Antonia's Weight Loss Success - Before and After

Despite saying she had many lapses (eg chocolate biscuits calling her name from the cupboard) Antonia managed to lose an impressive 2st 1lb in 3months and 1 week – not so easy when you’re only 5’2”!

Antonia Saw Off 2 Stone in 3 Months

Antonia, Age 52, Height 5ft 5in
Start Weight 11st 6lb
Current Weight 9st 5lb
Goal Weight 10st
Weight Lost 2 stone 1lb
Time Taken 3 months (and 1 week)

Antonia is known on wlr as "BuryHill"

It started because I couldn’t get into my favourite pair of 1961 trousers. 

There is no give in 60s clothes; they either fit or they don’t. And these didn’t.  Not even close.

I had lunch with an old friend, who looked amazing - slim, glowing skin, and so confident in her look and clothes.  She, who was normally a size 22, was now a size 10.  She had lost it over 12 months going to those weekly meetings.

Getting started with weight loss

I can’t force myself to go to Pilates once a week so I knew it wasn’t for me, but that evening as I rootled through the internet I found myself, by chance, on weightlossresources.co.uk reading their reviews of diets, and I idly filled in my height/weight etc onto their trial page ...

... Without really meaning to, I was off and running.

"It’s all about the starting, really - the rest just follows."

The first week is the worst, of course. 

I ate up to the limit every day and quickly, out of necessity, worked out that if you want to eat anything meaningful on 1100 calories a day, then bread, cakes and biscuits needed to go. 

I found that I was ruthlessly truthful on the site, and took comfort at hungry times in their stats, I loved the graphs and charts and was carried by the novelty of it all.

But soon enough week 2 arrived, my stomach had shrunk and the hunger eased. 

I was into the Diet Tunnel ...

~ fretting about using semi-skimmed instead of skimmed

~ whether I should have pee’d before weighing

~ scanning the supermarket shelves for anything light, lighter, lightest, reduced, diet ...

~ obsessing about the next meal

Raspberries,  cherries and gallons and gallons of tea are my go-to fridge blockers. 

I had to buy ready meals for my family for a while, as I literally couldn’t stop myself nibbling through the fridge... 

... and it takes a while for the weight loss to really show which can be boring. 

As are weight plateaux. I stuck at 10 stone 8lbs for 6 days and nearly gave up. It drove me mad!  

But it too slipped away and soon my waistband easing had turned into needing to wear a belt.

Seeing my body changing

My bras got baggy.  My pants slipped, my shirts moved from fitted, to loose, to baggy, to too big. 

I obsessively weighed myself every morning and refused to believe the scales some mornings, and was thrilled other days.

"And the graph on my chart wiggled, but stayed with a steady downwards slant."

Antonia's Amazing Downward Line on her Results Graph
Antonia's Impressive Downward Line on her Results Graph

 

I wasn’t brilliant at dieting - I was unimaginative with my food (fruit, cereal, eggs, chicken, all plain, all easily calorie-countable) and I certainly had many lapses. 

~ Chocolate biscuits call my name from the cupboard. 

~ Cheddar bangs the fridge door and begs me for mayo. 

~ Crisps rattle in their packets as I walk by trying to get my attention.

After 2 small glasses of wine on an empty stomach one Saturday night, I demolished two bowls of Shreddies and half a pack of dark chocolate digestives. 

Heaven! It doesn’t really matter, as long as it’s logged on the site and you work around it.

Suddenly one morning, maybe 2 months in, hip bones appeared as I lay in bed. I’d totally forgotten about them. 

A waist slowly appeared. My thighs got thinner. I got a jaw-bone, and collarbones. 

Things I hadn’t seen in years!

"People began to say how well I looked, a while later they started to ask if I’d lost weight, a while later still they shrieked at me about amazing I looked.  It was all very gratifying and exciting."

Antonia enjoying her new, slim self
Antonia enjoying her new, slim self

 

Reaching my weight loss goal!

Now, 3 months later, I’ve lost 2 stone and reached my target but I still have a baggy tummy. 

I’m not going to try to lose more as I think it’ll show on my face (I’m 52) and I’m never going to be Elle McPherson, but I look a lot better and feel a lot better.

I enjoy getting dressed! 

"I may just wear a bikini this summer after years and years of suck-em-in swimming costumes!"

Oh, and it’s still the greatest novelty and joy to go shopping for clothes that I really like, rather than clothes that will waft, cover-up, disguise.

Next challenge: maintenance...

After sending her story to us, Antonia got in touch a few weeks later to tell us she was on a beach, thoroughly enjoying her holiday, in her brand new bikini!

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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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