Vikki Harrison – An Incredible 99lbs Lost – Granddad Would Be So Proud Of Me
Vikki Harrison shares her weight loss journey so far, 99lbs lost….YES 99lbs, amazing…the strength of certain individuals amazes me as I go through my own personal weight loss journey some of the people I talk to amaze me how strong they are…life throws a lot of @hit at people sometimes but this lady has shown you can beat it if you have strong will and determination…
Vikki’s Story In Her Own Words:
As a larger than life, bubbly twenty year old, despite my weight, from the outside I seemed like the happiest girl in the world. I had a little boy, a partner, brilliant family, amazing friends, I went out partying most weeks, and I was at University. But underneath, I was dying on the inside. At the heaviest I had ever been, I disgusted myself. You may criticize and ask why I didn’t do anything about it? Do you question a smoker’s addiction? When they explain how difficult they find it to give up, do you understand? The reality is, I was addicted to food. But food addicts never seem to be understood.
From as young as I can remember, I always enjoyed my food. I looked forward to treats such as chocolate, sweeties and ice cream, like most children do. Then in October 1999, when I was nine years old, my entire life fell apart. My lovely, funny, amazing Granddad my most favorite person in the whole world, died of a heart attack whilst playing tennis. After that, food was my comfort.
Whenever I could get my hands on chocolate, sweets or crisps, I’d scoff them alone and hide the wrappers in my room somewhere. I was the biggest in the class by far. Luckily, my primary school was lovely, and my friends were never nasty about my weight. However, as soon as I got to High School, I could see how different my life would be. It eventually became ‘the norm’ to get abuse shouted at me several times a day. Despite the bullies’ taunts, I ate more.
At fourteen years old, the abuse got worse when a group of girls in my year chose me to be their punch bag. They found it funny to throw a chair at me in class, or wait till they saw me in the evening with my friends out and about, where they would use their fists in my face for their own entertainment. Then one night, at an under 18’s night, myself and my friends bumped into these girls in a club. The bouncers watched on as a couple of them smashed my face off the corner of a snooker table. At this time, I had decided I had enough of school, and my life in general over-eating was part of life, but I had started self-harming.
My family had also had enough and demanded the school to do something. Their way of sorting it was putting me in isolation which is normally what they do as a punishment. I was being punished for being bullied, where is the justice in that? I managed to go to school for a short while after that, but I became too frightened of bumping in to anyone and I eventually stopped going. I left school without any GCSE’s, and instead managed to enroll a year early in college.
Life was good for a while and I started getting my confidence back, and ended up getting into a relationship. At sixteen years old, I discovered I was pregnant. After giving birth to a little boy, my weight ballooned and my relationship went downhill. This brings me back around to the year 2010, when I was at my heaviest and unhappiest. I went through a difficult break up and had to leave university, but instead of turning to food, I joined weight watchers starting my weight loss journey and lost around 45lbs, but then gave up.
In December 2010, I met a lovely man and got into a new relationship. By May 2012 I had fallen pregnant with my second baby, a little girl. Life was a lot better but my weight was still an issue. In October 2012 I decided to get in touch with a Cambridge Diet Consultant and quickly signed up to swap food for shakes, soups and bars.
It is now the 22nd March 2013, I’m twenty three years old, and to this date, I have lost 66lbs with CWP which makes 99lbs in total since I was at my heaviest. I have gone from a size 26 to a size 16 and I’m so much happier and healthier.
I still have a few more stone to lose, but I’m slimmer than I have been since I was fourteen years old. I can finally say I’m happy J
Life in general is easier because I don’t get shouted at in the street, I can now shop in clothes that does normal sizes instead of plus sizes. I’m also engaged now which I would have been reluctant to be when I was bigger.
I used to eat takeaways, chocolate, all sorts of cheesy meals, pasta, bread and pop. Now I have the Cambridge products, Cappuccino shake, leek and potato soup and a lemon bar mainly and and lots of water
I have learnt that being slim isn’t something that can happen overnight, you have to work at it, it is hard but you can only get to where you want to be by working hard, nothing will happen if you just sit and complain about being obese whilst shoving a family size bag of crisps down your throat.
WOW Thank you so much Vikki for sharing you amazing story with us and reading this I strongly believe that all the things you have gone through in your life if you can do it anyone can.
Well done on your amazing achievement of 99lbs loss so far you have come a long way and you should be very proud of yourself.
We look forward to an update when you reach your goal weight and your pictures so far are an inspiration to us all, keep on going you have proved to us all with dedication and hard work you can achieve amazing things, well done lovely.