Changing habits of a lifetime

Hi everyone,

I'm 22 and from Scotland. I have had issues with my weight all my life, but recently the weight has crept up on me. I've been trying to diet and lose weight for the past couple of years but have adopted the "I'll start tomorrow" mentality. I was recently on a trip abroad to Australia and went bungee jumping, which is where I got the motivation to lose weight this time. We had to get weighed before jumping and two of my mates had their weights recorded as 70kg and 76kg, and mine was an embarrassing 115kg.

Since coming back home, I joined a gym, but have only recently started going to it. I have the help of a PT this time. I had a weigh in last week and my weight had gone up to 125kg within a 3 month period; I felt shocked.

However, I feel more motivated this time than I ever have. With this being my last year at uni and starting working August, I NEED to lose weight.

I plan to lose weight by working out with my PT, completing the couch to 5K programme and changing my diet dramatically.

I've never used a blogging site like this before so I hope that this too will also keep me motivated. I will try and post weekly updates to keep myself and you informed.

conmck22

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Starting Weight 125kg

Current Weight 125kg

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  • Hi conmck

    Welcome to the group, i notice how similar are stories are, i've been in the same position i was 19 weighing 19st 12lbs, and like you wanted to be in control before an event in your life, me too wanted to loose weight before starting work and continue whilst there,

    Starting slow is defiantly key to success, small changes all add up along the way you will find what works for you, its defiantly possible, and you have set your self a reasonable time frame, now its about the execution now

    Best of luck

  • Hello conmck22 Welcome to the Weight Loss NHS forum. It’s great that you’ve joined. We are a friendly bunch! 😊 This was my first time using an online forum too but I've found it invaluable 😊

    Anyway, take a look at the Pinned Posts section, to the right of your screen (bottom, if you're using a mobile) and have a look at the Welcome Newbies thread.😊 there is lots of info here, and links to the nhs12 week plan and also for checking your BMR and target calories 😊 it's important to eat enough so you don't get hungry or feel deprived 😊

    You sound as if you feel confident enough to join us for the Monday Group weigh-in. If you follow Lowcal and Moreless (our very approachable site Admins), you'll be notified when they post the threads. The latest weigh-in thread can always be found in the Events section, to the right of the home page. 😊

    It's also good to be active on the forum, that's where we exchange ideas and get our daily dose of motivation and inspiration.😊

    Good luck and best wishes 😊

  • Hello conmck22 and welcome to the forum.

    Through a mixture of calorie reduction, alongside that of refined carbohydrates and regular exercise (with or without your PTs instruction), you'll begin to make the changes that you seek, while also improving level of fitness in the process.

    Moreover, the results achieved by incorporation of the above will ensure that you retain the enthusiasm and motivation to continue.

    If your PT is nutrition savvy, he or she will have calculated BMR and TDEE, as well as devising an eating plan for you. If not, as already stated by Anna61, take a look at the NHS 12 Week Programme as means of getting started. It also benefits from a BMI calculator, allowing you to gain an appreciation of minimum and maximum calorie recommendations, which, in my opinion, ranks above all other aspects in successfully attaining your weight loss goal.

    Alternatively, let me know if you'd like the formulas needed to calculate BMR and TDEE and I'll happily provide them.

    However, don't attempt to change everything overnight. As stated by rjay95, begin to introduce changes gradually, so that you're not left overwhelmed by the challenge, while also allowing a sense of appreciation to endure, as progress continues to be made, en-route towards achieving your eventual goal.

    That sense of appreciation doesn't necessarily have to be centred around the amount of weight lost, either. It could purely be the satisfaction felt after the completion of each run as you work towards being able to complete the C25K, something that'll help to develop running fitness so that you can continue beyond graduation.

    Since you seek to make a number of defining changes, changes that'll undoubtedly improve quality of life well into the future, it's only right that you enjoy the experience.

    Wishing you every success.

  • Hey there, I know exactly how you feel with the mates thing. It's such a cliche but I don't want to be the 'fat' one of the group - I'm 20 years old and I want to be able to do whatever I want with confidence! Good luck to you. We can do it!

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