Emma, 34 from Manchester, has been on LighterLife for over nine months and has lost 10 stone 2lbs already. We grabbed five minutes with Emma to find out how she’s getting on with the programme so far.
LighterLife: What made you decide to start Lighter Life?
Emma: I’ve always been big and I’ve never been one for dieting. I don’t know exactly what it was that made me decide to start, but I was feeling tired and ill and scared for my health and my future. I wasn’t suffering from any serious illnesses, but I knew that if I didn’t improve my health and weight that I’d be facing some serious problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and joint issues. I remember travelling for work and being exhausted by it – I didn’t enjoy turning up to a meeting feeling ready for a rest.
LighterLife: What keeps you motivated?
Emma: The amazingly quick – and simple success. I’ve been going to group sessions with my Counsellor Georgina in Sale, and each week feels like my birthday when I step on the scales. I never expected the losses to be so big and so consistent. Yes, there are ups and downs, but when you look at the bigger picture – it’s brilliantly fast. This keeps me motivated, as why sabotage something that is going so well?
LighterLife: What’s your favourite thing so far about your Lighter Life experience?
Emma: Where to start? Although I was sceptical at first, the group sessions have been really important to me on my journey, learning about my issues surrounding food and getting support. But far and away, the best thing is shrinking! I’ve never been this light in my life, I can shop in ‘normal’ shops and I’m learning to love myself – and be kinder to myself!
LighterLife: What’s been your biggest challenge so far on your weight loss journey?
Emma: I’ve discovered that I used food to comfort myself in times of stress, anger or worry. Life goes on as normal when you are on LLT and there have been some sad times, when I’ve felt confused because I didn’t know how to ‘deal’ with the emotions without food. I talked to friends and my group about this – and learned that although feeding the problem might have made me feel better at the time – it wouldn’t fix it! This was a real revelation to me.
LighterLife: If you could give one piece of advice to other members, what would it be?
Emma: You’ve got to want to do this. I’m happier than I’ve ever been, healthier than ever and so excited about my future. If you told me I’d feel like this a week before I’d started LighterLife Total, I’d have laughed. Not once since I started this have I seen abstinence as a hardship – this has helped me immensely.
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