So its been about one year since I joined this forum and completed my weight loss goals!
Before October last year I was yo-yo-ing between 15stone 6 lbs and 14 stone 6lbs on the 5:2 diet and was a size 18/20. Before that I was bigger as I used to be a size 22 in my work uniform. But I didn't weigh myself then but I was maybe another stone heavier. I had takeaways weekly and drank about 10 litres of full sugar coka cola a week.
The 5:2 diet was good but I couldn't budge from losing that one stone, would get fed up, give up and go back up to 15stone 6lbs.
But in October last year someone at work mentioned the couch 2 5k program. I decided to give it a go alongside the 5:2 diet.
I was so unfit it was unbelievable! I didn't realise how bad I was as my job involves being on my feet and walking around. But I struggled to do the 1 minute jogs. Half way through week 2 I got injuries. I over pronate so my posture along with weight and a knee injury just couldn't handle even a small amount of jogging. I could have given up. But surprisingly I had enjoyed the bit of exercise I had done and getting out the house. I switched to walking 20 mins a day, then 30. I invested in over-pronation insoles and my legs and muscles got stronger! AND I was losing weight and inches just from walking!
I went back to the couch 2 5k much fitter and healthier! I completed it in February of this year. Running for 5k! Who would of thought? And just recently I now do 6k twice a week and 10k once a week!
The couch 2 5k also made me enjoy exercising so I brought myself a manual (cheap) treadmill and I started walking, cycling, swimming doing aerobics and using my treadmill too alongside the three 5k runs a week.
At work I was ordering smaller and smaller size uniform! I am now in a size 10 but that is also loose so I'm kind of an 8/10. I can fit into some clothes my 13 year old wears.
I switched from the 5:2 diet to daily calorie counting. I also cut down my takeaways to once a month and now very very rarely and I gave up the cola!
I have a 'food planner diary' so I don't have to keep counting. My meals are listed with amounts and calories and I use fitbit to record what I eat daily. I love my meals and prefer them to takeaways or eating out. Nothing is banned so long as I am within my calorie allowance.
Throughout my journey I have used the NHS bmi calculator to keep track of my calorie allowance.
Now today I reached my goal of 9 stone! For my height (5ft 1") I am a healthy bmi at maximum 9st 6lbs. I have reached 9 stone to allow me 6lbs to play with over Xmas, birthdays and events. And wow! Now I am my correct weight I can eat an extra 500 calories a day! That's a mountain when you are used to less and know which foods are lower and better choices!
This time last year I thought it would be a miracle if I got to 11 stone! The year has flown and the weight has dropped and I am amazed that I exceeded my expectations! I put my success down to three essential areas.
1) finding the right diet/food method that doesn't feel like chore.
2) Exercise! No matter what it is. Just moving! My diet alone didn't work consistently without exercise.
3) And lastly... This forum! Finding this forum has helped keep me motivated, keep me focussed and in a way accountable! Being able to talk freely to people who understand your journey and encourage you is vital I think! Family can be there but they don't want to hear about diet stuff 24/7! Lol