This was me, 17 years old. I was always kinda chunky and I always felt TERRIBLE about my body (my two sisters are very slim, and were in the 0-2 size range), but I didn’t really start making a change until I stepped on the scale and saw 200. That may not sound like much to some, but I’m only 5’3″.
Luckily my weight distributed evenly over my body, but you can still tell. I was very wide and my arms jiggled, and my eyes never seemed like they were fully open. Many people who knew me back then don’t even remember me being that heavy! It’s like it was erased from their minds once I lost the weight.
This is me now. 70lbs lighter (okay, 62. I gained a few) and much happier. I have a defined jaw line and I’m confident enough to put a bathing suit pic on the internet.
I won’t lie to you, I had NO idea what I was doing when I started losing weight. I was motivated by self hatred and it involved lots of crash dieting.
After the first year though I got into power lifting. I LOVED it. I had to eat more to be able to lift more, and overall I gained a much healthier reason for working out and eating properly. I don’t power lift anymore, but I still enjoy lifting at the gym along with Tae Kwon Do style workouts and whatever else strikes my fancy. The best advice I can give is find an activity you love and try to be the best at it; it won’t feel like a chore and you won’t stagnate.