I originally joined just after my 40th birthday in November 2021 and had lost 2st by February 2022. However, I had some struggles with depression and unforeseen life events and stopped trying. This led me to gain all the weight back I'd lost. I then decided to try again on 3rd August 2022. Now I've lost 6st altogether.
I was so fed up of feeling lethargic. I work long days as a nurse and would be in agony after 12.5 hours with my knees. I knew it was due to extra weight. I was binge eating and my mental health was getting worse. I had been asked to be a bridesmaid in the April of 2023 so I thought I'd just try and eat healthier and move more. I wanted to feel better in myself and not feel 80 when I was in my 40s. I wanted to set a good example for my two children.
I have done WW before (3 or 4 times), but it was so expensive,and I didn't like the points system and that food was zero points. I googled calorie counting apps and Nutracheck came up. I started with the free trial and loved it. It was so easy to use and I loved the sensible approach. I didn't feel like it was a diet where I would have to count points or syns. I could eat normally.
I've always struggled with my weight. I was an overweight child. Always the big girl. Friends that hadn't seen me for a long time didn't know who would turn up. Thin Claire or the fat one. I'd lose and gain all the time. Constantly yo-yo dieting.
The biggest health improvement has been my mental health. I used to sit on my days off playing Candy Crush or another game all day and feel rubbish about myself. I am so much fitter physically. I started the couch to 5k and although it was a struggle at first, I now run regularly and have just signed up to do a half marathon. I no longer get knee pain. Work is so much easier. I feel energetic and I can keep up with my kids (they now can't keep up with me).
I started off slowly and I found it easy to plan and prep my meals for the day. It made it easier to shop and budget. I knew if life got in the way I could switch to Easier Days feature etc. I could eat the same as the kids as I wasn't looking for all the "diet" options.
The most difficult thing was to not feel guilty if I'd gone over my calories. I'd spent years on and off a diet and had labelled food "good" and "bad". So, once I got out of this mindset it became easier.
I feel 20 years younger. I'm fitter now than I was at 21. I have so much more energy whereas before I'd be breathless going up the stairs. I'm more confident in myself and I appreciate my body.
Most notable milestones for me were having the confidence to participate in my first parkrun and to finally wear shorts and a bikini on holiday. It's not always about the numbers on the scales it's the non-scale victories that matter.
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