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.
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