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Emma Coppock lost 9 stone 8 lbs with Diet Plan

What was the trigger that made you decide to lose weight this time?

At the beginning of October 2012 I suffered a displaced disc in my back, caused mainly by the amount of weight I was carrying and how inactive I was. The constant pain made me even more miserable about my weight and appearance so I decided that the time had come to finally do something about it once and for all. I simply did not want to be fat at 40 and still miserable.

Have you tried other diets in the past?

I had tried plenty of diets over the years, usually losing 2 or 3 stone and then giving up as most other diets are quite restrictive or complicated. I felt like I was missing out on all the lovely things that I enjoyed eating. Subsequently I ended up put back on the weight that I had lost and more. Keeping me in a loop of feeling bad about my weight and comfort eating to console myself and putting on more weight.

What made you decide to join DietPlan?

I did a bit of research of all the various online diets available. I didn't want the whole weekly meeting kind of approach, but I knew that I couldn't do it completely alone. I loved the idea that I could eat whatever I wanted as long as I stayed within my allowance. It was great that my allowance was worked out for me and that there is such a huge database of foods - it makes it so easy to follow.

How did you feel about yourself and your health before you started to lose weight?

Deep down I hated my body and had very low self esteem. I kept saying that as long as I could buy nice clothes in bigger sizes, it really didn't matter, so I buried my head in the sand about how big I had become. Feeling out of breath if I walked up even a slight incline and suffering daily from indigestion just added to the misery. I knew that I was at risk of developing some serious medical conditions if I didn't start to do something about my weight.

How do you feel now?

I feel fantastic now. I have so much more energy and I feel so much happier. I can't believe how different I look and feel. It's only now that I see the before and after photos that I realise how much I needed to lose weight. I really was in denial about my size. I used to wear a size 22/24 and now most of my new clothes are a size 10.

What has kept you motivated on your weight loss journey?

The support of other people has really made all the difference. I couldn't have done this without my Husband being 100% behind me, whenever I struggled, he reminded me of what I wanted to achieve and really believed in me when I had a crisis of confidence and supported me through the highs and lows. The DietPlan forums have also been a huge support and I wouldn't have succeeded without the help and support of all the lovely people on there and offering support to others also helps you to stay focussed yourself .

How did you find your diet fitted in with your daily lifestyle?

I realised very early on that my weight problem was not caused so much by the type of foods that I was eating, rather by the quantities of it. I had always eaten home cooked, fairly nutritious meals, but had a huge shock when I started to weigh foods and realised what size portions I should be having. I was quite simply eating enough for 2 or 3 people every day. I made a few tweaks to the foods I ate, swapping some things for low fat or low calorie alternatives, but mostly I carried on eating the same things, just in much smaller portions. This meant that I could still cook and eat normal family meals and packed lunches for work, just smaller with plenty of fresh fruit and veg and it didn't feel like I was 'on a diet' at all.

Did you face any particular challenges along the way?

I actually found the whole process really enjoyable and managed to stay reasonably focussed throughout. Obviously I had the odd wobble, but that was mainly a confidence thing really and I soon managed to get back on track.

What is the biggest change you've made to your lifestyle now compared to before you lost the weight?

I am much more active now. I started off slowly with exercise, just a walk round the park during my lunch break a couple of times a week to start with and then later on I added in swimming and exercise DVD's. I didn't want to launch into a manic exercise regime that I wouldn't be able to sustain. I also have a completely different attitude to food and eating. Food used to be the main focus of my life and I used to lurch from one huge meal to the next. Now, although I still really enjoy my food, I do not let it control me or my emotions.

I have really enjoyed discovering what clothes suit me now - who would have thought I would love fitted dresses!!!! Or that I would want to wear brighter colours? I have had a few confidence issues adjusting to my new body and new look, but am really starting to embrace it now. Nothing beats the feeling of being able to go into any shop on the high street and knowing that the clothes in there will fit you. Luckily I have needed an entire new wardrobe - so many shops, so little time.

What top tips do you have for others wanting to lose weight?

  • Be completely honest with yourself about what you're eating and how you feel.
  • Weigh everything. It's so easy to underestimate
  • Don't deny yourself your favourite things, just plan ahead, count them in and enjoy in moderation.
  • Don't give up just because you have had a bad day or bad week. Put it behind you and move forward.
  • Most importantly - believe in yourself. It really CAN be done

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