I've been lurking for awhile, and just became a member to the forum. I just thought I would introduce myself and say "hi".
My name is Shel, am the wife to a paramedic and the SAHM to a beautiful and active 2 year old little girl. We live in the SF Bay Area.
I went to the doctor's office last week for asthmatic bronchitis, and when I stepped on the scale, there it was: 232 lbs. , officially 100lbs overweight. Fortunately, my doc ran blood tests on me a couple of months ago and everything came back within normal levels (a relief since I had gestational diabetes and was concerned about developing type 2). So, after discussing with him what to do, he suggested a low-carb and low-fat diet. Exercise is an issue since I have a non-operable ruptured disk in my back (I have disk matter free-flowing in my spinal canal and surgery won't help with the pain). But, I am riding a stationary bike 1/2 hour each day, since it seems like it's the only exercise I can do where I can walk afterwards. So, here I am.
I haven't started a plan yet. I am still researching which one to do, but I have narrowed it down. I've tried WW in the past with some success (lost 40 lbs.), but I just am sick and tired of counting the points (plus public weigh-ins). Tomorrow (1/16) is my 34th birthday, and I have decided to give myself a lifestyle change as a gift. I will choose tomorrow which plan I am going to use and go from there.
I look forward to learning more about all of you, and look forward to your support. As someone said, we'll be here for awhile, so we will have a great network of friends to lean on and give support to.
Talk to you all very soon!