200 lbs to lose
Have been lurking for a few years, but yesterday officially started my 'diet' again.
I've always been very big - even as a toddler. Aged 20 I found a really nice doctor who helped me start healthy eating (atkins for 2 weeks, and then weight watchers), and also diagnosed a thyroid problem (yes I am officially someone who is fat in part for medical reasons). I lost 8 stone, and although still 'fat' at 18 stone something, I felt great and for the first time in my life was just like lots of other overweight people and not the peep show I sometimes felt like. I could shop in New Look - yes the plus size collection, but I didn't care because it was a 'normal' shop.
Then I had a few personal issues including a broken heart, and moved from uni to London. Here I 'lost' my under active thyroid diagnoses due to an inept doctor. Over time I put on more weight than I lost, and for the first time in my life I did actually start comfort eating, and discovered convenience food due to long hours worked/commuted in London.
In 2011 I felt awful, and it turns out not just from the weight. I found a private doctor who confirmed that I did have a thyroid problem (she was amazed at my test results and was surprised I was still functioning). This was brought under control and with WW at home and Zumba I lost 5 stone. I even rewarded myself with a trip to Australia and New Zealand.
But now again I have put on the weight again - I think most of it has been in the last 5 months due to comfort eating (I dislike my job and my career is a major drive for me). But also my thyroid is getting worse, and my medication has been upped. I start a new job in 2 weeks and decided now was the time to try WW at home again. My thyroid is problematic, but I think I should still be able to lose weight as the new level of medication is ensuring it is functioning within normal ranges (it just has to work really hard).
Although only 30, I am also now seeing massive differences in my ability to live life. I work hard, love to travel, and generally do as much as I can. But I cannot walk far and of course can never sit in a chair with arms. I love the theater but can only ever get box seats as I physically can't fit in any other seats. I'm no longer embarrassed by using a seat belt extension on plans (have pretty much needed it all my adult life) but I have to fly business just to have enough room. I love the experience, but it's expensive and is annoying that I have to chose it just to ensure I have enough room.
So now I am going to lose the weight and my overall goal is to reach 20 stone. Yes its still fat but it will give me back my quality of life. This is quite a way away, so my first goal is to get to 31 stone. This is the weight I was about a year ago, so I know I will feel better and will at least be able to starting walking and doing some basic exercise.
Have a read a lot of posts so hoping you all don't mind supporting me. Weigh day is Monday and I am hoping for a big first week!
PS I am also gluten free and have been for about 10 years
Hi Buffy...I'm in almost the exact same position as you. I came on here today looking for some motivation to start again (again, lol) and I swear reading your post...it was like I could've written it myself. I too want to get back down to a place where by all accounts, I'll still be 'big', but I remember being able to do a heck of a lot more at 20st than I can now. I'm doing SW on my own for now, no time to join a class as I have 2 jobs, both of which I struggle with, I've given up on doctors, haven't seen one in almost 9 months despite being in a lot of pain 90% of the time. I used to be on here all the time - it's honestly a great place, with lovely people, and I do miss it, which is why I'm hoping to become a lot more active on it than I have been in the last 2 years.
Just wanted to say good luck on your journey's. I used to be 22st 8lb and am now on 21st which has taken me since June 2012 as my WW meeting closed. Sending you lots of support, it's a tough journey but we have to do it and we wil do it - no matter how long it takes us. A kick up my backside to do something about my weight was being scared of breaking dining table chairs and that I have PCOS which I would like to assist by not carrying around so much extra weight.
We all have our own personal goals and just remember what they are through your journey, I have also done Slimming World and the Cambridge Diet in the past so I have tried a few plans but WW is working or me and I really love it.
With you 100% Buffy, you can do this :)
Christina - good luck to you. Doctors can be really unhelpful, and make you feel like everything is because of you weight (even flu). If you find a good one you are lucky, but so many don't understand how someone becomes our weight and think we should just stop eating. If it was that easy we would all in fact just stop eating.
I feel like I am a bit unusual in that I don't mind myself physically. It's not that I think I'm perfect (or that big is more attractive than thin) but I am so used to it I don't have the insecurities that so many of my 'thin' friends seem to have. My looks don't motivate me to lose weight, it is more the impact that being so large has my ability to live. As I mentioned I want to be able to walk further, and generally be active. I also hate that normal things like going to a restaurant cause me to think about where I will be sitting, and if I can get past the other diners. I get to work early just to travel at a less busy time so I know I will get a seat on public transport. So I'm glad to know there is at least 1 other person who wants their life back, rather than a quest to be thin (at least at this stage)
Thanks all for the support. I am pleased to say I have lost 9lbs this week. I am feeling great and even managed to not eat chips at lunchtime when I went out for lunch.
Am feeling really good - not only am I losing weight, but I feel good because I am eating good food and getting all my vitamins
Hope this continues!!!!
well done buffy thats a great loss well done
Well done Buffy, 9lbs is awesome! Onwards and downwards x
Hi, I just wanted to say good luck on your journey and well done losing 9lbs. You can do it :) x
thanks all for the support. I am pleased to say i lost 5 lbs this week - so total weight loss is 1 stone. I am soooooo happy!!!!!!!!!
5lbs wow buffy thats great well done you go for it xx
Re: 200 lbs to lose
Hey just wanted to pop in and say hiya!! I know exactly how you feel foe most of ny adukt life I hovered around 24 stone, didnt let my weight stop me getting on with my life, travelled, worked hard and just got on with life. Yeah I was fat but I was ok. In june this year my weight had gone up to 28 st 8lbs and I felt awful. I could hardly walk every morning and just everything in general day to day life was a struggle. I joined SW at the moment I am 25st 10lbs and my initial target is to get to 20st still big I know this but I am hoping I will function much better and all these everyday things will be easier :) good luck on ur journey xx
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Hi debsxdiet - nice to know someone else is in the same positon :) I actually put off losing weigth because it felt like some a massive amount to lose to get within 'normal range' but then i saw an episode of Obese: a year to save my life. A lot of them do really well and end up doing triathlon's etc, but one guy lost a fair amount (i think 7 or 8 stone) but was still obese. he was OK with that as he was able to be more active. That was my moment when i realised I could be happy at a 'big' size, just less than I am at the moment.
This week I haven't lost anything but thats OK (i didn't dare weigh in until this morning - usual weigh day is Monday). Its TOM and I had a really bad weekend - had a Korma, rice and chips on Friday night, followed by Pad Thai on Saturday night. Sunday was better (although still over, but only by a few points) and yesterday I was back within my points. Am feeling positive as even though I had a couple of bad days, I was still able to get back on it.
Fingers crossed I can survive next weekend!
Firstly Good Luck on your journey. I myself was wanting to lose 170lbs so that I am able to function better in life. I struggled with planes accepting the extender its not a good feeling and I vowed next time I am on a plane I won't have to wear one.
Well done on your massive loss. There will be difficult times but just look to the future and vision where you want to be.
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Hey Buffy! I watched the obsese a year to save my life also. What I have also found is also now I am older (31) lol im getting much more pins now knees, feet etc I feel I need to do this now I dont want to be disabled by my weight by the time I am 35.... I wish jessie would cone and make me loose all that weight. I am going to get to 20 stone initially and see how I feel but now I am doing the diet and enjoying it I think I can loose more my bmi says I should be about 12 stone but I dont see that happening maybe 15 tho. Will wait and see :) look forward to sharing ur journey its good to chat to other ppl like minded with lots to loose. Xxx
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