Photographs

A selection of photographs from before and after…

2 Responses to “Photographs”

  1. Claire Lewis May 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    These pictures are great thank you. Most people (friends) that have lost significant amounts of weight tend to look older, gaunt and haggered, if I’m honest and it was one of my worries.
    A few people comment how surprised they are when they learn I’m 37, they think I’m slightly younger, which could be flattering but deep down I know it’s because I’m fat and look bonny!
    I thought your comment about realistic goals was great, if I lose weight I’m not going to look like I’m 20 because I’m not. I will have bingo wings & excess skin because my bodies been stretched for 30 years!
    Thank you. Now let’s see if I can finally do it!

    • trudykelly May 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

      thank you so much Claire! The trick is to do it slowly, your skin needs to play catch up, remember it’s your largest organ and needs careful management. There are things you can do later on to help the looseness, my upper arms are now out and proud but because they now have muscles helping to hold the skin it’s beginning to look so much better. If it helps I’m now told I look younger than I did when I was bigger. I was very concerned about the haggered look too – the goal should be to get to a healthy weight and to be fit, if I were to lose the 2 additional stones that some say I should, to hit the mid range of the BMI scale I would look odd, you can’t turn back the hands of time (!). I’m now a sze 12-14 and far fitter than most 20 somethings, that for me is far more important, if I hadn’t been obese for so long or was 15 years younger it might be different but I firmly believe that you have to do it in your way to succeed, I’m shrinking, my body shape is changing but I’m not losing significant amounts of weight now! Now get that tape measure out and give yourself a starting point! Exercise is important to making a difference but do this at a pace you are comfortable with, you need to be able to sustain it long term so it needs to be something you enjoy too! If you dread it, it will never work. Also think about the foods that are your nemesis, for me it was bread so it’s now a treat rather than a staple item, it’s no longer in control of me – it’s been told firmly where it stands in my life! Slow, safely and treat it as a change in your life, make sure all your loved ones know that and how important it is to you!

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