Hey MiniMins, I'm Lisa, 32 and living in Stockport with my beautiful cat and I'm really pleased to have discovered MiniMins late yesterday on my iphone.
I've got a lot of weight to lose and have been burying my head in the sand for some time. I spent last year weighing on my friend's wii each week and to be honest I wasn't motivated and I've started this year at my heaviest weight to date. I think sometimes, I get put off by the bigger picture and this disheartens me. I also think I'm possibly prone to an eating disorder at certain times in my life, which takes a hell of a lot of willpower to steer myself away from.
Only yesterday evening, I was shopping in preparation for my new healthy eating regime in tesco, when some horrible man walked past me and said, "Hey Love, you need a new bra, your tits are falling out of that one". I was so embarrassed. I wasn't even showing any cleavage at all! I was wearing a long sleeved top under a cross over top that was gaping slightly. Urrrgggghhh, anyway his lack of manners led me to the fresh cream fridge, where I pondered buying a large cream filled chocoloate muffin that would serve ten. I didn't buy it thankfully, I settled for some chocolate instead.
I've not always had a weight issue. I was a healthy weight for my height when growing up and was slim in my teens. The weight didn't start piling on until I was about 19 and from then until now, I've yo-yo-ed up and down in weight. Carried extra weight for a while and then got it all off again, only to put it all back on again and more.
I've followed numerous plans, Slimming World has always been a success for me when my head has been in the right place. Weight watchers, I've tried when friends have been doing it without success as I've always preferred SW. I've been a herbalife distributor and watched people really slim down around me but not me. I've tried eating just protein and vegetables and for years found myself scared of eating carbohydrates and would do so only in small amounts. I've done Cambridge and lost 12lbs in a week but was so miserable I couldn't continue with this. I've never been able to completely get my head around the F-plan, GI diet, Atkins or Gillian McKeith. I've tried the curves plan and liked that this diet had you eat a high intake of calories right before the weight was to plummet off again.
This time, I am going to revisit Slimming World. I've dug out my directory and food optimising book and I will follow some of my old recipe books for SW too. I'm going to do it this time and I will stick to it, even if I come off my path once in a while. I'm looking forward to getting my support through this site and not at a class.
I have been seeing a guy on and off for about a year. I really like him but we're not exclusive as according to him. Only this week, he told me that we were quite compatible and then he pointed at me and said is this you naturally then. The long and short of it was I felt he was telling me, I was not relationship material as long as I was fat. He even got a photo of me down off the wall in my kitchen to tell me that if I still looked like me when I was slim he'd be quite obsessed with me. Thanks for making me feel beautiful eh!
My dad always said that you have to love yourself before anyone else can love you, maybe there was some truth in this.
Anyway, my plan is to drink 2litres of water everyday. I will try to cut down on diet cokes as I've heard they can make you gain weight over the course of a year. I have already quit smoking three weeks ago and this will act as a new focus for me. I want to get into running again so will keep you posted of when I pick up the motivation to do so. But my main focus is to get back on track with SW and to start my weight loss journey leading to a life long slimmer and healthier me.
Looking forward to meeting some like minded individuals along the way.