Who has missed me?!

I’ve not been very good at using my blog – in all honestly I’m much better at posting on Instagram (give me a follow if you’d like! @thedietingdiabetic).

I’ve gotten to a stage where I’m comfortable mixing things up when I’m cooking. I know healthy foods so well that I don’t have to follow a recipe and, often, I’ll just wing it and never think to write it down and post. And for that I apologise. 

Now the last thing I posted stated I had surgery number two lined up and, just as I said I was, I was crazy enough to go through with it! And, in all honesty, I am so glad I did. I may have had that *slight* issue with the opening of my hip wounds last time, but that upper back skin removal has made such a difference to my body and my confidence. Once the post-op swelling went down, of course! (Shown below).

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But look at that difference in my upper back!

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So as well as the upper back lift I had a tummy tuck revision after the area around my abdomen developed an overhand following the opening of my hip wounds, and a breast augmentation because I was left with wrinkled sacks of nothing. I’m so happy with how things have turned out, but there will always be something I think could look better. I’ve toyed around with the idea of having my upper thighs looked at but concluded that I would have to wait until I had more funds and give myself more time to heal.

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They sag ever-so-slightly, and they do reveal their wrinkled state when let loose, but for now I’ll survive with a slight disliking over something I rarely have out in this english weather.  

I am now seven weeks post-op (the second one, anyway) and I am feeling great. My breasts haven’t fluffed as of yet so there are still many changes to come, but the post-op swelling has almost disappeared completely – although if I am bloated it makes an appearance with a vengeance. But just check our this comparison – one year on. 

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100% made the right decision to go under the knife. It was scary the first time having never had a general anaesthetic before, and the side effects of shedding skin have been no fun at all but there’s a bonus – I use so much body butter now that I’m super soft permanently. (Seriously, I think the body butter has entered my blood stream and become part of my DNA).

wish I knew what questions anyone might have who may be about to undergo a similar procedure and I would love to answer them so if you can think of anything, anything at all, drop me a comment and let me know.

Henrietta x

4 stone down! 

So yesterday my weigh in revealed I’ve hit the four stone mark! 

Four stone down, another four and a half to go? 

Yes, I know. It does seem somewhat daunting; I have to keep going though. 

I’m taking it in steps, currently I’m about 4 kilograms away from being considered overweight rather than obese. That is my next target – to be overweight! 

I started this journey in the morbidly obese category, not even realising so! From a BMI of 41 I’ve managed to bring it down to a BMI of 31 – still obese but getting somewhere. 

But, typically, when a dieting fatty like myself manages to shed some extra pounds it involves a celebratory meal. 

Hello beautiful. 😍😍😍

 I don’t want to gain anything back though and ruin what I’ve achieved so low fat is still the way forward! 

I tend to eat fillet steak as it has a lower fat content compared to other cuts, but it can be pricey so I tend to overspend in order to become healthy. Muscle food is literally where I buy all my meat and even though buying a whole fillet of beef is around £35, I got a good 14 steaks out of it. 

Obviously if you want to be even more well behaved than me you would use sweet potato rather than new potatoes, but I just ran out. 😢

Good luck on your own journeys everyone and thanks for checking in on mine! Be sure to keep checking my blog! 

Henrietta x


How to keep motivated

I’m not going to lie, I really hesitated to post this but I wanted to show everyone how I keep motivated. My 20th post had to be a special one. 

4 months ago I was diagnosed with type two diabetes, weighing 115.6kg (255 lbs) – a BMI of 40 (my god, that means I was morbidly obese!) 

Today I weigh in at 91.6kg (202 lbs) – almost four stone lighter and feeling a lot healthier for it. I’m still, unfortunately, obese technically, but I am 5.5kg (12 lbs) away from being just plain overweight. 

I know not many people pride themselves on being overweight, but if I could get out of the obese category and into the overweight category in the near future I would be delighted. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t considered obese.


I’m aiming to weigh 60-65 kg (132-143 lbs) before I’m happy with being a healthy weight. Based on my height I need to weigh between 54-73kg to have a healthy BMI. 

My then and now photos are how I keep motivated. I have to say I’m not too sure of the difference other than the fact that I know my face is a lot slimmer, but I’m looking forward to noticing the difference in my appearance myself. The strange thing is that I haven’t noticed yet – when I look in the mirror I’m not too sure I can see a difference which is why these photos remind me it’s doing something. 

Keep going everyone, even if you’re sure it’s not making a difference. It is, it’s just takes time to see it. 

Henrietta x

(And please – no hate on the photos).