After getting my weight right down to around 133lbs almost 2 years ago I've put back on most of what I lost.
I think the reason for this is because I lost all the weight by crash dieting (taking my calories down to between 1000 and 1200). I've been through this pattern of loss and gain (as many people have) for a fair few years now (since I was about 13), repeatedly crashing my metabolism and gaining as soon as I slip a bit and start binging again.
This time, I'm determined to lose the weight SLOWLY - about 0.5 - 1lbs per week on far more calories than I have ever tried before.
However, I'm only about 2 weeks in and, although my weight is coming down (probably some water weight in there too), I'm just so daunted at how long it's going to take to get back down to a weight that I am happy with!
I'm so used to the idea of losing in the region of 2lbs a week...but it's different this time. I've recovered my metabolism from years of abuse so I'm starting from fresh. There's no way I want to go back to being stuck again like I was, barely able to eat anything without gaining weight.
So...I reckon it's going to take me at least a year to get the next 24lbs off...and that's if I don't really have any major setbacks. Just feels like SUCH a long time.
Sorry for such a long rant, just feel like this is a good place to get some encouragement and support really!