I Wish I Had Discovered You 40 Years Ago

I was devastated to receive your email and it says “we have just 1 week to go!” on Transform21. I am loving it and it has become so embedded into my routine, I just don’t want it to end. I know the Ditch the Diet Academy is still to come but that is like the final step so I don’t want it to begin!

You are part of my daily life; Facebook, Instagram, Podcasts, Live feeds, Blogs and daily recipes, your face or post is usually the first thing I see in the morning and last thing I see before heading to bed.

I wish I had discovered you 40 years ago

I wish I had discovered you 40 years ago, which is probably a few years after I started dieting and I have been on diets, on and off ever since. I have never lost more than 3 stone on any diet and 2 years ago I was at my heaviest of 23½ stone. The doctor offered to refer me for weight loss surgery last year but I had to lose a certain amount of weight first and was put on diet pills and advised to join SW. However, I could not lose weight fast enough for them and the pressure I was put under demoralised me so much I quit.

I have osteoarthritis in both knees, which I need a total knee replacement for, but they cannot operate because of my weight.  Both have given me poor mobility, along with other health issues. In fact, for the last year, I have been housebound, unable to get into a car. Then earlier this year I was in so much pain I was unable to move. I still can’t lie down in bed, walk without aid and have now been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my back and hip. My husband is my carer and he has been doing the cooking etc for the last 3 years because of my mobility and the fact that I am not allowed to bend or lift. I was, to say the least, due to various events in the past 3 years,  in a dark place and had even considered if it was worth carrying on.

Then you followed me on Instagram, so I checked you out and followed you back, that day was the day my life started to turn around. I sat in the sidelines waiting for the website launch and I did Declutter your Diet in June and then became a founder member of the Academy when you launched.

I can’t believe how far I have come since starting!

I can’t believe how far I have come since starting Transform21. I am enjoying food and cooking again with the new recipes and I am having different things daily, such variety. Before I was bored of food and tended to pick and snack on high fat and sugary foods. My biggest surprise is how I have managed to cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners and haven’t really missed it, as I thought this would be the biggest challenge for me as I have a really sweet tooth. I have been using your recipes for treats!

My step count for week 1 was a mere 342, which most people would be appalled at, but 13 weeks ago it took me 7 hours (yes hours) to walk down a flight of stairs in my home (13 steps), so for me, this was a big achievement. I can’t manage to add 2000, but I have set my target to 500, which again is a massive ask for me but it gives me a goal.  I have a pedometer which I have worn around my neck as told it would still be accurate, however, have now discovered it isn’t recording all my steps. Now wearing on my hip and yesterday I smashed the 500 barrier and more, so I am starting with the step week all over again for accuracy.

The area I probably haven’t cracked yet is portion control. I have changed to a smaller plate so I am eating less but I struggle with judging the visual measurements, I am much better with a cup or tablespoon. I sometimes just chuck lots of leftover ingredients into a pan and make a casserole, stew, curry or what I call mother’s concoction. How do you know how much is a portion, when everything is in one pan?

 I am loving everything about Transform21 and  I especially love your daily emails and logging into the members’ site to do the daily tasks. I was hoping to make some new friends with whom I could keep in touch, but at the moment they don’t seem very talkative (maybe in time).

I have been tempted to get the scales out this week and weigh but have resisted temptation, another first for me!

I am really enjoying this journey and learning something new daily. I feel in a better place than I did a few months ago, a happier person, enjoying life more and more mobile. I look forward to the day now, rather than dreading it. I feel motivated, energised and inspired.

Thank you so much, Rachael, for inspiring me and for changing the way I feel about myself and my life. You will never know how grateful I am.

"All in or all out" Rachael is a vibrant, no-bullshit-talking Scottish nutrition geek and coach helping women to lose weight without giving up their confidence OR their favourite foods.

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