So, I have a journey…

When I was younger, I was always “big boned.” I’d hear people make that comment about me and I remember feeling so fat. It was a dreadful feeling. Of course now, when I look back at the photos I took when I was 14 and 15, I was very skinny and have no idea where anyone got the term “big boned” from in relation to me.

At any rate, over the course of time, I think I somehow convinced myself that I was, indeed, fat… and as a result began to gain a lot of weight. I only weighed 135 pounds in 10th grade (Grade 10 for the Canadians out there). That was a great weight for me. Soon after that, I started slowly and steadily gaining weight. By the time I graduated high school, I think I was close to 200 pounds.

I entered college, hopeful that I would lose the freshman-fifteen, but alas… I continued to gain weight. Of course, I was seemingly oblivious to the choices I made to contribute to the weight gain. It was a total mystery to me. I had NO idea why I was so large… it’s not like I ate a lot!

The truth is, I didn’t eat very much at all. I probably got about 800 calories a day, but usually all at once. My college diet consisted of a box of macaroni and cheese. The times I got more calories than I wanted was while I sat and splurged on doritos and taco bell taco sauce (heaven). Then there was the occasional large bulk bag of beef jerky I would order and eat within two weeks. But of course, these kinds of foods COULDN’T have lead to my weight gain. I barely ate anything afterall!

Oh man if I knew then what I know now….

Truth is I don’t know that I would ever seriously eat another dorito again now. I’ve recently had an experience that completely changed my view on caring for myself and I’d like to share this journey with you all as Girls by Design gets developed. I know its seemingly unrelated, but making careful conscious choices for myself and my body is as important to me as PHP Programming and website development.

I’ve been on my weight loss journey for almost two entire months. Since I started, I’ve lost 21 pounds. I’m not sure how many inches as I haven’t measured myself yet, but the lovely Kristin Kreuk has decided to help me measure things by sizing herself up to my pants. We’ll do this every time I buy a pair of pants, so there’s no real schedule… we just find it humorous that one of my pant legs from the pants I was wearing 21 pounds ago literally could be a skirt for her.

So, we’ll start this journey out with my before photo and the photo I took at 20 pounds. As time goes on I’ll reveal some of the techniques and methods I’ve been using in order to lose weight, ranging from nutrition to exercise to mind-body connections and acupuncture. I think this will be fun and I hope you all enjoy it and can take something from it or even offer me advice or insight on other safe and proven methods.

Here’s my picture trail as of now…

Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions, suggestions, or any inspiring stories about weight loss. Also, If you are struggling with weight loss, eating, not eating, etc, feel free to comment and we’ll get you some information over time in the blog.

Thanks for reading everyone!

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42 Responses to “So, I have a journey…”

  1. Le Amazing Mari Says:

    That picture of Kristin is so cute haha! I always miss the good times 😦 😛

    Anyway, I think it’s so damaging to tell a teenager they’re big boned, fat, or even skinny. Seriously, I wish people would weigh their words better.

    Here in Canada they say I’m skinny, back in Brazil they said I was fat. Then too skinny, then fat again, and now that I weigh more than I did in Brazil they say I’m too skinny. How funny is that?! They can’t even make up their mind on whether I’m fat or skinny!

    All I know is…. starving yourself, or binging and purging is NOT the answer.

    Whatever you do – do it for your own health. Not because others aren’t happy with the way you look.

    Of course that’s way easier said than done. I do promise you it can be done if you work at it enough, though.

  2. Le Amazing Mari Says:

    Oh, btw, I’m very proud of you Tabby!!!!!

  3. Gina Says:

    Hi! Wow, you are very inspiring, Tabby! You also look really good too. 🙂 I can’t imagine what that’s like, though… To go through all of that. But! I will say this: It has definitely paid off! Not only have you improved your health, but you also feel real good about yourself from my knowledge of reading this passage. =)

    Well, I’m also trying to lose weight as well. I’m 5’5 and weigh 128 pounds. I know that may not be a lot, and it really isn’t, but the thing is, there is so much history of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure in my family. And my mom told me that it wouldn’t hurt to lose 10 pounds. And I agree with her. Unfortunately, all of this fat is going right to my thighs! So now I have these thunderous thighs lol. And there is just a little bit of fat on my stomach, but not so much, to be honest. I can easily burn that off by doing pull-ups. 😮

    Oddly enough, my metabolism used to be really fast, but it’s slowed down now a bit since I’ve gotten a little bit older (not much older).

    I don’t know… I was thinking about FASTING because apparently, fasting cleanses the colon out real good, which some of your weight is from. You carry about 5 pounds of colon in you, or something like that. :/

    I went for a physical yesterday and the doctor told me that I shouldn’t worry about it. Problem was, I think she was WAYYY too carefree. 😐 I think fasting might be good for me… Just for a week or two.

    I need opinions, though. Your help is greatly appreciated. ❤

  4. Tabby Says:

    @Gina
    I think that there’s a lot of different things to do to loose the weight. There’s many many options. A good friend of mine said to keep in mind that the faster you loose the weight, the faster you’ll gain it back. I think that this is likely because of the values that you learn while loosing it. If you try to do a quick diet to drop weight, its not common for you to be able to change your lifestyle and really instill the values of eating and caring for yourself.

    It’s really important to know and understand what your goal is and why you’re choosing that goal. I’ll blog more about this and we can explore a few different safe methods to loosing weight, both fast and slowly, so stay tuned. Thanks for your participation!

  5. Gina Says:

    @Tabby
    That seems to be true for a lot of people. I’ve noticed that when a lot of people try to lose weight quickly, they also gain it back. =/

    Yes. Diets are pretty difficult. I’ve tried going on a diet just for fun and I didn’t take it seriously. I failed within the 2nd day. It’s tough!

    Okay, thank you for your response and you’re welcome! ❤ 🙂

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  7. LI Says:

    Good luck!
    It’s not an easy adventure But once you know where it come from, it will be much more easy.

    I’m a thin girl but has journey in other aspect 🙂

  8. Angela Says:

    I think emotional eating is a significant issue for girls and women. One that many have but aren’t aware of it. It’s a diet crippler. Rather sorting out one’s own feelings, a person might stuff them (the emotions) with food. Or stuff themselves to fill a void. It’s less uncomfortable and less work than having to confront those feelings and offers a quick-but-temporary fix (which means more food later). Food can provide a shallow type of solace. Just a thought.

  9. Lydia Says:

    I’ve started my own weight loss journey and healthier lifestyle, with ups and downs but it’s going well now.
    Despite my lifestye changes and positive mindset, as you know, I’m still struggling with my self-image and, deep down, I’m desperate to be slim.
    I’m happy for that you’ve made so much progress already. Not only in losing weight but also in changing your habits for the better and learning new things to enhance living a healthy life.
    I’m grateful you write about your journey because it’s inspiring and I can use some advice and encouragement.
    Cheers to you Tabby!

  10. Linden Says:

    Congrats Tabby!
    I hope you continue to have success with your diet!

    Last summer, I decided I was sick of being chubby. I was just plain tired of it. I was the “chubby” friend. So… my older sister, my mom, and I decided to go on the weight watchers diet. The first week sucked like no other. The second week also sucked like no other. But, by the end of the second week, I was about 6 1/2 lighter. So I kept up with the diet (for the most part) for the entire summer. My sister lost about 30-ish pounds, I lost about 35-ish pounds, and my mom lost…. well I don’t really know how much my mom lost, but she lost a lot too!
    I went back to school, and nobody could believe it was me!
    Its an incredibly easy diet after the first two weeks or so, just because it takes some getting used to. (and the manual says to workout a few times a week. which i did not do, because i’m a little rebel.. and i’m lazy. 🙂 )

    I hope everyone has great luck with their diets!! Don’t give up on them!

  11. Ver0nik21 Says:

    Hello

    Well I weight @ 120 pounds and I am like 5’5 too I guess i’m thin I am very happy with how much I weight but i’d like to gain some muscles not fat i’m trying to work that out!
    Next week i’m starting a course of Capoeira (it’s a blend of martial art, game, and dance originated in Brazil) It’s pretty cool and love the music so let’s see if I can haha
    I guess I’m thin coz I like walking and jumping and practise surfing i guess but sometimes specially in winter i get lazy so I don’t do much so I gain weight but not too much but in summer i guess coz I go back to the beach and surfing I lose it!
    Well feel free to comment!

    And Gina you really shouldn’t try to lose weight very fast i try it once for my graduation party I ate apples for a week I mean it worked but then all that i lost went back again and even more!

    Cheers to you all!!

  12. Juliana Says:

    temos esta ideia de que a pessoa magra é o mais bonito, é uma ideia forçado .. a pessoa é bonita se ela é feliz! lógico que, se você se sentir bem em um corpo magro, você vai ser mais feliz no seu dia-a-dia! =)
    Espero que você vai alcançar a sua meta! nós estamos com vocês!
    beijo do Brasil!
    PS: Eu adorei esta foto de kris, Tá mesmo lindo! 🙂

  13. Juliana Says:

    we have this idea that the person lean is the most beautiful, is an idea forced .. the person is beautiful if she is happy! logical that if you feel well in a lean body, you vai be more happy in their day-to-day! =)
    I hope that you will achieve your goal! we are with you!
    kiss from brazil!
    PS: I loved this picture of kris, tá same beautiful! 🙂

  14. Arista Says:

    First: Tabby, congratulations on your weight loss to date! It sounds like you’re really making a conscious effort to live healthier. Best of luck on the rest of your journey.

    Second: Gina, your comments concern me. 5′ 5″ and 128 pounds is completely normal. It’s so normal, I don’t think you could get more normal. You do not need to lose weight. You are not obese (or fat) or even close to becoming obese and you are not in danger of suddenly acquiring an obesity related disease at your height and weight.

    Girls, please, please, please stop comparing yourselves to the ladies you see on TV and in films. Hollywood’s expectation of weight is unrealistic. I’m 5′ 10-1/2″ and weigh 135 pounds and by Hollywood standards, I’m “normal.” Maybe even a little “full.” In reality, I’m freakin’ skinny. My doctor is always encouraging me to “gain 5 or 10 pounds.”

    If you see that you’re eating a bunch a crap and not exercising like you should be (we should ALL be getting at least 30 minutes of exercise every day), then by all means… start living a healthier lifestyle. You may find that you lose weight. That’s a bonus. But please don’t do it because you look at your favorite celebrity and say, “I’m so fat compared to them!” Chances are, you’re not fat– they’re just really skinny.

  15. bandaid Says:

    It’s not like you have to be thin to be beautiful, but there’s a reason things like heart disease and diabetes are on the rise in North America – bad eating and exercise habits.

    Consider this – the FDA recommends an adult get about 25 grams of fiber a day. A nutritionist will recommend a minimum of 30. But the average American gets less than 10 grams of fiber a day.

    I think there are a lot of ways to lose weight successfully but to me, knowledge is power. Learning about what’s in the food we eat and what it does to our bodies is a big incentive to eat healthy. A friend of mind is a nutritionist and when she sees a client for weight loss she never puts the person on a calorie count. Instead she teaches them about appropriate foods and portion control. If you eat the right types of foods (mainly plant-based) you are giving your body energy and the vitamins and minerals needed for the body to function properly and essentially be a hospitable environment for weight loss.

    Regarding fasting: fasting has a number of potential benefits in terms of riding the body of toxins but I don’t think you’ll find many people who would recommend it as a means of weight loss. The weight you lose is generally water weight and does nothing to change your long term body fat and overall health.

    Here’s a great smoothy recipe that’s healthy and easy.

    Blueberries (high in fiber and antioxidants, lots of vitamin K)
    Mango (lots of vitamin C)
    Banana (full of vitamins, especially B6 and great for heart health)
    Hemp Milk (who knew? But hemp milk is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, similar to what you find in salmon)

    Toss all ingredients in blender. Takes two minutes from start to finish. Delish, nutrish. Easy, easy, easy.

    Also, if you’re trying to get healthy, don’t rely on dietary supplements. If you’re eating right you’ll get the nutrients you need the natural way and that’s way better than takingt in pill form.

  16. Tabby Says:

    @Arista
    Thanks for the kind words. Re: fasting, I have an entire entry planned on fasting coming up, which is why I didn’t go into detail. I think its important for people to have information on the common “ideas” of how to loose weight and to be able to select the best possible solution for their bodies. I’m not a fan of fasting and wouldn’t recommend it, but I’d still like to help inform people of health benefits or consequences of it as well, rather than saying not to do it.

    @bandaid
    delicious smoothy recipe! I’ll give it a shot. Probably not for a few weeks as I’m choosing to take more “on-the-go” breakfasts to eat immediately after yoga in the mornings. Shakes/smoothies are a much better alternative for that, even, but I don’t always have access to a blender so its the choice I’m making right now.

    Once I get to a weight and start feeling great, I do plan on seeing a naturopathic physician. This isn’t so that I can find good dietary supplements but so that I can create a balance within my body for minerals and vitamins that I may lack constitutionally. Naturopathics aren’t for everyone and might not be for me, but I’m willing to give it a shot!

  17. Aviva Says:

    Hey Tabby
    Awesome will power.
    I’ve been doing the same thing successfully since April and I can’t even exercise!
    This might help not just you but everyone else… a consultant once said to me that you shouldn’t call a diet a ‘diet’ but rather a life style change. Healthy eating is easy…just stay focused, keep busy, drink water and surround yourself with positive people.

    Good luck 🙂 🙂

  18. Arista Says:

    Tabby, your last comment brought up a question… have you consulted a physician and/or nutritionist about your lifestyle change yet? I mean, who is helping to guide you on this endeavour to help you ensure that you’re making healthy and safe choices with regards to your diet and weight loss methods?

    Just curious.

  19. Gina Says:

    @Arista
    Do you really think so? I mean, all I really want to do is to just get rid of the fat on my thighs and the small patch of fat on my stomach. And yes, I do eat a lot of junk food so that definitely contributes to it. =/ I think what also contributed it (and I’m not sure how or why) was when I lived out in California for a year when I was going to college. We all know that college students don’t eat well. I was thinking that it might have been malnutrition of some sort because I was getting around 700 calories or less a day. I usually only ate one meal a day and that didn’t mean it was healthy either. There is still a whole year have I catch up on so that my diet gets regulated again because I *barely* ate while I was away at college. I didn’t have the time nor the money to eat healthy. But instead of losing weight, I actually GAINED weight which is the total opposite. I wasn’t even trying to lose weight either… =/

    I really don’t like it when the younger audience follows celebrities. I have never, nor will ever, follow a celebrity. I don’t care what they look like or who has been dating who. I just hate it when they starve themselves and then some teens and preteens follow suit. There’s no way I would ever “starve” for attention (ignore the pun).

  20. Jennifer Says:

    Congrats Tabby!!! I wish you the best of luck on your weight loss journey.

  21. Tabby Says:

    @Arista
    Yes, I actually have consulted a weight loss specialist. She had me on a series of shots, stimulants, shakes, and a VLC diet. She cleared me to begin this type of diet. I stopped seeing her as her costs were too high but am on a similar regime, minus the shots and shakes. 🙂

  22. prad robert Says:

    hi’ , you are brave to do that , good luck !

    I was just wondering , do you envisage a kind of self-esteem help too ? (It is maybe the role of the website )
    I noticed that we can have some troubles to separate from an older view of us and not only for weight problems .

  23. Tabby Says:

    @prad
    I think that there’s a large self-esteem element to weight, for sure. There’s no greater measure of self-esteem, however, than to actually work hard at loosing the weight! I’m sure I’ll get more into my experiences in that in the blog.

  24. Arista Says:

    Gina, yes, I really think so. If you recognize that you’re not eating in a manner that could be deemed healthy, then try eating more well rounded meals.

    There’s a huge misconception that if you cut calories and try eating 700 calories a day, that you’ll lose weight. It doesn’t work that way. Your body NEEDS a specific number of calories per day to maintain normal bodily functions. If you’re not meeting that caloric intake, you’ll start to gain weight because your body goes into what some call “starvation mode” and starts storing fat to function properly. You’re literally starving yourself.

    Please understand that everyone is different, but most people require at least 1200 calories per day to maintain normal metabolic functions. If you’re curious about the actual number of calories per day your body needs to function, consider consulting a nutritionist or dietary specialist.

    Starving yourself doesn’t help you lose weight in a healthy way. Eating portion controlled, well rounded, healthy meals coupled with exercise is always best. Consider talking to your physician about how many calories per day you should be eating and using that calorie count, creating a healthy meal plan that includes 5 to 6 small meals per day. Many athletes and body builders will tell you that eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day will help to increase your metabolism.

    Further, any personal trainer worth their salt will tell you that you can’t “target” fat loss. Fat goes on where it goes on and it comes off where it comes off. You can do a million crunches trying to get rid of the fat on your tummy, but chances are, it’s not going to work the way you hope it will. A balanced diet (and by diet I mean the food you eat) coupled with exercise is the healthiest way to go.

    Remember, ladies, our bodies are our temples and we should treat them with respect. We should also try to remember that we need to learn to love the skin we’re in. What’s right and healthy for one person isn’t always right and healthy for another person.

    Tabby, sounds like you’re well on your way to being healthy! Again, best of luck!

  25. Gina Says:

    @Arista
    Ahh, but the thing was, I wasn’t trying to lose weight at all. I’ve always considered myself to be a healthy individual as well as weight was concerned. I was more concerned about doing well in art school. We had so many projects every week that I was up to my head in art projects and I wasn’t concerned about eating at all. There were a few days where I was really lightheaded. My mom insisted that I should eat more protein & meats. The only foods I were eating for the past year were soup, rice and cereal. I ate pizza sometimes and I was so hungry that I could finish off the entire pie in one sitting. Again, fast metabolism and the starvation that was happening. I guess that’s why my diet is so screwed up. >_<

    I recently moved back home and now I’m eating a lot healthier because of it. Stress could have also been a cause for weight gain too, but I’m sure what you said about eating less calories & starvation was correct. That’s what I was suspecting anyway. =/

    Thank you for the tips! I really appreciate them. I really do need to see how many calories I should be eating per day… It wouldn’t hurt. =)

  26. Arista Says:

    Gina, I understand that you weren’t trying to lose weight. However, you brought up a very common misconception a lot of girls (and women) have with regards to calorie counting. I felt it was something that needed to be addressed in general, even if it specifically didn’t apply to you.

    Again, speaking in general terms– because most humans now have such an abundant supply of food available to them, we’ve lost the ability to recognize the difference between feeling hungry and feeling thirsty. We confuse being thirsty for being hungry, so we eat. If you feel hungry even though you’ve just eaten, try drinking a glass of water. Chances are, you were just thirsty.

  27. Gina Says:

    You do bring up a good point about that because a lot of young girls DO tend to count calories and like you said, cutting calories in half isn’t the way to go about losing weight while being healthy at the same time. It’s just not possible for it to be one and not the other.

    Yes! You see, that’s the problem I have. I mistake hunger for thirst. You’re supposed to drinking, what, eight glasses or water a day? Unless they lowered it. But I do drink a lot of water and pretty much nothing else. I despise any soda with a passion, so it’s just water or lemonade.

  28. Arista Says:

    Gina, yes, it’s eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day… or 64 ounces of water daily.

  29. Gina Says:

    Oh snap! That’s a lot of water. I’ll try, though! 🙂

  30. Arista Says:

    Oh, and for all you Canucks out there, that’s approximately 2 liters (a tad less) of water per day. 😉

  31. Marie Says:

    Tabby, since a few weeks ago i had been doing exercises, i think for me is most difficult than the other people because i have cerebral palsy,(Paralysis) and is very hard for me, to do some exercise that are good to lose weight like aerobics and other things…Today I was thinking to quit and stay with my additional 40 pounds, but i enter to facebook and i saw the blog and its been and inspiration to me, i hope you can share the tips very soon.. because i need them 🙂

  32. krystal anne Says:

    hey tabby,
    its krystal, you look amazing!!! lately ive been trying to just get into better shape and be able to feel better about my self and being able to keep up with everyone else. I’m really proud of you and i wanted to let you know that reading your story will help me out, so, thank you very much!!!
    love ya!

  33. Anonymous Says:

    Tabby, I think it’s great you’re working towards a healthy weight, bravo to you, keep at it, and I wish you the best of luck. It’s always nice to see you’re not afraid to talk about weight issues here. These days, it seems weight is just about a touchy and complicated subject as a topic like religion. Everybody seems to have their own ideas on weight, what’s healthy, what’s not… Its common now, to hear people discussing each other’s weight, comparing to celebrities, calling themselves fat even when they’re not.

    The interesting thing is, skinny people often struggle with weight, being healthy, and feeling good about themselves. A lot of girls and women compare themselves to celebrities and/or models. Being of the latter category compared, I can tell you, models are often no happier about their appearance than non-models. As a former model (I’m 17 now, high-fashion models are now being recruited as young as 12 or 13), my body and face has been ripped to shreds by others, and all my possible flaws have been illuminated. There is nothing crueler and harsher on your self-esteem than the high-fashion industry. And as models we’re originally fed a spoonful of compliments and given a rush of feeling beautiful, so that when the negatives start crashing down, we’re already addicted to the drug of flattery, and that rush we get when we’re strutting down the runway. Therefore, most models, no matter how cruel the industry is to them, will do anything to stay in it. Luckily, I finally managed to get out. Not to say I didn’t try to get out a few times, only to find myself going for it again. But I feel it’s too late to reverse the effects. Not having my mom around lately, I’ve been eating a lot of unhealthy foods (simply because fast food and packaged food is easy to obtain and eat for a girl who’s so rubbish at cooking like myself) and I’ve probably put on a few pounds. I weighed myself, and found at 5’8” I now weigh 120 pounds.

    I went ballistic!

    I couldn’t believe I’d let myself get so huge. I felt gross, and completely at war with myself.
    The sad thing is, I realize later, hello, I’m not a model anymore, and I don’t need to be a size 0. I don’t need to watch my weight and freak over a few pounds. But the words consoled me little, my mind is too trapped in the frame of don’t pass 100 pounds. That’s like death for a high-fashion model as short as me (yes, 5’8” is on the short side for a model, though to my normal-sized friends, I’m enormously tall!)

    So you see, what I’m trying to say through needless rambling (sorry, I get carried way with words), girls who are skinny, often struggle with their weight and image just as much as girls who are overweight. That’s the horrible part, weight issues can be like a plague, that plague anyway and everyone. Nobody is immune.
    P.S. I can’t help but add, hopefully not offensively, that I don’t like that you had Kristin hold up your pants for a picture. Why are you measuring yourself against her? Isn’t that kind of unhealthy and certain not the idea that you want to pass on to other/young girls? 😦

  34. skahahoo Says:

    YEEEAAAAH TABBY!! Rock on girl! I don’t know you (lol), but I’m really proud of you anyway. It always makes me happy to see people making a commitment to leading a healthy lifestyle. 🙂

    As for my 2 cents…there’s been a lot of research lately suggesting that waist size/abdominal fat is a better predictor of certain health outcomes (such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease) than the BMI (body mass index). One of the explanations given is that the BMI is based on averages of a wide variety of people, and so is ill-equipped to handle a person’s needs on a more individual basis. There have also been studies showing differences in how well waist size predicts among different ethnic groups. They also say that waist size is a better predictor for younger people.

    Anyway, the gist is…if you have excessive abdominal fat, then chances are that you’d be better off adapting a healthier lifestyle that will help you lose that fat. The rule of thumb is that your waist size should be less than half your height. Also, stress hormones appear to be involved with retaining fat, especially abdominal fat. So the fact that Tabby is also working on the mind-body connection is excellent.

    I’ve heard mixed things about fasting. Some people actually feel worse while they’re fasting and get sick. But I have friends who feel great after fasting. So you should consult a health professional to make sure that it’s okay for you to fast.

    As for calorie counting…I understand why people do it, but personally it would drive me crazy. I think if you eat well-balanced, nutrient-dense foods, then the calories kind of work themselves out naturally. For example, according to the US Food Pyramid, women are supposed to eat 2-2.5 cups of vegetables everyday (but since leafy greens take up a lot of space, I think you need to double the amount for greens…so like 2 cups of lettuce would be the equivalent of 1 cup of, say, broccoli). In comparison, women are supposed to get 5-6 ounces of grains everyday, and…lol…and ounce ain’t a lot. One ounce is supposed to be equivalent to one slice of bread, or a half cup of cooked rice or cooked pasta. Anyone familiar with the typical American diet knows that the veggies are severely lacking and the grains and meat proteins are on overload, even though veggies have a lot fewer calories than foods like bread and rice.

    I think Michael Pollan (author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food) summed it up best when he said: “Eat real food. Mostly plants.” 🙂

    For anyone interested in reading more about the whole waist size vs BMI issue, here’s an article from the New York Times. You can also Google it (waist size, waist circumference, abdominal size, etc.) There’s a lot of research.

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A0DE7D7153CF930A25756C0A96E9C8B63

  35. Eva Says:

    Congats and good luck with the weight loss, Tabby.

    I am accually also trying to loose some weight. right now I’m 14, 5’4 and about 140 lbs. I have already lost a little over 20 lbs. My goal is to loose another 20 lbs by next year. My parents are on diets too so it’s kind of easier than doing it all by myself and having people eating lasagna and choclate cake around me, which would probably just make me eat that too. Hopefully everyone around you will be supportive and help you with your journey!

    As I said before, good luck!!!

  36. Lesley Says:

    WOO HOO! go tabby! very proud! Honestly wish i could be on this journey with you in person.Best of luck! you can do it! =) I recommend drinking 3 or more bottles of water with a tsp or so of apple cider vinegar, at the wake of morning, at lunch, and two hours before bed to rid of unwanted fat in your immune system. Ive been drinking this for a month now, am also trying to lose weight, and it gives me so much energy in the AM (mind you im not a AM person.lol) and by drinking this i dont get as hungry as i use too.Drink this and do your daily cardio and you’ll see a difference.hope this works for you! let me know if you try this and how well it works for you, and again best of luck!

  37. Lola Says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience (of how you felt before and how you feel now), it’s empowering and it’s also motivating for girls who have the same (weight) problem or another one which is to be linked with confidence as well, like acne..
    Good luck! =)

  38. Chin Salcedo Says:

    Hi Tabby!
    Just wanted you to know that I’ve been dealing with the same weight issues. It’s been uphill and downhill, yet always difficult. Right now I am dealing with some emotional crap. It’s really hard searching for the strength and motivation to continue. But you know, reading your blogs has somehow inspired me for some reason. Like I want to go through this with somebody (even if that person has no clue as to who I am). Even the picture of Kristin with your pants inspired me! It’s so cool.
    Anyways, thanks for sharing your experience with us all. I hope that I can achieve as much.
    Warmest bear hugs!
    Chin

  39. Delaney Glass Says:

    Hey Kristin. I loved your hair long it was so beautiful and flowy and you looked absolutley stunning with all of your hair, but you look beautiful with out all of it too. It is indeed cute. I like it a lot and it shows off your beautiful porcelin skin and beautiful eyes. I like your hair both ways and I think you will always look good in any hair cut. I will miss you so much on Smallville. Clark and Lana looks so dang cute together but that is not his destiny. I can’t wait to see you in Chun-li the street fighter movie. I take martial arts my self so that will be interesting. Thanks and you look gorgeous.
    xoxo,
    Delaney Glass

  40. Rebeccabriant Says:

    Hi,

    I am from Australia and i just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has posted something here, i too am on a weight loss journey and it has been going on for about 3 years and i have yo yoed back and forth and back and forth and i now realise after looking at all your posts, that mainly i never actually realised why i wanted to lose weight, i just kept wanting to look like celebrities who were taller or differently proportioned to me so i was aiming to look like something i never could. I am now really focusing on trying to be healthy and getting the the ideal weight that is best for my body and not trying to look like a magazine cover model. I am also looking into the reasons i put on weight in the first place and the emotional issues that caused it. I just wanted to say thanks for inspiring me to look beyond my initial thoughts. Also, thanks to Kristin and Kendra for putting up such a useful and meaningful website.

  41. Emily Says:

    Hii TAbby.

    My name is Emily. I have always been overweight since a young age and about a year ago I made the decision that it was time to do something about it. I told myself this every year, but I always wanted to do it for others, for other reasons that did not concern me as a person, really. But this time was different, I wanted to do it for me, for my physical health and emotional betterment( is that a word??). So I joined WeightWatchers. I was the youngest member at my meetings, at first I felt very out of place, but as soon as our leader started talking and the members started interacting I felt extremely comfortable and safe. So far I have lost 60 pounds and am continuing my membership in weight watchers. I strongly encourage WW for anyone wanting to not just change their weight but overall lifestyle. : )

    < 3 Emm

  42. Helen Grace Says:

    Hi Tabby. I read your blog entries and was just at awe with your determination and drive to reach your goal of losing weight. I actually have the same problem….I wish I had the same spirit as you do with this thing.

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