What you might GAIN through weight LOSS!

What you might GAIN through weight LOSS!

My decision to lose weight came after I'd had the 40 something MOT with my GP and all had come back OK - apart from my being overweight. I had enjoyed excellent health up to then (apart from asthma) and instead of resting on my laurels, I thought "I need to keep it that way". I was born disabled as a consequence of the drug Thalidomide. My limbs are all shortened and my mobility is severely affected, not helped by a road traffic accident in 2002 when I suffered a complicated fracture of my lower leg and ended up with an ankle fusion.

My disability impacts on my life each and every day. I really did not want any other issues or problems... eg, diabetes, high blood pressure.

I was recommended to do an NHS weightloss class for 10 weeks (attending once a fortnight). The aim was to learn about healthy eating, portion sizes, taking regular exercise, etc and to lose 10% of our body weight in that time. We were weighed in privately at the start of each session.

Out of the 15 or so of us in that group, there were several people with existing medical conditions, some had mobility issues caused by the excess weight - and many who clearly had no clue about eating healthily! Members of the group dropped out along the way (it was free to attend) and I am proud to say I was the only person who achieved my 10% loss - it did become a bit of a competitive thing for me though! It also made me believe I could do it, and that I possessed far more in terms of determination than I realised.

Of course, the rest is history. That must have been about 7 years ago now (2010/11). I briefly considered weight loss surgery (stomach bypass) and then gave it one last shot with an on-line weight loss website (www.weightlossresources.co.uk).

I really had no clue that my weight impacted so much on (1) my mobility (2) my general pain and (3) my asthma. I'd been overweight since the age of 9 so I'd never known any differently.

I've not had to use an inhaler since 2012/13 - my asthma was definitely exacerbated by my excess weight. My mobility and stamina have improved hugely. I still use a wheelchair outside of the house, but I can get to the end of the garden now, mow the grass, etc. My personal care routine used to take 1.5 hours. It now takes 45 minutes (showering, washing and drying hair, dressing, make up). I have an additional 5.25 hours a week now! I can use that for exercise and filling in my food diary!

My pain - I am still working on, but I am certain that losing the weight has given me the massive kick up the derriere that I needed to move my body more.

I need my mobility more than most - to me as well as being able to get about, it's about remaining independent and not having to rely on my husband any more than I do to assist me each and every day. He's a gem, and I want him to be my equal partner, not my carer.

Lose weight whilst you are physically able to and before the onset of those "middle age" diseases and illnesses. There's not a day or a week when I don't wish that I'd done this sooner.

It's going to be a life long battle to keep the weight down, but I am used to and up for a challenge!

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  • You've certainly shown some grit and determination so far and I don't doubt for a minute that you're up for the challenge! That's the toughest part isn't it - keeping the weight off in the long term I mean. I certainly feel so much better now I have managed to ditch a fair bit of my excess weight so I know what you mean and I know keeping it off isn't going to be easy and I'm sure I'll have to be on my guard. This weekend I stayed in a hotel and actually managed to climb in and out of a bath, no problem at all. It might not sound much but it was really a special moment because before I lost weight I couldn't even think of doing that and having extra mobility and independence must be an even bigger confidence boost. Anyway, good luck and I love the pic x

  • Awww, thanks! That's just it! I don't plan on running any marathons.... but its the little things that I am able to do that I previously couldn't - like stand up long enough on a garage forecourt to fill my car with diesel!

  • Those little things mean such a lot because they make a big difference to our lives I suppose and I'm such a softy I am regularly getting weepy when I realise I can do something that was impossible before (like getting up off the floor) and the day there was a sudden downpour and I spontaneously broke into a run - well I was in bits! Genuinely didn't know my legs could do that any more. x

  • Thank for sharing this. Good luck.

  • Hi pineapple27 wow what an inspirational post you put me to shame. It was in October 2015 that i eventually gave myself a shake i was 63 nearly 64 and i had waited far too long to start my journey and my health has seiously deteriorated this group has helped me lose 3st 9lb which really helps, again thank you for your inspirational post😘Rosie xx

  • It's never too late! 3st 9lb is loads! And you are still here, so clearly determined! Keep up the good work!

  • This is the most determined I've been I've lost 2/3 st before but this time i'm determined to carry on and hopefully lose another 3st onwards and downwards 😁😁

  • Such an inspiration! I have no excuse, will work harder towards my goal tomorrow!

  • I am lost for words. Your story is so inspiring. You have overcome so many obstacles and come out the other side cheerful and positive. My admiration and congratulations to you.πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

  • Im in awe and totally inspired by your post ❀

    well done on realising how the weight we carry can make us become prone to other illnesses that can be preventable.

    We could all take a leaf out of your book and realise its not all about vanity although you look pretty good too ☺

  • I would have given your post two "likes" for that added compliment ❀️

  • Yes my first thought when I saw your face was , what a pretty woman. x

  • Ok! You can have two "likes" too :-)

  • ah YES YES, thank you Pineapple! x

  • Lovely post Pineapple. Thanks. Losing weight is good for me as I've got dodgy knees. So less weight is less stress on the old joints. Got to be good hasn't it?

  • I think about each half a stone (7lbs, 3.5kg) as being a newborn baby! I was carrying around 9 newborns, all the time! No wonder I found moving hard work!

  • Awesome well done. I too have medical problems that are not helped by carrying any extra weight. I have just lost 10 % of my body weight. I now have just under 5kgs to go to get to my ideal weight. Keep going, you sound a very determined and focused lady. x

  • That's brilliant! Not far to go at all, and you know it works! I hope you do better than I did at maintaining your goal weight once you get there.... πŸ™ƒ

  • Thank you, I am determined to try and keep in under control. An added incentive is the knowledge that I have to have heart surgery at some point. x

  • Another fantastic post. Thanks so much for sharing πŸ’œ

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