My name is Isabelle and my age is 61.
This is my ongoing journey towards weight loss and a healthy life style.
All my life I have been totally addicted to all starchy food. Being an emotional eater, I always
had an excuse to binge on junk food and put myself in jail – a jail that had open doors but that I
couldn’t bring myself to walk out of.
I have tried every diet on the market, even the injections – I would lose 10kg and gain15kg. My
yo-yo dieting took me to a horrible weight of 188.5kg and I was extremely depressed. I just
didn’t want to go out anywhere, I just wanted to sit at home and eat more.
On 27th September 2013 I went to a talk that changed my thoughts completely, and turned my
life around. Some of the ideas that grabbed me and helped me to change my mindset and have
helped me to continue on this journey are:
• Do something your future self will thank you for
• You have the power to change. There are no rules, it’s a choice that YOU make.
• Turn your cons (why I can’t) into pro’s (why I CAN)
• You have to change your values to make change in behaviour easy
• Everything changed the day I believed I COULD
I had heard about the Paleo Diet before but this was when it really hit home that I could take
control. Within the first week I lost 5kg and felt so good! I couldn’t but help starting to feel
very positive about the Paleo Diet.
By 27th December (3 months) I had lost 50kg and felt fantastic! It is now 24th March and I have
lost 62kg in 6 months.
The things that have kept me going are little things like walking the dogs instead of eating (they
have never had so many walks in their lives!) and I keep reminders of the tips above on my
I had been taking glucophase for my sugar, 2 water tablets for my swollen ankles, as well as
blood pressure tablets. After losing my first 50kg my doctor took me off my water tablets and
my sugar tablets, and soon will take me off blood pressure tablets.
I know my journey is still long but for the first in my life I know I will reach my goal weight and
this is my lifestyle now. I love this diet and have no cravings at all – it’s amazing!
Isabelle has subsequently lost a total of 70 kgs, and is aiming to lose 90 kilograms in total!