I recently posted this photograph on Instagram showing my weight loss progress so far. While my weight loss has definitely slowed down of late (the result of a two week holiday in Portugal, a weekend away in Liverpool and too many Afternoon Teas…), I'm so happy that I've maintained my two and a half stone loss.
Over the last 6 months I've come to realise just how bad my diet was before: I could easily munch a packet of Percy Pigs on my way home from work , I would often eat a whole pizza twice a week and probably drank far too much wine. Although I would tell myself I was happy because I allowed myself to eat all the cheese I wanted, it turns out I really wasn't. In fact, I was pretty miserable. I had no self confidence: if a dress didn't have sleeves, I wouldn't wear it, if it wasn't black, I wouldn't wear it. Meeting new people absolutely terrified me and my anxiety was through the roof (I'm still working on this but getting better!). As crazy as it sounds, I was positive people wouldn't be interested in getting to know me because I was overweight. With every goal I've set myself and met, I gain a little more confidence. I mean, I wore a white dress in public! Most excitingly of all? I bought a pair of Disco Pants (OK, not the most exciting news but it was a big deal to me…I cried in the changing room when they fit!)
Recently someone told me in work that I had given them hope that they too could lose weight and to me, this means so much. It's true, if I can do it you can too. I think the most important thing is to sit down and be 100% honest with yourself: be realistic with your goals. I've found that I've steadily lost about 1-2 lbs a week using My Fitness Pal. If like me, you need structure and goals to meet, but also need a degree of flexibility, My Fitness Pal is great. If you don't want to be reigned in by a calorie count and still be able to eat a wide range of foods, Slimming World might be the best choice. If you find you lose weight best on a low carb diet, try going paleo for a month and see how you feel.
Most important of all? Do whatever it takes to become happy and healthy...
…while still allowing yourself some cheese.
Lots of Love
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