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Recently, I have seen so many stories and articles regarding healthy weight-ranges, obesity, fat-shaming, etc. I have sat there, a feeling of dread deep in my gut, knowing that if I were to be held up to the gaze of posters and commentators alike, I would be harangued and reviled due to my lack of fitness and weight range.
I am 165cms tall, and recently weighed in at 119kgs. I know that I am extremely overweight, even obese. I know that my health is suffering, and that I should be more active, especially as I have a son who looks up to me as one of his role-models. I am also realistic – I know that I can be lazy, I lack motivation, and will become disheartened if my efforts to change do not produce results. I also suffer from PCOS, and my body shape is such that I would find it nigh-on impossible to achieve my ‘healthy weight range’ as directed by the Heart Foundation’s BMI chart (between 50kgs and 68kgs). Knowing all of these things about myself, and that I have struggled with my weight all my life, has made it difficult for me to find a programme that I know I could stick to.
5 days ago, I decided to take action. I have, with the help of Google and Pinterest, found a series of 20-30 day ‘challenges’ that I am hoping will help me take my body back, and get into a shape other than the one I currently am. I’m not sure how well it’s going yet, as I’ve avoided the scales and haven’t taken my first-week measurements yet, but I’m hoping that I’ll see some improvement, even if it’s only half a kilo.
My hope is that by the time next Summer rolls around, I’ll be down around the 100kgs mark, if not under it. My ideal weight would be 80kgs…and even though I would still be classed as overweight/borderline obese, for my frame and shape, it would be a transformation. So this is me, ‘weighing in’. I’m taking charge, and I’m starting to do something about my weight.


Posted by mindafaye, 8th April 2014


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  • I found I lost weight for a few weeks then nothing for a few despite the fact that I was eating exactly the same food. That I found very disheartening.
    Then I found out that the diet I was on pushed my cholestoral levels up – not happy!!. I also found out the one I was given initially was supposed to be amended at 6 weeks. I had been told it was for life. That diet long term is dangerous for kidney function and can affect other organs too. Various friends and relatives who are in the medical profession were very concerned about it. So I requested a 2nd opinion. The loss was slower but my energy levels were consistent and I could exercise, not struggle to even walk to the letterbox and back.

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  • Good for you! Congratulations fir realising you need to do something and fir actually stepping up and doing something. I’m a bit like you, I know I could lose some weight, but lack motivation and am easily disheartened, not to mention that junk food is so delicious and hard to resist

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  • I hope you achieved your goal.

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  • woo! did you get there! i hope so mumma!

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  • top story to read

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  • Hope you had success with your goal. Good on you! :)

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  • You go girl! My sister was extremely overweight and she found boot camp was her ‘thing’ to help her exercise.

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  • Just thought I’d post an update on my progress. At the end of my first week, I’ve lost 1.6kgs, and have lost 0.5cms from around my upper arms, 3cm from around my chest, 2cm from my waist, 1.5cm from my hips and 2cm from my thighs. I’m pretty stoked, as well as being impressed!

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  • Thanks Melynda – I’ll print it off and start tomorrow!

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  • AussieMum, I’ll see if I can upload the picture of the one I’m doing for you. I’m now on Day 6, as every 5 days is a rest day.

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  • Melynda – that challenge sounds as though even I could give it a go. Do you have the name of it, or are you tailoring it to your needs? If it has a name, I’ll Google it and do it with you. Good luck!

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  • congrats Hon and I know how impossible it is to loose weight with PCOS as I have had it since the age of twenty and no matter what I did nothing worked. when I was working as a linen assistant in a very large private hospital I did drop some weight also I am 4ft 10in in height i went from a 16/18 to a size large 12/14. Some times you just need to be happy with how you are and if you loose some weight than fantastic. Good luck with it all

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  • Thanks ladies. The first ‘challenge’ that I’m doing is a 20-day beginner one, with a rest day every 5 days. It starts off with 20 star-jumps and 10 crunches, with each subsequent day increasing by 10/5, and let me tell you, they haven’t made an exercise bra yet that would hold my girls in place! I’m hoping that by the end of the week, when I weight and measure myself again, I’ll have some progress to post, so please, stay tuned for more updates!

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  • Well done Melynda! It would be lovely if some of us ladies could perhaps do one of your ‘challenges’ together and support each other through it. You’re not alone – many of us can relate to your story, but you’ve made the first (and hardest) step.

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  • Good on you, getting started is the hardest part! I am also struggling with my weight after my first baby in August last year. I put on close to 25kg and been told I have developed hypothyroidism from the hormone shift so my weight has been slowly creeping up. I used to be a catwalk model and now I don’t even want to go out with my friends any more because I feel so fat. I have started the last 3 weeks, exercising again and am starting to see a difference in shape and and energy levels.

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