Hi christina and welcome to the forum. Your story sounded so familiar to me. I started my weightloss journey not that long ago and have a similar goal to yours. I too became very embarrassed about my weight gain and finally started to do something about it. 3 months later, I've lost 6 kilos, am about half way there and so much happier and confident in myself - not just because I'm thinner, but because I was able to do it, and reach my first goal weight.
And on this board, it doesn't matter whether you've got five kilos to lose or 50! I don't think anyone here would think "Oh, she's only
got 15kg to lose". It's not like that. We all know that it takes a lot of effort, planning and strength to lose just one kilo and to lose 15kg, is not going to be easy at all.
I have always been a physically active person and last year I exercised a LOT while I trained for a long distance endurance event and I only lost 2kg in about a 5 month period. I wondered why I wasn't losing any weight, even though I thought I was eating healthily.
Recently, I discovered http://www.calorieking.com.au
and found out that what I thought, for example, was a portion of rice, was actually three! It really opened my eyes to portion control and it's been the key for me. I've also reduced my alcohol intake - I only drink alcohol 2-3 times per month instead of 3 or more times per week. I've more or less tackled my sugar demons, too. Though they are much too powerful when I'm pre-menstrual, so I haven't won that battle just yet...
So all the best with your weightloss journey. You can do it!
Just keep moving! And don't be lazy...
SW: 74.3kg - 1/1/09
CW: 71.1kg - 3/5/09