Hello, this is my first post in Weight Loss NHS community and I'm looking for a little bit of advice.
I've always been slightly overweight and for the most part of my life I've been okay with that and only ever strived to be healthy rather than to lose weight. Obviously, I understand being healthy and losing weight go tend to go hand in hand, however the weight loss was never really my main focus.
Since the beginning of the year the weight has slowly been piling on and now I'm at the biggest I've ever been. Since 2013 I have taken a note of my measurements a couple of times a year, I'm not sure why but a number on a scale has never really meant much to me. I have always preferred viewing my body as a shape of sorts rather than a mass. This time last year I was probably at my slimmest measuring (in inches) 38 bust, 29 waist, 40 hips. Today I took the plunge and brought out the tape and got measuring: 43 bust, 36 waist, 45 hips. Safe to say I was left in tears.
My self esteem is so low, I avoid looking at myself in mirrors and don't feel attractive in anything I wear. Shopping trips over the past six months have disappeared after too many failed attempts of trying to squeeze into the Zara size L. I imagine the rock bottom self esteem has something to do with my mental health state at the minute, (suspecting a diagnosis of depression but yet to pick up the courage to visit a doctor).
My motivation is none existent for almost all aspects of my life, my health, studies, and friendships have all suffered due to this. As I'm writing this I'm beginning to realise how much of an impact the current state of my mental health is having on my life, but I feel this is going off topic. Although, if anyone has any advice on how to keep motivation up I'd really, really appreciate it.
I just want a healthy, happy lifestyle.
The advice I'm here for is what sort of little changes can I make to my day-to-day routine to kick start some weight loss. I've so far decided to try my best to ease myself into low carb for a while because Lord knows that is my weakness and I genuinely love veggies! Seriously, carbs are my one true love. Any suggestions as to how I can step away from the pasta, rice and bread? I don't plan on cutting carbs out completely but I'm aware my intake is way too much. I once had good results from going low carb for a few weeks that it became a healthy habit rather than fad diet; I actually learnt to not rely on carbs and instead my diet became more balanced.
Also, I'd love to have the motivation to join a gym but I don't want to start this journey all guns blazing as I feel I'll give up quicker that way. I'd like a steady progression into this.
I'll take all the advice I can get as I really don't know where to begin.