Hi all, newbie here!
Basically, I have let my weight pile on and I'm now my heaviest at 19 stone 5 pounds. Well that's a lie I'm now 19 stone 4 pounds after a short while of dieting and some gentle exercise. Is it ridiculous that I'm incredibly proud of that one little pound? Maybe so, but I don't care.
I need some support through my weight loss journey. I have my wonderful partner who is being fantastic and is incredibly encouraging but I need more than one voice pushing me, if that makes sense?
So I'll start from the start, last Friday I decided I needed to make some changes to my lifestyle. I was walking up the stairs and starting to get chest pain. Suddenly it hit me, I looked in the mirror and it turns out (wait for it..) I'm fat!! Shock horror I guess. I don't know if any of you have experienced this before, but when your weight piles on, you just DON'T see it. I still saw myself as that skinny size 14. I realised I need to do something about this. So that day I went and bought all healthy food, not a kebab or curry readymeal in sight! That night I started with my healthy diet. Tuna steak, peas, carrots and home made healthy potato wedges. Tuna steak was completely new to me and to my surprise I really enjoyed it. I was put off by the appearance of the wedges but they were yum too. I also put an advert online for a cheap exercise
The next day I managed to get hold of an exercise bike for £20. It's absolutely fantastic. The first day I did 30 minutes in 10 minute go's. I was shocked with myself considering I haven't exercised like that for a good 5/6 years. The next day my backside ached so badly but I managed another 10 minutes. The next day I had bruises galore on my hips and pain all over but I walked up an incredibly steep hill for 10 minutes IN ONE GO! It's the first time I've managed that hill without having to stop several times. I've been doing this hill once maybe twice a week for a few months now so I'm guessing that's helped a lot.
My problem is the feeling of hunger, I don't cope well with it. I am starting to learn to ignore it, mind over matter etc etc. So I have been snacking quite a bit, but instead of a biscuit, I had a grape. Instead of a pack of biscuits, I limited myself to 6 crackers with Light Philadelphia on it.
Yesterday I slipped quite badly. I skipped breakfast (big no-no apparently) and I felt quite depressed because of the amount of pain I was in - ALL my muscles were seizing. I had a healthy dinner which was good but then I binged a little bit.. well.. a lot.. on fatty foods i.e. kebab with chips and onion rings and a whole big bottle of Pepsi to myself AND a chocolate bar.. or two - OOPS!
Today however I've got myself back on track. I've been eating healthily all day. I went for a 2 mile walk and so far I haven't snacked at all - big achievement!! I'm about to hop on the exercise bike for 10 minutes now. We also went shopping again this morning, all healthy foods again.
To be honest, this is the best I've done with healthy eating and exercise. I just want to feel that push from people to keep it up.
I also see a dietitian, I'm due to see her in a month or two. So I've started a food and exercise diary to monitor what exactly I am eating. The hardest part surprisingly (to me) isn't having to be honest on it, but having to see exactly how much I eat.
Anyway I weighed myself on Sunday at 10.30AM and I weighed 19stone 5 pounds and I have weighed myself again today (wrong time though - 2.30PM) and I was 19stone 4 pounds. Like I say, I feel incredibly proud of that pound.
It's a start!