Weight loss, well.. it's been something I've revisited a few times in the past 8 years. I reached my highest ever weight when I went to my sister's wedding in 2005: 13st 8lbs. I vowed to lose weight, I worked out, I counted calories, I went hungry often, and I lost a bit.. I got down to 12st 2lb before I lost my motivation and stopped trying. Ever since then I've gone back to calorie counting annually, but never managed to see it through and get results below that 12st mark.
I didn't really gain it back, though. I stayed within a couple lbs of that weight until I went to grad school in 2010/11, and I went back up to 13st 2lbs before reminding myself that I'd worked hard 6 years earlier to lose that small amount of weight and didn't appreciate undoing the work.
And then I got engaged, (!) and it just hit me that I needed to do something.
I started to work out 5-6 days a week, got a personal trainer, attended aerobics classes, etc. I managed to lose a grand total of only 11lbs in the entire YEAR. I stopped working out entirely, except for walking the dog, and I still have not gotten back into the swing of things. I've not been to the gym in well over 6 months now.
And so just over a month ago, at 12st 5lbs, I joined Weight Watchers. I'm now 11st 11lbs and feeling great. I'm bound and determined to finally be a healthy weight, something I've never been in my entire adult life. I still have 15lbs until I reach 'healthy' and 25lbs to a vague tentative 'goal,' and I need to maintain motivation. WW is great for tracking nutrition, but I find myself needing a bit more support, and so I've joined this community. I need the strength and willpower to push through obstacles and not give up like I did back in 2005. I know I'll be able to maintain once I reach goal, I have the strategies, and I understand that it's a lifestyle change, I just can't let myself get depressed about progress.
I hope you'll help me reach my goal, however undefined it is at the moment, and get me to feel beautiful on my wedding day (22 June!), and give me a swift kick up the @rse to get out there and get active again.
The photo was me at my biggest in grad school, May 2011. It also showcases my downfall: SWEETS.