The Beginning

So welcome to yet another website on weight loss. If you’re here to try and find answers for your own journey I really don’t know if you will find any – this is my journey. We pick up my story way down the line, as I approach my 40th birthday (only six months and 20 days to go!), I have probably about five stone to lose which for the majority of the world equals about 32 kg and just for those in the USA: 70lbs. To be honest I haven’t weighed myself in months, but I know from my having to get ever larger trousers that my weight gain is totally out of control.

I also happen to be Quadriplegic. This means I am unable to use all four of my limbs properly as well as have significant health problems with my body. Eight and half years ago I was in a road traffic accident in Chile whilst I was backpacking across South America. I broke my neck, was flown back to the UK and spent a year in hospital. During my time backpacking I had lost a bit of weight though you might say I still had generous proportions:

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Today I look like this:

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So here I am – facing 40, an overweight quadriplegic with a huge backlog of issues. Believe me, I have spoken to therapists and friends alike, acquired quite a liking for drowning my sorrows in alcohol or chocolate or both, and I know something needs to be done about it. I have been on so many diets, before my injury, because I was slightly overweight. Curvaceous. Voluptuous. Generously Proportioned. I did Weight Watchers, Slimming World, Atkins, tried Rosemary Conley, bought workout DVDs from Jane Fonda, Cindy Crawford, Devina McCall, and even learnt to run without my massive breasts giving me black eyes. I’ll even go so far as to say Slimming World actually worked for me combined with running three times a week. But now I can’t do exercise. I can just about move my arms and waggle them like a demented chicken. I need to find a new way to lose weight. To reduce my calorie intake, whilst still getting all the nutrients and vitamins my body needs.

Therefore tomorrow I’m beginning a brand-new way of tackling food. Come back next week to find out more! 🙂

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