Tanya's Weight Loss Success Story
|Weight||12st 3lbs||10st 1lb|
|Weight Lost: 2st 2lbs (13.5kg)|
I’m married with 2 daughters aged 11 and 13. I do all the cooking so that’s good for controlling what I eat. I’m aware that when I eat healthily, the rest of the family eat more healthily too. The downside of being part of a family is that I can’t ban snacks and deserts from the house.
I work 4 mornings a week as an electronics engineer. It’s a desk job so I don’t get any exercise at work. I work 9.15 till 1.15 and I don’t get lunch till I get home, which can be as late as 2pm if I don’t leave work promptly.
This means I’m really hungry by the time I leave work and very tempted by biscuits and cakes around the office.
What has been your main motivation to lose weight?
When I was younger I had no trouble keeping slim, and even after my older daughter was born the weight came off without even trying.
After having my younger daughter it was another story.
It was a real struggle to lose the weight, and in fact my weight has never got back to what it was before I was pregnant.
Ever since then I’ve been a yo-yo dieter, normally spending 2 or 3 months each year dieting and the rest of the year putting it back on again, going between about 10 and 11 stone.
I have counted calories on paper and tried Weight Watchers online.
Counting calories on paper worked at the time but it’s quite time consuming looking things up and there is no support.
I didn’t really get into Weight Watchers and I couldn’t really see the advantage of using points. With calories you can just look at say a crisp packet to know how much damage you are about to do, with points you have got to look it up.
I then tried WLR and found it easy to use, but I did my normal thing of going back to my normal habits as soon as I reached my goal weight.
Last year I went through a stressful time and I was seriously comfort eating, getting through heaps of crisps, biscuits and cakes, and when life settled down I still kept eating.
When my size 12 trousers got too tight, my normal trigger to start a diet, I just bought size 14s and carried on eating.
In one year I gained 2 stone.
By autumn last year the size 14s were getting too tight. What bothered me wasn’t so much that I needed a size 16 but that at this rate I would be going up through size after size.
It was time to sort myself out. I knew from my past experience that WLR works for me.
Which tools and resources do you use regularly on WLR? Which tools do you find invaluable?
While losing weight I logged all my food and exercise almost every day. (I gave myself a day off for the odd special occasion.) I often used my journal. I found the journal helpful on the tougher days, both to write down my feelings and to look back on other days. Although I’ve only posted on the forums once or twice I very often read what other people were posting. It’s really helpful to know there are lots of other people out there going through many of the same struggles.
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Have you purchased/used any products/fitness equipment that has helped you with your goals?
My main form of exercise was cycling. My work is a couple of miles from home and it doesn’t take much longer to cycle than to drive as I can take a short cut across a park and avoid the traffic. I normally managed to cycle to work about twice a week. I also took the opportunity to walk rather than drive short distances, such as to go shopping. When the weather stopped me going out I used Wii Fit, mainly hula hoop and step exercises as they burn the most calories.
Have you struggled at points in your weight loss journey? What has kept you motivated?
- Some days it was really hard. I tried to log everything even when I went over my limit
- When I was obsessing about food I tried to think about getting into my smaller clothes or getting to a short term goal
- I reminded myself that slim people don’t stuff themselves with unhealthy food and I want to be a slim person
Since losing weight can you give some examples of how your life has changed??
The main difference losing weight has made is that I feel more positive about myself. I like the fact that I’m in control of what I eat.
- I found it important to eat foods which were the most filling for the calories. I would have Oat-So-Simple or Weetabix for breakfast, something like Ryvita with humus for lunch then a filling but healthy dinner, a couple of my favourites are Two Bean Chilli and Vegetable Balti.
- I’m not vegetarian but I use a lot of Quorn as it’s much lower in fat than meat.
- I normally had enough calories left for a snack in the evening – normally some more Ryvitas or some wholemeal toast.
- I didn’t eat much fruit as I don’t find it very filling but made sure I had plenty of veg with my dinner.
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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.