...at the end of this year, and I'm determined to have slimmed down enough so that I don't have yet another one of *those* photos. You know the type, where you shamefacedly hand it over when you're asked for I.D. (admittedly, this happens less frequently than I would like, but it's understandable as I'm now closing in on 30).
Actually, the straw that broke the camel's back and made me decide that this year would be *my* year was a recent trip to New Look. My work uniform requires that I wear boot-cut jeans and sadly my old, faithful pair had decided to wear away on the inside of the leg. Rather than offend my customer's eyes, I figured a couple of new pairs were *long* overdue. I had a terrible time trying to find boot-cut in amongst the "super skinny" offerings in their Inspire range. Now don't get me wrong, if someone of my size has the confidence to wear skinny jeans and make them look good I'm delighted for them, but personally, I wouldn't inflict my size 22 derriere in super skinny jeans on anyone! And it got me to thinking... if this is all that's going to be available, I had damned well better get myself to a size where I don't feel like this. So I bit the bullet and joined Slimming World for the 3rd and, for all intents and purposes, last time on the 3rd January 2013.
I attended Slimming World about 5 years ago and managed to lose just over 5st. I then got into a relationship (annoyingly with someone who could stuff their face all day and never gain a lb), got comfortable and stopped attending class. To my dismay when I rejoined 2 weeks ago, I had not only put on everything I had lost before, but also a further 11.5lbs over and above this, bringing me (much to my horror) to a grand total of 22st7lbs.
My first two weeks have gone better than I'd hoped - I've so far lost 12.5lbs (7.5lbs in week 1 and 5lbs in week 2), and I will be pushing for my 1st award on my next weigh in. I'm hoping that by keeping a diary of my journey that this will encourage me to stick to plan. I'm hoping to add some "before" photos soon, and over the coming months some "during" and "afters". Looking at many other people's diaries, this seems to have worked in keeping them focused. So please excuse my ramblings, I hope that they'll get me to where I want to be.
Looking forward to reading about other people's journeys. We're all in this together .
P.S. If anyone has any advice on setting PATs I'd appreciate some input. Apparently the maximum "healthy" weight for my height is 12st1lb, but I feel that this is lighter than I'd like to be. I'm thinking of aiming for a BMI of 30 (so 14st7lb) and once I get there, see if I feel I should lose any more.