Newbie Ellie :) Time for change!

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    Hey everyone! :)

    I'm new to minimins as a user, but I've been browsing the site for a while now. After reading some of the stories, I've found myself in similar positions, and very inspired from the clear support everyone on here gives each other, so I just had to sign up!!

    So, to introduce myself, I'm Ellie, I'm 22 and wanting to take back control of my life! I'm into beauty - nails and make up mainly! But, I HATE socialising, going out with friends, shopping & meeting new people (in person) - not an average comment from a 22 year old, and here's why...

    I gained a lot of my weight between the ages of 14-19, I was a school doing my exams and then went straight into college to do my A Levels, my evenings after school soon became filled with revision or homework, I'd have snacks after snacks on standby, and as I was indoors completing all my work, the exercise went out of the window, not that I did much, but hanging out with my friends, going to the park, shopping etc meant I did quite a bit of walking, and once this stopped, it made quite an impact to my body!


    Since leaving college I have continued to gain weight, I eat the wrong things and don't exercise, all my own fault, I'm not happy with how I look, but I haven't got the will power to stick at a diet, until now...


    I'm 22 and my Nan has a better social life than me haha! I don't go on nights out with my friends, dressing up is an issue for me because I just look & feel frumpy as I cover up my body, I'm very self-conscious and completely ashamed of how I look. I don't eat in public because I just worry that people will be looking at me thinking 'look at her, that's why she's so big', and if I am out, I don't want to bump into anybody I haven't seen for a while, and them to notice the obvious weight I have put on.

    I HATE shopping with a passion, when it comes to clothes anyway! At a size 24/26 I buy things purely because they fit me, not necessarily because they are nice! I buy all my clothes online because I feel slightly ashamed taking my plus size clothes to the size 8 girls at the till, they probably see it all the time and don't even care, but I can't help but think that they look at me or the clothes and think 'good grief!'. Silly little thoughts, but they do make quite a big impact on how I live my life.

    So, it's time for change! I did WW last year before it changed to ProPoints, and I lost a stone in two months, so I know this works for me, but soon after, my willpower gave in and here I am again, only this time it's different!


    I've got a good focus now, I know what I want to look like and how I want to feel, I want to take control of my weight and stop my weight controlling me, and these thoughts are at the front of my mind giving me my drive to stick at it.


    I'm only on my second week, but I've lost 5lbs and feeling really positive :) there are so many inspirational stories on here, and it makes me realise that I can do it :)


    I'm determined to shift about 10st, and I think with the support, and stories I've seen on here, it is possible :)


    xXx
     
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    Welcome Ellie and very well done on your terrific start, 5lbs is brilliant:clap::clap::clap:
     
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    is it weird that these are my exact thoughts everyday? we are so similar in that way. But anyway, Hi :) Welcome! You get so much support here, I suggest reading the success stories/ before and after pictures.. It's so inspiring! Good luck and well done on the 5lb loss :) What day do you weigh in?x
     
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    Hi Linz, thanks, it's good to know I'm not alone in thinking these things :)
    Ahh right thanks for that, I will do, still getting used to this site ha,
    Thank you and a massive good luck to you too! :)
    I weigh in on a Thursday! x
     
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    I weigh in Thursdays too, will check back:)
     
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    Ahh cool!! :)
     
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    Okay, so, this week has gone pretty well! I've managed to lose another 3lbs which has just given more drive to stick this out :)
    At the beginning of the week I booked in at the hairdressers (I was lonnnggggg overdue a visit haha) and I walked in to notice that they'd had a refurb!!!! Before, the mirror only showed my head and shoulders - not anymore - it's a full length mirror stuck to the wall and I had to sit there for 3 hours staring at myself so I felt slightly uncomfortable as I normally avoid mirrors that show anything more than my face! But, it helped actually, it made me realise even more why I need to stick to this diet and continue to lose the pounds, so for that reason, I'm considering buying a full length mirror as I don't have one, but I really can't decide... Either way, next time I'm at the hairdressers, I'm hoping I'll have lost enough weight to notice a difference in my body :)

    xXxXx
     
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    well done on the 3lb loss! x x x :)
     
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    Hi Ellie :) Well done for losing this week! Its such a good feeling isn't it. I'm new on this site too so hope you don't mind me nosing at your diary lol.

    I done weight watchers back in 2009 and lost over 3 stone, then had a baby and put it all back on! So I'm back for another go, still getting used to the pro points thing but getting there :)

    Kell x
     
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    Hiya Kell :)
    Thanks very much, yeah it's a great feeling, it really gives you a boost!!
    No course not, nose away :)

    Wow well done! So WW really does work then, you did it once so you can do it again I'm sure - lots of luck :) I couldn't find my bearings with the new ProPoints so I ended up going back to the original Points system so let me know how you get on :)

    Ellie xx
     
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    Hey chick :) Thank you x Yep it defo does work, it's the only thing that has ever worked for me. But that was on the old points system, only time will tell how I'll do on this new plan. It seems to work for alot of people so fingers crossed! I'll keep you updated on my progress, I can be your human guinea pig hehe :D

    Kell xx
     
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    Hi ellie, just wanted to pop in and say congrats on your weight loss so far - have a good day :)
     
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    Well done on losing 8 lbs already! I kind of liked what you said about being in front of that full length mirror helping you to see more why you want to do this, I don't know about you but I got to be quite good at avoiding mirrors but it only helps us to stay fat really doesn't it

    You're doing ever so well, hope you have another good week :)
     
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    Ahh I really hope it does work for you :) how are you finding the early stages? xxx
     
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    Thanks so much! :)
    Yeah, I was the same, absolutely hated mirrors so avoided them at all costs, but as you said, it only helps us stay this way if we choose not to see what is staring back at us.

    Thanks again, it's weigh in day tomorrow so I'm hoping for another loss!!

    xx
     
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    Ahh thank you!! :) all the best! xx
     
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    I must say, I'm loving the support that is given on here!!

    I haven't posted in a few days, I'm not sure who, if anybody, will be reading but it's a self help thing I guess ha.

    I was doing so well up until Saturday :/ I didn't binge out as such, however I shared a takeaway pizza with my sister as she has recently lost 11 pounds also, and decided she was having a 'treat night'...
    Now I never said I would deprive myself of things I wanted, I was just going to make sure I stayed within my points if I was to have a little bit of chocolate etc; and I always said I would have a treat day every now and then that way I can enjoy what I wanted, feel satisfied that I'd cured any cravings ha, and get straight back on the diet. However, I didn't feel ready for my treat day just yet, so I should have said no, but I didn't - naughty step for me.

    So my weigh in day is tomorrow (Thursday) and as a result, I'm not expecting much of a loss really, pizza consisting of mainly cheese and bread/dough was by far the worst decision I could have opted for ha, as bread and I don't exactly get on - it insists on hanging around, weighing heavy on me, and cheese isn't exactly diet friendly is it ha.

    But never mind, it was only that one evening that I strayed away from the diet, and I've been really good ever since so I do hope the scales don't punish me hehe.

    Fingers crossed...

    :) xxx
     
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    we all have slip ups, just as long as it doesn't go too far :) good luck for weigh in today, have a good day.X
     
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    Hi Ellie, well done on the weight liss so far. How did yesterday's weigh in go? Have a good day xx
     
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    how was weigh in Ellie? X
     
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