Feeling Lighter

I ummed and ahhed back and forth on doing this post a little bit. A fair few of the blogs I follow are hugely body positive and a couple are anti-diet and if I'm honest I was a wee bit worried about offending anyone. But, in the end, one of my promises to myself was to be more open and honest on the blog about my life and losing weight has become a part of that since last October. For the record, I'm very in favour of body positivity and I believe that anyone can be happy at any size or shape or whatever else for that matter. 

I'm writing this post because, since October, I've lost close to three stone and I'm proud of myself for that. I wasn't happy with myself where I was before and though I have two stone more to lose until I reach my goal I can feel my confidence increasing day by day; I'm closer in weight now to how I was when I started my blog in comparison to how I was six, seven months ago and that's a big deal for me. A lot of the weight gain was due to unhappiness and stress from Uni, a past relationship and all sorts of other rubbish so I'm finally feeling more like myself again and much happier - and that's the important thing :)

For those of you more interested in specifics, due to continually dodgy knees and a crap back as well I've been doing mostly calorie counting using the myfitnesspal app. I started on 1750 calories and now I'm down to 1500 and in doing it consistently and gradually I'm not setting myself up to be starving every day and to put the weight back on the minute I stop 'counting'; and for those of you curious about numbers, I've worked my way down from 250lbs to a current weight of 209. My goal is 180lbs and I hope to reach it by August 2014! My goal size is a UK 14, and I'm currently at a 16 being at the larger end of a 20 when I started losing. In my opinion a visual aid is best to illustrate my weight loss, so take a look at the comparison pictures below, I'd love to know if others can see a difference;




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  1. You look fantastic Rai, you've done incredibly well! Of course you can be happy at any size but as long as you're happy now that's all that matters. I wouldn't worry about what any anti-diet bloggers think xx

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    1. Thanks lovely <3 I am much happier now :) xx

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  2. Good for you girl, at the end of the day it's your happiness that matters! Embrace it :)

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  3. You look great! I've been starting to eat healthier this week. Still snacking on junk food (but only taking a handful instead of eating the whole bag, lol) It's the small things that count... they add up!
    I'm glad you shared this on your blog. :]

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    1. Good Luck Angel! I'm just the same, still well up for junk food but in smaller/less calorific portions ;) xx

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  4. You look great and I think that is because you feel happier in yourself.
    Very, very, very proud of you for having the determination to get to where YOU want to be. Who cares what anyone else thinks, it's what makes you happy that counts.
    Love you, x

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  5. It's your body hon and yours to do what you want with it! As long as you're happy, that's all that matters. I'm body positive and anti diet (for MYSELF) but everybody else can do what the hell they want with their bodies. As the saying goes "Not your body? Not your business!" You can definitely see a difference. x x

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    1. Thanks for that lovely comment Leah :) I think a lot of it because of the bad memories attached to gaining the weight in the first place; if it were more happy I'd be happier with it if that makes sense! xx

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  6. Congratulations, you look incredible! I have bad knees too and it's so inspiring to hear that you've managed this by mainly calorie-counting! Good luck reaching your next goal xx

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    1. Thanks lovely <3 I did go to the gym every day for a while but it was just causing me so much pain I stopped in the end and continued calorie-counting only :) I really recommend myfitnesspal if you want to keep track of it though xx

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  7. It's your body and you have every right to do what you want and what you think's best for yourself. I don't care what size a person is; I believe in body positivity at every size! The main thing is that you're happy! You look amazing in both photos, and you've done brilliantly already in working towards your goals :) xx

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    1. Aww thanks so much Louise <3 even though I want to reach my goal I'm making sure I don't do it in a damaging way and I'm definitely not one of those people that are like 'I can only do _____ when I weigh this' ;) xx

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  8. I know how hard it can be to get people to accept that you want to change yourself, I got a lot of stick when I said that I was trying to lose weight but I struggle so much with my self-confidence that I think it will be something that will help me when I eventually get to my goal size.
    I think you look brilliant. Well done x

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    1. Thanks Char! Self-confidence is an issue for me too, tied in with silly stuff that's happened to me in the past. I hope to get over it sometime soon :) xx

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  9. Congrats! You can certainly see the difference! I get a little frustrated when body positive blogs get snarky at people for dieting or losing weight. It's a persons own choice on what they do with their body, isn't that the whole point of body positivity?

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  10. Well done you! There is definitely a noticeable difference, you're looking amazing!
    xx

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

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  11. happy that you're happy :) glad you feel wonderful xx

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  12. Body positivity is about doing what you want with your body for your own reasons - if you want to lose weight go for it, you shouldn't feel guilty! And for the record I think you look fab in both pictures :)

    Laura
    theonethreethree.com

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  13. I agree with the other comments, it's your own body and life to do as you please. As I'm ill and therefore completely inactive, I would have to starve myself (really) to lose weight and I just wouldn't do that to myself. I know I'd be unhappy, it would be unhealthy and to be honest I just don't care enough to want to lose it. I came to terms with my size a long time ago. You've done brilliantly and I think you look happier, which is probably down to other things as well as the weight. x

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