Solution: Total Solution
Start dress size: 28
Current dress size: 14/16*
*Weight loss results may vary and are different for each individual.
Having decided to lose weight with Exante Diet, I wanted to ensure I did everything I could to make sure I achieved my goals. I discovered the Minimins Weight Loss Support Forum, and the support and encouragement I have received from others there, has really helped me on my journey. I started out doing Exante's VLCD (very low calorie diet) plan which is called 'Total Solution'. I then wanted to start learning how to handle food more sensibly, as well as being able to go out for meals with friends and family so I started mixing the Working Solution and Total Solution.
When I started this weight loss, I hadn't realised how much it would challenge my sense of identity. I had first put on a significant amount of weight when I was 12, and would probably have been considered obese since that age. As I started to shed the pounds and reach weight goals along the way, including getting into the overweight category, I had to rediscover who I was, and let go of 'fat' being part of that identity. I decided to set myself a fitness challenge to help keep me focused on my overall goal of becoming fit and healthy.
At Christmas I set myself the goal of taking part in the 45 mile Palace to Palace cycle ride in aid of the Princes Trust. When I set this goal I could barely cycle up the road and back without looking like a beetroot. Training for this challenge helped me to stay focused on the diet as well as the fitness, and by Easter I started cycling the 7.5 mile journey to work and back. In September I successfully completed the 45 mile cycle challenge (something I wouldn't have considered possible this time last year, before starting on Exante). I have been taking measurements and photos to help me realise how much I have achieved on this weight loss journey. Slowly my head is starting to catch up and realise that I am getting close to my ultimate goal of being a healthy weight (I've still got another 1.5 stone to go!).
I feel so proud of my achievements so far, and determined to get all the way to the end of this journey. I now really enjoy having my picture taken with my daughter, and feel confident that I will be able to set a good example for her as she grows up. I love being able to go into any shop and expect to be able to find clothes that fit, a novel experience! It has been a roller coaster of emotions along the way, but I am so glad to have discovered Exante, and been able to start realising my goals. There's loads more on my minimins diary.
Weight loss results may vary and are different for each individual.