My Weight Loss Journey

If you've read my body confidence post then you'll probably know that this year I've lost some weight. It's been a yearly goal ever since I was around 16, and I finally lost weight in a healthy way that I can definitely continue in the long term. Weight loss journeys are different for everyone, and they certainly aren't a walk in the park. It feels weird to even be calling it a 'journey', but I'm sharing how I lost weight to feel healthier, to like my body more and to enjoy food again.

Back in February, I joined slimming world. I'd come to realise that whilst I didn't see myself as particularly big or overweight, I felt unhealthy and just a bit bleugh. A friend actually recommended that I joined, and whilst I was nervous about going and seeing what it would be like being weight in front of everyone I went along. It wasn't nearly as terrifying as I thought it would be! Firstly you're weighed away from others, and so whilst there are other people in the queue, no one can see the scales so there's nothing to fret about there. Plus everyone there is in the same boat, they all want to lose some weight. Of course, everyone has different reasons, and members in the group are all different sizes, but to be honest none of that matters.

Slimming world does have a sort of eating plan to stick to, plenty of fruit, veg, meat, eggs, pasta, rice and potatoes, and then things like fats, more refined carbs like bread and certain dairy products are weighed and measured out. I found this so easy to get to grips with, and in the first week when I thought I was going to miss all the junk I'd been eating I didn't have the chance to. You can pretty much eat as much as you like of any of the foods that don't need weighing and you can still lose weight. It's a win win situation in my eyes and it really does work. It's definitely a healthy eating kind of plan, nothing is completely cut out you just keep an eye on food groups that are recommended to kept lower anyway.

In 6 months, I lost 2 stone 4.5 pounds to reach a target weight. I know that weight isn't everything, and you should just aim to be happy with your body. But for me, I like to have a tangible goal to aim for. it just so happens that I liked looking to a number that I could aim for. I'm sure there are many people who would see my body and think 'well she could be a bit skinnier, her waist could be smaller' and all that rubbish, but I'm happy where I am.  

I did find the eating side of things quite easy, I can make allowances for if I'm craving some sweet treats and I can still eat glorious spaghetti. I've enjoyed so many recipes that are healthy but still full of flavour and they definitely don't look like boring healthy meals. Being able to eat curries in more creamy sauces and my favourite sausages and mash and still be on track for losing weight was so nice. I've really learnt how to enjoy food much more, and I've learnt that it's so much better to take the time to cook your meals from scratch.  

What I wasn't expecting to impact my weight loss in the way that it did was the support that you get from the group. When you lose weight, whether a little or a lot, everyone is so supportive and happy for you. You really do get to know people, I never thought I would but you do and it's quite nice to see them on a weekly basis. 

Of course, it would be quite difficult to lose over 2 stone without any exercise at all, and whilst I could've done more, I enjoyed doing what I did and having gotten healthier it's easier to actually enjoy things I never thought I would enjoy. I love using YouTube to just follow workouts and yoga videos at home, nothing too extreme and probably hardly anything compared to some people but I've actually found it fun which is the main thing.

Whilst my weight loss didn't take long, I wasn't losing an unhealthy amount each week. My average works out at 1.5 pounds per week, which is quite easy to maintain if you keep up similar eating habits. 

Obviously, slimming world isn't for everyone, but I've been seeing a few more bloggers talking about being on the plan recently so I thought I'd share how I got on and to expand a bit more on my body confidence post a couple of weeks ago. Also, I'm not saying that the only way to lose weight is through slimming world, it really did work for me and I know it's worked for many others too, but everyone has their own ideas of how they want things to pan out for themselves. Slimming world worked for me wanting to lose weight for myself, and it's really helped me to be much healthier and have much more confidence than before. 

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