So far I've lost 7st 7lbs 105lbs 47.6kg in the last year.
I've always struggled with my weight and have done various diets over the years but also ended up gaining back what I lost. I managed to lose a few stone about 3 years ago counting calories but didn't have an App to help me - I did it the old way with a calorie counter and notebook!
In April 2018 my partner and I took my son to an outdoor activity centre aimed at catering for those with disabilities. During the week we were there, my disabled son was able to do everything, the fact that he is a full time wheelchair user with profound and complex needs made no difference. He did an abseil in his wheelchair, enjoyed the zipwire using a special harness, went on a carriage ride and loved the sound and movement of the horses. I however couldn't do any of these things as I exceeded the weight limit for these activities.
When we got back from that holiday I had one of those 'moments' - my disabled son's needs hadn't held him back but my weight had. It was possible for him to achieve so much and yet my weight, something I could control, stopped me joining in and having those experiences with him. I decided that something had to change. We booked in June last year to go back to the same outdoor activity centre this October and I promised myself that this time I would be doing all the activities with him. I would still like to lose another stone or two but I am already well under the weight restrictions for the holiday so have kept the promise I made to myself.
I think the difference this time with me being successful was not viewing it as a diet but as a lifestyle change. I tried not to rely on processed low fat, low calorie foods but instead started to try new foods and recipes, learning which foods left me satisfied and which didn't. I haven't denied myself anything, if I've really fancied something I've had it, even if it takes me over my calorie allowance.
My only rule has been to sit and actually taste and register what I am eating, stopping and tasting it. More often than not I've realised it doesn't taste as nice as I remember and don't bother having it again, but that way it has got the craving out of my system. If I do enjoy it I keep it as a treat and save calories for next time so I can enjoy it guilt-free!
It hasn't been easy but I just try to take a day at a time and not overthink it. I feel so much better, I have more energy, feel more confident and have managed to come off antidepressants for the first time in 10 years. I am still far from body confident and still struggle at times with food choices but I know I'm on the right road.
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