*** Spoiler alert ***
She’s gone and Lean Liz is here, and here to stay!
I should probably start at the beginning. The first few months of 2016 were tough ones as far as my health and fitness was concerned. I was trying so hard to be healthy and keep the eating under control but I was regularly defeated. I ended up feeling low and despondent. I hated my body, I hated myself for being so weak and I really didn’t believe I could actually do anything about it.
I’d lose a pound or two, then they would creep back and bring some friends with them.
Daily I would lose the battle with food and end up eating and eating.
Then I heard about something called Level 10 which is basically a 90-day challenge to get to your personal Level 10, in other words the best you you can be. It cost £10 to enter and included three fitness classes per week. This was being set up by a friend of mine and the classes were being held in Haywards Heath and Crawley. At first I thought it sounded too good to be true. I knew that this friend was a Herbalife distributor so thought perhaps it came with the caveat that you have to buy the products. He assured me this was not the case, so Ian and I decided to join in. What did we have to lose? We couldn’t afford gym classes or boot camp any more and this seemed a great opportunity.
It was almost 90 days to the day when we would go on our Mexican holiday of a lifetime so I thought, “Right, come on Liz, 90 days, just three months, that’s more than 30 exercise classes, you can be good for that long, you have the motivation of the holiday, you can do it!”
We signed up, duly had our “before” photos taken and I started (again) trying to be good. I even printed out photos of our holiday destination and stuck them all over the food cupboards and fridge to incentivise myself. And I did it; I was good for three whole weeks and guess what – I lost, drumroll please, a whole pound. What?? Three weeks of “deprivation”, just for one measly pound??? I was not impressed, not impressed at all. What was the point of suffering that much just for one pound? Yes I know, the slower you lose it the better/healthier, and yes I know, muscle weighs more than fat but ONE POUND?? Urgh! I was back at square one, despondent and feeling a failure.
Others on the challenge were using Herbalife and I could see their results. I was Mrs Sceptical, and I mean totally sceptical. I did not believe in meal replacements. I mean, they were higher calories than a salad (but they have all the nutrients you need and the correct balance of slow release proteins and carbs to keep you feeling fuller for longer). They had additives I didn’t like (actually they don’t). They tasted horrible (actually they’re really yummy now I make them up properly). They couldn’t be good for you (they totally are). I was also desperate. At this point there was only a couple of months to the holiday. I asked my friend about a million questions about Herbalife. I almost tired him out with questions but luckily he likes to talk ( 😉 ) so was happy to answer them all.
I decided to beg, borrow or steal the money to use the products for two months and had my first wellness evaluation. This involves talking about goals but also involves getting on some special scales which look at your body composition – in other words, what’s going on inside as well as the overall weight. The scales can also tell you your metabolic age. This is how old you are on the inside. What a shock: it told me I was 57!! (I’m only 46 and in fact I was only 45 then!)
I told my friend, now my coach, that I wanted the fastest results, so he set me up with the gold programme, which I have been on since. I love the products because they’re so easy. Each morning I make up my breakfast and lunch shakes. I have a multi-vitamin too (some vitamins just taste disgusting so they can’t put them all in the shakes or no one would want to eat them!) and their special fibre and herb tablets which help in the downstairs department if you get my drift. I also have a cup of Herbalife tea twice a day. My evening meal is just whatever the rest of the family are eating. I try to make it healthy but don’t have to panic too much.
I am going to 24FIT (those free classes) three times a week, running mid-week and also doing parkrun weekly so it’s not just all about what I’m eating.
I know, you’re all dying to know my new figures. (If you’re reading my blog history, such as it is, I had put on quite a bit of weight since weighing in on 1st January this year.)
I have lost 23 lbs!! That’s 10kgs!! When I picked up two 5kg hand weights the other day I was like, “woah, my knees must be rejoicing, this is heavy!”
I have lost 5″ off my waist circumference, and adding up all the measurements I take, I have lost a total of 21.25″!
I am also using some of the Herbalife sports products and as a result my parkrun time has come down from around 33:30-34 minutes, to my new personal best, set this week, of 29:39!! I was so very excited about that as a sub-30 minute parkrun has been a dream goal since 2013 and it felt so very far away at the beginning of 2016.
The most exciting thing though is my metabolic age. I’ve lost a whole Kira!! I have gone from 57 to 39 – I’m now 18 years (my daughter Kira’s age) younger on the inside.
Actually, more exciting is my attitude. I now know that weight is just the headline figure; it’s what’s going on inside that’s more important. For many, losing weight is usually just fluid and lean muscle tissue rather than specifically losing fat and building muscle which is more important and more healthy long-term.
Also I am not on a ‘diet’. I am living a healthy and active lifestyle which I will continue forever. I want to enjoy retirement with Ian; to be able to travel and experience so many things with him. I can’t do that if I’m ill because of my weight, or depressed because of my weight.
I am so excited about my results that I have decided I would also like to help other people achieve their dream health and fitness goals. So if anyone reading this knows anyone who might be interested in achieving similar results to me (they don’t have to be in the UK), please get in touch.