Audrey’s Story . . .
I’d spent all my adult life cooking meals that I fancied and because of that, I thought about food all the time, so eating was constantly on my mind – I was in a vicious circle. The main turning point for me was when I took part in one of Jo’s 6 week challenges, and was emailed a Diet Record Sheet which helped me to get really organised.
I used the record sheets to produce a 4 week food plan which has turned into an 8 week plan and, as a former IT & Microsoft Office tutor I thought I’d put my skills to use and started my own food/diet database to record my daily intake with a calorie balance etc. I couldn’t believe the difference all this made to my diet success.
I refer to the plan and eat what is on it for that day and rarely make changes to it. Using a weekly shopping list, I only buy what I need for the meals on my plan. Having seen a weight loss virtually every week between March and October – I reached my goal weight – the weight I was when I was 18 and have, until now, only ever dreamt of being!
I no longer think of food in the same way I used to because I don’t fancy food in the same way now. This was most apparent last week whilst out to lunch with my daughter who had chips. I didn’t give them a second thought and when she asked me if I wanted one I was being honest with her and myself when I said, “No thanks”, it didn’t cross my mind to have one!
I always wondered if it is possible to be the same weight I was before I had children and what it would be like. After all these years of being overweight and dieting, I now know that all I needed to do to achieve this was to be organised!
I’ve read all about writing lists and doing food diaries – I have done food diaries but looking back on it I was only writing what I had already eaten not what I was going to eat which (for me) as it turns out is what I needed to do. I realise for myself (and husband Steve who has also reached the weight he was at 20) that this works for us! I am the weight I was before I had children and I love it!
I know we always talk in terms of dieting but I feel that it isn’t dieting, it’s eating normal food, reducing the amount of calories as directed by Jo, my adviser and increasing activity by attending brilliant, fun aerobics classes!! I have ultimately gone from size 18/20 to 8/10 and lost 5 stone, 10 pounds; the health benefits have been enormous.
I do the Great South Run every year, and my running speed and distance has increased enormously – this year I ran the 10 miles in 1 hour and 58 minutes – my knees can’t believe their luck that I have taken such a load off them.
At 63 I would encourage anyone with a dream regardless of age and maybe finding the going a bit tough to keep going, the disadvantages are far outweighed by the benefits.
If you have a dream weight in your mind as I did, it can become a reality. I too can buy ‘skinny’ jeans and small T shirts – I love going to try things on just to see that they fit!
As a member of my classes you will have the opportunity to make new friends, who will help and support you on your weight-loss and fitness journey.
If this story rings any bells for you, or you find yourself in a similar situation to Audrey – I can help! I’m committed to getting you on the right track, and ensure that you not only reach your goals, but exceed your goals!
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Jo (waiting for your call!) Matthews 😀 xx
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