I decided to join and post straight away before I lose confidence and just lurk and not achieve anything! I am 24 and from a little village in the UK. In January 2012 I weighed 15 stone 10 (99kg or 220 pounds - I find it easier to think in stone!) and now in March 2013 I weigh 13 stone even (82 kg or 182 pounds). My goal weight is 9 stone 7 (133 pounds or 62 kg - sorry, I hope this isn't too annoying.)
Obviously I'm proud to have lost nearly 3 stone, but at the same time that is really not very much weight to have lost in over a year
and I still have so much more left to lose! I'm fed up of always being the fat friend, and offering to take all the photos because I don't want to be in them and just generally hating the way I look and the way I feel about myself. I shy away from dating as I just assume that most guys are interested in my gorgeous friends instead, and I'm sad and lonely. I am feeling so motivated, but at the moment I seem to have plateaued and it's causing me to lose motivation. I'm hoping that talking to people here and sharing our experiences and struggles will help me to keep going!
I've tried Slimming World, and that didn't work for me. I had a lot of initial success with Rosemary Conley but lack of funds is keeping me from attending on a regular basis. I am following a similar diet plan to that of Rosemary Conley but I try to make healthy choices whenever I can. My downfall is crisps and anything savoury! Exercise is the main factor for me in losing weight and I have started going on long walks and making a considerable effort to be more active. I am intending to start running too as a nice, free exercise on Monday and I am terrified. Any good thoughts or motivational tips to get my 13 stone behind out the door on Monday to go running in my small village where 'everybody knows your name' would be very much appreciated!!
I'm sorry this turned into such a novel, I think I just needed to get it all out to get started. I hope to be supportive to everyone on here, and I look forward to getting to know you all.