Lost 105 lbs in 5 mths and has managed to keep it off for 8 years!My Story
How can one thank someone for giving their life back. That’s basically what happened to me. Sometimes it’s not until you look back at your life that you realize how life changing certain events are.
I think I’ve always been an emotional eater. I ate when I was happy, sad, stressed and I ate to keep emotions and problems at bay. I would eat to hide situations that I did not want to face. I was also a secret eater, eating or shall I say gorging on chocolate, chips or anything that made me ‘feel’ good.
I began to eat a lot of foods that just filled my voids, whether it was related to stressful moments or emotional ones. During this time I was in denial. I chose to lose weight and signed up for ‘Jenny Craig’. Looking back I was after a quick fix, something that didn’t make me think, a lazy way out. And yes the weight fell off. In a flash comments were coming hard and fast which made me feel terrific, but what I didn’t realize then were two things, one, this wasn’t the program for me and two I wasn’t mentally ready.
To me having struggled with my weight, losing it is mentally and physically just as important. The power is in your mind.
Because of the weight loss I fell back into old habits. I started eating junk, because I thought I could. I let food take control of my life once again. This time I had put on so much weight I retrieved back into my non-social world.
I suppose you could say I had some form of depression, I think a good majority of people with an eating disorder have a depressive tendency.
Combine this state of mind plus a lack of exercise and you have a ticking health time bomb!
By the end of that year I was in hospital having my gallbladder removed! This was the most frightening wake-up call that I’ll ever have. It really hit home. Imagine lying in a hospital bed having an operation because you’re eating too much fat! I knew then and there I wanted my life back.
In stepped a wonderful Naturopath named Kim Robinson. Kim and I had built up a good clientele relationship from previous visits, and the trust and honesty was well received between us both.
Sensing my urgency Kim suggested a weight loss program called U-Lite, designed by another Naturopath.
My first reaction was wow! It just made sense. There were no short cuts but the weight loss from previous clients seemed amazing.
Kim’s approach was straight down the line, explaining symptoms I would feel during detox. And yes, the first 2 weeks were tuff but because I was mentally ready for the challenge I got myself through it. Taking time off work helped me get into a routine and adjust. Every week after that became easier and the weight was just falling off. I loved the fact that I was gaining my energy back, exercising everyday and learning about food.
This was a particular interest; many programs give you pre-packaged foods so you become complacent and even lazy. The danger is that once off the program you can get back into old habits.
Ultra Lite teaches you how much to eat, what foods to eat and an appreciation and respect for food.
I kept losing weight and my outlook on life improved. Exercise is important not only to weight loss but also for your well-being. To this day I exercise everyday, some more than others.One of my finest moments was going to Canada to visit my sister. Having lost a lot of weight my sister walked straight past me at the airport, she didn’t recognize her own sister!!
I don’t want you to think I’m perfect, far from it, but I’ve learnt to indulge the ‘naughty’ foods to an extent that’s not harmful.
I know I’m doing things in the right way for my body, having kept the weight off for 8 years!