My name is Peg Alexander and I have been fat for most of my adult life. I can’t remember when I became seriously over weight; it was somewhere in my mid 20s. I just seemed to go from being plump – to overweight – to a 30s characterised by my being morbidly obese and desperately unhappy about myself and my life.
I was the archetypal glamorous fat woman; on the outside all smiles and jokes, and, even if I say so myself, a rather marvellous cleavage! Inside was a different story. Smokey Robinson got it bang on for me, ‘if there’s a smile on my face, its only there trying to fool the public’!
But in early 2008, aged 38, I realised I was on the fast train to diabetes, heart disease and God knows what else. Plus because I wanted to have fertility treatment I took the plunge and decided it was time to lose weight. Eight months later I was nearly 8 stone lighter and had gone from a UK size 22 to a size 8-10.
Since then I’ve faced a whole load of challenges in life. I have a medical condition which makes you put on weight (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). I’ve held very demanding jobs that involved long hours and travelling away from home, faced impending redundancy and subsequent unemployment. I turned 40, got married, accepted infertility, then had two unexpected pregnancies both of which ended in miscarriage. I’ve been through an incredibly difficult adoption approval process which nearly destroyed my marriage. And I’ve changed career – I’ve now begun working as a TV and Radio presenter!
Despite all this, years later I’m still able to wear clothes I bought just after I lost all the weight initially.
It hasn’t always been straight forward. In Autumn 2012 me and my husband gave everything up and set off to spend a year backpacking around the world. (We shared the stories from our ‘mid-life crisis trip’ at Peg and Pat’s Global Adventure). I had to eat what was available, often eating out every meal of the day. For a year I couldn’t follow my own advice, and guess what? I put a few stone back on. Back in the UK I managed to lose it again but it was a really tough road and took me nearly as long as it took me to lose all my weight in the first place! Now I’m back to living the Solution again to maintain my size 10-12 frame.
I am living proof that you can keep weight off. As someone who previously had (and really, if I’m truthful, still does have) a bizarre and truly appalling relationship with food and herself, I believe if I can do it, anyone can! That’s why I am sharing my solution and why I’m working on a book that will give you more information and help so you can do it too.