Have you struggled with your weight year after year, going on diet after diet and seeing your weight go up and down like a Yo Yo? Well so did I and unfortunately the Yo Yo always seemed to go back to the beginning where I was big. You get in that mind set where you start thinking no matter what you do you will always be big. I used to say things like “I’ve tried diet after diet and none of them ever work”. If you too have been through years of yo yo weight loss and gains where you ultimately end up right back where you started, you may be feeling the same as I did. Never allow yourself to believe that just because previous attempts to lose weight permanently have ultimately failed, it means you will never be able to do it and are resigned to a life of being fat. You should take inspiration from the fact that I went through it too and struggled as you have done before finally finding that moment and that change that made the difference.
I was always a chubby child and even in my early school days my weight was up and down. As I moved on to my teenage years I naturally became more aware of my weight, how I looked and suffered the usual taunts and name calling at school that most big children do and of course however much you try these things do get to you. Even back when I was a teenager I would embark on health kicks or diets and start to lose the weight but eventually it would all just pile back on again. That would set the pattern for my early adulthood and right through my early twenties. Up and down, up and down like a ship on rough seas never being able to find a perfect balance of eating healthily and exercising that ultimately led to sustainable weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.
Of course life events can have a big impact too. I started to lose weight towards the end of my school life and then at the age of 16 my parents decided to move 150 miles away to Norwich, England and I had to go with. This was an unsettling time in life during which I had to adapt to my new home, surroundings and people which was daunting at hard at times. It was natural for me to seek comfort in food and this triggered me to gain the weight I had lost before moving. Another 9 subsequent yo yo years followed before I finally found something that spurred me on to lose weight permanently and also a way of sustaining it for the long term.
It was a number of different things which all came together at once which finally triggered a change. I came out of a very turbulent and unhappy time in my life, took control of everything and focused on the most important thing – me! I remember seeing a photograph of myself at a fancy dress party and I honestly couldn’t believe I was looking at myself. I had always been big as I say but I was bigger than ever and I hadn’t even realized it! At the time I was still living in Norwich and a shop called Hollister had just opened. I remember everyone being unbelievably excited about it and me thinking I have no idea what it is, so I asked a friend. The response I got was “It’s a clothes shop but you don’t need to worry because you would never fit in to anything in there”. The response shocked me and combined with the photographic reality of my then obese state it sprung me in to action. I thought ‘I will show you. I will get in to Hollister clothes and not only that but I will get in to a medium size’. I actually now wear either small or medium so although no longer my friend, thanks to them for the cruel but effective motivation.
True to say these things just happened to coincide with a time where I was in the right frame of mind and the right place in my life to embark on a permanent and sustainable weight loss journey and it is on that theme that next week’s blog post will be based.
Until next week, thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic week!