Hello there. My name is Anne and I have been looking at these forums for quite a while before deciding to join in. It is truly inspirational to hear your stories and I totally understand your struggles as I have had weight problems.
My heaviest weight was 121 kgs and at that point feeling absolutely at rock bottom decided nobody was going to help me but me.
I'm sure if you have been at that weight as I was, you know the struggles I faced. I could only shop at certain shops where the clothes still looked terrible on me no matter what I tried. I had no energy and felt so self conscious with everyone I came into contact with.
I didn't really have a plan, just a goal to reduce my weight and keep it off permanently. I looked at my portion sizes and the kinds of food I was eating, checked all the food labels for fat and energy content. I'd like to say I had a scientific plan but in truth I didn't, it was simply a reduction in the amounts I ate. I also began walking every morning, nothing too strenuous at first.
I won't deny it was difficult, but the rewards outweighed the degree of difficulty. I always had the end goal in sight but also always had in my mind that it was impossible too,. Sounds a little like a contradiction I know, but I don't think I believed I could achieve it until I did.
My goal was 70 kgs, when I reached 86 kgs, I joined a gym. I was reluctant as I had never pushed myself that hard before but I knew it was important long term to do this. I have been a member for 18 months and absolutely love the time I spend there. Not a junkie, but I do feel the benefits absolutely.
I now maintain my weight between 70-75 kgs. This is sometimes more difficult than losing weight. I always thought it would somehow be easier but it's so easy to slip back into bad habits. I feel fantastic, fit and so much healthier with incredible energy. It took me 12 months to lose 50 kgs.
I have drawn inspiration from here, if I can help anyone or receive help, that will be fantastic. You can all achieve your goals and live your life with renewed energy and do things you've only dreamt about!