Hi, I joined recently as I had a wake up call (a) when I got on the scales and (b) when I checked my BMI on the NHS website. Unfortunately I am a comfort eater and I usually make unhealthy meal choices when I'm down (take aways etc) so it's always been a battle but I've got bigger and bigger over the years, the weight kept creeping up and up. I need to lose a shocking 10 stone to be mid range healthy. I cannot really believe I have got to this stage, but I guess the fatter you get the more you hide away...the worse you feel....then the more you eat - vicious cycle really. The reality is I'm a heart attack waiting to happen and I have a son and husband who don't want me to die - that's my motivation. This is quite a big thing for me to admit to the world but I'm really inspired by how supportive people are on these posts.
Anyway...I have started looking at calories and healthier choices of food. I started eating better on Wednesday and keeping a food diary. I will be counting calories of all food and drink and putting everything in the diary so I don't mess it up. I have to say how shocked I am at how much I can eat if I choose the right thing! I couldn't eat another thing yesterday I was so full, and I was 500 short of the recommended calories for my height/weight! I'm certainly not complaining and I'm not going to stuff extra food in just because it recommends a certain number. It just goes to show that I was making all the wrong, high calorie unhealthy food choices to put this weight on. Silly me, but don't look back, look forwards, eh?!
For now, because of my arthritis and pain/inflammation in the veins in my leg, causing swelling, exercise is going to be pretty limited - I can't really walk comfortably to the car without pain, and the doc has instructed me to rest my leg elevated as much as possible to drain the fluid. Trouble is, as soon as I get up the leg starts to swell again - ugh! So, my plan is to get some weight off by altering my diet and then I can hopefully get out walking when I'm lighter and hopefully in less pain.
I feel I'm going to need all the support I can get as this is going to be a lonnng journey! I want to wish everyone well in their weight loss journey to health, whatever stage they are at. Let's get it done eh?