I'm a brand new poster to this forum but have found a lot of the stories very inspiring over the last few weeks. So - I am a 34 year old Banker based in London (birthday was on Saturday ) and I have a 16 year old (turning 17 in 2 weeks). During my early teenage years I was always a bit chubby - not fat - but never below a size 12. During my pregnancy 17 years ago I was very sick and actually ended up at 9stone and size 10 the day I left hospital. For the next 10 years I stayed at the same weight although I was never ever happy with my body. I never used to work out or go to the gym so had no muscle definition at all. From 27-33 I put on quite a bit of weight. Can't really pinpoint why exactly - maybe turning 30 I just wasn't burning as much! And a move to the City meant I definitely eat out and drink way more than before.
Last summer I reached my heaviest at around 12 stone. I had been single for 7 years and was desperately unhappy with how I looked in clothes and how I felt in a bikini. I started going to Barrys bootcamp for a month before Christmas 2013 which was incredibly tough as I have never really exercised in all my life. I didn't really change my diet until January and managed to get down to 11 stone 5 before a Singapore holiday in March. I didn't put on anything whilst I was away on holiday and have spent the last 2.5months eating very healthily and exercising 4-5 times per week. I've been training for the 10k Race for Life which has really helped me keep my focus as I'd love to get under an hour.
I had a health MOT at work last week and weighed in at 10stone 6. This is the lightest I have been in 7 years. But I am 5foot 4 inches tall so this is right on the threshold of overweight and I am definitely not where I want to be. I would love to get to 8stone 7 so basically another 2 stone but I might be happier a little heavier given when I was 9stone before it was in a very untoned body! And under my layer of fat I can definitely feel some muscles! I should say as well that my fat percentage is still very high at 32% so from a medical standpoint I definitely need to carry on.
I know this is not a crazy amount of weight to lose and I have the uptmost respect for the folks with lots more to shift. But I thought there might be lots of other people out there who just have a couple of stone to lose and are fighting for that dream body they've never had! I cannot tell you what it would mean to me to be able to stand in front of the mirror in a bikini and feel happy. I will be brave and post a picture later of where I am now so I can track my progress. I'll also be back to say how my food and exercise are going. I'll weigh myself on Tuesday evening as this is exactly a week since I got my 10stone 6 reading from my health MOT.
Wish me Luck!!