10 weeks ago I started out on my Thinking Slimmer journey, which if I am completely honest has had its ups and its downs. Although, I am happy to report, when I reached just over halfway through the Slimpod Gold programme I was already 6lbs lighter and feeling motivated to keep up my training for my trek across the Himalayas with CoppaFeel! in October.
At the beginning of June I suffered a breakdown caused by numerous stresses in my life leading up to that point, which meant that I was signed off work by my GP for a number of weeks with depression. This is something I had never experienced before in my life. Of course I have been through low points but I just couldn’t shake that overwhelming ‘foggy’ feeling in my brain and it just got worse and worse as time went on.
So why you may ask, would I choose now to start a new weight loss programme?
In the summer of 2018 I almost hit a huge personal goal and lost over 8 stone in weight over the course of about 5 years and weighed in at 9 stone 7 pounds and I felt awful about myself. Throughout my weight loss journey I became fixated on hitting numbers and 9 stone was the ultimate goal, which I could never hit, no matter how hard I tried. It almost reached a point where I was trying to trick my body into burning fat (and muscle) by not eating at specific points in the day and my mind became clouded by fitness regimes and diets. I was not only unhealthy in my body but also my mind. I became too thin and my face became very angular.
So where does Thinking Slimmer and the Slimpod come into all of this?
Well the highs of my weight loss, soon became lows and I couldn’t keep it up any longer, so I gave up one day without a single thought and one unhealthy lifestyle became another unhealthy lifestyle and the weight came rolling back on. That was until I got the call that I would be trekking the Himalayas, and I knew I needed help.
The last 7 weeks have been amazing for my self-confidence and I’ve found that the nightly ‘pods’ are slowly changing my whole outlook on my eating habits and my body image. I’ve put some old demons to bed and I am no longer striving for that unrealistic body, because I’m a mum, whom has carried a baby and I have a wobbly tummy. I’ve also drastically lost stones in weight and I have some excess skin, which I won’t be able to get rid of through exercise and dieting alone.
I do have a small goal in mind and I would like my weight to be within 10st (lightest) and 10st 7lb (heaviest), so I only have approximately 7-10lbs to go until I either hit the top end or fit nicely within those numbers. Currently I am losing 1lb a week, which is healthy and realistic. I’m also exercising a lot more now as I am training for the trek but I’m also recognising when my body needs a break.
I am truly thankful to Thinking Slimmer and the Slimpod Gold 12 week programme. I’ve still got a couple of weeks left listening to the pods each evening and I’m sure by that time I will have made some positive and healthy changes that will stick with me for life.
Thinking Slimmer has been provided for me to use in prep for my trek, in exchange for sponsorship for CoppaFeel!