Overweight. Obese. Morbidly obese. These words spend more time being thrown around than I care to imagine. I have been overweight my entire life, and it’s something that I have only felt really concerned about since I entered my 30s.
In Primary School, I remember having to stand on the scales in front of my peers. I clearly remember the mortification I felt realising I was the heaviest person, not only in my class of 30 but my whole year group of 60 children. My weight just kept going up as I grew older. I didn’t have the ‘shedding of puppy fat that many professed would happen. In fact, I grew out almost as much as I grew up. By the time I was 16, I weight 17st. My Mum would comment on it, but no constructive help or advice would be received… only criticism. The onus was on me to sort it out, and I didn’t know how. After that, my weight problems simply became worse.
I have lost 3 stone since I left my ex-husband, but I still have around six more to lose, which is essential for me. I have been asked if I want to lose weight to be more attractive to others… and I suppose that is partly the truth. However, it’s not the only reason. Losing weight will help improve my confidence because I won’t see a bubble body (I hope), but it will also improve my health. It will also encourage me to contact the GP and get referred for the hernia repair I should have had 2 years ago. It’s safe to say it’s definitely something that I need to do.
Starting on January 2nd, I’ll be making a concerted effort to lose weight. Using a VLCD, I will be consuming less than 1000 calories per day with all the nutrients I need to remain healthy and lose weight successfully. The only thing I will need to do will be to bring my willpower to the table. Willpower I know I have. By the middle of March 2021, I hope that I will be 2.5 stone closer to my target weight. And closer to having my hernia op than I am now.
Being obese is not something I want for the rest of my life, hell it’s not something anyone should wish to. I am spending time working on improving all aspects of my life, and the weight is one of the essential things!