Just about one year ago, I decided I was sick of being fat. One year and 90 pounds lighter, I truly couldn't be happier. When I began my journey, I was a size 20, and now I wear a size 5/6. I hated wearing clothes other than sundresses and sweatpants because everything was so uncomfortable on me. I didn't like going out with my friends because although I didn't like to admit it, I knew deep down that I was the ‘fat friend'. My boyfriend (now fiancee) tried to motivate me by asking me to go to the gym with him, but I refused. I was miserable in my own skin…I would eat large amounts of fast food at least every other day, and snack on sleeves of Oreos and eat mulitple packages of Ho Ho's in one sitting every night. I would NEVER exercise, and even so much as a walk around the block was too much effort for me. I hated going shopping with my friends, because I was way too big for normal stores. I just felt so unattractive. I would tell myself that I was ‘curvy' and that guys liked curvy, but I was lying to myself. I was just plain fat, and having big boobs and a big butt didn't change that.
Finally, I realized that I could still be curvy and be healthy. With the support of my fiancee, family and this subreddit, I have lost 90 pounds! It's quite the amazing feeling! I consume about 1200 calories a day, but I will be upping it to 1300/1400 calories in the coming weeks as I move into maintenance. I would like to lose another 10 pounds, but I am fairly happy where I am today. In addition to calorie counting, I also work out for 45 minutes to an hour about 5 or 6 days a week. I do 45 minutes of cardio and then I do some weight training for the remaining 15 minutes I am at the gym. I used to not even be able to run for 60 seconds, but now I can run for 30 minutes without stopping 🙂 The feeling is truly incredible. I'm still not a fan of running and don't do it often (I stay on the elliptical most of the time), it is still amazing to know that I can DO IT.
I never dreamed I would be able to run that long! I don't have a diet that I follow, I just stick to counting calories and making good, healthy choices. I don't eat fast food anymore and stay away from greasy, fried food in general. I do have one day a week that I allow myself to eat whatever and however much I want, but even on my cheat day, I find myself making healthy choices 🙂 I really couldn't have made it to my goal without this subreddit. Everyone here is so positive and inspiring, and I just wanted to thank everyone who posts on here for making a difference! It all seems so overwhelming at first, especially if you have quite a bit of weight to lose and you are just starting–but seriously, if I can do it, ANYONE can do it. I was a very lazy person when I started this a year ago. Now I have tons of natural energy and I have a renowned lust for life, as cheesy as that sounds 🙂 There are still some things about my body that I don't like, but I will never be 100% happy with how I look, and I've accepted that. Being able to shop at any store I want is one of the best parts, and removing myself from the Lane Bryant email list was liberating 🙂 . I know I posted some progress pictures here not too long ago but I just wanted to share the completion of my journey and to thank everyone on this subreddit for helping me along. I never knew life could be this sweet 🙂 EDIT: For my diet, I eat a small piece of fruit in the morning and then a salad with some protein for lunch. I eat a normal size dinner. I don't overeat but it's not exactly a small meal either. I eat a lot of Indian food because it is filling and very tasty! I don't snack and I don't eat fast food, ever. I will allow myself greasy food once in a while if I am craving it, but my stomach doesn't like it anymore. For my workout routine, I do 45 minutes on the elliptical, full resistance for 30 minutes than medium resistance for the remainder of my time on the elliptical. I then move on to weight training for 15 minutes, where I do the triceps press, biceps curl, shoulder press, abdominal crunch, rotary torso, and leg press. Thank you for all your kind words everyone! EDIT 2: One more thing I forgot to add, sex is SO much better. Like infinitely better.