On the left is how I looked back in 2011, a very unhappy 14 stone
On the right is how I look now, a very happy 11 stone so grab a drink and some of your favorite Froot, take a seat and I will share with you how I did it.
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I was just your average young lady from Essex working in a pub and partying a lot. Being surrounded by alcohol, friends and bad food 24/7 really took it’s toll on me.
Don’t get me wrong, these were some of the best times of my life! I was working with all my friends, it was like one big family. We worked together, we partied together; It was a lot of fun!
But after 3 years, it can start to really get you down mentally and physically
Back in early 2013 I became very depressed and hated the way I looked. I was eating crap, drinking loads and not exercising. So I decided to go on a crash diet! I bought myself a big 2kg tub of this stuff called ‘Diet Fuel’ and I would mix it with water and have 1 shake for breakfast, 1 for lunch and then a crappy smoked salmon salad or stir fry for dinner. I was snacking on prawns and crayfish (the place I worked at sold seafood) through out the day and cycling to and from work which worked out to be about 8 miles a day.
I was basically starving myself, drinking pint after pint of ice cold water and black coffee to force my metabolism to burn any food I was eating, snacking on tons of dates to be… extra regular and refusing anything but vodka soda when I went out for a drink.
I ate like this this 6 times a week non stop for about 3 months.
Eventually I lost weight. I lost 2 stone and I was the happiest I had ever been with my appearance, I felt completely comfortable in my body and regular customers at the pub would comment on my weight loss, one even said “where has the rest of you gone?” Who knew that one little sentence from a stranger could give you so much confidence.
But it was short lived, I lost weight fast and not in a healthy way. So of course, when I met my boyfriend and moved to London in late 2013, the weight came back…and she came back with a vengeance. They say that in the first year of a relationship you will put on at least a stone and it’s true, except I put on 3… almost 4. Not all in the first year, this was over the course of 2 years, 2 more years of abusing my body with processed meat, cheese and junk food.
Breakfast was an almond croissant and an iced coffee, lunch was some kind of meat sandwich or something else fatty and carby (the bad kind) with a bag of crisps and most dinners would consist of chicken dippers, potato wedges and a measly portion of frozen vegetables. Then we would finish off the day with a movie accompanied by sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks.
I was eating A LOT!
And again, I got very depressed. Now I was heavier than I had ever been bordering over 14st, understandably I don’t have very many pictures of myself at this time as my confidence was now 6 feet under. But you can imagine how little I cared about my appearance….
I really hated how I looked at this point. I had gone from a very happy girl who was confident and meticulous about what she wore and putting together a good outfit to extenuate her body to a girl who couldn’t care less about her looks and was happy to hit the bars in over-sized denim overalls. It seemed like a never ending vicious cycle of abusing my body; yo-yo dieting, feeling depressed and taking it out on those around me.
Then in February 2015 something popped up on my Facebook. A guy I used to work with posted a status about how he had been veggie for a year and that more people should watch the documentary that made him change.
It was Earthlings
I messaged my boyfriend straight away and asked if we could watch it that evening. I’m a keen animal lover, have been my whole life and I tried to go vegan a few years ago (it was a bet I made) and I failed… massively. And with everything going on in my life at the time, I wanted to grab at something, anything that would help me feel better about myself.
I sat though 20 minutes of earthlings and I was so traumatized by what I saw, I remember crying into my boyfriends lap as if it was yesterday. I could no longer be ignorant to what happens to these poor animals and how disgustingly bad meat is for our bodies.
I was pescetarian for the next 6 months, then I gave up fish after watching a horrific video on Tuna farming, then dairy after it was making me feel extremely sick every time I would eat it, coupled with some research on how cows are impregnated in order to produce milk.
In November 2015 I went Vegan, and It was the best decision I have ever made.
I didn’t loose weight right away, and although I did go vegan for ethical reasons I was excited about the health benefits.
But being vegan does not mean you will drop a ton of weight, fast. You WILL loose weight on this lifestyle, even if you don’t try. But it is not a fad diet, it is a dedicated lifestyle change that benefits many things other than your body.
Even though everything you are eating is plant based and therefore naturally has less; if any saturated fat, cholesterol, refined sugar and additives you still need to watch what you eat. During the first few months of being vegan I was still struggling with my weight and bad eating habits coupled with some hormonal issues due to a contraceptive implant was making it VERY difficult to even shove a few lbs.
Once I had the implant out I dedicated myself to cutting the junk and focusing on shifting the weight. Within a month I was down to 13st and before I knew it another stone came off! I wasn’t doing anything drastic, just eating a high carb low fat vegan diet and jogging every now and then maximum 4 times a week, for 30 mins in the mornings.
I got down to 12 stone and thought “this is it, I have reached my goal”
I was Ecstatic! Jeans that I hadn’t worn for years fit me perfectly, clothes shopping was exciting and I felt amazing!
Then the weight kept coming off, without much effort I was down to 11 and a half stone. I had to sell that pair of jeans as they were now too big on me, and most of my clothes started to look very baggy on me. So I made 11st my next goal, and with the help of a static bicycle my dad gave me and some determination I hit 11 within a matter of weeks.
How have I been able to keep it off?
Keeping the weight off is easy, when you are eating a whole foods plant based diet it is almost effortless
Try to stick to mostly raw fruits and veggies – I have found that eating a mostly raw has helped me keep the weight off and aid me to loose more. I also feel my best when I am eating a mostly raw diet, I am currently doing Raw Till Four check my latest blog post about it here
Get your water in – Make sure you are enough water daily, as well as flushing toxins keeping hydrated can also help put naughty food cravings at ease!
Motivation is key- I like to watch a lot of Vegan YouTube vloggers who also like to keep fit, I find it motivates me to be healthier and take care of myself. Look up Raw Alignment, she has a great channel!
Don’t be too hard on yourself – If you feel like having a little binge in the evening (all vegan of course) then go for it! Don’t restrict yourself to the point where you are climbing at the walls at the sight of a bag of crisps, allow yourself those foods but make sure the majority of your diet is raw and eventually those cravings will fizzle out!
So there you have it, my next goal is 10.7 stone then I want to tone up and become the gym bunny I am so destined to become! I hope I didn’t bore you or talk too much (if you are even still reading this) But thank you anyway, and I hope my story has inspired you to do whatever it is you need to do in order to be happy.
You have one life, one body and one mind. Take care of it, and it will take care of you.
I would LOVE to hear about your health/weight loss stories since being vegan, and don’t forget to follow my blog, I post every Tuesday & Friday
“Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?” -Ellen Page