I just wanted to express my thanks for this site. I started on my life change on March 28 2008 and if it wasn't for this site I am not sure I would still be committed and moving forward. 150 lbs of weight loss seemed daunting at first. In fact when I woke up on March 28 and decided that I was changing my life- my health and the way i eat there was no way I was going to get on a scale. I found this site and started looking at it differently- it can be a motivator. When I saw the number on the scale I was devastated. It is funny I on my spreadsheets I am tracking 86 lbs and down not 286. I am afraid someone will see it. As if they don't realize I am fat just by looking at me. Ridiculous. Anyway, not fat as a teenager, but I have always had body image issues. Anorexic at age 14 due to some family stress stituations. Gained some at university. Lost 30 lbs before I got married 19 yrs ago- stayed fit and active but stopped getting on the scales. Weight krept up- 2 children- then lost about 90 lbs (220-130 around 8-9 yrs ago)yada, yada.
So why am I thankful. This site drives home how many of us have the same story the same struggles. Weight loss the first two weeks were great, nothing really in week 3. If I hadn't searched your site and realized it was the loss of water in the first two weeks balancing out, I might have given up.
I don't have a problem with will power once I make my decision, but if i get frustrated that is a different story. I have also realized that I need to stop looking for reasons for my weight gain. The bottom line is I like food. There was nothing better for me than sitting down with a good book and a bag of doritos. No more. I also know that I will need to monitor my daily food intake and weight for the rest of my life or I will gain the weight back as I did previously.
I know that I will gain strength from reading other posts through my journey, it really helps to see everyones successes and frustrations.
Thanks!! This time it is for good.