New on here, attempt no. 3, need support
I'm new on this forum but really like the idea of it, and sharing stories and inspiration. I am going to keep a diary just so I have motivation for keeping it up.
My first attempt at losing weight was with the Dukan diet, I lost a fair amount of weight, but it made me feel ill and I came off it. All wasn't lost (or so it seemed as I continued to eat healthily). It went wrong when I went away to uni. Alcohol and carbs were a significant part of my diet and weight ballooned.
I then got a job (placement year at uni) which was very physical, lots of walking, climbing, lifting and carrying. Weight naturally fell off. I took this further and did calorie counting and I lost 20lbs. This was the most successful as it was naturally my lifestyle, nothing forced. However, even with the 20lb loss I was still grossly overweight. So I decided to go on a diet to aid the weight loss even more. I went on the Cambridge and the weight fell off, taking it to a total of 50lbs. However, this was much more of an effort, and did not fit in with my lifestyle at work. And sadly when I returned to uni the bad food habits crept in and the exercise disappeared from my routine, especially since I also got a car! I have now returned to almost my original weight.
This time around I will be keeping things simple, making small adjustments, so it is part of my lifestyle, not something I have to think about, or struggle with. I am back to calorie counting which I find very easy, its weird how if you're allowed something, you don't want it as much. And I'm making the effort to walk places instead of drive. Very simple but effective efforts. This time there will be no magic weight loss of kgs in weeks, but it will be much more maintainable for me personally.
So today, armed with MyFitnessPal and Walkathon, I am ready to fight the flab :)