Throughout my childhood, I was the biggest kid in class. I got bullied constantly in school for my appearance, and that just made things worse over time. My shyness and lack of self esteem turned into full blown anxiety and depression in my teens, and my weight shot up to 345 pounds.
I made many attempts to get healthy, following different diets and exercise routines. I would sometimes lose 10-15 pounds, only to slowly gain it back.
Sometime in late 2018, I found this sub and began to lurk. (Just created this account to post this but I’ve been following here for years now.) Around New Year’s 2019, I made my usual weight loss resolution, but decided to truly commit this time around. I weighed 304.6 pounds at this point. I downloaded myFitnessPal, and started counting calories and exercising every day.
I don’t need to tell you guys that it was hard. This took more discipline and patience than anything I’ve ever done. I calculated that it would take over a year to lose 100 pounds, and it did. There were many, many plateaus, and there were moments when the quest seemed hopeless.
Eventually, the weight started coming off with more consistency. I noticed only subtle changes in the bathroom mirror over time, but I found that clothes were getting big on me… and I could actually fit in shirts I last wore when I was 12 years old. I felt more confident and free, able to actually leave the house without the impulse to constantly adjust my clothes and feel self-conscious about how I looked. It became a totally different world.
This past month, I finally hit the 100’s. (Went from 304.6 lbs on Jan. 1, 2019, to 194.2 lbs on Apr. 8, 2020.) My grandma once told me that once you go over 200 pounds, you can never come back. I love her, but she was incredibly wrong. Limiting beliefs seem so real until you shatter them.
I want to say thank you to everyone who posts and comments here. You have changed my life, and the lives of people you’ll never meet. Your advice and experience has provided a pathway for so many who felt like it couldn’t happen for them. I’m indebted to you guys forever. And to everyone out there on your own journey, keep going! Power through the slowdowns and stay focused. Pay less attention to the weekly fluctuations, and know that the math is on your side. It’s tempting to just assume that the weight will never come off, but realize that it’s possible. And if you follow the advice here, it’s probable.
Thank you guys again for everything!