by Juliet Tyson
I went through the whole weight loss experience about 2 and half years ago when I lost 13-15kilos. I went from 70kilos (11 stone) to 55-57 kilos (about 9 stone). I had always been on the chubbier side at school and although I tried hard I wasn’t the sporty type. I also have quite a curvy figure so I never really noticed when my bust got bigger and my bum got rounder. This was when I initially tried a serious diet. The exact moment was the cliché celeb excuse, looking back at holiday pictures and wondering when my body had changed so drastically.
Anyway, I digress a little. When I decided to try Fat Creep™ I noticed my weight had gone up to 64kilos. I was just under 10 stone and I panicked because my goal since I had lost the weight initially was to remain between 57 and 60 kilos. I liked Fat Creep™’s idea of a “happy weight range” that is based on B.M.I. but also on what an individual feels comfortable with. This is one of the aspects of weight loss that I find fascinating. It is not just simply “lose Y amount of pounds to be weight X”. The journey is wrapped up in your self image, your background, and even your emotional relationship with food. I am not in any way, shape or form an expert when it comes to psychology but having spent a long time experiencing the transformation that comes with shedding the pounds I‘ve noted some strange, interesting and even scary thought processes.
I will be totally honest I cheated a little on Fat Creep™. I didn’t record my weight for 2 weeks because it just would not budge. I was eating healthily, going to the gym, and all that but I was stuck at 63.5. Then last week, I decided to weigh myself and I was overjoyed to discover that I was down to 61.3 kilos! (9st9lbs). I was standing on the scale in boots and it took all of my will power to not jump around dancing with happiness and relief. This is a feeling that I am all too familiar with. On the one hand, the ecstasy of losing some weight; on the other end of the scale, the frustration of gaining weight.
I agree that weighing yourself once a week is a good idea. Your weight can fluctuate very easily from day to day and when you are trying to lose weight steadily it can take a while to notice the difference. I used to have a digital scale in my flat and I am glad I don’t have one anymore as I remember weighing myself sometimes more than once a day! As I write this, I realise that sounds quite extreme but the point I am trying to make is that embarking on a serious weight loss journey requires 100% commitment but the downside is that you can become easily obsessed. Even if, like me you have a life that is quite fairly balanced between work and family commitments it is surprisingly easy to get caught up too much in yourself. Dare I say, forgetting the needs of others around you.
It would appear that a prevalent idea in society is that in order to achieve your weight loss goals, you need to suffer and deny yourself almost every type of enjoyable food that you need to punish your body into submission at the gym. There is no doubt that you need to realistically give up a few things for a while (Mine is Greggs!). Once I lost that initial 2.4 kilos (after the frustration of nothing moving for 3 weeks) I had to remind myself that the best way is not a quick fix. It’s a slow journey and your greatest weapons will be patience and persistence. Give yourself a small reward once again. Buy yourself a new dress even if you plan to out shrink it. The happier you are the more motivated you will feel and your family and friends will surely benefit too.
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