Huge congrats to you on getting to a 16! That’s fantastic! I would second what others are saying regarding switching up your exercise regime, and possibly going to a doctor. It’s likely nothing is wrong, but if you have a good rapport with your doctor, they may be able to give you some tips and suggestions on diet and exercise.
I lost about 100 lbs within a year and a half. For me, it started when my first marriage ended. I started eating strictly what I wanted to eat, and took walks just to get out of the house (I still lived with the ex at the time, due to financial reasons). I found it a great way to clear my head. I will admit I wasn’t particularly doing it the healthy way at first (eating only salads, was calorie hoarding, not eating when I was depressed, etc.) I stopped losing, felt like crap, and finally went to my doctor. She helped me with healthy eating ideas and realistic weight goals. I found that my portion sizes had shrunk, and I’d lost much of the taste I used to have for certain things (no more major dessert cravings, etc), so I tend to eat a bit better.
I’ve always had hypothyroidism, so I made sure to monitor that often. I’ve also been on and off diets since I was a child. Every summer, I’d be on weight loss boot camp with my grandmother. I was on low carb, low calorie, low sugar, you name it. I was also on Weight Watchers about 12 years ago, which helped out at the time (though this is the first time I’ve ever kept it off).
Some of what’s helped me, both to stay motivated and to keep the weight off:
1) Realistic and easily obtainable goals. I had it in my head that I would be happy at 200 lbs and a size 14 (I’m 5’9″, started at a bit over 280). But I’d set smaller goals, like ten lbs. Then, when I hit that, I’d say “Okay, ten more”.
2) Not getting hung up on cheating. I used to feel like, if I fell off the wagon once, I’d shot myself in the foot and gorge myself for a week (undoing most of my work). When I was on WW with co-workers, we would set a date every two or three weeks where we’d go to a pub after work and “cheat”. We knew we were going to get that treat at a regular interval, plus we knew it wasn’t going to kill us, so no sabotage due to guilt.
3) Pushing the exercise, no matter what. I’m struggling with this now. I used to have a hilly, quiet cemetery near where I lived. I’ve since moved to the city and there’s nowhere to walk that is really nice and grassy. With school being out (I walk to school), I needed to find something. I’m doing the 30 Day Shred dvd. It’s not always fun, and I have to push mysel to do it sometimes. But I feel good after doing it.
4) Do not stress yourself over it. Every single goal is something to be proud of. If you end up a size 18 instead of a 16, be damn proud of that, because it’s a huge accomplishment. Every pound less, every inch smaller, every size shift is something you should celebrate.
5) Even a ten % weight loss makes you healthier. My doctor told me that losing 10% of my weight will cut my chance of heart disease and other weight related issues in half. Ten lbs was the difference between my knees hurting when I walked and them being fine.
6) Muscle weighs MORE than fat. If you’re working out in any way, you’re going to build some muscle. Don’t always go by the scale weight, but by your actual size.
I went from a size 22 at my largest, to a 12 now. I started about 285 (estimated because I used to avoid scales), and I’m about 185 now. I would like to lose some more, or at least tone myself up a bit. My skin is a bit hangy, and I feel like my inner thighs aren’t any smaller than they used to be. I’ve gained a bit in my stomach the past few months (I was off my thyroid meds, plus I hadn’t been exercising. Weight stayed the same, but I lost muscle). It bummed me out, then scared the hell out of me, but I didn’t give in to completely blowing what I’ve accomplished so far by binging (which I used to do).