My Weight Loss Story

Sunday, 19 May 2013

I've been debating whether or not to post this for a while, I tend to stick to beauty on here and I was worried it might come across as a little self indulgent dedicating an entire post about myself but then I thought, 'well it is MY blog, so I should write about what I feel like, right?' It is after all, beauty AND lifestyle, I'm just lacking a bit of confidence writing about myself... anyway, I'm going to give it my best shot - rambling over! WARNING- This is a long post!

I've never particularly struggled with my weight growing up from a child and into my teens, I ate a normal diet - nothing excessively healthy or unhealthy although I perhaps visited the corner shop for a Mars bar more than is adequate... (think we all do that though when we're at school and on the way home.) That all changed when I met my ex-boyfriend in 2008. We spent a lot of time together and hanging around at our friends enjoying ourselves. Part of enjoying ourselves however involved a LOT of takeaways, namely pizza and chips. We would eat this pretty much every night and my friends managed to not gain any weight, I however was not so fortunate.

From summer 2008 to Christmas 2009 I managed to pile on an astonishing 3 stone (19 kg)! I was pretty much laying about all day doing nothing and eating very little but complete junk and sleeping at stupid times which I definitely don't think helped. I'd dropped out of college as the course wasn't right for me and was looking for a job but in the mean time had nothing to do.

My family tried to kindly tell me that they'd noticed I'd started to gain a little weight but I just didn't believe them, I genuinely thought that the clothes sizing had changed, I remember trying on a pair of jeans in Next and not even being able to button up a pair of size 14's and having to go for 16's and thinking that they'd just gotten less generous with the sizing and it wasn't really an issue. (Mini Disclaimer -by the way, before I gained weight I was a 10/12 I'm not saying that you're overweight if you are a size 14 or 16 or whatever- everybody's different but for my build and height, this was overweight.)

I attempted going to Weight Watchers in summer 2009 after I'd gained a couple of stone but I had no success at all, this was all through the fact that I made very little attempt to change my eating habits - I went out and bought a packet of Weight Watchers cakes and then proceeded to eat the entire packet in one sitting... not helpful. I went to 3 meetings and lost a total of 0 pounds, so I gave up and carried on with my usual eating habits.

I gained a further stone from the summer to Christmas time, I was still pretty much in denial over any weight gain and ignoring the fact that I was living a really unhealthy lifestyle. This all changed though when I went out for my friend's birthday and there were a lot of pictures being taken. I woke up to seeing I'd been tagged in over 100 pics on Facebook and I couldn't believe that I was looking at myself. I'd always been the same size as my best friend but on the pictures, I could really finally see what people had been telling me. Not only could I see the affects my lifestyle had taken on my weight, my skin had lost all of it's colour and glow and was now dull and dotted with spots and  my hair looked just as unhealthy and lifeless.

Even after my initial horror at seeing myself looking so different to what I had thought, it still took me a further three months to finally do something about it. I literally woke up one day and thought 'I have had enough!' I dug out my old Weight Watchers information that had some healthy eating recipes and exercise tips in and started following that. I also decided to buy Slimming World magazines as I fancied a variety of ideas for food. At the time I was a vegetarian, so this limited me to less variety (especially as I hate mushrooms, ha!) but I still found enough meals to give me a healthy and varied diet.

I started preparing meals like jacket potatoes with salad, casseroles, pasta dishes with veg and walking as many places as possible. I never did any hardcore exercise at all as I've never been to a gym in my life and I didn't gain my weight through lack of exercise just simply over indulgence. I'm sure I could definitely have benefit from incorporating a different variety of exercise alongside my healthy eating but I still found that I lost  the weight without any issues just from vigorous walking and food management.

Whereas before I would skip breakfast and lunch and eat something fatty for tea usually very late (we're talking mass amounts of pizza and chips at 11.30 pm most nights!) I made sure I was going to bed and getting up at regular times and eating something healthy and nutritious in 3 regular meals a day.
I started my weight loss in March 2010 and by October 2010 I had lost the three stone that I had gained. There were some weeks where I wouldn't lose any weight but I didn't let it get me down and persevered and was rewarded with weight loss usually in the next week or two.

I have maintained this lifestyle ever since and I have gone on to lose a further half a stone making me slimmer than I was before I started - I'm not sure if that's because before I didn't really bother to monitor what I was eating but now that I do, it's made me lose a few extra pounds, I'm not complaining either way!
Obviously, being pregnant at the moment I have naturally gained weight and have changed my eating habits accordingly so that I am getting the right nutrients for me and baby but after I've given birth, I'll be going back to the regime I had before. I'm also planning on doing Yoga and Pilates mixed in with walking when I'm able to exercise as I really want to tone up now that I know what my ideal weight is.

I thought I'd include a little before and after - unfortunately I avoided the camera as much as possible during that time due to the fact that I had braces as well and hated smiling! So the before picture is a little blurry and not full length but I think it shows enough. I've gone from a UK 16 (almost an 18) to a UK 10.

Left - before - January 2010                                                              Centre and Right - after - July 2012

So, if you've managed to get to the end of this post, thank you for reading and I hope it wasn't too dull! 
If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below and I'll be more than happy to answer :-)

If you enjoyed reading this, would you like to see more lifestyle/health posts in the future? Let me know!

30 comments :

  1. 3 stone in that amount of time is amazing. Well done! I've just started trying to get more active and walking places but I need to stop snacking! Need to take a leaf out of your book haha

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    1. Thank you! I was quite surprised at how quickly it dropped off but I think it's probably due to the fact I gained it so quickly too! Snacking is my biggest problem too haha! I usually snack on a low fat yogurt or cereal bar, I know they can be high in sugar but they stopped me craving anyway! x

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  2. You look fantastic Hun, I also lost 2 stone a couple of years ago and managed to keep it off until I got pregnant, I did the 'I'm pregnant I can eat what I want' thing which was not a great idea!! vinny is now 10 weeks old, I have about 8lbs left to get back to pre preg weight but would like to lose a stone ideally. I loved this post and would love to see what you generally would have eaten on a regular day to lose your weight, I need some fresh ideas to give me a boost xx
    Liza
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    1. Thank you! Well done to you too! I have to say these last weeks of pregnancy are really hard, my appetite has increased ten fold and I've been indulging in one too many slices of cake... whoops. I'll pop up a post soon on meal ideas and regular snacks etc that I ate :-) xx

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    2. Thanks Hun, yeh I was always hungry lol, appetites definitely gone down since having him so was all baby haha! Great il keep an eye out Hun x

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    3. Ah that's a relief! I was worried I'd be hungry forever haha. xx

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  3. This post wasn't dull at all Kat, I really enjoyed reading it! Please do more posts like this, they are really inspirational and interesting.
    I can see how a change in lifestyle can affect eating habits and make you gain or lose weight. Mine and my ex boyfriends relationship used to revolve around eating and we never used to notice how bad it was. It wasn't until we broke up that he lost a lot of weight.
    Definitely start doing pilates, it's a lot of fun! I took it up recently and feel so much better for it.

    Hannah x

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    1. Aw thank you! Really nice to hear people find it interesting :-) Relationships can be a really big thing when it comes to your health I definitely agree! I can't believe how easy it was to gain so much weight and not really even think about it. Thanks for the recommendation, my boyfriend bought me a DVD for Christmas but I thought I'd save it for after pregnancy :-) xx

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  4. This was really interesting and inspiring!

    Also you have a lovely style of writing, I hope you write more lifestyle posts like this :)

    xxx

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    1. Thank you, that's really nice of you to say :-) I think I'll definitely be posting more lifestyle in the future! xx

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  5. This is really inspiring. Congratulations on your weight loss. I picked up a lot of weight in high school and I lose it all in my senior year. I am not sure how much 3 stone is but I lose 14 kg.

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    1. Thank you! It seems to be pretty common to gain weight during your teens, congrats on your weight loss too! x

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  6. I really admire your honesty in this post! You will inspire a lot of people too. I agree, it's your blog.. and you should write whatever you want to write :) xx

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  7. Honestly, You are absolutely gorgeous either way. But your weight loss journey is very inspirations. Keep up the great work!!!

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    1. Thank you! I'll check it out now :-) x

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  8. I also went ahead and grabbed your button. Mind swapping? I think your blog is amazing :)

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    1. Thanks! I've grabbed yours and popped it on here :-)

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  9. You are such a strong person, I utterly admire your courage to write about it and I am sure this post will inspire other girls too! <3 I absolutely loved it! And btw you look gorgeous either way! :) xxx

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    1. Thank you, that's really nice of you to say :-) xxx

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  10. YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION.
    Congratulations on your journey and I hope many women will be inspired by your story! Thank you for sharing this Kat!

    ♥,
    Shari

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  11. Great post! I'm so happy for you! I struggle with my weight and always have. I've wanted to lose weight for s long as I can remember at first it was a couple of pounds but now I want to loose 3 stone which is exactly what you did. I will continue to try and one day i'll get there

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    1. Aw thank you! It sounds really intimidating at the beginning but every pound you lose is motivating and you can just keep going! :-) x

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  12. I'm back! Amazing before and after photos! I was also one of those lucky people with a speedy metabolism up until having Milly, now I seem to be gaining weight all of the time. It's like I'm going to have to retrain my mindset from eating whatever I like to watching it very closely.. I am inspired by your story- especially considering you never joined a gym, maybe I should ditch the car and begin walking everywhere with Milly strapped to me on her carrier. :)
    I have been away for quite a while now.. have you had your baby yet? xx

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    1. Yay! Glad to see you're back :-) Thanks! I've been eating pretty much whatever I like within reason these past 2/3 weeks but I'm still in the healthy weight gain range for pregnancy so I'm not too upset! Walking is definitely great for keeping fit, I'm just not a exercise person so I didn't want to waste my time signing up and paying for something I knew wouldn't get used!
      But sadly, he's not arrived yet, he's 3 days late at the minute, can't wait til he's here! xx

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  13. Such an inspirational post! I'm going to become motivated and determined to sort myself out! You should be so proud of yourself as you look fantastic!! xo

    Hannah xo | Glitter and Sparkle

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    1. Aw thank you! It's so great when you can really start seeing and feeling the difference! xx

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  14. Omg I love this! What a marvelous transformation! You look absolutely beaut!!

    YOU are now my inspiration! I'm trying to lose weight as well!

    I'm so glad I came across your blog!! xxx

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  15. You made the right decision to post this! It is definitely helpful and inspirational for people out there who share the same story as you and find themselves struggling in losing weight. Anyway, Yoga and Pilates are two helpful ways to maintain the weight you have now. But doing a few exercise routine each day would be great help too. And of course, eating healthy food. :)
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