I ummed and ahhed back and forth on doing this post a little bit. A fair few of the blogs I follow are hugely body positive and a couple are anti-diet and if I'm honest I was a wee bit worried about offending anyone. But, in the end, one of my promises to myself was to be more open and honest on the blog about my life and losing weight has become a part of that since last October. For the record, I'm very in favour of body positivity and I believe that anyone can be happy at any size or shape or whatever else for that matter.
I'm writing this post because, since October, I've lost close to three stone and I'm proud of myself for that. I wasn't happy with myself where I was before and though I have two stone more to lose until I reach my goal I can feel my confidence increasing day by day; I'm closer in weight now to how I was when I started my blog in comparison to how I was six, seven months ago and that's a big deal for me. A lot of the weight gain was due to unhappiness and stress from Uni, a past relationship and all sorts of other rubbish so I'm finally feeling more like myself again and much happier - and that's the important thing :)
For those of you more interested in specifics, due to continually dodgy knees and a crap back as well I've been doing mostly calorie counting using the myfitnesspal app. I started on 1750 calories and now I'm down to 1500 and in doing it consistently and gradually I'm not setting myself up to be starving every day and to put the weight back on the minute I stop 'counting'; and for those of you curious about numbers, I've worked my way down from 250lbs to a current weight of 209. My goal is 180lbs and I hope to reach it by August 2014! My goal size is a UK 14, and I'm currently at a 16 being at the larger end of a 20 when I started losing. In my opinion a visual aid is best to illustrate my weight loss, so take a look at the comparison pictures below, I'd love to know if others can see a difference;