So some of you have noticed, some of you have asked about it but until now I've never felt comfortable talking about it, i guess i didn't want the pressure or the questions. But since I've reached my half way goal of a 3.5/4 stone weight loss i thought now would be a good time to finally address the fact that yep, i'm losing weight and quite a bit of it too.
Around 6 months ago i made the decision to dramatically change the way i lived my life by having a more positive outlook, living every day as if i was my last and being in a happier place with myself. The first thing i needed to do was lose weight, I've always been the type of girl who is happy with what they have and werk it, but with working from home and not doing as much as i had been i saw the weight creep up and before i knew it was the biggest i had ever been and i just didn't feel right. It was around this time i also started to get a lot of weight hate too. Now I've always had this kind of hate, it's nothing new to me but it was getting to the point where is was starting to effect my mood and i didn't like who i was becoming and so maybe it did give me the push i needed, but it was certainly not the reason for this weight loss and i don't want anyone to ever think it was.
I decided to join Slimming World, now this isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle change. You are not restricted to anything, you do not have a calorie limit and you can still eat that bar of chocolate and bloody enjoy it too. It's all about eating what you want in moderation and lose weight. Perfect huh? Now at first i was like ''Yeah, ok then! We'll see'' but 6 months later I've lost 2 stone on doing nothing (well a few hilarious gym trips) but this. I think i'm the prime example of changing what you eat makes all the difference to your weight. Apart from pizza there's nothing I've had to cut out from my diet, well apart from processed foods but we all know that's full of rubbish anyway! All my meals are homemade, i get my 5 a day every day and i'm a lot fitter and healthier than I've been in years. Oh and don't think you have to give up the meals out or nights on the town either, as long as it's all in moderation you can still have a social life. Last week i went out for dinner, out with the girls twice, drank a llllllllllottttttttttt of vodka and still lost 2.5lbs. So you know, your life doesn't have to stop and it becomes part of your life so easily i don't even notice i'm doing it anymore.
I celebrate every lbs i lose (one week i lost 7lbs!) and i don't beat myself up on the lbs i put on because it's all part of it and it will happen. My next mile stone is another half a stone and to introduce exercise in to my routine. I did join a gym in Leeds but seeing as i don't live there anymore that's a little difficult. I'm going to start swimming weekly and eventually running and hopefully (fingers crossed) by June i'll be a few lbs away from my goal weight.
When i think about where i was 6 months ago i don't think i realised how miserable i had become, i really wasn't in a happy place but now i feel like i'm really on my way to being the person i want to be. The weight loss is just a small part of that, but it's certainly helped me gain a lot of perspective on my life.
I haven't decided if i'm going to mention this on my blog again, I've quite liked keeping it private but if i can help someone and support them then i'd be happy to keep updating. I'm planning on bringing foody posts to my blog too once i'm in my new place so if that's something you'd be interested in then let me know. I feel like i'm ready to talk about this now so if you have any questions please feel free to tumblr, tweet or email and i'd be happy to help!
Thanks for everyone who has noticed and wished me well, i really do appreciate it and it means a lot.