..................if so........... I want to hear from you in the comments section of this post.
One of the hardest things to do is lose weight.
I was ridiculously fit and in-shape until I was 30 - and then I let myself go.
Yes - the Depression and the Anti-Depressants had something to do with it - along with the heavy respiratory steroids I am on for my asthma - but at the end of the day - I gave in.
I actually even remember when I did - it was November 10th 2002 - I had been living in Orlando Florida for 2 months with my husband. We were on our second cruise together. It was a 4 night Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral to Nassau in the Bahamas and back. We were getting ready for dinner on the 2nd night and I had to ditch my plan to wear a certain pair of pants because I could no longer fit into them. I was a 34 inch waist at the time - up from 30 - my partner encouraged me to be careful with my weight upon seeing this at the steroid would make it incredibly difficult to lose it again.
My partner is a big guy and knows a thing or two about weight loss / weight gain and how challenging and painful it can be.
Well............. I had two desserts at dinner that night so I guess I didn't listen. 12 months later and I had reached my heaviest at approx 260lbs (around 120 kgs) - if memory serves me well. Although I think I was probably more than that at the time having developed "cankles" - you know... when you lose the line where your calf stops and your ankle begins.
6 years and 3 months later I am now at 200lbs (100kgs approx) - with a 38 waist.
Needless to say - the amount of work it has taken to shed the weight that I have has been enormous. Unfortunately, it has taken a serious toll on me. My lower back problem which was a minor issue before, is now something that has to be taken into consideration when exercising.
My knees are always sore - and my hips ache if I walk for a long time.
To those who may believe that all you have to do is "exercise and you'll lose it" - try strapping an extra 100lbs to your body and go for a 3 mile walk.
Afterwards - see how your body feels. Then do it the next day - and the next - for a week - always using that extra 100lbs. I think you will be quite surprised by the toll it takes.
Needless to say - I am now at a plateau that is seriously hampering my ability to lose anymore.
Lapband surgery is a consideration right now.
I turn 38 next month - same in years as inches on my waist - I intend to be 34inches on my 40th - that's the goal.
Got any tips? Suggestions? Experiences you simply want to share?
Post em in the comments - or email them to me.