My name is Caragh and I’m 25 and from Sydney.
I joined this forum as a way to meet people and gain inspiration while losing weight.
I have struggled with my weight since about 8 years old. I was always a big girl, and although I was bullied I generally enjoyed life and tried not to let it get the better of me.
After a very traumatizing few years from 2005-2009 losing 3 close family members including my mum to cancer, and then watching my dad battle cancer... I continued to EAT my feelings and was working a desk job.. though I’m not exactly sure my weight climbed 15 or so kilos in that time and in October 2009 I weighed in at 97.2 kilos.
At this point I had enough, I was starting to suffer the physical effects of being overweight, tired, and sore hips and back. I had to do something. I decided that quitting smoking and getting healthy went hand in hand.. so off I went and in 9 months I lost 22 kilos by walking and counting calories. I eventually joined gym and became quite obsessed with my weight. In June of 2010 at 75 Kilos I was finally after many years feeling confident enough.. but I still saw a bigger girl who could just buy smaller size clothes. I got into a long distance relationship and he the lovely man that he is.. Introduced me to cheese and biscuits.. and reintroduced my love of alcohol. It’s a familiar story.. Someone loves you so you become comfortable.. Well I did.. I stopped exercising and pretty much ate whatever I wanted. He recognized that I was getting bigger and made comments after I put on the first 10-13 kilos.. they hurt my feelings and I probably ate more..
I eventually moved from Melbourne to Sydney and in with my dude.. I continued to work long hours, and not always watch what I was eating with no exercise too boot.. more weight crept on. We changed jobs, our relationship fell apart.
So here I am.. just about to turn 26 year old and tipping the scale at 106 kilos or I was the other day. I need to do something before it’s too late, and i am seriously suffering from obesity related health issues that can NEVER be undone.
So late last year I made the decision to go to the doctors and try duromine for a month or so to see if it helped with energy and appetite. I started 30mg on the 10th of January. I am generally feeling pretty good.. not too many side effects. My appetite has decreased a lot and my energy levels are up. I know duromine is just a crutch.. but I’m estimating i’ll lose my first 15-20 kilos on it.. I then want to lose another 26 kilos so I know it has to be about finding a balance of good food, learning to control my portions and incorporating exercise into my everyday life.
So my stats:
Starting weight: 106kg
Current weight: 106kg
Mini Goal: 99kg
I look forward to interacting and “meeting” all of you.