For those who didn't quite make their goal this month or who are just struggling in general....I hope sharing my story will help at least one person.
Never EVER give up! Keep pushing forward so you can win so SOO much more than a game.
I apologize for such a long post, but after seeing some posts over the last few days I felt compelled to share.
I weighed 254lbs, lost 83 which put me at 171lbs in Aug 2016. I had some serious medical issues that caused me to gain back almost all of the 83 lbs I lost. Then in November, in went through a very traumatic ordeal that caused major depression (as opposed to my already normal depression), PTSD, agoraphobia and my panic disorder was HYPERsenstive and hyperactive. I gained an additional 50 lbs in 2 months putting me at 297.2 on May 7. That's a grand total of 126.2 lbs gained in 20 months!
Recovering from sexual assault takes time, of course. But I realized that I stopped doing my hair and makeup, didn't even bother with doing my roots for 4 months. And I wore sweatpants and t-shirts all the time. This was not me. I was always one that made myself look presentable before leaving the house. Even if it was just foundation and a touch of mascara and my hair neatly (or messy) in a ponytail or clip. But until the beginning of May, I felt like my weight and my ugliness was my new safeguard and had grown comfortable with it. No one will hurt me now!" is what I thought. I don't know why because when it happened, one of the things I said was "I never believed I would be a target at 42 years old and fat!" One day I came to this realization and couldn't believe how far my emotional roller coaster had taken me. It was time for a major change in all aspects of my life. Focusing primarily on my health and my marriage to start.
I joined three DietBets, this one and two kickstarters, all with staggering end dates so I can have added incentives most of the summer. I joined them but to be honest, I didn't think I would really succeed. I just knew I needed some extra motivation. I kept seeing results every week so I kept making little changes and tiny decisions.
As of yesterday, I'm down 14.4 lbs since May 7. I'm just focusing on my nutrition and water intake. I can't exercise right now but I'm working on the inside of the house (decluttering, rearranging, redecorating, deep cleaning etc). That IS exercise for me lol Moving is exercise! I don't care what you do, just move!
Now, I'm happy to get up in the morning, when before I couldn't care less if I woke up at all, much less actually doing something productive. I'm finally getting back to being me!
So believe me when I say...YOU'VE GOT THIS! I'VE GOT THIS! WE'VE GOT THIS!
Again, I apologize for such a long rambling, but believe it or not, this is the short version. If anyone is interested in my full story that includes my journey of losing 83 pounds, let me know. I'd be happy to share. If anyone would like someone to vent to, I'm here for you. If anyone needs someone to discuss different "strategies" with or would like to discuss different things to try or different ideas, I am here for you. If anyone needs a shoulder, I'm here for you. If anyone needs someone to celebrate with, I'm here for you. If anyone needs a swift kick in the ass, I'm here for that too. If anyone needs someone to blame, I am NOT here for you! lol Just kidding, I'm here for that too. And HEY, I need you too! And if you don't come to me for these things, please make sure you have someone that can do all of these things with you. You absolutely need a support system.
But no matter what you do....DO NOT GIVE UP!
"Start doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible!"