It has been over a year since I last posted on here and at that time I was starting to feel as though I didn't really need to use the forum anymore to log my weight as I was feeling happy with the way I looked and felt and hoped that the weight would continue to come off on its own if I stayed healthy and active. I managed to maintain my weight for several months by eating healthy, maintaining my running and even entered various races and completed a ten mile run in October 2016.
At around the same time as this I began a new relationship and after the initial butterflies in stomach phase when I was probably my lowest weight (around 11 stone 2 pounds), I then began to gradually put the pounds back on as I became more comfortable with my boyfriend and when we moved in together earlier this year. He is over a foot taller than me and slim but we are eating similar portions and not always making healthy choices. I'm eating out more and getting more takeaways as we enjoy treating each other. We walk to and from work together every day which is about an hour and a half of walking, but this doesn't seem to offset the calories we are putting in. I have discussed my weight with him and said that I want to try and get back down the weight I was when we met, but he just reassures me that he doesn't see any difference. I think he will try to support me but really if I want to make the change I know it needs to come from me.
We got back from holiday about a month ago and I was staggered by the difference I could see in the pictures (see below for me at my lightest and me now). I put so much hard work into losing weight the first time and I cannot allow myself to get any bigger! I'm so much happier in so many aspects of my life but my weight is always the one thing dragging me down (pardon the pun). I've been trying to make some changes the last few weeks. I'm using myfitnesspal again to log calories, I've been on a few short runs but I am yet to see any progress on the scales. I remember last time the motivation really came from this site and the feeling of accountability when posting every week so here is me saying that I'm trying again! I had a little tumble but I need to get back on track! I'll be trying to weigh in every Wednesday like I used to.
This morning I got on the scale and was 12 stone 7.5 pounds (1 stone and 5.5 pounds heavier than my lowest). I'm hoping to lose a pound a week.