18 months ago, I was starting my Slimming World journey. At 5″7, when I joined and stepped on the scales for the first time and it flashed up 13 stone 7 pound, I was horrified. I don’t own scales at home so seeing I was thirteen and a half stone was hard. I knew since having the girls I had put on weight, but didn’t realise how much weight I had put on until seeing that number. I had no idea how I would get on with Slimming World, but that day really spurred me into wanting to lose three stone.
I left that day and lost 5.5lbs in my first week and a week later got my half a stone award. Fast forward 6 months and I had done it. I lost three stone in six months with Slimming World, it was amazing.
I had heard so many success stories about Slimming World but so many then finished with “oh but she’s put it all on now” which made me wonder, is Slimming World sustainable? How do I keep the weight off? I mean I’d lost three stone – I didn’t want to pile it all back on. So a year later, I am still hovering around the same mark and have managed to keep It off. So how have I done it?
When I started at Slimming World, I also started the couch to 5k app. In a few months I was running 5k with ease. I definitely credit exercising to my quick weight loss. It really is simple – eat better food and move more. This is the key to losing weight! It bugs me when I see people living off just liquids – that is not sustainable in life. Slimming World has made me realise it’s not all about the number on the scales, but an overall healthier attitude to life. I want my kids to know it’s not all about starving yourself – it’s a balance of food (including chocolate, crisps and sweets!) and exercise.
Having a blow out (sometimes a week long!)
I would send myself insane if I didn’t have times where I just pigged out. I have been known to drag it out for a week. Eating ALL the bread and crisps my heart desires. For me, it’s essential. It makes me feel normal and don’t resent being restricted. Life is for living and sometimes you don’t want to not eat that cake or have a gluttonous milkshake. There’s nothing wrong with having a blow out; I always find it helps me refocus and get back on plan knowing how much fun it was indulging. I feel so sorry for people who never feel able to do this because they must feel miserable denying themselves a blow out.
Keep going to group
After a blow out, I need to see the damage. It pulls me back in and keeps me going. When the girls start school in September, I will be able to stay for the meetings again as you get so much extra information there. I have missed staying as my girls just do not want to sit anymore.
Setting a target
I found myself chasing my tail week after week trying to get sub 10, then realised my body was happy at that weight. Yes ideally I’d like to be under 10 stone, but three babies later it’s not going to happen. I am happy at this weight and my body has shown this is where it sits happy at too. There’s no point chasing the impossible and embrace your body and be happy!
Live your life
I have mentioned this above, but you need to realise that Slimming World is so much more than a quick fix. It has opened my eyes to the way I eat. It has encouraged me to be more active and be healthier; I rejoined the gym and try to get out and about more. I never tell my children I am on a diet, I tell them I am being fit and healthy. It annoys me when people ask if I’m on a diet as I am trying to show them this is a healthy lifestyle not a quick fix to zap the fat.
I chose to join Slimming World myself and have always paid for my own membership (all links in this post are to ones I’ve written over my journey, none are paid, requested or affiliates). For me, it’s been brilliant and personally has worked like a dream. I am so glad I joined and have managed to keep three stone off for 18 months. Here’s to another 18 months of happy maintenance.