Hello everyone, as you can see I've just joined. I'm here for inspiration .... and I'm sure I'll find it! I have really been feeling absolutely hopeless about being able to lose weight, cross with myself for feeling that way, and getting more and more demented with being so angry and frustrated with myself.
Six years ago I lost 77lb over 9 months and slimmed down from a size 20 to a size 10. The triggerfor my success was a sad one - my Mum had just died and I lost some weight (about a stone) through the stress of coping with her illness and subsequent death. She always used to encourage me to try to lose weight and I felt that I 'owed' it to her and to myself to try harder than ever and the weight I lost just before she died spurred me on to continue with my efforts to lose more. Somehow it worked. I don't really know how, but it did - you see, normally I'm a stress eater. If I'm stressed I over-eat, if I feel happy then I find it easier to cut back on food and be more active. Sounds familiar?
Anyway, after miraculously losing 77lb, I managed to enjoy my new figure and new-found energy for about a year.... and then (you've guessed it) the whole 77lb gradually piled on again. I'm back to where I started.
So here I am... I'm going to give it one more (serious) shot and if I succeed I'll seriously believe in miracles, and if I don't, well, I shall simply be even more hopeless, cross and demented.
So, thanks for reading this, and hello from a very frustrated to the point of insanity, desperate woman.
PS When I lost all my weight I gave nearly all my (larger sized) clothes away to charity. I have been wearing the same 3 or 4 outfits for about a year now and I REFUSE to buy new stuff. If I put on any more weight I shall have to wander around naked. This would probably serve to evacuate the town where I live. So I would end up hopeless, cross, crazy and lonely to boot.