I’ve been so inspired by all of the photos I have seen on here - it’s been a real driving force to keep going, even when I falter. A massive thank you to you all - and congratulations on all of your amazing efforts so far.
These pics show a 3 month difference from July to September this year, I didn’t want to hit my 30’s feeling the way I did. (I’m sure I don’t need to elaborate). I cleaned up my eating and started hitting the gym 3 - 5 days a week doing mostly 30 - 45 mins of cardio to ease my poor body into semblance of health. In the third month I did start incorporating some weights and lifting into my routine and I absolutely love it.
After I took the first lot of before photos I almost burst into tears - I couldn’t believe the size of my head and chin (or my stomach for that matter!) - it’s amazing how you don’t see yourself as being so big, but I know photos can be pretty unforgiving which is why I’ve avoided being in them for so many years.
The same can be said though when I now look in the mirror and I don’t really see the progress I’ve made - the photos definitely help with that and keep my encouraged.
My goal was to try at hit the double digits by my 30th Birthday at the end of September which I got within 300 grams of. The day I weighed in before my Birthday I was 100.3kg (221 pounds) - down from around 116kg (255 pounds) in July and I’d lost a total of 49cms (19 inches) from my body. The photo’s are from the night before I started my lifestyle change and the day I did my Birthday weigh. (I’m a couple of kilo’s lighter now but haven’t taken a more recent body pic)
Cue 30th Birthday celebrations / 5 weeks of subsequent derailment and generally revelling in the ‘Festival of Em’ as it had come to be known….eating out, boozing, not looking after myself the way I should have and had been doing. I knew I had to bite the bullet, clean up my act and get back to the gym but was terrified to see how much hard work I had undone.
Don’t ask me how but I only plonked a few kilo’s on which I have since managed to work off and hit my milestone of finally reaching the double digits. 2 months behind schedule but I got there. Hooray!! If I’ve learnt anything, it’s how much I regret not using the last 2 months to their full potential. Had I kept at it, I probably would be close to celebrating my next weight loss goal which was to be ~90kg by Christmas. I’ll be seeing some family and friends for the first time in close to 2 years and I want to knock their socks off! These are the same family members who have heard me saying for years that I’m going get fit and healthy and never did so I can’t wait to see their reactions.
I am proud of how far I’ve come but I know that this journey is still far from over. My ultimate goal weight is about 85 kilos (187 pounds) which is my high school weight and probably the last healthy weight I can recall ever being - it’s amazing how I’ve avoided scales for the last 13 years. Now I have a very healthy respect for them - and my body.
Thanks again to everybody for their inspirational stories and for sharing your journey’s - there are some days I’d not have the motivation to keep going if it wasn’t for you! :)
SW - 116kg / 255 pounds
CW - ~99kg / 218 pounds
GW - ~85kg / 187 pounds
H - 175cm / 5ft 9in