I am Helen, 35, I am self-employed and the main person doing the social media posts and updating this blog. I am married to Shane, 34 (toy boy? haha), he is an engineer and we have been happily married for 7 years? could be 8 years this November 2019…. he will kill me if he reads this and realises I have forgotten… again haha.
We have 2 beautiful daughters 15 and 6 years old and are our absolute world. Both with their own little personalities and 110% sassy…. they don’t take after me… honest.
A bit about our journey and how we started Slimming World…
We tried several diets, pills and shakes over the years and nothing worked. They were either too restrictive or causing us health issues. After a bit of research online I came across an advert for Slimming World and thought I would give it a read and see if it would be for us. I found so many inspiring stories from real people, and real photos that was not photo-shopped to look like the diet was actually working to trick you to joining, it was real life members sharing their journeys and the transformations were amazing.
So that evening we decided to start 3 months of online membership to see if it was something we could stick to and the fact we both suffer(ed) with anxiety and depression and couldn’t face walking into a group full of strangers.
We both lost 4lb in our first week and it felt amazing. Now in our house the scales say something different even if you move them slightly so this result could have actually been more, could have been less too but I am accepting the 4lb loss and rolling with it haha. This spurred us on for another good week, where we lost another 4lb. Great we thought that’s half a stone in 2 weeks. “This diet is amazing” we thought. The following weeks went well with a few ups and downs as we adjusted to our new way of eating but something was missing…. support.
We had started to get criticism of how large our plates were, and we was eating all the wrong things, so we began doubting what we was doing (despite losing the weight) and felt like… whats the point… so we found a group local to us and plucked up the courage to attend a group to see if we could get some help, support and encouragement and make sure we understood the plan 110%.
We walked through those doors and was greeted by everyone, there was no clique groups, just a family of supportive members all on the same journey as each other. We turned up on the night of Woman of the Year and we left that evening so inspired and grateful for the help and advice we was given not just by the members but by our amazing consultant too.
We then booked a holiday (my very first trip abroad) and I was determined to lose the weight I needed to feel confident in a bikini. This became my “why”, why I am on this journey, and it kept me completely focused. The journey up to our holiday was slow, but it was steady. Holiday came around and I was confident enough to wear that bikini, not once, not twice, but the whole week we was on holiday. I stood proud and not felt the need to hide away and it felt great. Mummy tum, stretch marks and battle scars all on show. Shane was also confident in himself too and he has never been one for walking around with his shirt off. We came back from holiday and faced a gain but we was fine as we knew it would soon come off again. But how scary to see how quick it goes on to coming off?? Ooops!
Almost 4 stone gone…
We have won Miss Slinky and Mr Sleek both on the same evening, Couple of the year and have both been nominee’s for man of the year and woman of the year. We are so grateful to everyone who thinks we were worth being nominated and that we have inspired people in their journeys too.
Combined loss of over 10 stone…
Shane hit his target and started to get complacent, not measuring his milk, guessing syns, having the cheeky chocolate or cake here and there and his weight crept back on again, this didn’t help my journey either as I felt left out so some weeks slowed right down for me. I started to struggle to get the last bit off, so I called target on 14th June 2018 so I could relax a little and take the pressure off. I knew I had some tricky weeks coming up with birthdays and the summer holidays and I was becoming obsessed with the numbers on the scales.
We are both a lot happier in ourselves, our social lives have improved and our confidence has soared. We are part of the social team and talk to everyone who comes through the doors. Before we started that would never have happened, we sat at the back of the room with our heads in our phones before image therapy began, we just about managed to say hi to the ladies we sat next to that evening. Now people struggle to shut us up. Slimming world really has changed our lives, not just with our weight but with our confidence too.
Healthier and happier…
As of January 2019 we are both working towards new targets after having a relaxing few months of maintaining.
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