I’ve taken the plunge into starting Huel today, my order arrived yesterday afternoon and I thought I’d wait for a fresh day to start
I’m going to give a bit of back story to myself, so if your able to, please bare with my essay to the end!!
I’m 38 years old, I’ve got 4 almost grown children and work part time.
My history with weight has been somewhat of a rollercoaster!
2001-2007 normal weight and gave birth to 4 kids…
2009 - 2012 - 18 stone
2013 - 2014 - 13 stone
2014 - 2016 - 9 stone
2017 - date - 15.5 stone (as of today!)
2010 - 2014 I lost a lot of weight by turning vegan, 5 stone almost! My doctor told me to read this book called “skinny bitch” and it completely brain washed me!! I stooped eating cheese, and almost everything I used to love!But I became a very non healthy vegan, I ate a LOT of sweets and chocolate still and tended to eat only certain foods, I ended up with gallstone pancreatitis (3 times within 6 weeks) and was in ITU for about 6 weeks and then had to wait 18 weeks for surgery to remove my gallbladder because the hospital messed up my “emergency appt” and put me on the normal waiting list. Most of that 18 weeks was spent in hospital… but still they didn’t speed up my operation!
2014 - 2016 After my operation, I started eating meats again, but not very much. I couldn’t process fatty foods anymore as they literally fell through me! sorry for TMI. But then I met someone and it turned out he was a very horrid man, the relationship became a very abusive and though his control I became a heavy drug user, I was using over £100 a day, on various narcotics and was self harming. My weight went from a healthy 12 stone to just under 9 stone. I didn’t eat at all and I was destroying myself. After 2 years though, I finally woke myself up and managed to escape with my 4 kids and we moved to a new home.
2016 - 2017 I developed some health issues, mainly down to the drug abuse my body had been though, my bones are pretty much screwed and my health deteriorated. I was in hospital again for extended periods of time and put on a whole host of medications, I was put through rehab and I can say I’ve been clean since July 2016 almost 2 years
2017 - Date, I’ve slowly been gaining weight, and by slowly I mean almost 6 stone in a year but I’m kind of okay with this, because 1 I’m healthy and not an addict anymore and 2 I’d rather be fat than sick. BUT… I’m fed up!!
I don’t want to be this big anymore and because of my mobility, I’m not able to do much exercise.
I work 16-20 hours a week as a baker and omg I eat so much bread!! I really need to cut out the unhealthy foods from my diet too, I eat all kinds of take always because most days I cannot cook.
Thankfully my 4 kids are all very self sufficient and I’ve taught them all how to cook, I buy so much yummy food, but none of it appeals to me as my mentality is still stuck in a bad place. Food to me is the enemy.
Which is why I would like to try something new. Huel. Not a fad diet like lighter life, Exante, Julie plus… a real diet that helps me with my demons but also gives me 100% nutrition that I need to not become or should I am stay unhealthy!
I do have a very addictive personality, so I’m hoping that I become addicted to drinking these shakes.
I bought the new vanilla flavour. I had my first shake at 8am today, I mixed it in my nutribullet with ice cubes and some fresh coffee. The texture was strange, I was expecting the porridge like consistency that I’ve read so much about, but the floured taste was something I wasn’t expecting… but I liked it!
I’m already feeling peckish, but that’s normally because my now I’ve eaten 2 sandwiches from work/or 3 slices of jam on toast
I’ve weighed myself, I was convinced I was about 17stone, but actually I’m only 15.5 stone! So instantly I feel like I’ve lost 2 stone
I’m not sure if im going to do 1-2 shakes a day plus a hopefully healthy meal in the evening, or 3 shakes a day with no snacking!
I did an online calculator that said I should be in taking about 1500 for my height and weight… so this would be 3x 3 scoops a day…??
My BMI is 33.6
I’m not sure how much weight I’d like to lose, but I do know that I would like to fit comfortably into clothes I used to wear and not have difficulty even crossing my legs or reaching for things on the floor!
But my biggest wish is for hopefully shifting some weight so that my body isn’t under so much stress and strain and my mobility comes back so I am able to exercise, even slightly!!
Thank you so much for reading if you made it this far, please ask me any questions (if you have any!) or any tips on how to stay positive and enjoy the experience of Huel.