Gradually, over the years I piled on the pounds. Working all day, I felt it was too much effort to go out, exercise, or even cook, so I used to get home, sit on the sofa, turn on the TV and order a takeaway.
Of course, I’d tried many a diet over the years, some good results, but after losing a stone or so, I would start to stray and have the odd takeaway, and before long, I'd put back on what I had lost and more.
I’d gone from a size 14 to 18, and promised myself there and then that there was no way I’d let myself purchase a size 20. I needed more than a once a week weigh-in, I needed help, guidance and encouragement. That’s where Don came in. He taught me that it’s not about being on a ‘diet’ it’s about making changes to your lifestyle and everyday eating habits. Making the right choices and living by the 80:20 Rule, you can stick with it and achieve the results you really desire.
Together with eating the things and exercise the weight started to fall off. Don started with light exercise, after all I hadn’t been off the sofa for years. It was exhausting after 10 minutes, but he knew how far to push me, without putting me off exercise completely. I actually started to enjoy exercise so I joined my local gym, starting with easy aqua-robics. I am now hooked and go to the gym 5 days a week- it gets me out of the house and stops me sitting in front of the TV with a chocolate bar.
There were times when I thought it wasn’t working, for 5 weeks, I hadn’t lost any weight and began thinking, how can that be, I’m working out 5 times a week and I’m not seeing results? But Don told me to stick with it, changing the routine and telling me that my ‘body shape’ was changing and it was NOT all about the scales and weight loss. Then one week later I got on the scales and had lost 4lb, all of a sudden, so Don was right. Stick with it and the results will come!
I’m now at the end of my second 12 week Plan and have lost 2 and a half stone, over 11% body fat and more than 65 centimetres.
I know you always hear this saying, but believe it, if I can do it so can YOU!
Stop saying, I’ll start next Monday and pick up the phone and ask for help and guidance.