I lose, I gain, I keep trying and I NEVER give up!
At each attempt to lose weight I have found eating in a ration book style, to be the most successful for me. Below you will see the results of previous attempts to lose weight and keep it off. Once I stop eating ration book style I just have too many choices and temptation is my downfall….
The 1940s Experiment in 2017
It’s a never ending struggle. I sometimes feel such a failure as I lose and gain, but I NEVER give up! I do have a food addiction. I have a constant need to feel full.
I started off this year at 296 lbs. I got a place in the London Marathon as a charity runner for the Royal British Legion. I trained really hard nearly every single day , lose around 47 lbs to get down to 249 lbs, and was able to finish the London Marathon well within the cut off point and get the medal I had always dreamed of. The experience was AMAZING.
Since then I’ve gone off the rails, with a house move and life stresses my weight has gone back up to 284 lbs but am determined to rectify this BLIP and end the year below 250 lbs.
I do worry as last year I was diagnosed with two complications following the double pneumonia. Firstly my heart had enlarged and this was firstly noticed in a follow up chest x-ray. I had to go in for an ultrasound to check the walls of my heart and it’s chambers. LUCKILY I just have a big heart as there was no indication of any physiological problems, no thinning of the walls. However the doctor called me and said I had a hole in my heart which I had since I was born. This means de-oxygenated blood passes into my left atrium and is re-pumped around my body with the cleaned up oxygenated blood. As the blood hasn’t been filtered by the lungs some debris passes through too. I’m lucky in that I don’t really have any symptoms unless I’m very ill (like with the double pneumonia) and my blood oxygen levels can drop causing hypoxia as the hole in my heart is forced open wider and therefore pumping more de-oxygenated blood around my body.
BUT the marathon tells me my body is working well, I’m not worried but I do have to try and seriously lose a lot of weight. I WILL succeed… I WILL!!!
The 1940s Experiment in 2016
After the marathon, because of injury, I stopped exercising, let things slide and by New Year 2015/2016 my weight was back up to 296 lbs ( 21 st 2 lbs). I was feeling tired and worn out and my crushing back pain had started to return. Then during a holiday to the USA in January 2016 I caught double pneumonia and was admitted as an emergency to hospital with hypoxia. I was released just before my 50th birthday.
It’s made me think about my life. Various stresses and worries and stretching myself too thin AND being morbidly obese had really given me a BIG REALITY CHECK when I ended up in hospital and now, getting healthy and losing weight in 2016 HAS TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN MY LIFE. I’m determined to lose 100 lbs in 2016.
I’m once again using wartime rationing as a guideline. I know I WILL SUCCEED!
HW – 345 lbs, SW2016 – 296 lbs, CW – 274 lbs, Total weight loss in 2016 = 22 lbs
At my current weight taken in February 2016 – I carry a lot of weight on my tummy- it depresses me
I was about 340 lbs in this photo. I was doing publicity for the Mahone Bay Wooden Boat Festival and was doing a segment on Breakfast TV in Canada where Cyril Lunney interviewed me and a colleague about the festival. When I saw this photo I kept it hidden away I hated it so much….
The 1940s Experiment in 2015
In May 2015 my weight was back up to 310 lbs I started once again, trying to eat on a daily basis, using weekly rationing to form a base for my weekly allowance. It’s been tough, some good days, some bad days and some days where I’ll eat something ‘off-ration’ but always truthful days.
It’s now September 2015 and at my last weigh in I was back down to about 275 lbs. My main goal is to get below 200 lbs. I’ve started walking a lot and going to the gym and I’m working very hard at it.
In October 2015 my eldest daughter Jess and I will be walking our very first Marathon for Cancer Research UK.
The 1940s Experiment in 2014
March 2014: I aim to lose 100lbs during the next 12 months following a typical 1940’s wartime ration diet. Weighed in at 20st 10lbs (290lbs) and my goal is about 13st (182lbs). In 2012 I lost 80lbs following a wartime ration diet so I know I can do it but I have to learn to maintain and not return to eating habits that put weight back on again.
I’ve taken some unflattering photos in a vintage style dress (size 18) that is wayyyyy to small for me, it should be a perfect fit at the end of the 12 months when I’ve lost 100lbs. I tend to live in t-shirts and leggings because I’m embarrassed about my weight but I do so want to wear a dress again..
Check back here regularly for progress photos as the weight drops off…
The 1940s Experiment in 2012
I did a year long social experiment in 2012 to see if living 100% on a wartime ration diet (authentic recipes and rations!) would help me lose weight and become healthier. Yes it did! I lost 80lbs! My crippling back pain, high blood pressure and general depression rectified itself, I started walking and even jogging a little! The best thing was just being able to walk without pain and to go out on a long hike. Just being outside walking makes you feel so good!