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MY SLIMMING WORLD JOURNEY – INTRO

I have spoken about weight loss on my blog a few times now. Usually, I do quite well for a while, then I give up. I don’t know why. It’s not a conscious thing. Slowly, I just seem to eat more, stop exercising, and find excuses to start the diet next week.

The last time I lost weight I went from 12 stone 8 lbs down to 9 stone 13lbs at the lowest which is the lowest I have ever been in my adult life. Unfortunately, I put most of the weight back on and at the start of my Slimming World journey I weighed in at 12 stone 4lbs, almost back to where I started.

For the last year, I have been promising myself I would lose the weight I had gained back, start exercising and live a better/healthier lifestyle. But it hasn’t happened. I managed a week here and there, then along came something to draw my focus and I stopped trying. I guess it’s so much easier to just give up than to keep trying.

Whatever the reason, what I’ve tried in the past hasn’t worked. I’ve always ended up back where I’ve started and that’s why I have decided to follow a plan I haven’t tried before, and that I have seen a lot of friends and fellow bloggers have success with – Slimming World.

I actually started Slimming World on the 20/02/2017, but I decided to hold off blogging about my journey until I decided whether it was for me or not, and so far I’m really enjoying it. Not only am I losing weight, I’m being much more experimental with food and eating a much healthier diet.

If you are a regular visitor to my blog you will know I work from home. This is great most of the time, but it means I have access to the cupboards and fridge all day, and I’m terrible for picking throughout the day. I’m not hungry but I still eat. I have also come to the conclusion I’m an emotional eater. I eat when I’m sad, I eat when I’m happy or bored and I even eat to procrastinate too – oops.

For as long as I can remember now, I haven’t felt confident or comfortable with my body. My upper body is okay, my arms are jiggly (totally a technical term!), but from the waist up I don’t carry a lot of weight there. The part of my body I really don’t like is my hips/muffin top – urgh. My shape when I put on weight is not nice at all. Some people can carry weight really well, not me. I go out sideways and end up with very large love handles and a slab of back fat – sexy!

My Goal

My overall goal is to lose 3 stone. This would bring me down from my start weight of 12 stone 4lbs to 9 stone 4lbs and would also hopefully bring me into a healthy BMI range. At the start of this journey it was in the obese range which is terrible. According to the NHS website I should aim to lose 3 stone and 7lbs to be in the middle of my ideal weight. Once I have reached my target of 3 stone I will reasses and then decide if I want to lose the other 7lbs or not.

Clothes wise, I would love to be in a size 12 clothes. I’m currently in size 14 clothes, but if I’m being honest, I could probably do with size 16 but I refuse to buy any bigger clothes since I’m trying to lose weight. I really can’t wait until the day comes when I hit target and I can go on a shopping spree to replace the clothes in my wardrobe.

I also want to get fitter too. At present, I’m not very fit at all and get ridiculously tired easily from running around playing with my nephew. I want to build up my stamina and maybe even some muscle for the first time ever.

With regards to food,  I really want to learn to eat a balanced diet and start cooking more adventurous recipes. I’m quite fussy when it comes to food and always have been but I’m determined to start trying more things. I have already discovered a few items I really like and also come to like a few foods I wasn’t keen on at all before so there has definitely been progress.

My mini goal

I have a few holidays coming up this year which I’m really excited about, but I’m not so excited about wearing a swimming costume or trying to find clothes which I like. I actually bought a swimming costume recently after years of not going swimming when my nephew asked me to go. I would always use the excuse that I didn’t have a costume. The reality was, I knew I wouldn’t like how I looked in one so I avoided going. In the end, I found a costume that was okay, I still don’t like how I look in it but nobody cares when swimming so I just let that worry go and actually enjoyed myself.

My first holiday is at the end of May and to keep myself motivated I have set myself the goal of losing 1 stone before I go on holiday. I set this target when I started Slimming World on the 20/02/2017 and I really hope I can achieve this mini goal as it would really boost my motivation and confidence.

Follow my journey

I’m really excited about making the changes and seeing where this takes me. I’m under no illusion that it will all be plain sailing, I’m expecting a few bumps in the road, but I will deal with them as and when they arise rather than worrying about them before they happen.

If you’re on Slimming World and you have any advice I would love to hear from you. If you’re currently on your own weight loss journey I wish you a lot of luck and hope you achieve all your goals.

If you would like to follow me on my Slimming World journey I will be updating here regularly with my progress but you can also find me on Instagram where I have set up an account to share what I’m eating and my weight loss photo’s etc. I would love to have you along on my journey.

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