I achieved my weight loss goal three weeks ago in Week 33. I meant to write this then but now is better than never. I actually exceeded my goal which myself and my doctor are super happy about.
I couldn't have done it without using various resources at my disposal, i.e. this forum, my doctor, myfitnesspal (planning & logging my meals), my journal, my local gym & swimming pool, home free weights and exercise bike, a tape measure, a walking app, relaxation/distraction techniques, some of my family & friends, my trusty walking trainers and the vast streets where I've walked so many miles.
I've had setbacks too with my diet and with exercise but that's life it's not perfect. Even with those obstacles I have persevered and continue to do so. Because this joyful feeling I have is down to me. When I look in the mirror I sometimes can't believe my eyes, I say to myself I did this. And I feel proud of my achievements.
I feel healthier, lighter more at ease with myself than I did all those months ago when I didn't think it was possible.
But now comes the hard part, 'maintenance'. So my next goal is to maintain and not to take my eye off the ball and become complacent and forget all that I have learnt during this journey.
The good thing is that I like the new changes I have made, consistent meal planning and physical activity. I think those are things that I can happily continue with in the long term.