Name: Luisa CastellaHeight: 5 feet 5 inches / 165cmStarting Weight: 21 stone 7 lbs. / 306 lbs.Current Weight: 14 stone 3 lbs. / 196 lbs.Pounds Lost: 110 lbs.
How long did it take you to lose the weight? 2 years
Lightbulb Moment: I am a people watcher! I was sat quietly watching the world go by and I realized I hadn't seen many/any old overweight people. It was at that moment I decided to change my lifestyle. I don't want to die young.
How did you do it? I started by introducing exercise in the form of walking. I felt I was too big to join a gym or attend classes. After about 5 weeks I joined Weight Watchers at my heaviest I have ever been. I was ashamed! I didn't tell my boyfriend my starting weight until after quite a few weeks! I followed the plan and gradually built up my walking!
I assessed my diet and made some changes in line with the plan. Replacing cream with Greek yogurt has been a life saver!! I am not at goal yet, but I am on my way and get a little closer every week.
What was the biggest challenge you faced? How did you overcome it?
For me, it has been remaining motivated especially when I have a bad day or week like we all do. I am human and I've emotionally eaten for years so sometimes I slipped into old habits and I am still known to do so from time to time! My Weight Watchers leader has been wonderful! She is always at the end of the phone, text message or Facebook if I need her and she sends regular motivational texts throughout the week. Instagram has also been a massive motivator for me, reading people's stories and seeing their progress pictures. I have made a good bunch of friends on there.
What was the single thing that helped you most along the way, especially when things got tough? My support network! My boyfriend, my WW leader and my Instagram family!! Seriously if I needed to complain or just a moan they were all awesome. Ready with the tissues and occasionally tell me to sort myself out and get back on the wagon!
How has your life changed since losing the weight? I have teeny tiny wrinkles around my eyes - from smiling! I am so happy it's unbelievable! I have a stupid amount of energy and I am the most confident I have ever been.
Exercise routine: I walk 20 miles standard a week - I wear my pedometer daily so that even includes trips to the loo - moving is moving after all! I run/jog twice a week. I use couch to 5k and I did my first 5k fun run August this year for McMillan Cancer Nurses and raised £190.
Favorite on the go breakfast: I have breakfast every day but if I have to have it on the go I always pop a banana in my bag. But my all time favorite is overnight oats! I have been know to eat them on the train to work or even at the bus stop thanks to plastic tubs!
Favorite snack: WW bars and bananas
Favorite dinner: spaghetti Bolognese with Parmesan cheese
Favorite sweet treat: ice cream
Advice for someone just starting: Track everything! And be realistic - don't set your goals too high, set mini goals and reward yourself when you achieve them, only not with food - you are not a dog!
Anything else that you would like to share: Never give up! You will have bad days and even a bad week! You may even have an unexplained gain (I know I have!) don't jump off the wagon and think that's it! Stay on it, put your seat belt on if need be. It will be a bumpy ride and an amazing emotional roller coaster xx
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