At the start of January I decided enough was enough. The previous 12 months had seen me getting more and more down and I knew the main reason – my weight.
“You have had twins” Yes I’m aware but that was back in June 2013. I looked like this a few weeks after having them so it’s not like I was carrying excessive baby weight, if any at all.
But slowly the weight crept on. Living just that bit too far out of town meant I took the car everywhere. Extreme tiredness meant takeaways were the easy option and once the kids were finally asleep, all hell broke loose and I hit the treat cupboard hard.
I dabbled last May with trying to lose weight and was amazed how easily I lost half a stone. But I got complacent. And gave up. Really easily.
But something snapped this year. I couldn’t face not fitting into clothes I had already bought that were 2-3 sizes bigger than my normal wardrobe. I couldn’t deal with starting the day feeling crap because everything I put on I looked like a hippo. I felt sluggish and tired and needed to break the cycle.So I joined slimming world. I had thought of every excuse under the sun not to go:
- Husband works away so how can I eat healthily
- It’s too hard to walk anywhere with three kids
- I can’t take the kids to group
- Too fussy with food to diet
Oh you name it, I tried to use it. But actually if I got just a tiny bit organised it was quite simple. Plus the girls are more than welcome at group!
Alongside Slimming World, I started the couch to 5k app again. I think I got to the end of week two last year before giving up. That night in January, trying to run for one minute almost ended me. I struggled beyond belief to get through those sixty seconds but I did it.
And two months down the line I’m stood here and can say. I have lost one and a half stone and managed to run solidly for 25 minutes. I never thought I would get to say that but hard work, perseverance has paid off.
I set myself a goal of losing three stone so I’m halfway there. I know that starting off it was going to be easy and these next 21 pounds won’t be so easy but I’m setting myself a goal of the girls birthday in June to be close to target.
I want to feel good about myself again. I want to wear clothes not just stick them on to cover everything. I want to enjoy being 30! Not dressing like I’m 70. I want to be fit and healthy. I want my kids to know that exercise is important and a balanced diet is good. I hide away the “diet” aspect and am trying to promote a healthier lifestyle to them. I’m not saying we don’t have treats – of course we all do! But them seeing me pig out constantly was not a good image.
I don’t want to turn into a health and fitness bore but I just wanted to document where I am in my weight loss journey. I still crave bags and bags of crisps but Slimming World has taught me moderation. I can still have treats – just not four bags of them!