I was struggling with my mobility, my health, and my addictive behaviours around food. I was staying home watching TV, totally unmotivated with late-night snacking and fast-food trips commonplace. Then I started to design and build my own house and realised I could not move house at that weight, I could barely move. So that became my motivation to make a change.
I had been told some years ago that I was too heavy for weight loss surgery, so my original intention was to lose 30 kilos and then get on the list for a gastric band. But luckily I found Lite n’ Easy and everything changed from there.
Lite n’ Easy was great and I adapted well to this new way of eating. The food was so good, and the meal plan had a lot of structure to it, which I needed. The best part was that eating so clean on the Lite n' Easy program meant that my body adjusted quickly to enjoying healthy eating in smaller portions.
Motivation is everything so even though Lite n’ Easy arranged my food, I knew I needed to learn how to manage my cravings. You can have all the great food you want but if you cannot mentally cope with the changes then you won’t be successful. I used diversionary tactics such as painting, learning a new language and walking to stop my head from spinning out and falling back into old habits. It was the convenience of Lite n’ Easy that gave me more time to work on this mindset.
I went from not being able to walk 900m around my suburban block to being able to do 4.6 kms with little effort. It’s like walking on air now. I’m not breathless unless I want to be. I’m organising my new house and I’m healthy enough to take on this new phase in my life.
So here I am, I’m 82 kilos down currently. I’ve gone from not fitting into a size 26 to being a size 20. I’ve got my spirit back, I’m energetic and active. I still have just under 30 kilos to get to my total weight loss goal of 110 kilos and then it will be a kilo-by-kilo prospect until I get to the final weight where I feel good.
The journey in total will be at least another year or two, especially if I intend to have excess skin removed. However, I face the future with optimism and hope that I will have the life I want.