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