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    Hello Everyone!

    [[In an attempt to prevent this thread from going off-topic or moving into a hate thread, please ignore any hateful posts and report them to the moderators. Please do not enter into any arguments on the thread, or provoke "rep wars" or the like. This thread is supposed to be happy and healthy for all.]]

    First of all, welcome to the thread. This is for anyone who would like to make positive and healthy steps towards changing their life. This could be losing weight, gaining weight, gaining muscle, improving your stamina- whatever you like.

    Please remember that it is normal to experience weight changes during your teenage years. Don't mistake these weight changes for changes that will remain with you for your entire life. If you feel as though this is you, then simply ensure that you're eating healthily and doing a good amount of exercise (3 x 30 mins per week). If you are are school, then you should find that you get enough exercise during your PE lessons. We don't know how old you are when you join this thread, so we will just answer your questions as needed, however be aware that we will not promote unhealthy weight loss or fad diets.

    Please feel free to post helpful links and resources, I will be more than happy to add them into this starting post if they're helpful. Also, when you post for the first time, please introduce yourself and include your aims, stats and a little bit about your situation!

    Please be aware that we will only be supporting healthy and realistic aims, but we will be able to offer support to everyone.


    Useful Links/Resources

    BMI Calculator
    Although BMI is not the be all and end all, it can give you a rough indication of how much weight you have to lose, or whether you're a healthy weight. Obviously if you're building muscle this will not be entirely accurate for you; but for most who are trying to lose weight this is helpful.

    BMR Calculator
    Your BMR is basically how many calories you'd burn on an average day if you did nothing. You should eat over your BMR if you're gaining weight, and under it if you're losing weight. Obviously you have to factor in how many calories you're burning during exercise, too.

    MyFitnessPal
    This allows you to keep a track of how much you're eating and how much exercise you're doing. The forums are helpful for specialist advice and there are lots of progress photos which I always find to be very helpful and motivating.

    List of TSR users' MFP names (to add as friends if you wish):
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    phiddy23
    cakemunch
    drixa
    Aemiliana
    cheesegromit
    __natalie__
    HugeBum
    boba92
    thesilvermagnolia
    cinderella3011
    conway1992
    tiente
    StirFriedGiblets


    SparkPeople
    Similar to MFP, also includes exercise videos, workout/stretch routines and healthy lifestyle articles.

    TickerFactory
    If you want to keep everyone updated with your progress, a ticker is very helpful (like the one I have in my sig). It helps to show how far you've come, and how far you have left to go. You can update your ticker at any time simply by clicking on it in your sig.

    LoserTown Maintenance Calculator

    Exercise Websites

    About- Exercise

    Weights; Workout Ideas

    Full Workouts Available on YouTube (Thanks to Sorani)

    Bodyweight Exercises

    List of LOTS of video workouts. (Thanks SoapyDish).

    Old School Training

    Support Groups

    If you feel as though this thread is not enough, there are Slimming World/Weight Watchers meetings literally all over the country. Try out the websites to see where your nearest one is. They're not free, but a good option if you find that face to face meetings are more effective for you than online support groups.

    Slimming World

    Weight Watchers

    Diet/Recipe Websites

    Recipe Videos

    BBC GoodFood

    Healthy Recipes & Recipe Calculator

    Protein Meal Recipes

    Style That Food

    Protein Treats

    SkinnyTaste: Healthy Meals and Recipes

    Body Building
    Any additional resources in this category will be much appreciated, as I (OP) know next to nothing about body building at the moment, so I'm relying on everyone else posting some good info!

    Jamie Eason's 12 Week Live Fit Trainer

    Personalised fat burning and muscle building guides.

    Helpful Threads
    These threads are all from TSR and are more specialist if you need any additional information.

    Barbelles Society: Ladies Who Lift

    For The Girls- Toning, Diet and Exercise a very basic guide

    Workout Music Thread

    Miscellaneous

    Nutrition articles

    Transformation Photos (Inspiring)


    ..Obviously I will add more links and information as the time goes on, just thought we'd get the thread up and running so as many people could contribute as possible! I don't have much of a clue about anything other than losing weight, so if anyone wants to add weight gain websites, quote me.

    Our Success Stories:

    outlaw-torn
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    Hey I'm outlaw-torn and before I started posting on Healthy New You I was over 13 stone. I'm now 11 and a half stone and much healthier I am also fitter which is a first for me! I still want to lose a stone. This thread has helped me to stick to a routine (most of the time!), discover MFP and also even help me through tough times unrelated to healthy lifestyles which I think is definitely the beauty of this thread - it is a place to make friends and have people to turn to if there is nobody else!


    xoxAngel_Kxox
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    Hi, I'm xoxAngel_Kxox and before I started Healthy New You: Your Change For Life I weighed almost 20 stones. I was 20 years old, at University, and completely fed up. With the help of the lovely people in this thread, I have managed to reach my target weight of 10st 10lbs which is a normal weight for the first time in my life. I have lost a little more weight since then, and am happy with the way that I look, but being able to hit the goal that I had set for myself, and to have lost (rather than gained) weight in the three months after reaching the goal, is a success story in my opinion. I wouldn't have been able to do it without them. They have taught me to eat healthily, to exercise, and more importantly to enjoy it.

    Before and After photo:
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    AndromedaLight
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    In January 2010 I weighed my heaviest. 24 stone (Around 340lbs).
    I went vegetarian and lost about 30 pounds. After this initial loss I started hiking. Easier on my body than running but still good cardio.
    Later in 2010 I became vegan and lost another 30 pounds. I hiked occasionally. Sometimes went swimming. This is when I bought a longboard (skateboard) and started skating for fun. Not very often though.
    Through all of 2011 I maintained. I didn't really focus on my diet or exercise, but I stayed between 20 stone 10lbs and 20 stone (290-280lbs).

    When 2012 hit I decided to get back to losing weight. Still, it was months and months of delay.
    In July, after taking a Women's Health class online, where an assignment was to make a commitment and stick with it. I chose to eat healthier and exercise at least 3 days per week. I started tracking my calories on MyFitnessPal and I started running.
    My current diet is gluten-free vegan with a goal of eating as much raw food as possible.
    My starting weight was 283lbs. I weighed myself today and I'm 257lbs now. I can't believe I've gone from 24 stone to 18 stone 5lbs...

    I'm not sure what I want my goal weight to be. I am trying to measure my success in terms of fitness, not the number on the scale. I'm running around 5 days per week. I still have a long way to go, but a short term goal would be to lose another stone before uni and add another mile to my running distance.


    isawsparks89
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    Hi I'm isawsparks89. Since beginning my health kick, I've lost 17lbs. Having finished university, I decided a while before that this would be the time now to take responsibility and improve myself, my fitness, my health and confidence. I attend a Slimming World group every week and I generally follow the Red Plan. I want to lose 90lbs overall over the next year or so, or more if it takes it and I'm taking it one half stone at a time, so that my journey's broken up into mini-goals. I've found my main inspiration from reading the other users' stories here and blogs, some of which I found here.


    Chrisateen
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    Hi I am Chrisateen and went from 18st 8lbs in October 2010 to 11st in October 2011 and lost a few more pounds since then

    The main reason why I decided to lose weight was because I was sick and tried of being fat. I felt like a 40year old in a 20year old body and was physically and mentally exhausted. I was sick of tired of struggling to do the basic things plus I just wanted to feel and look young again. A part of me did it for vanity reasons as I always wanted to shop in places where girls my age shop at but never could as a result of my weight. Also I wanted to prove to others that I could lose the weight.

    I also have my full story on here if you would like to know more (by the way the picture is a stock picture and not a picture of me)


    amizzle91
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    I'm Amy (amizzle91) and on the 1st September 2010, aged 19 I walked into a Rosemary Conley class and weighed in at 19 stone even (266lbs). I was a size 24 in clothes and couldn't even go upstairs without getting out of breath.

    In May 2011 I joined myfitnesspal and I have been using that to count calories ever since. Then I found this wonderful thread and I have been charting my progress and getting loads of advice, support and help as well

    It's coming up to my 2 year 'diet-a-vesary' and I currently weigh 11st 7lbs (161lbs) and wear size 14 clothes. I go to the gym 3-4 times a week and I can run 5k without too much trouble. I have lost 7 and a half stone (105lbs) and I've never felt better!


    areebmazhar
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    Alright I'll give it a go as well, although be warned I've only lost about 3.5/4st so my before and after pics won't be as dramatic as some of the others on here.

    I've always been a chubby kid, and as I passed through secondary school the weight just began to pile on. After college had nearly finished I was just over 18st and depressed about it. I was embarrassed to even walk in public and would send my little brother to the shops to get me sweets and chocolates and fish and chips etc as I was too ashamed. I was bullied throughout secondary school by the younger kids about my weight and appearance and this made me turn to bingeing on junk food to make me feel better, so I got fatter, felt more depressed and thus ate more-it was a vicious cycle and pretty typical of how a lot of people become overweight.

    At college things did get a little better as there was no bullying any more and the students seemed much more mature. But there were still some snide remarks by students and even teachers on my weight and some embarrassing moments as well. When I did my work experience at a hospital the nurse was showing us how to take blood and we were all sat watching (about 20 of us) then she told me to stand up and used me as an example of an overweight person that had difficult to see veins. Absolutely humiliating.

    Another incident which stands out is in y12 volunteering for our "studentcrew" to help the prospective students on open day. We had to be given t-shirts with the college logo and coloured red so the students could recognise us to ask for help. The biggest size was xl and I was xxl, I couldn't fit into it, so just followed my friend around for the rest of the evening just to tag-a-long. Nobody asked me for help. Doesn't sound like much bit it made me really upset.

    About 4 months ago it finally hit me that I might be going to medical school this September and having been obese at school and college I wanted a fresh start at university. So I started to count calories and go on short runs in the morning. Slowly but surely people began to notice I had lost weight and this motivated me even more. I finally plucked up the courage to go to the gym and start working out and I have never looked back since. I have become somewhat addicted to the gym now and feel depressed on my recovery days. It also helps to relieve my stress as well instead of turning to junk food like I used to.

    Unfortunately my before pics aren't too accurate because they are of me in y11 at 16st. In college I gained another 2st (up to 18st) but didn't allow anyone to take any pics of me due to the sheer humiliation of my appearance. Today for this success story I took the first pic of myself in ages!

    Sorry the before pics are terrible quality they are pictures of pictures if you get what I mean..

    A big thanks to the mods and other users on tsr fitness forum who gave me advice, help and encouragement and also complied those useful stickies!

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    Silverbolt
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    My weight had steadily gone up over the course of about two years especially once my dad started to get really ill and my relationship got worse.

    Cut to just after xmas 2011 early 2012 - my father had died, my relationship had broken down and i decided screw it time to get my life in order.

    This photo, the picture on the left is me this time last year, the one in the middle is October 2011 and the one on the right is August 2011.



    This one from Halloween 2012



    this one is from xmas 2012 - to show ive kept the weight off. Ignore the grin - too much vodka



    I weighed up at 14 stone with a 36-38 waist.

    Now im 11.5 stone (i was 11 when the top photo was taken) with a 28-30 waist (though that sucks seeing as im 5'10" trying to get trousers that fit)

    I did three things to lose the weight - though i reckon some of it was due to stress.

    1. stopped smoking - this was the hardest naturally - still off them
    2. Cut out sugar and switched to sweetner - had smaller portions of food (but wasnt completely against the odd pizza) and generally was more careful about what i ate. I cannot say enough about eating fresh food over processed frozen stuff.
    3. Started swimming. Built up to 740 metres three times a week. Before breakfast.

    Now i still swim at least twice a week and i do a kettlebells class more to keep myself in shape than anything else. I ahve noticed specially after the xmas period its starting to creep back on a bit which i really dont want - took me along time to get the drive to get back to such a slim waist.

    My advice to anyone is just keep at it - learn how nutrition works and beleive you can do it. Dont starve yourself and the odd slip up now and then isnt the end of the world.
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    Just quoting the last page of posters to lead you to the new thread! Let's see how long this one lasts..

    If anyone wants to start by setting goals for this thread then feel free I will do so later.
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    I'd love to set some goals but it's impossible to say with bodyweight exercises when these will be achieved. I've listed them in my blog. My MAIN goal is to continue with my 'change for life' and hit the 1 year mark. On 28 November it will be 6 months. I can't believe I've managed to go to the gym for so long I don't have a gym partner and have found TSR members have motivated me lots. Just reading and posting has kept me in that mindframe.

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    Hooray for the 3rd edition of this thread!
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    Wahoo for the next instalment.

    Just been invited for lunch round the landlady's, had to lie and say I'd already eaten!! What a fibber
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    Just realised that it's been a year since I started on this journey with you guys I'm now 45 pounds lighter than this time last year. Bring on the next 45 pounds!
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    Hopefully this thread will see me making some proper gains in my running. I struggle to get anywhere during the summer cause of the heat, and missed out on making improvements last winter due to a knee injury.
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    I need to improve fitness for my sport.

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    I just realised

    1 thread I was mainly losing weight
    2nd thread I was maintaining
    Now I'm bulking :rolleyes:.

    Anyway nice to start a new thread with everyone

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    (Original post by Chrisateen)
    I just realised

    1 thread I was mainly losing weight
    2nd thread I was maintaining
    Now I'm bulking :rolleyes:.

    Anyway nice to start a new thread with everyone

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    It's like you have a thread for each chapter of your life, lol .

    As for meeee..

    Aims:

    Lose 3 pounds before Christmas.

    Be able to do a squillion push ups.

    Run round the block (only about a third of a mile, oops) without stopping. I have never managed this before.
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    Today is my official weigh in and since yesterday, I have gained 0.4lbs. Which sucks because I had a perfect day yesterday and even went to the gym for the first time in forever. Now I just want to eat allllll the food

    Aims: get to my target of 10 stone 9 before christmas. Complete couch to 5k (maybe...I haven't done any running for ages). Stop binging permanently.
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    hahaha angel I was going to quote you and then I realised the thread is done!
    I was going to say it's a good idea trying to improve fitness, It will definitely make it easier to maintain the weight now your nearly finished!
    My aim for now is toooooo loose 6 pounds my christmas. Then I will be the same weight as last christmas. haha! Didn't realise I had it better then!
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    (Original post by xoxAngel_Kxox)
    It's like you have a thread for each chapter of your life, lol .

    As for meeee..

    Aims:

    Lose 3 pounds before Christmas.

    Be able to do a squillion push ups.

    Run round the block (only about a third of a mile, oops) without stopping. I have never managed this before.
    Good luck with it. If you practice a few times a week you will meet the the push ups and running goalso in no time

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    Danced last night until 3am... eughhhhhh

    At least it was somewhat of a workout.
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    :woo: for shiny new thread! Woke up at 2pm, I didn't go to bed until 6am. It's the weekend, and that's my excuse :L
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    Ok so I've decided to actually start doing this properly now and start losing weight again I've just booked a summer holiday with my boyfriend so as it 32 weeks away I want to lose 32lbs by then I'm going to be doing 90 minutes of taekwondo twice a week, spinning and netball once a week and swimming at least once a week. I will do it!
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    (Original post by MysteryPass)
    :woo: for shiny new thread! Woke up at 2pm, I didn't go to bed until 6am. It's the weekend, and that's my excuse :L
    I did this too, no idea how I'm gonna be able to wake up for work tomorrow.

    I bought an empty plastic tub and I'm gonna put exercise prompts in and pick one out each time I think about it - stuff like "do 10 squats" and things like that to get me moving in ten minute breaks, it's so often that I get these breaks so might as well make the most of it.
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    Woo, new thread!

    Right, new goals for new thread -

    Reach 10st exactly
    Not go crazy over Christmas
    Fit into size 12 jeans
    Fit into size 10 tops
    Start getting stronger



    Let's hope I make it, I keep swinging between 10st 10lbs and 10st 11lbs - so annoying! Really don't know why either because I rarely cheat.
 
 
 
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