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Weight loss and PTSD - Part 1

September 16, 2018

My journey started in late January 2016.  It was the thousandth time I'd attempted to lose weight since I was six years old. I had gotten to such a dangerous weight that I couldn't even clean myself properly in the shower.

 

I was carrying 156kg's (344 lb's) around with scoliosis, sore knees, heavily breathing and not an ounce of self-respect for myself. I'd come to a conclusion that I needed to act. I organised a consultation session at my local gym. How I got to this state in my life starts with a bit of a back ground

 

 

So there I am sitting in a consultation room at my local gym and the scales read 156kg. I'm thinking "oh my god I could be dead really soon". I could feel the strain it had on my joints with each step I took and yet I was determined to lose weight.

 

I started with my personal trainer writing up a program for me at the rehabilitation weights stations and built up from there to free weights. I didn't have the money to follow-up or change the program really so I began following people on Instagram and watched YouTube clips, read articles and found support groups online that could help me achieve small goals consistently and keep my accountable.

 

When I was twenty-three I almost completed a certificate three in fitness which gave the some advantage in terms of correct form when doing weights resistance and knowledge about weight loss but not enough that I knew exactly what I was doing. All I knew was that I had to change it up every three to four weeks. And sometimes I got really comfortable sticking to one program and not changing for up to six weeks at a time which in some ways hindered my progress. But I persisted.

 

Along the journey one of the personal trainers came along and offered to train me. He is an MMA fighter and is quite knowledgeable. He used to drill me in training which was great. Nothing fires me up more than a good challenge. Especially during boxing and mixed martial arts he would shout out "Come on Liz, you need to DIG DEEP!" That mantra has always stuck with me and I am ever so grateful for his help. Whilst training with him I saw a change of fifteen kilo's over five months dropped. I could have lost it quicker however that was more a reflection of my eating than his training methods.

 

Overall, between January 2016 and April 2017 I had lost roughly 29kg's. Then a life changing opportunity came up that I could not refuse. 

 

To be continued...

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