Wednesday, 24 August 2016

My Slimming World Story

Back in March last year I met up with my two best friends for celebration drinks to toast our engagements as all three of us were now engaged and getting married in 2016. We got together for an evening of drinks, food and lots of talk about weddings!! I don't even know how we got onto the subject but myself and Sophie started discussing how we wanted to lose weight but we didn't think that we would be able to by the time we got married. I had already signed up to Slimming World online for a month trial and although I was getting on with it I was useless at weighing in at home. My other friend Sally was going to the groups and was telling us how well she was doing and how she really recommended it. So by the end of the night Sophie and I had agreed to join a Slimming World that week!

I still remember the night we walked into our local Slimming World group, both nervous and no idea what to expect. Whenever people talk about Weight Loss groups you expect lots of mature ladies all sat around like an AA group confessing to the naughty food they have eaten that week, lots of clapping and someone knitting in the corner. This was nothing like that! There were ladies and gents of all ages cheering each other on, swapping recipes, food tastings, celebrating each others losses and if anyone didn't get the results they wanted they all came together to support that person. You got a real sense that you were becoming a part of a team.

After the meeting was over we stepped on the scales. I was completely shocked by my weight. I weighed 14 stone 9 pounds....which I'm embarrassed to say wasn't my biggest. As I previously said I joined online in January (on another 'New Years Resolution to lose weight') and weighed in at over 15 stone. I couldn't believe I had let myself get that big. I've never been 'skinny', for want of a better word, I've always had curves which I love. When I met Dan I weighed about 10 and a half stone and was comfortable with how I looked. I was never 100% happy with my body but then who is?!

Then came the biggest task, setting my goal weight. I discussed this with my new leader Ness and she told me not to worry too much about it as I could re-set this at any point, so with that being said I just picked the first number that came into my head...11 stone. I remember going home and talking to Dan about my goal weight and how I thought it was never going to happen in a million years let alone a year and a half but I was so determined to at least give it a go. I studied my books that night, joined our Slimming World Facebook group, set a meal plan and ordered a food shop full of speed food and Slimming World friendly foods to be delivered the next day.

The first week went really quickly and having done it online already I had a rough idea of what to do. Although I will say the diet is better explained when you go to group than it is online. Having the books, Facebook group and my leaders number there to text or message if I need help is absolutely priceless. My first weigh in came around so quickly! I joined the queue ready to weigh in and my brain went into overdrive. Did I eat the right food? Did I have enough Speed Food? Will I have lost any weight? So I stepped on the scales and to my delight I lost 3 lbs. Ever since then the weight slowly but surely started to come off me. Weighing in still continued to be a daunting prospect but that nervous feeling gave me such determination throughout the week to stick to the diet and do the best I could to get the results I wanted on the scales. Having one of my best friends with me really helped. She would text me for moral support when I needed it, let me know of any good recipes to try out or send me great low syn treats!

By week 4 I had reached my half a stone award which I just couldn't believe, then week seven I got my stone award. From then on the weight just dropped off me. Now I'm not saying it was a walk in the park. There were times when I just wanted to pop to the shops, head towards the chocolate aisle and binge on chocolate but I didn't. I think having an end goal is what kept me going. I kept picturing myself on my wedding day and kept thinking I didn't want to look back at my wedding photos in 10 years time and wish I had looked different. People go to Slimming World for all sorts of reasons, health, fitting into a wedding dress or getting ready for a holiday. Whatever the reason is you have to do it for yourself and be 100% committed to your end target, whatever it is.

The months went on and slowly but surely managed to lose the weight. Slimming World never felt like a chore it just became a part of my day to day living. I enjoyed the recipes, the fresh fruit and vegetables and all the naughty syns when I wanted, obviously staying within my daily limit!

I seemed to get into a routine with my diet. I would sit down on a Sunday evening, read through the Slimming World magazines and do a meal plan for the week this would stop us getting in after work and discovering there was nothing to eat on the fridge and reaching for the takeaway menus. Planning ahead really seemed to work for us. We would then do our food shop online, which I know sounds incredibly lazy but it meant we didn't stray down the chocolate aisle in the shops!!

The best bit was planning my syns. There are so many choices and a great way to find new things is instagram. I got so many ideas for low syn treats from there, Twisters, chocolate weetabox muffins and curly wurlys are all great treats.

I really got into cooking again. I loved coming home and spending time in the kitchen putting together a home cooked dinner. Not all the meals took ages to make. Some of the recipes I found took 20 minutes to put together, others took a little longer and some were even made up the night before.

By November 2015, just 8 months after I had joined, I reached my target of 11 stone. I still remember that feeling. I never thought that I would get to that weight let alone then have the time to lose more. I then went on to lose another 12lbs bringing my weight on my wedding day down to 10 stone 2lbs.

On the day of our wedding I felt a million dollars and that's all thanks to Slimming World. Without Slimming World I wouldn't have fit into the dress of my dreams or had the confidence on the day of our wedding to stand there in front of all our family and friends and marry the love of my life!
I will always recommend Slimming World to anyone that is thinking of losing weight. It's a great way to lose the weight without feeling you're on a diet. I've gone from 14 stone 9lbs to 10 stone 2lbs and I honestly couldn't be happier with the results. That's 4 and a half stone loss in 15 months!


Friday, 19 August 2016

From Miss to Mrs

Well a lot has happened since we last spoke, I've officially gone from a Miss to a Mrs! I still can't believe the wedding as been and gone it seems like it went by in a flash. People kept saying to me in the lead up to the wedding 'enjoy every moment it goes by so quickly' and boy were they right.

As cheesy and as clich├ęd as it sounds it really was the best day of our lives. It was so surreal to see all the decorations that have lived in our spare bedroom finally come together and take shape. I've been thinking about doing some wedding blog posts with some tips on financials, picking your suppliers, DYI's and my top tips to planning a wedding. I really enjoyed planning the wedding and although it was probably the most stressful thing I have ever done I enjoyed every single minute of it. Making all the decorations was tough but actually we've had so many compliments since the day saying how personal it was to Dan and I which is just how I wanted it to be. So if you would like to see some wedding blog posts then just let me know.

We've not had the easiest start to our married life. As some of you know Dan and I work for our family business and sadly last month we had a fire at our office. It was all very scary but we just thank God we all got out in time. It's been extremely stressful but we've all pulled through it together and slowly but surely we'll build the business back up.

If you follow me on instagram you will see Dan and I have been to quite a few wedding since our own. In fact we have been to 4 weddings in 4 consecutive weeks! They were all amazing though and were some of our closest friends and families so we wouldn't have missed them for the world.

I can't believe I've not mentioned our honeymoon! I'm very lucky as growing up I got to travel to some amazing places but the Maldives is by far my favourite place. Words and photos cannot describe how truly stunning that place is. We were lucky enough to spend our time on Velassaru Island which is just breathtaking....but I'll save all this for a blog post so keep your eyes peeled.

I'm so pleased to get back into blogging. I've really missed writing and interacting with you all. I've got lots of exciting blog posts planned and I can't wait to get started!

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