I'm so glad I saw this thread! What a great idea.
My backstory is this: My highest starting weight was around 220 lbs. I'm only 5' tall so that's a lot of weight to carry. I felt sluggish, lazy, and my body suffered from on-and-off aches. After a particularly tough day, the light went on. I didn't want to live like this anymore, not for one more day. Fast forward a couple of years, I proceeded to lose nearly 80 lbs. with a good, clean diet and lots of different types of exercise. I became a runner, and if not a fast one, a consistent one. I got down to 143 and remained there for several months. A job promotion, increased responsibilities and stress due to the job, and some romantic woes, has led to a 40 pound re-gain. In the process of my re-gain I've suffered some knee issues which has curtailed the running and my exercise on the elliptical. I've had to re-think everything about how I go about losing the extra weight this time. It hasn't been easy that's for sure and I struggle with rediscovering that initial spark, that laser sharp focus that I maintained for so long. Psychologically, I just don't know how to get to that place again.
Yet, I haven't given up. I recognize that I've kept off nearly 40 pounds and I still regularly exercise. 25/30 pounds is the number that's been swirling in my head for months so I'm thrilled to see a thread devoted to it.
We can do this!
to you all!