“What sets you apart can sometimes feel like a burden and it’s not. And a lot of the time, it’s what makes you great.” — Emma Stone.
I can’t believe I never got back to you with my weight loss results! Boy, what a rollercoaster ride that has been… And continues to be!
At day 9, I had great results! But I was really struggling with my eating disorder. At about the two week mark, I broke. I discovered that giving up food, particularly junk food, is harder than quitting smoking (for me, anyway) and it’s more readily available. I snapped. I was horrible to my best friend and coach, my son was unhappy living with me, I was just not a pleasant person to be around. So I made the decision to see a doctor and get some extra help.
I walked into the doctor’s office, she asked me, “How can I help you today?” And I burst into tears. I explained what was going on – my reliance on food, starting a new eating plan, and of course, how difficult it all was! She prescribed me a medication to assist with controlling my cravings which I started the next day.
The medication definitely helped, so with its aid, the health and well-being program I am still on, and the support of my friends and family, I managed to lose 6.2kg and 26cm in my first 30 days. 9cm of that came off my waist! Over the course of approximately three months (including that first 30 days), I lost a total of 14kg!! I also gained so much more energy and my quality of life improved substantially.
Then came Christmas. I survived that with only a tiny weight gain, which I lost again in January. But then the medication was ceased. The following months became a struggle and I fell back into bad habits. Fortunately, staying on the meal program I had joined, I managed to not gain back all the weight I had lost, though I did gain a little.
In April I realised that I can’t live this way and I can’t do it on my own. I needed professional help. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get the medication again, and that it is only a bandaid solution anyway, so back off to the doctor I went again but this time to get a referral to a psychologist.
I’ve now had several sessions with my psychologist around my eating disorder and things are improving. Its hard work! But there’s improvement. I started back on the eating program fully this month (May) as well, and though I’ve had difficulties and set backs, I’m still moving forward and I’ve even lost a bit more weight! Results to come at the end of the month.
Are you on a weight loss journey? Or do you have an eating disorder or have you overcome an eating disorder? I’d love to hear from you how you are managing.
Starting weight: 89.3kg
Current weight: 72.8kg (20/05/2020)
Goal weight: 62-66kg
The pictures on the left are from before my weight loss journey started. The photos on the right are much more recent.