Inside My Weight Loss Journey

My Journey

On my blog I have been very open about why I started my weight loss journey and how long it took me to get where I am, and I promise you it wasn’t easy. Losing weight honestly has been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done, but I have gained so much from losing weight, and I wouldn’t have changed my journey for the world. If you want to know more about my weight loss journey please click here.

It’s A Learning Curve

When people talk about losing weight, people just say oh just eat less, move more, it’s not that simple, I learned that the hard way. When it comes to losing weight you don’t need to eat less in general, you need to eat less of things like sweets & chocolate etc, and more fresh food like fruit, vegetables but to be able to maintain the weight loss you have to have balance, so don’t cut all of the cakes and chocolate out, you have them on the odd occasion but you also because if you don’t that is the time you’re more likely to have a time where you just eat all the cookies (no problem there though.)

A Transformation

I have been dedicated to losing weight for over 2 years, it hasn’t been a short process due to things like my medication (not an excuse but it’s definitely something that affected my eating habits and weight loss) but now I am stable, I am definitely getting there.

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The picture on the left was taken at my mum’s birthday in February 2013, when I got to the restaurant I was terrified I wasn’t going to fit into the chair, I was that big I could feel the table on my stomach and the chair on my back, I thought I was just bloated from my tablets so I took no notice.

The picture in the middle was taken when we went away for the night, I was so uncomfortable, I felt at my biggest and I could see it in the mirror, I hated myself, I felt disgusted with the way that I looked, all that I could see were problems.

In both of those photos I know that my depression was playing a part because at that point it was at it’s worst, I was having nightmares, I was punching walls in my sleep, I was crying all of the time, this was the point I knew I needed to make a change, and fast.

I will talk more about the last picture later on.

What I’ve Learned

1. Scales aren’t everything

This is something that took time for me to learn, I was obsessed with what the scale said in the beginning because that is how I measured my success, if nothing had changed in a few weeks, I’d start to panic, it meant that I needed to work out harder or track my macros more. Really what was going on was I was developing muscle, I was still losing dress sizes and inches, but because those numbers weren’t backing up the scale (well they wouldn’t because muscle weighs more than fat) I thought I was going backwards rather than forwards which in reality was the last thing that was going on.

2. Don’t think diet

When I started to lose weight the first time round, I said those fateful words, I’m going on a diet, when I said that, I meant that it would be for a limited time and at some point I would go back to my old eating habits. Instead of things like that, change your mindset to thinking of it as a healthy lifestyle, you make sure you are drinking enough water at least 2 litres but also making sure that you’re having enough of each food group & limit your treats to one a week or less if you like!

3. Calories are your friend

When you start healthy eating, you see adverts about calorie controlled diets or having a low calorie intake, but honestly calories are your friend, you need those beautiful things to give you energy to do the simple things like breathe, type and do all the things that you want to. Calories are important, don’t treat them like your enemy. You need to make sure that you’re having enough food, that might sound stupid, but it is important to be aware that not eating enough can cause your body to go into starvation mode, and that is the last thing you want.

4. Take progress photos

Progress photos can be so motivating, you will have days when you don’t feel motivated, you don’t really want to work out, or you feel like you’re not getting anywhere having progress photos can really help to make you feel inspired and give you motivation to workout.

5. Believe in the process

Losing weight is hard hard work, it takes a while, but you get what you get the results from the amount of work you put in, if you work hard, eat well, limit your treats you will get there. Keep working out, change up your sessions, try to mix up your diet, it’s all worth it!

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Now I said I’d go back to that last picture, well here is why.

The last photo on the right is of a person who still battles with her anxiety and depression, she is someone who works hard, eats well, sometimes has a few too many treats, but she is getting there. Physically, mentally and emotionally stronger, is starting to love her body more, is having more positive days than negative, but also has achieved so much.

That girl was me. If you are on a similar journey right now or you’re wanting to start a healthy lifestyle, you can do this, I know you can.

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18 Comments

  1. 20/10/2015 / 7:45 pm

    You’ve come such a long way and are doing great progress, Amie! One can see that you’ve lost weight but also that you’ve gained health! (Does it only look like it or are your cheeks less red now??)
    I am proud of you and you should be too! 🙂 Stay strong, beautiful 🙂

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      21/10/2015 / 2:34 pm

      It all depends on the situation with the redness in my cheeks, I have naturally rosy cheeks, I always have done since I was a baby however in that last photo I was at quite a normal temperature so they don’t look too red! Thank you Sassy, I love you so much!<3

  2. 20/10/2015 / 9:35 pm

    I would just say : Keep going, hun! You are doing really great! Ones you start feeling completely happy and satisfied of what you have achieved, that means you have won the battle. So keep going and don’t give up. You look amazing! xxx

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      21/10/2015 / 2:36 pm

      Thank you so much Ninz, I am working so hard at it, once I am comfortable I will look at maintaining my weight! I have come a long way, I don’t think I actually realised until I wrote this post which sounds strange I know but I am starting to feel quite proud! <3

  3. 21/10/2015 / 2:47 pm

    This is really inspirational to me. Personally, I think I´m just the average sized person but I´d like to live healthier. You know how they say, a healthy body can hold a healthy mind, that´s what I want to achieve. But I never stick to it. There are too many occasions where I can just eat something bad and since my discipline has taken a hit in the last months, I need to start over again. You inspire me to do that as soon as possible aka. as soon as this damn cold goes away.
    I think you can really see the weight loss in your face. Not only has it slimmed down and now looks gorgeous, you also look so much better and happier.
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      21/10/2015 / 2:53 pm

      Thank you so much Lisa that honestly means the absolute world! I know you say you have a cold at the moment, and exercising is out of the questions especially if you’ve got a cold because your body is fighting that, maybe start to make healthy swaps, I know it is getting cold right now, so if you want something healthy that isn’t a salad and is warm, make yourself some soup, slowly cut back on fizzy drinks, add in more fruits and veggies and that is already a positive step forward. Just take it one day, one meal, one workout at a time, that is one thing I do suggest when you are a lot better! Get well soon gorgeous! <3

  4. Kathryn
    21/10/2015 / 11:38 pm

    Oh Amie you’re such an inspiration to me. I have struggled with my weight and body image since a young age and seeing how far you have come brings a tear to my eye to be honest.

    I won’t lie, I’m struggling with my eating and things at the moment but people like you inspire me, and I bloody love you! xx

    Kathryn | http://chaptersofkat.blogspot.co.uk

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      20/11/2015 / 10:21 am

      Oh Kathryn, you absolute sweetheart! Please don’t cry! I love you so much darling and I am always here if you need anything, I’m a message away! <3

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      29/11/2015 / 12:50 pm

      Thank you so much darling, that honestly means the world! <3

  5. 26/01/2016 / 1:28 pm

    Well done. Wow, that’s amazing. You look great. Thank you for sharing your story x

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  6. Siobhan
    20/04/2016 / 9:01 pm

    Well done on your weight loss journey so far! I’ve just started slimming world to loose weight for my wedding next year!
    I’m documenting everything on my blog (ahandfulofsparkle.co.uk) and my YouTube channel (YouTube.com/siobhanmarie13) I’d love for you to follow along! 🙂
    Siobhan xx

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      22/04/2016 / 9:25 am

      Thank you so much lovely it honestly means a lot! Already following along lovely! Look forward to seeing your journey?

  7. 19/08/2016 / 3:33 am

    This was a really lovely post to read and congratulations on all of your progress so far! As someone who does have anxiety I know how it can affect every aspect of your life and make even the simplest tasks harder, so going on your journey whilst having anxiety is something to be so proud of!

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      27/08/2016 / 9:07 pm

      Thank you so much my darling it honestly means the world to me! It has been an incredibly tough journey but I’ve honestly moved forward and it has been hard but I’ve learned so much from it! <3

  8. 29/09/2016 / 10:07 pm

    Wow you are inspiring, I am too going through a weightloss journey myself and I totally agree with you on the scales aren’t everything, I only take progress pictures now because I see more of a difference in those than the numbers. You’re doing amazing 🙂

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      08/10/2016 / 5:06 pm

      Thank you so much Zoe it means a lot! It is such a difficult journey but it is so worth it! <3

  9. 05/01/2017 / 5:06 pm

    You’ve come on such a long way. You should be really proud of yourself 🙂