Today I’m going to talk about something that I’ve never been able to speak about confidently before. Those of you who know me personally, already know that I started my weight loss journey at the beginning of the year, in March to be specific. Have I achieved my goal weight yet? Nope. But one thing that I have come to the realisation about, is that I am most definitely not the only person who struggles with weight loss.
To put it bluntly, I was obese. At the beginning of my journey, I went to the gym about six times per week and ate three times a day. I made sure that half of my plate was filled with veg, quarter of it with protein and the other quarter with carbs.
In the first two months, I lost a total of 10kg! But I soon came to realise that this resulted in some unexpected changes in my body. I was losing weight way too quickly and ended up getting stretch marks. Whilst I was researching about stretch marks, I also found out about loose skin, which I really did not want to get. So I went to my GP and got myself checked out. She was pleased to hear that I decided to make such a drastic lifestyle change, however, she also advised me to take my time as my body would not be able to adapt itself quickly enough to meet the demands of my “new” body.
And to go back to the solution for those stretch marks… she recommended the use of Bio Oil.
I really didn’t want to cut down on my days at the gym. I mean come on, I was losing so much weight!!! But as my GP mentioned, it was far too much for my body to cope with, so I decided to go to the gym four to five days a week. I lost about 3-4kg a month, which was so much better, and so much healthier as well.
After another month or two, I started losing less weight and by the time it hit September, I slowly started to lose motivation. From months of not eating any chocolate, crisps or other comfort food, I went to having cheat days once every two weeks and more recently, I slipped back into bad habits. I was going through a tough time and so turned to comfort food where for two weeks I would just eat whatever junk there was, whenever I felt like it.
Even though I HATED IT, it still did not stop me.
Throughout this, I still carried on going to the gym until the second week of October. I had to stop as I had injured myself. My GP advised me to avoid the gym, avoid walking long distances and told me to rest as much as possible, to allow my body to heal itself.
It’s been over a month now and I’m sick of it. I’ve decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and to start working on myself again. After all…
From now on, I’m going to try and share parts of my weight loss journey Part II with you as much as I can. I hope that this way, I can motivate you as well as motivating myself to stick to my plan!