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Dee's Weight Loss Success Story

AKA "Lashes84" lost weight with Weight Loss Resources*

Dee's Details
Age 26
Height 5’ 9”
Start Weight 19st 10lbs
Current Weight 11st 4lbs
Goal Weight 10st
Weight Lost 8st 6lbs
Inches Lost 42
Working to Rate of Loss 2lbs a week
Time Taken 54 weeks so far
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Dee Now: 11st 4lbs
"My confidence has grown tenfold"

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About Dee

My current lifestyle is active and busy! I’m a bit of a social butterfly try to get out to see friends a few nights a week. The others evenings are spent at the gym! I love going for long walks along Brighton seafront listening to my music. I’m a self confessed shopaholic, especially now I can buy things in my size. I really enjoy traipsing around all the weird and wacky shops in Brighton. 

My biggest weakness is Rose wine! It just slips down too easily!

Just put down the deposit on my new flat which is very exciting! Being single is very handy when it comes to eating as I buy and cook for just me. I’m an awful cook so when it goes wrong no one gets poisoned!

I’m a manager of a jewellers. Having a job where I’m on my feet all day is certainly handy. Plus because you’re serving customers all day there’s no excuse to snack. It also means I can bring in my own healthy lunches and cook them at work. If I worked in an office or was driving around all day I think it would be much harder.

What diets have you tried in the past?

In the past I’ve tried Weight Watchers (too complicated) and Lighter Life (totally bonkers and really unhealthy if you ask me) but my mind wasn’t ever in the right place to actually make a success of it. I saw it as deprivation and had given up even before I’d started.

Please comment on your experiences of trying these diets

WW was too complicated and I didn’t like the fact that you had to go to meetings at a certain time and place each week - very hard to do when you work shifts and commute. They are also way too expensive.

Lighter Life frightens me a bit now. Total removal of food onto shakes and soups isn’t how we should live our lives.

Tell us how your weight has affected you

At my heaviest around summer 2009 I had become very depressed and withdrawn. I used to try and paint a picture of a happy, bubbly fat girl who didn’t have a care in the world. In reality leaving the house would give me panic attacks. I’d make excuses to not go out and I lost count of the number of times I was in tears in dressing rooms looking at my horrid reflection.

I felt embarrassed on the train as I took up so much room when sitting. Even going to pubs or cafes scared me as sometimes I wouldn’t fit into chairs. It was horrible.

What has been your main motivation to lose weight?

In January 2010 I was out with friends for a birthday party. They’re all gorgeous svelte size 8/10s. I looked back at the photos of that evening and cried. I never quite realised how horrendous my weight had become. I thought if I perceived myself like this, what on earth must other people think?

Plus I could barely get up 3 stairs without having an asthma attack. My trousers would wear out within weeks from where my legs would rub together. It was disgraceful to be honest and a real wake up call.

Which tools and resources on WLR do you find most valuable?

The food database is amazing and definitely the best out there in my opinion! I track everything in my food diary everyday - even if I’m at work as I now have the mobile app which is fantastic! Also the members forum is the perfect place for advice, support, rants and general chit chat! I’ve made some really great and lasting friends on WLR.

Have you purchased or used any products/fitness equipment that have helped to reach your goals?

I got gym membership! And invested in some proper kitchen scales to help me monitor my portions - these have been invaluable!

Why do you think WLR has helped you lose weight where other diets have failed?

For me it’s the simplicity of it all. All foods are on the database, the food diary is easy to use. Most of all though it’s the amazing support you get from other members and the Helpteam. It’s like a family!

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Have you struggled at points in your weight loss journey? Experienced a weight loss plateau? What has kept you motivated?

There’s been days and weeks when my resolve has slipped obviously. Weight loss is very hard and sometimes you just want to take the easy path and just have a pizza!! However I now understand that being healthy is not depriving myself of all the things I love - it’s about striking a balance. I have a 80/20 split where I will be good most of the time and then occasionally treat myself. 

I do have weeks where I plateau - I now know though that these are temporary. 

Our bodies are complex! You just have to keep ploughing on and it kickstarts again. To keep myself motivated I just remember how far I’ve come and how amazing it will be to walk down a beach in a bikini and have people stare at me for the RIGHT reasons!

Since losing weight can you give examples of how your life has changed?

The biggest change is clothes!! I now wear a size 10/12 so I can shop everywhere! It’s a very strange adjustment when you first look in a mirror wearing a new outfit and think ‘wow, I actually look good!’

My outlook is now really optimistic and my confidence has grown tenfold. And as an extra, very welcome bonus, I seem to attract a little bit more male attention, lol! 

Exercise routines adopted

Joining a gym has obviously helped; I love cycling and am hoping to complete the London 2 Brighton cycle race this summer. But it’s the little changes - I now walk everywhere and actually enjoy it. 

What do you love about your body now?

I love my tight bum! And my defined collarbones and cheekbones. Who knew they were lurking under all that fat?!

Dee's hints and tips

  • Get your mind ready before anything else - you’ll only do this if you WANT to do it. 
  • Surround yourself with support - you’ll need it. Have a friend you can always call whenever temptation strikes. 
  • Do not berate yourself if you slip off the wagon, but DO NOT use a slip up as an excuse to give up. Get straight back on it and keep your focus.
  • Don’t listen to the people who want you to fail. They’ll try to tempt you to keep your old habits because of the way they feel. Stick to your guns.
  • Take photos of your progress a long the way. This is really important as you won’t notice yourself changing as much as others do. Whenever you’re feeling de-motivated look at these and remind yourself how well you’ve done.
  • Stock up on low calorie jelly! It’s a great way to feel like you’re having a treat but only having 10 or so calories.
  • If you’re feeling low, get on the WLR forums and tell others - they’ve already been through it and will pull you out of that fug for sure!
  • Be proud of yourself for what you achieve and learn to accept a compliment - easier said than done!!

Dee's Vital Statistics

  Before Now
Weight 19st 10lbs 11st 4lbs
BMI 40.75 23.5
Body Fat 45% 28%
Chest 44 inches 30 inches
Waist 40 inches 27 inches
Hips 49 inches 34 inches

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* Note: The success stories published on Weight Loss Resources are written by WLR members, past and present, telling their own stories in their own words. As you will see if you read more than one or two of them, everyone's story is different and they have reached their success from a variety of starting points and lost weight at varying rates. Individual results may vary.

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