Hey hey hey,
It’s been a crazy few weeks in regards to weigh loss! So I thought I’d give everyone an update on where I am. I also wanted to let people know what it’s been like having help from a dietitian as I know not a lot of people would think about going to one.
Last year in october I went to see my consultant (who I don’t get on with at all) who told me I needed to lose weight, which I already knew, in order for them to be able to proceed with any treatment or consider an operation for my current condition. He also proceeded, quite rudely, to say that he would refer me to a dietitian at the hospital… I say rudely as he said they’ll only tell me things that are ‘common sense’, looked at me blankly for a few seconds and then said ‘so I’ll refer you’. Let me get one thing straight, I do not lack common sense, I lack motivation. So like anything on the NHS, especially in Buckinghamshire, there was quite a wait to see anyone however, after about 7 weeks I was seen for my initial sort of consultation with her.
Obviously one of the first things we did was weigh me… I already knew what I weighed so it didn’t really phase me. We talked a lot about what I already knew about food and exercise and much to her surprise, I had quite a bit of knowledge about what I did and didn’t need to eat, what was good for me and what I needed to get rid of. I handed over my food diary (this is mandatory when under the supervision of a dietitian so they can monitor what you’re eating) and let her read through it. There were things that she was pleased about and things that she wanted to change but it wasn’t all that bad, over all she was pretty happy. You see, getting my diet spot in is quite a challenge considering I suffer from acid reflux, severe chronic gastritis and a nasty hiatal hernia so I say she was ‘pretty happy’ that I wasn’t eating things that would upset my stomach further.
I see my dietitian every 3 months and I can honestly say it is THE BEST decision I have made. I am so happy that I was given the opportunity to actually get help from the NHS and here is why;
A few months ago I went into a pretty bad depression. I was really down about not being able to lose weight, feeling sick and tired all the time didn’t help, I just generally felt crap. If anyone knows anything about me it’s that I have quite an obsessive personality…Unfortunately I became utterly OBSESSED with calories and for some stupid reason I thought it would be a great idea to eat under 1,000 calories a day. Slowly and surely that number became lower and lower until I was only consuming around 500-700 a day. Now this is why I am glad I have help.. After informing my dietitian about what I was doing she informed me that THIS was most likely the reason I was not losing weight and I had NO IDEA. She told me I didn’t need to deprive myself of carbs like all those diets you see on social media and that I DEFINITELY didn’t need to stay under 1,000 calories a day. She told me what would be a sensible calorie range for me to stay in and to stick at my exercise that I am already doing… Low and behold I have already lost 4lbs in 2 weeks and this is the FASTEST I have ever lost weight. It took me 8 months to lose 1 stone… because I was following these online diets and shakes that are just IMPOSSIBLE to maintain. It’s a lifestyle change, not just a quick fix.
Your body needs certain things and we are meant to eat them for a reason. There are a million and one things that I cannot eat due to my stomach problems including tomato, garlic, onion, citrus fruit, sweets, chocolate and basically anything high in sugar. Thanks to this I do not have any ready meals or packet sauces. I don’t drink alcohol as you all know and I certainly do not have takeaways. If I can give you ANY advice it would be to get clued up on what is actually good for you, how much of everything you should be having a day and get rid of ANYTHING you haven’t made. I cook everything fresh myself, it means not eating with my family and having to buy separate food but I know what I’m putting into my body and I know that it is doing me good.
Weight loss is really simple to be completely honest, cut out the shit and yes… that includes alcohol and fizzy drinks, I haven’t drunk either in years and I promise you I DO NOT MISS THEM. Cut out the takeaways, don’t be lazy in the kitchen, go to markets and buy fresh fruit and veg and cook new foods that are COLOURFUL and rich with vitamins. Drink AS MUCH water as you can, get rid of the caffeine you fuel yourself with. Make healthy swaps.
YOU GET OUT OF YOUR BODY WHAT YOU PUT IN… That is the truth. If you eat better you will feel better, if you move more you will feel better.
I’m not here to judge anyone on their lifestyle preferences, I’m just giving you a bit of advice which I have put to the test myself.
I’m currently very happy with how I am eating and my exercise routines. I’ll keep you all up to date with my weight loss. The current goal is to lose another stone by mid September but we’ll see how it goes.
If anyone has any questions feel free to ask!
Hope you enjoyed today’s little extra post!
Lots of love, ABZ x