My name is Jess and I'm a sophomore in college. I decided to join this community to receive and offer support, as I've always struggled with my weight, and despite the fact that I've made some strides, I still want to go further.
Just a background: I was at my heaviest, 158 pounds I believe, when I was a freshman in high school (I'm 5'3"). I felt awful at the time- awful about myself, and just awful in general. Looking back on it, I was so unhealthy. I constantly experienced chest pains and felt like crap all the time. I had very little energy. I drank tons of soda every day, processed foods, fatty foods, tons of junk food... I ate way more than I should have. And had I continued on that path, I probably would be much heavier today. But finally I decided to just try dieting and eating healthier for a few weeks in the hopes that I could lose some weight and regain some self-esteem since I'd grown to really hate my body, the way I looked in clothes, the way I felt around my friends, etc.( Blah blah blah... and where I'm at now.Collapse )