As requested my story – so far!
For the past 14 years I have lived between Cyprus and the UK but mostly in Cyprus.
When I first moved out to Cyprus in 2002 I had not long finished using the Herbal Life products to help reduce my weight. This worked well and although I cannot remember my weight then I was in size 38 inch waist trousers!
As time went on so did the weight! Cheap booze and eating whatever I fancied meant that gradually the weight came back on and even though I had spells where I tried, and managed, to lose weight it still came back on.
So at the beginning of 2014 I returned to the UK to live and work, my visit to the GP for a check up and I carried on with gout medication and the GP prescribed me statins, ( I learned afterwards that this seems to be the norm for anyone of a certain age/weight).
At the beginning of this year I realised I had to do something. I was not happy with the side effects of statins and also my weight was pretty much up to 18 stones and obese BMI.
So I found the NHS choices website and joined this forum. Decided to stop taking Statins and also the gout medication. Reduce my alcohol consumption and follow the 12 week plan.
My next visit to the doctors was to have my annual blood test etc. I told them I had stopped taking Statins and they just took it as a matter of fact, a shrug of the shoulders! I was advised to come back for a re test in 6 weeks, at this time my cholesterol was OK, due to statins? And my liver function high, again a re test advised.
I kept to the 12 week plan and steadily lost weight, 2-3lbs a week and when I did go back for new blood tests they all came back satisfactorily, including the cholesterol, despite having stopped statins for 3 months.
I had set myself a weight target of 16 stones before I went to Cyprus for a 5 week stay, I managed to hit 15st 5lb!
The “holiday” in Cyprus was not exactly that, I had to do some serious gardening/weeding as the property had not been touched for 6 months, so my exercise continued. I hoped I would at least maintain my weight over the last 5 weeks so I was over the moon to find I had lost a further 6lbs whilst away
So now I can really see myself hitting my target of 14 stones by my birthday on august 7th , my old clothes from 2002 fit me!! So they all came back with me and today I am throwing out anything that seems too big for me and re-organising my wardrobe.
Like most people on the forum I always knew what I had to do to lose weight but it was getting both the motivation to get started and also the encouragement to keep going to hit those targets along the way. Reading the posts from others helped enormously and the advice and encouragement from the members on here is the BIG difference between this and other ways.
I have read so much and learned so much about what we eat and how my body deals with it. I have tried different approaches including low fat, low carb, 16:8, 5:2 fasting etc. and ended up making my own mind up about what works best for me and always sticking to the principles in the original 12 week plan, (keeping a diary and counting the calories daily).
I feel healthier now than I have done for more than 5 years, not surprising as I have shed over 40lbs since starting this lifestyle change 20 weeks ago I never thought I would get into the 14 stones again but now I think that maybe, just maybe, I could creep into the 13s?
Joining this forum has really changed my life for the better, attached photo taken last week in the sunshine, showing my belly and reminding me I still have room for improvement!
Thanks to all of you ! John