"Today I completed my first 1/2 marathon in 2:52:25, not bad for a first attempt. I followed Clair's advice of 'being the person you want to be now, and not waiting for when you have reached your weight loss goal'. We can do anything we set our minds to."
I have always struggled with my weight, losing weight, and putting it and a little bit more back on.
12 years ago, I went through a difficult time emotionally and comfort drank and ate to excess. My weight skyrocketed to 14 stone.
I tried everything to lose this weight but was not successful. I joined WW, SW, went to the gym, took up running, tried lots of different diets. Whenever I lost a bit, I put it back on.
Over the 12 years, I l did lose 1 stone, and have no idea how that happened. It was getting me down, but I just did not know what I needed to do the lose weight.
In February 2020, Lose Weight, Live Life came into my feed on Facebook. I was at the airport waiting for my flight for a two-week holiday to Brazil when I joined the class about the bead jar. This made so much sense to me, but I was off for a two-week trip to Brazil, so I put this on the back burner.
Within a week of returning, we were on full lockdown. One of my son's teachers said to his students, after having their A ‘Levels cancelled, "When you go to for a job interview, they are going to look at your CV and ask you, what did you do during lockdown?" That made me think, how would I like to answer that question. I realised that I had to look at the 3 months of lockdown as an opportunity to improve myself and my life.
I took on two challenges:
I started going through the units in Lose Weight, Live Life on Facebook. This was a revelation to me.
I learned so much, about me, why I ate the way I did.
18th May I joined My One Life Academy for that extra support. I listened to all the masterclasses, joined the coaching sessions, and realised that it was my thoughts and emotions that were making weight loss so difficult for me. I started my journey of self-discovery.
I joined the Mastermind group in September 2020. At this point I realised that I needed more support from Clair, to help me understand the thoughts and emotions behind my overeating, and how to change them to help me with my weight loss.
Since 18th May I have lost 1.5 stones. On average, 3 pounds a month. This is more that I lost over 12 years. I still want to lose 2 stone to reach my healthy BMI.
Following Clair's program, I have discovered lots of reasons why I overeat, ranging from habit, fear of missing out, not wanting to offend, rewarding myself, or just eating to dull my emotions.
This weight loss journey has been a journey of self-discovery. I have learned so much more about myself. I now have a food plan that I am comfortable with, that will help me lose weight and I know I can follow for life. I now know what I need to do to lose weight and believe that it is possible to get to my goal weight and stay there for life.
I am so glad that Lose Weight, Live Life came up in my Facebook feed, all those months ago, and I met Clair.
Clair is inspirational, insightful, understanding, and able to guide you in your weight loss journey, no matter which program you select.
Ladies, I would like to share with you a non-weight loss goal.
I have been working with Clair for nearly two years now, and the weight loss and mind set work has helped me make changes and achieve 'impossible' goals in other areas of my life.
During last year's lockdown, at the age of 60, with 2 stone short of my weight loss goal, I decided to have a go at the couch to 5k.
Did I huff and puff during my first session, I could just about move faster than a walk for 30sec at a time, but I did it.
With perseverance, I got better and better.
After managing to run 5k, I thought I would have a go at the 10k, which again I did.
I then had this idea to run a 1/2 marathon in September.
Due to injury, I had to delay this by 6 months, however, today I completed my first 1/2 marathon in 2:52:25, not bad for a first attempt.
I followed Clair's advice of 'being the person you want to be now, and not waiting for when you have reached your weight loss goal'.
We can do anything we set our minds to.
"I've lost nearly four and a half stone. But somehow, even more important than that is that I have this collection of amazing tools for my life that I have learnt to be able to apply in lots of different situations. I use them at work. I use them in my relationship with my husband. I use them in my relationship with my grown-up children."
"I am pleased about sustained weight loss, of course. But more importantly, my beliefs have shifted that I can manage my emotional eating. I’m not doing it every day, but I can truly see a future where I am at peace with myself and have created a healthy eating programme that I look forward to."