Sometimes people, especially children, do not think of the consequences and mental damage they do to one’s mind. There are a lot of kids who are having tough and unhappy life, because they are different. This is the story of Rebecca Wright who has been overweight since her young ages up until one day she decided it was time for a change. Here is her journey :
“Years of being the fat girl wore me down to a point of depression and anxiety, having my children inspired me to go on and loose the weight. I then went on to find a new love in weight training. I believe 100% women should lift weights, cardio is amazing but weights change your shape and give you curves in places you couldn’t achieve doing cardio! I am making it my mission to change the perception of women and weight training. You will not get bulky you will get curvy!
Years of being the fat girl, constant taunting,name calling….I became bubbly Bex! I joked about my size in the hope that people wouldn’t think about it, I was always told that I had a pretty face, I took that as patronising. My life is very consistent and regimental, I have a very sociable life and it revolves around the pub. Hence why I never seemed to loose weight.
At 19 I fell pregnant…. I had a miscarriage and unfortunately I then had 2 more….I had to endure the doctor telling me that my weight of nearly 15stone and a frame of 5ft2inch was a major factor in miscarriage. That was a very difficult time for me mentally, I struggled so much with guilt and pushed a lot of people away.
I then became pregnant for the 4th time and Charlie was born the most amazing feeling as the whole pregnancy was so scary I couldn’t be excited until he arrived. So then came Charlie and I lay in bed hours after he was born and had a strange moment of feeling really slim…then I realised I wasn’t I just hadn’t got a pregnant belly, I was still a size 22 from that moment on I promised myself that was it I was gonna loose weight and be happy.
I had tried every diet you can think of from the age of 15…grapefruit diet/cabbage soup diet/tuck crackers and beetroot diet/slimming world/weigh watchers/Rosemary Connolly/Atkins…slimming pills from the Internet and even hypnosis! God I did them all, nothing worked….
But this time it was different, something clicked. I decided to join weight watchers once again, and I stuck to the plan 100%, the first couple of weeks I lost 8lb and that was all I needed to keep me motivated. My mum then decided to join and we went every week together on a Tuesday night, it became a mother and daughter thing. After every weigh in (good or bad!) we went to the chip shop and had our cheat meal.
The buzz of getting weighed kept me motivated, and strangely I saw going and getting weighed a night out, maybe down to being a young mum and having an excuse to get out the house without Charlie in tow. All in all after many down days and weeks I continued to loose weight and will never forget when my mum asked me “what size do you want to be Beck?” My reply I would love to be a size 14! I was at the time flitting between a size 20/22. It took me around 2 years to loose around 63lb, I had many setbacks but with pure determination and hard work I did it. I had worked so hard to loose every single pound, I deserved it no one did it for me.
I then went on to have Lucy, another stressful pregnancy but all went well, my fear of putting all the weight on again was massive. But I quickly went back to weight watchers and lost all the weight I had gained. Unfortunately the hard work doesn’t end at loosing the weight, I actually think that’s the easy part….keeping the weight off is a whole new story!!
I have kept the weight off give or take half a stone for nearly 12 years. I work hard every single week to keep my weight down.My fear of piling the weight back on is what drives me to work so hard to keep the weight off.I lost all the weight with no exercise at all just purely diet.I decided I needed to do exercise too, (something I have always hated!)I joined a gym and went for a few weeks then made excuses….. I was to busy/ not well.And before you no it I’m paying for a membership I’m not using….a year goes by and I decided to join a different gym, I liked this one for some reason and felt comfortable there. I paid for a personal trainer, she was called Bev, she was fab and really encouraging, she taught me how to use the free weights and that just because I’m a woman doesn’t mean I can’t lift weights. But once again I got bored and stopped going…
Then I saw an advert in a local magazine that advertised bootcamp classes in my village. So I thought I would give it a go, I went to meet Chris and instantly got on with him, he has a cracking personality and instantly put me at ease, and I quickly joined 2 bootcamp classes per week, I loved it and went on to do all 4 classes, then When the classes stopped I went in to have personal training with Chris and each time I went I came home buzzing, never did I think I would love exercise. But somehow Chris made it enjoyable, I would tell him my moans about the day/work/kids life in general, and he would do the same, we built up a fab friendship. I told Chris about the comments I receive on weight training, ie: “you will look like a man” “you should do cardio” Chris explained that weights would give me a more “womanly defined figure” and unless I wanted to look like a man then that wouldn’t happen. He wasn’t wrong my shape has changed drastically, and I will be forever grateful to Chris for the opportunity to learn all about why women should weight train.
I believe it is definitely the best way for any woman to loose weight, gain strength and confidence.That said my self confidence is not good, I have had lots of issues with my appearance and that has never gone but I do have a new found emotion of being proud of myself. I work hard every day to not only look good but to mentally feel like I am doing everything I can to improve my body.I have two personal goals in life……Achieving a “6 pack!”Changing the perception of women and weight training.I will do everything I can to achieve these, it might take a year it might take a lot longer but I will do it.”
Follow her progress on instagram: failurenotanoption32