My name's Sam and I'm 20 years old. I currently live a couple of hours outside of Melbourne in the city of Ballarat.
I've struggled with my weight my whole life, since moving back to Ballarat from Darwin when I was 4. While I was up there I was a fairly active kid, spending 90% of my time in the pool. Things changed pretty dramatically after I came back and my parents split up. Being in two houses, where one parent was far too strict concerning food and the other was far too lenient, is what I attribute to my weight gain as a kid.
In 2006, when I was 15 I had the opportunity to spend 8 weeks overseas with 5 other teens my age and a camera crew at a weight loss camp. This was turned in to a TV show called Teen Fit Camp and aired in 2007. I managed to lose 21 kilos whilst there, however gained half of it back before being given a second opportunity in 2007 to return overseas to a boarding school, run by the same group who ran the camp, for 6 months. This was a much better experience, and I lost 51 kilos in my time there (going from 161 kilos to 110).
Unfortunately, once again, I gained it all back (and more) over the last 4 years. I came back in to a pretty stressful time for myself... year 12. I blamed this for my weight gain for a while, but realised that it was simply the fact that I wasn't eating healthily and I wasn't exercising and eventually peaked at 185 kilos.
More recently I've come to the conclusion that it's as simple as not eating as much and burning off more than what I eat. Ever since I've started to make changes, especially getting out and doing more, I've noticed I'm only eating when I'm hungry and really craving exercise (though I still need to force myself some days
I hope to learn a lot from these forums and hopefully speak to people who have been successful in their endeavor to lose weight.