It’s been a weird few months for me. Having given up teaching at Christmas, I have gone from having no time, to having way too much time and not knowing what to do with it. #firstworldproblems. I’m feeling pretty good about the fact that my weight hasn’t totally ballooned, despite the fact that I am also currently beating myself up because recently I reached my highest weight since 2014. The one thing I need to acknowledge is how far I have actually come on this weight loss journey. Even though I feel like I got to goal that one summer and have never quite stayed there, the fact remains that I haven’t ever gone back to where I started. Here’s a Reader’s Digest version of my story:
2005 – After having comfort eaten my way through uni, I was unhappy because I was a size 16 and it seemed like if I carried on the way I was going I would soon have to buy some size 18 clothes. Everyone seems to have a threshold/an ‘enough is enough’ moment and this was mine, and I’m very grateful that I didn’t let myself go any further (the highest weight I ever reached was 11stone 7lbs).
I definitely think you need to be in the right frame of mind and situation to start losing weight and at this time I had a very supportive partner who helped me with my weight loss journey, and I’m happy to say that my partner now (although not the same one) is also very supportive. I worked hard at the online WW plan and lost a fair amount of weight although I never quite made it to goal. It took moving to London, a couple more years on the diet and eventually deciding to go to WW meetings to help me reach my goal on the 6th July 2013. So, thanks to WW I had managed to be at least under my start weight for about 8 years.
Looking back over my weight table for the last 3 years (a great WW online resource!), since then I have kind of yo-yoed around the 9 stone area (mostly the top end!) and I’ve never stayed within my goal bracket (9st – 9st 5lbs) for very long.
2016 – two weeks ago – Having spent a week in Edinburgh looking for flats with the OH, I managed to put on a colossal 8lbs in 1 week! (A fact I was too ashamed to post on Instagram). This made me the highest weight I had been for a long time – 10 stone 1lb. Thankfully, I have been so inspired by the Instagram community and their positive attitudes towards weight loss that I am now determined to turn this around and get back down to my goal weight by the summer (I’d like to think that is more than enough time, but I’m being realistic!) and try to maintain. Apart from anything it will be nice to not have to keep changing jean sizes!
So that’s my ‘Origin’ story. I hope that it might inspire you in some way on your own journey and if there’s anything you want to know feel free to get in touch!
Note: I haven’t talked much in this post about why WW works for me as I wanted to focus on my history but I’m sure I’ll be doing that in a future post.