Back in May I broke the first rule of Fat Club by writing about it.
Ever the rebel I thought I would write about it again.
My initial goal was to lose 5% of my weight as it was when I started the programme – just under a stone in total.
The programme isn’t a diet by the way, it’s a catalyst! It incites change in the individual to help them lead a healthier life by making healthier choices.
I still manage to enjoy myself, I just enjoy myself moderately rather than excessively.
Bearing in mind I’d already lost half a stone between signing up in January and starting the programme in May, I was confident I could meet that target and I did – 5 weeks in,
I’m now a gnats whisker away from my personal target of 3 stones off by the end of July and whilst the Victoza/Liraglutide is partially responsible the majority of the credit goes to the Weight Management service itself.
I kid you not, the service here in Kirklees is a world leader in its field.
They don’t boast about it online but ask the team behind the service and they speak with pride about their success and retention rates compared to the global and national average.
I mention the team because it is just a small team of people that have made this happen, which is amazing when you consider how wide and dark an organisation like the NHS can be.
There is a chance that the NHS may drop the programme in favour of a one-size-fits-all bland service provided by a multinational media company with little or no understanding (or passion) for dietetics or nutrition… which would be a crying shame.
The advice I’ve taken away from the programme is simple.
- Eat regularly – Breakfast, Lunch & Tea with a light snack in-between if hungry.
- Eat healthy portions – You’d be amazed at how large the portions we’re used to are these days – far too much for the sedentary lives we lead.
- Eat a balanced diet with satiety in mind – Wholemeal Bread and a couple of Eggs for breakfast will keep you fuller and satiated for longer – don’t cut out carbs or proteins or anything, instead know the right portions and proportions in which to eat things.
- Keep active – it only takes small changes to keep the body working and active.
- Banish unhelpful thoughts – don’t punish yourself for failing by indulging in further failure – don’t reward yourself with food or drink, instead look to work out negative emotions through activity or reward yourself with non-consumable treats.
- Know your calorie I/O – The human body burns at least 1400 calories a day, just by living – it is a lot easier to not take on excess calories than it is to burn it off. By setting a calorie target/limit under the supposed GDA you are guaranteed to lose weight – but don’t set it lower than 1500 without medical supervision.
All of that and more.
I keep a loose and fast food diary now and have a mental meal plan that I follow day to day.
I’m walking 4 or 5 miles a day (or at least every other day) to burn off the daily office stress and every day gets better and better.
I genuinely believe that anyone struggling to manage their weight should speak to their GP and talk about getting on the Kirklees Weight Management Programme. It costs nothing more than 48 hours of your life (broken down over 12 2 hour sessions) and the desire to change.
The show’s not over though. I have another 12 weeks to lose another stone – which will take me to 16 stone by mid-October – although, personally, I’m aiming for 2 stone off in that time.