We moved to Amarillo, Texas in July of last year. The stress and bad eating from the process of moving and living with my mother-in-law for 2 months left me 5 pounds heavier than I'd ever been before.
I started working as a server in September and as a result had little time or desire to eat. I worked an evening shift and for 3 months almost never ate a meal after lunch. My stomach shrunk and even when I did eat, I wasn't eating very much. At times, I would eat so little that it was derailing my weight loss efforts. I lost 30 pounds or so during that time and became inspired to start going to the gym shortly after I stopped working there.
Attempting to eat as many meals mostly raw or low-carb, I have continued to lose weight and have, at this point, lost 40+ pounds. I've been going to the gym and working with a trainer (which is included in my $10 a month membership) well over a month and have lost little to nothing during that time. However, I have lost inches. I have not measured myself but can see the difference in my clothes. I can zip a coat that before had never even met in the front. All of the clothes I wore prior to going to the gym no longer fit. They're all baggy on me now. I wore a size 22 when we moved here. I now wear a size 14/16.
My stress level these days are much improved and I am on a journey of self-improvement. I've been seeing a counselor for quite some time now (one before we moved and a new one now that we're here). I've never been quite as happy as I am now. I believe being true to yourself, addressing the things that make you sad or stressed, and getting rid of negativity, even if it's difficult, is essential to weight loss and happiness.
My original goal was to learn to lose weight and teach others how to lose weight too. Life sometimes squashes our goals and plans but I'm learning to roll with the punches and I'm now enjoying life again. Weight loss isn't everything. If it's making you unhappy, it isn't worth it.
"This above all, to thine own self be true." - William Shakespeare