My Weight Loss Journey.
I’m Rhiannon Mair; I’m 23 years old from Wales, UK. My weight loss journey began in 2014, and I have never looked back. My total weight loss was 42lbs in 15 months. It is now three years later I am 14lbs heavier. I’m in the process of losing a few pounds, but overall I have realized how far I have come and that I am happier than I have ever been.
This is my journey on how I had my ups and downs with my weight loss. And to help make you realize that it won’t happen overnight, that it does take time and a lot of patience. If you put your mind to it, it will surely become your reality rather than a dream, as I did.
When I was in school I never really pay any notice to my weight gain. I always thought It would never creep up on me and that I would always be at a standard size. It does take a lot for you to notice yourself you have gained weight, but eventually, I did.
It all began at year 12 in school. Not only I would be going out three times a week consuming a lot of alcohol and takeaways, but I would also go out for lunch during school hours. Every day I would walk to the shop to grab some crisps, chocolates, sweets or anything I fancied, or we would drive to the local town and catch a Mcdonalds, sometimes Mcdonalds breakfast and lunch. Looking at that paragraph now honestly makes me feel sick.
My daily diet was probably a bag of crisps and a bar of chocolate for breakfast when I say breakfast I mean 11 am I would never have something before then. Getting into lunch time, I would always have big meals from the school canteen or again, Mcdonalds or a sausage roll. I would then be constantly snacking until tea time. Usually, it would be Doritos with salsa dip or even Mcains Micro Chips with cheese. It doesn’t stop there; I would then go ahead and eat a full meal for dinner which I would consume some veg and meat, the only nutrition I would eat in a day. After tea, I would go ahead and have a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows and probably half a pack of biscuits. To top it all off, I didn’t do ANY exercise what so ever and hadn’t done exercise for a couple of years.
Thinking back at how much I ate makes me sick. That diet to me is no diet; it is pure junk and no nutrition. I had no understanding of healthy living and exercise. It was not surprising that I gained so many pounds, I was oblivious to it. I was too lazy to realize that I was on the way to being overweight. I was so unfit, I made excuses not to walk or get a drink from the fridge, and I could hardly breathe after walking up the stairs. Things just had to change!
It was photos from New Year’s Eve 2013 going into 2014 that I realized I had gained a lot of weight. The pictures gave me a realization that I was so much bigger than I used to be. To be honest. It was a shock as I had never been that big before. Why didn’t I realize it sooner? I then looked back at photos towards November 2013, and I was as big that time, but I didn’t realize it. Thinking back, I always wore baggy clothes all the time as I didn’t feel comfortable in anything but thought nothing of it. I remember buying size 16 jeans from Topshop, that was what got me to start my weight loss.
It was a couple of months before I could mentally prepare myself to begin to be more active and eat better. At the beginning of February 2014, I thought I should be a little more active, so I started walking with my mom around the village and started Zumba classes, I always was sweaty after a walk or Zumba, you could tell I wasn’t fit. I remember trying to run on the treadmill at home; I managed 1 minute before rushing off feeling sick and couldn’t breathe. Because I was so unfit and struggled to do the slightest exercise I knew I had to push myself harder to lose this weight.
Locally the biggest, successful fitness classes were called H.A.B.I.T; it was a 30 minute class of high-intensity circuit training. Working on each section for 45 seconds and moving on to the next with 10 seconds’ rest in-between. Also, I remember my first ever HABIT class. I probably thought I was going to die as I had never pushed myself as hard before and struggled to walk for the entire week afterward. I enjoyed the people and classes and stayed. They would weigh and measure you every two weeks for motivation.
I had never weighed myself before and didn’t know what weight I should have been as I lacked knowledge and understanding in anything relating to health and fitness. My first weigh in with HABIT came in at 12th 7lb. I also took a picture as they told me to use for motivation, I went home and took a picture. The picture shocked me and gave me even more motivation. Ever since then I always take progress pictures as It’s how I stay motivated.
Using Photos for Motivation.
The picture gave me a fright. It made me want to lose weight; they were helpful in motivating and keeping me going to these HABIT classes. They encouraged me to set a target weight; I had a goal in mind to lose 14lbs before a girl’s holiday in Greece that year in June. Four months to lose 14lbs it seemed impossible for me at the time.
I started to notice a difference in myself and the way I looked, so I decided it was time for me to take the next picture. It was three weeks after starting HABIT I took my first progress picture. After nine weeks I made another one and put it into the public eye. I show it to my friends and family of how far I had come and to be honest I felt great. In 9 weeks time, I had lost that 14lb I was aiming for just purely by going to HABIT. Not only I had lost 14lbs but the inches were falling off of me, and I felt amazing. I had gone from 12th 7lb to 11th 7lb in 9 weeks.
After showing my progress, people were coming up to me telling me I look good, asking what I do and how I did it and I would say HABIT helped me! They gave me enough confidence to think I could run the local 5k race for cancer research UK. I signed up and did it in 34 minutes plus raised £150 for the charity. It felt so good as I never imagined running 3 miles before, I couldn’t even walk up the stairs without struggling a few months earlier.
I knew I had come far and I continued going to HABIT, but I never changed my diet, I had maybe cut down on the amount I was consuming, but in reality, I was still eating poorly. The exercise made a difference because I went from one extreme to the other, I struggled to maintain my weight until Greece. The inches would continue to fall off, but the pounds on the scale wouldn’t move.
Holidays in Greece.
June 2014, my vacation with the girls to Greece had been and gone, had a good time with a lot of alcohol and food. A few days since getting home I went straight back to HABIT and had only gained 3lb while on holiday. I was shocked because I had consumed quite a bit of the holiday. Overall I was happy that I only gained that much.
A couple of months pass, and I was still going to HABIT. Still not losing pounds I knew I needed something to make me lose these pounds. I felt healthier and fitter but wanted to lose these pounds.
I heard someone talk about LA The Fitness people another local circuit. I heard that they were good and they push people, never giving up on you and very motivational. Just what I was looking for. It was July 2014 I headed to my first class with LA which is two guys called Luke and Arron (hence L&A). I had done research before joining and saw that they helped a lot of people hit their goals and targets. They have a lot of before and after pictures on their page.
To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect in my first class of them as I heard many things about them. I thought the time I spent with HABIT was hard. This was ten times worse, working on muscles I hadn’t worked before, giving you an understanding of what you are doing, talking through your techniques and each workout ensuring you are doing it correctly and with good posture. I had never done a Burpee before (they’re kind of keen on burpees) but I honestly felt I had worked my hardest and pushed myself and enjoyed what they had to offer. It was exactly what I was looking for and was so excited to begin my chapter with Luke and Arron.
September 2014, a couple of months with Luke and Arron, fitter and thinner than ever (that’s what I thought). I enjoyed the workouts and the people and clients. It was lovely because I made some new friends. I wasn’t aware that Luke and Arron offered extra challenges for an additional price, this was my opportunity. They were going to be holding a 6-week trial, which included a diet plan, home exercises and 24-hour contact with Luke or Arron and access to the classes that I already was going to. Naturally, I signed up as it was exactly what I wanted to shift the pounds.
I had never been on a diet before. I didn’t know what dieting was. They asked that I take before and after pictures and weigh in the 1st week, 3rd week and final week. I agreed as I knew that to motivate myself it was to take before and after pictures. So I did, and I weighed myself. I was still at 11th 7lb as I was fluctuating in weight for the last couple of months.
The six weeks were tough. Very tough, to not being on a diet to being on one was tough, withdrawals. To be fair, I stuck to the diet plan and didn’t go off it and cheat. I knew I had a goal and I was determined to reach in. I had lost 14lbs with the challenge, so my current weight now was 10th 7lb. To this day, I don’t think I could have done it without them. I am so thankful that I had that opportunity.
October, November and December 2014 which means my birthday and Christmas period. I still attended classes but didn’t stick to the dieting. I stuck to it in-between, but there were events and city breaks. Furthermore, I knew my diet was going to be out of the window. I managed to maintain my weight and didn’t gain thankfully.
New Goals and Targets.
January 2015 “New Year, New Me.” I had new goals and targets. Getting fitter and tone up, Which I did. Since that 6-week challenge with Luke and Arron, I had a better knowledge and understanding of what to eat and consume and what not too. So that’s what I did, I Prepped my food in advance, breakfast, lunch, dinner and attended classes 3/4 times a week plus ran on the treadmill 2/3 times a week for 30 mins. This had me losing even more weight. I had cut down on carbs and eating a lot healthier and leaner. I was 9th 7lb by April 2015. This was the thinnest I had ever been. Three stone lighter than my first weigh in and a lot happier. It felt so great and fit and active and healthy.
I think this is the part where I realized that being as thin as 9st 7lb wasn’t a realistic weight for me. I knew I loved food so much; I knew I would like to dine out and enjoy takeaways and fast foods. Furthermore, I had holidays coming up and that I would want to enjoy myself.
October 2015 I had gained 14lbs, back up to 10st 7lb. Luckily, Luke and Arron, had an 8-week challenge coming up, it was a countdown to Christmas challenge. It wasn’t as strict as the 6-week challenge back in 2014; this problem was more casual, people in the trial would post ideas of what food they would eat on a Facebook page, sharing ideas and motivating each other, posting pictures and weigh ins every Sunday. In that eight weeks, I had only lost 3lbs, fluctuating from losing 5lbs to 7lbs to gaining. It was a long challenge, and I had my birthday and events over that period. It wasn’t a good idea for me. I’m just happy that I lost 3lb and didn’t gain weight.
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I am writing this now, April 2017 and you probably guessed that I have only maintained, I haven’t lost or gained. Also, I am happy with my weight and diet at this current time. I understood that being 9th 7lb wasn’t for me as I could not maintain it. I do love food, and that wasn’t a realistic weight for me. Also, I continue by knowing what foods to consume and I keep going to fitness classes and running, drinking plenty of water and prepping meals is also a key for me.
I’m not where I want to be at the moment, but I know and understand how to lose weight. I have come far, and that’s what I need to tell myself, that I’m not as big as I was. I’m a lot fitter and healthier. I don’t lose my breath after walking up the stairs anymore.
My weight loss journey taught me that it doesn’t happen overnight. It is a long process, especially if you love food like me. I’m hoping that my story inspired others to starts their weight loss journey. It’s not easy, but if you put your mind into it and want to hit your target and goals, then you will achieve it. You need to give 100% if you want results. Keep motivating yourself, take before pictures, walk instead of taking the car. At the end of the day, it’s not a diet; it’s a new lifestyle.
This was my actual weight loss journey. It wasn’t easy, but I sure can say that it was worth it. It built my confidence. I am happier than I was three years ago. Please don’t forget to check out my blog which I post my tips and my personal experiences on, providing lists on easiest effective ways of losing weight.