My name is Giuli and when I was a senior in highschool I gained 20 extra pounds. I was absolutely miserable. My mother had SEVERE anorexia when she was my age and when she got pregnant with me she didn't know she was pregnant till she was bout 6 months pregnant (that is how skinny she was). Anyway, when the time came for me to lose weight I was terrified I'd fall into some of my mothers anorexic habits, but I'm proud to say I didn't. I lost 20lbs in 3 months and have kept it off for almost two years now! I changed my diet and exercise habits and learned about both things by reading magazines such as "shape" "fitness" and "self" these magazines worked great for me. I also worked on my self esteem with self help books. Thats the one thing I did differently this time (i'd tried and failed to lose weight many times before) I truely believe that is what helped me to succeed. "The everything guide to self esteem" was the best book I ever read and its because of that book that I am 20 lbs lighter even after 2 years.