As I mentioned in my Return To Blogging Post my First 4 Weeks on the Cambridge Diet continues to be one of my most popular posts. And I am very grateful to all the people who have read and commented on it. I imagine a few of you may be wondering how well I did?
Why I Went On The Diet
Before I do I think this requires a bit of a rewind. The reason I went on the diet in the first place was in order to qualify for fertility treatment. You see, I have PCOS and after trying for over two years, my husband and I were told we were most likely unable to conceive naturally. In order to qualify for the fertility treatment I needed, the hospital told me I first needed to lose 3 stone. At that time I found this completely heartbreaking. I have struggled with my weight all my life and the concept of losing this much weight, quite frankly seemed impossible. My husband knew someone at work who had lost a significant amount of weight on The Cambridge Diet and went to ask more for me.
The result is that I did go on to lose the three stone I needed. I paused over Christmas taking a break and maintained my weight for about a month. But all in all including this I lost the weight in just over 3 months. Then in February 2011, after 2.5 years of trying and a week before my fertility appointment I discovered I was 6 weeks pregnant. We were completely over the moon!
Of course with pregnancy and diets nothing is plain-sailing. I naturally put weight on in my pregnancy and due to a pretty awful birth experience I was ill for quite a while afterwards. This resulted in me putting all of the weight, frustratingly back on (and a little bit extra) again. After some denial, losing some weight on Weightwatchers, because I breastfed my son until he was 11 months, The Cambridge Diet was not an option. After a while, catching site of myself on the mirror unexpectedly on holiday did it. I called up my Cambridge Consultant and got back on the wagon so to speak.
It wasn’t easy the second time around, I would definitely say it was quite a lot harder and I did have a few blips along the way. I also knew that my husband and I wanted another child and the only way for me to achieve this from experience was yes, to lose weight. But I gritted my teeth and I did it. And do you know what happened…. Yep I had to stop the diet because after losing weight once more, I discovered I was pregnant! Absolutely over the moon once more, baby number 2 is due in May this year. I think of the Cambridge Diet a little bit as my lucky pregnancy charm ;-).
After a major rethink about my work/life balance. Which is whole other story! I decided to give up work and I am about to begin training (next week in fact) to become a Cambridge Consultant myself. I hope that I can help people in the same way my Consultant and the diet helped me. I’m not perfect and I have battled my weight all my life. Even now, approaching 6 months into my pregnancy I know I have put on quite a bit of weight and I will need to diet once more after the baby arrives. In actual fact I’m really kind of nervous about being the only non-skinny one at the training next week. It doesn’t help that my bump is really massive this time around. I’m already stressing about wardrobe choices and thinking about his I can hide in the corner. But it is a commitment and I am ready to make, to both train to become a consultant and to lose weight afterwards and maintain my weight to be a healthy example to others, but most importantly to my children. Wish me luck!