Dee's Weight Loss Success Story
|Start Weight||19st 10lb|
|Current Weight||11st 4lb|
|Weight Lost||8st 6lb WOW!|
|Working to Rate of Loss||2lbs per week|
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At my heaviest around summer 2009 I had become very depressed and withdrawn.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!
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?
There’s been days and weeks when my resolve has slipped obviously.
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.