Today, I would like to share a reader story with you. It’s the story about Nadja who lost 110 lbs (50 kilos) on LCHF. Losing 110 lbs is an incredible achievement and I’m in awe of people who manage to turn their life around like that.
I receive quite a lot of weight loss success stories from my readers and I’m always very moved by them. What moved me especially in Nadja’s story was how she describes being in some kind of void now that she has reached her goal weight. For so many years, losing weight has been a big part of her life and her identity and this has suddenly been taken from her leaving a feeling of emptiness in her life. What to do now?
Another thing that really moved me was her description of the mental aspect of losing a lot of weight. How her mind keeps seeing or remembering an overweight girl even though the body is now slim on the outside. We’re so absorbed with the whole weight loss process that we forget to focus on what happens once the weight has come off.
But now, I’ll let Nadja share her story. I hope she can be an inspiration to you:
I’ve been overweight my entire life. And as you can see in the photo, I wasn’t just a bit overweight. When my weight came up to 260 lbs (120 kilos), I stopped weighing myself.
I have tried everything! I have eaten cabbage soup all day long, I drank apple cider vinegar every morning, I took diet pills prescribed by my doctor, Ive been counting calories. You name it, I tried it! Some of it helped but it always only lasted as long as I was very disciplined but disciplin always failed me after a short period of time.
Three years ago my husband was diagnosed with diabetes (type 1). All doctors recommended a low fat diet with lots of heart healthy whole grains. But he was unable to control his blood glucose and he kept getting sicker and sicker and it affected our family. I began looking for an alternative solution and realized that since carbohydrates were what affected his blood glucose the most, part of solution had to be to limit them in his diet. So we did.
We have both been eating a Low Carb High Fat diet since then and we both feel better than ever before. And as an extra bonus, the fat started melting from my body.
But now for my big issue. In my mind, I still weigh 110 lbs. I weigh 110 lbs when I go shopping for clothes, when I meet new people and when I move around. I still find myself trying to find clothes in the plus size section of the store and I’m really clumsy (my husband says I was clumsy before as a big girl). Now, I’m clumsy because something inside me still thinks I’m that size and assumes that I need more space than I actually do.
I also get a lot of attention from men which I’m not used to and which makes me quite uncomfortable.
I experience a great difference in how you’re treated as a normal weight woman compared to an overweight woman and I’m sad to say that you get much better service when you’re normal weight.
When I talk to other people who have also lost a lot of weight, they can all relate to these thoughts and feelings.
Even though it has taken me three years to lose the weight, it’s going to take a lot longer for my mind to realize my new size.
Recently, I had dinner at a buffet restaurant with my husband and I was so scared that people would think that I shouldn’t be taking so much butter “because of my size”.
“What size?”, my husband said.
I don’t have the solution to this problem but I work with my body image every day. I have been taking photos of myself through the process and I encourage other people to do the same. It’s much easier to see and understand that you have lost weight in a photo than by trying to translate a number on the scale to a specific body size. I also wished I had used measurement tapes to measure my progress but I didn’t. Measurements are also much easier to understand than a number on a scale.