So maybe I can join in here, too.
In 1998, when I was 18, I fell into a very deep depression after my younger brother died, and ended up putting on about 50 pounds in that first year. The next 5 years or so were spent in an emotionally abusive relationship, during which I packed on even more pounds, and the depression just didn't stop even after that... I finally topped out last year at about 275 pounds, US size 24.
I've been trying to get healthier in slow, tiny steps because my emotional state is still pretty fragile and I beat up on myself badly when I try to do something and fail... so I'm not setting goals, or denying myself dessert, or doing anything that I can "fail" at, I'm just trying to make little changes here and there. I wasn't expecting it to have much effect...
But today, I weigh 230 pounds and wear US size 18.
Amazing... I still have pizza and ice cream a few times a month, ...I had baklava and a fruit smoothie for an afternoon snack yesterday. I can't be bothered to go to the gym, because I'd rather be playing video games or reading. But I'm still losing weight - 30 pounds since January, and counting. I'm really not quite sure how it's happening, but it is.
Giving up all soda, even diet soda, for water has made a HUGE difference. So has going for short walks after dinner a couple times a week. I've been trying to satisfy my sweet cravings with fruit instead of cheesecake. That's really about all I've done... except last week, I bought a bicycle and I'm hoping to get lots of riding in before it starts raining for the winter. (For those of you who may not know, the Pacific Northwest - Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia - are famously rainy. I have a friend who moved here from Ireland and she said it felt like home!)
Anyway, there's my story, and I will post updates on my slow but steady progress every now and then (though not every week, because minor fluctuations happen and I'm not going to stress over them) and hopefully you all will be so kind with your support.
I lied... I do have one goal. I'd like to be under 200 pounds by the time I turn 30 in January 2010 - but I think I should be able to manage that.
Congratulations to Jane and everyone else out there making this journey... May I come with you?