For as long as I can remember I have had an issue with my weight. Everything revolves around it. When I look at a picture of me I am instantly looking to see if I look ‘fat’ or if I try on a new dress “do I look fat?” No matter what I am doing my weight in some way is a thought in my mind. I think it stems from my childhood. My Mother was always on a diet and she projected a lot of her body image issues onto me and became just as obsessed with my weight as she was her own. I was often called ‘fat’ at school despite being a healthy weight. These factors meant that my relationship with food wasn’t the best from an early age and it didn’t get much better as I got older.
Body image is a personal thing and everyone is different. Some people are happy, comfortable and confident being a larger size or a heavier weight. It doesn’t define them. It isn’t who they are. I would love to be able to say I am content at my current weight, but I just aren’t. I feel like everything revolves around my weight and trying to lose it.
Losing Weight is Simple
If you eat less and move more you will lose weight. It’s a scientific fact. That doesn’t make it easy though and even the ever popular calorie controlled diets can be hugely ineffective if you get your calories from eating the wrong foods. Doing this means you won’t be kept feeling full or give you what your body needs. This leaves you feeling lethargic, hungry and pretty much destined to fail.
I have tried every diet going and they don’t work. Not long-term. Sure you can lose weight but as soon as you stop it’s easy for the weight to pile back on. If you want long-term results then a diet isn’t the answer, it has to be a lifestyle change.
My weight has fluctuated up and down my whole life. At my heaviest I was almost 15 stone and my lightest just over 8. Neither of these weights are remotely healthy. Right now my weight lies somewhere in the middle. I have successfully lost weight on more than one occasion but keeping it off is much harder for me. It goes back again to the unhealthy relationship I have with food. It makes my eating habits erratic and food has become less of a necessity to survive and more of an event, substitute or hobby. If I have a bad day I want to commiserate with food if I have a good day I want to celebrate with food. Habits like this are hard to break and certainly won’t change because of a fad diet or meal replacement shake.
Time to Shake Things Up
I feel like now is the time where I want to shake up my lifestyle. It would be nice if the focus wasn’t always on my weight or size and I want to feel confident, comfortable and happy. I want to be healthier and feel healthier because of it. A few friends had been raving about Slimming World and upon further investigation I have learnt that it is much more than a diet to lose weight, it is a lifestyle which is exactly what I need.
Starting Slimming World
I have taken time to get my head around the Slimming World Plan because it does seem a little more complex than a standard calorie controlled diet. Once that side is mastered though the plan seems really easy to follow. I will be posting my Slimming World updates as well as my tips and tricks for success so don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a post if this interests you.
Before Christmas I went to a few Slimming World meetings to collect the information and get an understanding of the Slimming World concept. Personally I don’t think the weekly group meetings are for me. The idea alone gives me anxiety but also it costs £4.95 per week which is quite a substantial amount to pay to be weighed which is something I can do at home. I know the groups are far more than just weigh ins but I feel like I wouldn’t be getting much more from the session and therefore it wouldn’t be justifiable for me right now. However if I don’t have success doing it alone I will consider facing my fear and going to group.
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**Please note this post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Slimming World or any other company. All opinions are my own. I am not a medical professional or dietitian this post relates solely to my own experience only. You should always consult your GP before undertaking any change to your diet. This information is not intended to replace the advice or information provided by a medical professional. If in doubt speak to a healthcare provider or dietitian.