This is a highly requested post and I’ve put off doing it for a while as I wanted to see how things panned out. As most of you who have met me in real life or follow me on Instagram (here), I have been dieting and have lost a considerable amount of weight in the last year. WARNING – THIS IS TEXT HEAVY!
Weight Before: 17st 8lbs
Weight After: 11st 11lbs
Clothing Size Before: 22
Clothing Size After: 14
I started on my weight loss journey on 1st January 2017, I had made it my new years resolution to become fitter and healthier, with this also came the realisation that I had a lot of weight to lose. Following lots of people on Instagram who were super fit and healthy made me realise (not that I didn’t already know) that my lifestyle wasn’t great, I was very overweight and I had already started to see signs that it was affecting my long-term health. My back has always been a problem, being a veterinary nurse means that I am stupid and lift things that are far too heavy for me, it means that I’m far too stubborn to accept help with lifting things and often there aren’t many people around that can help. This became more of a problem at the end of 2016 where it suddenly got a lot worse, I found out that I had herniated a disk in my lower spine (lumbar region) and had to be put on a massive dose of painkillers just to get through the day.
(This is when we climbed Ben Nevis in September – 1st picture almost all the way up, 2nd at the summit)
The more I thought about it the more I realised (along with the gentle guidance of the doctors) that I needed to lose weight. I got offered to take prescription medications to help me lose weight as my BMI was very high however I felt that it was a journey that I needed to take on my own and didn’t take these.
Initially, I started off at the typical place – Slimming World, this was an excellent starting place for me as I wanted something that could keep me motivated whilst losing weight and the groups were very helpful, I had a fantastic consultant who praised my weight loss and kept me on track. I lost 3 stone within four months with Slimming World.
Before I had an understanding of nutrition I thought that if I didn’t eat exactly what I’d planned, I’d undo all of the hard work that I’d done.
(First picture August 2016)
The more I went to Slimming World the more I realised how backwards it was, therefore I decided to research and teach myself a bit of nutrition! I read articles online, medical journals, scoured the internet for information, I even watched Youtube videos on meal preparing and nutrition. The body isn’t meant to lose weight so fast and as a result, I have suffered, I have developed gallstones which are an exceptionally painful condition which can be brought on by a super low-fat diet and sudden weight loss.
After all my research I decided that the diet IIFYM (If it fits your macros) would suit my lifestyle perfectly. It meant that I could eat whatever I liked, as long as it fit my macronutrient requirements for the day. I used the app MyFitnessPal to track my macros and still do log them every day.
Along with the diet change, I started exercising in February, I started doing the couch to 5k program from the NHS which teaches you to run 5k gradually over 8 weeks. I have to admit I was so unfit that I had to do the week one for three weeks in a row (running 3 times a week) as I couldn’t get past that stage. After I’d mastered running (well… sort of) I started being more adventurous with my exercise, I now lift weights and go to spin class along with running.
Something that I never thought I’d be able to do was Tough Mudder, I was conned into (thanks, daddy dearest) signing up to do Tough Mudder earlier in the year. I decided that if I was going to do it, I’d raise some money for charity at the same time. I managed to raise almost £150 for the Blue Cross Animal Charity as well as completing Tough Mudder! I’ve already signed up for next year as it was a great laugh and although I was covered in bruises for weeks, I’ve not had so much fun in a long time.
(first picture post Tough Mudder, Second picture before the Subway 5k)
I’d like to extend a special thank you to my dad, he has supported me, pushed me – both physically with a stick whilst running and mentally with encouragement, and he’s brought me my running kit even when I was feeling demotivated! Another thank you to my mum who always encourages me to eat right and also my work colleagues for being the best support even though you all tempt me with tasty foods.
So far I’ve lost just under 6 stone and the change in my life has been amazing, I’ve got more energy, better skin, and I feel generally happier!
I hope this post has given you some insight into my weight loss and I haven’t bored you too much!