Today is April 6, 2016.

Total weight loss after 7 months: 37.7 lbs. (17.2 kg.)

In 7 months I went from 184.7 lbs. (83.8 kg.) to 147 lbs. (66.6 kg.).

aprilA Never-Ending Story

It’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and luckily not a lot of downs. Today I’m looking back at the past 7 months knowing that I should be happy with my weight.

7 months ago I promised myself that I would get significant results. And although I was hoping to make progress much faster, I’m happy with where I am today.

My Overview

For several years I have been listing my weight as a reminder of my (weight loss) goals.

During the past 2 months I really started to focus on losing weight and not just eating healthy. I used a food calorie table to count the amount of calories each food contains. Each morning I checked how much was weighing. So each morning it was easy to conclude which foods and amounts made me lose weight and which foods and amounts didn’t.

Another helpful strategy for those who can’t cook is to follow a healthy cooking class. I haven’t done this mainly because I don’t have the energy for it. But there’s no doubt that increasing your knowledge of healthy eating will benefit you in the long run.

If you need more motivation to lose weight, then you should also think about the costs of overeating and consuming unhealthy foods and drinks. You save a lot of money if you stop eating excessive amounts of food, unhealthy snacks and drinking soda and alcohol.

BMI

My BMI score has dropped from 30 to a healthy 23.4.

To reach a BMI score of 20, I need to weigh around 128 pounds (58 kg.). I know it’s possible to achieve this, but would already be happy with weighing less than 143 pounds (65 kg). I have no reason to become super skinny and honestly also wouldn’t like to look like that anyway.

So far eating healthy has made me lose 38 lbs. (17.2 kg.) pounds. I can’t exercise a lot because I’ve got CFS/ME since my 15th. This transformation took a long time, but it shows that even chronically ill people can succeed at losing weight.

I need to accept that I’ll always suffer from chronique fatigue and muscle pain, but at least I won’t develop any obesity related health issues. I will probably slow down on the weight loss during the next 2 months, but still hope to reach the 140 pounds.

If you’re overweight, I recommend you to read the summary of the latest global obesity study and keep in mind that it’s never too late to make a change.