This year, I really want to expand the content on DOS, yes, yes I love beauty but I also want to showcase a lot more of what is involved in my life besides beauty.
This is where this post comes along, I want to share my weight loss journey with you guys and then some.
Let me firstly begin by stating the following: This is MY story, about how I felt, by no means am I trying to imply that being plus size is negative for anyone. I am simply conveying my thoughts and my feelings about MY weight.
I am not trying to cause offence, I am simply just sharing my story.
Some of you may not be aware but I used to be extremely overweight, I was always a big child but somewhere during my late teens, early 20s at university my weight increased dramatically over a short period of time.
This wasn’t due to depression or a painful breakup or an injury, this was just down to greediness, laziness and the freedom of being able to eat anything when I wanted.
I didn’t even really realise my weight creeping up, I was happy and eating, I had no problems.
Then I slowly caught on, size 18 jeans were becoming tight, my face looked different and walking was becoming an issue. I had booked my first holiday away with friends at this time and shopping for clothes led me to purchase size 20s and 22s.
Friends (with good intentions) would try to hint to me about leading a healthier lifestyle but I brushed it off because to be honest, I was happy.
My realisation came when I realised I couldn’t wear clothes that I wanted to wear. Bodycon dresses were out of the question, fitted vest tops were ruled out and heels were a problem. For a young girl this became my biggest issue, I wanted to look hot and wear tight clothes and I didn’t have the body or confidence to do so, I can honestly I say wish some of the plus size blogs I read now were around then to show me that it was actually possible to do all these things!
So one lazy day I came across an advert for the Very Low Calorie Diet Lighter Life. VLCD are mainly lquid diets that allow you around no more than 600 calories per day (sounds like torture but it’s not that bad when you drink your allocated water requirement for the day). I didn’t know what to expect but vowed to look into it more when I came back from holiday.
Now, let me state up until my info session at LL (Lighter Life) I had not weighed myself in a while, and I mean A WHILE so imagine my face when all 5ft 2.5 inches of myself stood on the scales to see 17 stone (238lbs.)
I signed up to LL that week!
(A sign off slip from your GP is required to sign up)
The weight steadily came off and the programme became easy after a few weeks (I had my cheat days too), I would attend my weekly meetings and see the difference in my weight which felt amazing BUT the price became an issue, at £66 per week I couldn’t stay on the programme for long, so after three months or so I left.
A few months later, some dilly dallying and some weight gain, I discovered the Cambridge Weight Plan which I have been doing on and off for a few years.
As I type this today I currently weigh in at around 68.4kg (151lbs) however even though I have come a long way my journey still isn’t over.
I want to get my BMI (which is currently around 26.7) down to the recommended average which is between 18.5 and 24.9 (Bupa) and this is where the DOS Fit Files comes into play!
I’m going to be sharing my journey to getting my BMI in check with you guys!
This will include me looking into the following weight loss methods such as Very Low Calorie Diets, healthy eating meal plans, exercise and organisation.
I will also be sharing my personal feelings towards this whole process.
I’m very excited about this new venture and I hope you guys are too!
I aim to be honest and open about it all and I would love to hear from some of you who are possibly taking part in your own journeys.
I look forward to introducing the Fit Files to DOS!