At 5'4", that's a LOT of weight to carry on this short frame. My hips ached, my back hurt, and I felt awful most of the time. I'd get winded climbing a single flight of stairs. My size 24W clothes were starting to get snug. I was morbidly obese and 42 years old.
I've been overweight since I was 8 or 9 years old, reaching around 175-180 my senior year of high school. When I had my first child at 22, I was right around 200 pounds at 9 months pregnant. When my second child was born in 2001, I was 255 at 9 months pregnant. With the undertreated thyroid and unhealthy habits over those 13-14 years, I actually ended up weighing MORE than I did obese and pregnant. Now I was just morbidly obese and getting less and less healthy.
Honestly, my initial goals were just to feel better - plantar fasciitis, aches and pains, chronic diarrhea, general fatigue - I felt awful most of the time. I tried several rounds of elimination diets to try to identify problems.
Throughout this process, I've tried all sorts of diet plans: low carb, ketogenic, Weight Watchers, carb cycling, and others. I even tried an egg fast a time or two. I've learned to pay attention to my body and experiment with different macro levels and different plans. I regularly evaluate how I'm doing and adjust as needed. Here's my plan.
That first month, I lost 7.3 pounds. Then I continued losing 3 or 4 pounds a month through around September 2015. The rest of the year, I kind of lost my focus in the stress of busy-ness, life, and the holidays, and ended up regaining 12 or so of the 30ish pounds I lost the first 9 months of the year. I saw the same pattern in 2016 - solid losses for 9 months followed by a small gain around the holidays. I think that's pretty normal.
In 2015, I lost 29 pounds. In 2016, I lost 26.2 pounds. 2017 has been off to a difficult start for a variety of reasons, but the good new is I HAVEN'T regained the 54-55 pounds I have lost so far. I just need to get refocused on my health and resume this journey.