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Joline's Success Story

Joline Lincicome | Louisville, KY, USA
Already lost 78 pounds!
Nick name in the forums: MiSsJoLi
Starting Weight: 233 pounds August 1, 2001
Current Weight: 155 pounds October 20, 2003
Weight lost to date: 78 pounds October 20, 2003
Goal Weight: 140 pounds July 2, 2003

Joline, an active soccer player, weighed 133 pounds at high school graduation. A 20 pound weight gain during her freshman year in college soon grew to 100 pounds. Feeling shame and embarrassment, Joline began to isolate herself. Until the day she decided to make a change....

"When I graduated from high school in May of 1996, I weighed approximately 133 lbs. I had played soccer most of my life, and had been very active. I graduated from high school, and was off to college. Slowly, but surely, I put on more than the "freshman 15."

Realistically, I put on about 20 lbs a year after graduation. I quit playing soccer and started "enjoying" the college life of late night parties followed by pizza and of course a beer here and there. I noticed I was putting on weight, but didn't do anything to control it.

Before I knew it, I was 100 lbs heavier then when I had graduated. Slowly, I started isolating myself from the people I love and old friends. I would make up excuses not to hang out with my "old friends" from high school, because I was ashamed of who I had become. I even got to the point where I was too embarassed to go to the grocery store in fear that I would see somebody from high school, or that people would be watching what I put into my cart.

I consider myself a carb addict. I have limited my carb intake, watched my fat and caloric intake, and drastically reduced my portions.

I also drink lots of water in hopes that it will speed up my metabolism and help with appetite control.

I started out with aerobics a couple of times a week, and now I enjoy long walks at the park across the street or around the neighborhood. My boyfriend and I recently bought bikes, so when the weather permits, we bike around the city for fun and of course some much needed exercise!

I remember buying Healthy Choice and Weight Watchers meals, and eating them, only to find out I was still starving. There were times that I would have to watch my boyfriend eating Mcdonald's, and I would literally cry. I would cry for several reasons - I was hungry, I wanted that BigMac, and I was angry at him for eating it in front of me. It was a snowball effect, and I would cry because I was so embarrassed for crying in the first place.

I found the phen.com site, and found more support then I could ever ask for. I found an inner strength after realizing that I was not the only one with these feelings. I found love and friendship from people I had never seen, and to be honest, didn't even know if they really existed. I never imagined I could form such a bond with people that I met on a machine. You can talk all day long to people who love you, and WANT to support you, but it just isn't the same.

I honestly think that was one of the keys to me finding the strength deep down inside of me to get this weight off.

After the first month or two and all of my online support, and after seeing results, I gained confidence in myself, and my ability to actually follow through with this. I found foods that were satisfying to me, and I was able to finally have control of something. I was able to stop eating when I was no longer hungry (rather then eating to get so full I wanted to explode).

I learned that food can still be a good and satisfying thing, without completely binging."

Joline

A new lifestyle
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What is the deciding factor that made you decide to change your lifestyle?
Joline
I was asked several (what seems like a million times) if I was pregnant, or when I was due. It got harder and harder to "laugh" that off. I was tired of balling my eyes out. In the summer time I would always wear black, and rarely would I wear short sleeves or shorts. Of course that would draw attention, and people would ask "Aren't you hot?" which I felt only brought more unwanted attention my way. In August of 2001, I finally decided that I had to make a change. I looked at myself in the mirror, and decided today was the day.
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What was the most difficult adjustment to your new lifestyle?
Joline
The most difficult adjustment to my new lifestyle was the first couple of months. I felt like nobody believed I could do it, and I wanted to prove them wrong.
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What is the most rewarding part of your new lifestyle?
Joline
The most rewarding part of my weightloss has been the new found self esteem. I am much more confident, and I think it shows in everything that I do. I walk with my head held high and a smile on my face. I feel like I am more kind to others, and I don't have as short of a temper. I had let my weight consume me and run my life. I was bitter and angry inside. The best part of it all is that I am not afraid to do the things I enjoy anymore. I am confident enough to do the things that I enjoy again - to take walks with shorts on, to wear short sleeve shirts, and to wear clothes other then black to camoflauge my fat body. I also feel like I have control over me and my life again. I had lost that, and didn't know how to get it back. I had to take it one minute at a time...LITERALLY!
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Do you have any words of advice for the Phentermine.com community?
Joline
The only thing I feel like I can offer is that we ALL fall down, and it's the people who are able to pick themselves up again who are successful. It is easy to give up, but even harder to keep going. No matter how sorry for myself I felt, I kept going. I had to prove to myself (and everyone else) that I COULD DO IT! Although I still have about 20-25 lbs to go until I hit my goal, I am proud to say that I have now lost 70 UNWANTED pounds.
Joline Lincicome's Picture
July 1, 2000
233 pounds
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August 1, 2002
157 pounds

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