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LighterLife bloggers: Emma Corrigan

May 10, 2013 - Living

EmmaCorrigan812x600Emma, 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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5 thoughts on “LighterLife bloggers: Emma Corrigan

Claire

You are amazin!! Well done. I need to loose 5 stone but with 2 kids I can’t afford lighterlife so will keep plodding along via conventional dieting.

michelle

Hi its my second day and struggling, as much as i want this im finding it difficult. Any advice on how to get trough my first week.

    admin

    Hello, sorry to hear you are struggling. The first week is always the toughest on any weight loss plan. The great thing is, it really does get easier. Your weekly group sessions will give you the support you need to talk about any difficulties you may be having. Also, do give you’re LighterLife Counsellor a ring – they’re always happy to offer advice to keep you on track. Good luck!

Olu Wilkey

I was on lighter life 2005 and lost nearly 3 stone but put it all back on in 3 years . Now enjoying exercise and heavier than I was when I joined lighter life but 2 dress sizes smaller . Would still like to be slimmer , a size 10 as size 14 now . Worried that if I go back on lighter life , my metabolic rate will slow down .

    admin

    Hello, in response to your recent comment posted on the LighterLife blog about your metabolic rate slowing down: There is no evidence that being on a VLCD has any long-term effects on your metabolic rate. Sure, it slows down when you are on a weight loss diet, everybody’s does – irrespective of the diet you choose. This is diet-induce reduction in metabolic rate as your body burns it’s fat stores for fuel. However, when you are no longer losing and are in energy balance, your metabolic rate increases back to a normal rate – although bearing in mind, if you have lost weight, this normal rate will lower than it was before you dieted. This is simply because you are now smaller and have lost weight. I hope this helps!
    Best wishes,
    Team LighterLife

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