First time checking out the forum and it looks like a great bunch of supportive people here! Just what I need to get me motivated and back on track after a period of slacking off recently. At the start of the year I was shocked to see a photo of myself where I looked even bigger than I thought I was... and they say the camera never lies. The side view was scary so I decided I HAD to do something about it and began what I knew would be a long-term plan of healthy eating and exercise. I had retired a few months before, my activity levels were non-existent, I could find any excuse for eating the wrong foods at the wrong times and as a consequence my weight was out of control.
I started to be more focussed on what I was actually eating and cut down drastically on the comfort junk food. I also used my Fitbit to help me to try to increase exercise in so many simple ways... going for a walk every day, jogging on the spot while brushing my teeth or waiting for the kettle to boil, dancing round the kitchen (with the blinds closed!) So far I've lost 74lbs in weight and brought my BMI from 39.6 to 28.... all in about 8 months. Since Sept however I've been off track - a dear friend had a serious illness diagnosed and my priority was helping to look after her until her death 9wks later.
So now it's time to get myself back in a better frame of mind to make an effort to go the distance. No more excuses - I'm doing this for ME and my health. Hopefully the progress I've made so far won't be wiped out by slipping back in my old ways - any support and encouragement would be gratefully appreciated!