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My CD journey from start to finish

Serena A

Can't think of a title
S: 14st12lb C: 8st12lb G: 9st0lb BMI: 22.7 Loss: 6st0lb(40.38%)
I can't believe it - today is my last day on CD food as I finish working up steps as of tomorrow!

Thought I'd summarise my journey which newbies may find helpful as it might answer a couple of questions along the way (or not - depends on whether you make it through without falling asleep!)

But anyway...here goes:

Stats: have lost 6 stone in total, just over 5 of which have been on CD. Gone from size 20-22 tops/18-20 bottoms to 10-12 tops/8-10 bottoms. More detailed stats are under my username etc.

Background: I've been overweight all my life, went on my first diet back in 1991 aged 16 and have since tried pretty much everything including calorie counting, Atkins, WW, Xenical, Reductil, Cabbage Soup...have yo-yo'd between being 1 1/2 stone - 6 stone overweight and never reached a healthy BMI during that time.

Reason for starting CD: health issues, the main one of which was high blood pressure which for a female of my age (34) didn't bode well for the future. Since doing CD my blood pressure is back to normal and - something I didn't expect - my asthma has all but disappeared!

Losses on CD: I mainly did SS+ (the 4 packs with milk version). "Only" lost 3lb in my first week as I'd low-carbed in preparation but it meant I didn't get the headaches/hunger that many suffer with during those first few days. I've noticed people's losses tend to either be good losses with the odd stay-the-same followed by a great whoosh of a loss the next week, or relatively steady but no whooshes. I was in the latter group and lost a steady(ish) 3lb a week.

Exercise - I've done taebo dvds (a combo of cardio and toning, nothing too strenuous) and toning with light weights pretty much throughout my CD journey. Although it never showed up on the scales I can seriously notice the difference now that I'm at target. I think it's also helped me avoid the issue of loose skin of which I only have a little despite not bothering with bio oil etc.

Ketostix - I never bothered with them apart from when my CDC made me do the odd test to check I was on track. The way I look at it is I don't need a pedometer to tell me that I've gone for a walk so I don't need to pee on a stick to tell me that I've stuck to CD correctly!

Hair loss - my hair is really thin anyway and I suffered with hair loss from around month 3 but for me it has been a price worth paying as overall I feel loads better. It's growing back now.

"Cheats" - I wasn't a saint but on the whole I stuck to CD 100% even when my dad passed away. Saw it as practice for maintaining my losses once at target.

Putting weight on going up the steps - I lost around 1lb a week on all of the higher steps (I've also increased my cardio exercise slightly as I've gone up). The only gain was after my 1st week on 1000 where I put on 1lb because of the reintroduction of carbs, but it caught up with itself the week after where I lost 3lb.

If I could go back in time would I choose to do CD - mega super-duper YES!!! ;)

And finally - me all dressed up...before and after:

Phew!!! :D
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Gold Member
S: 18st9lb C: 13st12lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 33.3 Loss: 4st11lb(25.67%)
Absolutely amazing! I can't see any pics though??! xx


can see the end in sight!
S: 20st7lb C: 12st10lb G: 12st6lb BMI: 25.5 Loss: 7st11lb(37.98%)
amazing! Well done. Very informative.. Have you posted it under success
stories section?? I can't wait to get to goal then finish maintenence!


Say it in Dr Evil style!!
S: 25st9.5lb C: 25st4lb G: 14st4lb Loss: 0st5.5lb(1.53%)
aww fabby hun well written where are ur pictures hun x


Stubborn tortoise
S: 14st11lb C: 14st9lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 31.2 Loss: 0st2lb(0.97%)
Serena you are an inspiration... I'm so glad you have been on the forums, sharing your experiences and advice and support... it has made a huge difference to me. I am so happy for you honey. Well done and big hugs - you look amazing! Enjoy it, and very well done.

S: 15st9lb C: 15st9lb G: 12st10lb Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
Serena -what can i say... reading that post is like watching your child receive a great achivement, and its made me cry :wave_cry: i've said it before and i say it again, your FAB !! And OMG, you look a million dollars :eek::eek:
I hope you continue to stick around Minis as we all need people like you on here to give us strength and inspiration to carry on our journeys :D


Gold Member
S: 18st9lb C: 13st12lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 33.3 Loss: 4st11lb(25.67%)
OMG!! Your pictures are amazing! Congratulations!! xx


Say it in Dr Evil style!!
S: 25st9.5lb C: 25st4lb G: 14st4lb Loss: 0st5.5lb(1.53%)
you are a true inspiration xxxxxxx


Serena's title didn't fit
S: 111kg C: 100.3kg G: 75kg BMI: 33.9 Loss: 10.7kg(9.64%)
Gurl, joe l00k so fajjjn!! :flirt2::flirt2::flirt2:

Mrs Dominatrix. It's her new nickname :whip::whip:

Really should get KD to rename you.. muwhaua.


wants a pony
S: 10st0lb C: 9st3lb G: 8st8lb BMI: 24.4 Loss: 0st11lb(7.86%)
What a great, helpful post! Thanks for doing it. Im so chuffed for you xx


Trying to stay healthy!
Wow Serena!!! what a wonderful post, you are a fantastic inspiration for everyone starting out on their journey!

and...what a stunner!! you look beautiful in your pics!!



Gone fishing
Oh Serena you look fantastic and what a great summary of your journey

The first time I noticed you on here, I remember thinking 'that gals definitely going to get there'.

Massive well done to you


Silver Member
S: 21st11lb G: 11st0lb
:wow: Serena, you look gorgeous!! Well done you :)

Just what I needed to hear today,

Thankyou xx


Full Member
S: 15st5.5lb C: 15st5.5lb G: 13st0lb BMI: 39.4 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
Well done, you look absolutely amazing. You must be so chuffed with yourself and rightly so! I love threads like this, gives me so much inspiration and makes me more determined to get there too. We have very similar stats too so I can look at you and think that's where I want to be!

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