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Geraldine Weight Loss Success Story

AKA "Gerrybean" on Weight Loss Resources

Geraldine's Details
Age 34
Height 5ft 5in
Start Weight 13st 1lb
Current Weight 9st 7lb
Goal Weight 10st 0lb
Weight Lost 3st 8lb
Time Taken 5½ months
Working to Rate of Loss 2lb per week

Geraldine Now 9st 7lb

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About Geraldine

I have quite a sedentary office job so need to do a lot outside of work to burn off those calories. I increased my exercise regime to running 3 times a week, playing badminton and swimming once a week and going for walks whenever I could find the time. 

I also have a very active social life, which I more or less had to put on hold during the 5 months or so that I was trying to lose weight as my weight gain definitely had something to do with all the fine dining and wine that I was consuming!

I live with my husband and four cats and I think having a man who loves cooking is fairly dangerous as I was content to sit back and let him do it.  More to the point though was the fact that he would serve me the same sized portions as himself, which again is lethal when you don’t believe in wasting food!

What diets (if any) have you tried in the past?

GI and general healthy eating.

It wasn’t the fault of the diets, purely my lack of will power and love of socialising which always involved food and drink.  I think WLR has worked for me as I do like to make lists but more than anything at all it was because I really wanted to do it this time.

Tell us how your weight has stopped you doing things/other people’s reaction to you

I don’t think my weight has ever really stopped me doing anything, although I have to say I have found running a lot easier since losing weight. 

I have noticed a subtle change in the way the opposite sex react to me now though, which is secretly quite nice! 

I don’t think I also really feel that different if I’m honest.  Losing weight is something I did more from a health point of view as I’ve always been quite happy with myself, although I do look much better in photographs now!

What has been your main motivation to lose weight?

Health, really.  It’s certainly cost me a fortune in new clothes!

Which tools and resources do you use regularly on WLR? Which tools do you find invaluable?

The facility in the food diary to add in my own recipes and calculate calories per portion.  As I cook so much of my own food, I really couldn’t have survived without this.

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Have you purchased/used any products/fitness equipment that has helped you with your goals?

Only new exercise clothes as what I owned became too large.

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

Easy to input and there is no dictation about what you can and cannot eat.  I liked the freedom to plan what I was going to eat in a day.

Have you struggled at points in your weight loss journey?

Frequent invites to eat out, go to parties, on holidays etc have been difficult to refuse but at the end of the day I knew if I didn’t I was never going to get the weight off, so it was just a case of having to.

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

Yes, I have to shop for clothes all the time as my beautiful collection which has taken me years to amass has been rendered completely useless.

Exercise routines adopted?

  • Running 2 – 3 times a week between 5 and 10km.  Occasional timed Parkrun (5km).
  • Swimming once a week.
  • Badminton once a week (although I was doing this before).
  • Walking for 1 hour plus at least once a week.

What do you love about your body now?

The fact that I can buy knee high boots from high street stores without having to have them specially made and my absence of double chin in photographs.

Geraldine’s Tips

I would just say to stick at it at all times, and not to feel bad about people saying, “Oh go on, it’s only one” when you’ve just said you’re trying to be good. 

I had a lot of support around me from family, friends and work colleagues but I know it can be difficult, so I tried not to advertise the fact that I was eating a more balanced diet until people starting noticing. 

Whenever I felt like I was going to eat something that would take me over my calorie limit, I would drink some water or even grab my jacket and go out for a walk.  I really need distraction techniques. 

I also think the key to my success was to take control of the kitchen and plan our menu for the week on the weekend before.  Not only did this help me to stick to my plan, it also helped with shopping as I ordered things online from my supermarket to prevent me buying treats and extras so also saved me money too! 

Geraldine's Vital Statistics

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BMI 30.5 22.1
Dress Size 16 10

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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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