you for sharing a piece of your life with us. Not always an easy thing to do.

You've taken more than the first step well done! Not only realising a change is necessary and making better food choices you've started exercising. From a former couch potato (that's me) I never thought I would say this but for weight loss I feel it's so important to get serious about exercise.

Don't be afraid to weigh/measure yourself or whatever you need to do to set goals as it's harder to set a goal if you don't know where you're starting from. Also I found that until I started acknowledging my weight and even talking about it to others I didn't have the same sense of responsibility to do something about it.

I wish you well on your journey. :D
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Wed Aug 16, 2006 2:07 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome already! wow!

Yes i agree that it is great to have a partner who is very supportive. My fiance has told me how proud he is already about 5 times. He is even eating what i am eating for dinners!! (will see how long that lasts for!) he met me when i was biggish and i knwo all his ex's were big girls as well so i guess he is attracted to cuddly women :) but he is very supportive of my outlook on it all.

I will weigh and measure myself today :) i think i will just be disappointed every week if i dont lose anything. some of my family know that i am making some changes but some i havent told because they put me down constantly anyway so i want them to see first hand the results as they happen :)

thanks girls for your replies. your all so supportive! and i hope you're all doing well on the way to reaching your goals!!!
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Postby Mandie » Wed Aug 16, 2006 2:41 pm

Yep, I'll add my welcome to the chorus here...

Don't be afraid to weigh yourself. As Kim said, it can help you take responsbility, and make it REAL. I weighed myself and posted it here so I could say YES, I AM obese, YES, this IS unhealthy, and YES, I'm going to do something about it!

Small changes.. it's okay to aim at 0.5kg a week loss, and some weeks you won't lose at all! Keep going, and you will be fine. Sounds like you are doing well so far!

Another good weigh to check how you are doing is by trying on clothes every month or so, especially with jeans, you really notice a difference!

Good luck!
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Wed Aug 16, 2006 3:47 pm

Hi mandie :) thanks for the welcome :)

i laughed when you mentioned the jeans. i have never owned a pair of jeans in my life. they are available in my size and always have been but ive never liked the way they fitted and i always feel heaps bigger when i try them on! maybe i should make some special trips to jeans west in a few weeks time to see if theres a difference. :)

I am really looking forward to looking better, and i have even booked myself in for a haircut tomorrow. its hard to find time for "me time" when i have a little bub so im really looking forward to that and it will help me keep my chin up and be proud of the changes i am making. it will just boost my confidence and self esteem.

Your right, a loss is a loss and any loss is a bonus :) its better than a gain!!!

Looking forward to getting to know you better :)
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Postby Dolly » Wed Aug 16, 2006 4:26 pm

Hi Kate, welcome to the forum,
I know what you mean about having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It took a while before my doctor diagnosed it. I think someone else on this forum also suffered from it.

How wonderful that your fiancee is supporting you with your healthy lifestyle.
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Wed Aug 16, 2006 6:43 pm

Hi Dolly

thanks also for the warm welcome :)

i knew i had PCOS and i convinced my GP and he didnt believe me so he sent away some blood tests and sure enough my hormones were way out of whack! he sent me to a specialist and after a few months on metformin i was told i couldnt have kids without fertility treatment- lo and behold two weeks later i found out i was pregnant with heidi! Its not a nice thing to have- the symptoms suck! it seems to have improved a bit since childbirth though :P

i have seen your posts around the forum and you seem like an awesome lady and i hope i get to know you better :)
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Postby Mandie » Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:06 pm

cute ticker graph dude!
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Postby stilltrying » Sat Aug 19, 2006 2:29 pm

Hi Kate, I'm fairly new to the forum too but it is a great help as I have been stuck in a rut for a couple of months. My husband always liked me big and his exes were all big too so it took some adjusting for him. I was always a little worried that he would leave me when I lost weight but as I got smaller and my confidence grew he saw how much happier I was. Now he doesn't care what size I am. So it really does help that your fiance is supportive as that is the most important thing for you to have around you. I wish you luck with you journey.
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Sat Aug 19, 2006 4:59 pm

Hi still trying :) thanks for sharing with me :) yeah my fiance's ex's were big girls too, but he has seen how happy i have been over the past week and is eating what i am :)

we went grocery shopping today and when we walked past the bikkies and chocolate he said, nope i dont want any this month, keep walking. he probably has a stash at work, but whilst wiht me he is being such a great support. dont think i could do it without him.

thanks again!!
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