Originally Posted by Stacyp
I hope this is it. I weigh 307 pounds I never thought I would see 300, but who does. This is not me. I lost 70 pnds on ideal protein a year and a half ago and have gained back 90. I start and fail a new diet every day. I thought maybe sharing and hearing other peoples story will help. Right now my only goal is to make it one week. That would be huge. This is so hard, I am so mad at myself for gaining it back. I feel weak. I am wasting an amazing life stuck behind all this fat. Today is the first step. A friend once told me being fat is hard, loosing weight is hard, pick your hard. I am choosing a new hard. One day then two then a week.
Welcome Stacy--you're definitely not alone. So many have taken off a lot of pounds only to see them come back. We're learning that diets really don't work--it's takes a complete lifestyle change to keep the pounds off.
I let 25 pounds sneak up on me--just by my refusal to not get on a scale for years. I was sooo bad that when I went to the doctor's office and the nurse would weigh me--I would tell the nurse not to tell me how much I weighed. But my doctor made certain I knew it. Finally she got through to me--and that was my wake-up call.
I have lost all but 4 pounds of it--and it's been tough. You'll get hungry--there is no such thing as not getting hungry when you're losing weight. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel--where your hungry pangs will subside--and you can actually feel your thighs--stomach and buttocks shrinking, and that is your motivation to keep going.
Here is a great site for you to start. It determines your BMI--and makes other suggestions on how to proceed with your new life-style change. You can set your goal weight at this site and it will tell you how many calories you will need and or cut daily to get to your goal weight. They recommend losing 1 to 2 pounds per week.
Also if you have a smart phone or other internet connected device you can upload myfitnesspal for free. It is a great--easy app to help you keep track of the calories you're eating during the day--and it works. If you can invest in a Fitbit-or other device-to keep track of your activity during the day--such as how many steps you take in a day, it will sync with the myfitnesspal so you can get an accurate count of everything you're doing. Calories consumed versus calories burned during the day. And really that's all weight loss is about.
On this board you will have a lot of support--and tons of information to help you through this journey.
Welcome and good luck to you.