Leanne’s Story: “What motivated me to start a weight loss journey?”

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What motivated me to start a weight loss journey?

I initially started my weight loss journey as I needed to lose weight in order to receive fertility treatment.  My BMI was crazy high and no fertility doctor would even consider me for any further testing and / or referrals until my weight was under control. This really set my wheels in motion and my weight loss journey took off.

I first started my weight loss journey back in 2015 and decided that this would be ‘it’.  No more starting then quitting, no more fad diets, no more excuses.  I am the type of person who needs some accountability with things so decided that I would benefit from attending a slimming group. I looked into a number of different group options that I had dabbled with in the past before deciding that Weight Watchers was the one for me.  I understand that not everyone agrees with slimming groups, and I appreciate the variety of opinions that are out there, but this was my journey so I was going to do it my way.

I initially started my weight loss journey as I needed to lose weight in order to receive fertility treatment.  My BMI was crazy high and no fertility doctor would even consider me for any further testing and / or referrals until my weight was under control. This really set my wheels in motion and my weight loss journey took off.  I made a conscious effort to stick to the plan but to also live life.  I never had massive weight losses, I never had weeks on end when I would lose weight continuously but I kept going back. It took me just over 2 years to hit a weight loss of 5 stone.  Something that I was incredibly proud of.  As my time on the plan went on, I got the good news from my fertility doctor that, as long as I kept losing weight at the rate that I was, he was now going to refer me for the further tests that I needed.  I left that appointment feeling elated.  I walked home from the hospital (I would never have done this previously!) and I felt proud of myself.  Over the next few days I underwent a massive emotional shift.  My fertility doctor had sent me a copy of the letter that he had sent my GP updating him with the current situation and the progress that has been made.  That letter had a huge knock on effect in my life.  It made me realise that I wanted to be a parent, a mother, a care giver – but not with my (then) husband.

As you can imagine, things escalated very quickly from there and within a month I had gone from being someone whose weight loss journey had taken them so close to their dream to someone who was single, and having to accept the fact that my dream was now currently on hold.

Since the end of my marriage my motivation for my weight loss journey has changed. My new motivation is to be happy and healthy (and to buy a pair of skinny jeans in River Island and some knee high brown leather winter boots!!)

Food swap ideas

Swap For
Deep fried chips Oven baked glazed carrot and parsnip sticks
Trifle Yoghurt and jelly (mixed together and set in the fridge) topped with light squirty cream
Margarita Pizza Flattened chicken breast topped with tomato puree and light cheddar / mozzarella

 

Top tips to remaining on plan

  • Invest some time to put a weekly meal plan together, including daily snacks and / or desserts. This will also save money if you implement a ‘buy what you need’ policy.
  • Track what you eat. You may be surprised how much you snack unconsciously!
  • Set realistic ‘mini targets’ with treats when you hit them. For example, when I hit a stone loss – I’m treating myself to some new work clothes 

x

Leanne

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