I was always a slim child but when I went to secondary school it was like a freedom when it came to rubbish, so I kept buying chocolate and sweets…simply because I could and it wasn’t monitored. It continued and when I could drive…I drove myself straight to Mcdonalds and KFC. That became my downward spiral and it continued as I didn’t know any better.
NAME : Hayley
BEFORE WEIGHT : 13 stone 1lb
AFTER WEIGHT : 9stone
POUNDS LOST : 57
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? I wouldn’t smile…I felt that everytime I smiled my face would look fat, well it was! I would get so depressed clothes shopping and trying to buy things around my weight.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? I decided that I wanted to lose weight, it was that simple, so I did. Then it became addictive, I loved the scales telling me I had lost weight every and my clothes feeling bigger.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I went to a local weight watchers class to start my diet and straight after was a fitness boot camp so I thought lets give this a go….I went from no exercise to doing 3-4 classes a week and sticking strict to weight watchers. This taught me to eat healthier and how important exercise was. From that I decided to do other classes and became interested in nutrition and trying foods I would never have tried previously.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? I was losing about 3 and half pounds a week so it was about a month after that people started to comment about me looking smaller.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? My family were and always be supportive however they were never into exercise or eating healthy so it was difficult to get more normal to be healthy when I was so uneducated about food and exercise.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? Never
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? After I lost about 2 stone (28 lbs) my weight plateau and I thought I was fine with that. Then I got up for work one morning and went to work, as normal….within an hour I lost my father to a heart attack, he was 56! It was so unexpected but we knew that it would happen one day, he was about 25 stone when he passed and lived on takeaways. Following his death, I went to a local chinese and they said “we haven’t seen your dad for a while” I explained why but it the hit me…how often he must have eaten there for them to notice! After that I stopped eating takeaways and three years later….I still have had a takeaway or fast food!! This really pushed me to eat as clean as I could to make sure I kept my heart healthy and fit.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? It took me about 18 months in total
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? I’ve ran a 10k!!!!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? Before I thought a diet was huge bowls of pasta or rice, white potatoes, bread! These days I eat a lot of lean meat, chicken and vegetables! Of course I have treats like chocolate, I am human but I know that if I eat that stuff its in moderation now. Before it would have be like a conveyer belt into my mouth.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? When I was losing weight I started a new job which meant I was out walking in the community for my entire shift…this has a major impact and my weight loss. There was no way I could be unfit, walking up hills and walking at a fast pace if there was an emergency. I had to keep up with my colleagues and I wanted to…I didn’t want to be the fat colleague when everyone around was super fit and going to the gym. So…..I went to the gym, luckily for me there was one in my station so I would go after every shift. As you can imagine, I went from sitting on my butt with no exercise to walking all day and going to the gym, the weight dropped off. Now I will run a 10k every couple of days and go to the gym to do a variation of weight training and hiit. Yes…I now know what all that means!!
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Try different foods…I would never have drunk green tea previously now I aim for 5 cups a day.
- Surround yourself with positive people who will push you and support you
- Do exercise at your own pace so you enjoy it