I thought a bit of background might be a good idea before we move forward.
Andrew had struggled with his weight from early on in his life. His memories of his school years are of being overweight and unable to participate fully in most activities. Unfortunately he was never able to lose the weight and was teased and bullied for most of his high school years.
Andrew and I met when we were in high school but it wasn’t until our mid 20’s that we met again and started dating. When I bumped into Andrew again in 2001, I was blown away at how well he looked. He told me he had recently lost about 25 kilos with Jenny Craig, I hadn’t seen him since school and he looked well and happy. We hit it off immediately – after all he is an awesome guy! You know how it goes – we got comfortable together, enjoying our food and wine a little too much, and the weight stacked back on … with interest….
Fast forward to our engagement and wedding in 2004 and he was weighing over 150 kilos … not good!
I tried everything to help Andrew lose the weight, but I also was struggling to keep my weight down – it was so hard and depressing. We’d go to Weight Watchers meetings but wouldn’t make it through the next day without breaking the diet. The only vegetable that Andrew would eat was iceberg lettuce – it was very frustrating!!!
I heard about a lady who called herself The Food Coach – her name is Judy Davie – and at the time, she specialised in a sort of personal training program with food for people who need to learn how to eat for health. She was an amazing support system for Andrew and I and with her help over a couple of years we managed to clean up our act and in the meantime had 2 babies!!! Gaby came a little later!
I will be telling you more about what Judy taught us in coming weeks.
You can find out more about The Food Coach here.
Next time I’ll share what I cooked when The Food Coach recently popped in for a visit – we hadn’t seen her since before Andrew’s surgery – and she was blown away with how well Andrew looked and how happy he is!!! ….