Why have I not discovered this site before?! It's great. I am so pleased to read other people's experiences of trying to lose what seems to be an impossible amount of weight to shift - I thought it was just me.
As the title says I have been working at losing weight for nearly two years now and have lost 106lbs so far. This is incredible to me and I can't quite believe it as it's been so slow and difficult and I've struggled at times and the scales have rarely budged this year. But it's a fact.
In Jan 2004 I weighed a whopping 23st 7lb or 329lbs
In Jan 2005 I weighed in at 21 st 7lb or 301lbs
In Jan 2006 I weighed 17st 9lbs or 247lbs
In Jan 2007 ? not sure but at the moment I weight 15st 13lb or 223lbs
As for exercise:
In Jan 04 - lying on the sofa, getting out of breath posting a letter
In Jan 05: built up to walking every day for an hour, tried a short term gym membership for six weeks, went swimming for the first time in 12 years
In Jan 06: Continued with daily activity. Joined a gym and went 3 times a week for the whole year to do cardio/ strength training. Went swimming twice a week Spring and Summer. Joined pilates and yoga classes to try these out. Went on a very active holiday to China that would have been impossible for me to enjoy at my heaviest and unfittest and I climbed four mountains and the Great Wall of China - it was tough but I did it!
In Jan 07: Having never ran before I plan to run a 10K in October - this will involve losing another 40lbs before I can even begin training - so the weight loss has to get started again.
I still need to lose another 76lbs before I'm considered 'normal' and my motivation has gone way down - it's hard to think about losing weight 24/7 for three or four years and I have just needed to maintain my weight for a while and get on with life. However, I'm determined to get rid of the excess baggage and really hope that I can shift at least half of the remaining in 2007.
I'll post again in the New Year and hope to catch up with your journals and read all your hints and tips - saw something about loose skin so am off to read that