Amy's Weight Loss Success Story
|Start Weight||12st 3lbs|
|Current Weight||9st 9.6lbs|
|Weight Lost||2st 7.4lbs|
|Working to Rate of Loss||1½lbs per week then 1lb a week|
|Time Taken||7 months|
I live with my partner and I do the cooking every evening - so had been eating pretty much same portion sizes as him (6ft 2 man!)
I work as an accountant – which means sitting down at a desk in front of a computer all day and often working long hours - so then just vegging out in the evenings and at weekends.
What diets have you tried in the past?
Have tried the usual “I’ll try to eat a bit less” diet but only ever for about a week or so at a time and of course it never worked!
Otherwise had convinced myself I was happy as I was and didn’t “want” to lose weight so just carried on getting bigger.
What are your experiences of trying these diets?
See above – depressing and would give up after a few days.
Tell us how your weight has affected you
Made me feel less confident.
"Hated going clothes shopping as size 14 wouldn’t fit and refused to buy size 16 so just wore old clothes."
What has been your main motivation to lose weight?
Realising that my size 14 work trousers just wouldn’t do up, buying a size 16 for the first time and it fitting perfectly.
Wanted to look nice in photographs – every photo of me I saw I looked fatter and fatter.
Which tools and resources on WLR do you find most valuable?
Food Diary – it’s massively empowering to KNOW that you are allowed that treat, because the calories are then in green.
It educated me so much about the food choices I made, and how I could lose weight and still fit in treats here and there, even the occasional curry.
It stops you from giving up completely if you have an “off” day because you know how to make it up.
"It gives you a brilliant, scientific tool to use that puts you back in CONTROL of what you eat and how you lose weight."
It was so satisfying to see the weight coming off pretty much in line with my graph, and to know that I could control it.
Goals & Results – the graph is fantastic.
"Every time I felt down I looked at my beautiful line going downwards to see how well I’d done!"
Members’ Forum – even if you don’t post a lot like me it’s great to feel part of a community, and see that others are going through the same things as you. You don’t feel alone.
My Recipes in the Food Diary – I am a keen cook and make most of my meals from scratch, so it’s been really useful to collate them all here and add them to the diary with just one click.
Have you purchased or used any products/fitness equipment that have helped to reach your goals?
Gym membership which I have actually used. Exercise is so much more motivating when you see the effect it has on your calorie allowance for the day.
30 day shred DVD & weights for exercising at home and helping to tone up.
Why do you think WLR has helped you lose weight where other diets have failed?
Because it’s based on science, i.e. 500 calories less per day = 1 lb loss per week.
It allows you to accurately track your daily consumption which gives you control and lets you know what you can and can’t have rather than guessing.
It’s realistic – you don’t have any “banned” foods.
Try WLR's tools for yourself
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Have you struggled at points in your weight loss journey? Experienced a weight loss plateau? What has kept you motivated?
A couple of plateaus – reading the forums helped as I realised others had had the same experiences and I just needed to keep going.
The main motivation has been my graph in Goals & Results.
It clearly shows that the weight loss is happening and that was enough to keep me going.
Since losing weight can you give examples of how your life has changed?
- I am more confident and feel more attractive
- I am happier to be photographed
- I like buying clothes because size 12 now fits!
- I feel healthier and sleep better
Exercise routines adopted
I took up running and now run regularly, on the treadmill or outside.
I swim about once a week.
I aim to walk as much as possible rather than driving.
What do you love about your body now?
My bottom – all the cellulite has gone!!
My tummy – not flat, but not a pot belly any more.
My back – it’s now slim and toned and there is no “back fat” around my bra straps!
Amy's hints and tips
My main tip and the reason I’ve failed to lose weight in the past is:-
Don’t deprive yourself excessively. If you make the diet too hard it will lead to failure – make it doable by factoring in some treats here and there – just not every day!
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
* 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.