Hi, my name is Carrie. I was invited to this group by my sister Tami. I signed up for this mainly as a way to keep in touch with her better, but as I've been reading all the wonderful success stories from the last round I'm seriously getting excited about this.
So a little about me...I would say that other than when I was under the age of 9, I've always struggled with my weight. To stay even close to the size of my peers, I had to work-out and diet all the time. For years, it really wasn't that challenging. I played sports all through high school and some in college. During college, my me time was walking around the dorms with friends and talking - so it was relatively easy then as well (not to mention the food at the dining common wasn't that great, so I ate salads all the time). Then, life started getting busier.
I would say there were many factors to my current size. The main one being lack of time and probably to be totally honest, lack of will power too. Since I've constantly had to watch what I eat and work out all the time to stay not even skinny, but just to maintain a decent weight/size I really lost the motivation to even try any more. That combined with working full-time and just having little to no time to make good, nutritious meals.
Needless to say, I have really let myself go without really realizing it and now I'm ready to make a change. I still don't have a lot of time, in fact I haven't even had time to take any measurements or weigh myself (hopefully, I'll be able to do the measurements tomorrow).
My long-term goal is to lose 55 lbs (or to look like the picture below - whichever comes first). However, for this challenge I'll be happy if I can lose the first 15 lbs to get me started.