This thread is not what you might think it is. It's for general discussion about our bodies in a non-sexual way. If you're self conscious and think this is going to be a bunch of fit people talking about fitness things, you're wrong. Whatever your body is,no one here is going to do anything but support each other. This thread is going to bleed love for both ourselves and for each other.
I myself have been 5'10 in height since I was about 14. From about 1997 (when I was 5) up until 2008-2009 (when I was 16-17) I've struggled with my weight. When I was 5 I had my tonsils removed and after that I put on a large amount of weight. No one knows why but it's an observable fact that tonsillectomies often result in weight gain. In around 2008-2009 I lost a large amount of weight and since then have been in a reasonably healthy weight class. I still have a little bit of excess body fat but it's still a healthy amount. I don't have anything special to thank and I can't even say that it was due to exercise. From about 2003-2007 I was excercising a decent amount and was eating very little junk food. What eventually helped me was pure and simply cutting down on how much that I ate. I got my weight down from about 110kg (242lbs) to 90kg (198lbs).
I stayed pretty much that same weight up until about October 2011 when I put a serious effort into being calorie and health conscious. I cut out 95% of all refined sugar from my diet by going cold turkey from regular soft-drinks and snacks which cut my calorie intake by at least 700 calories per day. I also stopped eating fried food and have since been eating foods like grilled chicken, plain rice, vegetables, fruits, wholegrain breads, etc. I plan to continually improve my diet until I am eating as healthy as possible whilst still very much enjoying the foods that I eat. I've also been taking a multivitamin supplement to assist in overall health. Ever since October I've lost an additional 10kg or so making my weight around 80kg (176lbs).
I have to say that the "secrets" to my success is a healthy mindset. Unlike most people, I never went on an actual "diet" but instead made a permanent life change to eat healthier. I made it my mission to actually understand what a healthy diet is from a scientific perspective (not just listening to someone telling me what to eat) and creating things that fit that whilst still being tasty and satisfying. I became addicted to the "energetic" feeling of the absence of unhealthy foods (fats, sugars, etc) in my system. Every time I eat something bad (fried food, soft drink, etc) I do feel a momentary high but it's proceeded by a lengthy down which feels awful. Not just in my mind ("you just ate something unhealthy") but in my body. I actually feel heavy, like there's sludge in my stomache.
Over the last 2 months or so I've also been doing some at home exercises to gain muscle. My legs are already pretty strong so I've been focusing on improving my bad posture (which means strengthening my back muscles and upper body strength. My arms, shoulders, back and chest are getting nice and firm. Overall I'm making great progress and I'm not slowing down. Once I get back to Australia (which will be happening in the next two months or so) I'm going to join a gym and start going regularly. The at-home exercises that I've been doing consist of simply, improvised things including push-ups, bench dips (like a reverse push-up), and a few dumbbell exercises involving heavy objects around the house. It's more about strengthening my core and gaining a bit of muscle mass so that when I get to do the focused machines at the gym I have a headstart.
Overall I feel pretty good about myself at the moment. I understand it may not be that easy to share your experiences and perspectives if you don't feel that good but I encourage you to. It will make you feel better and we're all here to support each other. So come on, let's all get sharing about ourselves.