Hi everyone, I am 52 and work in security with 3 others on our shift. Which means I do very little in terms of exercise, and when at home I do even less being a single man and a gamer. I was 19 stone 12 back then, and had been 21 at one stage. Well, back in June I was diagnosed as borderline diabetic. My doctor said loose weight and eat right and it might never be a problem. To that end me and my team stopped bringing in cake, crisps, biscuits and all the other junk we would eat throughout the night and this was in addition to our meals. On 4th July 2014 we started our diets.
The first thing I did was buy a food log and set myself on 1500 calories a day. This I thought would of been impossible considering the amount I use to eat, but keeping the food log has made all the difference. I see how many calories I am eating for each meal and adjust the next meal accordingly. I cannot stress how much easier this has made my diet, being able to see what I have eaten each day actually makes me feel less hungry. I do have free days where I don't calorie count and can eat whatever I want. But funnily enough even on free days now I just tend to have one big meal, and then after I usually wish I'd had the salad instead
I am now 16 stone 12, 3 stone lighter and have lost half of what I want to. The weight I have lost is equivalent to 19 bags of sugar. Yesterday I carried 24 bags up-stairs and nearly knackered myself, but at the start of my diet I was carrying 38 bags of sugar extra weight and I thought nothing of it (although my body did with backache). Now 19 of those bags have gone and I feel so much better. My waistline has gone from 52 down to 43, another 19 bags (3 stone) to go and I will have reached the weight I want to be. Here's a thing, go to your cupboard and take out 2 bags of sugar and feel the weight. Imagine what another 17 on top of that is like and that's what I have lost so far. Makes you think!
To anyone out there looking to start the seemingly impossible task of weight loss I say, "Go for it". The longest journey starts with a single step. I thought for years "I must lose weight" and never did anything about it, how I wish I'd started sooner. Now when I look back I am not lamenting the wasted time when I could have been losing the weight, I am thinking "YES, I am doing it."
Make the decision, take the first step. The steps will get easier and easier believe me, and in 4 months you could be looking back at the you you use to be, and you too could be thinking "YES, I am doing it!"
Good luck to you all.