Sarah's Diet Success Story
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What diets have you tried in the past?
Loads – you name I have tried it. When I was younger I had a good go at most as I was always overweight though not unhappy about it.
My most enjoyable attempt at weight loss was 2 weeks at a health farm – pure bliss – did not want to come out!!
Tell us how your weight has affected you
When I was younger I always was a up and down with my weight – it did not however affect my social life.
As I got older I have followed diets and healthy eating plans for odd periods but never really stuck to anything.
I have always been a bit self conscious in a swimsuit but it has never stopped me going to the beach and I always used to hate those communal changing rooms that thankfully have now disappeared in most shops!
I suppose now that I am thinner, I like myself far better though even when I was at my heaviest (probably around 95 kgs) I still did not miss out on anything in life and always had a great circle of friends.
What has been your main motivation to lose weight?
- New clothes in a size 12 (well and 14 sometimes!!)
- Feeling pleased when I see my reflection in a window
- My legs not aching at having to support all those extra kilos
- My heart beating stronger and better during a long walk
- My husband not being able to call me obese
- Peoples comments in general that I look great.
Which tools and resources on WLR do you find most valuable?
It has helped in that I now have a very good idea of calorie values – far better than before and this makes me aware of what I am eating generally, I know how to put together a good healthy meal and always get my 5 (often a lot more) portions of fruit and veg a day.
I use periodically the recipes though perhaps should utilise these a bit more but love reading the success stories as they give me hope that we can all, with a bit of perseverance, lose weight.
The fact that I have lost a substantial amount of kilos means that I now understand what I must eat for the rest of my life –
"Obviously I go off the rails at times and have my weaknesses but the fact that I seem to be able to get back on track again is only thanks to WLR."
The support from other members is invaluable and I know that I can log on at any time of day and get help, advice or support from all those lovely people out there.
Why do you think WLR has helped you lose weight where other diets have failed?
The diary has been my salvation and for nearly 3 months I used it without fail every day – it was so easy to see how many calories I had eaten.
I also use the boards regularly as the support is fantastic – I would never have kept going had it not been for the knowledge that there as a whole world of people out there in similar situations.
"The messages I have received have been great and I only hope that mine have been as supportive to others."
sometimes it is difficult to log on every day but the fact that you know there is someone there 24 hours (yes, I have posted instead of raiding the fridge in the early hours AND have had an answer!!) somehow is comforting!
Now that I exercise a bit more I am also using the exercise diary – once again a great source of knowing how much more you can eat daily.
I like the nutrition reports and am always interested in seeing whether I am close to the target amounts though I really think that a daily alcohol amount should be included (one glass of red wine…)
Try WLR's tools for yourself
Dieting for weight loss is easy with the tools in WLR. You can use the information on Weight Loss Resources to count how many calories you need to consume each day and how many you are actually eating. Try it free for 24 hours.
Sarah's hints and tips
My only tip really is to join up for the free trial and see for yourself – everyone seems to adapt the site to their needs and if it works for me (never had much willpower and exercise was a bad word) then it has to be worth a try for everyone trying to lose either a few or a lot of kilos.
You can try the food diary and tools that Joanna used to achieve her weight loss free, for 24 hours.
* 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.