I'm down 100 pounds! It's official! I was 285 at my highest (over, I'm sure, since I didn't get on the scale), and I was 181.2 the other day! It's weird being in my body now... I have a lot of loose skin, and clothes, well, clothes are a trip! I was a size 30 in women's, now I'm a size 16.
I still feel like my 285 pound self sometimes, I think that's going to take a while to change... I was going for a walk the other day in bike shorts and a tee shirt, then I had to go to a casual meeting with some friends. I had done this before, but I had always changed before the meeting while my walking partner would go in her walking clothes, just towel off. Well, this time I challenged myself to go to the meeting in my bike shorts and tee shirt. It was strange sitting there, being seen by my friends in what felt like nothing. Walking in bike shorts and a tee shirt is okay, since everyone does it, but sitting in front of people was different. It was liberating, though! People said how good I looked! Some of these people have seen my body change, from 241 pounds to now 181, so they've seen a major change!
I get a lot of support, but I do face challenges. I have friends who say "Why don't you just try this (inset food not on my diet here)?" and insist, even when I say it's not on my diet. I do keto, a very low carbohydrate diet. It's strange to a lot of people, especially when I say I can have all the fat I want but not an apple. I do eat salads (I had one yesterday, with a cucumber I grew myself!), so I do get in greens, but I don't eat fruit. My friends and I go out to eat, I bring my own food, or I eat before. It's a weird diet, I know, but my body doesn't like carbs. It never has. I never understood why people said oatmeal was filling. I would eat a bowl of oatmeal and be hungry 10 minutes later. My doctor and I talked about diet options, and this is what we came up with.
Overall, I'm feeling great! Mentally, I'm clearer- I'm off antidepressants because of my diet. I was prediabetic because of the carbs, and my last a1C was 4.9. My life is not perfect by any means, but I'm learning how to deal with things better (not because of my diet, lol), but because of support groups and therapy.
And, lastly, of course, here's the all-important progress picture!