Hi everyone, not sure I've ever posted before but I have left comments hoping to encourage others on their posts.
I never thought I'd be able to get my weight in check, I've lost weight in the past but never enjoyed my food doing it or managed to keep it off. Eventually I always ended up falling off the wagon! But somewhere between last Christmas and New year's something clicked into place in my sweet addicted brain and I started to make changes to my eating habits. Now for me counting calories and keeping a food diary seems to depress me so I decided not to do one this time. I just switched to healthier options one at a time, eating more vegetarian meals, reducing gluten in my diet but never ignored my sweet tooth. I tend to pay more attention to calories when I'm in the shop. I learnt lots of little tricks along the way to stop my constant evening snacking. Don't get me wrong this has been very hard to re-train myself and I've panicked about eating out and having bad weeks when I feel nothing but hungry but this has helped me learn to listen to what my body's trying to tell me! I let myself have that big burger once every month or 2 as my body is not getting a lot of meat anymore and I've even learned not to feel guilty anymore.
I want to encourage you all to try making your own life long changes that suit you. I don't expect my way to be the way for everyone, we're all different after all but we can all learn to listen to our bodies.
So to let you all know where I started from, I was 20st 7lbs last christmas. This morning I weigh 14st 11lbs, that's over 5 and a half st in less than 10 months! (Hopefully you can see the photo I'm trying to post with this) I have kept regular appointments with my doctor to check I'm losing weight carefully and with the encouragement of friends, family and reading your posts on here everyday, you have all helped me to succeed! Thank you all and I wish you all luck and determination to succeed on your journeys to a healthier and happier you! Xx