So, I've been at this for just over a year. I started watching in oct of 2008. then in Nov 2008 I found out that my bio dad whom I had never known, and therefore didn't know anything about his family medical history, died due to complications from diabetes. He was only in his late 40's. Worse than that though, is how he died -- in pieces. He lost both legs and went blind before his kidneys finally failed.
I was borderline diabetic, weighing in a 299 lbs. I was terrified. I hate to say that it took something so extreme to wake me up but it really recommitted me in my weight loss in a way nothing else ever had.
In the first 5 months I lost 40 lbs. Then....my 14 year anniversary happened. BOY DID THAT THROW ME OFF.
Then it was Spring, and as I"ve mentioned I"m bipolar, so I got my usual springtime mania followed by adding a new anti-psychotic that is a major weight gainer. I though, I'll try really hard to just maintain. But in 3 months I gained 10 lbs. It could have been worse.
Then after I was off it I had trouble getting back on the horse so to speak, but I was still TRYING. On July 15th I recommitted myself and also became vegetarian. I've managed to stick with it and have lost another 17 lbs since then. To date I have officially lost 46 lbs. Over 1/3 of the way there and almost to a 50 lb loss.
I have NEVER gone this long, even with setbacks, I have never been this committed. That is what I am this time, I am committed. Even through the rough patches I kept my eye on the prize, and never thought to myself, augh, I'm giving up, this med makes me so hungry or this anniversary blew my diet so I'm quitting. Like so many others on here have said and I will say again it is not about motivation it is about commitment, and as we all say here it's persistance not perfection and damn if I haven't been persistent. First through a 3 week no loss period then a 4 month stall.....and finally I had my whoosh, I was almost in tears this morning.
I think this time it's for good.
Sorry so long.