Going back to January 2012 myself and my mum joined Slimming World with dreams of how we wanted to look and determination that this was the diet we were going to stick to. In hindsight to even call it a diet isn’t right, it’s a lifestyle and something most target members carry on loosely for life.
At the time I was overweight (as I am now) and my mum was the same so I knew I needed to suggest something for the both of us. Within that year I lost four stone and was within a few pounds of my target, I felt great and I liked what I saw in the mirror but it all went wrong from there. From Christmas 2012 I gradually started putting the weight back on until earlier this year I was back to my starting weight (despite attending slimming world every week!) My mum on the other hand has lost 6 and a half stone and is still going (albeit slowly), towards her target which is within sight. I’m so proud of her because I know she’s leading a totally different life and is able to enjoy things she never could do and feel good about herself.
When I started putting on the weight I wasn’t getting support from my group, the leader was next to useless and I didn’t feel the same as I had when I started. So I chose to take a few a months off from group and start a fresh as a new member, in a new group, with new goals.
About 10 days ago I went back and my new group was slightly smaller (which was a good thing) and it was just a nicer atmosphere. The first week of going back to basics and weighing everything and writing a food diary was tough, especially because I had a meal out with work the night before my weigh in but I did it. I lost 2 pounds this week, which although was lower than I hoped I know the meal out would have contributed to this.
I feel much better in the confines of slimming world with my new group and despite knowing it will take longer this time I am determined that each month i’ll feel better and better about myself until I get to ultimately where I want to be.