Hey all! I have been reading the boards the last week or so, and finally decided to join. You all seem like such a friendly group of people. Weight loss is so hard, I definitely need to find a place for support and camaraderie. FYI - my username is VEGGIE spelled backward. Which is apropos to me: if I see a veggie, usually I'm headed in the other direction.
I live with my hubby and two kids (8 and 11), and I'm about 50-65 pounds overweight (depending on whether you go by BMI or by my lowest adult weight, etc). I'm right this second trying to decide how I'm going to do this. I've been calorie counting with My Fitness Pal for a couple of weeks and it's going well, but I don't care for how ad-saturated the site is (this is why Spark People and I didn't do so well), and I think I need more support.
I just met with a friend, and she is glowing with joy for Weight Watchers (and is my second friend who has had WW success). So I think I might try that again? I tried it once a few years ago and didn't get very far, but back then my reasons for weight loss for idealized as thinness=happiness. I'm a lot smarter than that, normally, but that belief was very deeply entrenched.
Things are different now, I have fibromyalgia and am struggling with that, and sleep apnea and other problems related to weight, that are minor for now but I can see how getting older combined with being obese isn't a path I want for myself. So, my attitude about all this is very different. I want whatever I do to be something I can do forever, or is at least adaptable to change over time. Maybe that's WW, maybe it's something else. If anyone has any tips on that, please feel free to share!