I had no idea I was this big... Every time I saw a picture I looked GIGANTIC, nothing like what I thought I looked like. My mother was always bigger, and I realized that at 30 years old I was bigger than she ever was. At the same time, she lost a huge amount of weight and suddenly I couldn't deny it anymore, I was the biggest person in the family.
All of that wasn't enough to motivate me to do something drastic. W/in the last few years I was diagnosed with a non-functioning thyroid and some insulin resistant issues (PCOS) which were all causing fertility issues. My doctor told me point blank I wouldn't likely get pregnant until I lost weight, and if I couldn't do it on my own in the next year she would recommend I go to a fertility specialist. It was the shock I needed. My own bad habits were keeping me from having a baby, supposedly what I wanted - but I wasn't acting like it. She told me many of her patients had good luck on the Ideal Protein diet and we pulled up the website right in her office.
I joined a few weeks later and lost 10% of my body weight in only 5 weeks. I feel amazing. Several people at work are talking about joining after seeing my results, and work and my family have been really supportive. I feel great, but I am really starting to think (and worry) about long term. P1 is great, practically a no-brainer, but I don't want to struggle with this for the rest of my life. I need to find the balance that works for me and invest in myself every day... much easier said than done.
Good luck everyone. Your stories are very inspiring.
Goal 1, 10% Loss: Complete 7/29/2013
Goal 2, 199:
Goal 3, 165:
Started IP 6/20/2013 WI1: 11.4#; WI2: 4.8#; WI3: 2.8#; WI4: 4.4#;WI5: 3.2#;WI6: .4#;