I began my journey to health this past May. It was a time when I was bombarded with other people's before and after pictures and that "try this new diet" tagline. I knew I needed to change, but it felt overwhelming. I had tried My Fitness Pal before and was not successful. My excuse then was, "I don't have the time." I finally chunked that excuse and decided to give MFP another shot. I never imagined myself being able to see a before and after picture and actually seeing results. I owe a large amount of my success to MFP. MFP helped keep me remain accountable to myself! Lying on my log was basically like me lying to myself. I charted my weight gain, my plateaus and my success. Losing weight, for me, was more mental than anything. I had to address my thoughts about food and my body. Once I realized that I deserved it and that slow progress was still progress, I stopped comparing myself to others and kept at it. Now that I have destroyed 34 pounds, I want to help others find their inner beast!