I have lurked pretty regularly for over a year, and it is time to start posting. I'm 30 years old and I live in Texas with my partner. She is an attorney and I'm a graduate student. I have been overweight since I was 7-8 and I've always kind of enjoyed the built-in detector of shallow people that the weight provided and reasoned that it wasn't bothering me, but now it is! My energy and stamina are almost nonexistent, I'm grumpy and/or tired all the time, my back and feet hurt almost all the time, I've been avoiding social situations and I'm miserable. According to the charts, I should lose about 150 pounds but I'd be more than happy with 100. I lost 30 pounds on WW a few years ago, then fell in love, graduated from college and regained it all, plus 20 more.
Besides all of the obvious reasons for losing weight, I have one other big one. Last August I was diagnosed with infertility and after 6 roller-coaster months of medical visits, injections and dashed hopes, we decided to take a break and try to lose some weight since the doctor thought that may help the drugs work better. I have been so frustrated that so much of that is out of my control, but in six months, I've managed to make zero progress. I have decided it's time to let go of what I can't control and instead of focusing on what I don't have, I want to be positive and work on what I can improve! I'll also be on my feet 8 hours a day starting in the spring (teaching), and I need to be in better shape for that.
I did well on WW before, so I'm trying that again. I'm not going to meetings, so I will probably be posting here for support. I am ridiculously out of shape, but I have a couple of WATP videos that I've been doing. Today I made good food choices, and at dinner we talked one another out of larger portions. I think Day 1 is a success!
I know I can get very longwinded - if you made it this far, thank you! Everyone around here seems so supportive and I'm looking forward to being part of the group!