Hey r/loseit! I thought I should post to let you guys know I hit my goal.
I technically hit it a few days ago, but I have been consistently under my goal weight every day since, so it finally feels ~real~ Here are before and afters: https://imgur.com/a/hAfcRm6
But honestly, I am on the cusp of overweight/obese for my BMI so I want to keep going. I really did not ever think I could get below 200lbs, let alone reach the thinnest weight I have ever been in my adult life (yes, I even weighed more for all of high school). I don’t necessarily feel like I look much different, or anything has changed in the gym- but then I remember how I felt and what I could do when I was carrying 40lbs more weight.
When I was 220lbs, I could not run for more than 45 seconds without being extremely sweaty and out of breath. I would never run, really, and would limit myself to doing twenty minutes on the elliptical a few times a month. Now that I am 174 lbs, I can run a 10ish minute mile, and I can run without stopping for at least 17 minutes. I lift pretty heavy, but I just started doing this and I have already been seeing serious gains in my back muscle. I am just really impressed with myself and still kind of in shock that I am such an active, healthy person now.
A lot of people have commented on my weight, and it honestly makes me super uncomfortable! I don’t really like people noticing that I look different/better, but it also reassures me that my progress is real. A lot of people also ask how I lost this weight, especially as a college student, and I think a big part of it comes from the support and knowledge of this reddit community. I learned so much about fasting, eating, working out, plateaus, and running through this group. And I also have gotten consistent support and motivation from your comments as well as your posts!
I am so excited to keep going and see what my body can seriously do when I try my best. I still binge sometimes, I still eat fries and hamburgers, but I this is my life and I am not dieting. I am living, healthier, and happier!