My route to yoyo dieting

By March 18, 2016Weight Loss Blog
This was a school taken in Liverpool, England and I think I was aged about 4 or 5

Let me start from the beginning.  I am British Nigerian and was born in Liverpool in the late sixties.  As a child I was considered cute (I think) and skinny with big round eyes and at some point my brothers nicknamed me Twiggy.  I was slim in my childhood.  I think I first became conscious of my weight as a teenager but I was also very active.  I enjoyed sports but never got into any significant teams in my secondary school, so I learnt to run, played tennis, badminton, did aerobics, danced a lot and dreamt of one day taking up weight training seriously.  I still do – dream about serious weight training that is – what can I say – each to their own! 

Anyway my weight began to yoyo in my late teens and early twenties.  I would put on what seemed like a lot of weight at the time – say 5 lbs and then during the long summer holidays I would run it off and slim down again.  I did not consciously diet or weigh myself frequently as on average I weighed about 50 kg which is about 110 lbs approximately I think.  I was content with my lot even though my waist line seemed to be always about an inch wider than my 2 sisters.  Amazingly, I was and remain fairly body confident.  By that I mean that although I recognise that I am no beauty queen I am content with my lot physically and happy to conceal less desirable parts of my body by picking the right clothes for my body type.  In other words I think that God played his or her part in putting my body together but I struggle with my end of the bargain in terms of looking after my body by keeping my weight and by extension health in good nick.

Since my teenage years I have had the ability to dress my body reasonably well at any weight up to about 135lbs so it was a shock when I hit 140 lbs in my early twenties.  Being 5 foot 4 inches in height I am not even medically overweight at 140lbs but I looked a lot different and not in a way that I liked.  My face was rounded and my belly became much harder to disguise.

Once I reached about 140lbs I would work hard and usually lose anything from 14 – 21 lbs.  The trouble is that I continued to yoyo through my twenties, then thirties and now at 48 it feels like I am destined to struggle with my weight for ever.

In my thirties I tried the Atkins diet and had stunning success.  However the diet made me feel unwell and I had to give it up.  In my forties I tried the Cambridge diet with initially stunning success also.  However it did not work for the next two attempts and I am lactose intolerant which made it really hard for me.

Progress has been the slowest on my current weight loss journey that commenced September 2014.  I am not on any specific diet and just try to exercise portion control and up my protein intake for key meals like breakfast.  Unlike in my teens and twenties I no longer have long summer holidays when I can work off the excess weight doing lots of exercise which I love anyway.  To add insult to injury for the first time in my life, I think that I might have sustained a sports in jury which is in the process of being investigated and hopefully sorted out.  Before my injury stopped me exercising I had come down to 156 lbs.  However the combination of Christmas and no exercise has seen my weight shoot back up to 163 lbs.  That’s another yoyo of 7lbs! 

I am hoping that my recent yoyo which saw me gain 12lbs will be my last.  I want to break the habit of a lifetime in 2016.  I also hope that sharing my story helps others to escape or avoid the yoyo altogether.  If this resonates with you, please join me in my journey.


Author Julie

Lawyer (co-founding partner/solicitor of a legal aid practice), blogger, feminist, lover of fashion & beauty. I believe that there are two types of people - the living and the dead. Age has nothing to do with it.

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