Weight loss: 16st
Start weight: 30st 2lb
Goal weight: 12st
Current weight: 14st 2lb
Height: 5ft 3in
Time taken so far: 2 years, 5 months
I knew i had to change As a child, I linked food to love, approval, happiness and safety. But, as I got older, and the weight piled on, I started eating for comfort when I was sad, too. Food was my all-purpose emotional crutch, and I knew I had to change my relationship with it using a healthy, sustainable approach. The calorie-controlled diets I tried just didn’t cut it.
After a few years of house moves, health issues, and the tragic loss of two close friends and my father-in-law, it hit me: I needed to take responsibility for my own life.
Changing my mindset Weighing more than 30st, I joined Weight Watchers and started the No Count approach, tackling the issues I’d struggled with in the past. Not only did I learn to better control my portion sizes, use healthier ingredients, and choose smarter treats, I also changed my mindset to a more positive one. I now know that it’s about believing in myself and taking it all one meal, one day at a time. And if I’ve come this far, I know I can get to goal, too.
Believe in the impossible Why? Because it turns out that things I thought were impossible have turned out to be possible, after all. Take my hot air balloon experience for example. Rising slowly up over the British countryside in the basket, I could see deer in the fields and make out patterns of trees. Tears pricked my eyes and I wondered: ‘Am I really doing this?’ For so many years, I struggled even to get out of cars thanks to my enormous size. Suddenly I was flying through the air and it felt like a dream.
My yes moment There have been many and they still occur. I am still working towards my goal, and after losing 224lb, you can imagine that I’ve had many non-scale moments – some small, some huge. A few: fitting into a regular chair; fitting into regular socks; being able to easily use showers and baths; and being able to wear the robe supplied by hotels or spas.
Lisa’s top tips:
- Build a strong support network – it will be invaluable during every stage of your weight-loss journey. Fellow members, family, friends and even pets can be great supports.
- Be kind to yourself, and remember to live in the now.
- Choose some positive mantras. ‘It’s temporary, it will pass,’ helps me get through tough moments.
- Keep track of non-scale victories – for me, it was things like realising I could fit into a size 16, and being able to sit in a regular chair.
- Share your journey – if you go to meetings, talk to your fellow members and your Coach. If you’re an online member, try connecting with other members on social media. Whichever you choose, it’s good to talk about how far you’ve come.
Discover Lisa’s No Count recipes on Instagram at @lisa_nocount