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LighterLife success stories: Adrienne Noel-Robinson

June 6, 2013 - Success Stories

Adrienne before-afterAdrienne Noel-Robinson, 25, has been with LighterLife since November 2012 and has so far lost over 7 stone (101 lbs). She filled us in on how LighterLife has changed her life.

LighterLife: What made you decide to start LighterLife?
Adrienne: I’ve never been a slim person, but I used to be very active and confident. I met my partner just after university and we later moved from London to Northampton after we had our daughter. I put on a few stone during the pregnancy and the weight just kept creeping on after that. I ate to curb my sickness during pregnancy, but I also used it as a bit of a crutch to deal with stress and the pressures of moving back to my hometown and being a first time mum. I realised something had to change when my daughter was a year old. I was out of breath and not confident doing active things with her, like going swimming. The crunch came after seeing a photo of myself at a friend’s baby shower. I didn’t recognise myself and I was really shocked. I knew something had to change, so I signed up for LighterLife.

LighterLife: What’s your favourite thing so far about your LighterLife experience?
Adrienne: My favourite thing is obviously watching the weight melt away, but beyond that it’s been the learning experience. After my fifth month on the programme, I had a lapse. I’d made great progress and couldn’t understand why I was ruining it for myself. It was then that I discovered a new part of the journey. Using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in my group really helped me explore my thinking and challenge myself. It really taught me a lot about myself and now I know exactly how to deal with negative situations when they arise.

LighterLife: What keeps you motivated?
Adrienne: I made a decision right at the start to do this for myself. It’s for my own wellbeing, so that I can be a better mother, partner, colleague and friend. I want to be a role model for my daughter. When you’re a mum, you can stop existing as an individual and exist only as ‘mum’. I had stopped doing things for myself. What keeps me motivated is knowing that I need this ‘me’ time in order to be a better person – and a better mum.

LighterLife: What’s been your biggest challenge so far on your weight loss journey? Adrienne: Re-focusing my thoughts after I had lapses was really hard. I had to learn how to recover from that in a way that was beneficial to me. It’s easy to think ‘I’ve ruined it now, I may as well eat a whole cake’. What’s harder is recognising that you’ve made a mistake and finding a way to move on.

LighterLife: If you could give one piece of advice to other members, what would it be? Adrienne: Learn to be ok with your mistakes. Accept yourself and your flaws and learn how to move forward with this in a positive way. It’s also important to find ways to treat yourself that don’t involve food.

Keep up with Adrienne progress on Twitter – follow her @aditweetblog

If you’re currently on LighterLife and you’d like to be featured here, please email gina.dyer@specialistuk.com to find out how you can get involved.

2 thoughts on “LighterLife success stories: Adrienne Noel-Robinson

katie das

So proud of you Adi! You look fabulous xxxxxxx

Almas Malik

It’s so refreshing to see someone talking about their lapse off the diet because when you lapse you feel like you are the only one. Thank you

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