A Bit About Me

It’s now 70 weeks since I decided to change my eating habits for good. I started at 148.5kg (23st5lbs), and in those 70 weeks I have lost 56.3kg (8st12lbs), with a bit more to go.

When I started, I was 61 years old. I was taking three types of medication to control blood pressure, and statins to control cholesterol levels. I had painful arthritis in both of my knees, and I could hardly walk, even with a stick. And I was getting close to pre-diabetic. It was beginning to look like I was in for a painful, unpleasant and short old age. My doctor sent me to a physiotherapist for help with my knees, and the physio said she could give me some useful exercises, but she could guarantee that if I lost 10% of my body weight, I would experience a big improvement. I knew I could do that, because I have lost 10% of my body weight quite a few times in my life (until I gained it again), but what I had to do this time was keep it off for good!

My wife had used Nutracheck, and she suggested that I could give it a try. I liked the emphasis on sustainable changes, and so I dug out the kitchen scales, and bought some bathroom scales, and got started. I like measuring and recording, so NC was right up my street – I measured absolutely everything I ate, and weighed myself every morning. I immediately saw that if this was going to work, I would have to be able to eat big meals, because I am always hungry. So I started using portion control, but with a twist – the lower in calories something was, the more of it I ate. So I started to eat huge portions of lettuce, celery and green beans, but very small portions of cheese, garlic bread and chips. In fact this was good fun, because I really like cooking, and it was a daily challenge to cook big and interesting meals containing few calories.

I began to do some exercise. At first, all I could manage was walking round our car park once, and with my stick – 30 steps. But very gradually I increased that until I achieved what I had thought was impossible – 2,500 steps in a day! As my weight went down, the steps got easier, and I bought a pedometer to count them for me. Again, gradually the steps increased until I now average about 12,000 a day.

The result of these changes is that my BMI is now about 27 (I started at over 43) and I have stopped taking statins, and two of the three blood pressure tablets. The threat of diabetes has gone. I have no pain at all in my knees, and my wife and I can go walking in the country, which we used to do a lot, half a lifetime ago. We are now planning a long-distance footpath holiday (the last one of those we did was in 1983!)

I am sure that this would not have been possible without Nutracheck. The discipline of weighing everything and weighing myself every day has given me a full-time focus on my body weight. So I’m really delighted to have been asked to write a regular blog on the Nutracheck website, and I hope that you will find at least some of it useful.

The last thing to say is that the biggest challenge of all is yet to come – keeping the weight off, once I have reached my target weight. I have lost weight before (often), but I have never kept it off. So now, more than ever, I want to have Nutracheck by my side, to help me do that.

Steve

4 Comments

  • David says:

    What a great achievement Steve. The first part could’ve been me, apart from the arthritis. I started on December 29th last year at virtually 22 stone. I discovered Nutra Check nearly a fortnight ago and love it, I’ve lost a stone up to now, so a long way to go. I’ve lost 4.5 stone before with low carb dieting, but regained it, so I know I can do it.

  • Angela says:

    Really inspirational story, I also have really bad knees and the thought that the more I lose the better they will be really Spurs me on. Keep up the good work

  • JeaetteALIAS Ginty on nuracheck says:

    A great story Steve. Amazingly well done. Showed it to my husband who is diabetic, has painful knees and is on all these tablets you used to be on. He reached 17st but has been 15st for several years now. Recently started listening to me and is just under 15st at the moment. He is resistant to joining Nutracheck but I will keep working on him. I have lost 2st in 2 years and have been managing to maintain since October but would like to lose another 4lbs and hopefully get into most size 12′s. Good luck with keeping the weight off. I know you can do it. Well done. Ginty.

  • MagsB says:

    Hi Steve, and again VERY well done. I always thought the larger e.g. 20 stone one was, the quicker you’d lose weight, but with Nutracheck this is not always the case. In exactly 2 months I lost exactly 2 stone (13 to 11 stone) with just a bit more to go, as I want to get down to a BMI of approx 23. By keeping an EXACT record of what I ate each day the weight came off steadily with absolutely no plateux (unlike other weekly clubs you can go to), and best of all you do it in your time and not be tied to go out the same time and day each week and still pay if you don’t go! I still enjoy food, but you do have to also have a bit of will-power. Once the weight starts coming off and people notice, you feel so good that you just want to keep on going. I am now going to buy another 6 months subscription, as I heard you should really keep going for 1 year. Good luck to everybody, keep going. If you have a ‘bad’ day, tomorrow is another day and ‘start’ again. Never give up. MagsB

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