Jumping in because MFP tells me it's easier to lose weight with friends!
4 years ago when I moved to QLD I was 55kg, the smallest I've been in my "adult" years. Sadly back then I remember still considering myself fat. Contentedness set in and I've plateaued at 70kg. I'm disappointed, but I can see why it happened and where I need to improve. I'd love to get back to 55kg by the time I get married next year, and I'm going to have this as my extreme goal. For my realistic goal, I'm aiming for 60kg.
Both FH and I work in fast food, and we both do shift work. It is absolutely terrible for our eating habits. This is where I've gained my weight, it's the thinking that "well Colin isn't going to be home so I'll grab something at work or on the way home". Bad bad bad! We've vowed not to touch the food we sell, or any other fast food for that matter. Our waistlines will thank us, and so will our bank account. I only remember a week back, but so far I have gone at least 7 days without touching fast food
I don't like breakfast, food in my stomach in the morning makes me feel very nauseous. I seem to be able to stomach an Up & Go drink though, so I have been having one a morning to "start my metabolism". If I'm home alone for lunch or dinner I'll have a small piece of fish and a small basic salad. If FH is home, we'll have something like veggie sausages and cous cous, or spaghetti without meat. We don't quite have an expansive menu just yet!
We're not trying to be vegetarian, but rather reduce the amount of meat we eat while increasing the amount of veggies. Muesli bars or light crackers for snacks, and water or meal replacement shakes for beverages.
I don't know if it's working, or if my scales are being odd, but I weighed myself today at 67kg. I started this month at 70kg! I still don't exercise much yet; I have grand plans to go swimming after work (I've already got my swimming kit organised!) or cycling (still need to brush my bike off). It's still too cold for my liking to go swimming (outdoor pool...) and cycling (well, Toowoomba should be enough of a reason). I know I know, excuses excuses... But give me some better weather and I can get off my butt and get started, and once I'm started it will be all good!
But I am also trying to get a new job, I'm desperately unhappy in my current job. When I was an admin assistant, at 55kg, it was mostly sedentary work, but I got an hour for a lunch break which I used to walk around the city. I drank a lot of water as the water on tap was lovely, there was fresh fruit delivered to the office every day and I was able to have cheap sushi for lunch. Now in my current job, I don't get a lunch break, the tap water is disgusting so I have to drink bottled, there's no fresh fruit and the sushi is expensive