Hey there, I’m Kayla, the girl behind Weight Loss Journey. A lifelong battle with overeating, binging and using food for comfort is what brought me to this point. I’ve done a lot of reflection over the last few years and came to the ultimate conclusion that it’s now or never – it’s time to take control of my eating habits, and improve my relationship with food, once and for all.
So the goal? I’m working on losing 50% of my body weight. I am cutting myself in half.
A Brief ‘About Me’
I’m an SEO Manager currently living in working on the beautiful island of Malta. I was born in Liverpool, raised just outside of Merseyside, moved to the Midlands for a few years in my mid-20’s and finally, emigrated to Malta in January 2020.
I’m far from a nutritional expert or exercise guru, so everything you see on this blog is based on what’s worked for me. It’s an overview of my weight loss journey, the ups, the downs, and my personal advice for those fighting the same battles.
I’m very approachable, so if you have any questions, feel free to use my Instagram or contact page as a means to getting in touch. If you’re interested in knowing more about the girl behind the blog, visit the full about me page here.
No Diet Culture in Sight
I’ve spent my entire adult life following every diet there is, including the likes of Slimming World. One thing that all of these diets have in common is that they were temporary solutions. The weight comes off for a few months, I get bored, and the weight goes back on.
A diet is not a long term solution. Restricting what I can and cannot eat is not going to undo years of bad habits, in fact, it’s likely to make them even worse. I’ve realised that restriction is akin to binging, if I feel like I absolutely cannot have something, I want it more, and I have it in large quantities ‘just this once’.
I’m doing this the old fashioned way, with simple science. Eating better and moving more. Burning more calories than I am eating. No magic pills, no do’s and don’t’s, and permission to eat what I want.
Eating what I want?! I hear you say. Yes. Unlimited and unconditional permission when it comes to food. Guilt and shame after eating certain foods can have a detrimental impact on mental health, and this frame of mind only makes my eating worse.
So in a nutshell, I can eat whichever foods I want. I’m tracking my calorie intake using My Fitness Pal to ensure that I stay within my daily limit. I also use my FitBit and the My Fitness Pal app to track my exercise and calories in/calories out. Keeping an eye on my calorie intake ensures that even if I do have something with less nutritional value, it doesn’t take me over my allowance.
The Exercise Regime
Other than being obese, I’m otherwise healthy. There really isn’t an excuse for me to be exercising (although sometimes I wish there was!).
I’ve recently just started working with a Personal Trainer who I spend 3 hours per week with (3 x 1hr sessions), so I’ll be blogging about that experience alongside my food. My overall health and fitness is much more important to me than the aesthetics of how I look, so this was a huge factor in hiring a PT.
The 1-2-1 format and the true bespoke service is worth its weight in gold. He understands my struggles, I’m honest about the good and the bad days, and we work through it together. I’ve found accountability really helps.
And With That, The Quick Introduction to Weight Loss Blog is Over
Whether you’re looking for the true, candid and realistic inside outs of extreme weight loss, or just looking for a little motivation here and there, you will find it on this blog.