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He was correct though. At the initial weigh-in I tipped the scales at 16 stone 6 pounds. I weighed myself this Monday morning, 6 months after beginning my food and exercise programme...
11 stone 6 pounds. In 6 months I have shed 5 stone or 70 pounds in weight, and on the fitness side I have moved from plodding, blowing and halting along a flat mile to regularly doing cross-country distances of over 10 miles.
I think that if you have allowed yourself to become overweight, then perhaps you need a number of things to line up in your life before you can lost the weight. I think for myself these things were WeightWatchers, support from friends and family, and self motivation.
Without my best friend I would not have gone to a WeightWatchers meeting in the first place, and the continued help and support from my wife and my close friends has been invaluable. Doing the plan together, my friend and I have been able to cook dinner party meals for ourselves and our families that didn't send us over our ProPoints allowances. My wife has also joined me in WeightWatchers, she has lost a stone and has set a target to lose more and we have been able to help and support each other.
Finding a professional that suits you to assist with your weight loss can be vital, and with my WeightWatchers' leader I just clicked. She is always positive and cheery, full of practical advice and help, supportive when you've had a poor week, and your personal cheerleader when you've achieved a target.
The WeightWatchers ProPoints system has been very easy to use. It doesn't take long to get used to your personal points allowance and the relative points cost of various food types. One of my personal worries was that if I did not feel full after a meal, then I would just nibble and snack until the next meal came around. With the ProPoints plan I have been abler to make meals that are as large or small as I fancy and still come inside the points needed for regular weight loss.
On top of changing my diet I have picked up running again. Currently I try to run three times a week. My routes vary from 5.5 miles up to a 10 mile moorland circuit. I have twice run a half marathon distance.
Last month I threw away all of my clothes. I no longer owned a single item of clothing that didn't engulf me. When I was big I wore even larger clothes to try and hide my size. Now I'm slimmer I've taken to wearing skinny jeans and slim fit shirts. The only clothing I haven't thrown away are some of my treasured gig t-shirts, if anyone wants to join me inside a marquee sized Monsters of Rock shirt just let me know.