By David Rose Massam
I have seen many Facebook posts over recent months with regards to the life changing experience that is EasyLoss and the effect it has on people with a disability and also the effects on that disability itself.
I can only speak from my own experience. I began the EasyLoss programme at the end of August last year and here we are approaching the end of April and I have a weight loss of five and a half stone (74lbs).
The reason I can speak with regard to disability is that I have a degenerative spinal condition that affects my daily life in many ways. I have to live with pain in varying degrees and a great deal of immobility. Now, I do not say this for sympathy, there are many worse off than me, I say it so that the family that is EasyLoss understand that for some of us we do not have the option of exercise. Mind you the thought of 25 stone and 6’ 4” pounding down the street in running gear is a scary thought and could cause terrible earth tremors.
Just to give the full picture I have been diagnosed with depression and take medication for that also, a staggering one in four people suffer with some form of mental illness so it is not as rare as people think and it also means that I am not alone in how I feel.
Back at the end of last summer I saw some photos of me and was both shocked and scared by what I saw. A huge ball of a man with chubby cheeks and a sweaty complexion. When I saw those images I knew I had to do something and so I looked up EasyLoss and immediately began to change my life.
A one to one with Sue got me off and running, and she even helped me download the App as I am a complete numpty when it comes to technology; I have since discovered it is a very simple thing to do and at £4.99 it also has to be the cheapest way to lose weight you can think of.
I hear people complain that they have had bad days, or they have had some sort of trauma, so they must eat something. Because of my own situation I do not mean to lighten anyone’s suffering either mental or physical but this is merely the old way of thinking about food and a handy excuse to fail.
Everyone can find a thirty-minute window each day to lay on the bed or sit in your favourite chair. Kids in bed, telly off, feet up and headphones on, don’t worry if you fall asleep as it still works and in six months I still have no idea what the app says all the way through – and Sue is hard to ignore.
Follow the guidelines, listen to your App, they are the answer to your problems, food and snacking is not. And as an extra reward for making that time you get to have a half hour of total relaxation away from the day’s cares and woes.
This is not a diet, I still eat every food that I enjoy, I just eat differently, and six months on I am still learning about my body and its needs. My latest input of knowledge is with regard to breakfast, the habit is, get up, shower, breakfast and on with my day… But, wait a minute, was my body telling me I was hungry when I made my bowl of porridge or poached my eggs, nope it seems that I was just involved in the lifetime habit of eating when I got up.
The rest of the day I listen to my body and eat only when hungry, stopping when no longer hungry; so why not with breakfast? Well I have changed that little lifetime bad habit, I still eat breakfast but it can be at 8am, or midday, just now it is when my body tells me it is hungry.
I still get up in the middle of the night unable to sleep because of pain, and I still eat when I get up, but if my body says it is hungry there is nothing wrong with that. Just stop when you are no longer hungry.
Disability, pain, depression or just having a bad day, week or month, these are just excuses to avoid following the new rules in your life. You want to lose weight? Follow the guidelines. You want a better, healthier life? Follow the guidelines. You want a better you? Then work for it and believe in yourself and what you are doing.
If you doubt anything or think your weight loss insignificant then read some of the positive postings on Facebook where hundreds of the EasyLoss family every day tell of their joy and success in their new and wonderful lives.
Disability is still there, but more manageable as I am slimmer. Depression is still there but I am living with it. However, alongside that downside to my life there is the uplifting part of a slimmer, happier person with a good complexion, hair that is no longer greasy and a handsome hunk of a chap who now walks taller and with pride in myself.
David Rose-Massom 22nd April 2016.
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