TL;DR: Started losing weight in January 2019 at 295lbs and today ~16 months later I’ve finally hit my goal weight of 175lbs. I’m focusing more on exercise and building muscle going forward. I am so much happier and more confident than I used to be, I’m so glad I did this. Progress pictures: https://imgur.com/gallery/7qtESGL
On January 15th 2019 my scale read 295lbs at 18 years old. I set a goal to be 175lbs which at the time felt massive and unattainable, but I’m so stoked to finally be able to say that today I have hit that goal weight after losing 120lbs. I do still have a long way to go, I want to lose a bit more fat and I’ll be focusing on exercise to build more muscle but for now I am very pround of what I’ve accomplished and of myself.
At the beginning I was 100% about CICO, as long as I was in a calorie deficit I could eat whatever I want (which is still true) but slowly I started to cut down on the takeout and processed food, switching to lower sugar versions of product and generally making healthier choices. I started to exercise quite regularly too, weight training and cardio, but I took a few month break from that this year until the start of May. Personally I believe some sort of calorie deficit is 100% necessary but healthy eating, exercise and intermittent fasting go a LONG way too.
I do still have fat to lose so I will continue what I’ve been doing but I won’t be setting another goal weight, instead I’ll stop when I like what I see/feel. I’m shifting my focus from mostly diet to mostly exercise going forth as my focus will be on building muscle and improving my general physcique and my fitness. Losing that massive amount of weight was absolutely necessary to do first but I’m excited about my new goals and plans.
Admiteddly my progress and transformation isn’t as quick or as dramatic as others, this is likely because I’ve taken my time and chosen to break up the diet and exercise elements. The reason I did is because I know my own limits and I know doing both at the same time would have been to overwhelming for me. I’m happy with what I’ve achieved and will go on to achieve. My life has changed in so many ways, I feel so much happier, more confident and I’m excited for the future. I can honestly say that I accept, love and am proud of myself.