i've been actively losing weight and on this forum since about September 2012 and have been using it as a bit of a tool to get and stay focussed, the support i've found on here has been fabulous, however, I did have a thread in Introdutions (new girl trying to get to the bottom of it all) but figure as I have reached my first mini goal of 10kg lost, that I can graduate to a new thread ... figured this was the best one to go with for now.
I originally weighed in at 120kg in September 2012 and I felt like I was about to burst! I am only 5 foot 1 inch, or 156cm - pretty short another words!! I was feeling so unhealthy. I have yo-yo'd for years (just turned 46) and just keep going up and up - I seriously wondered if there was any further I could go because I literally felt like I was going to burst! you know once I made the decision (with the doctors support and advice) I set my mind to it, and with the help of my fabulous iPad app where I can record goals, food, exercise, you name it everything, I just started getting on with it. and I achieved what I set out to do in only 12 weeks (well less actually, but then I stalled at christmas time...)
The goal was from 26 September 2012 at 120kg, to be 110kg by Christmas Day, 25 December. Only 3 months, 12 weeks, whichever way you want to look at it, and I had a pretty steady weight loss of around a kg per week until I got a bit cocky and started not being so vigilent about what I stuck through that hole in my head ... and then had to really pull out the stops to reach my goal in the last 2 weeks before christmas, but I did it!! in fact I had lost 11kg by christmas day, and was feeling pretty proud of myslef so I said yes to the odd chocky, the odd chippie, the odd rum ball, the odd glass of non alcoholic drink (which still has calories by the way...) and by new years eve I weighed in at 110.4kg. What THE????? far out Fiona, what on earth are you doing??? I hadn't learned a thing had I????so I decided to get back on the horse and try to be sensible ... which I was sort of doing. i went back to work on the 2nd of january - hoping that it would be easier once I got back to work, but it was so hard to concentrate on work and i went over my calories each day until the friday when the bushfires started in Tassie and our holiday home - the home that I shared with my children for almost 20 years - was under threat and in fact burned down by saturday morning ... stress helps to lose weight apparently!! back to 109kg!!
The house is completely destroyed and all of our possessions are now nothing but ash and debris, it is heart breaking to see it - and extremely difficult to determine what was there out of the ash, but we will get through it, and hopefully the insurance company will be kind to us and help us get back on our feet. We are looking for the positives that have come out of the bushfires and hopefully the added stress will help me kick start the next 10kg loss - well, I guess it already has in that i'm back to 109, so now I guess it's only 9kg ... and even though i've been saying it for a couple of weeks now, i'm really going to get my exercise bike out of the shed and go for it!!! i saw a new exercise bike the other day and it had this really wide seat on it which I thought would be way more comfortable - and is really the main reason I don't ride the bike more often - so maybe a new seat might be able to give me some comfort and motivation at the same time!! i've also been looking into hula hooping and pole dancing for weight loss (believe me, it would not be a pretty sight to watch me do either of these activities!!) but i'm trying to find something that is fun activity that doesn't 'feel' like exercise ... i'll keep you posted on that one.
my ultimate goal is somewhere past 100kg ... well, actually the next milestone will really be 97kg as that will be when I get to below 40 on the BMI scale, so that will be exciting ... I guess I'll just keep trying to take off 10kg at a time. I also took out iPad subscriptions for a couple of slimming magazines which will also help me to keep focussed (I'm hoping) even though they aren't aussie ones, the info is fairly non specific in terms of location, and calories are calories, well, or kilojoules ... but you know what I mean
anyway, i've just counted my calories for the day and I'm definitely over, and haven't had dinner yet, so a big slap on the wrist for me today. Might have to go find 400 cals of exercise to do so I can have a meal with the family tonight!!
Wednesday is weigh in day, so I'll be posting usually on wednesdays, but if I need to vent or have a bit of a moan about something in between days, this'll be where I do it ...