W8 Matters with Lesley Taylor


So when did I first decide I wanted to lose weight?

To be honest with you, I can’t remember when I­­­­ didn’t.

All I know was that for my 13th birthday I was “legal” to join a Slimming Club. Instead of enjoying the years of being a teenager, my teenage years were “wasted” on trying to lose weight. Oh yes, there were happy times to but most of those years there was always one thing on my mind, my weight and how I looked.

If only I had known then what I know today, that walking through any Slimming Class door isn’t miraculously going to make the fat dissolve or disappear overnight. There are no magic pills or potions out there, let alone the magic wand I thought the class advisor would have.  No, that’s only the beginning of the journey to lose weight, to getting healthier & to be able to wear the clothes you choose to wear not what your size stipulates!

Now deciding that you want to lose weight and realising you need help, and can’t do it alone is the first massive step to a healthier new you and let me applaud you immensely for that.

In 2012, 27 million people in the UK were on a diet. The number of people with obesity has more than trebled in the last 25 years and doctors are concerned that this condition is reaching epidemic figures.

So why bother to lose weight? Are your clothes constantly shrinking in the washing? Are you feeling tired all the time? Or is it to give you back your confidence.

I’ll give you a few good reasons. Being significantly overweight is linked to a wide range of health problems, including:-

  • Stress, anxiety and depression – almost always companions with weight gain
  • Diabetes – One of the main health risks with weight gain and on the increase
  • Heart disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Indigestion
  • Gallstones
  • Some cancers
  • Snoring and Sleep Apnoea
  • Stress
  • Infertility

Yes, I’m sure we are all too familiar with the health risks accompanying being overweight, and are pretty well tired of hearing them over and over again, but you know what, we still don’t listen. Not until the damages done.

Losing weight isn’t easy and I’m not going to start to tell you that, it’s the opposite. It takes hard work, commitment, mind change and determination.  It’s a life change but a good one at that. Trust me. It took me the best part of 32 years to get it right. Yes, you read correctly – 32 years!

I tried every “diet” around. I joined every possible slimming class in my area. You name it, I tried it, but none of them made me slimmer, only more self loathing and depressed. And

 Why didn’t they work? I’ll tell you.

It was me. Not the diet or “Healthy Eating Plan” as I like to call it now. I never followed them the way I was advised to, I never put in the effort, I never had the commitment , I never set myself goals, I never learned to accept setbacks, I was lying to myself, food started controlling me, not me in control of food. So I would give up until something new came along. And it always did!

However, 32 years later I started yet another Eating Plan. This time my head was right and my mind in the right place. I promised myself this time to follow it rigidly. 20 weeks later and I had lost 3 stone 2lbs. I can’t begin to tell you how I felt, fantastic doesn’t even come close. I then went on to lose another stone and have kept it of the past 22 years. So yes, that makes me 21 again!

So now you have heard a little about me now you know why I chose to help other people lose weight and get healthy.  There was no other path to take or more so no other path I wanted to take after spending all my life surrounded by weight and weight issues.

Fourteen years ago I opened my first weight loss class in Spain and since then have helped 100’s of people reach their goal weight.

My class provides members with a guide to eating more healthily, good food education, group encouragement and moral support. Seeing other people achieve their goals can also spur people on.

I marvel every week at how well members are doing at losing weight and I do feel a bit chuffed at the fact that I’ve helped them in a small way.  Obviously I can’t be with them all the time and I’m sure they wouldn’t like that either but just helping them on a weekly basis reaps its rewards for both the members and for me; weight loss for members and the feel good factor for me. I just feel so happy for them, knowing they are listening (except Robert when he’s working away on his phone) and taking in any helpful advice I can give them

On this last note, let me just say. No-one is a failure, and no-one is a lost cause. I know that everyone who wants to lose weight can and it may take one attempt at it, two attempts or possibly more, but when that person becomes focused and knows there is help out there, then that’s­­ the time they will achieve their goals.

Take Care, Lesley x