Cambridge Diet- Harriet's 5 Stone Weight Loss Diary 2014 (Diet Newbie!)
My name is Harriet and I am 13 stone 6 pounds as of my weigh in this morning. Not good!
My first Cambridge consultation is on Wednesday night, and I hope by Thursday I will start my diet and subsequently change my lifestyle forever!
This is my first ever diet I have taken part in. I was always a slightly chubby child growing up, and when I turned 14 I decided to lose weight. Hard work and healthy eating (ish, at this point I still had a hatred of vegetables- I am a lot better now don't worry- so portion control was key) prevailed and I lost about a stone and a half (which in all honesty was all I really needed to lose) and I was super fit!
Since then, I (very) gradually over 5 years, put on weight, escalating to me being almost 190 pounds (!!!!!) today. My level of fitness is pretty low (I can do about 10 minutes running on the treadmill before thinking 'that's enough of that, this isn't fun anymore'!), but because I am only a young-un I have no health problems... YET. The problem is that I am a naturally confident person. I was brought up in a very loving family who told me how beautiful I was all the time, and so even at the size I am I sometimes find it hard to get motivated to go to the gym (I always see myself as the tiny person I was a few years ago, not anymore!)- but this time it got out of hand.
I really want to get fit and lose a lot of weight, with no particular time goal in mind. I stumbled upon this diet when I opened up my Facebook and saw an article posted on a women who's husband in the army did not recognise her when he returned, as she had lost so much weight, via the Cambridge Diet. I googled it, having never heard of it- just to satisfy my curiosity- and read up, not thinking of it again. A few days later, I took a good look at myself in the mirror and realised I had let things slip, even my loving parents were starting to encourage me to increase my level of activity before I went back to uni, etc. So I took the plunge, Cambridge sounded great and I emailed around some consultants in my area where I attend university.
I'm not sure exactly what weight I want to go down to, I am honestly hoping to be somewhere between 8 and 9 and a half stone, I guess which ever feels more natural nearer the time! I know that I would like to shift at LEAST 4 stone, but in reality I am sure this will need to be more like 5 stone.
I am 5'2" and have an hourglass figure. I have a pretty small waist with a more curvy bust and hip. I find it naturally easy to keep weight off my stomach area (not including my hips!) however because I let my weight get so high, my stomach is no longer flat and protrudes quite a bit! My bone structure is not very large, probably would fit somewhere between small and medium, but probably closer to medium. I have quite a petite figure, but because of my body shape I can carry weight quite easily before looking 'fat', which I do now.
I am genuinely eager to get started on this diet, especially after an indulgent festive period, but for me this really is about changing my life for good. I want to be able to go the the gym and be proud of my body and the fact I am keeping fit, not feel like a whale jiggling on the treadmill not being able to keep going for very long! The hardest part for me I genuinely think will be not drinking, as I find it is such a social activity that allows you to be confident and meet so many new people. Luckily I have amazing friends and flatmates who are getting involved by attempting to take part in 'Dry January' with me! I'm not sure how long I will be able to last, but I know even if weakness hits in February and I give into one or two Vodka and sparkling water's, I will not give in to anything more- 100% Cambridge from now on!
I hope I can share my journey with anyone that has done/is in the process of doing this diet! GOOD LUCK DIETERS!
START: 13 stone 6 pounds