Over the weekend, whilst I was sorting out my wardrobe, I came across a top I wore back in 2006, when I was aged 40 years old, and so as today is my Monthly Maintainer’s Club weigh-in update, I decided to wear it again today, and post before and after photos to celebrate the changes!
I was 40 years old, and 18 stone 8 pounds in 2006 (bottom photo), and today I weigh 13 stone 3 pounds in 2017, and I’m 51 years old (top photo). So that’s 5 stone and 5lbs that I’ve lost, and I’ve maintained that loss for a couple of years now.
My last update post, 6 months ago is here, and I am attaching that one so I can keep them together in one post:
I am extremely happy with my health and well-being since losing the weight, and the path to Losing and Maintaining has been helped by the ongoing support of this forum, and sticking with the principles of the NHS 12 week plan. In terms of eating, I prefer the Mediterranean diet overall – and more recently I have been doing intermittent fasting, where for the past couple of months I’ve not been eating any food after about 6.30pm. Hence I approximate a 14:10 pattern – where there’s a 14 hour fasting period (evening and overnight) and then a 10 hour ‘eating window’. I still allow myself cups of coffee and tea with milk during the evening, but no food. I find it works really well for me – although hunger pangs do happen about 9pm – but I can cope with them! I did try 16:8, but found that a little too challenging. I love my breakfast too much to miss out on it. ☺
I regularly walk and run occasionally as well – and I try to have a session at the gym at least once a week as well. I try to include and keep up some Strength exercises too. I am grateful to Ruth_canal_runner and suzybenj for reminding me of the importance of Strength exercises, and Suzy has reminded me this week of press-ups – must get back to those!
6 months ago I was still hoping to get down to my ultimate goal weight of 12 stone 7 pounds, but I now feel happy to Maintain within a ‘Maintaining Window’ of 13 stone to 13 stone 7 pounds, and I am working my way down to the lower end of that range, as that is the weight I feel better with. My ‘new BMI’ (which I use as I’m 6 feet 1 inch tall) is 23.12.
Anyway, I just wanted to celebrate the fact I have lost weight, and kept if off for over 2 years now (possibly more, as I’m losing count of time).
Thank you to everyone for the continued support, as being part of this great community here on Healthunlocked really makes the difference. The Administrators all do an excellent job, and make a great team, and everyone in the forum is so supportive and lovely. Some of you may know that I used to be an Admin previously, which helped my focus, but now I’ve given up my Admin hat and am enjoying the balance of being a regular member again. I still pop into the NHS weight loss forum, and also the Healthy Eating forum, and enjoy both.
I joined the forums in January 2013, and it really helped to motivate me and keep me on track with my weight loss goals, and now my Maintenance Goals. Being part of the Maintainer’s Club really helps. I love the Tortoise & Hare Club too – a lot of fun for all would be Runners.
If you’re starting out on your own weight loss journey, then I would say participate regularly in the forum, join in with things, and make the most of all the Challenges and weigh-ins, and enjoy all the lovely recipe ideas – and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goals.
The Daily Diary idea looks really good too – so many delicious meals described in there. Great idea!!!
I would like to pledge today that I intend to keep within the lower end of my Maintenance Window and continue with the exercise and eating as healthily as I can, whilst enjoying a good balance.
Wishing everyone a great week.