I’ve always been bigger, but it never really got me down until I was in my 20’s. My family tried their hardest to encourage me to be healthier, by coming to slimming groups with me and dieticians appointments but in my heart I think i’d just resigned myself to the fact I was always going to be big.
In 2012, a year before my 30th birthday I decided i’d had enough. I read up about VLCD’s and found Slim & Save. The reviews and success stories were amazing and I decided to give it a try. Within 5 months I had lost 5st (2st shy of my overall goal), changed jobs and felt incredible!
After 3 years at my new job (and gaining/losing the same couple of stone over an over) I was desperately unhappy. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and over the following 2 years I gained back all the weight I had lost, and more. I avoided social occasions and people I knew, and hid myself away as I was so ashamed of what I had done to myself.
During this time, with encouragement from my mum to do something positive, I re-trained for a career in nails & beauty. Something I had always wanted to do but just felt I didn’t fit with the typical image of that industry. I found something I loved doing, giving me a chance to be creative and make people feel good about themselves, even if I didnt feel good in myself.
Fast forward to April 2017. My mum and I had opened a little shop together (dress agency & nail & beauty salon) which was going from strength to strength, and I decided it was time to finally do something about my weight, once and for all. Old faithful Slim & Save was my first and only choice. I knew it worked if you stuck at it and just hoped I could find the willpower to see it through to the end. I weighed myself and cried. I had the mammoth task of losing 10st ahead of me to get to my all time goal, the weight I chose each time i’d tried to lose weight.
I threw myself into it 100%. I mainly stuck to Simplicity, and found having the same packs daily at specific times kept me in a routine and helped me keep on track. Seeing the weight fall off was a massive motivator too!
After 12 months on plan (bar a couple of week breaks for family visits/Christmas) I had lost 9st 9lbs – just 5lbs away from goal! A month later, which was the hardest month i’d experienced, I hit my ultimate goal of 10st loss – going from 20st 3lbs to 10st 3lbs, dress size 22/24 to a 10/12. My BMI went from 47.1 to 23.8 and a loss of over 96 inches all over. The pain I got in my joints disappeared. And during this time I was able to finally come off the depression and anxiety medication.
I’m currently working hard at maintaining. It’s definitely as hard as losing weight! I’m keeping an eye on the scales and i’ve given myself a buffer. If I get close, or over-indulge a bit I cut back, using Slim & Save packs as and when I need to. The Facebook group, fellow members and Slim & Save admin have been so supportive and encouraging throughout. Always there with a bit of advice, kind words (and a kick up the bum every now and again!). It really is a family and i’m so grateful to them all.
This diet is so much more than weight loss. It changed my life. If I can do it, anyone can!