Just wanted to take a minute and introduce myself. I'm Heather, 30, doing South Beach. Started on 9/29 at 298, down to 296 as of today. I know it's the initial water weight loss.. but hey, I'll take it!
I'm really positive and commited to doing this for myself this time. I'm setting my goals as 10 pounds each so that I don't get discouraged looking at the big picture. My final goal is 170, which is a size 10/12 for me.
I know if I don't take care of myself now I'm going to die young. At 23 I had to go on bp meds because of my weight, that wasn't enough to scare me. At 26 I had my gallbladder removed, that didn't do it either. At 30 my back hurts so much every day I can barely move when I wake up sometimes. I don't want to be like this anymore. I deserve more. I'm a young, vibrant woman and life is too short to throw it away for the taste of dorito's.
I did lose 40 pounds a couple years ago, but gradually it crept back up. I was hovering in the 270's until last year, then *bang* back to 300's. No more, I've had enough. I want to be able to get out there and live my life pain free, med free, and without the horrid self conciousness that I always feel in public.
I think my true desire to change came about when I was sitting (and eating of course) and I remember thinking.. I wish I wasn't so out of control. And there was this little voice in the back of my head that said "you've always had the control, it's just been your choice what to do with it". It was one of those great lightbulb over the head moments. I can choose to eat crap, or, I can choose not to. I *AM* the only one in control of me. Maybe this sounds stupid, but it really was this big epiphany moment in my life.
So, here I am. 2 pounds out of 128 gone, and determined to vanquish the rest of them as well. I think half my life obese has been more than enough. It's time to let that inner thin chick out for some air.
I've been poking through the postings and I think you all are fabulous. I look forward to getting to know everyone in this group.
Thanks for listening