I've been continuously trying to lose weight for about a year and a half now. I've hit lots of plateaus and had a few up when I was moving, or would go on vacation but I am certainly far away from who I was in Dec 08. Dec 08 was when I graduated from college. I completed college in 3.5 years by taking courses in high school and one summer of classes. Sounds like a great accomplishment but I feel like I have nothing to show for it (besides the degree). After my second year of college I stayed at school working as a lab technician. The job was fairly relaxed so I went to the gym almost everyday, did the core foods WW program, and took long walks at night. I lost about 10lbs that summer getting to my high school weight of 182.
Then everything went in the opposite direction. I had a full course load that fall, spring, summer, and fall with no real breaks. I got a summer job that continued until I left college, in addition to my on campus job. I held positions in clubs and in my sorority. Yeah I was in a sorority and just saying it brings up happy memories and stressful ones! In my last semester I wanted to do everything. I had 2 jobs, 16 credits, the fundamentals of engineering exam (kinda like the SAT for engs), sorority positions, interviewing for full time jobs, and I wanted to spend as much time with my friends as possible. So I'd race from class to work to the sorority to the bar stopping at subway or Hardee's if I had a 5 min break. I lived on Monster drinks. The entire semester I was counting down the days to the end of the semester not in that "joyous this is a great accomplishment" way but in the "I can finally sleep and think in 75 days" way. Burned out is putting it lightly. My highest weight after that craziness was 240lbs.
When January came and the holiday's were over I finally took time for myself. It was like I was in a car on the fast track and I finally got out of it. I started exercising and eating better. The thing that really changed was I like my body more. I always thought I was fat when I was 180lbs now I DREAM of being there again. I may have days when I hate everything in my closet and just put sweats on but overall I know I'm moving in the right direction. My body is better than it was a year ago or a month ago and I keep working so I can always say that. The other thing was I've kind of become a commitment-phobe. I have to be very careful to not get in over my head. I never want that feeling that I'm not in control. It's hard to explain but I don't want to feel obligated to do the things I love, I don't want my life to feel like a continuous list of chores.
Now I'm back in school taking one semester at a time. I'm going for my masters in civil engineering but I'm also taking finance classes and possibly education classes. I'm perfectly happy with my 14hr a week job, I go hiking, to the gym, and cook myself dinner. I feel I can much better handle the future now and I'm grateful for that.
So like Jess asked: What was your lowest point and what made you decide to change?