Joanne's journey for charity
May 2016. Possibly my lowest (and heaviest) point, I had just suffered 2 miscarriages within 5 months and had comfort eaten my way up another stone in weight…. This is in addition to the previous 4 stone I had put on since getting married (at 10 stone!).
Then whilst sat in traffic in my car on the way home from work, eating a packet of crisps, resting my elbows on my tummy rolls…I had an epiphany…in front of me; on the back of a bus…was an advert for Alevere...it was like an answer to my prayers!"
The next day I called. I booked in. I talked to my husband about the support I would need, both financially and emotionally. The first consultation was an eye opener... Gosh, I was unhealthy. My cholesterol was through the roof (heart disease runs in my family) my blood pressure high, over a third of me was pure fat (36%). This was disheartening but also empowering. I spoke at length to the doctor who gave me the tools and information to get through the next few weeks/months.
I had a ‘before’ picture taken. I did not want to look at it. I had felt good in my size 16 maternity dress even though I wasn’t pregnant! It hid a lot of bumps and lumps! Now I look back and think…who is that?!
The first week was tough.
The second week was bearable.
The third week was good.
By the fourth week, I felt totally different. I was down almost a stone and a half already. I could actually fit into size 14 jeans…hurrah!
My main issue during the first month was FOMO. (Fear Of Missing Out). Initially, I felt hard done by that I couldn’t eat out, or have big evening meals with my family like we used to do. It was a mental obstacle for me to overcome that actually I didn’t need the copious amounts of food, to still be happy in their company and enjoy the night without any form of alcohol.
By week 9, I was so excited to reach Stage 2. This was a huge boost… I felt that I had cracked it. I knew what I was doing and it had become easy and instinctive... food choices were easy to make, I had tried lots and found my favourite sachets, I had the confidence to try new recipes and experiment a bit. I used the Alevere Forum; and I highly recommend it. Getting out frustrations, proudly expressing achievements and giving genuine support to others is beneficial at all stages of the journey.
During the first 12 weeks I was doing gentle exercise for 30 mins 5 days per week in the evenings.
Then I made another life enhancing decision. To sign up to a charity Boxing match. This meant training vigorously until my fight on the 4th December.
I had absolutely no idea if I could do it. I have never hit someone in my life (nor been hit either!).
But if you don’t try, you won’t know, so I gritted my teeth and went.
And I absolutely blooming loved it.
I felt great about my body, I felt lighter on my feet, I could do it! It was an amazing feeling. Never once have I felt this way about exercise, I hated going to the Gym, bleakly running on a treadmill like a hamster for what seemed like hours… I never stuck at it for longer than 2 weeks.
I have something to work towards now. I have finished the Alevere Journey officially for 48 hours now. Life is good. I am training hard…I am looking forward to what the future holds. Happiness is about feeling healthy for me…the scales show a number but you cannot measure how amazing this journey has made me feel. I will continue with the treatments (I love them!) and with my follow up care, I never ever want to go back to being where I was. Whatever life throws at me, I feel equipped to deal with it. I’ve done my best and will reap the rewards, fertility wise and fitness wise. I have lost 14 inches from my waist. I have lost 4 stone. I have lost >12% body fat. My cholesterol and blood pressure are in normal range. My body works more efficiently and burns calories better and faster. I can now happily exercise for 8 – 10 hours a week. I know how to eat what I need to nourish my body and how to say no. I am not addicted to sugar anymore.
I also get to raise money for a charity very close to my heart (https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/joannemullarkey) and Alevere are kindly sponsoring me too.
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