AS FAR BACK AS I CAN REMEMBER…
I have always been bigger than most of my friends but the real turning point for me was in 2001.
I was sixteen and getting ready to join the Royal Air Force and one of the conditions was that I needed to lose weight and get fit.
My dad helped with the fitness part and I decided to go on a Slim Fast diet to get the weight off quickly.
It did the job and a month or so later I had dropped a dress size or two and was at my goal weight.
I felt so confident, like I could achieve anything but it didn’t last long…
Basic Training came and no longer able to sustain the Slim Fast ‘diet’, I returned to eating normal food.
Within the space of two years I ballooned up to a UK size 20 – 3 sizes bigger than when I started.
Over the next 15 years, I tried every single diet under the sun to try and lose the weight but none of them worked. I just sat plateaued at a UK size 20, occasionally a size 22.
My confidence was low but I always managed to put on my mask and not allow the world to see how much it affected me.
I would try to convince myself that I was happy with the way I looked, then I’d go home and eat my feelings.
THEN I HIT ANOTHER TURNING POINT…
I was watching this video on YouTube and I suddenly realised that I needed to get healthy… and I needed to do it properly!
No more fad diets, no more quick fixes and no more excuses!
It was time to pull my socks up, work hard and find a way of making healthy lifestyle changes that I can sustain long term.
First, I started making little changes like drinking more water, eating smaller portions and opting for healthier options rather than always going for my comfort food. I even signed up for a gym membership*… I know, right!
I finally found a way to enjoy exercise… something that I absolutely hated! But more importantly, I realised that I could lose weight WITHOUT having to give up all of the things that I love.
SO WHAT NOW?
Now, I am almost 50lbs lighter and although I still have a fair way to go, I am a whole lot healthier… and happier than I have been in a really long time.
I am constantly losing fat and because I am doing it in a healthy and sustainable way… it’s staying off!
In fact, I love working out so much that I have actually started working towards my qualification as a personal trainer and I want to specialise in obesity, weight management and mobility so that I can help others who are in the same situation that I have been in.
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If you are where I was and are struggling with your weight, why not join us?