Start of Weight Loss Journey
What made you decide to start this journey?
I was tired of being big. Everything was hurting, sleeping was difficult, my body was aching and simple things like walking and running was impossible sometimes. I was tired of being in pain.
Action Step 1 on Weight Loss Journey
What was the first thing you did when you decided that you were ready to commence this weight loss journey?
I put myself on a diet plan. I discovered that I was gluten and lactose intolerant. I realised needed to eat differently and eliminate foods with lactose and gluten to feel better. This eliminated a lot of foods from my diet immediately and my weight started dropping off.
Action Step 2 on Weight Loss Journey
What was the second thing you changed which made a big impact on your weight loss journey?
Simply getting active was a big step for me. I had to make some big changes in my life to make time to be active. One of the things I was doing was travelling a long way to work and back each day and being in IT, my work was mostly sedentary, so my weight loss stumbling block number two was my lifestyle. I resolved to change my job and also moved closer to work. I created a rigid structure for me to make exercise a priority in my life. It was not easy getting started but after a while when the weight started to drop off, moving got easier, I naturally find myself looking forward more and more to my classes. I now love Zumba and I am training to become a Zumba instructor.
What’s Possible After Weight Loss Journey
Now that you have lost so much weight, what are your next steps?
I am toning my body. Giselle has put me on a high protein diet and this together with some progressive resistance training and Zumba will see me to another level of fitness I believe.
What words of advice do you have for anyone taking on such a big lifestyle change?
Take it slowly. Set realistic goals. Create a simple brain-dead structure and keep repeating it mindlessly. Throw away your scale; get a coach or dietitian to support you. And one day you wake up and you are there!