How I’m Losing Weight While Having a Chronic Illness

Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve always been on the bigger size. By the time I was 19, I was wearing a size 18. And I felt disgusted in myself, had a lack of body confidence and I always envied other women my age wearing the latest trends and who were a smaller size.

Over the years, I attempted to slim down and lose weight. Each and every time, it worked, but I always piled those lost kilos back on. I am now 36, and after putting on 15 kilos since being diagnosed with a neurological disorder, I felt more bigger than usual.

There is always a pre conception that people with a Functional Neurological Disorder and other conditions always have trouble losing weight. I’m saying this right now. It can be done. Three weeks ago, I had ‘the moment’ when the scales tipped to nearly 90 kg. I was eating unhealthily, eating fast food nearly every day for lunch , plus the chocolate, biscuits and icecream I was consuming nearly every day as well. My armchair and bed was creaking each time I sat or lay down. I could even feel my waist and bum getting larger, and I was suffering with constant gastric and back issues.

So I did something about it. I started eating gluten free. I started eating Vietnamese rolls, sushi, salad and chicken for lunch 6 days a week, with water or juice ,giving myself a ‘cheat day’ where I could indulge in the McDonalds, Hungry Jacks, KFC, pizza and Chinese I love and NOT feel guilty about it. I stopped eating donuts, chocolate and chips to fill myself up when I had a ‘snack attack’ in the afternoons. Instead I started eating paleo bars and life bars, nuts , veggies , protein balls and fruit. At night, when I used to reach for a biscuit, instead, I now eat rice cakes or gluten free chips or popcorn.

And I feel so much healthier. I also downloaded two apps, the 30 Day Fitness Challenge and the 30 Day Squat Challenge (available on Play Store)to get myself fitter. Both apps have 3 levels of difficulties, Easy, Medium and Hard. And it only takes 5 minutes a day to complete a workout. You get ‘rest days’ with both apps as well. I now workout each morning before breakfast , and I also have started walking more often, getting off buses a few stops before mine.

And there has been a significant difference to my weight and how I feel about myself. I’m getting trimmer, the number on the scale has decreased , and the gastric issues, plus the back spasms are nearly gone.

I’m not being healthy to ‘fit in’ and to succumb to peer pressure. I’m doing it for me. I want to be the healthiest I can be.

If you want to be healthy and lose some of those unwanted kilos, hopefully my experience can help you.