Slimming World: My Journey Starts Here

June 3, 2016 19 Comments
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I have been thinking about joining my local Slimming World group for a while now, and Wednesday night I finally bit the bullet and went to my local class.  It wasn’t nearly as scary or daunting as I thought it would be, and I am now excited about the start of my Slimming World Journey.

My Slimming World Journey Starts Here!

I have always struggled with my weight. In my twenties I was diagnosed with PCOS and an underactive thyroid, which i’m not using as an excuse, but it did mean I found it very easy to put on weight and very diificult to lose it.

When I turned 30 I joined Slimming World, it had worked for me in the past but i’d never stuck to it for long enough.  This time I was successful and lost 2 1/2 stone in 6 months.  I was over the moon, and felt so much more confident with my new shape.  I will never be skinny, and in the words of Bridget Jones ‘I will always be a little bit fat’, but I’ve accepted that. I was comfortable as a healthy size 14.

I managed to maintain it for while, but I started a new relationship with James and  nights in with a takeaway and meals out meant I slipped back into some old habits and I put back on a stone.  Never the less I was still happy and confident.

I feel pregnant with Isla in 2011, and ended up swapping nights out, with takeaways and bags of giant chocolate buttons. Combined with cravings for Hula Hoops and Cadbury Boost bars it’s no wonder that I ballooned. I never weighed myself towards the end but I had gained in excess of 5 stone.

After having Isla, I lost 2 stone very quickly through a traumatic birth (that’s a whole other story!) and breastfeeding, and continued to lose a further half a stone gradually. I re-joined Slimming World when I stopped breastfeeding at 4 months and started off well getting slimming of the week in my second week and slimming of the month in my first month! However 2 months into it I found out I was expecting again and decided to stop.

With my second pregnancy I was a lot more careful and only gained 2 1/2 stone, which was a lot easier to shift after Oliver was born.

Since then I have been up and down, losing a stone, then gradually putting it back on.  Oliver is now 3 and I can no longer call the extra weight that I am carrying around ‘baby weight’. Whilst I embrace the changes to my body that allowed the creation of my two beautiful children (my love hate relationship with my tummy), I would like to lose the excess weight that is purely down to excess consumption of wine and convenience foods.

So finally after lots of indecisiveness and realising that I do not have the will power to lose the weight without some help, I have joined my local Slimming World with a work colleague to see if I can win the battle once and for all.

This is the start of my Slimming World journey. I will be writing weekly posts on my progress along with recipes I’ve tried, as a document for myself and also (hopefully) as an inspiration to others. So please follow along for the ride, wish me luck!

19 Comments

  • Fi - Beauty Baby and Me June 5, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Good Luck chick – Slimming world seems to be really popular and a sensible and effective way to lose weight. Can’t wait to hear how you get on xx #KCACOLS

    • Kerry June 5, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Thank you, fingers crossed for good news at my first weigh in on Wednesday x

  • Becky @ Educating Roversi June 5, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Well done! I’ve been trying to do slimming world on and off for 18 months, at my best I lost 2stone but I’ve put a stone back on and I’ve been struggling since, losing then gaining. I’m gonna try and do it on my own starting tomorrow (going out for the day today). I might do a weekly update post to keep me motivated #KCACOLS

    • Kerry June 5, 2016 at 9:22 am

      They say if you write things down you are more likely to stick to it! That’s why I thought I would write a weekly blog post to hopefully keep me on track. Thanks for your comments x

  • Emma June 5, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Good luck and well done on joining on Slimming World. I look forward to reading about your progress! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • Kerry June 6, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you. I’ll be back next week to share my 1st weeks progress x

  • Sarah June 5, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Good luck! I have an underactive thyroid too and have lost half a stone since starting SW at the end of April. I would love to get back to my pre-thyroid weight haha! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry June 6, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Ah well done you! I need to work on some slimming world friendly recipes so I can still bake and stay on plan x

  • Lisa June 6, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Slimming world is great! Specially now with the specially catered slimming world meals already made in Iceland!!
    L X

    #MarvMondays

    • Kerry June 6, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Yes, it’s good to have back up convince meals for when your busy that are syn free, I need to stock up again!

  • Beth Owen June 6, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Well done for joining! Huge good luck to you. I always stick by Slimming World.
    I did loose 3 and a half stone but I gained it all back on – all my fault for not sticking to plan! – I am still a member now during my pregnancy and determined to get back to plan once baby arrives.
    #MarvMondays

    • Kerry June 6, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you. I wish I’d stayed as a member during my second pregnancy so I could have tackled my weight sooner. X

  • ShoeboxofM June 6, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I’ve always been wary about slimming clubs but SW has impressed me with a more realistic and sustainable approach to healthy eating rather than dieting.

    Good luck and I hope you find the support you need. There’s lots of inspiration on Pinterest and Facebook for free, low syn and heath swaps. Just be warned some of the SW recipes can be heavy on spices! Tread gently!

    #KCACOLS

    • Kerry June 7, 2016 at 6:57 am

      Thank you, will check out Pinterest. Thanks for the tip x

  • ShoeboxofM June 6, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Stopping by for #MarvMondays too. If you didn’t already know Iceland is the source of the ready meals and if you buy 3 I think you get a multi pack of the Muller light free. These are the basis of a lot of the SW deserts and you can use them for syn free pancakes (using oats rather than flour).

  • Kaye June 6, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Reminds me of myself right now. I’ve been craving chocolate so bad this pregnancy, I’m sure I’m going to put on alot too! Well done to you for doing something about it though, hope all goes well. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • Kerry June 7, 2016 at 7:00 am

      Thanks, and thank you for hosting x

  • Jaylan - Diapers at Dawn June 11, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Good luck, I’m sure you’ll do great. I still crave crisps and chocolate and baby K’s two, I put it down to the stress of potty training I can’t wait to read you update x #MarvMondays

    • Kerry June 11, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you, so far so good. Will be posting my update this weekend.

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