So I joined this forum yesterday, and posted some before / current pictures.. and have become obsessed with reading about everyone's stories and decided to write my own. Apologies if it's too long!
I've been overweight my whole life, pretty much since primary school. I remember when I was 12, we had to do something at school and get on a scale, and I was over 70kg... in grade 7
In high school I just kept putting on weight, and started to develop bad eating habits. I would walk to the shops on my way home from the bus stop, just to get a packet of chips, chocolate, bakery food, whatever!! Then in grade 12, I dropped a couple of K's for my formal.. I think I was about 110kg at that point... at 17 years old.. yikes that's scary.
After high school, I moved out of home and in with my first boyfriend, who I stayed with for over 5 years, but slowly got more and more depressed, which I think then just made me eat more and more to make myself feel better.. I never weighed myself, but the highest weight I ever saw was 135kg when I went to give blood.
After we broke up, I moved back home and stayed around the same weight, maybe lost 5kg or so from eating healthier and being happier etc, but I still had the really bad habits of eating too much junk and having way too much food at meal times.
The next chapter of my story lead me into a blooming internet romance with a charming American.. many months later... what did I do? Got on a plane to LA! (Much to my Mum's horror - AMANDA he could be a serial killer!) I guess he could have been actually... haha, but this is where my life really did a 180.. He was following the Atkins diet at the time, so I decided that I would follow it too, while we road tripped around the USA together. (During this crazy road trip, he proposed, and 2 months later we were married.. again to the horror of my mother... I gave her so many gray hairs that year)
We met on 23rd March, 07 and got married on 9th June 07, and by our wedding day I think I weighed about 118kg. Then we moved back to Australia together, and just kept doing the low-carb, no sugar diet.. we didn't even exercise very much (at all) and the weight slowly came off. By Feb 2008 I got down to my lowest weight of about 88kg, and then started getting a little too comfortable and started adding in things I shouldn't have, chocolate here, burger there, etc until about 6 months later I realised I had gained 10kg back and was at 98kg again! Noooo!
Changed back to strict dieting (still no exercise) and lost the 10kg in about 4 months. At the start of 2009, we both decided this was the year we would hit our goal weight. So we wrote out a 2 week meal plan, counted carbs and calories and just rotated the same meals every 2 weeks. We also started walking every night for 50 mins. From 1st Jan, I was at 88kg and now the start of June, I am sitting on 70kg. I can't believe what a difference the walking has made!
It's formed such a part of my life now, If I skip a day of exercise I feel so lazy! In March, I also started doing 20mins of yoga exercises first thing every morning before I have breakfast.
At 70kg, my biggest challenge now is to lose my final 7kg, putting me at my goal weight and healthy BMI of 63kg. I have a little bit of loose skin, due to the amount of weight I have lost, but the exercise has really helped with that.. Sorry to say, my least favourite area is my chest.. But my exciting reward for getting so close to my goal is that in 2 weeks I am getting breast augmentation surgery! 18th June - no more saggy weight-loss boobies!
That's me so far, hope it wasn't too long winded! I wish everyone the best of luck on their journey to a happier, healthier life!