Long-time reader, first-time poster.
I have always been big and over the years I have gone up and down in weight but the last weight gain crept up on me . I was slowly buying bigger and bigger clothes to feel comfortable. I realised at the beginning of the year I was in 5xl, just under 25 stone with a BMI of 49!
I started being more aware of the calories I was eating and started losing some weight. I started by focusing on one meal at a time, initially getting a regular healthy breakfast routine, then lunches and eventually dinners.
Unfortunately, when the pandemic took hold, I was made redundant and I had a bit of a weight-loss blip. I’m certainly a boredom and depression eater.
The reports that the virus was more dangerous for those with a BMI of over 40 gave me extra motivation. My first goal was a big one and it was to get my BMI under 40. The thought of a 4 ½ stone weight loss was daunting but I knew it was needed and that I was in this for the long haul, I always had smaller incremental goals in my head but I knew I needed to stay focused on that BMI of under 40.
I do like technology and utilised a number of apps to help me along the way to record steps, food intake, etc. After trying a few different measuring routines, I personally found I liked weighing daily, I’m lucky that I can “switch off” from those natural daily ups and downs and learned to understand how trends built up over time.
I was hoping to hit my BMI goal last week, but I just missed it. On the plus side, I also had a flu jab and as my BMI was still over 40 it was free, so silver lining.
Today was the first day my BMI has recorded under 40 and I’m super pleased with myself. I always liked baggy clothes as I hated tight tops around my stomach. I’m now out of those 5xl’s. I had been putting off trying my old clothes as I still thought I’d feel uncomfortable in them but today I was brave and I’m sitting here in a 3xl and it feels a bit baggy.
I know my journey isn’t over as I’m still around 20 ½ stone, a weight most people are under before they even start. My next goal will be a little smaller, to hit a 5 stone total loss. It’s a nice round number and will put me out of the 20's.
I thought I would make up for the lack of regular smaller posts with one big long post, sorry 😊