I’ve always struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been told It was “puppy fat” and that I would grow into it or that I was simply “big boned”. Well after reaching my 20’s and seeing that the “puppy fat” I was promised I would grow into hadn’t gone, I decided it was time to stop burying my head in the sand and do something about it.
In 2012, after having my first son Corby I decided to join up to Slimming world after hearing so many success stories. I remember the first time I walked through the doors and the feeling that everyone was looking at me. Obviously it was all in my head as I couldn’t have been welcomed any more. The amount of empathy and welcoming I felt was truly heart warming. I felt like I had found a place where I belonged, a place where everyone understood how I felt. I stood on the scales to look down and see the numbers 16st 5lb, my heart broke. But I knew I was in the right place to do something about it.
Sure enough in 16 weeks id managed to lose about 3 stone. Unfortunately things started slipping and I stopped going to the meeting and soon enough fell back into my old habits. It didn’t take long for me to pile the weight back on, but doing what I did best, I just hid my head in the sand and focused on being a new mummy.
In July 2013 I noticed that I was struggling running round after Corby, who was now a toddler. I became very breathless just walking up the stairs so I decided to try again, but this time I did it from home. My starting weight was 14st 5lb and a size 18. I got back to cooking lots of delicious meals and by the end of 2013 I was a slender 11st 7lb and a size 14.
In May 2014 I fell pregnant with our second son Rio, I vowed to keep up my healthy lifestyle. I decided to stop smoking as soon as I found out I was pregnant. I soon realised I was picking up food to curb my cravings and before long I found myself eating takeaways 3 times a week. I told myself its acceptable to be big when pregnant and that as soon as id had Rio I would start again.
True to my word, 2 days after having Rio I stepped on my scales to see the numbers 17 stone 8lb! I couldn’t believe that I had put over 6 stone on during my 10 months of pregnancy. I had gone from size 14 to a size 22.
In my 3 month I had lost just over 3 stone by following slimming world. I was so determined that this time I would do it, not only for myself but for my beautiful sons.
In July 2016, 16 months after starting my journey I had lost a staggering 7 stone and was a trim size 8-10, weighing 10st 8lb. The only exercise I did throughout my journey was to swim once a week on a Friday morning.
I still struggle daily with my weight and can easily pile the pounds back on if I fall off plan. So that’s why I blog, I find it helps me on my journey by helping others. To help give people the belief that they can do it too is so rewarding.
I want people to look at me and think If she can do with 2 small children, then so can I. Take it 1 pound at a time and keep moving forward. YOU CAN DO IT!!