So, I have a confession to make. I started my Slimming World journey in November.
It took me months to make the decision to join and, honestly, I was too embarrassed to tell anyone. Weight is a highly personal thing and I felt like a failure for not being able to deal with my weight myself.
My Weight History
I’m 5’6 and when I was 18 to 19 years old I weighed about 8 stone. My clothes were mostly a UK size 8. A year later my weight had shot up (mostly thanks to illness and trials of various drug treatments). I was also at university and definitely could have been eating a bit better. I stopped weighing myself but I do know that I went up to a UK size 14 and it made me incredibly miserable.
For the last 15 years or so, my weight (and my BMI) have erred on the side of being too high and I’ve hovered between a UK size 12 to 14. Aside from a few months of being on a Weight Watchers plan and reaching whatever my target was, I’ve been unhappy with the way my body looks for a very long time. I didn’t stay at my target for long either because I became pregnant within two months!
I found an old bullet journal the other day and in April 2017, I weighed 12 stone and 4lbs. That’s my highest weight, pregnancies aside, and definitely when I was at my unhappiest. Of course, all of this is entirely personal, what feels like too high a number on the scales for me isn’t for someone else. You do you!
Be Vegan… Lose Weight?
As a family, we became vegan in the autumn of 2017. It wasn’t anything to do with weight, but I’ll admit that I was hoping for some kind of weight loss with such a drastic dietary change. No such luck, although my husband did lose a stone over that Christmas. Huh!
Do It Yourself?
Even though I wanted to lose weight, I was adamant that I didn’t want to join another group or follow a set programme. I felt like it was a problem I could tackle by myself. So I joined the gym, started doing yoga at home and I was also doing a karate lesson each week.
My weight didn’t budge. A brief stint with a personal trainer didn’t make a different either. It just stayed fairly steady between 11 stone and 11 and a half stone.
Beginning My Slimming World Journey
Despite my success with Weight Watchers nine years ago, I didn’t want to go back. I hated counting points and I remember feeling hungry and unhappy.
One of my best friends joined Slimming World a few months ago and I started to feel differently about joining. She’s done amazingly well so far, and it seems to have been a positive experience. I did think about joining online but decided to go to group instead. The more I thought about it, the more I thought I’d actually like the accountability!
So now, every Saturday at 8:30am my Slimming World journey continues. I’m there being weighed, and I stay for group each week too. Tomorrow I should hit 1 stone lost (maybe even a lb more).
Honestly, I feel like a different person already! Clothes I haven’t worn in forever fit me again! My holy grail is some 28” waist jeans I’ve hung onto since university. I’ve always said that I want to be able to wear them again, and although I have a way to go, it feels like a real possibility now. Amazingly I can now pull them up, even if they are a long way off being able to fasten up!
As I said, I was reluctant to tell anyone that I’d joined Slimming World. Even though I know that my best friends wouldn’t judge me, I did worry that other people might. I think I’ve hit the point where I don’t care now! Being vegan I thought that sharing my Slimming World journey might be useful to others too, so I’ll write some more posts about it.