Lollycakes' Weight Loss Journey
I hope I'm posting in the right part of the forum! Feel free to tell me to bugger off if I'm not, lol.
I suppose I should introduce myself. My name is Laura, I'm 26 and I weigh... well, I have no idea how much I weigh if I'm honest. I'm a size 30/32, and I've estimated my weight to be around 350lb - but it could easily be more. Eek! I am aiming to lose at least 150lb of that, though ideally I'd like to lose around 200-220lb.
I've been on many diets over the years - Weight Watchers, low calorie, liquid, meal replacement, etc. And nothing has worked for me, though I put that down to more a lack of motivation than anything else. I've even considered weight loss surgery, but I backed out after my first couple of consultations because I'd heard several horror stories of how badly it can go wrong.
I've recently come to a point in my life where I'm so fed up of being fat that I have to do something about it. It's non-negotiable! I've always disliked being a fat girl, but I maintained an air of, "Take me as I am, I don't care what you think!" which was complete nonsense. I was just too much of a scaredy cat to really do anything about my weight. Who wants to fail, right?
But, as I said, I'm at a point where I refuse to be fat any longer. I will lose the weight even if it kills me - because, let's not beat around the bush here, if I don't lose the weight, that's what will kill me eventually. And I'd quite like to live to be an eccentric old lady, thanks!
So, anyway. I've been on a slightly higher carb version of Atkins for almost two weeks now, and I've definitely noticed a change in my body already, but I'm incredibly impatient so I'm in the process of devising my own low carb, low fat, low calorie diet with some intermittent fasting thrown in for good measure, in an attempt to shift as much weight as I can, in as little time as possible.
I've also been strength training almost daily, with some cardio thrown in for good measure. My muscles are in a state of constant achy soreness, but if that is the price I need to pay in order to get my body - and ultimately my life - back in order, it's 99p store cheap, lol.
I'm also considering getting a prescription for Orlistat from my doctor, but I'm going to see how I manage on my own before I take that step. Have you heard about the potential side effects? They're ghastly! So, if I can do it by myself, great. If not, Orlistat here I come!
Hmm, what else? I suppose that covers just about everything. I apologise for the novel I've written - it's no Twilight! - but I find I stay far more focused on what I'm doing if I have somewhere I can talk about it. Unfortunately, I won't be able to get to a Boots to use their weighing machine for another two weeks, but once I've got my starting point, I'll weigh myself twice a month and update this thread accordingly, as well as daily updates - for my own benefit if nothing else. I don't expect anyone to reply to this, but if you have some advice or words of encouragement, they'll be gratefully received!