Success Story: Lindsey
|Current Weight||9st 7lbs|
|Goal Weight||9st 7lbs|
|Weight Lost||3st 7lbs|
|Working to Rate of Loss||1½lbs per week|
Weight Loss History
Half-heartedly tried Weight Watchers but didn’t stick to it; they seemed more interested in selling me “diet” snacks than addressing my weight problem.
I did Atkins for about 2 months and lost one and half stone when my son was 6 months old.
I then hovered around the 12 to 12 ½ stone mark until last year when I climbed back up to 13 stone.
Have you lost weight before and regained the weight?
Nope no really – just been putting on weight for the last 15 years or so.
How being overweight has affected you…
I never really believed I was fat. I thought I was curvy with big boobs. It didn’t stop me doing anything.
"I ran a half marathon at 13 stone, but it stopped me doing my best."
I hated spending an hour getting ready to go out trying on every outfit in my wardrobe trying to find something that hid the fat.
Motivation to Lose Weight
A friend of mine announced that she was getting married and I didn’t want to be the fat lass on the photos.
I joined WLR and started losing weight and then found out she wasn’t inviting any friends just family.
"By then I had lost 1.5 stone and was very happy with the new me so carried on. I suppose I should thank her really."
Also I wanted to get back into running and to be able to run faster both of which I have achieved.
Discovering Weight Loss Resources
I searched on the internet under calorie counters, signed up after one day and never looked back.
How Weight Loss Resources Helps
The biggest thing the site has done for me is reinforce the link between exercise and diet.
I started running again mainly thanks to reading the Runners Board and pledging runs on there has kept me going even when I didn’t feel like it.
"I have just run my fastest ever race and it was such a marvellous feeling to come in at the top of the field rather than being the fat girl lagging behind."
The boards have been fantastic. I read them every day and always post my weight on a Saturday with the Saturday morning weighers.
It’s also brilliant to be able to share your losses and gains, the first time I went below 12 stone, the first size 14 etc.
Everyone is always so pleased for you and I am genuinely pleased when others have success too. It really spurs me on.
"The food diary has really brought home to me just what I was eating before and how easy it is to control your calories if you are recording everything."
A lot of it is stuck in my mind now and will stay there – no more 160 calorie mindless handfuls of peanuts.
The Best of Weight Loss Resources
I think I use all of the site.
Lindsey's Tips for Losing Weight
Exercise, exercise, exercise would be my first tip. It’s good for you. It makes you feel good and it means you can eat more. There is no down side! I now love exercise and cannot get enough of it.
Religiously fill in your food diary especially when you have been over the limit!
"Writing it down puts it into perspective and makes it much easier to draw a line under it and start again."
Post on the boards and make friends on the boards. It’s great to share in others success and to be able to share your own.
No one else is really going to be that interested in the fact that you can get into a size 12 but other WLR members know where you are coming from and can cheer you on.
"WLR has changed my life. I cannot begin to describe how good losing weight has made me feel."
It has been so easy to use and I feel that whilst I have lost weight fairly quickly it has been at a sensible steady rate and that I have been through a huge education process at the same time.
I used to say that I would never be slim as I liked my food too much.
"Well I am still eating very well, still drinking on occasion but I am in control."
I have a much closer relationship with my body now and I know what it needs – and that’s not another croissant.
At the beginning of my diet I read a quote somewhere that said
“Time will pass, it is up to you whether you use that time to reach your goal”
That made a huge impact on me.
I could have used the last 6 months to continue to overeat and hate myself for being fat or I could use it to lose a quarter of my body weight and get really fit.
The time passed and I hardly noticed it passing and I reached my goal.
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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.