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Hi there,

My name is Hannah, I'm 27, 5'6 and morbidly obese. I didn't include my weight because I'm not entirely sure what it is at the moment. I have always, always (always) been a fat girl. I was a chubby kid, a plump teenager and now an obese adult. I felt (feel) defined by how I look. I have struggled my entire life with what felt like an insurmountable limitation.

I entered my adult life with so much extra weight that I didn't want to even think about it, let alone do something about it. I was depressed angry with myself and unable to move forward with my life. I was 25 and still living at home with my parents, having finished university more than a year before. I was a inteligent, funny and caring person, who had never had a relationship. I was an artist who hardly picked up her paint brush. I was a sister who couldn't celbrated her siblings achivments, because she was too busy feeling left behind. I was watching my life pass by and I was to scared to stop it.

That is, until about a year ago. I decided that I wasn't going to try and change everything.....I was going to change one thing. I started swimming. I could hardly do more than 10 minutes the first time I went. It was humiliating to wear a swimsuit, but i did it anyway.

I swam on a regualr basis all summer, by the time August rolled around I could go for an hour. I was getting stronger and that motivated me. I wasn't changing my eating habits yet...but I saw the need to. My body needed different things now that I was using it differently.

I moved out of my parents house that summer as well. I became a pescatarian the following spring. Here I am over a year and half later. Capable, striving, excited.

I joined spark people because I knew I needed to push myself further along in this journey. It's wonderful to make so many lifestyle chages and see great results...but I still have a long way to go. I need to learn more about portion sizes, calories, new recipes and I need support.

I was a size 32 back in august 2010. I had been since I was 21 or 22. I couldn't even find clothes in the plus sized stores. I'm a size 22-24 now. That isn't thin by a lot of peoples standards. But I'm thrilled to be here. I know that I can do more.

Member Since: 3/5/2012

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