JustSomeJD wrote: »
I was desirous of becoming a sexy *kitten* again.
hipari wrote: »
Mine is kind of a long story. I had gained continuously since, well, I was born, as in I eventually stopped growing taller but never stopped growing heavier. Slowly, but surely, the weight crept up. At the end of 2015 I was feeling awful both physically and mentally (it was a tough year, my parents got divorced and my grandma passed away). Physically, trying to catch a bus left me winded and sweaty, I felt uncomfortable participating in any kind of physical activity, even taking the stairs together with a group. My calves were so tight and messed up that walking the stairs hurt on top of my lungs being on fire. My chest was so tight that in hindsight it was a miracle I could dress myself. On top of that, I looked like crap.
I decided I had had enough, decided to start losing weight, and January 2016 I joined a gym and hired a trainer. We started from the bottom, got me a simple program (I had gone to the gym in my late teens so technically knew how the machines work etc), and started working on my issues. My chest loosened up so much that all my dresses became too big on my shoulders/upper chest. I foamrolled and stretched my calves regularly, and eventually they loosened and were no longer in pain. My hip flexors were (and still are) messed-up tight, it took around 2 years of working on my muscle balance before I could do a proper lunge. I built basic everyday strength and stamina, nothing particularly athletic. I lost around 10 lbs. Summer 2016, I had some medical issues and was prescribed blood tests for celiac disease. The test requires you to actually eat gluten, so they can test if you can handle it properly. The only proactive thing I had done for my health in 2015 was figuring out my stomach issues were fodmap-related and that I could keep symptoms at bay by avoiding cereals that contain gluten. So, all summer I ate those cereals with gluten, felt like crap, gained 5lbs back. I did not have celiac disease.
The next 1,5 years I worked on increasing my strength and stamina, balanced work, studies and working out, and experimented with new foods and slowly built healthier habits. Also, I kept gaining and losing the same 10lbs. At least the first 5lbs I lost back in 2016 stayed off. Then, March 2018, I felt like it was time, and in addition to becoming healthier, I was now ready to lose weight as well. I had a good start back in January 2016, but at the time I hadn’t realized I needed to figure out my other health issues first. 112 days later, here I am, losing weight. The rest of my life feels pretty much in control (I still balance work, studies and all the rest, plus I’m starting a second degree in the fall), I’m in a better place physically and mentally, and now I can focus on weight loss because my other health issues (muscle imbalance, celiac tests, fodmap etc) are dealt with.
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