Michelle shares her 50lbs weight loss
“My breathing was bad and I was always tired. Now my breathing has improved, I can walk better, my arthritis is better, my skin is better and I actually sleep a lot better!”
How much have you lost and how long did it take you?
So in total, I have lost 3st8lb so far and I started at 16st10lb. I started just after Christmas time so around 4 or 5 months.
How did you discover the New You Plan?
I was just searching for some weight loss plans on my phone and came across the New You Plan. So I did some research and read some reviews and I thought I would give it a try. I had tried healthy eating and some similar plans before but nothing seemed to work.
Describe how you felt before starting the plan?
I suffer from really bad arthritis, my breathing was bad and I was always tired and then with working nightshifts, it was terrible. My knees and hips were also really bad. When I got the packs and I saw how much was in them I was worried if I would be able to do it because I was eating quite a lot before compared to the products. I didn’t think 4 packs would be enough but I was actually full up, I think it was because I was drinking so much water. I have really enjoyed it so far I just ordered what I wanted at the time and then as I got used to it I ordered more. The water flavouring really helps with the water intake.
What was your first week like?
To be honest, I did get a really bad headache and I felt a bit dizzy after around the 3rd day so being at work wasn’t great, but I took some shakes with me and a few of the bars because they are sweeter so that really helped, but with some pain relief and drinking all of my water that really helped. I think it all disappeared around day 5.
What are your favourite meals and snacks and what would a normal day consist of on plan?
Usually, I would stick with the muesli or the Chocolate porridge for my breakfast because they taste good and they are quite easy to make up. At lunchtime, depending on where I am I would usually just take a soup with me. If I am at home I would usually make them up in the saucepan but if I’m out or at work, I would just make them up using the kettle. My favourite for the evening is the Broccoli Pasta, I would add some chilli and herbs to it.
What was your biggest non-scale victory?
I would say putting on the dress I wore to my daughter’s wedding which is now too big. I don’t have to buy anything which is elasticated anymore.
What was your biggest motivator for staying on plan?
My family has been amazing I would send them progress photos, and they ask me to send them one again in a few week’s time to support me and push me on. It’s been a great help.
How has the plan changed your life?
I feel so much better going out with friends and I don’t mind photos being taken of me now. I just have so much more energy it’s great.
How has your health improved?
My breathing has improved so much, even my doctor has said it has improved! I can walk better, my arthritis is better, my skin is better and I actually sleep a lot better.
Since losing weight, what is your happiest memory?
I would say everyone commenting on how quickly I lost the weight and how healthy I looked. A colleague has commented on how fast my hair has grown also which has been amazing. I have been able to take on new training. So
I am now a care assessor and I’m doing the last part of my NVQ. I am also training to become a teacher in moving and positioning. I can do so much more no I have so much more energy.
What is the nicest compliment you have received since losing weight?
I think it would be that I look healthier and being told I look nice in a dress. I don’t think my partner has ever seen me in a dress apart from my Daughters wedding and a few days ago I put on a dress and he said I looked really nice in it. Things like that are nice to hear.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting the plan?
Well if it was someone I knew they would be able to see how far I have come from when I started. I would say just give it a go and try it. I was sceptical at first but if you stick to the Plan, the weight does fall off. When I stood on the scales after the first week and I had lost 11lb I couldn’t believe it, it was amazing.