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[Success Story] Javier’s story behind the 10.5 stone and counting weight loss* | VLCD

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Javier's VLCD story

Javier’s VLCD story

*Results may vary, this is not a guarantee.

Β Hello there,

This is the story about a trip… A voyage from who I was to who I wanted
to be.

I’ve never been one to “take care” of myself, oh, I tried diets and such
every now and then, because, who likes to be fat and ugly, right? But I
smoked, and in general found it hard to make the effort to go to the gym as
I did not feel good about my own body, and doesn’t it seem to you that
everyone in the gym always looks way better than you anyway? Why do they
even go? but I digress… For many years I had my wife, doctors, friends,
family all nagging me, pushing, begging trying anything for me to lose
weight or care about myself. Of course they didn’t get it.. I “cared” I
just could do NOTHING about it; I had tried all the diets, I’d lose some
weight then regain it in a couple of days, I had starved myself I tried
going to the gym I was really so fed up of trying and failing… You fail
enough times you feel like a failure yourself!

Back when I was 18 I weighed 96Kgs, just borderline for my military
service, since then I went down the bad road till august 2013, when I hit
my peak of 172Kgs. Of course I had en excuse; I did quit smoking back in
August 2012 and any time I’d stuff myself with food I was telling myself
“hey, at least is not a smoke! You’re doing awesome!” The things we do
tell ourselves, right?

It was around this time my boss told me in no uncertain terms that I had to
get on a diet or he’d kick my butt himself. He pointed me in the direction
of the New You web site. In all honesty, I felt it was another stupid way
to throw my money down the drain, all us long time “fatties” know that no
real miracle diets exist. And those that do work involve great deals of
suffering and sacrifice no sane person would want to endure! But having
promised my boss (the guy on whom my livelihood depended at the time, and
still does!) I had to at least order and try for a month, just so I could
get it out of the way and done with.

Now, by reading the last paragraph you’re probably thinking “well, that is
not a very positive mindset to start a diet!” and I guess you’d be right πŸ™‚
But while I did believe I was wasting my time I also wanted to set myself
up to win. And that involved a bit of introspection; I had just quit
smoking and that helped me establish a parallel… I had to assume I was an

Back when I quit smoking I tried to measure my days and weeks to measure my
success, I tried, you know, giving myself rewards (like a good doggie) for
staying on track… I found I spent more time thinking about cigarettes and
smoking during those times than when I was doing other things and
completely ignoring the fact that I was in the process of quitting. Back at
that time I used my wife and several friends as my “sponsors” (like the AA
type) who’d help me when I was feeling down or in danger of relapsing, but
I had abused them for almost a year and for a diet like this I wanted
something else, someone else. So I recruited my doctor to be my “partner”
obviously, she was delighted, no doctor likes to see their patients slowly
killing themselves!

One of my biggest issues with previous diets had been the fact I’d stop
losing weight 2 weeks in… Now, intellectually I know that the human body
has a mind of its own, and that great weight losses trigger internal self
preservation mechanisms that the body uses to hold on to what it has, hence
weight loss always happens in big jumps followed by periods of no loss at
all.. But when you’re the one dieting that counts for so much rubbish. We
decided that she would be measuring my weight loss without me knowing, she
also made sure I had my blood tested every month, and monitored my health
all through the process. She would be the one to tell me when I had to
stop, and I agreed to follow all her indications. (The amount of vitamin
supplements I took the first two months, you wouldn’t believe it! >_<) I
have to say if it hadn’t been for my doctor’s help and support I probably
would not have managed anything at all. But the day to day small
improvements; walking down the bus aisle and not touching both sides with
my tummy, being able to pick up things from the floor without 3G maneuvers,
etc. Those I could see and they were the ones giving me strength

I realize I’ve written about 700 words and I still haven’t said anything
about the dieting itself… I’m not going to lie to you at times it was
hard, I would find myself in the kitchen all of a sudden looking for
something I suddenly could not remember what it was… I called those
episodes “food hunting”, I still do it sometimes, Just walk into the
kitchen and open the fridge to see the sights, because it is just so very
interesting… (/irony) I also had to recognize my own lies, oh my, the
lies you can tell yourself! Lemme see if I can remember some: “This is
healthy food, I’m sure I can combine it” (suure I’ve seen the 800kcal
“salad” soo many times, pfft), “I’ve been dieting for x weeks now, surely I
deserve a treat!” (yeah, what are you a dog?), “omg, I’m so hungry I am
going to DIE, surely nothing is worth this” (how about yourself? are you
worth it?) <- For this last one I actually had to dump every last scrap of
food in the house to make sure I did not fall, hey I’m no superman!

Fast-forward 5 and a half months; January 2014. My doctor said that she
was a bit worried about the latest results I had on a test, and she wanted
me to get off the diet (in case you’re wondering it was unrelated to the
products it was a false alarm, I took the wrong vitamins for almost a month
:/). We compromised on doing 1 “normal” meal a day 5 days a week, my did I
feel guilty every time I ate anything! For five months I had convinced
myself I did not want any food, now that I could eat it I really did NOT
want it! The feeling soon fled though, and I could see how easily I could
fall back into my old eating habits, I am after all an addict! What i did
*not* realise at the time though was how much I had changed… I was then
at 105Kgs, looking good and feeling better. so I took up Kung Fu classes
twice a week.

Now I also ride my bike for 1 hour every day I don’t go to class after
work, I’m up to 10km and next week I plan on raising that to 15, every
night independent of what activity I did I’m exercising my abs and doing
press-ups. I’m still losing weight and working on breakfast and a normal
meal, but take either a NY soup or a NY shake for dinner, I’m well on my
way to my target of 90 and I ain’t looking back πŸ˜‰

After re-reading this, I realized I had done some people a crass injustice
by not mentioning them here, as I said I did rely mostly on my doctor, but
there was times when I found reassurance and kind words from many others
and they helped me on my voyage. Obviously my family and some colleagues at
work, my boss too! And last but not least the staff at NY, whether through
facebook, email or even on the phone they always had time for me, even
though I bet they had better things to do!

If you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking of signing up for the NY
plan, or you’re in it at the moment and have had a hard day. All I can say
is I did it, and my self esteem was crap when I started, I had absolutely
nothing going for me and no hope either, even so I did it, and so can you,
just don’t think you need to do this alone! Find someone to be your.. call
it accomplice, sponsor, friend, anything you want, just don’t do it alone πŸ˜‰

Best regards,


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18 Responses

  1. Lisa New You says:

    AMAZING transformation Javier & such an inspiring story πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing it with us!!!!! You look so slim & healthy!! Well done xxxxxxxxxxx

  2. Brenda says:

    Absolutely fabulous story- a fab weight loss which is possible and you are the proof well done

  3. Gina Lawlor says:

    Well done Javier. That is some achievement. You are an inspiration and I think you are great… I have about 7 – 8 stone to lose and I too appreciate your help and words here. Well done Gina Galway Ireland

  4. Tamara says:

    Hi Javier,amazing!amazing!thats what I see,what a huge transformation.Congratulationa
    and keep it up.I am currently 92kg and have been on the
    Cambridge weight plan for 2weeks and I need to get to 75kg,although wonder sometimes
    If I could do it,but noticed weight loss is all in the mind..well hope I do it..

  5. Clare Marie says:

    What a great read…well done Javier πŸ™‚

  6. May Sweeney says:

    I have just started and want to thank you for your story. All these things help as most of us on NY will have tried and failed before. Thanks again and Brilliant of you

  7. Grant Grant says:

    Awesome Story Javier you are a true inspiration, I know that your story is going to be the turning point in a lot of peoples lives πŸ™‚

  8. Denise E says:

    A great big huge massive congratulations Javier ure a total inspiration thts an amazing loss well done you ur looking fantastic what a difference.. Ur proof of the pudding that this plan works.. Has worked for me too .. Still have a little to shift.. It’s changed my life my way of thinking confidence skin body shape everything.. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us .. Watching the videos seeing b4 & after fotos hearing every ones stories and reading the blog etc does really help and keep you in the right frame of mind.. Yet again thanks very much you do done brilliantly.. Good luck with the rest of ur journey.. πŸ™‚

  9. fiona mcenerney kupczak says:

    well done fab xxxx

  10. Helen Cox says:

    Javier, that is a great story of a heroic journey towards health and loving yourself. Well done. I am on my first week, and you give me great hope. All the best to you. Helen

  11. Ellie May says:

    We all loved reading this story…. You were able to put in words exactly how must have us felt…. such an inspirational read and thank you so much for sharing it with us!!! You look AMAZING πŸ™‚ xx

  12. well done javier a truly inspiration story x

  13. Orla keenan says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. Wish you contined success. Xx

  14. diane jebb says:

    what an amazing journey , you look fantastic , well done javier πŸ™‚ x

  15. Jo Packham says:

    A message for my wonderful nephew, well done Javier (Habby) we are so proud of you. Lots of Love Tia Polly, Georgina & Thomas x.

  16. Karsten says:

    Wow that Story is me in a nutshell, just started with the new You diet and in 2 days now. I just wondering how he is 3 years later. did the weight stay off.
    How hadr is it to get into a normal life again? But my heads of as I have the same story in front of me.

    Regards Karsten

    • Grant Grant says:

      Thank you for posting Karsten – I am happy to say that the last time we spoke about 8 months ago Javier had been maintaining and those who know him who I have spoken to since then have also mentioned that he is still slim and fit. We will help you as much as we can to help you find your new lifestyle to ensure that the change lasts a life time. You will find that the plan will help you with this as you will soon realise how much more you were eating than you should have. You will have the full support of our free Maintainers group once you achieve your goals so do ask to join the group when you reach your target. Good luck Karsten πŸ™‚

  17. Javier Reyes says:

    Today Facebook reminded me of this post, it has been quite a while since I visited this page ^_^ thank you all for the comments. I’m still staying at 90kg, I run regularly and do sport 5 days a week; recently I just did the Disneyland Paris half marathon.

    I haven’t looked back, people ask me if I keep on the Plan 3 years in, truth is I haven’t gone back; the amazing thing about NEW YOU is that if you keep taking care of yourself after you achieve the weight-loss there is no further dependency, you just need to set yourself up to win and then continue to win, ever day. I eat normally and deny myself nothing, if I fancy cake I will eat it, but maybe not half a cake as I used to, or maybe that day I add on another 4 km to my run…

    I realize that some people looking at these articles may have a doubt about the reality or truth of some of these stories as they can look a bit like “advertising”; feel free to look me up on FB and message me if you want confirmation. I can’t give you many more tips than what I wrote above, but by all means drop me a line if you want to ask me something.